Foolproof Brewing Company

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English Stout
Ranked #70
Ranked #31,338
3.75 | pDev: 9.87%
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States
Notes: Chocolate oyster stout
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Skeptical of the oyster aspect, but no worries, this is more chocolatey and roasty than briney. Pours dark near black with minimal head. Aromas and flavors similarly are both roast-forward with hints of cocoa. Slight sweetness toward the end of the sip. Not bad.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color. A slim finger-ed one finger white to off white foamy head dissipated at a nice pace. Messy semi-foamy lacing glossed along the sides of the glass. The smell takes the briney/saltiness and slides it in over some baker’s chocolate, brings about the roast. Light sweetness from the chocolate. The taste moderates decently between the salty/briney-ness, the roastiness and the sweetness from the chocolate. Dry semi-sweet lightly salted aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality to it. Carbonation runs good as a stout and follows through yet slightly under to bring about the saltiness to sharpen itself somewhat delicately on my tongue. Overall, as an oyster stout, it works.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can!

A - Pitch black pour, opaque, light cream colored lacing ring.

S - Chocolate, cream, cocoa, milk.

T - Chocolate, cream, cocoa.

M - Medium body with a slightly thin finish.

O - Oyster Stouts always intrigue me, this is worth a try!

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Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer looks a lot inkier and blacker than it really is. The nose is definitely chocolate, dark malts, pretty much a dry stout with some sweeter notes popping through. The beer is not as full bodied as is probably warranted, and in that I knocked it down a touch in the overall mouthfeel. This beer could benefit from a bigger and fuller body. The taste is a bit silky, chocolate, nice roasted chocolate maltiness, and quite drying in the finish. There is a bit of saltiness in there and it does remind me of other briny oyster stouts. If you are looking for oyster notes, good luck finding them because I couldn't. It's dryness in the finish is a nice touch. I like this beer, would go back again, glad I bought the four pack, but this isn't bowling me over either. The saltiness comes through a bit more as the beer warms. The finish is quite good regardless. This is worth seeking out but don't expect to find liquid oyster in the can.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Minor head which leaves nearly no lace. The liquid is nearly black, naturally. I get the faintest of light along the edge of the glass.

Coffee and dark chocolate are the predominate smells. I get a slight bit of chalkiness.

This is a dry stout, devoid of any creaminess. Black patent malt is the main taste. Lots of carbonation and a body that leans thin. The aftertaste is like Baker's chocolate--bitter and long lasting. I get a sense that there's some hop increasing the bitterness.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours the deepest darkest brown with a half inch head of brown foam that quickly recedes to light surface misting.

S: Smells great but it's really only malt on the nose. I do not smell oysters (maybe the slightest whiff of ocean saltiness) or chocolate.

T: Taste mimics the smell and really this just tastes like a good stout. Very slight taste of saltwater in it but only a hint of chocolate if you think of it while you take a swig. I've been spoiled by Samuel Smith on what chocolate should taste like in a stout.

F: Feel is really good here. Minimal carbonation but enough to give it a nice fizz without distracting from it being a stout. Micro bubbles of carbonation announce they are there then dissipate before you swallow.

Overall it is a damn fine stout but not amazing. It certainly is not what I expected considering it's name. Very little ocean saltiness (oyster liquor) and hardly any cocoa notes to be found within. Apparently it's retired now. Glad I tried it on the way out.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours clear very dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light salt/brine, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, chocolate/oyster, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light salt/brine, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light salt/brine, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, chocolate/oyster, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, lightly sticky/chalky, and slightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good chocolate oyster stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, chocolate/oyster, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. Very well rounded in stout complexity, with noticeable but not overwhelming oyster salinity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bert's
Deep black with a smallish off white head. Rich roasty chocolate aroma and flavor with a hint of earthy minerals infused within it. Not to shabby.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


do we still do that on the internet?


L - pitch black, very thin. head forms a swirl on the surface of the beer. neato. i'm adding .25 to the look for the name. shuckolate. :D

S - like a hershey bar pulled out of the ocean. seriously though heavy chocolate for sure on the nose.

T - malted roast hits you up front and definitely semi-sweet cacao is very prevalent and nice. The back end has a bit of salty brine though not distinctly oyster, which is probably calculated and for the better. It's nicely tucked away.

MF - they describe the mix as being silky, and it is, but its a bit thin for me.

O - a very interesting brew worth a try, glad I snagged it today after really enjoying the pb raincloud from Foolproof. Cheers!

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with a milk chocolate head which fades quickly.

Chocolate up front, lactose? I dont think they added that but I smell a milkiness to it.

I definitely taste that slight salty briny flavor they mention on the label. Bittersweet chocolate, roasty flavor.

Solid chocolate, kind of unique. I havent tried many oyster stouts but this has been the best.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foolproof - Shuckolate Chocolate-Oyster Stout - 2015

Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells of mild dark chocolate roasted malts and a slight sweet brine. The taste is fairly mild. Prominent roasty chocolate flavors that linger, with a faint touch of light brine. The flavors aren't too powerful and in your face. It has moderate carbonation and feels pretty light. Overall a nice stout. It doesn't have huge oyster flavor, but that may be a good thing.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, Feb 2015 date. silkscreened bottle label.

black and opaque, but not much head. aroma is a bit roasty and chocolately. taste is not as sweet as expected. medium bodied

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice darker colored fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, very dark black color with hints of dark brown light sneaking through barely.

NOse is pretty interesting, definitely plenty of chocolate, varying cocoa levels, with hot chocolate richness, a little baker's chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, etc... then an interesting salty briney like aroma, earthy sea like notes. A hint of a biscuity wafer and caramel notes, little creamy stoutness.

Taste is more of the same from the nose, lots of varying chocolate but not nearly as rich as I expected, some cocoa, creamy hot chocolate, little bitter dark or baker's chocolate, also with that mild biscuity wafer cookie and caramel notes. Then a mild salty briney note, not much, a bit of a different earthiness, then the oyster flavor itself kicks in a bit with the creaminess, strange that I can actually taste oyster, usually an oyster stout you just get the briney earthy sea like taste. A touch of bitterness, that increases a bit on the back end. Finish is mildly sweet and sticky, little cocoa and dark bitter chocolate lingering, with a touch more oyster flavor, and hint of roast.

Mouth is med bod, it wants to get fuller rich bodied but seems to be lacking the extra backbone to get it up there, but nice creamy feel, decent carb.

Overall interesting, lots of chocolate as promised, not much for base malt as it seems to get overpowered by the chocolate, not a big beer as it seems to hint that it will be, and an actual oyster flavor in there, interesting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/13/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and the standard oyster scent.

T: The taste starts out a little creamy with flavors of chocolate and coffee. Then a decent oyster bite comes in along with a touch of dark fruit. The hops presence is very mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dry, slightly salty, a touch of chocolate. A bit too thin for my liking but not bad. Definitely no oyster flavors other than the salt. I'm glad it's subtle

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Shuckolate from Foolproof Brewing Company
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