O'SOO Oyster Stout | Benford Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Benford Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yes, we keep's in the shell and add them during the boil, resulting in a traditional oatmeal stout with a salty hint of oysters.

Added by huntermop on 08-20-2014

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaksurf
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greencovesteve
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt and saltiness.

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Photo of Wrigfen
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of qcbrewer
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kell50
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pfaucett
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz

Pours jet opaque black, light tan head is pillowy and fine. Starts a couple inches thick, and dissipates very slowly to a sudsy film.

Aroma of cocoa, toffee, oatmeal, and a briny overtone.

Tastes of cocoa, roasted malt, saltine cracker, hints of molasses and woody bitterness.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty great oatmeal stout with the oyster addition adding a welcome briny element to the well balanced dark malts. As far as oatmeal stouts go, it's above average and has a nice feel. As far as oyster stouts, it's solid but I've had better. Still a well balanced and worthwhile stout either way and worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can allowed to warm a bit, then poured into an over-size Belgian snifter. Despite it's size, it still couldn't contain a partial pour due to the huge rising tan head. Black body. Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma - has an actual noticeable briney aspect in addition to roasted malts and hints of toffee and dark chocolate.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma. Rather salty. Subtle oyster. Dark chocolate. Very good balance of these features. Plenty of dark and very dark roasted grains in the finish and lingering aftertaste.

Feel - medium body; smooth; excellent for a few minutes but less enticing as the carbonation dies down.

Overall: with limited experience, seems like a well above average oyster stout.

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Photo of Garrett_Landvaettir
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a 12oz snifter. The beer pours a thick black color with a quite large tan head that explodes from the can. The head slowly recedes to remain throughout. It smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a pervading saltwater-like brine scent along with a slight smokiness. The stout has a smoky, dark-roasted taste with a fairly slight salty brine taste on the back. Aftertaste is strong of black coffee. It's as smooth as it is black with moderate carbonation that makes it very easily drinkable. Overall, Benford provided a very unique tasting stout that I'd love to drink again.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black huge thick tan head like 6 fingers thick, took forever for it to come down. Great lacing.

Smell - Nice briney smell, you can also smell the roasted malts and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste - The salty briney taste comes in up front on the back end the dark rich chocolate comes through. They did an excellent job combining the complex flavors and making them all come out.

Feel - heavier body nice mouth coat very smooth.

Overall - I am really glad I tried this it is an amazing beer.

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brewsed
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VT9091
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First 2 that I had of this were fantastic. Dark, slightly briney smell and taste with little carbonation. Then...2 bottles that just blew-up after opening and took forever for the heads to come down. Those last two felt thinner, more briney, and less enjoyable especially after the wait time. Good stout if the carbonation isn't over '10.'

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that died down, leaving a short head consistently covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and brine are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, the aromas of dark and roasted malts become stronger.
T: As in the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of dark and chocolate malts and then transitions to notes of salty brine. The saltiness seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-body and a little airy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint hints of smoothness seemingly try to peek through the saltiness.
O: The mouthfeel of this beer isn't as smooth as you would expect from an oatmeal stout, but the bribery natures of the oysters seems to cut through the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sendbeer
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Photo of nagromxer
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jj192710
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of burnt and charred malts with a lighter aroma of roasted malts. Very light notes of dark fruits (currant and red grape) and baker's chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted, burnt, and charred malts with just a hint of ashiness. That is followed by light flavors of baker's chocolate and dark fruit (currant and red grape) but without any associated sweetness. Light amounts of lingering roasty bitterness in the finish. There is a light amount of mineralness in the background

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable oatmeal oyster stout (first time I have come across that specific combination) and definitely worth trying if you come across it. Very easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the Brits found out, the calcium in the mineral-rich shells of oysters allowed for a boost in yeast health and caused the beer to ferment more completely. As brewers of Benfort also found out, the benefits of oysters don't end there but they also add to subtle complexity in flavor of oatmeal stout as well.

Its opaque, dark "bark" brown depths shed a sticky and frothy foam cap. Rich aromatics of dark-roast coffee, baker's chocolate with faint grape and currant; the nose is robust and suggestive of cream. Its taste of heavy whipping cream is confirmed while those lavish chocolate and coffee flavors march onto the tongue.

The voluminous stout engulfs the mouth as its abundance of bubble expand over the tongue. Its carbonation highlights the beer's taste of burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate, french-press coffee and briny mineral character. The creaminess of oats survive the retreating sweet fade and give the roast an exoskeleton of starch and malt. Its late taste is soft with iron and plaster.

Pleasantly full but not lavish in its sensible texture, the beer invites a drinkable tone with dry roast and coffee-like bitterness that closes the session. Light astringency plays on the finish as the roast, brine and slim vinous fruit peaks through the oats and faintly lingering sweetness. Yet, its the taste of burnt sugars that frame the aftertaste.

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Photo of Highbury09
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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O'SOO Oyster Stout from Benford Brewing Co.
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