Pearl Jet | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Oyster Stout

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 119
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
2.02/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark brown almost black in colour with a two fingered biege head that dissipates in time.

S - Not much on the nose at all really. Very faint sweet malts, candy sugar with slight chocolate

T - Roasted malt . coffee and a little chocolate but fairly dry and bitter not too mention very watery leaving a horrible after taste.

M - Medium carbonation and seems rather watery for a stout.

O - Pretty average I thought. Fairly watery and very disappointing for a stout. Lacks flavour depth and one I would not recommend.

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Photo of stevoj
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours as black as coal, with thin (very thin) dark beige head. Not the creamy head of a guiness, but a thin oily head. Aroma is dark chocolate and prunes. Taste is chocolate, burnt toast, wood and dried fruit. Overall weight is medium, with oil, slick feel to it. AT first I was not impressed, but his is getting better with each sip.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another recent disappointment from the UK (ie. Burton Porter). As far as "Stouts" go, this one lacked depth, texture, richness, and overall quality. I found the beer to be quite light in fact. Where was the heaviness? Where was the complexity? None. This is not a beer that i would even rate as a true stout.

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Photo of Zakk
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Carissa
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Novare Res as part of the 12 days of stouts

Served up with a beautiful creamy head. The lace forms well on the glass and covers the glass with each drink.

The aroma is a typical English sweet stout malty with a sweet almost metallic chocolate nose. No roasted notes.

The taste is very smooth on the mouth. Much like a cask frothy and sweet. A slight chocolate taste enters but mostly very sweet smooth malt. The finish is slightly roasted.

Almost like a sweet version of a Guinness

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's winter release. Mostly picked it up for the name.
Handsome bottle design I have to say.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut/black in colour, left a half-inch of frothy mocha head. Receded fairly quickly, leaving only a razor thin ring and a few flakes of lacing.

Nose is nice and roasty with notes of chocolate, and mocha. A touch of mineral and something very strange I can't quite name - almost cheesy. Mild.

A decent-tasting stout, but certainly on the thin side. The typical milk stout tasting notes of chocolate, mocha, and light cream are certainly present, but are far too muted to really make a lasting impact, especially when challenged by a tinny, mineral character and the tea-like hop flavor. An interesting leeky flavor as well. As I work my way through the pint, I'm finding I'm not really digging the flavor - far too mild to be calling itself a stout.

Body is too thin, almost watery, with unnecessarily harsh carbonation. Really killing it for me.

Because the flavors are a bit washed out, this beer could have been great as an easy quaffer - something one could down with a plateful of oysters or scallops. But with such a thin body, harsh carbonation and mixed bag of flavors, this one didn't really do it for me. Felt more like an English mild brown ale than a stout. I could certainly down a pint or two of this, but there are better stouts and browns to be had instead, ones that blast the flavors rather than muffle them.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Brown in color and looks thin right off the bat. Very thin tan head. Little lacing. Unspectacular.

Some roasted elements, but not particularly pleasant or inviting.

Some roasted malt character and a hint of sweet fruits, but nothing comes together very well--seems a bit buttery. Not particularly enjoyable.

Extremely thin--a water-like mouthfeel.

Unenjoyable stout. Nothing really to recommend. Unspectacular on every level.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. I don't think this one actually contains oysters - it's just intended to be consumed alongside them.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark ruby-brown; appears black. Forms a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with weak notes of brown sugar and stewed hops. A distinctive metallic note upfront, and a considerable whiff of diacetyl.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and stewed hops, along with faint hints of roasted malt and brine. A buttery diacetyl note in the background. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt.

Meh. Drinkable enough, but doesn't excite the senses. All the components of a stout are present, but not standing to attention. I'll damn it with faint praise by noting that it's better than the other Marston's ales I've had to date. Don't go out of your way to try this.

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Photo of mtnbryker
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Wow, "Official Beer of England", three lions and all - lemme check on that, aw, whatever.

This beer pours a solid black, with the slightest of cherry cola basal edges, and two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy mocha head, which settles rather lazily, leaving a few broad swaths of splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet, lightly toasted bready malt, a hint of caramel pudding, medium baker's chocolate, mildly astringent coffee grounds, and a softly sour milkiness. The taste is dry coffee, milky, bittersweet chocolate, a subtle roasted grainy caramel maltiness, dark fruit, ethereal leafy, earthy hops, and an underlying mineral character - Burton 'terroir', as it were.

The carbonation is quite average, just a meek frothiness throughout, the body on the far lee side of middleweight, and kind of thin, bordering on watery at times, which unnecessarily elevates the perceived zing from the bubbles, 86-ing any ideas of smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the lingering milky sweetness competing with bits and pieces of the cocoa and caramel malt.

A decently flavoured milk stout, married, for better or worse, to the regional endemic characteristics of its source - it's just lacking the soft, enveloping silky smoothness that one expects from the better examples of the style. And I don't like oysters, so I guess I'll never know what that's all about.

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Photo of SpruceMoose
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Stout o'clock once more. I'd seen this stout on the bottle shop shelves for quite a while now, but always brushed it off despite having a love for good stout. I'll try it later. I'm hungover. I don't have enough money. I can't be fucked. The list goes on and on. Finally, I decided to buy and try it and put to bed those constant voices reminding me of the stout I had never tried.

Serving Type: 500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Black and opaque. Almost no light can be seen through it. The head is almost completely white. How intriguing!

Smell: Subtle chocolate, coffee and malt. It's surprising how light and inoffensive the smell is given the extreme darkness of the body. Rather disappointing actually.

Taste: Starts off with roasted malt, chocolate, thyme and some very gentle spiciness, but dies very quickly. I know it's a milk stout, but milk stouts should be more flavoursome than this.

Mouthfeel: Water water everywhere, but I want to drink a stout. It's watery. The only thing that enables this beer to survive utmost crucifixion is the creaminess of the head. But the body? A let down.

Overall: A very uneventful stout. Marston's Oyster Stout looks gorgeous, but fails to match the appearance in the drinking faculty. I wanted to love it, but it just wouldn't let me. Perhaps Simon and Garfunkel would've sung this if they were alcoholics; Marston's, you're breaking my heart, you're shaking my confidence in stout...

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Photo of Daniell
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, foamy, good head/lacing initially. Not that persistent though. 3

S: Fairly typical stout smell but a bit weaker than usual. The malt really comes through. As it warms I get more pleasant yeasty notes. I will say this is more like cola than other stouts I've had. Then it almost gets a bit medicinal. 3

T: A bit sweet, a bit bitter, a bit watery. 3

M: The mouthfeel is good on this beer. Really allows it to slip down. 4

D: Very high to be honest. It's quite cheap for an import and low ABV compared to other stouts. I appreciate this, especially when it's not the dead of winter. The ABV makes it more refreshing but also takes away from the flavour. It definitely doesn't have the depth of flavour of Cooper's BES, one of my benchmarks. For a closer ABV comparison it also lacks the refinement and complexity of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout, which IIRC is 5% but has way more flavour packed into it. I'm not sure if I'd buy this one again, particularly as I'm a fan of depth of flavour. 4

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO bottle. Mixed reviews on this one. Neutral malty aroma. Very good looks as 3/8" foamy head on black as night body. Above average mouthfeel that is initially engaging with thick rich malt, then tapers off to something with cocoa and something like club soda aggressive carbonation watering down. Just a tad astringent. Passable beer overall.

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Photo of maxist
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is really faint, just some toasted malt and dark bread notes. Taste has roasted malts, slightly ashy, burnt bread crust and a hint of bitter chocolate. Light to medium body and carbonation. Really easy drinking stout.

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Photo of adamcthomp
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of fast falling, rocky, mocha colored head. Alright lacing & near zero head retention

S: Dark fruit, figs & jammyness

T: Dark fruit, a touch of iron, leafy hops up front. Faint molasses notes, a touch of figs , & carob as this warms. Finishes slightly fruity with a bit of carob & iron

MF: Light body, very slight carbonation

Very tame take on the style not bad, but not good either

Loved this brewery's beer on cask in the UK, these small beers just don't travel well...

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - near pitch black with a little light penetration at the bottom of the glass, thumb of mocha head left consistent lacing as it receded
S - very mild aromas of cocoa, roastiness, and sweet cola
T - rich roasty malt, sweet cola syrup, mild coffee, and a smoky finish
M - thick and smooth with a surprisingly robust carbonation kick, light burnt bitter finish
O - a very easy drinker, flavours are dark, rich, and smooth as the label suggests, well worth a try

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Photo of bashiba
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a clear dark brown, with a light lingering tan head.

The smell is light and minerally.

The flavor is a bit hollow, a bit of roasted barley and a touch of smokeyness, but not much else, has a bit of sweet english grain coming through a bit as it warms.

Thin and watery.

A bit of a letdown, not very stouty.

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Photo of mapofthedead
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice black color with some ruby highlights and a tan colored head. The head very quickly disappeared, leaving very little lacing.

S: Not much at all - a little fruit and a very feint hint of chocolate.

T: Hints of chocolate but little else, ends slightly bitter but not unpleasant.

W: Thin and watery, lacking body.

D: Drinkable but mainly because it is so lacking in anything stand-outish to offend.

Notes: 500 ml bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. BBE NOV 09.

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