Pearl Jet
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #805
Ranked #45,854
3.42 | pDev: 14.91%
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: Formerly Oyster Stout
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Reviews by arkanu:
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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Photo of stevoj
3.18/5  rDev -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 Treyliff
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- pours dark brown/black with a small light tan foamy head with shirt retention

S- light fruity notes with just a touch of chocolate malt, sweet sugar

T- light and sweet malty notes with just a touch of roasted notes, fruity sweetness with a slightly salty finish, the finish is dry with a touch of mineral flavor

M- medium body, medium-high carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, smooth finish

O- I didn't dislike this beer, but it tasted nothing like a stout, so grading by the style I had to give it a low rating.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap @ World of Beer Tampa Palms:

A- Pours pitch black with foamy head... looks like a guinness

S- No realy smell faint- malts

T- Like a sweet guinness. Malty dark fruits molasses.. sweet

M- slick and a little watery for my liking

D- all day long. this is pretty dam good on tap

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.02/5  rDev -40.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -14%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of anakar
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's just OK, picked it up because the name "Oyster Stout" caught my eye, nothing sea-ish about it... just a not-so-good stout

App: Pours a very black liquid, with a bit of bubbles in it and a white-brown head

Smell: Nothing to talk about, the smell of a stout, kinda Guinness, kinda Murphy's kinda nothing special

Taste: See smell, sorry

Mouth: now here's the catch... it ain't smooth like any good and proper stout, it's much more like a coke of a beer, carby, tasty but fairly carby

Not very recomended although it's quite cheap

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of OldGrowler
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The best part is the smell, which is faintly of "Glosettes" (milk chocolate covered raisins) as it warms up. A little disappointing afterwards--thin, acidic and metallic. But the malting is raisiny-pleasant, and not a bad dry beer overall. Likeable, but don't drink it too cold.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Absolute black stout, some light getting through around the edges, a finger and a half of frothy tan head with good retention and decent sheet lacing.

S - Some mild roasted malt, sea water. Quite subtle here.

T - Salty ocean water, bitter dark chocolate and cream. Quite a nice combination. There's a suggestion of dried banana chips hanging back too.

M - Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation, salty in the mouth.

O - I can see this going very well on a windy day at the coast. Very sessionable and well balanced, just dont expect it to knock your socks off.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Marston's Oyster Stout isn’t actually made with oysters but takes its name from the food of choice for poor English folk, and why Stout? Because Stout is the favoured style of the downtrodden workers of the UK. So in effect this brew is Marston’s homage to the proletariat of Britain. Anyway, history lesson out of the way - is it any good? We shall soon see.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint (the working class glass of choice).

A: Presents an opaque dark brown loose packed 2 cm tan foam head which slowly recedes leaving a half centimetre lather on top. Judging by the head it looks a bit thin bodywise... nothing like those lovely dense nitro Stouts, oh well. 6/10.

S: Aroma hits you with Marmite and dark fruits (a bit of prune mostly). Following this is a hint of molasses, walnut and a herbal note towards the end. Overall this Stout reminds one of brews like Theakston Old Peculier - but a bit more muted in the aroma. That was a tasty brew, let’s hope Oyster Stout has some of that magic. 8/10.

T: Flavour is decent but let down by texture [shhh! We’ll get to that next]. Forward with the dark fruit/Marmite/molasses characters, mid palate comes on more chocolate than the expected walnut, and the finish is dry and slight herbal bitterness. The flavour profile is clean and easy-going, great we like that. 7/10.

M: Here is where Oyster Stout is let-down: Too watery. I understand that Stouts can be watery at the ≤ 4.2% ABV mark, but this is a brew at 4.5% needs less of this characteristic. Ironically the body itself is mid to light as you would expect and the carbonation is a classic UK pub light-borderline-flat. 5/10.

D: Overall this beer is a decent English stab at a Sweet Stout. The dark fruit slant makes it taste more like the progeny of an Old Ale and Stout, which at least gives it a place in this overcrowded beer market. Some lactose or oats would really help out the body, but apart from that this is an easy-drinking OK Stout. Availability and price aren’t great here in Australia, if this was canned (with nitro), easily accessible, and cheaper it would definitely be a regular beer in my fridge... that’s a freebie there for Marston’s (you can thank me with beer). 7/10.

Food match: “Oysters” way too obvious... beef casserole with crusty bread - there!

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3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a black colour with an off white creamy and foamy head, lovely lacing.

Smells faintly malty and sweet, not strong though.

Tastes dark and malty with a sweet tang from the middle to the finish. Quite rich and buttery almost too.

Overall a lovely stout.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Roasted, burnt & floral aromas as cap is removed. Pours black in color showing very dark ruby tints to the light. Head is beige, creamy, close & lasting. Dried nuts, hints of wood, black coffee infusion & roasted grain are displayed to the nose. Roasted, burnt & watery upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky palate & subtle spicy touch. Hints of bitter cocoa, well balanced malts & hops & dried sensation. Sweet finish & slight hop on the aftertaste. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby red on edges, pitch black in the middle. Creamy khaki 1 1/2 finger head. Carbonation bubbles near the bottom of glass. Laces supremely well. Thick coating of head around glass. Medium to tight bubbles in head.

S: Some fruit, some bready yeast, subtle chocolate, almost oceanic but that could be in my head since this is brewed with oyster shells.

T: Sweet, dark fruit, chocolate, quick bitterness, slight twang, not astringent but slightly bitey, creamy and touch of coffee bittering.

M: Nice and thick.

O: It's good. Not great. It's interesting, surprising and unassuming. I like the unique vibe I get that may be from the oysters but I can't be sure as this is only my second oyster stout and this doesn't taste like the other one I had. Would not seek out however as Yard's Love Stout was a better beer.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over extremely dark brown/nearly black liquid.

S: Milky smell with toasted malt and caramel.

T: Milky caramel and coffee taste up front which transitions to a salty, toasted malt finish.

M: Very smooth with thick viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: I found this milk/sweet stout to be highly drinkable with an enjoyable silky smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this stout. Was the best beer on my recent "Pub Crawl" of the English Heartland. A smooth, slightly sweet, deep-dark and velvety brew. Served in a thin, imperial pint glass from a traditional English Cask. The name of the bar escapes me but it was in Bath England.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a stout, feels like a stout. Nose is very vague and boring. I guess some English hops and the mildest cocoa in the world. Taste follows suit, very boring and vague. I'm not really sure how this can be called a milk/sweet stout. Seems more like a standard English Stout. There's nothing particularly sweet about it. I'm doubly annoyed because the bar I was at swapped out Young's Double Chocolate Stout for this Double Boring Stout. Never tried eating oysters with a stout before. Maybe there's some magic with this beer in such a case, but I would never try this again alone.

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Pearl Jet from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 220 ratings