Oyster Stout | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 215
Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +47.5%
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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Tight moca foam head with good retention, light fizzy CO2 activity around the side of the glass and deep dark roasted barley malt colouration.

Smell - Coffee and dark chocolate roasted barley malt aroma with some mild biscuit. Smokey character and light fruit elements of cherry, apple and plum.

Taste - Great sweet nutty malt element up front with bitter coffee and dark chocolate back all balanced by light elements of cherry and plum.

Mouthfeel - Dry and smooth with a creamy feel. This is basically what you want in a milk Stout mouthfeel so this one is pretty much on point on all fronts.

Overall - Perfectly balanced stout this one is on point on all fronts and is a deserved winner of its 2012 best porter/stout award from the WBA. If you see this buy it you will not be disappointed. Great with Egg curry or foo-young dishes.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

re-review -my first BA review below
I purchased this bottle at Oliver's in Albany NY, enjoyed chilled in a snifter
The color is a black shade with opaque clarity and light tan head with fine bead and spots of lace stick. The smell is slight mineral with gentle sweet caramel scent with subtle cocoa notes and hint of dark toast with light yeast adding dried fruit to the aroma like figs. The feel is moderately high in carbonation with medium sweet body and slight mineral aspect with yeast adding a slight dry texture with mild roast in the finish.

The taste is very light initially yet nicely balanced with slight cocoa character in the malt and subtle yeast in the mix with a sort of dried fruit taste with subtle creamy caramel accent and toasted coconut with gentle woody hop accent and light nutty cocoa with toasted flavors. There is low alcohol in the taste with dry mineral accent in the back with slight dried pear element toward the finish. Overall I still think this is a high quality stout but have not paired it with oysters as intended although I will say it is one of the better English stouts I have tried ... I really love how easy to quaff this stout is.

Look- 4.5 Smell 4.5 Taste 5 Feel 4.5 Overall 4.5
I first tasted this beer over 10 years ago and it was love at first taste. I started looking for other oyster stouts. I have enjoyed Yard's love stout and brewed my own chocolate/oyster stout using real oysters in the boil. I like the mineral quality and the full mouthfeel. I find it to be highly quaffable and recommend it to anyone who enjoys stout.

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Photo of MAB
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice stout and a bit different than others in that it is very dry. Some stouts are sour and tangy but this one is crisp and clean. It pairs extremely well with a chocolate desert.
The appearance is true to the style, with a dark roasted barley head and flavor. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of colebenoit
4.37/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a minimal amount of head, as to be expected, but it laces nicely along the side. The appearance is as dark as pitch with a tiny bit of deep ruby red along the top and bottom of the glass when held directly up to the light, otherwise pure blackness ensues. The aroma is downright amazing, with hints of cedar wood, very subtle smokiness, and a huge aroma of sweetenend cerries smothered in fine dark chocolate.

The taste is very complex indeed. While held in the mouth the taste is that of brown sugar, dark malt, and a touch of smokiness. Once swallowed this explodes into a dark chocolate flavour that quickly fades into an almost vegetive like woody flavour, that develops a pleasent bitterness/teartness on the finish. Long lingering but very pleasent on the palette. Very interesting contrast between the body and the finish.

In terms of mouthfeel its very nice, but it could be a tad creamier and a little less carbonated. As for its drinkability this is a very quaffable stout, with a very complex but not overpowering flavour, that does not confuse but encourages contemplation on its very fine flavour. A fine fine stout indeed.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned, opaque black (= very dark brown), pours with a good tan head that does not last long. Surprisingly fruity and vinous complex aroma of plums / prunes with notes of seaweed, cocoa, colombian coffee and cigars. Light bodied for a stout, but very refreshing. Moderate roast coffee flavour, quite dry, moderate roast bitterness in the aftertaste, a bit short. Must be a good accompaniment with all kinds of food - not only oysters.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
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 cdoublev
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is black as midnight with a toffee colored creamy head. This one smells slightly sweet with hints of the typical coffee and chocolate that accompany the stout style. This one tastes just as it smells. Very good. Everyone at the table agreed too.The heaviness however makes this hard to drink all night. When my second round came, I almost didn't want to drink it. Almost.

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Photo of Offa
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, solid dry stout with nice well-rounded character. It is not a “sweet” stout and from everything I have read, including the Marston’s website, is not one of those that has oysters in it but is simply of a character that is supposed to go well with oysters, and it does. It is very drinkable, a good session stout, yet has plenty of well-rounded, if fairly subtle, character.

Almost black, it has a smallish dark tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.
Aroma is rich candied coffee, figs, metal, hint of cheese and dark toffee.
Taste is woody bitterness, dark fruity sweetness, rich dark toast but overall rather dry, neither sweet nor bitter although it has elements of both. There is a briny/salty/gamey hint despite the supposed lack of oysters. It is very drinkable and enjoyable, slightly different, if not outstanding.

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Photo of foles
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Morrisons supermarket, Hatch End, UK. Pours a lovely pitch black colour, with no reflection / other colours at all. Head is white with a tinge of red in it. Mouthfeel is a some of cross between a munich dunkel, and a good porter. Very interesting indeed. The aftertaste is short, without leaving a bitter stout finish. THere is strong roasted element, mixed with a dark, muddy element. As I mentioned the munich dark lager taste is unavoidable (great). The only drawback is that all these flavours are not quite prominent enough.

All in all very nice and highly drinkable for a stout.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with ruby highlights & a tan head; thin ring of retention, very little lace.

S: Floral & spice from the hops, a light fruitiness from the yeast & a light roastiness from the malt.

T: Nice chocolaty malt that's a little biscuity with hints of coffee as well, good fruitiness, hint of spicing, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with a hint of roasted acidity, off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

A little odd for a sweet stout (I think it's boardering on dry), but a very nice stout.

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Photo of diablo14
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

maybe im biased, but you just cant dislike a beer brewed with the traditional burton union method. i normally wouldnt rate a stout that only registers 4.5 on the AV richter scale, but this is a beaut drinking stout that goes wonderfully with rich or salty food, and i found it more complex than many reviewers have given it credit for.

pours with the classic deep stout color, with a very dark brown head which thinned but did not disappear totally. the smell and taste of this beer, as with their others, are all about subtlety. you have to let them wash over you rather than expect a balls and all blast as you would with other stouts. nose has a mellow roasted aspect with hints of golden syrup, chocolate and sweet malts that border on oatmeal. flavor has elements of treacle, chocolate, a nice firm malt character with a slightly salty presence. in there is also a lovely oakey nature that lurks in the background. gently hopped, it finishes very smoothly in line with the whole drinking experience of this brew. firm but not full in body, it is rich but not overpowering.

this is a stout to be had with a quality meal, or as part of a session. at any stage it goes down like magic. one of my favorite brewers, marstons have come up with a beer that sneaks up on ya. alas i think too many drinkers want to be totally blown away, but thats never been what these guys are about. a great combo of style, finesse and substance.

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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thin brown head into my glass. Very nice.

A hint of lactose and chocolate greet the nose. Perhaps a whiff of oyster (it is an oyster stout after all)?

Sweet, milky with a slight hint of roasted coffee and chocolate. Chewy and slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and chewiness from the malt.

Enjoyable and deceptively quaffable. Good even if you don't know how oysters actually taste.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at a P.G. LCB store in a 500 ml. bottle,just out of curiostiy,man was i fooled,Oyster Stout,don't let the name fool you.Great looking on the pour,very dark almost black,with a good size tan head that stays put for a while,and some nice lacing.The nose is of roasted coffee with deep malts and figs with some prunes coming at ya also, and smokey flavoring,also kinda of a Coca Cola smell in there,christ it almost looks like Coke too.Taste is not as rich as it looks,but still very enjoyable,goes down quite easy,a little dryness hits you as it goes down with the coffee flavoring and the malts,the lite sweetness of figs and prunes rounds it off,not rich like the bottle states,just right,very good brew,highly reccomended,definitely worth a try anyways.

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially recommended by my wife (God knows why as she doesn't drink beer...she just "heard it was good").

I've had several of these, so it is worth buying again.

A solid "4" in my opinion. I've had better stouts, but I've had worse (Labatt's Guinness Extra Stout, while okay, comes to mind).

Pours a dark ruby-brown colour, almost black. Head is tannish and dissolves fairly quickly. It has no distinct smell unlike most stouts I've had. Faint traces of roasted barley, very light chocolate smell.

Taste...typical stout. Nothing terribly exciting, but good enough that I keep buying it. Strong flavour, but does not lean one way or the other. I can taste the key tastes of a stout, but they are not overwhelming. The bottle recommends shellfish, which I don't eat, but no problems with other food. Shortbread comes to mind as a companion, but that could just be the Christmas season.

Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. No problems with drinking a few of these.

Its a good, well done stout. As I said before, better than some that I've had, but there's nothing about it to push it above a "4". Recommended, but there are better stouts out there.

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Photo of DerbyDave35
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Would not come close to being my favourite drop , by any means , but I cannot guzzle Rochefort 10 , or Courage Imperial Stout all night .
So this Stout agrees with me , for casual easy drinking , something you can enjoy a few of . No overpowering flavours , it doesn't try too hard , or claim to be great ..but it does enough , when you just want a quiet few , no fuss

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect match with local oysters and clams. This beer pours black as night and a tan head. The key element here is the refined use of chocolate malts. This is a very well made stout that doesn't kick your palate with huge flavours but rather sets up a nice bivalve or burger. Very drinkable and very refined.

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Photo of admiral
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty, easy to drink sweet stout that is a pleasure to drink

taste: chocolate, plum. raison, slight lemon and spice with some red wine

quite sweet but not over done and well balanced with many nice flavours coming through on the palate. Would be very happy to have it again.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.5% ABV.

Originally, Oyster Stout was a style on its own, with actual oysters added to the boil. Id like to try one of those, but theyre hard to find nowadays.

The pour reveals a very dark cherry colored liquid, almost black. The smallish head has good retention and leaves a smattering of tan lace on the glass. Roastyness and sweet chocolate fill the aroma. The taste has a wet grain character with a solid roasty, dark malt backbone. Chocolate, barley dough and some vanilla notes linger. The mouthfeel is quite thin with a languid carbonation. Hops are very subdued, offering some bitterness in the finish.

This is a nice example of an English stout, malty and sweet but not over-sweet.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of AlexLMS
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice opaque black colour. The head is dark brown, moderately large, very rich and moussy. May not be long-lasting but presents a good amount of lacing.
Aroma: sweet roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste: roasted malts and some bitter herbal hops. Strong coffee presence.
Mouthfeel: creamy, fair carbonation and average alcohol strength. Full body.
Finish: lingering bitter roasted aftertaste.

Overall: very good beer. Well balanced and simple. Marston’s did not disappoint me and this one is going to be one of my favourites stouts. It is a pity that it is hard to find.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.5% pint bottle (brown).

Dark mahogany, almost black, with a lovelly tan foaming head, which didn't last very long during any of the three pours I had into a 0.2 litre Hannen Alt tumbler.

Burnt caramel and malts hit your nose straight away, but the aroma seemed to disappear quicker than the foaming head.

The taste is also leaning towards a burnt caramel/malt flavour.

The bottle claims it is dark, rich and smooth. It is dark, but rich and smooth it is not. Nothing wrong with it though, a little weak/watery for a true heavy style stout, but still a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of AEK
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. Deep black with a latte-ish tanned head.

S. Chocolate roasted malt, coffee and liquorice dominate the nose.

T. Slightly bitter chocolate taste with some sweet malt tones balancing things out. Hoppy bitterness.

M. Medium. Smooth and clean.

A nice stout from the Burton based brewery. It doesn't have the complexity of stronger Belgian and USA stouts but I very much like this easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" head that is gone in seconds. Very dark almost black

S- Nice chocolaty scent

T- Good chocolate and coco. Light and airy

M- Tart and dry

O- Nice overall brew. Good balance and depth

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Chili!


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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(purchased at Binny's on Marcey - poured into a proper British pint)

A: clear, dark brown liquid with strong ruby highlights... tall, fairly medium brown head on the pour, falls down in short time, but leaves a nice, messy cap - full coverage... the foam initially had a look as though the beer's cleanliness might be in question... we'll see...

S: you notice right away that something is off, or rather, different... starts off with a clean sort of wet slate scent, soon pulling through dry coffee grounds and a bit of toffee on the end... a shy overall smell that takes a strong whiff to get to whisper

T: again, coffee grounds with a vaguely molasses, sort of hard-baked, dark cookie flavor in the finish... fairly malty all through, showing some citrus pith-y bitterness and tang in the middle... roasted notes rise up quietly toward the finish and are somewhat rounded off, tempered by a moderate, lactose sort of bittersweet-ness - though not all that sweet... hops in the aftertaste?

M: pretty silky smooth with a soft, static, roasty buzz on top... a texture I've come across in a few darker British bottles... dry drop, though it leaves a little residual film... satisfying for what it is

O: by the end, pretty nice... pleasant degree of roast and body for what it is... I would have this again for sure - try to pair it with some selections from the raw bar though

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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
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