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: 216
Photo of PolarBear3
2.02/5  rDev -40.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a russet-colored hue with a thin, dark tan head.

Smell: Rather unexciting. This beer is very lacking in aroma, with only the faintest hints of roasted malts showing.

Taste: Dull, lifeless flavors of chicory and chocolate, with only the smallest hint of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin-bodied for a stout with a sparkling carbonation that borders on being abrasive.

Drinkability: Far, far too lacking in all its aspects. One of the most unappealing examples of a stout.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Almost identical to the Satanic Mills I just drank, but ever so slightly thicker - very dark charcoal brown with ruby highlights and a sandy, thick, tan head that retains well. Strange, weak nose of cream cheese, coffee, rooibos tea, and brown bread - it smells thin, and sure 'nough, it tastes thin. Far from stout, it would make a passable dark mild, but the frail mocha-lemon flavor and the pilsener-thin mouthfeel simply do not cut it. This is a pretty lame excuse for a stout, lacking in flavor, depth, and body.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
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 q33jeff
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma is Barley, salt, kale. Dark color, thin looking. Small white head. Taste is toasted barley, coffee, vinegar. Thin feel, more like a porter than a stout. Appropriately, this is probably a good beach stout due to the thin texture, but a bit weak on flavor."


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Photo of womencantsail
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours dark brown in color with a khaki head.

S: Starts off with a lot of butter, unfortunately. Decently roasty with some random/inexplicable dark fruit notes. Perhaps a bit of licorice in there. To top it off, it's pretty watery.

T: The flavor has almost as much butter, which isn't winning me over at all. Again, dark fruit notes, particularly blackberries. It's mildly sweet and a touch metallic, but it's not as watery as the nose.

M: The body is thin and a bit watery with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Most of the oyster stouts I have had have been pretty good, but this was certainly an exception.

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Photo of SpruceMoose
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
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 SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: unique and chunky 500mL brown bottle, decent old-school label as well.

Appearance: body is heavy, unmoving black with a good thick and creamy head. Lovely.

Aroma: very light on the nose, almost unnoticeable. Sweet malts and dark fruits are there though.

Taste: very, very light, once again - almost unnoticeable again. Honestly, what's the point? Tiny amount of malts & stonefruits.

Aftertaste: disappears quickly - really not much flavour behind this beer.

Mouth feel: mid-range body with a very low carbonation. Somewhat buttery in feel too. I really think it could have used a bit more life from some more carbonation.

Overall: a truly disappointing beer - too light on flavour with a truly horrendous price tag equivalent to AU$110 for 24 x 330mL.

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Photo of paxkey
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle.
best before date of 23 oct 11.
nice looking brown bottle with embossed detail.
Dark Rich Smooth Oyster stout.

poured in a chimay glass. black opaque with no head and very little sign of carbonation.

aroma:yeast malt chocolate coffee brandy.

was not expecting so much carbonation. and with a chalky coffee grounds aftertaste.

not winning me over so far.no sign of alcohol because there isnt much of it.leaves me feeling like i am sucking on a rag soaked in coffee-water.

interesting enough with some bitterness to get me through the glass, but kind of fails overall.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.71/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Treyliff
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
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 IronDjinn
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Victoria, as I've yet to see it grace the shelves here in Alberta yet. Best before date stamped on back label is 27 MAR 08, so this stuff is still in primo shape.

Pours out a dense pitch black, consistently tight spongy tan head with exceptional retention.

Notes of wood and smoke appear first in the aroma, toasted grains, some faint chicory, and even some brine.

Mouthfeel is creamy but thin, while the flavour comes across quaint and watery at first. Some roasted malt eventually builds up enough steam to make itself present after half the glass has been emptied, some sweet malt as well, but for the most part this is a fairly one-dimensional stout. There is some smoke that eventually develops in the aftertaste.

Well then, a bit of a let down in the stout dep't here, at least this bottle that I sampled. Thin mouthfeel and limp flavour, not really something I wish to revisit.

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Photo of bashiba
2.78/5  rDev -18%
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 Andreji
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased it at the market of El Corte Ingles, between La Gran Via and Puerta del Sol in Madrid.

On the balcony of a hostel room facing fuencarral, we decided to try this with a friend. The purchase itself was purely out of curiosity.

But then came the unimpressiveness. is this actually oyster at some point? I don't get it. the appearance is like a very thin stout, not too much to my appeal but I up-rate it just because I guess it was perhaps the least offending characteristic.

The smell was not only pathetic and weak, it simply stank. no, not that fish stink I would've expected from an oyster stout. it smelled burnt, not in that roasted fashion, simply in an unappealing one.

The taste was weak and lame, simply nothing to see about it. no elaborate taste, no particular taste, simply like dipping some barley into water. whoop-dee-fuckin-doo, there goes a few euros I'll never see again.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass tumbler.

I normally thoroughly enjoy stouts. While this isn't terrible, it's pales in comparison to some of the best in the field.

A: black with beige/latte-coloured thin head; lacks a real creamy head often associated with stouts

S: roasted malts, slightly burnt, nothing outstanding or appealing here

T & M: I was thoroughly disappointed in both taste and mouthfeel. Way too carbonated for a stout; neither sweet enough or rich enough for a stout--particular a milk stout; rather thin in both taste and mouthfull; slightly burnt taste, not caramelized or interesting

O: overall this was below my expectations

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Photo of mapofthedead
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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 ThatWineGuy
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a few of these over the holidays and thought at the time that it quaffed well. Sitting down to review it today seems another story... Tan head departed abruptly leaving a flat cola appearance with no visible carbonation. On closer inspection, there are little bursts of fizzy stuff happening at the surface, sort of weird actually. The most noticeable thing about the smell was the lack of it. Taste of burnt toast, bitter middle and finish with too much astringency in the aftertaste. Although the label described fruit and chocolate, neither is present to any degree, as far as I can tell. I expect more body and flavour in a stout, this really misses the mark. I was not impressed, although if I had oysters available I'd try it again.

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Photo of anakar
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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 jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
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 TheRealBigC
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium size brown color head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light black chocolates is the main feature. Taste is also dominated by some light black chocolate with some notes of roasted malt and light dry finish. Body is too thin for the style with some average carbonation. Good but lacking some character and ends up being average for an oyster stout.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -11.5%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a beige head which quickly disappeared. Nose is toffee and some malt and the taste follows the nose.

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Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent but unremarkable brew. Not off in anyway, but not particularly remarkable either.

Pours dark with a short tan head. Drinks smooth, with chocolate and burned notes, but not assertive. Subtle, soft, subdued.

I prefer a stout with a bit more character. This is drinkable, but not something you would choose over another like offering.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a dark brown pint with a minimal creamy white head. No lacing.

Some light coffee and dark roasted grain aromas. Some boiled grain elements as well. Not impressed.

Guinness-like, with a bit more cream to it. Low end of the spectrum on milk stout scale. Feels like a Dry Irish stout. Light coffee and dark roasted grains, some bland boiled edges to this. Light bitter and creamy finish. The light sweet cream element prevent this from being a disaster.

Well carbonated and lighter in body than expected. Helps in the drinkability dept. Another St. James Gate knock-off, but with improvements.

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Oyster Stout from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
3.39 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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