Oysterhead Stout
Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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American Stout
Ranked #643
Ranked #28,144
3.78 | pDev: 8.99%
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Magnolia, on Jerry's 70th birthday! Black with a tan collar leaving almost no lace.

Smell is robust roast and caramel.

Taste is also caramel and roast. Dry chalkiness from the salinity of the oysters (the flavor cooks off but I'd decided to add the liqour from my last miyagi to the last 3rd whoa - that really cranked it up to 11!)

Mouthfeel is dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid, chaulky stout, loads of flavor for the strength and not too heavy.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This batch is 4.9% super dark, creamy lush head.
Smells of heavy roasted malt, coffee, a nice underlying mineral quality.bitter chocolate, espresso, and a dry finish
Flavor is bitter, heavy on the dark malt. Finishes dry almost with a slight salinity.coffee, chocolate, biting bone dry finish.
Mouthfeel is really good. Medium light carbonation but the dry finish cleans it up and leaves an almost salty taste, that's begs for another sip.
Well done and glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of femALEist
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oysterhead Stout- brewed with 20 dozen Hog Island Sweetwater oysters & 5.2%. It poured a pitch black with a chocolate brown cream head. It smelled of roasted coffee, toasted malt with some mineralness in it (I assume from the oysters). It tasted like burnt espresso, malt and a light oysterness to it. It was very bitter and a tad dry. It was pretty good, considering the oysterness but it's the first one I've tried, so I don't quite have anything to compare it to.

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Photo of jayrod20
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. It went very well with a burger from the brewpub, and with the scenic views of the crazies in the haight - ashbury area through the windows. A nice dark camel flavor with a smooth creamy after taste. I would go back for this beer and would visit this place if I lived near.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this at an oysterbar in The Ferry Building, SF.

Its dark espresso colour, lively appearance, and heaps of lacing were a welcome sight. The head was small and it dissipated fast.

The aroma was smoky with hints of bittersweet chocolate.

The taste started hoppy, smoothed over with a chocolate mouthful, followed by a finish of burnt-toast. LONG HANG. Drier than I expected for an American stout.

The mouthfeel was lively but smooth. full bodied.

The burnt malt hang definitely killed its drinkability for me personally, but my dad, who for some reason likes the taste of carcinogens, found it very drinkable.

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Photo of Talisker
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery on 25-Mar-2007. Listed at "5%" ABV, not quite the 5.20% in the BA listing.

You have to love Magnolia. 13 taps, 5 hand pumps - all brewed in the basement. Not all of their beers hit it, but this one is very close.

Standard pint glass. Pours near black with a very dark tan head. Multi-sized bubbles, minor lacing sticks around throughout.

Nose is roasted malt, a tiny bit of smoke, and an even tinier bit of salt. Taste follows very nicely integrated - fundamentally just a very good, malt-forward very dry stout, with some brine definitely present. There's no overwhelming oyster smell or taste, but the salt overtone nicely colors the basic rich dry stout experience. Medium-light mouthfeel, definitely not syrupy or viscous like most American stouts - closer to a typical Irish dry stout than many of the malt/hop bombs we get in NorCal. Some faintly lingering bitter and coffee malt, maybe some brine. Definitely invites the next drink, and at 5%, one you could have a couple of.

A very, very good beer - near the top of the Magnolia line in my experience.

From the e-mail notices that brought me in to try this one:

>> Thankfully, we have Oysterhead Stout to tell you about! The best brew day of the year is the one in which we have to shuck and eat 12 dozen oysters before noon all in the name of beer. This glorious day happened a couple of weeks ago, with the star mollusk being local Hog Island Sweetwaters once again. Fermentation ensued and the result should be ready by St. Patrick's Day.


Recently, Spring has brought Oysterhead Stout, this edition being perhaps our favorite to date. ... <<

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Photo of watermelonman
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived looking mostly black with a thin head. There's a fair amount of lace.

The smell has a potent saline effect, with a hint of shell. These flavors live through the bulk of the taste and are eventually joined by a bit of smooth dark malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but very smooth.

Extremely interesting.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this a really cool beer. Made with Hog Island Oysters I’m told. I honestly wouldn’t have noticed the oysters if the name hadn’t given away that info, but knowing that there are little shell fish in my beer, I think that I can just make them out in the somewhat salty aftertaste. It’s pretty cool. Then again, maybe I’m just imagining. Primarily, this brew is about coffee, and big coffee at that. This is one of the more roasted stouts I have tasted. The aroma is 100% big roasted coffee beans. The flavor is primarily burnt coffee, and I mean really burnt, charred even. Color is black, true, honest to goodness black. Head is thick and dark tan. It lasts well. Mouthfeel is thick and coating. Medium bodied. Feels great going down the throat. Dry, salty finish. Very refreshing. A superb stout. My favorite beer from Magnolia.

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque grape/coal in appearance beneath a thin, lightly tan head. Ringed lacing until the bottom of the pint.

Dry, chocolate, chocolate malt character with some nut aromas. A unique sea salt, seafood note that is rather pleasant. A few whaffs of vinous fruit: grape, dark cherry, plum.

Dark chocolate with pine and hazlenuts at first followed by sea salt and fish flavors: I can definitely taste the fresh oysters that were used in the brewing process. A few notes of plum, and grape followed by a dry, nutty finish.

Medium bodied; dry, malty, and nicely roasted.

A well crafted, unique offering from Magnolia. A pretty creative name as well.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a thick creamy head of off-white/light tan. Aromas are malty and sweet with some salty earthy notes in the mix as wel, probably coming from the oysters used in the bewing process. Taste is malty and sweet, with some nice roasty notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soothing to the throat, drinkability is fine. A damn good stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice black body with a long-lasting tan head and lots of creamy lace down the side of the glass

Smell: Roasted notes of coffee

Taste: Light coffee flavor dominates with a bit of chocolate; nice bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

Drinkability: This is one tremendous stout; it is brewed with oyster shells (which adjust the mineral content of the water) and a few oysters to boot although I really didn't pick up on that in the taste. Kudos to the brewery for picking up on an obcure tradition and making a great beer.

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Oysterhead Stout from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 22 ratings