Oyster Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.62 w/ 10 ratings

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Longstaff on 10-03-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can count on Dogfish Head to make beers like this, beers no other brewer had dreamed up or dared to produce, in this an Oyster Stout. Are there actually oysters in this ale? I haven't been able to find a definitive answer, but I would say that after tasting this brew, there is definitely an element of the sea. Dogfish Head, of Delaware, is the one of the most creative breweries in the country and the Oyster Stout does not disappoint. It is a mellow, dry, light to medium-bodied stout with flavorful notes of roasted coffee and hints of smoke. The mouthfeel is silky. The malt and hops are in balance with a fairly assertive hop character that lends itself to dry, yet oily finish, coupled with a dash of sea salt. Could I taste oysters in this stout? I think I wanted to, but the only elements of the sea that I could find in this beer were the subtle oiliness of the finish and initial briney character of this first couple sips. Overall, a very drinkable and slightly unusual dry stout and I would guess the best for having with shellfish.

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Photo of sponberg
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as coal with an offwhite head. I did not find the aroma very stout like - if anything, it had a salty beeriness not unlike the cans of Munich beer my dad used to drink. Yes, there in the background, a hint of roastiness, but...

Hmmm... quaffable. Basically a medium-bodied stout, but with the addition of an almost Burton on Trent degree of mineralliness to the palate which does add some complexity. Slightly thin, but there's a roundness to the flavor (bitter chocolate, roast barley) and a degree of oiliness that makes up for it. No hops in evidence - maybe the oysters ate them. I found this one to be rather drinkable, if not the most exciting brew to hit my palate.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one seems to be fairly average to most so far, but i quite enjoyed it. it pours, in typical stout fashion, a dark dark brown to near black in colour, with a hearty and creamy tan head that leaves a nice stickiness on the glass. the smell is rather sweet, with detections of coffee, wood, malt and chocolate, perhaps even a chocolate chip cookie smell? strange but i noticed it. the taste is of chocolate more than coffee, with a nice malt balance that finishes with a slight smoke, dry taste that also has a bit of a slightly salty kick to it. interesting. this is quite smooth and very enjoyable and easy to drink. dfh has another winner, i think.

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Photo of saltydog
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, not much head. Smell: Chocolatey malt, some shaprness from roasted malts and perhaps oysters(?). Taste: Rich, deep, smooth. Roastiness is in background. Sharpness is still there, but not as noticeable asin aroma. Mouthfeel: rich, thick. Drinkability: Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of scottum
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served quite the black with a tan head. Tastes interesting to say the least. The flavor is one that I've never had in a beer before. Must be the oyster. Not umpleasent, but not what I'm used to. Mouthfeel is way too thin for me, I would hhave enjoyed this brew much more if it were thicker. Lacks balance. Just eh in my book. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of taez555
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Big City.

This beer poured a pitch black body with a small creamy white/tan head.

The nose was typical stout. Soft chocolate, a lot of roasted barley. I kept smelling for a fishy oyster smell, but honestly it wasn't there. Just nice soft roasted barley.

The taste was about the same. Medium bodied, very smooth and easy drinking. A little oily. Chocolate, a touch of coffee, lots of roasted barley with some soft roasted barley bitterness. I got a touch of saltiness, but I'm not sure if it was actually present or just my mind wanting to taste the oysters.

It ends soft with a mild lingering bitterness.

Overall I found the oyster stout to be just another stout. My girlfriend tasted and said it was gross(and she's a huge stout fan). Basically to me it just tasted like a middle of the road stout. If you hadn't told me it had oysters in it I probably wouldn't have even noticed. This is probably a beer I'd only have again for shock value in a group of friends.

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Photo of Longstaff
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a 3oz. sample on tap at Redbones.

This oyster stout brewed with real oysters poured a dark black with faint garnet highlights. Decent light brownish head. Alcohol notes are noticeable on the nose and somewhat pleasing like a belgian dubbel - some roasted grain aromas mix in as well. Flavor is mostly roasted barley with very little chocolate notes. Alcohol flavors are most present and not very pleasing - somewhat like bad homebrew. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is very interesting with the oysters leaving a fresh oceany/peppery flavor in the mouth. Salty dryness lingers on the tounge even after one sip. I'm sure your mouth would feel burned out after a full pint though. Nothing to write home about IMO, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also tried a 3 oz sample at Redbones, ala Longstaff. Nice dark color, thick head, with an aroma of fresh sea air. Taste is slightly roasted, body is walking the line between fine and medium. Finish is a bit oily. I found this to be an interesting tasting beer, but overall, not remarkable enough to want to drink a full pint of this. Not bad, just not remarkable. pat

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones (full pint).

This stout poured very black with thin, tan foam that clung a bit to the glass. The smell was modest: malty. The taste was sweet and malty with a hint of caramel and cocoa. Perhaps a barely detectable saltiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and modest to low carbonation. There aftertaste was malty. This was a decent and easy drinking stout. I am not sure what the oyster in the name refers to, or what it was supposed to impart to the flavor, but nothing "fishy" was detectable.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Oyster Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 10 ratings
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