Oyster Stout | Marston's PLC

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Oyster StoutOyster Stout

Brewed by:
Marston's PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 76
Photo of FBarber
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and shiny. Completely opaque. Thin mocha colored head dissipated rather quickly leaving no residual head. Thinking of foam lingers on the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of roasted malts and barley, light notes of lactose, chocolate, and a hint of salinity is noted. Overall its actually kind of reminiscent on the nose of a Guinness draught.

Taste has notes of roasted malts and barley, some bakers cocoa and a bit of lactose. Earthy bitterness and some salinity come through on the back end. The biggest drawback is that the whole profile seems watered down. If those flavors were more robust, this would be a very nice stout.

Feel is light bodied, sessionable, and quite smooth. Lively moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this is a solid stout - albeit lacking the robustness needed to really make this a great beer that I'd want to drink again.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark chocolate/coffee/root beer like color with a reasonably modest head that is caramel colored itself. Too hard to see obviously how the carbonation is on this one but the lacing is quite well done, with many small bubble patches clinging to the side of the glass. The head could have a little more oomph to it, but otherwise not a bad looking Stout!

S- I am detecting chocolate aromas, blended in with mildly roasty malts, toffee/caramel sweetness, perhaps some yeasty qualities and fainty malted coffee smells.....overall this smells on the sweeter end of the spectrum and it is mild.

T- This one has a reasonably basic flavor profile, with an actually heavy dry burnt malt flavor, but other than this it is of cocoa (unsweetened), mild yeast, weak coffee that perhaps sat out a day, toasted oat and a finish that is in your face, but then quickly fades without any real lingering aftertaste. Nothing offensive but nothing exciting here either!

M/O- This one is too carbonated for my liking, however the fizz is tight but it doesn't allow the palate to really experience the true character. Balancing is ok, but another shot of the alcohol would help round it out better in my opinion. Its drinkable enough and may be better with a meal but in general, this is a light bodied and is a little too bland for what I was hoping. It's good, not great.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near jet black body with a fair amount of tan head which quickly dissipates to yield a film. The aroma has sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and banana. The taste has a mild bitterness, with coffee dominating the palate with a caramel and toffee finish. The finish is quite smooth and matches the style well. Overall, a bit watery, but I think it is generally a good beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before May 18 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour with reddish highlights; atop is seated one solid inch of foamy, tan-coloured head. It recedes steadily over the next three minutes, leaving behind a bubbly film and modest collar, along with some scattered patches of lacing. Looks fine, and as for the aroma, there's lots of toffee and butterscotch sweetness, with the roasted malt aspects coming across as rather subdued. There's light suggestions of milk chocolate and coffee, but even when warm, there's not much to say about the nose on this one.

A very basic sort of stout, but approachable and sessionable nonetheless. Molasses and caramel flavours seem to dominate, with perhaps a weak note of dark fruit in the background. The roasted malts slowly take charge by the end of the sip, with hints of bitter baker's chocolate and herbal, leafy hops crossing the tongue. There's a touch of roasty astringency in the aftertaste, but sweeter notes of toffee linger a bit longer on the palate. Slight metallicity. Light-medium in body, with mild carbonation levels and a soft, smooth mouthfeel. It does seem a little thin, but for a 4.5% session stout, that's more of a feature than a bug.

Final Grade: 3.47, a respectable B-. When you get right down to it, Marston's Oyster Stout is not the most memorable of stouts - but it's still a perfectly serviceable session option, ideal for washing down a hearty meal (which may or may not include shellfish). I'd drink this again, and I'd say it's worth a shot - it's not as if the price point is outrageous - but your expectations going into it should probably be tempered. This is not the sort of beer that was meant to be overanalyzed by geeks like me; it's the sort of beer meant to wash down a meat pie at the pub.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours black with medium creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Not to bad, very easy drinking.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Punch Tavern in London

A- Pours black, one finger tan head that stays perfectly
S - faint coffee notes
T - Roast coffee, slightly sweet and salty; bitter finish.
M - Smooth and inky, not much carbonation
O- Flavours are very smooth and silky, though quite light overall. Nice beer for a lighter, simple oyster stout

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks the part thick and black. Frothy thick Cafe coloured head of several fingers. Retaining and sticky.

Bit of coffee and sweet dark malt but not much else.

Mild mannered with a slight bitter coffee and earthiness. Relatively light bodied and simple in complexion. Not much on notice as far as the oyster influence goes. Smooth and easy drinking but easily forgettable. Not a repeat effort though pleasant enough.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Purchased for about $3.50 CDN. Best before July 25, 2016.

Appearance - the darkest of dark brown beers. Pours a nice finger of tan head with excellent head retention. The head is also quite creamy looking.

Smell - quite subdued, some vague graininess and a hint of earthy characteristics followed by a smattering of coffee grains.

Taste - thin, slightly earthy flavor, some vague nods towards coffee and a lingering thin bitterness. A little bit of caramel malt shows through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin for a stout, carbonation is a bit on the high end but still makes this smooth and very easy drinking, but lacks the robust body of many stouts, not that I was expecting this to be heavy either.

Overall - certainly not bad, but flavours and aromas aren't too big, even as far as English stouts go. Good enough to be considered a nice option for someone who wants a "stout light". Worth a shot, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of -steve-
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the looks of this beer. Dark, opaque with a pleasant brown head. I can't tell what I'm tasting in this beer. Although clearly a stout in the Guiness style as there is no roasted flavors. Lightly hopped and at 4.5% it goes down well.

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Photo of DiUr
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a pretty beige head which leaves some lacing. Smell is not even present until it warms, and is one of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, with the fruity character a bit too hidden. Taste follows the aroma; the smoothness and bitterness are well balanced and while it goes down easy, it is still a bit plain and watery. Smooth and drinkable anyway.

The aromas keep growing as i write, but this is not exciting. Might have it again, if not better dark ales available.

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Photo of MrCharlieMops
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Jet black in a standard pint glass but when held to the light ruby tones are visible. When poured produces a thick, bubbly light brownish head which quickly dissolves and leaves a slight bit of lacing down the side of the glass.
Aroma: Roasted, burnt, malty and grainy.
Taste: Sweet, burnt and syrup like with an aftertaste that reminds me of blackcurrant. Possible fruity flavour due to hops? Not too carbonated, medium bodied which isnt too sweet or bitter and not very milky or creamy. Good stout for those who aren't a fan of the more bitter tasting stouts.
Overall: enjoyable stout which is easy to gulp down - Could easily sink a pint of this without feeling too bloated and the taste is smooth.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black body with good tan head
rather thin and dry with average carbonation, yet pleasingly complex finish. Taste: well-balanced medium sweet and bitter, liquorice, wood.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly dark tan thin head that fades away and a racing carbonation that shows up at the surface.

S- The light black coffee roasted malt aroma has a hint of cola in the finish.

T- The mellow rich black malt has a dry roasted black grain note in the finish with a berry ester note and some roasted notes lingering after the finish. There is a watery taste that grows with a tangy taste in the finish and a phenolic band-aid hint grows in there aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that covers a lot of the flavor in the finish.

O- The flavor scrubbing fizz and the off flavors are the only dimensions to the malt flavor and they are a bit odd. I don’t think the off flavors are related to the oysters but they just don’t compliment any of the malt flavors.

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Photo of soju6
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a nice tan head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malts, bit of chocolate with a hint of spice.

T: Taste of roasted malt, bit of chocolate with a mild sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth creamy and rich in texture. decent balance.

O: Enjoyable stout that goes down easy.

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Photo of John_Henry
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark rich looking stout, with a fairly dark head that soon fades.

S: Very little aroma, but if you really strain you get some roast malts.

T: Roast malts, a little chocolate, slight malt sweetness and a very light hop bitterness.

M: Pretty smooth with a little bight from the carbonation, no oil or lasting hop notes, perhaps a slight maltiness, really not at all creamy.

O: Really rather disappointing. Considering this is a highly regarded beer, not least of all being a 'Brewing Industry International Gold Medal Winner'. Having said that, this is very drinkable, and could make an easy drinking session beer. Just not that tasty, even a little watery.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a jet black with a creamy, lingering khaki mousse.

S: Unpleasant aromas of sulfur and salty brine almost completely drown out a just barely detectable caramel scent. This is by far one of the most unpleasant smelling stouts I've run across.

T: Notes of saltwater taffy, roasted grain, heavy cream, vanilla bean, caramel, minerals, and molasses are pronounced. The finish is slight with saltwater taffy and caramel flavors.

M: Light-bodied, slick, and oily. Carbonation is rather weak for the style. Not particularly drinkable.

O: This is a very mediocre oyster stout. Both nose and the palate are very unrefined; everything just seems out of whack. This one is quite crude and really needs some work to be drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 16, 2012. It pours close to black with ruby red hues and a long-lasting tan head. The aroma does little to make me think it is a stout. There are dark grainy malts, some vague fruit, and maybe a slight hop crispness but it is all very subtle. The body is thin. As for the taste, I get little that makes me think of a stout. It is more like a Heineken Dark with an off-dry finish. This goes down quickly though.

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Photo of opalchemist
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours into an almost black, with a creamy cappuccino white-brown head.

Malty - some soapy notes, but not unpleasant.

Very light with some bitter notes [not very hoppy]. Bitterness prevails for quite some time. Not a taste bomb...

Not a really bad beer - but overall it has a lack of character and taste. Not sure, what they mean, that it is good with oysters... maybe because it is so light in taste?

No offensive taste - well maybe because it doesn't have a lot of taste...

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Photo of anakar
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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