Oyster Stout | Marston's PLC

BA SCORE
79
okay
72 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Oyster StoutOyster Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marston's PLC
England, United Kingdom
marstons.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by anakar on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
13.47%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Luiz0930:
Photo of Luiz0930
3/5  rDev -10.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Robertas
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 850 characters

Photo of DiUr
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

 485 characters

Photo of Iaido
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of opalchemist
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

Nose:
Malty - some soapy notes, but not unpleasant.

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

Overall:
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...

 512 characters

Photo of mishi_d
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 454 characters

Photo of ChrisCage
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 1,371 characters

Photo of Segelstrom
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of fleurdelou
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of dcotom
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evgen
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of killcore
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 1,835 characters

Photo of speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ayricton
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of 123321123321
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oyster Stout from Marston's PLC
3.34 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.