Oyster Point Oyster Stout | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 02-25-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 21st Amendment.

Very dark brown in color, nearly black, with a one finger tan head that lasts.

The aroma is like a typical good sweet stout, roasty with baker’s chocolate, with a slight briny note to it.

On the flavor, you again get just a hint of brininess and no real oyster. I think they should’ve thrown more of the suckers in there, but whatever, it’s still good. Roasty with coffee and dark chocolate.

Medium-bodied and fairly dry for a sweet stout with average carbonation level.

Enjoyable stuff overall.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 21st Amendment, in San Francisco.

At the brewpub they serve their watermelon wheat with a slice of watermelon - I was half hoping the oyster stout would be garnished in a similar way but, alas, it was not. Anyone approaching this beer with curiosity will not find any clues just looking at it. The beer's black body, ruby edges and tan head look very much like any ordinary stout.

Inspection of the aroma is not likely to turn up anything unusual either. Seafood is, for my money, among the stinkiest of things on this planet but apparently dousing it in beer can neutralize that; I have come across at least one oyster stout that smelled perceptibly briny, but notes of the salty sea broth are extremely faint (if at all perceived) in this one.

There may very well be some briny ocean character in this beer, but picking up on it above such strong notes of roasted malt and coffee is like trying to see them through the other side of a brick wall. Even then, I can't be sure it's not just the power of suggestion. Picking up on the salinity may very well just depend on how keen you are about finding it.

While there is a certain indefinable quality to this stout there are also all the standard ones too: a smoky, roasty flavour profile that looks far harder to drink than it actually is, one that is straightforward yet satisfying and surprisingly suited to multiple rounds. And its light soy-like character is balanced by toffee sweetness and predictable mineral notes.

There's a reason no one really regards 'oyster stout' as a category unto its self: despite such a peculiar and distinct brewing process, more often than not there is markedly little to distinguish it from ordinary stouts. That being said, this beer is no doubt unique and, should you find yourself in San Francisco, one you should definitely make a point to try.

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Despite the name, I tasted no oysters, oyster shells, calcium, or saltiness in this beer. Tasted like a conventional stout to me, albeit with a bit of a noteworthy alcohol finish on the back end. Head was non existent, didn't really have any lacing. Not much aroma, really. Taste was pretty good, and fresh, as it should be from the tap.

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Clear dark brown colour with a moderate tan head. Poor head retention. No lace.

Roasty, acrid aroma with a touch of earthiness. Very mild sweetness.

Roasty, earthy and nicely dry. Well balanced stout flavour with nothing messing with the palate.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A good, lightish stout with a good roast and chocolate character.

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Oyster Point Oyster Stout from 21st Amendment Brewery
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