Stout and Oysters

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by stevensond, Dec 12, 2012.

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  1. stevensond

    stevensond Initiate (137) Nov 4, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Looking to bust out some fresh oysters down in SC for the holidays. What are some of y'alls favorite stouts to pair with them?
  2. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

  3. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poo-Bah (5,691) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    If raw... try a gueuze

    Oh snap.. you wanted stout recommendations ...

    Ill add also cadillac mountain from bar harbor along with the others..
  4. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2008 New York

    To my personal tastes, I think the Oyster/Stout combo really only works well with very dry, low alcohol Stouts. When you start getting into bigger Stouts with heavier coffee and chocolate notes, it just seems to clash with the seafood. Guinness or beers in the Guinness Draught style seem to be most fitting.
  5. bigsilky

    bigsilky Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2005 South Carolina

    If you make it into the Charleston area there is a good shot you can still find Holy City Bowen's Island Oyster Stout. COAST 32/50 Kolsch is nice and crisp and works very well with local seafood although not dark or roasty. My general rule of thumb is to focus on lighter bodied stouts that have a drying roastiness on the finish. Hops usually dominate the oyster and turn hot sauce and horseradish toxic (if you choose to add them.)

    Smuttynose Robust Porter does well as does Holy City Pluffmud Porter (more of a brown porter.) Westbrook Dark Helmet is a Schwartz beer made with rye and should perform very well with oysters.

    Enjoy your stay!
  6. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,679) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Yeah oyster stouts seem to be the best, the full taste yet not over the top body seems to go well with many foods.

    I haven't had a proper one (i.e. made with actual oysters) yet, though I can imagine it actually being quite nice. I had a local beer made with mussels and that was great, the seafood gives it an amazing texture.
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