Chuckaduck (583) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Junlge Jimís, Eastgate, OH.
Pours very dark brown with a thin light brown head. Aroma is surprisingly floral, earthy, some chocolate. It may be power of suggestion, but I also smell what seems to be some saltiness, like sea water. Taste is pretty mild, somewhat sweet; dark chocolate, floral, some smoke. There is again this odd sort of mineral quality, a bit saltwater like. Slick, oily mouth feel. Overall I found this mineral/salt quality odd but not necessarily unpleasant. However, I very much enjoyed the floral character of this beer. I also was a bit surprised to find that the shells only were used to make this beer, not the oyster meat. This would account for some of the mineral taste and the lack of a meatiness. I would drink this again, even for some of its peculiarities.
alexsdad06 (3857) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can from Dutchís. Pours a near black color with a medium sized beige colored head of fine bubbles. The aroma is for the most part pretty standard for a stout; roasted malts, dark chocolate with a hint of oatmeal like sweetness. There is a slight briny note from the oysters. The flavor is pretty much the same; roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild oatmeal sweetness with a briny finish. Very smooth and a touch dry.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz can poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color. Itís not very opaque considering itís a nearly 8% stout. It also seems to feature somewhat strong carbonation if I look closely in the glass. The head is a weak looking one finger mocha color with low retention.
S: Seems to be a sweet stout, with primarily chocolate, hazelnut, and faint vanilla. The oysters come through quite well, as a sort of salty, mineraly aroma. Could be a bit less metallic, but thatís just nitpicking.
T: Surprisingly, the flavor is sitting on the opposite end of the stout spectrum of the aroma, with tons of roasted malts, lactose cream, and coffee. It comes across as smoky at times, too. After the initial finish, the mineral profile comes through. The flavor has a bit too much metallic presence to be great, especially on the aftertaste. Really, it just doesnít work for me.
M: Tingly and astringent. It seems dry at first, but after a while, the charred, metallic aftertastes seemingly introduces a syrupy quality to the texture that Iím not a fan of.
O: I like oysters. I love stouts. Sadly, I donít love this; even ílikeí is too strong of a word here. Just too disjointed for my tastes.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can, canned on 11/19/12 (printed on bottom of can). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some oyster shell/brine. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the oyster shell/brine salty flavor is stronger in comparison. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew, definitely worth a try if youíve never had it before. $8.99 a 4-pack.
tcane7 (1363) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Caponeís. Pours black with thin tan head and spider web lacing. Aroma of chocolate and some roasted malts. Smooth, creamy mouth feel. Taste is creamy milk chocolate with mild salt.
portableparty (1880) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can from Hiero816Pack. Pours brown red color with a quick tight khaki head that fades to a film. Aroma has roasted malt and hints of sweet chocolate that smells rich. Taste is smooth roasted malt mild coco with just a tinge of bitterness I personally donít get any oyster taste, but maybe a faint saltiness in the finish. Palate feels full and velvety with a smooth dry finish. Very smooth and enjoyable!
jcweaver (748) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours black with a medium beige head. Moderately sweet aroma with roasted malt, chocolate and thin coffee. Fairly sweet and chocolaty flavor with roasted notes, light coffee an a touch of saltiness. Very smooth and easy drinking throughout.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tin. Pours dark brown/black with thin off white head. Aroma is malt and oyster with a bit of chocolate and oat. Nice flavour, malt with a bit of chocolate. More oyster in the finish. Good for you.
Tmoney99 (9640) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Little Ms. Money. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average to large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and smoke aroma. Medium to heavy dark chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a very good beer that exceeded my expectations.
Alphadelic (1732) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rich and lightly smoky roast on the nose.Some raisins follow it up. In the mouth it is slick with sweetness, dark fruit and a solid bitterness to the finish.Very tasty, though I had the best oyster stout ever not 2 days ago so Iím probably a little partisan right now.