ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Poured a deep brown color with an off white head. Roast, some chocolate, little earth, and some nuts
Beerathon (1126) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with creamy khaki colored head. Creamy, silky on the tongue, coats all the taste buds. Chocolate notes, oats, minerals, Nice hop addition.
tderoeck (4477) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
17/II/14 - 12Fl. Oz. can from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (2014-201) Thanks to my NYC buddy Abu Nasim for the trade!
Clear dark brown beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, lots of dried fruits, mocha, chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of dark chocolate, mocha, some coffee, caramel, bit sweet, dried fruits. Aftertaste: bitter touch, mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruits, caramel, bitter hops, roasted stuff.
nathan30533 (590) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an amazing stout. The taste is sweet and the feel is smooth. Pours dark with little lacing. Great tasting brew.
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed on 11/12/13.
She pours a nice brown and leaves the same colored body very close to black, one finger tan head that dies within about thirty seconds, lacing is clingy and starts to spider web about a minute
The smell has some dark malts, light cocoa and coffee-ish aromas play in the background.
The taste has some bitter yet malty, and slightly salty, thick malty and cocoa-like aftertaste, dry finish.
On the palate, she sits about a medium sort of body, only sessionable enough any English Stout can be - so not really, carbonation is fairly smooth and doesnít pound me as some English Stouts have in the past, I like it for the most part.
Overall, I havenít had too many oyster stouts in my life time, and I say it again as I say for every oyster stout Iíve had, "whereís the oyster?" Maybe I just donít get these things and am expecting too much as far as an oyster stout should go, Iíll keep trying them and still would have this one again.
jake65 (2599) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, courtesy of JStax Ė thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thick ring of tan head. Rich nose of chocolate and roast. Itís really quite decadent. Heavy roast and a dry bitterness take over in the taste. Coffee grounds come to mind, as well as bittersweet chocolate / bakerís cocoa. A little sweetness before the dry bitter comes through, but this packs a decent punch. Smokey and ashes. Rather robust in fact. Good stuff.
Strykzone (4897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce can from Hayduke that we had together over facebook chat. This beer pours like a cola. It has a nice big lighter shade of tan head. Carbonation slowly rises up the side of the glass. Thick lacing remains from where the head fell. Not sure what I smell here but it is interesting that there are no roasted notes. However, that is tasted. Chocolate leads along with vanilla. Something like rum in a chocolate covered candy. Just a hint of hops in the back. They bring bitterness and citrus but, again, just a bit. Perhaps some oyster in the finish. Also, the finish got a little powdery in the feel. This is a really easy beer to drink and at 7.9% ABV is dangerous!
KansaiBeerLvrs (1843) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Sugaya, I just wrote a long detailed review only to have it get swallowed into a black hole... Simply put this beer is amazing, my first oyster stout which I had sitting in my fridge for months and simply put knocked my socks of. The kicker is it wasnít even that expensive. It has a dark cola pour with reddish tints which in the glass turns a dark opaque black with a thick tan head that quickly vanished but left behind good lacing. The mouthfeel is full & creamy while the nose has that indefinable port like aroma I associate with top quality stouts-someday I will pin that flavor down but today is not that day. The taste is cacao nibs, dark chocolate, roast coffee with a fantastic after taste of bitter chocolate that lingers. Great stuff, I just wish I hadnít lost my original review, Iím guessing this one is somewhat disjointed...
Gamin (97) - - DEC 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can was 13 months old. Very malt forward and sweet. I may be crazy but I get a slight butteriness in the aroma. Overall I like it though. Happy I bought the 4-pack.
arminjewell (6148) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz can, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, roast, some nice vanilla, honey in there, slight hints of salt, nice creamy, oaky notes. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, earth, hints of dark fruits into more dark chocolate, some salty, oaty notes, slight vanilla, finishing sweet, slightly dry. Nice stuff.