ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Pretty brown color. The taste is a creamy mix. Some dark malts, chocolate, sea salt, slightly briny (could be in my head) and decent dose of dry, bitter hops. Interesting, but I hoped for something a little bigger in my first oyster stout.
slowrunner77 (6853) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Looking forward to this. Ended up ok but not what Iíd hoped. The saltiness is there but really not the cool brine and chocolate roast combo I expect from a good oyster stout. Pretty big foreign type stout, big roasted malts and malted chocolate, decent bitterness. Not bad but likely a one timer."
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-3-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance Ė Served a deep-deep brown nearly pitch black brew with a one finger cream colored head. The head had a decent retention fading over time to give a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma was an odd mix of roasted, sweet and slightly sea like smells. The sweeter smells were of a chocolate and caramel nature with the ďsea likeĒ smells being of a saltwater beach like aroma. While saltwater like, it was not unpleasant and it actually melded quite well with the sweet and roasted smells.
Taste Ė The taste begins as most other stoutsí do, with a roasted malt and slightly sweet taste. The roasted flavors were a mix of toasted barely and some dark chocolate with the sweet being largely of a caramel nature. As the taste advanced however the roasted flavors begin to dwindle some with the sweet increasing slightly as a molasses and vanilla flavor come to the tongue. While this is occurring, there is also a more salty flavor developing in the taste. While light at first it gets stronger and stronger as the taste advances. In the end the sweet and salty tastes along with a nice roasted malt flavor have control over the tongue and leave a rather salty roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the average side in terms of creaminess (maybe a little above) with a carbonation level that was average as well. Overall though I think the blend of medium body and medium carbonation suited the somewhat opposing (at least in feel) sweet and salty aspects of the brew against the roast flavors of the brew quite well.
Overall- A rather tasty stout. Although it is not something I would take again and again due to the slightly more salty nature in the taste, it is a rather unique and different flavor to try. This is one I think people should experience I they get a chance.
hopdog (9713) - 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 (1534) - 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 (6067) - 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 (890) - Clifton, Ohio, 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.
Bulk_Carrier (2667) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, 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 (5500) - 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!