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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout

Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout
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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
History of the Beer Style
Last year Abita Brewing sponsored a homebrew contest where the winning beer would be brewed as a Select offering. The beer was brewed by Kerry Yoes of Baton Rouge, LA and we have taken that recipe and made this Select beer.

Abitas Select: Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout
Abita Imperial Oyster Stout is made with pale, caramel, roasted and chocolate malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. The flavors of toffee and chocolate are prevalent but not overpowering. The beer is hopped with Willamette hops. Since the beer gets so much flavor from the malts there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just enough bitterness to complement the sweetness of the malt. Finally, freshly shucked Louisiana oysters are added to the boil. The salt from the oysters gives the beer a more intense aroma and mouthfeel.

Food Pairings
Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout is very good with grilled steaks and most red meats. However stouts are best served with sweet desserts, especially ones with chocolate in the recipe. It is also excellent as a stand-alone, after-dinner drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrew149 (1) - - OCT 26, 2015 does not count
Bad mother shucker, 22oz bottle, poured into a duvel tulip glass A: a little lighter than anticipated, I can see light through the edges of the glass, not too much light but just a little bit. The head is a light tan color that dissipates slowly and leaves a light lacing. S: unsweetened chocolate and light coffee notes along with a little maltiness. T: unsweetened chocolate is the prominent flavor up front. I dont really get any oyster from it but there is a lingering after taste (once the chocolate dissipates) that is SLIGHTLY reminiscent of oyster and yeast. M: has a nice creamy texture, similar to that of a milk stout, not to thick but just enough to not be watery perhaps the oyster makes it thicker. It coats your tongue and mouth after swallowed which aids in the lingering aftertaste. O: much better than I had expected and a lot less oyster than I expected. IMO this could be sold as a chocolate stout and I would never have had any idea that oysters where used in it. I had the pleasure to meet the home brewer that created this recipe. According to him and others who have tried his home brewed batch, they all say his is better. But who knows maybe one day Ill get to try his home brew version and compare it to Abitas. Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tap at Bayou. Pitch black body. Thin, patchy beige head...steady. Smooth chocolate aroma. Big luscious malt tones. Caramel, chocolate. Refreshing, pretty drinkable, enjoyable. Mild chocolate milk finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Happy Gnome. Very dark pour, looks thick. Clingy foamy head. Salty, briny. Roasted malt. Nice palate. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (3352) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 01.07.2013, tap @ Rattle n Hum:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice. Taste is slightly dry roasted, dark malts, cocoa, hay, wood, cardboard, burnt coffee, grass. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2013
On tap at Cooshs. Near black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, soy. Tastes are oats, graham cracker, oyster-soy. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3210) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a thick black on tap with fluffy cream head that laces nicely. Aroma is slight, kind of like a dry stout, soy and toasted dark malts. Taste follows, add hints of chocolate and coffee, with no real booziness. Pretty solid, but wanted a little more on the nose actually. No real brine from the oysters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
On tap at the Square Pub. Pours near black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavors of nicely roasted malts and is rounded out with some chocolate, caramel, and light hop bitterness. Little bit of salt in finish but did not pick up any type of oyster flavor. Not a bad stout and by far the best I have had from Abita.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2128) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAR 22, 2013
Draught @ the square pub in decatur. This is a decent impy with lots of bitterness and roasted malt flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Judes (29) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
not usually looking for these types of beers but i liked my half glass. very roasty. not a dark beer fan but this was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap at Chimes East in Baton Rouge, as well as Whole Foods on Park Lane in Dallas. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some nice chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some light smoke and a slight brininess. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice.

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