Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

Abita’s 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6155) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Nitro draught. Pours a near black with a thick pillowy nitro head. Nose is slight, but there is just a tad bit of roasting. Feels very smooth and creamy with a mellow roasted taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Sweet, smooth stout. Bitter start, smooth finish. Slightly flat. Dark, no head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap at bait shop...not much arona..black pour..brown head ..syrupy goodness..smoth drinking.love ut

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Thick black color with tan lacing. Semi sweet aroma with a slight bourbon feel. Oyster feel at the end. Good overall winter feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2597) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Very dark with a small mocha head and plenty of lacing. Mild aroma of roast, grass, and chocolate. Taste is roasty, a touch sweet, and a touch bitter. Medium-full bodied and creamy. No oyster... Bummer. Oh well, this is a really good abita, though its not that good of a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Tap @ Nobi .. deep brown .. mild foam .. simple stout, hardly imperial but still a nice beer, the abv is very well done but the palate is a bit weak .. .. ..
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They said bad, hurtful things to me.
They called me Tasty-Cakes and they would beat me and stick pine cones in my ass.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (1169) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Black pour with large tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Taste of malts, chocolate, slight hops, and faint saltiness. Medium carbonation and alcohol well hidden, pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Oyster stout seems like a perfect fit for a LA brew but this one has disappointingly little brine. Still, a very good stout with chocolate and coffee notes and a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2013
black color, aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, earthy tones, same flavors, cocoa powder, and i salty brine finish, one of the best I’ve had from abita

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