tmoreau (1935) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bigbyís Pour House in Addison, IL., and served a fluted sampler full, showing a black/brown hue, frothy, lasting, meringue-like, brownish tan head foam, and excellent, oat assisted cling to the curtainy lacing. Roasty malt and oats gave off an initial biscuity, graham cracker scent to the aroma, followed by mellow cocoa & coffee. The body was full bodied and rich. The flavor presented a touch of sweetness, slight tartness/astringency, medium, earthy hop bitterness, a smooth silkiness to the mouthfeel which may have been prompted by the oats, or the oysters, or both. No saltiness detected. The finale was nicely bitter and dry. Pleasantly impressed!
CanIHave4Beers (2777) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, pretty much black with a small but well retained head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is chocolaty and earthy, not overly sweet but nice smelling, there is something about it I canít quite put my finger on, but itís an inviting aroma.
The flavor is Chocolaty, just mildly metallic, with a satisfying roastiness, a nice not-very-funky earthiness and a good level of all around bitterness. The beer is only mildly sweet.
Second new beer from Abita Iíve tried and really enjoyed? This is getting strange!
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: What appears to be a thickish, black body, but this joint has the late-night, past midnight lighting scheme (at least until the crank it up to run us off). Creamyish, khaki-colored head with some nice, glass-coating action present.
Smell: Well-roasted malts, with a quality of Italian roasted coffee beans, giving a predominately note easily labelled íbitternessí. Some touches of smooth, sea salt chocolate, a little dark fruit, and just a faint whiff of the Gulf of Mexico (yes, they can capture that essence, Iím told).
Taste: Deep chocolate upfront, with ample roast, caramel maltiness. A little nutty oats, maybe even a hint of vanilla and charred, toasted pale malts. Slight salty, briny quality from the Gulf oysters. Low prune-like fruitiness. Minimal hop character, bitterness. Chocolate and coffee retained on the finish, minor bitterness, seemingly a product of the roasted grains, mainly, but also a little bit of liquor and oyster liquor.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth and satisfying, like a snotty oyster going down the ole gullet.
Overall: Not bad! This may be my favorite of the rag-tag Abita Select bunch.
dchmela (2486) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at WOB SRQ. Black pour with thick off white head. Briny, chocolate and roasted grain aroma. Taste has a big chocolate bite and roasted grains. Really good, the way oyster stout should be.
jb (1951) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trying this one after a bourbon barrel offering was a mistake, didnít detect much. Reddish hue, some chocolate in the nose. Thin palate, okay. On tap at McGregorís.
Ron (2202) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at MacGregorís. Nice dark pour with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and burt chocolate. I do not notice and oysters salt in the flavor(good thing) A decent stout body with dark chocolate.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours pitch black with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.
Roasted malt aroma thatís slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate and peppery spice. †Along with the chocolate there are hints of oatmeal anise and coffee bean.
Palate is on the lighter end of the spectrum with an assault of zesty spice, overly roasted malt and boozy heat. †Lots of burnt malt with hints of coffee roast, oatmeal and dark chocolate. †Heavy spice presence with lots of pepper/peppercorn, licorice and cinnamon. †Odd assortment of flavors but not really much of an oyster flavor. † Finishes with a shit ton of booze/warmth in the finish. †Abrasive flavor profile and the abv isnít well masked making it harsh and hard to drink a whole glass.
crossovert (5701) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A little salty, much like a dry stout, not really anything to behold. It has a smooth mouthfeel.
jredmond (4620) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Valhalla with Brendan and streets. Pours a pitch black with thin brown lacing. Aroma is nice fresh roast. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of roast, clean coffee(?), and breaded malt.
DrinkEmUpJones (1058) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black color with tan lacing. Semi sweet aroma with a slight bourbon feel. Oyster feel at the end. Good overall winter feel.