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Abita Select Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2011
A little salty, much like a dry stout, not really anything to behold. It has a smooth mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....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 .. .. ..
The other children they were very nasty to me about that.
They said bad, hurtful things to me.
They called me Tasty-Cakes and they would beat me and stick pine cones in my ass.

Those were very bad times.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5346) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
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 ’bitterness’. 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, I’m 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4123) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3240) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
On draft at the Brass Tap, poured a dark black color with aromas of light cooca, roast, some earth and a touch of coffee. Flavors are the same with a nice earthy aftertaste. Not much oyster flavor in there, dont know i there should be, but ok stout overall.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3069) - Everett, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2013
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 can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s 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 I’ve tried and really enjoyed? This is getting strange!


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