crossovert (10682) - 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.
BVery (9178) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Happy Gnome. Very dark pour, looks thick. Clingy foamy head. Salty, briny. Roasted malt. Nice palate. Solid.
slowrunner77 (8999) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dear Lord, sat on this way too long. Kinda forgot about it in the back of the stash for at least 2 years (I think). Muddled malt with an undercurrent of brine - what may have been attenuated and dialed in at one point just doesn’t quite come together now. Beginnings of oxidation. I have to score it as I had it, but I imagine this was somewhat better the first year.
SudsMcDuff (7663) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jredmond (7142) - New York, 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.
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
AirForceHops (5669) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Sunset Grill and Tap, Allston, MA. Served in a snifter. Aroma had a nice roasted malts, nuts and chocolate. Taste follows nose with a bitter-sweet chocolate. As it warms you can pick up salt / oyster notes. Fuller body. Finish was somewhat dry. Really enjoyable stout. Don’t past it up on draft.
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
burg326 (5199) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ChainGangGuy (4691) - Woodstock, 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 ’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.