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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2012
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.

   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 don’t 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 I’ll get to try his home brew version and compare it to Abita’s. Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3755) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Bigby’s 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3516) - New York, USA - NOV 10, 2011
On tap at Stags Head. Pours jet black with a nose of brine and roasted coffee. taste is similar but the oysters are less pronounced, you get more bitter chocolate, and toffee. easy drinking and quite delicious but subtle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, 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.

   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 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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Pint from draft at Thirsty Monk. pours near black with a thick head. The aroma is salty and chocolatey. Palate is fairly dense with a sharp flavor. I get notes of nutshells, salt and cacao. There is an underlying suggestion of tart, dark fruits. Kind of reminds me of how some Duck Rabbit beers taste. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6297) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Thick black color with tan lacing. Semi sweet aroma with a slight bourbon feel. Oyster feel at the end. Good overall winter feel.

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