jsquire (3727) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a thin beige head. Roasty malt nose with some coffee notes. Flavors of coffee, molasses, burnt toast, dark roast grains and something salty that I will credit to the oysters I guess. Caramel sweetness and a coffee bitterness in the finish.
angelkostvo (878) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with small head that disappires. Aroma of sweet coffee, nuts, roasted malt. Taste is light bitter, good balance. Medium body, slick creamy texture, soft carbonation. Interesting.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The nose is roast malts, chocolate, and and coffee. Black with a thin cream head. Roast bitter with a metallic salty note. Medium to medium light bodied with a bitter salty finish.
ncb122 (4) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with small tan head. Carmel and chocolate aroma with a slight bitter after taste.
superspak (3331) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/27/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light oyster, and light floral hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance of roasted malt notes. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, light oyster, floral, and earthy spiciness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors, with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout! Nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and really easy and smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
ChainGangGuy (4507) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the Shock & Awe Variety Pack - $16.99 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a smallish, light beige head.
Smell: Chocolaty scent with a fair amount of roasted barley grains within. Light, leafy hops. A little berry accent. Really not picking up much oyster-anything in the nose.
Taste: Lightly charry breadcrusts, some milk chocolate, and a little splash of mild coffee. Modestly sweet. Lightly fruity. Leafy, spicy hops, not overblown, and giving a light bitterness. A little briny, salty, but not much, really. Gently roasty, lightly chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A particularly light oyster stout with only the faintest hints of the salty, briny, mineral-laden overtones that most have. Go on, slip one to your vegan friends.
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Slightly thin bodied for a stout, but very well balanced throughout and nicely done. Aroma of cream and chocolate. Slight tingly carbonation on the tongue. I feel like I can taste a little oyster resemblance in the finish, but maybe itís in my head. In any event, this is a terrific brew that I am currently rating straight out of the fridge. Iíll def. have to get more of these and explore itís flavors as it warms up. Would make a great session beer with the 5.5 abv.
pottygok (530) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Hints of coffee and roasted malts, but I almost had to inhale the beer to get them.
Appearance: Black with thick, tan head.
Taste: Light sweetness balanced by a light sourness, and a lot of saltiness.
Palate: Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long salty finish
Overall: Interesting...Iím not sure the oyster addition works completely for me, but I think I see where the brewers are going, and they balanced it well. That being said, this is a bizarre try-it-one-time beer, at best, and not one I would seek out again.
umich03jm (2712) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black, small head that fades quickly. Aroma is pretty roasty and I just gets hints of chocolate and a sort of mineral/metallic scent. I guess thats the oysters? Taste is decent. Fairly roasty and that mineral taste hits in the finish. Kinda thin body. Average stout.
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice one finger frothy brown head that slowly faded to a thin covering. The nose is quite roasty and burnt with a slight mineral and briney note. A rather thick and aggressive nose compared to what I was expecting. The flavor is pretty nice, roasty and dry with that underlying brine note that I suppose comes from the oysters. Finishes with a mix of chocolate and a light malt bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly chewy texture with soft fizzy carbonation. This is pretty good among the oyster beers that Iíve had in the past. The briney and mineral notes really come out pretty well on the finish.