Cantabrian (970) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love true oyster stouts (or better, "mollusc" stouts, as NZ has great clam & mussell stouts too) for the brine and the saltiness that that create this perfect trinity with sweetness and bitterness. However, I was a bit concerned when I learnt that the Rappahannock oysters were the sweetest of all the east coast true oysters. Where would the "brine" be then? Well, not to worry. This is a fabulous stout, truly briney and salty (and apologies for the abuse of words ending with a "y"). Not much of a thrilling aroma, rather fruity, with a bit of plum and a touch of chocolate, free of that oiled leather of heavily hopped stouts and free of coffee. Black as sin, but not a pun on the spilling sin of Onan, perhaps an inspiration for the clever name. The flavour is a wonderful balance of the bitter chocolate, the sweetness of prunes (and RR oysters), the seasalt - I know that it is likely not even there anyway - and a buttered brown toast with a thin film of vegemite. Not a hint of coffee, for which I am thankful. Flavours all very well blended, roundly smoothed into a not-too-complex result. Still, superb! Not too dry, neither to start with, nor in the end, so I don’t understand what makes this a "dry stout". Palate is chalky, a bit unctuous, lovely and seductive as a sweet oyster that has just exploded under our bite. I must hurry and order more of these!
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 From a bottle aroma is slight brine and heavy roast. Taste is smooth roasted chocolate with bitter and light brine finish. Nice!
Ratman197 (12562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, light coffee and light earthiness with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ midnight brewing session. Aroma is liquorice, roast, some silty/salty notes, soy. Flavour is mild bitter, mostly of roast, chocolate, liquorice and slight silt. Nice.
mokonawht (4) - - MAR 22, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Soy smoke. Poured a deep dark brown colour with a small tan head. Sweetish charred malt nose with hints of smoke and soy. Flavour was quite sweet, with further roasted malts and notes of choc and coffee. Didn’t really pick up on the oyster aspect especially. Solid, if unspectacular offering.
chinchill (3794) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured clear, dark mahogany in color, but looks nearly black in the glass. It has a modest size tan foam cover. The head reduces rather quickly, leaving a durable ring but little lacing.
Aroma: dark roasted malts with a hint of briny oyster.
Taste: Toasty, salty and smokey with just a touch of briny oyster in the surprisingly smokey finish. Sweet/bitter more-or-less in balance.
Mouthfeel: medium-full body; medium carbonation; less dry than expected.
Overall: A nice stout with plenty of rich, dark roasted malt flavor.
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Dark brown, almost black, small brown/grey head. Nose : smoked and roasted aromas, black chocolate, cheese, oyster souse. Sip : Thick and oily. Low carbonation. Sweet , black chocolate cake like flavour . Roasted and smoky notes develop sour and bitter end. Overall the beer malt aromas are a bit too cloying for me. Not easy to drink but tasty.
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not my favorite stout representation but not a bad beer. Slightly weird sweet start with a roasted bitter finish.
BRW (1908) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to Alvaro from petroleos blog. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, with some saltiness. Same for taste, with some sweetness too. Nice beer.