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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A dry stout brewed with Rappahannock River oysters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Purchased from T.S.B., Hampton. Pours a darkish-purple black-brown with a thin off-tan head. not even a ...yeah, we know: fuckin’ fingernail in length. Let’s write something else, shall we? Aromas of smoke, sea salt, algae, milk chocolate, and raspberry preservatives. Tastes the same. I can honestly taste the sea in this beer. Not terrible, just not great. Well, this is Flying Dog: when the hell have they ever brewed an amazing beer? Decent for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Black, with a thin schmear of beige foam. Smells like coffee and stone or some other clean, fresh aroma I can’t quite pinpoint. Taste is coffee and other dry, clean flavors. i get some woody notes, too. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2013
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2013
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mokonawht (4) - - MAR 22, 2013 does not count
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - MAR 17, 2013
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.

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