JDBaker11058 (1737) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: very dark brown, thin light tan head, no lacing. Aroma: nice nose of dark chocolate, maybe some light pine, a hint of coffee and caramel. Taste: bittersweet dark chocolate, light roast coffee, and just a touch of brine. Finish: smooth, dry, and light-bodied. Notes: This was probably my favorite of the eight I sampled at the brewery today. Smooth, bittersweet, roasty, chocolatey, and nice. Had been avoiding because I hate oysters (and the name of the beer), but Iím glad I finally tried it. Draught at the taproom.
Davros (2601) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with an off-white head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt and soft roast. Fairly sweet-smelling.
Similar flavours, a bit more emphasis on a liquorice and roast malt note. Some sweetness remains, balancing things nicely.
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown oyster stout. Chocolatey, maybe a few touch salty, a bit thin, with a slightly fudgey finish. Pretty standard fare.
ElDesmadre (2893) - Mikołůw, POLAND - JUL 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma - chocolate and earthy notes dominated by caramel. The balance shifts towards the chocolate part in the flavour, while the medium bitter, light roasted and earthy finish sports also an interesting note of coffee. There is a very subtle salty note in there, but at this level it is sometimes also found in stouts without seafood. The beer is tasty, but as an oyster stout it is also a letdown.
JBPortland (1437) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown black with two fingers of light tan head. Nose is nutty light roast coffee bean and dark bakerís chocolate with a hint of minerality. Taste is similar, run of the mill medium roasty, nutty, light bakerís chocolate, some dry dark coffee bean, maybe a touch of minerality from the oysters. Finishes with round light roast nutty chocolate malt, mostly dry. Thin body. Meh.
Wolfenkopf (185) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thereís not much to the aroma on this one, but itís clean. I swirled it about several times and I get a bit of chocolate and malt. Not much here, but nothing unpleasant. Brew is dead of night black, even against a light. Iíve experienced darker. The head was short-lived and almond in color. The taste is chocolatey. No multi-faceted nuances here. This is a stout flavor with a hint toward chocolate. Now, my bottle says that this is an íale brewed with Rappahannock River oystersí, which differs from the stock photo associated with this brew. I can tell you that I donít detect anything oyster-like in the flavor at all. However, this tastes and feels like a stout through and through. The carbonationís a bit much, but it fades, leaving a malty aftertaste. This is a most enjoyable stout, or ale, or whatever the Flying Dog gents call it.
rdixon77 (1973) - Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black pour. Coffee, chocolate, slight salt, some oak. Okay, just a tad thin for my taste. Plenty dry though
terefere (334) - Durham, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black, thin tan head. Aroma: chocolate, roasted malts, cola, coffee, oak. Taste: coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of cola, hops.
Light bodied, feels a little too watery for a stout, but it is nice nonetheless.
nasmith003 (207) - Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight coffee and chocolate aroma. Dark, opaque mahogany. Sweet and malty with a middling hop ending.
chucklemation (1174) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with a foamy, short-lasting tan head. Aroma is chocolate and lots of roast. Flavor is roast, with a smidgen of bitterness. Has a creamy mouthfeel. I donít know what the oysters add to the beer, but itís pretty good nonetheless.