lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Best by date on the side: 09/09/12 (I think). A deep mahogany pour with a smallish mocha head. Coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, and salty sea water dominate the aroma. Way too thin-bodied and watery for the style. Caramel, cocoa, and some dark chocolate upfront taste-wise. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee bring up the rear. Kinda earthy. There is a unique sea salt/mineral water presence throughout that kinda intensifies everything. This wouldnít be too bad if it had a bigger body.
beernovice39 (3109) - Montana, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a dark brown with large tan head. Scent is roasty, chocolate and coffee. Taste is light roast, coffee, chocolate and a hint of earthiness.
boxofrane (2062) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine and More in Claymont. Pours black with a small tan head that dissipates in a couple minutes, leaving a film and a little lacing. The aroma reminds me of raw oysters from Red Lobster. Very salty, etc. The taste is much different and is mostly chocolate and coffee flavored. There is a little saltiness. For 5.5%, the palate is very full and glides over the tongue easily. Overall, this is an absolutely killer stout. If the nose was as good as the taste, this would be 4+.
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Iím a sucker for anything with oysters in it. This one gives off a warm, boozy meat vapor. Warmed half-and-half, punched with agave nectar and a bit of rum. I canít say Iíve ever had a an oyster stout and said, "Damn, Oysters!" They all seem to have just a little bit more mineral quality to them. I want to actually put one of these in my mouth and get that zinc-heavy, briny, meaty oyster juice. That might take making an oyster shooter with beer, which would be good, but thatís not what this is. This is on the lighter side of stouts, a little heavy on the Crystal malts, but otherwise alright.
CanIHave4Beers (3193) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours basically black with a big tan head and a nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is very clean & very roasty. There is some coffee, some soil, and some mineral character; this is a very rich smelling beer.
The flavor is a bit sweet, plenty roasty with a good bit of dark fruit. The beer is plenty bitter with a little bit of odd buttery flavor.
One of the more pleasant Flying Dog beers Iíve had.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with some crimson and garnet highlights under a medium sized tan head that deflates a bit. Roast on the nose, a touch papery and grainy with hints of oxidized old fruit behind it. Medium bodied, sweet and roasty right away. Moves to some of that cheap paper quality from the nose, almost metallic before picking the roast up again and getting slightly minerally and salty, but not much. Slow to develop finish with light roast, a bit of sweetness, and some dusty bitter cocoa. Decent enough but nothing really memorable.
Bricktop86 (553) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown almost black with very little head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Taste is earthy, coffee, slightly salty with a medium bitter finish.
SSSteve (3740) - - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. near black pour with a large, foamy, beige head. roasty, charred nose. roasty, charred, bitter, dark chocolate notes. an extra dry finish with a light body and a creamy palate. i keep trying to find a hint of íoysterí in this(and all other oyster stouts iíve had), but itís just not there. does it have something to do with a certain saltiness in the flavor or even water chemistry (CaCO3)?. anyway, a good stout regardless, oyster notes or not.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured medium-deep brown with a bit of tan head sticking around. The aroma picked up roasted black malts and espresso, with light husky accents.. came across about as a clean, roasty, dry stout should. The flavor found well-roasted, but still sweet black and coffee malts at the core.. mild salinity from the oysters accented well.. some dry-roasted, lightly sour malts and earthy notes on the finish. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. good roasty dryness.. nice easy-drinkiní stout.
KiltedHophead (1) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a heavy stout. Pours with a slight tan head. Lively aroma with chocolate main body essence, enough varieties to linger on briefly and go back again. Taste is more on the sweet chocolate coffee side, leaves me wanting to not have more than two. Overall, I would pair this with a lite lunch and move on satisfied.