DrnkMcDermott (2911) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single from a build-a-sixpack rack at Binny’s. Good. One may be all I want to try. Cause I have a deal with the invertebrates: I don’t eat them whole, and they don’t send giant octopi to drag me into the see. Think I’m joking? You haven’t heard the stories we were told when I worked at the Shedd Aquarium. Anyway:
Looks properly stoutish in the glass, opaque black with a tan head that bubbles away quickly. Smell is mostly coffee roast malt, but not too bitter. Taste is… well, I’m not spitting it out, that’s for sure. It’s a fine stout with some slight coffee bitterness. A little "pepper" which might just as well have come from a British hop bill (I think). I suppose the most noted effects of brewing with oysters might be a bit of hard water from calcium in the shells. Again, I’m just trying to coagulate vague impressions against my preconceived idea of what oysters in beer would taste. But no mistake, this is very good. Wonder what we here in the shadow of Lake Michigan could do with zebra mussels?
gegwilson (2168) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Dram Shop, Sheffield. Pours almost black with a beige head. Roasty aroma. The taste is very mildly spicy before smooth chocolate and coffee. Very tasty and easy to sup. good.
SlovakSniper (3964) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un stout brun offert par mon ami rodenbach99. Merci mec. La tête mousseuse brune est convaincante. Le nez est celui d’un stout brassé avec des huîtres. Cette odeur reconnaissable qui est en trame de fond de tous les modèles du genre. À cela se rajoute une dose de grains torréfiés, de fumée de rôti, de chocolat et de malts terreux. Au goût, une sensation de brûlé/rôti/fumée à travers des saveurs de chocolat. La naissance d’une touche terreuse et une petite pointe citronnée derrière le ressac noir. En bouche, un corps de moyenne densité, un pétillement modéré à élevé et une texture légèrement crémeuse. Une finale sèche, principalement noircie avec une touche agréable de houblons jaunes. Agréable à boire. Bien fait.
rodenbach99 (3598) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille. Une robe noire avec une mousse beige. Un nez de chocolat avec une touche minérale. La bouche est sous la même registre, une touche de chocolat avec ce côté minéral agréable des huitres. Présentation impeccable, du grand art.
JDBaker11058 (1561) - 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 I’m glad I finally tried it. Draught at the taproom.
Davros (2408) - 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 (13594) - 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 (2279) - Mikołów, 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 (1205) - 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 baker’s chocolate with a hint of minerality. Taste is similar, run of the mill medium roasty, nutty, light baker’s 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 (180) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There’s not much to the aroma on this one, but it’s 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. I’ve 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 ’ale brewed with Rappahannock River oysters’, which differs from the stock photo associated with this brew. I can tell you that I don’t detect anything oyster-like in the flavor at all. However, this tastes and feels like a stout through and through. The carbonation’s 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 (1591) - 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