TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of TheEpeeist. Pours a thick motor oil pitchblack pour, thick and viscous, with a dark brown head, moderate in size, dies to small, with good lacing. Aromas are cocoa, slightly sweeter edged, coffee, roasted malts, a touch of mineral/earthiness, touch of salt, dark and smoothed out. Initial is lighter bodied than anticipated, cocoa and coffee, more cocoa, with roasted malts, a touch of sweet caramel, moving into the oyster element, salty and earthy, a bit of an oyster feel. The finish is roasty and a touch salty, with decent sweetness, palate coater but not overdone, not up there with the kings of stouts. This really does have a salty oyster element, subtle and not fishy like one might think, tasty but a bit confusing.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Poured a deep black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, vanilla, and some coffee. Tastes of chocolate, lighter roast, coffee, and some smokiness. Body a bit on the thinner side.
travita (3957) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to BMan1113vr. The look is lback in color, not too much tan head. Dark. The smell is malts, roasty, dark fruits, and chocolate. The taste is malts, roasty, fruits, and chocolate.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20100209 750ml bottle from Buy Rite in Jersey City. Dark, thick looking, near black with small but lingering tan head. Aroma is more chocolate than I expected, rich, some vanilla, and yet nice earthy, warm, savory notes, too. Body is medium to full and creamy, not sweet, with a long dry roasty dryness and a bit of chalky astringency that reminds of a lighter dry stout. Flavors less typical chocolate and coffee, and more earth, brine, anise, toffee. Very nice beer. I hope this one makes it to the FF rotation.
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. A jet-black pour with a thick and smooth mocha head. A rich, roasty aroma with some smokiness to it. Roasted coffee, topsoil, Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla beans, grapefruits, and some salt water are all apparent. Goes down medium-bodied and silky-smooth. The flavor starts with some sweet caramel and a touch of vanilla. A burnt, earthy maltiness, roasted coffee, and bittering semi-sweet chocolate follow. A touch of drying grapefruitiness at the end. There is a smoky, salt water essence throughout.
bhensonb (11072) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Wine Specialist. Pours black with a three+ finger dark tan head - very creamy. Primarily dark roasted/burnt malt for aroma, but there is something unusual. Full bodied with sharp, foamy carbonation. Flavor is the malt bitter, with a touch of coffee, and something sweet that goes in and out. Very nice. Gets more coffee with time. No detectable Ostreidae bits, but there’s something more than usually smooth about this very good stout.
alobar (2778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a thin consistency. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and cocoa. Flavor is slightly sour with chocolate, cocoa, and coffee rounding out the flavor. Decent offering.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, booze, bbq. Flavor is salty, smoke, BBQ, earth, ash. Watery mouthfeel.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Finally, a true oyster stout! This is my first. The pour yields an extremely dark, inky, mahogany colored body that shows cola-like translucency at the outer edges when backlit. A tall, foamy, light brown head settles in to a skinny, smooth blanket, then eventually fades away completely. Minimal spotting shows on the glass. The aroma is well balanced, showing countering notes of bittersweet baker’s chocolate, dark barley roast, and coffee. Hints of anise lend a licorice-like spiciness, while wisps of earthy-sweet yeast lend further depth. Flavors mirror that profile, again deliciously balanced between dry, dark, earthy roast and the perfect amount of subtly sweet cocoa and burnt caramel. The mouthfeel transitions back and forth between slick and semi-dry, medium-plus in body all the way, maintaining a fine but consistent carbonation throughout. Overall, this is a very fine brew that walks the line between a standard American stout and a dry export stout.. I only wish I had some oysters to go along with it.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured black with a copper head. aroma was roasty, chocolate, and coffee. flavor was coffee, bitter, and dark roast. body was light with somewhat of a slick feeling.