keanex (1592) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall, dense and persistent brown head on top. Great looking stout!
Aroma: The aroma leans a bit sweet with chocolate and mild roasted malts, there’s a mild dryness contributed, I assume by the Irish yeast. It certainly has the Irish yeast aroma.
Taste: This is a very solid imperial stout with a touch of chocolate sweetness to compliment the shy roasted malts. The chocolate reminds me of syrup a little a semi-dry and quick finish. This is a very nice stout.
Palate: Full-bodied, but not super thick. The carbonation is mild as well.
Overall: This is one of the best oyster stouts that I’ve had. I like the malt profile and the drinkability is high. No brine worth noting, but this is very good beer, well worth trying once.
abcfan (800) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really well done brew. Pours black with a fluffy brown head. Aroma is full of malt, roast, and tobacco. Creamy in the mouth, with a bitter finish.
EithCubes (5182) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle of the re-release, this one is 7.5% abv. Nose is wonderfully roasty, dark with tar and ash, some tobacco, and the chocolate is kept to a bare, dark minimum. Pours inky brown-black with subtle ruby highlights and a tight, sudsy light brown head. Light body edging toward watery, sweet with the ash/tar/tobacco mentioned before, a really nice roast character not pushed to the side by lactose or other additives. Fruitiness is there but vague, it’s earthy and light mineral character adds a bit of a sharp bite and significant tang, and there’s some creaminess too smooth the acidity. If I had my druthers, I’d like this to be drier, but it’s pretty darn tasty as is.
conway (1872) - - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black with a 1 finger tan head. Aroma is roasty and chocolatey. Taste follows suit and adds some really nice briny earthiness. Creamy mouthfeel and sufficient carb. Very tasty.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 bottle drank in January 2014. When opening the beer I got a loud pop from the carbonation, but luckily it didn’t gush. Dark brown to black pour with a very fine brown head. The aroma has some roasted malt and light dark fruit notes. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt as well as some brine from the oysters. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.
Ed5388 (2439) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz (2014 release) from Crossroads Spirits. Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy mocha colored head. Aroma is choc-o-lat-ey! Lots and lots of chocolate, some roasted malt, and cream. Taste is rich and smooth. Again lots of chocolate, roasted coffee, mild sweet caramel, and a hint of saltiness. Solid stuff!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 03/12/2011 courtesy of BrewEngineer. Dark black body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet roast, chocolate and caramel aroma. Sweet chocolate, roast and light salty flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
jkwalking05 (4116) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, sea salt, and coffee. Taste is salty, sea water, roasted malts and coffee.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a bit apprehensive about this but it was a really solid stout. Seemed like a pretty typical good stout but had a saltiness/brine at the end. I was expecting more oyster flavor but was happy it wasn’t there. It was a solid stout.
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome stout. Thanks JayBo. Again, this score might have been influenced by watching the Pats beat the Ravens to go to the Super Bowl. Maybe it is wistful thinking, but I pciked up some briny notes to compliment the big bold dark chocolate and heavy roasted malt character. Too bad I only had one bottle