nihilistfranz (14) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My personal stout of choice. I was so excited when they came back out with it as the first re-release of the 100 barrel series. Goes to show what 100 barrels and harpoon is all about. Popular demand rules the beer world! Everyone in boston loves oysters and this beer was top knotch. if your scarred of a little shellfish in your drink get out of new england. Black and cold as a winter Night on the harbor. This owns a clean dark malt flavor. yum
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label indicates that this is session 30, the ABV is 5.5%, the IBUs are 35 and it was brewed with real Oysters.
Appearance: The body has dark opaque body which is black in color. On top stands a tall tan head which is thick and looks similar to the foam on top of chocolate milkshake. It is long lasting and makes lots of sticky lacing as I drink.
Smell: The aroma is rich and roasted with toasted dark maltiness. Hints of dark chocolate, toasted bread mix with a slight mineral like edgy character from the shellfish. Some leafy hop notes are also detected here.
Taste/Palate: There is defiantly a heavy hit of dark roasted maltiness with notes of chocolate malt, dark caramel, some light ABV and a interesting almost salty mineral like thing going on in there. Leafy herbal like hops add a bit of bitterness and flavor as well. The hops are most noticeable in the finish. Its texture is firm but not too thick or viscose as to be hard to drink or cloying. It has a nice level of carbonation and drinks very well without being too thin or watery.
Notes: This one has a little bit to it and an interesting overall character.
jstraw (1842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark mahogany with big, foamy brown head / Smooth nose of roast barley, chocolate, and ocean water / Light to medium body with nice, no sweetness, creamy and dry touch of hops, and with good finish / Flavors of roast barley and milk chocolate, with hints of oysters and sea water / Surprisingly delicious. Not a sweet stout.
jainsv (113) - USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent mouthfeel and body. Rich dark appearance. Smells and tastes like a mocha/chocolate roasted stout, with a hint of brine/salt in the aftertaste. Unique and delicious.
SanfordBrewer (1371) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque dark mahogany with a thin but lasting tan head, creamy full body with medium carbonation.
Aroma: lots of dark malt, earthy minerality, a touch of sweet chocolate, and a hint of charcoal.
Taste: lots of charred malt with some chocolaty undertones, rich salty minerality, a balancing touch of leafy hop bitterness, and just a hint of caramel sweetness.
Wouldnít know it had oysters if I hadnít read the label, exept maybe a subtle note that lingers on the back of the palate.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Smells of roasted malty, chocolate, briney, spicy. Tastes of roasted malt, some salty hints, pepper, spicy, some smoky elements, chocolate. Dry finish. Very complex for a 5.5% ABV beer and one of the more interesting experiments in this series. Well done!
dlovell2 (469) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with tan head. Smokey roasted aroma. Roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and smokeyness. Slight metallic taste with hops finish and a sweet aftertaste. Slight grainy feel in mouth. I was sceptical about trying this but glad I did. Very enjoyable!
krenzebs (2) - - NOV 1, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this a long time ago, but I remember it fondly. Great rich flavor and definitely tasted the Oysters. The only complaint I have is that it was released during the summer, I had it July 4th. This beer would have been better during a cooler time of the year.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a minerally flavor and a little bit of a salty taste (both of which I assume is from the oysters). Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís creamy, a bit slick, well carbonated and has a somewhat dry finish. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and very easy to drink. Too bad this is just a one time release brew. I liked it a lot, and think it would be a decent choice as a session beer, I wouldnít have any problem drinking another bomber or 2 of this.
PorterPounder (4954) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. The pour is black as coal with a medium thick persistent khaki colored head. Aroma is briny and salty and the presence of the oysters is definitively noticed - a hint of coffee comes through as well. Plenty of black coffee, rich, fertile black potting soil, unsweetened dark bakers chocolate and just a hint of saltiness from the oysters. Mouthfeel is nice and chalky like a stout should be. Overall, excellent - wish more of this 100 barrel series made its way into our neck of the woods.