Holy City Bowens Island Oyster Stout
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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After pairing rich, roasty stout with oysters for years, enterprising European brewers started putting oysters in the beer in the early 20th century. Oysters impart a silky mouthfeel thanks to their protein-y-ness, and maybe a delightful hint of brine, to the Oyster Stout style. It’s even harder to argue against making beer with oysters once the season hits in Charleston. 2 bushels of succulent oysters harvested around Bowens Island were added to every 15 barrels of this beer, making it a truly local drinking experience. It’s particularly suited for that most Charleston of cool-weather food festivities: the oyster roast.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
woodychevy (433) - - DEC 25, 2013
Stacie and I polished off a 10oz pour of this in no time at Bohehian Bull after some thirst inducing Christmas shopping. Pours black with good lacing. Nose is stout -like- malt and hops and chocolate, but no oysters- yet. The oyster notes are subtle, as they should be. Sort of a brackish balance to the beer and refreshing dry notes on the palate. Pretty full bodied for these guys- kings of the summer porter. Another good brew- have not been disappointed yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap at Craftsmen. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, slight brine/salt, chocolate malt. A little muddied, but smells good. Flavor of roasted malt, lots of brine/oyster, bitter chocolate. Dry, somewhat bland (maybe because it is dominated by the briny notes). Interesting oyster stout, really seems more oyster-y than others. 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2014
Tap @ Holy City. Black pour, dark brown foam, thick lace. Looks rich. Aroma of licorice, salt, roasted grains, burnt character. Flavor is roasted, charred, & burnt. Distant sweetness with sea air notes. A rich beach stout. (4017)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1782) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
like their porter, Holy City has done it again with this great stout. it is dry, and is brewed with actual oyster shells. color is dark brown almost black, with a thicker head that dissipates quickly. flavor is dark roasted grains, warm breadiness and a bit of high cacao chocolate. finish is dry enough that you want to keep drinking. i honestly wasnt expecting much for a small brewery in charleston, but this one is head and shoulders above the others i tried from the area. one of the best stouts ive had too.

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