GoufCustom (398) - HONG KONG - NOV 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in IFC, Central.
Looks: Translucent deep cola blackish brown colour with lots of dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head and beige foam which last for 90 seconds; Small sticky lacing and very slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and very aromatic nice roasted coffee beans, closely followed by roasted malt, chocolate, cream, sugar, liquorices, and potent grass.
Taste: Light sweet dark roasted malt, closely followed by a dash of savoury sea salt, coffee, cream, chocolate, oyster flesh, oyster shell, strong nuts, ashtray, liquorices, light lime and strong grass.
Body: Mid to light, quite slick and creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: very layered and complexed - first off itís a strong tasting, long lasting roasted malt in a smoky, very low sweetness background, followed by a quick and thick dash of sea salt, pretty breezy and nice, then a bliss of coffee, cream and chocolate. Now comes the most interesting parts: Yes, the elusive oyster meat and oyster shell, which is fleshy, salty and very exciting to taste (yes, I am a oyster lover so that helps :) This all happens in each single sip. Excellent!
Hoppiness: Very prominent liquorices and I can smell it up front, incredible! Not to mention very grassy hops in nose and taste. Surprisingly, itís not as astringent or bitter as the nose and taste suggest. Finishing is comfy, meaty, and nicely moderate and lasting bitterness to close out.
After Taste: Fairly dry, slightly salty and quite creamy to mouth.
Comments: For me, tasting a good beer is like having a nice meal within a brew. If having a nice IIPA is like having a nice fresh pomelo, than this brew is like having a feast of freshly opened oysters while putting your feet up at your favourite sea shore. Am I exaggerating? You have to taste it to believe it. A fantastic brew!
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at popeyes back in í08. rich black with a thin beige head; aroma of sea breeze with a nudge of cocoa powder; plenty of salty sourness with a lactic touch reminiscent of milk stout; finishes salty dry. quality stuff
douglas88 (5128) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle bought at goodbeer.jp brought back from Tokyo by the wife. Pours a jet black color with a medium beige head. A big salty nose with some smoke and roast. A really nice flavor: rich earthy milky chocolates, salt, some beef jerky, licorice. Very nice. Interesting blend of flavors.
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella at "home" in Obatake mura, Yamaguchi. Black colour, small creamish steady head, good lacing. Pleasant soft aroma of roasted malt with chocolate and bit dark fruit, mild soy sauce. Good smooth mouthfeel. Flavour is soft and round, very pleasant with a good roasted maltiness, chocolate and dark fruit, mild sourness in the finish (in a good way). Smooth and very pleasant Oyster Stout.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This Oyster Stoutís fantastic nose of roasted, chocolate-y malts develops plenty of umami and black pepper before molasses, wood and licorice join the festivities.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the darkness.
-The flavor profile is complex and the mouthfeel is rich. Hard to ask for more.
-That umami character must be fantastic with so many Japanese meals.
-Carbonation was a little lax for the relatively high level of residual sugars.
-This is just a step from being world-class. I can believe Mark (KyotoLefty) that this is absolutely fantastic when naturally carbonated and served from the hand pump.
On tap at Standing Beer Bar 1020.
AndySnow (1765) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Devil Craft, Tokyo. Black colour with a small beige head. Sweet burned aroma. Burned malt flavour with some coffee.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Cloudy brown color, light brown head. Aroma isroasty and earthy. Taste is coffee grounds, light body.
maekchu (1459) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Qbrick during the Osaka Real Ale Month 2008 (from notes). Initial is a blend of roasted coffee / mid has some rich milk chocolate / final goes back to mildly bitter coffee. Moderately full body. Soft, smooth mouth feel, This one was the last of the barrel. Not as weird as some have suggested. Itís okay, and just a pleasant sort of mild stout.
minihame2 (123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, pretty much black body with a thin cappuccino coloured head. Soft aroma, some chocolate and some medium roast coffee. Taste is bitter but not that strong. Mostly roasty flavours. Decent mouthfeel, carbonation is not that heavy on this one so itís pretty smooth.
Iím not that good with stouts but this certainly wasnít something that would win me over. Interesting beer to try out but not something I look forward to drink again.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by STLWill- thanks, Will! He brought the weirdness tonight. Pours a deep, hazy brown with a miniscule beige ring for a head. Aroma of chocolate, soy, roasted malts, dark fruits, and a hint of seafood stew. Flavor of roast, ash, chocolate, toasted sugar, earth, and salt. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a roasty, dry mouthfeel. Decent. Not as crazy as I thought itíd be.