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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: Stout
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Brewed with fresh oyster. A smooth drinking aromatic stout with a discernible but unidentifiable aromatic aspect. Not suitable for vegetarians. This gently flavored stout has a roast malt character, full body and an aromatic character from the Goldings hops. Fresh oysters added during the brewing process, lend a discernible yet unidentifiable note.
2002-2009 - 4.8% abv
2010 - 5.2% abv


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, earthiness and light mint. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and light mint with a crisp finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2011 Draft @ Porterhouse brewery taps in Dublin (accumulated ratings over many visits). Looks similar to the Plain Stout, is not totally opaque in the light and has a red tint. Smokey aroma is very inviting. Distinct cinnamon and clove, and light smoke are making this unique. Also has a nice fruitiness that adds a good touch of acidity for the balance. Makes it extra drinkable. Excellent! I revisited this again and again and came to really enjoy, almost crave it! This and Wrasslers are go-to Dublin beers. Much better here than at the London tap. Rating reflects Dublin, London is below!

Nitro tap @ Porterhouse, London. Not fully opaque but pitch black. Mild aroma has mild malt, mellow and clean with a hint of smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Is quaffable. Coffee flavors. Some vanilla creme. Is decent but nothing special. 7-3-7-4-13

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
My second sample of this, had to buy a bottle because of the pop-top cap. Pours a clear deep mahogany brown, has a nice glow to it, shinny, frothy off-white thin head. Aroma is quite aromatic (yes, I can say that), floral, lightly sweet, nice flowers, something I can’t figure out, maybe it is sage...? maybe a touch of anise. Flavor follows, super dry, very dry, but in a good way, again with the anise and sage, light brine in the middle, soft acidic roast, lightly round, very clean and dry. The dryness is ridiculous, it still is full flavored but is bone-dry, sparkling fizzy carbonation, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Em (102) - USA - AUG 22, 2010
very dark brown almost black. Drank from a 12 oz. It actually tastes really good. Lightly salty and smoked flavors comes through, Almost reminds me of a bacon stout but not a distinct bacon flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
From a bottle,Smokey,chalky,average c02,coffee,chocolate,black in color,brown head,salty.I love it even more than bacon beers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2010
11.2 ounce bottle 5.2% alc.A reddish brown pour- tan head-aroma and taste of chocolate, roasty, some salt-dry somewhat bitter finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5616) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Bottle with the pull-away ring. Nose is dusty roast and blackened malt. Noble hops and a light metallic tang. Caramel/Coke pour with lots of carbonation and a fizzy light brown head. Thin body is sharply roasty with medium stouty bitterness, dry and very salty with wood and ash underneath the inkiness. Aftertaste is brutally dry and salty/bitter. Inky indeed. Reminds of a few things from Hitachino Nest, and that’s a compliment from someone interested in unusual flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap at Porterhouse in Dublin, Ireland. This one is a winner....the stouts are fantastic, and this is no exception. Some chocolate sweetness combined with the salty "oyster" flavor. I don’t know enough about the place in regards to how much oyster they use, but the salt is apparent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle [11.2oz]. Pours a deep clear ruby with a diminishing small frothy tan head. Mild aroma of cocoa, light roasted malt, nuts and salt. Hints of peat and coffee as well. First thing I notice in the flavour is the salty oysters (that could be due to me not liking oysters) followed by light roasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Light bitter finish. Body’s thin for the style, mouthfeel’s slightly watery. Decent but not really my thing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2010
11.2 oz bottle into my all-purpose Sam Adams glass. Cool pop top ring on this thing. Anyway, aroma is licorice, bread, fresh roasted coffee, toasted marshmallows; spicy and complex. There really is an unidentifiable aroma present here, like the label says. I thought that was funny they put that on there. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium long-lasting bone-white head. When it does recede, it leaves a constant scrim of foam and milky lacework. Taste is bittersweet and a little sour in the finish. Oysters are noticeable, but not overbearing (I’m not a big fan of oysters). Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.


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