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Brewed by Three Boys Brewery
Style: Stout
Christchurch, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Doctors once prescribed stout as a revitalising tonic, while brewers enhanced their potency with additional ingredients, like oysters, which had desirable properties of their own. The Three Boys Oyster Stout contains select malt and hops to produce a beer that is rich and complex. And, who knows, our addition of genuine Bluff oysters to this very special brew might be just what the doctor ordered.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2010
Maybe the most exciting stout brewed in NZ – luscious coffee, chocolate and intense savory spice with a hint on saline. Very drinkable. E

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 500 ml bottle They put Bluff Oysters in this? You have to be kidding. Aroma: Something meaty and slightly acidic in there. Maybe they did use Bluff Oysters (which are from Bluff NZ - the southern most point of the South Island - and they are a big deal in NZ). Big dark unsweetened chocolate malt with something else that eludes me--Got it, sour milk. She’s talking to me baby, she’s talking. There is a strong molasses tinge to the chocolate. Appearance. Deep dark brown, like black strap molasses. A & W Rootbeer rocky, dark cafe au lait head but with lacing big time. Head slowly decreases to a fine creamy layer. It looks like a stout. Taste: Jumps out of the glass. Alcohol is definite. It is bitter, it is slightly sour but not like Guinness. Not a sign of anything sweet. Runs away leaving a mild bitter and sour sense in the front of your mouth and a wee creamy sense in the back and middle of your tongue. What a tease! Palate: Full body but not overly creamy or sticky. Leaves your mouth fresh. Soft carbonation. You know there might actually be an astringent aftertaste but it is elusive. And it does leave you with an alcoholic feel. Overall: I like it. Not sure where the bluff oysters come in though. I think they are . . . bluffing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2011 Tap at the local taphouse. Exceptional. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very good length. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body, and lively carbonation. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Great stout this one... Has a very drinkable quality about it... Nice quality job. As for beerledgend... seriously? 9 out of 20? What planet are you on?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2010
Poured a good size dark tan head on a black body. Aroma is burnt notes, coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. Nice roasted bitterness in the taste, a little salt, medium full body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3246) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2009
Big frothy tan head very dfark stout aroma coffee roasted chocolate vanilla,flavour okay bitter roasted chocolate and coffee dry smokey taste oyster taste hard to pick,finish smooth light sweetness goes down well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - OCT 15, 2009
Flinty and oily are two words that jump out at me. Reminds me of Rogue Shakesphere stout...just a good solid stout in all respects. Not so much Oyster, this is a nicely bodied, easy drinking, well flavoured beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2009
Jet black pour with nice creamy tan head that settles over time. Nose has a heap of dark bitter roast with that typical indescribable oyster/mussel character...salty, sea-spray perhaps...its so distinct but hard to pin down. Palate is very serious, with big dark bitter roast as promised on the nose bringing rich coffee notes & again the slight salty character pops up. Carbonation is relatively lively which works well. Overall a really impressive beer, its rich & restrained. No doubt a very well made beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2009
Pitch black with a tan head that disapates. Rich and roasty flavour. Very smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a slight salty finish, but I’m not 100% on that.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
Pomeroys tasting - pours with tan head and lovely inky blackness. Aroma rich with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Maybe hints of brine but that could have been my imagination. Same flavours in the mouth, rich roasted notes. Finishes very clean tasting for a stout. nice


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