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


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgbridges (15) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2011
One of my favourites, and this year’s batch is just as good. Dry, roasty, almost savoury. Black as night with a lovely tan head. On handpump at Hashigo Zake and as close to perfection as I can imagine. Awesomely quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2011
Heavy Malt. Burt Coffee, Molasses, Toffee, Chocolate. Flowers, Perfume, Pine. Brine. I enjoyed less oyster taste this batch. Oil/Cream texture. Bitter finish. This is a Kiwi classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2011
Good looking pour that’s black with dark amber edges. Mild aroams of toffee, sweet raisins and vanilla. Smooth and similar to taste, very easy in the mouth and a little taste of the sea. Pleasant hops in the finish of this very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2010
500ml bottle. Very dark brown - black hue with an impressive large dense foamy dark tan head which slowly diminishes to an espresso crema style head, very good lacing. Bursts with interesting aromas - dark chocolate, coffee, Vegemite, burnt malt, molasses, liquorice, leather, vanilla, seaweed...Yummmy. Tastes moderately sweet and bitter, faint salinity and umami, moderate to long duration. Medium to full bodied, oily velvety texture, soft carbonation, long semi-dry finish with slight astringency. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3455) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Bottle. Black with red tinges. Light tan head that fades a fair bit. Aroma of dark toffee, roasted malt, plums, mocha, what seems like licorice and iodine until you taste. Quite a lot of burnt flavours upfront, with just a little sweetness behind. Didn’t smell like oysters, but you can taste them, or at least their liquor - there’s a bit of gritty brininess running right through to the finish. Not as much as the very full-on Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout, but it’s there in spades and nicely integrated. Very good balance and weight. Excellent. [3.9]

Head lingers a little longer. Rich without much sweetness, quite roasty, dark berries, minerally bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grapengrain (124) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - 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.

   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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3071) - 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.

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