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

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RATINGS: 61   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.


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.

4.6
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
Best Stout in New Zealand! Rich and dark with lots of malt flavour. Beautifully balanced bitternes/sweetness with just a hint of saltyness from the Oysters.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
Jet black, looks amazing, with great legs in the glass. Beautifully balanced stout, very subtle saltiness. Really enjoyed this!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cantabrian (776) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2013 Re-rated, added more points to this gorgeous stout. Thick, oily and salty. Black and greasy, with a furry brown head, like a New Zealand fur seal. Thanks Goodness there’s not much of an aroma (like a fur seal’s) - and that is probably the weakest point - quite restricted to chocolates and plums, but once you taste it, it hits you with a sharp edge, like an oystershell. Such a pungent flavour, like a Russian Imperial Stout, strong, resinous, acidic and alcoholic. You do get a hint of chocolate but it’s mostly obverwhelmed by sweet charred flavours, and the full-bodied beer has a chalky texture, as an oystershell would. The finish is broad, with bitterness and saltiness taking over any sweet intentions. Great stout, delivering the promise of brine and stoutness. Re-rating here: Oh yes, and Bluff Oysters are Ostrea chilensis.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nedmuzza (13) - - OCT 15, 2012
I have tried a couple of oyster stouts buit this is tops it takes the iStout and adds real flavour with the saltiness which is not overpowering but complementary good arome syrupy sweet great combination of falvours

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 2, 2011
Nose: roast, choc, almost islay peaty iodine, smoke. Taste creamy coffee, chocolate notes, great seaweed smokey islay taste, does trigger oyster sensation! Quite an amazing experience. Nice brisk roast/hop bitterness in the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2009
On tap at the moment at Eureka in Dunedin. Enjoyed whilst watching the hail outside! Pitch black, no real head (draught). Aromas are syrupy in the nose - dark coffee, molasses, dates and plums. Gorgeous flavours! Strong roasted barley, molasses, dark chocolate (cocoa) and sweetness like raisin. Some hop bitterness. Surprisingly fruity for a stout. Hints of savoury. Full bodied, easy drinking. Lovely.

4.1
   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.


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