HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good! Opaque with a thin tan head. Lots of coffee in the nose. The palate is rich without being overly sweet. A good blend of cholate malt and roasted barley. The hops play a balancing role. Bone dry finish.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an oyster stout. Oysters are added to the kettle during the boil but don’t worry, it doesn’t give it any fish flavor! It may be raising the pH, however, due to an addition of calcium. But the aphrodisiac qualities of the oysters did inspire the name. Nice ’black’ with brown highlights. The aroma is limited, offering roastiness, a little malt, and maybe some alcohol. I guess that’s expected for the style. The head is tan but dissipates quickly. Very nice flavor with some sweet malt, a little light chocolate, and a balanced roastiness. Body is a little thinner than anticipated. Finish is long lasting, almost mouth-coating. The roastiness just doesn’t want to go away! A nice pint to relax with after work.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delicious stout. Like Guiness but w/ more taste.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
slight head, almost opaque. has a few floaties in it. has the coffee flavors common in stouts, but i detect something a little unusual...has both an earthy flavor and aroma. tasty, but a little bit thin.
nevditz (16) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
did not notice any oyster bonus. typical stout in my book
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very malty with a bit of a roasty texture. Still a very pleasing brew.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On draught at the Sansom Street Oyster House in Philly. Opaque chestnut brown to near black in appearance with a paper-thin mocha head. Very sweet molasses and maple sugar aromas. Slight chalky hardness (to be expected) with a flavors of burnt chocolate, maple syrup and prunes. Finish is dry and surprisingly clean. If you’re in Philly you must seek this beer out. One of a kind!
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocoloate and caramel aroma. Rocky head atop a black beer. Smooth from hand-pump, oily. Malty and some chocolate. Pretty good stout, though a bit weak.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled this with the brewmaster himself. Opaque black body, steady brown head, releasing chocolate malt and earthy aromas. Oysters are not detectable as they impart a mineral quality and nothing else. Rich, dynamic coffee and chocolate flavor bolstered by hidden fruit and grain, fairly light bodied (very porter-like), goes down buttery smooth. Malty and complex while managing to avoid ever becoming sickly sweet, with a moderate coffee finish, lacking the ever-so-slight bitterness my mouth was expecting. Near perfect otherwise.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oysters? Brilliant idea. Anyway, i didnt care for it too much. Somewhat sweet, but nothing stands out. Kinda watery.