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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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An English sweet stout made with pale and dark English malts, English noble hops and 150 whole oysters -- shell and all. The oysters are thrown into the brew kettle during the boil stage of the brewing process, adding calcium to the wort. The result is a passionately smooth stout.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2003 Update: I must take this one down a notch. My most recent samples have been watery and lacking in flavor. A shadow of what I had experienced before. Old: Really wonderful nose of berries and asphalt, beige head and deep brown body. Rather nice floral malt opening which goes thin for a moment, then perks up with chocolate and coffee flavors, drying out slowly with grain. Unusual, a taste all its own.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
A very good bottle conditioned stout. Pours decently, head does not stick around too long however. Laces nicely throughout the glass. Big burnt chocolate aroma taste which changes over to coffeish in the finish. Not used to seeing sediment in the bottom of a glass of stout, but excellent none the less. Could be a little creamier. I hope to get a tap tasting on this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2002

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Black in color, decent lacy head, lots of roasted flavors, smokey aftertaste, great stout

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2002
hmmm... rich and smooth. A good drinking stout for all ocasions.
Earlier Rating: 7/25/2002 Total Score: 3.9
Rich, goooood stout. Me like, me want again. Goes well with pizza and damn near anything else I can think of.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (590) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
I was actually suprised by the taste. Not sweet and very appealing. A good stout. Try it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 5, 2002
Coffee/espresso aroma, a bit sweet with a hint of milkiness. Very dark in color, only under bright light does a hint of brown show through. Bottle-conditioned, so this is likely a contributor to that factor. Decent, light tan head. Flavor profile is for the most part sweet, roasted malt flavor, but when the finish kicks in it turns dry, aftertaste is also dry. Some molasses, chocolate syrup, and then the end is coffeeish, which is also where you catch your first glimpse of mild, British hop. Hops become more apparent as the beer warms. Reasonably smooth on the palate, body is light to medium. I’m fairly pleased with my first oyster stout!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2002
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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2002
A delicious stout. Like Guiness but w/ more taste.


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