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Formerly brewed at Ventnor Brewery
Style: Stout
Ventnor, England

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Brewed using a traditional pre-war recipe combining the dark full body of a true stout with the subtle smoothness created by the use of fresh oysters.

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3.7
SaintMatty (8411) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2018 This beer has long been out of production but I tried it many times and remember it clearly. Had it both cask and bottled forms, but my review is for cask: Black with a tan head. Liquorice, fennel, rich chocolate and some hints of seaweed in the aroma. Rich and every so slightly salty taste with liquorice, plain chocolate and some slightly salty seaweed notes in the finish. It drinks like it is something much stronger.

3.1
oh6gdx (26484) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2017
Bottled (backlog). Deep brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, some wooden sourness as well as liquorice and some mild smoked notes. Flavour is smoked, mild salty notes as well assome grains and mild toasted notes.

2.4
TorbenJensen (1706) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Insufficient foam. A real oyster stout must be brewed on real oyster shells, but it’s certainly not many places this method is practiced anymore. This is an example of the real thing and I think also that both aroma and flavor is characterized by sea and salt water. The taste is slightly watery, clear touch of English licorice and a very soft, round and easy fullness. A somewhat different stout, which I do not quite know if I like.

3.3
Leighton (26706) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle shared at the chriso pre-Christmas tasting 2014 - London. Pours clear brown with a frothy beige head. The nose has a hearty dose of old caramel, bread, dates. Interesting flavor, some tangy fruits, old wood, sherry, caramel, brown bread. Light bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Finishes with further tangy fruits, berries, rotting wood, oxidation, toffee. Pretty novel beer.

2.8
mR_fr0g (18282) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s winter tasting 7/12/2014. Reddy brown coloured pour with a small halo of cream head. Aroma is dirty nutty, booze, vanilla, oak,. Flavour is stale amalts, grains, light raspberry, cardboard, praline. Palate is dull and lifeless, low carbonation. Little bit of mineral. pretty dull.

3.5
ads135 (6045) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 3, 2013
You want there to be a subtle oysterness to this but you’d be hard pressed to find it. Very smooth mouthfeel, sweet to the point of cloyingness.

3.7
sic1314 (4771) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2012
Was an interesting old fashioned stout. Dark and mysterious to pour, aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Flavour of the oysters in the beer, dark chocolate and aftertaste of dry coffee.

3.7
tombyars (1982) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Sampled this interesting stout in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in October 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Black mahogany in colour with a loose and thin tan coloured head. Nice aroma of roast coffee and melted toffee. Distinct oily texture in the mouthfeel and hardly any lacing. Dark malts give a complex range of flavours with roasted grain and mocha coffee notes at the start which then leads to a chewy buttery toffee and black treacle flavours. A dry almost liquorice note appears in the aftertaste with a slight hint of bitter hop resins. A superb stout and ideal for a session, well worth seeking out for, highly recommended.

2.8
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle from SJ. Dark brown pour. Sweet malt taste with hints off liqourice, citrus and chocolate.

3.1
madmitch76 (30811) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
10th May 2009
Clear but very dark brown beer. Soft semi dry palate. Soft dark malt with that typical oyster fruit like tang. Crisp finish with some carbonated bite.


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