RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
History of the Beer Style
Last year Abita Brewing sponsored a homebrew contest where the winning beer would be brewed as a Select offering. The beer was brewed by Kerry Yoes of Baton Rouge, LA and we have taken that recipe and made this Select beer.

Abita’s Select: Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout
Abita Imperial Oyster Stout is made with pale, caramel, roasted and chocolate malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. The flavors of toffee and chocolate are prevalent but not overpowering. The beer is hopped with Willamette hops. Since the beer gets so much flavor from the malts there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just enough bitterness to complement the sweetness of the malt. Finally, freshly shucked Louisiana oysters are added to the boil. The salt from the oysters gives the beer a more intense aroma and mouthfeel.

Food Pairings
Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout is very good with grilled steaks and most red meats. However stouts are best served with sweet desserts, especially ones with chocolate in the recipe. It is also excellent as a stand-alone, after-dinner drink.

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burg326 (5608) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
On draft at the Brass Tap, poured a dark black color with aromas of light cooca, roast, some earth and a touch of coffee. Flavors are the same with a nice earthy aftertaste. Not much oyster flavor in there, dont know i there should be, but ok stout overall.

Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
A black appearance with a beige head. Aroma contains some chocolate and caramel but a faint aroma. The flavor is rather bitter with some coffee and dark chocolate. There is salty presence to it. Overall a good stout.

airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Appearance: jet black, absolutely opaque, small tan head with a little lacing Aroma: chocolate, coffee Taste: rich chocolate, coffee Palate: thicker, leaves a chocolate aftertaste Overall: I'm still perplexed at how these chocolate beers score so well, perhaps it's my palate, I just taste chocolate and coffe, they say its boiled with oysters but its not prevalent in the flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tmoreau (4645) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Bigby’s Pour House in Addison, IL., and served a fluted sampler full, showing a black/brown hue, frothy, lasting, meringue-like, brownish tan head foam, and excellent, oat assisted cling to the curtainy lacing. Roasty malt and oats gave off an initial biscuity, graham cracker scent to the aroma, followed by mellow cocoa & coffee. The body was full bodied and rich. The flavor presented a touch of sweetness, slight tartness/astringency, medium, earthy hop bitterness, a smooth silkiness to the mouthfeel which may have been prompted by the oats, or the oysters, or both. No saltiness detected. The finale was nicely bitter and dry. Pleasantly impressed!

CanIHave4Beers (4227) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a dark brown, pretty much black with a small but well retained head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is chocolaty and earthy, not overly sweet but nice smelling, there is something about it I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s an inviting aroma.

The flavor is Chocolaty, just mildly metallic, with a satisfying roastiness, a nice not-very-funky earthiness and a good level of all around bitterness. The beer is only mildly sweet.

Second new beer from Abita I’ve tried and really enjoyed? This is getting strange!

ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: What appears to be a thickish, black body, but this joint has the late-night, past midnight lighting scheme (at least until the crank it up to run us off). Creamyish, khaki-colored head with some nice, glass-coating action present.

Smell: Well-roasted malts, with a quality of Italian roasted coffee beans, giving a predominately note easily labelled ’bitterness’. Some touches of smooth, sea salt chocolate, a little dark fruit, and just a faint whiff of the Gulf of Mexico (yes, they can capture that essence, I’m told).

Taste: Deep chocolate upfront, with ample roast, caramel maltiness. A little nutty oats, maybe even a hint of vanilla and charred, toasted pale malts. Slight salty, briny quality from the Gulf oysters. Low prune-like fruitiness. Minimal hop character, bitterness. Chocolate and coffee retained on the finish, minor bitterness, seemingly a product of the roasted grains, mainly, but also a little bit of liquor and oyster liquor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth and satisfying, like a snotty oyster going down the ole gullet.

Overall: Not bad! This may be my favorite of the rag-tag Abita Select bunch.

dchmela (3084) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap at WOB SRQ. Black pour with thick off white head. Briny, chocolate and roasted grain aroma. Taste has a big chocolate bite and roasted grains. Really good, the way oyster stout should be.

jb (3414) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Trying this one after a bourbon barrel offering was a mistake, didn’t detect much. Reddish hue, some chocolate in the nose. Thin palate, okay. On tap at McGregor’s.

Ron (4185) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
On tap at MacGregor’s. Nice dark pour with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and burt chocolate. I do not notice and oysters salt in the flavor(good thing) A decent stout body with dark chocolate.

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ. Pours pitch black with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Roasted malt aroma that’s slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate and peppery spice.  Along with the chocolate there are hints of oatmeal anise and coffee bean. Palate is on the lighter end of the spectrum with an assault of zesty spice, overly roasted malt and boozy heat.  Lots of burnt malt with hints of coffee roast, oatmeal and dark chocolate.  Heavy spice presence with lots of pepper/peppercorn, licorice and cinnamon.  Odd assortment of flavors but not really much of an oyster flavor.   Finishes with a shit ton of booze/warmth in the finish.  Abrasive flavor profile and the abv isn’t well masked making it harsh and hard to drink a whole glass.

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