RATINGS: 36   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.

Abitas 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2011
A little salty, much like a dry stout, not really anything to behold. It has a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11032) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Dear Lord, sat on this way too long. Kinda forgot about it in the back of the stash for at least 2 years (I think). Muddled malt with an undercurrent of brine - what may have been attenuated and dialed in at one point just doesnt quite come together now. Beginnings of oxidation. I have to score it as I had it, but I imagine this was somewhat better the first year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9985) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Happy Gnome. Very dark pour, looks thick. Clingy foamy head. Salty, briny. Roasted malt. Nice palate. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8228) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Tap @ Nobi .. deep brown .. mild foam .. simple stout, hardly imperial but still a nice beer, the abv is very well done but the palate is a bit weak .. .. ..
The other children they were very nasty to me about that.
They said bad, hurtful things to me.
They called me Tasty-Cakes and they would beat me and stick pine cones in my ass.

Those were very bad times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7904) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Draft at Valhalla with Brendan and streets. Pours a pitch black with thin brown lacing. Aroma is nice fresh roast. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of roast, clean coffee(?), and breaded malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6689) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Draft @ Sunset Grill and Tap, Allston, MA. Served in a snifter. Aroma had a nice roasted malts, nuts and chocolate. Taste follows nose with a bitter-sweet chocolate. As it warms you can pick up salt / oyster notes. Fuller body. Finish was somewhat dry. Really enjoyable stout. Dont past it up on draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap at Chimes East in Baton Rouge, as well as Whole Foods on Park Lane in Dallas. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some nice chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some light smoke and a slight brininess. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5960) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tap at Bayou. Pitch black body. Thin, patchy beige head...steady. Smooth chocolate aroma. Big luscious malt tones. Caramel, chocolate. Refreshing, pretty drinkable, enjoyable. Mild chocolate milk finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (5403) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (5126) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 01.07.2013, tap @ Rattle n Hum:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice. Taste is slightly dry roasted, dark malts, cocoa, hay, wood, cardboard, burnt coffee, grass. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.

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