dchmela (3088) - 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. jbrew149 (1) - - OCT 26, 2015 does not count
Bad mother shucker, 22oz bottle, poured into a duvel tulip glass
A: a little lighter than anticipated, I can see light through the edges of the glass, not too much light but just a little bit. The head is a light tan color that dissipates slowly and leaves a light lacing.
S: unsweetened chocolate and light coffee notes along with a little maltiness.
T: unsweetened chocolate is the prominent flavor up front. I don’t really get any oyster from it but there is a lingering after taste (once the chocolate dissipates) that is SLIGHTLY reminiscent of oyster and yeast.
M: has a nice creamy texture, similar to that of a milk stout, not to thick but just enough to not be watery perhaps the oyster makes it thicker. It coats your tongue and mouth after swallowed which aids in the lingering aftertaste.
O: much better than I had expected and a lot less oyster than I expected. IMO this could be sold as a chocolate stout and I would never have had any idea that oysters where used in it. I had the pleasure to meet the home brewer that created this recipe. According to him and others who have tried his home brewed batch, they all say his is better. But who knows maybe one day I’ll get to try his home brew version and compare it to Abita’s.
Cheers tmoreau (4750) - 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! ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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.