Name: Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Brewery: Porterhouse Brewing Company
Country of Origin: Ireland
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.8%
First Brewed: 1996
Deep ruby red in color, topped with an off-white head. Sweet at first then distinctly salty, with a dry finish. As well as oysters, it matches well with any seafood and will add zing to salads.
Oyster stout? Yes please! I LOVE oysters. Imagine the flavor of an oyster in your beer. Bring it on! However, it doesn’t smell like oysters. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t taste like oysters either. You would think, a beer with the name OYSTER stout that it would at least taste like oysters.
I did a little bit of preliminary research on the beer, and everyone said it’s just as sweet as it is salty. I’ll admit, it’s sweet… but not too sweet. Where is the salt everyone talks about? I can sense a very tiny bit of bitterness toward the back of my palate, but that’s it. This beer is just not what I had expected.
The beer is smooth, has a distinct stout flavor to it, but that’s about it. I actually looked forward to drinking this beer all day only to be let down at my first sip. If you are looking for a beer that tastes like oysters, this isn’t it.
So Ricky picked this beer out. And it shows. It’s not something I would pick out, an oyster flavored beer. The book claims that this beer is a dark red, but I don’t see it. It’s very dark, but reminds me more of the brown color of a Coke than any kind of red at all. It actually looks a LOT like Coke in the glass, and I find that interesting… because the closest thing I would compare the initial taste to is a flat soda. Ricky claims that it has an aftertaste that stinks around, but I don’t get that. It has an okay smell, not something that would turn me away based on that. But the taste… yeah, gross. Definitely not my thing. It grows on you a little, but even after the first few drinks, I’m left with the taste of a flat Coke. Not something I would buy again.
998 bottles of beer on the wall…