Abita Brewing – Bad Mother Shucker – Oyster Stout Beer Review
Brewed by: Abita Brewing Co.
Style: American Stout
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%
Appearance: 4.5 out of 5
Aromas: 4.25 out of 5
Flavor: 4.5 out of 5
Mouth Feel: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4.25 out of 5
Commercial Description: Abita Brewing – Oyster Stout Beer
Abita Brewing Company brews their Oyster Stout Beer using pale, Caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts. The Brew is then hopped with Willamette hops and balanced out with the sweet and full flavor of oats. This is where it gets interesting, fresh Louisiana oysters are added in the final stages of the brewing process, infusing a slight taste of sea salt that offsets the sharpness of this oyster stout.
I poured this beer from a 22 oz bottle into a Belgian Bruges beer glass. The beer poured very dark brown to blackish with a short tan head that lingers leaving some lacing. The beer settles nicely and was clear and dark in the glass.
The aroma of this brew was very interesting. It had an earthy quality with the scent of chocolate, coffee, and the faint aroma of pumpernickel bread. As the beer warmed slightly in the glass the aroma had peppery, salty and hints of the sea and oyster started coming through.
The taste of this beer was very complex. It started off powerfully rich in chocolate, cocoa, and caramel. It followed the nose with a peppery, salty almost ocean spray like taste oyster. It started a bit metallic. My guys that this was from the oysters. There was a little brininess up front but dissipated quickly as the roastiness and nuttiness from the malts started pushing through. I picked up an almost mocha like quality as well as some caramel. Very nice flavors.
The overall feel of this beer was very good. It was full-bodied with medium carbonation. The overall mouthfeel came off as very pleasant. It had a semi chewy mouthfeel which I like in a stout beer.
The interesting thing about this beer is how well the 8% AB is masked. The beer finishes dry with a roasted taste that resembles pecan hulls. There is a very faint taste of the sea in the finish as well. Very nice considering the style.
I must begin here by stating this is not my first oyster stout. I have been curious about this beer style for a very long time and drink them whenever I can get my hands on them. I find brewing with oysters to very fascinating. There is so much complexity and layers to this beer that it just makes me warm inside. I certainly know that could also have something to do with the beers higher ABV but the warmth it brings is very inviting on a colder winter day. I have an overall very high impression of this beer. It is a very delicious malt forward stout with faint flavors of the sea. I hope Abita has plans to brew this beer again. I will certainly be on the lookout for it.
Oyster Stout Beer Food Pairing Recommendations:
There was a time when oysters were plentiful and cheap and were served in piles alongside beer. In fact, beef, oyster, and stout/porter pie was a traditional Victorian dish.
The best way to eat an oyster is raw using a shucking knife and a careful technique then served straight from the shell. I like mine with a squeeze of lemon and just a hint of my favorite hot sauce.
As with most stout beers the Oyster Stout Beer style pairs particularly well with roasted foods; smoked foods; barbecued/grilled foods; salty foods; oysters; rich stews; braised dishes; chocolate; desserts. In the case for Stout Beers the beer should ideally be sweeter than the dish.
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