Bowen's Island Oyster Stout

South Carolina
United States
Bowens Island Oyster Stout by Holy City Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Stout brewed with local oyster, we add a 1/2 bushel of oysters to the boil every 15 minutes for an hour. Dries the stout out.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
EKG
Malts: 
Pale, Crystal, Carafa, Roast
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Holy City Brewing’s Bowen’s Island Oyster Stout is being evaluated as an Irish Stout (Category 15B) according to the BJCP guidelines. While Guinness Draught is widely considered the quintessential example of the style, Irish Stout has a fair amount of leeway for interpretation. 

The aroma seems a bit subdued overall on this beer. Roast and coffee notes are evident but faint. No hops are present in the aroma, allowing for the greatest possible expression of malt. Digging deeper, there are some complex raisin-like notes that pop up as the beer warms.

The appearance is a bit disappointing with the dark khaki head quickly vanishing, which gives the impression that the beer is lacking carbonation. 

The initial impression upon the first taste is that the beer seems big for an Irish Stout – a full mouthfeel and perhaps a little strong. The flavor profile follows the aroma with restrained roast and a fair amount of sweetness for the style. There is a medium level of bitterness that helps the balance, but the malt character comes across a bit too sweet overall.    

This is an enjoyable and well-made beer that has a bit too much sweetness and is lacking coffee/roast throughout. A bit less body would also help the balance. This beer falls somewhere between a Dry (Irish) Stout and a Sweet (milk) stout.  

Brewery Introduction

The Holy City story is about a team of four guys dedicated to craft beer and their community, aiming to bring more of one to the other.

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