Bowens Island Oyster Stout
Holy City Brewing
Oyster stouts are one of those polarizing styles that turn some folks off by name alone. What's true of good oyster stouts, this one included, is that there isn't necessarily a huge component of oyster flavor. Sure there's a *hint* of salt, or what might be called "brine," but it's overwhelmed by the dark stout notes to the point that it's actually welcome. Moreso than taste and aroma, oysters impart textural changes to these stouts, with their proteins making the beer extra smoothy and creamy. Roughly a bushel of local oysters per 15 bbls (465 gallons) help Bowens Island Oyster Stout maintain balance in all respects.
In the summer of 2013, Bowen's Island Oyster Stout went back on tap, having hung out in whiskey barrels for 8 months.