Beer of The Week: Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout

Posted on April 26th, 2011

About the Beer: Oyster stouts are a very rare style of beer, but they’re more than worth your while if you can get your hands on one. The dark, grainy texture of stouts are a perfect pairing with oysters and other shellfish so it was only natural to bring the two together in a beer. The Harpoon Brewery in Boston uses real oysters from nearby Island Creek oyster bar for their take on the style.

In a Nutshell: While the subtle hint of oyster makes Harpoon’s Island Creek stout tasty, it’s not much different than a regular stout.

Review: Oyster stouts seem like a style that only the brave would enjoy. Meat, let alone seafood, in beer seems like a very tricky proposition. Fortunately Harpoon takes this caution to heart, only adding a hint of oyster to their beer rather than letting the flavor overpower the beer. You’re left with a minerally, rich-tasting beer with a subtle whisper of oyster. It would no doubt pair very well with any kind of seafood, but at the same time it’s not that different from their regular stouts, leaving me wondering if it was worth the effort to obtain.

Rating: 3 of 5

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