Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout

Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout

Tonight we took a trip into Newton and visited Silver Lake Liquors. Picked up some great craft beer there. Stay tuned for a review of their shop, to be posted later this week.

After visiting Silver Lake Liquors, we drove into Allston/Brighton and hit up Sunset Grill & Tap. You can add Sunset to the list of places I need to formally review. Dinner consisted of a veggie burrito and some Batch 19, a new beer from Coors that was being promoted. As if the last two teases weren’t enough, I also owe you a review of the Batch 19…which I’ll probably post immediately following THIS review.

Speaking of this review, let’s frickin get to it already, right?

Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout

The Harpoon Oyster Stout has intimidated me for some time. People say it tastes nothing like fish. Why, might I ask, would a brewery brew with oysters if none of the flavor comes through? Hype maybe? Whatevs…let’s dive into this puppy.

Pours like a regular stout. Looks like a regular stout. Smells like a coffee stout. No fish yet…

The taste is where things start to get interesting. Coffee and roasted malt flavors are obvious. There’s no fish or oyster flavor here, although there is DEFINITELY something different about the beer even if I can’t adequately describe it. The most unique part is the dry finish.

In any event, I was afeared for no reason at all. This beer is decent.


Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout”

  1. Yes, this stuff is interesting indeed! Found some at my Market Basket of all places. It’s really good, but I have to admit, I had a hard time drinking this one while thinking about the oysters in it the whole time (and I really like oysters!). I found there was a mineral flavor to the beer, which I think was the oysters coming through.

  2. I haven’t had the latest batch of the Oyster Stout, but the previous one (I think it was #30 in the 100 BBL Series) had some notes of the ocean. There was a slight fishy/salty flavor that reminded me of the smell of being in a fishing port or a fish market.

    Oyster stouts are old, coming from Ireland or England (I don’t remember which). Stout itself is actually a good pairing for oysters or clams. I remember this one party I had gone to and we were just hanging out drinking Guinness Extra Stout and shucking clams and just slurping them down (I’m a HUGE fan of raw clams). The pairing was perfect, though this was before I was really into beer and could care less about the pairing. A good dry stout goes great with clams and oysters. I’m not sure if you eat fish or not, but if you do, try the pairing. Also, this beer is not vegan (I can’t remember if you’re vegan or vegetarian).

  3. Oyster Stout! I’ve never seen this particular beer, but I have had an oyster stout before from I think a Japanese craft brewery. I remember having exactly the same reaction as you – mine was basically a dry stout, but there was something sliiightly weird about the flavor profile. It definitely wasn’t straight-up fishy; I think it was more what RunawayJim describes as the salty flavor that gets in there somehow.

    Anyway I love interesting beers, and making something with oyster is about as interesting as it gets. More beers like this please.

    Also in lieu of me making a separate comment – Batch 19 sounds interesting! Really hope this shows up in LA.

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