|Abita Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout|
|This is in Abita's Select Series and is not bottled at this time. Released October 2011
History of the beer style:
Last year Abita Brewing sponsored a homebrew contest where the winning beer would be brewed as a Select offering. This is the beer. The beer was brewed by Kerry Yoes of Baton Rouge, LA and we have taken that recipe and made this Select beer.
Abita's Select: Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout
Our Imperial Oyster Stout is made with pale, caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. The flavors of toffee and chocolate are prevalent but not overpowering. The beer is hopped with Willamette hops. Since the beer gets so much flavor from the malts there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just enough bitterness to compliment the sweetness of the malt. Finally, freshly shucked LA oysters were added to the boil. The salt from the oysters gives the beer a more intense aroma and mouthfeel.
Our Oyster Stout is very good with grilled steaks and most red meats. However stouts are best served with sweet desserts, especially ones with chocolate in the recipe. It is also excellent as a stand alone after dinner drink.
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