Oyster Stout. This 6.0% stout is not your ordinary stout, but one brewed with Chesapeake Bay oysters. This imparts a bit flavor to the beer and saltiness to the beer. Founder, Stephen Demczuk describes the newest addition to the Edgar Allan Poe series as “…a stout that is pleasantly drinkable but not dry like a Guinness but also not as sweet like a Young’s Chocolate stout.” The usual astringent roast flavor found in many stouts is not as prevalent in The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout.
The stout’s name comes from Poe’s short story The Imp of the Perverse where the narrator brags about his clever murderous deed and expresses no remorse in his heinous crime. He continues to insist that we all have in our heads an Imp dictating to us self-destructive impulses. The reader eventually comes to realize the narrator’s insanity and discovers that he is locked away within a “Madhouse.”
The oyster stout is a serendipitous collaboration with Madhouse Oysters of Fishing Creek, Maryland that came about over a casual conversation. Oyster farmer, Ted Cooney has spent many years perfecting his raised oysters. Ted’s maddening obsession over his oysters and RavenBeer’s relentless goal to achieve the most drinkable and food compatible beers are in themselves our own justifiable perverse.
As with our award-winning Poe series artwork The Madhouse label was created by Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), the editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine out of London and Baltimore Sun and with contributions from local artist Nolan Cartwright.
So, if dark beers like stouts aren’t your thing? Well, come a bit unhinged and try a very drinkable Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout, and put a little perverse into your life.
“Have you found your Imp?”