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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 33
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-16-2011

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Ratings: 1,125 | Reviews: 220
Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark brown - virtually black; 1 finger dark tan head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: very restrained; deeply roasted grain; a little coffee; a hint of bittersweet chocolate;

T: deeply roasted grains; a hint of bittersweet chocolate; a light briny saltiness and mild bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I'm not a fan of chocolate or caramel with salt, so this beer wasn't my style; having said that, I thought it lacked complexity and needed a little more body;

Photo of ARoman
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The beer is a dark mahogany brown hue with a light, dense-froth, tan head that has a moderate retention and no lace. Initially aromas of coffee come through, but a salty and melon brine sneak in. There's also a light, but present, fish note and a lactose sugar that appears late. The taste is a dry balance of medium sweet and bitter. The beer is smooth and thin with a fuzzy carbonation and a dry medium body. Roasted flavors of bread crust combine with a light brine and light coffee note on the palate. The finish is a burnt, bitter, waxy character with a light fishiness that disappears in the mild, dry aftertaste of crusty bread.

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice balance flavor chocolate notes with a medium body very smooth coffee flavor.

Photo of TWBirmingham
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked it very much.

Photo of FrancisM12
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't ask for much more from an oyster stoudt. Great look. You can really taste the flavors. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I am.

Photo of RyanK252
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy khaki head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruit, and a little smoke.

T: Dark roasty malt, a little coffee, dark fruit, a touch of smoke, and some mineral-y twang.

M: Fairly light body, low to medium carbonation, but smooth.

O: This one isn't what I was hoping for to say the least. The body is a bit too thin to showcase what the oyster shell adds to it.

Photo of timontheroad
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured dark black, opaque, with a half inch bubbly head, decent retention and lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, sweet roasty malts, and a slight hint of coffee.
Taste: Lots of dark roasted malt flavors, slight chocolate, a little smoky flavor and some light salty notes
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall: didn't really get any of the oyster flavor I was expecting, just a slight briny saltiness. Still a decent stout though.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Opaque motor oil color. Roasty and caramelized malt aroma and flavor with a hint of brineyness.

Photo of TopherBreski
1.06/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Has to be the worse imagined beer ever.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quality beer. Great example of an oyster stout.

Photo of thehooksman
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new favorite thing from Flying Dog. This light for a stout. It strikes me as more of a porter in color, clarity, and body. But it definitely has the bigger stout flavor. I never thought of a stout as being refreshing, but this one really is. The aroma is roasty, chocolatey, and bready but with a hint of salty sea breeze (if that's possible). The flavor is very much like the aroma. It is at once dark and comforting, but at the same time crisp and refreshing. It's brewed with oysters and if you close your eyes and use your imagination you can picture a nice bowl of oyster stew to go along with this brew. A bonus is that purchase of this beer benefits planting new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay as part of the Oyster Recovery Program. I can't wait to have another. After finishing the beer the aroma left behind in the empty glass finally sparked what I perhaps like so much about it. It reminds me of a chocolate bar with cracked sea salt. Yeah, it's good.

Photo of Herby1011
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Delicious, smooth, and easy.

Photo of bluehende
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer had a roasty taste. The slight saltiness enhanced this nice fairly low bodied stout.

Photo of DarthVorador
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pretty good, & very interesting being brewed with oysters!

Photo of fscottkey
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Black pour with a 1/2 finger tan head. The head has a mix of medium and small bubbles. It thinks out to just a small layer of head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and there is a date code that says this is best before 12/17/14.

S: [3.75] Lots of roasted malts. Coffee and some chocolate.

T: [3.25] The taste has a bitter coffee on the front. There are roasted malts in the middle and there is a slight sweetness late. There are also hints of burnt wood.

M: [3.00] The carbonation is higher than expected and the body is slightly watery and thin.

O: [3.25] This is not to noteworthy. It is a decent stout. I would not reject another - but I would not seek it out. The charred wood flavor is nice - but the body is a bit lacking.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mostly black with a tinge of red at the bottom of the glass and a brown head that dies to a ring.. A/T is roasted malt, chocolate, raisins and a slighty salted tatse stays on the tounge.. Good but not great.

Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +35.9%

I love this stout, the Oysters give it a slight briny flavor that mixes so well, a nice Big Beer that has a quirkiness that makes it stand out from the rest

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours very deep brown color with just a hint of light seen shinning trough. Upon pouring there is a one finger of fizzy tan colored head that fades very rapidly to leave just a tiny trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather big of a roasted malt and coffee smell mixed with some very light dark chocolate notes. As may be expected form an oyster stout, there is also some salty sea like aromas mixed in there as well with just a hint of a charcoal and toast smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a heavy roasted malt flavor with a little bit of a toffee sweetness upfront. The toffee quickly fades giving a very dry and roasty flavor. Along with the nice roasty flavors of the brew, are some faint hints of seawater mixed with a touch of a charcoal and toast taste. While a bit of sea is present on the taste it is very light overall, leaving a mainly drier roasted dark malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A bit of a thicker body would have suited the darker flavors much better, with a slightly lower carbonation level doing the same for the dry and roasted taste.

Overall – Not really much oyster going on in this one. Besides the nose, which gives a decent level of saltiness, overall the brew is really just a drier and roastier stout. OK, but nothing exceptional.

Photo of SamN
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thick creamy mocha brown head, deep ebony black. Handsome beer. Smell is full of dark roasted malts, distinct charcoal and ash characteristics, some soy sauce. Not too much chocolate, mostly nutty roastedness. The beer is a bit too carbonated for me tastes; lots of tiny, active bubbles, breaking up an otherwise silky mouthfeel. Taste is typical of my experience with Flying Dog; lots of oxidized characteristics in the tastes, which is not nessecarily a bad thing. I find these beers harder to describe; it's malty without much sweetness and a distinct metallic "twagniness". Slightly spicy lingering finish.

This beer reminds me somewhat of Gonzo Imperial Porter; huige, bold malt-forward tastes, powerful flavors. Flying Dog's big beers just seem so...BOLD. I liked this beer.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Far and away my favorite Flying Dog beer. Strong roast aroma that goes down surprisingly smooth. Delicious.

Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

This had a black body and it poured with a massive, super sticky, khaki colored head.

Massive roast on the nose, deep, dark, and charred. Maybe a little brine and sulfur. Taste is more of the same. Huge roasty malts that leave a lingering ashy chocolate note in their wake. Just a trace of sulfur and brine is found at the finish. The abundant roastiness makes this more American than English to me, but that doesn't really matter. This is damn good beer, that's what matters. Proceeds from the sale of this beer help seed the Chesapeake Bay. Kudos to Flying Dog.

Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%

From notes on 2/13/14

Here's a go at my first oyster stout. Nice dark body. Thick tan foam. So far good. Very chocolaty smell. Some smoked aromas. Glad it doesn't smell like the sea. Wow, what a bitter taste. Dark chocolate flavors, coffee, toffee. Little mineral flavor. Again, glad it doesn't have a fishy taste. Its a little too bitter for my stout liking, but much better than I thought it would be. ADDITIONAL INFO: Well, by the end of the glass, it got kind of oystery. A little to powerful for me. I enjoyed the first half, not the second.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Not a style that is very approachable for the casual craft enthusiast. The appearance is a cloudy dark brown with a thick cream head. The smell was a mixture of sweetness from the malt and a little bit of hops. The taste however is very different. Starting out with the caramel and coffee and then at the end it was cut by the salty, fatty flavor of the oysters. I found it incredibly satisfying and refreshing. Not for the faint, but a wonderful find.

Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black, opaque, barely a head, no lacing

S - smokey, roasted, salty, charcoal

T - smokey charcoal, salty, roasted finish, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of oysters

M - smooth and rather medium bodied for a stout

O - this is a fine stout, very mild bodied and smooth for a stout, drinkable, nice smokey and salt characters both for smell and taste. The hint of oysters is ever so subtle but extremely nice to pair with the smokey and salt flavors.

Photo of PettyThief
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer I bought in Maryland from my relocation from Oregon. Was interested in trying something new the the "Oyster" aspect triggered my interest. I brought it home and when I pored it it was had a nice off white head. Smelled like a typical stout, but had a light roasted malt smell that I am used to. The oysters are pretty noticeable and the beer had a slimy finish... I was pretty dissatisfied in the overall quality of the beer... with the sliminess and the lack of a backbone, I would not buy it again.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.