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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

Pearl Necklace Oyster StoutPearl Necklace Oyster Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-16-2011)
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg

A- dark black with a roasted toffee like head. one finger max and runs away quickly but the lacing is pretty decent. Straight line around the pint. opaque as well.

S- dark chocolate and roasted toffee malts with hints of wood smoke of oak maybe.

F- I don't detect the strong oyster flavor that some are saying but I do get a briny ocean taste. The roasted toffee malts are more pronounced and the dark chocolate comes to the front as well.

M- a heavy stout indeed and it has some viscosity to it. The flavors linger in the mouth and the follow down the throat. pretty decent. in a stout.

O- an above average stout and I was hesitant at first because of the 'oyster' in the name but it is really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 17:40:00 | More by Dodo2step
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany with subtle garnet hues and a thin, quickly receding khaki mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, molasses, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean are underscored by a faint brininess on the nose.

T: Briny oyster notes are pronounced on the entry, but are soon layered among notes of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and vanilla bean. A combination of oyster, caramel, chocolate, and coffee carry over into the finish with a quick kiss of earthy, herbal hops just before the fade.

M: Medium in body and dry with crisp, pronounced carbonation. In many respects, this is more like a porter than a stout. It is easy to drink though. I could see this pairing well with oysters.

O: This is not a bad little stout. Oyster stouts generally don't do it for me, but this one really isn't bad. As a matter of fact, it's nice to see such an obscure style get some love from an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:10:19 | More by mrfrancis
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Diggitydustin

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had low expectations for this one, so I was pretty surprised with it.

Appearance: FDB always has really cool bottles. The color of the beer itself is a very brown/blood red color. Sorta like Jagermeister.

Smell: not a bad smell. Don't think this is weird, but I kinda think it smells sorta like grilled meats.

Taste: a very surprising taste. Kinda spicy, kinda heavy, sorta syrupy. Not the best. Not the worst.

Mouthfeel: a little syrupy and heavy but still goes down pretty smooth

Overall: a decent beer. Way better than I thought it was gonna be. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:07:54 | More by Diggitydustin
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit sceptical about this one...
Pours a completely black color with an average slightly off color head.
The aroma is surprisingly gentle, just some roasted malts present.
The taste is very nice - some roasted malts, slight bitterness. Very drinkable, definitely nothing bad about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 16:57:30 | More by MarkoNm
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bgillespie

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, malty, coffee.

Tasty: Chocolate, roasted coffee. Don't pick up any oyster flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, little alcohol kick at the end.

Overall: A good stout, better than I expected. I would definitely get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 07:17:08 | More by bgillespie
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty and robust. The taste is light and roust with a fairly thin texture. Overall this is a pretty light in taste and texture stout that drinks very easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:22:18 | More by Lemke10
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with minimal tan head that dies slow with minor lace. I get a little sweetness in the aroma but even that is more bitter chocolate than anything. Some large chunks of roasted malt and a splash of coffee also hit me in the nose. The beer is medium to heavy bodied, slightly chewey. enjoyable sipper but a mostly dry stout with roasted malts ( and again I get this coffee thing) dominating and just minor bitter chocolate notes mixed in. The finish seems a little grainy so I suppose this is where the oyster kick is which isn't bad as it isn't burdensome and lends itself to the beer. Also seems to have a touch of wood since it goes down smooth. Not a bad stout at all but one that is a little simple for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 22:55:59 | More by clayrock81
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown bordering on black with a small brown head. Good lace.

S - Roasty. Dark chocolate and espresso. There are no fishy oyster aromas like I expected.

T - All bitter chocolate up front with espresso and oysters at the super-dry finish. More oyster flavors build in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, malty, and super dry at the finish.

O - Not as odd as I thought. This is my first oyster stout and I like it. Extremely dry at the finish aster a good progression of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 17:57:58 | More by pmcadamis
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a light tan half finger head that fades away pretty quickly. Really no lacing at all.

There is a very nice roasty aroma with some milk chocolate and char. A slight mineral note along with coffee.

The mineral note is a bit stronger in the taste but remains restrained. More milk chocolate although the sweetness is held in check. A little bit of light roast coffee finishing with a light stickiness and mild bitterness.

Overall, a really nicely done oyster stout. I love the mineral character and some nice chocolate and roasted notes. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:50:50 | More by rangerred
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 225A13. Sampled on December 19, 2013.

It pours very dark brown to near jet black with a short-lived light tan head. Opaque.

On the nose are dark malts, toasted crust, mild sweetness, aniseed, and yeast notes. Very inviting.

The body is medium.

The taste comes across as highly balanced with a moderate upfront sweetness and toasted malt flavor and then there is a low and dry bitterness which hangs briefly at the finish. This one was well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:10:30 | More by puboflyons
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and an odd flavor which I’m guessing comes from the oysters. The malt character is thin for the style and there’s a mild hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok beer to drink for something a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 05:33:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great name. The beer pours with a deep, utterly black color. It's head is thick, tan and very creamy. Large tufts of lace are left on along the glass. The smell is solid, but I expected a little more. It's full of roasted, malty scents. A little earth and charcoal, some subtle coffee smells. The taste is very good....semi-dry and very full. Lot's of grain flavors. Some smoke and a lot of smoothness. The mouthfeel has some interesting salty and calcium-reminiscent characteristics...perhaps from the oysters? Lingering bitterness. This is a good beer, well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:07:05 | More by Suds
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Aaron_Ramson

California

4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First thing that strikes me is the beautiful color; black around the edges with a deep blood red hue shining through the middle. The head dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. Smells like roasted coffee, some herbal hops, briny sea salt near the end. The flavor was absolutely phenomenal, faithfully following the nose with coffee, roasted grain, dry chocolate, sea salt, and woody, herbal hops at the end. Thankfully does not taste like oysters. Went down easy with a slight carbonic bite and a medium thin mouthfeel. A great stout, even with the gimmick of seafood in it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 21:49:11 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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schepelz

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Deep deep brown, almost black in color. About one finger tannish head

S - Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department. Get a lot of roasty aromas combining with some very slight coffee notes.

T - Unique flavor. Almost a salty bitterness to it. Followed by a nice roasty smoked flavor. Getting subtle coffee taste as well.

M - Medium body with a bit more carbonation that I had expected. Smooth/foamy and then left with a dry, bitterness.

O - Very interesting stout and one I'd probably come back to when pairing with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:32:02 | More by schepelz
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Gk187

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell - unique aroma that I can't quite place slightly sweet

Taste - nice balance

Mouthfeel - thin texture with very noticeable carbonation

Overall - I feel like I missed the whole "brewed with oysters" flavor maybe a hint of it on the aroma but that might have been my imagination. Overall a very fine beer just missing the gimmick from the label.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:02:56 | More by Gk187
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, light coffee and earth.
The taste is lightly roasted malt, a little salt and mild lemon bitterness. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.
The texture is smooth with a crisp edge; moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:08:57 | More by Fatehunter
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Act25

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted off vs Carton Digger, a blonde made with clams. Both great shore beers. This one tho tastes exactly like the Maryland shore. Kudos for that!

A: Pours a dark brown body, with an energetic head and carbonation fora stout. Settles into a tan island of foam and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: I spend T-giving every year on the Chesapeake and I swear this beer smells of that region. Wet fall leaves, salt air, along with roasted barley grains and a bit of sweetness, and chocolate. Light, leafy hops. Some wild berry and decaying vegetation. A shore brew for sure.

Taste: Really great. Really going to be great with oysters and pub food, and fall.
Follows smell, with charred wood smoke, and more coffee and nice sweet-bitter arc. Modestly sweet. Leafy, spicy, grassy hops, and as promised a little briny. great finish. Warm, fire, pub like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A bit of surprising carbonation. Chocolate finish without any cloying. Really nice balance.

Overall: Very light oyster stout. With a great approach. Of of the dogs' best.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:38:55 | More by Act25
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown - not quite black. Lighter brown filmy head. Little retention

Smells of roasted malts. Coffee and dark chocolate. It actually smells a little salty

Taste of big roasty malts. Black coffee and bitter chocolate. A touch of sweet toffee. Floral leafy hops and salt water round it out. Some smoky charcoal on the back palate. Interesting. First oyster stout I've had

Feels a little thin and the salty minerals make it feel kinda grainy. Aftertaste is smoky and sticks around for a bit

Overall interesting but nothing i'd rush out to get again

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:57:06 | More by MistahBeah
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dar482

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color with a light brown head.

The aroma has some roasty malt, but nothing much. A bit of chocolate.

The flavor has a chocolate and roasty malt which then moves onto a salinity and mineral flavor. The oyster does come out a bit.

The body is quite thin and the beer is a bit lacking in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:25:52 | More by dar482
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color, with brown highlights barely visible when held up to light. The brown head is medium sized, with a somewhat dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some rings of lacing deposit onto the glass as the head recedes.

S: Aromas feature prominent roasted malts, with some medium caramel notes. Lighter coffee, semisweet chocolate, and charcoal notes are also present. Some mild leafy hops and mineral notes add depth.

T: Big roasted malt flavors up front, with some medium caramel/toffee sweetness. Coffee and semisweet chocolate are more prominent than the nose suggested. Hops are primarily leafy, adding some balancing bitterness. There are lesser notes of charcoal, minerals, and faint saltiness.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is a bit lighter than average. The beer is fairly dry overall, though it actually seems to soften up a bit towards the finish.

O: This is a nice stout from Flying Dog. The oysters do add a nice, albeit subtle, complexity to what would otherwise be a straightforward beer. The slightly salty, mineral flavors towards the finish are welcome, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 22:04:29 | More by Clydesdale
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mdcflacal

California

3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.
Dark but not black. Some light makes it through when held up to the light.
Little uninteresting in the aroma. Some roast comes through.
Bitterness lingers a little. Maybe some mineral characteristics. Clean yeast. Roastiness stands out.
Maybe a touch thin.
Overall I'm happy to have tried it. Love oysters, and appreciate the inclusion. Probably other comparable abv stouts I'd prefer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:26:04 | More by mdcflacal
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JJKBeerLvr

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled October 2013 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color with a thin tan head with small bubbles. The head did not last as long as some other stouts.

Smell: The aromas are subtle and not strong. There is a smell of some coffee and something sweet like chocolate. Overall the aromas are a little thin, and not as strong and flavorful as the taste.

Taste: Full-bodied with great malt flavors, and some hops. The combination of hops and strong roasted malts gives this drink big powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: Very good stout. Best if you enjoy a stout that is dominated by malts. I enjoy the taste, but would like a more powerful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 19:00:01 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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rievelx6

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black/ very dark brown with a pretty good brown head.

S- The smell of this beer is a little different than most other stouts that I had but slight chocolate with some coffeeish smell but nothing that smells like oysters.

T- Pretty good taste with more chocolate than coffee and at the very end it has a little hint of a salt waterish taste which makes this stout unique.

M- Has a medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O- Overall this isnt a bad stout I prefer others over it but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:13:38 | More by rievelx6
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at giant beer garden and eatery purchased as part of the shock and awe pack, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is almost black with 2+ finger of buttercream head with tiny bead and stringy lace. The smell is okay - kind of dry milk -lactose odor with a mild sweet earthy aroma. The feel is decent with moderate sweetness and subtle roasted texture with medium carbonation and semi-sweet quality with mild bitterness as it finishes with subtle alcohol.

The flavor has a nice creamy caaramel flavor with light roasted barley flavor with some mild mineral and slight bitter flavors in the background. The taste is kind of a mix of sweet stout and dry irish with the smoothness of yeast and some slight spice from the hops. Overall this is a pleasant and drinkable stout, pretty good considering the relatively low abv. It conveys a mix of sweet stout with an american oyster addition which I actually like enough to have multiples of.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:17:17 | More by Slatetank
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Portertime

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: the bottle is adorned with the wild Ralph Steadman artwork depicting a hellish looking hound in a pearl necklace. The label states that it is brewed with local Rappahannock River oysters and proceeds go to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. I am serving it slightly chilled in my Guinness pub glass. It pours a murky java color with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roasty, burnt caramel, sea air, bittersweet cocoa nibs, char. I love that salt air scent.

Taste: Smooth, briny, earthiness, soft charcoal, kiss of hops, and a roasty finish. What a great unique flavor! It would probably be delightful with twelve fresh half-shells.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:52:26 | More by Portertime
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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.