Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 206 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-16-2011

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Ratings: 1,141 | Reviews: 221
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Carob, roasty grain & dark fruit

T: Roasty grain, dryness, some salty notes also up front. Slight raisin notes as this warms, along with black currants & roastyness. Finishes dry, fruitty & roasty

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Am easy drinking stout, not great, but a good representation of the style & I did at least see some of the oyster aspects of this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Town in Greensboro yesterday.Poured a deep color with some deep ruby hue to it,a thinner khaki colored head atop.Chocolate malts and dark roast in the nse mainly,I didn't get much briney flavors compared to many of the style wich didn't bother me much.Chocolate flavors with a little saline flavor to go along with hefty roast.Lighter but pretty creamy in the feel,probably something that would go well thru the nitro tap.Not bad it isn't over the top in it's oyster/brine flavors.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Black, opaque, tiny bubbled tan head

SMELL: Dark caramel, faint ocean, mineral, dark chocolate, soft charcoal, sweet

TASTE: Very smooth, medium bodied, burnt sugar, soft charcoal, mild salt, creamy, cocoa powder, restrained hopping, earthy, chicory, semi-sweet roasty finish

Great balance from start to finish, very subtle oyster shell flavor which works quite well. This beer lingers on the palate, wish I had a dozen Island Creek oysters right now ... on its own still a lot of fun.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without any freshness/bottling date/consume before- type of information.

The pour appears to be pretty close to black, under a dark tan head. Head goes to the expected film, collar, some slippery low sheeting and just a few bits of lacing sticking around.

Prominent roasty nose, with some chocolate and a earthyness/mustyness.

Velvety smooth and pleasing in the mouth. Flavorfully flowing over the taste receptors. More roasted malts with a slight sensation of the briny depths. Lite chocolate comes through again. Tasty stout with a slight edge on complexity compared to the run of the mill stout. Well worth a try.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint glass. Jet black with a thick brown head that dissipates after a bit, leaving nice lacing. Smells of chocolate and bitter coffee. Taste is roasted coffee, a lot of open, watery taste to it with a bitter chocolate/hop finish. I haven't had oysters before, but I don't taste anything out of the ordinary or shellfish-y in this beer. Perhaps it's in that sort of open slipperiness. Either way, it's still a great stout.

Photo of dwren89
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: jet black with thin tan head, opaque

Aroma: roasty, a little sweet and a little briny aroma

Taste: very roasty, a little residual sweetness that lingers on the roof of the mouth. Very understated oyster flavor

Mouthfeel: medium body and quite drinkable, would make a great dinner companion because the body and roastiness are both not overwhelming. Medium finish.

Overall: Moderately roasty with a slightly sweet finish and a little understated brine/oyster saltiness that gives the beer a unique character that differentiates it from a typical dry or sweet stout.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rich black depths of hell tone with a light tan head, even lights up the room with the hop of pearls trapped in your oyster however, I have find myself an approachable roasted malt accented stout. Aroma has hints of sea salt and mineral water with an earthy dark roast character, flavor wise we dive into the mix of dark roasted malt bitterness with a soft chocolate blanket and salty earth notes. A bit one dimensional but a drinkable version of a dry stout. Mouthfeel is medium thin at times compared to other bigger stouts on the market this isn't trying to be that, it's a middle of the road oyster infused dark beer. That's really my overall impression.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured clear, dark mahogany but looks nearly black in the glass. It has a modest size tan foam cover. The head reduces rather quickly, leaving a durable ring but little lacing.

Aroma: dark roasted malts with a hint of briny oyster.

Taste: Toasty, salty and smokey with just a touch of briny oyster in the surprisingly smokey finish. Sweet/bitter more-or-less in balance.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body; medium carbonation; less dry than expected.

Overall: A nice stout with plenty of rich, dark roasted malt flavor.

Photo of timontheroad
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ianjsullivan
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 120z poured into a Guinness glass. ABV no DBD.

A: Chestnut brown with red tints and a towering two-finger brown head.

S: Malt, coffee, mineral, chocolate.

T: Malt, espresso bean, bitter and mineral finish.

M: A light medium and smooth.

O: A pleasant oyster stout, Pearl Necklace gives a nice performance, even if not all the instruments are in tune. The mouthfeel is too light and the finish too bitter. Despite these off-key notes, the song still plays well.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a sticky beige film and a few tiny bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The mineral aroma has a soft mellow roasted note to it that grows some chocolate hints as it warms. Otherwise the smell is pretty clean.

T- The taste of oyster shells or a mineral flavor leads into a mellow roasted black malt taste. There is nice char hint that stays in the background and a dark nougat flavor in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fine scrubbing fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer does showcase the oyster shells more than most other oyster stouts but the stout itself is very soft in malt flavor and the nougat note is a bit off.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notes from The Attic...

This stout is a very dark brown with some lighter brown at the edges. A small tan head, sparsely-bubbled but pretty tight, leaves spots and patches from a reasonably thick cap left after it falls.
There's a nice roast on the nose with a bit of smoke, and there are some chocolaty notes as well. Firm and pretty robust on the whole, it's easy to tell it's a stout. The mineral and very, very mildly briny hints remind me it's more than that. Oyster is barely detectable from the smell, though.
Oyster isn't overdone, and the overall affect isn't so much fleshy as roasty. A little bitter char going into the finish builds off a particular earthiness. Well-rounded overall, though I'd actually like to see a bit more.
All in all I'd say it's got a bit too much bite for a stout. There's a good creaminess to it. The crispness tames with time, but there's still quite a hard nip, even going into a slightly drier finish.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to research what an Oyster Stout was before I tried this one. Appearantly, it's a stout brewed with real oysters originating in Ireland. The only other one I've heard of was the Yards Oyster stout served at the Oyster House in Philly.

Drank this straight out of the bottle, but poured a portion in a glass to see that it was black in color with moderate carbonation. Flying Dog forces carbonation in their brew so it will always taste fresh if bottled recently. Malty notes, slight coffee taste on the palate. Switching around from IPAs to this Stout makes it hard to suck down. Even though it's only a little over 5% abv it's not a session beer. Slightly above average for a stout.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black with dark ruby highlights where light can penetrate. The head is off-white, about a finger thick with sub-par retention.

Smell - Roasted malts in the form of a mocha aroma. Oyster comes through with a subtle, underlying quality.

Taste - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate the flavor. A bit of smokiness comes through on the back end. The oyster comes though, very lightly, in the aftertaste. Not much variance from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy. Very drinkable.

Overall - A pretty typical stout. I can't believe I'm writing this, but where's the oyster? Ahh, there it is, very subtle at the end, after the beer warms. This is my first stout brewed with oyster, so I wasn't sure what to expect coming in. Outside the aroma, it's nearly non-existent. Is this a good thing? Guess I'll have to give other oyster stouts a go to find out.

Photo of pmcadamis
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a quarter of an inch of dark brown head that has good retention

S - roasted malts and coffee

T - roasted malts, coffee, faint chocolate

M - medium to full bodied, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated

This is a rather simple, one dimensional offering. It's not a bad flavor profile, but it doesn't hold my interest long. It's worth a try, but there's nothing special here.

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark -- I would say black, but the ruby highlights take it another direction. Decent tan head, but not much lace to speak of.

Nose is straight-up chocolate, with a delicate hint of brininess. Would it be detectable without me reading the bottle? Likely not.

Taste is, again, chocolatey, with a woody, roasty tone. I get a hint of brine later in the finish, but it's awfully subtle.

As with most stouts, this one really picks up a wider flavor profile when left to warm to near room-temperature. I even get a slight fruity hint.

This was a tasty treat, and it's great to see an oyster stout available as an American craft beer. I'll have another.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent tan lacing and decent foam. Solid, oil-slick black stout. The lacing is definitely the best part of this.

Smell: Faint musky sea salt with a hint of coffee. Just a hint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Vague sweet caramel with a faint salty seaweed payment. Very pleasant flavor. It's not fishy or overly salt at all. Well, it's maybe a bit salty in the finish. The mouthfeel is very frothy, which I didn't expect. Foamy might actually be a better description.

Overall Drinkability: My first oyster stout. Certainly not my last.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Pearl Necklace Oyster stout is a decent light abv stout. The beer poured a opaque black with egg shell white head that is leaving some lace. The scent has nice coffee base with hints of semi sweet chocolate and caramel. The taste start with a subtle push of hops then the coffee flavors kick in which then yields to a sweet caramel finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with very smooth carbonation. Overall it is a very good session able stout.

Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive looking drink with it's full, black body and light brown head up top. Kind of thin, but the head makes up for it with two fingers of frothy bubbles and don't die for several minutes, leaving a sticky lace in its wake.

Really nice malt forward smell, full of dark roasty things and the faintest notes of coffee and caramel.

I've had English stouts before, but never an oyster stout. A bit different taste than I've had before...but good. Lots of coffee and other bittersweet goodies. Never had an oyster, but I think the strange taste I wasn't used to was that.

Creamy, rich, smooth. Full bodied. Moderate bitterness, with good staying power well into the swallow.

One of the best Flying Dog beers I've had. Very easy to drink. Could use a bit more alcohol, but overall, a really good stout.

Photo of StoutCream
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Underground in Blacksburg. Fyi, FD has two breweries. They are based in Colorado, but have an east coast brewery in MD. The oysters come from Virginia and proceeds go to the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Foundation. I would be interested to know if this beer has national distribution, but for now if you are on this side of the US, please support the Bay.

Pours well into a pint glass with ample tan head that clings to the glass like oysters to their beds (lazy oysters!). Deep brown color like the mud of the Rappahannock. Doesn't smell much, but I didn't ask for a tasting in the bottom of the glass. We'll see what she smells like after a few gulps. Roast, toasty malts remind me of rich breads we used to make flavored with oyster liquor when I was young. Lots of chocolate and coffee - a true stout. Dark sugars, a touch of char, cloyingly dry-these are all my favorite things about stouts. What a tremendous offering from FD. The oyster flavor is only at the beginning with some brine lingering to the end, adding to the beautiful balance of this beer. Still doesn't smell like much, served too cold. Need to grab some bottles and take them home to do it right. Find a shop that ships, worth the cost. Enjoy!

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a thin but steady head and decent lacing

S: Slightly tart and briney; a lot of coffee with some subtle dark fruits but that saltiness is striking

T: Balanced stout with a subtle salty quality and roasted coffee malts--this is pretty good

F: Medium, creamy body

O: I like this beer (though I hate the name); not over complicated but balanced and tasty

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black (some ruby comes out along the bottom) with 2 fingers of rich light mocha head. This retains with a frothy finger, leaving back some thick sticky lace. The aroma smells of smoky roast and green citrus up front, which is quickly followed by chocolate and some mineral notes from the oysters. The smokiness tang of the nose here really makes this.

The taste has that oyster character and hops more up front, with green citric bitterness and meaty mineral notes that spread out into the finish. Underneath, that burnt roast emerges leaving a bit of char in the finish as well, while some chocolate sweetness on the edges does a nice job of balancing this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and prickly feel to the carbonation the whole way through. This is a little creamier feeling underneath but the overall feel here does a good job of complimenting the more assertive flavors here.

This was a nice take on the Oyster Stout style, with a no shortage of flavor from the oysters while still keeping the overall focus of the profiles on those more aggressive notes from the hops and roast. A nice lively body on this really makes those flavors pop as well. I’m glad they are going year round with this one. I think I’ll picking up a sixer of this once and a while.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, toasted malt, subtle salt, and slight cocoa powder. The flavor was of sweet malt, toasted malt, milk choclate, powdered chocolate, and very subtle salt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. An oyster stout you say? If this is indeed an oyster stout, where are the oyster-ish aspects? There was hardly any. Maybe there was a kiss of brine, but that was about it. I'm sure they added a little to the mouthfeel, but I would have loved to see a little more of their presence. After having had a few good examples I have set the bar pretty high with these. Glad I got to try it but there are other better examples out there.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.