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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

Pearl Necklace Oyster StoutPearl Necklace Oyster Stout

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806 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 806
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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4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Alewife in Baltimore on 11/15.

A - Dark brown/almost black color with a tan head that fades to a thin layer. Very nice lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malts (coffee perhaps) and a bit of earthiness.

T - One delicious brew. Taste of coffee and other roasted malts with a unique earthy (slightly briny as well) taste that I can only presume came from the oysters. It's a little sweet, but not overly so. Well-balanced in the taste.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable. Nice finish and aftertaste. It's not as thick as say a RIS, but the body is more than acceptable.

O - I found the Pearl Necklace to be a great and unique beer. It is well balanced and easily drinkable. The oysters provide some interesting earth and brine notes that accentuate the beer without overwhelming it. Well done, and I only wish that it'll be widely available in the coming months. Great beer for a great charity.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 12:34:53 | More by WMEugene
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into EBC becker.

Pours a nearly opaque black/red with a big fluffy tan head. Smells like smoky wet chocolate bread, perhaps a hint of saltiness? Taste has lots of smoky chocolate and a hint of something else that is hard to describe and what I can only assume is a hint of salt from the oysters. Carbonation is pretty chill as espected per style and lets some of the subtle flavors emerge.

Very nice stout with a difficult to place extra through in to distinguish it from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 20:41:50 | More by VaterRoss
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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, with amber hue, small near white head, spotty lace.

S - Light cocoa, chalk.

T - Bigger cocoa, chalkiness, sweet dark malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body, fair balance, good carb.

D - Good to try. The sixer will be enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:03:40 | More by srandycarter
Photo of 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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4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ BigTen.
Brewed with oysters, roasted barley, midnight wheat, carapils, and black patent malt. Hopped with Perle hops...get it.?
35 IBU, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear black, forming a small off white head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is really nice...a nice balance between the base and specialty malts with notes of black walnut and vanilla. Very cleanly fermented. No briny maritime nose, thank god. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp, clean, and with a medium-light body but very rich with taste. The taste is really nice as well...the black walnut and vanilla are wonderfully balanced. The bitterness is at a perfect level, sitting nicely with the astringency of the roast barley and the hops have a nice herbal flourish but don't overwhelm the subtleties of the malts. Clean finish.

What a wonderful beer. I don't get any oyster flavor, which is good in my book. This is just a really solid very drinkable medium-light bodied stout. Love it. Will have to pick up more.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:31:37 | More by Mitchster
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4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no legible freshness date. Due to its popularity, the beer is now being offered year round instead of being a one time limited release.

The beer pours a pitch black color with a nice 2½-finger tan head on top that hangs around awhile and leaves lots of lacing.

Pleasant roasted malt smell along with burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and caramel aromas.

Nice roasted malt flavor with caramel sweetness, dark chocolate, and even a touch of bitter coffee taste. I couldn't taste any oysters or oyster flavoring, but not sure that that isn't a good thing. Also can't detect any hop presence, but again, it doesn't need it.

Smooth, almost creamy texture that makes for a medium bodied stout. Carbonation is moderate and that works well here.

This is a very tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:55:56 | More by matjack85
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Maloo's, Hagerstown MD yesterday.

A= dark mahogany near-black, modest head, some rimming and lacing.

S= very nice, caramel up-front and dark roasted malts, slight hops florals.

T= wow I was surprised, I had no idea this was a very limited edition and I just happened to luck out. Caramel, dark chocolate, decent hops, richly balanced blend.

M= clean and slightly chocolate-soda.

O= went well with my various food items-- crab chowder, salad, crab cake sandwich. Darn, I hope I can get back to Maloo's before they run out of this!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 23:10:38 | More by therica
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fom a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice, two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Roasty, coffee and dark chocolate, subtle brinyness and a bit of a dry finish. Very tasty, creamy and smooth. Sessionable. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 16:24:42 | More by hosehead83
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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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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from a 6-pack, served cold in a tulip. Code 005A13 on the label.

A robust pour gives 1/4" of tan head that settles in short order but leaves a thick ring of foam along the glass. Solid dark brown brew prevents any light from passing through, aside from some very dark ruby highlights around the edges. Smells of semi-sweet cocoa powder and a dry briny ash. The malt body is fairly light with a dry molasses flavor, rounded out with baking soda and a hint of bitter cocoa. In the finish a mild generic bitterness endures with just a little herb/ grass/ pine character. Not unlike a semi-smoky baltic porter. Body, as stated previously, is fairly light, with a mild carbonation. Easy to drink and not filling. Alcohol not perceived.

A good example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 04:22:59 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Roger55


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: English Pint Glass

Aroma: Sweet malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee.

Taste: Dry, salty backbone from the oysters, refreshing stout qualities, some sweetness.

Overall: One of my go to six packs and something I like drinking with seafood or dessert.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:44:15 | More by Roger55
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 03:06:10 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium glass

This beer pours up a beautiful deep black with a one finger tan colored head dissipating to a thin retention ring and bits of lacing. The smell is coffee, and chocolate. Taste basically follows the nose. It is malt forward with toffee, cola, coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying with just a hint of oyster aftertaste. This one surprised me. It was much better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:55:09 | More by Mojo
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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the walls of the glass.

S - An earthy aroma of chocolate, caramel, and wet earth.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with notes of burnt caramel and molasses. Some smoke and fruity caramel in the middle with a finish of sweet, dark bread and more molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the malt character is robust, but not cloyingly so and there are smoky, earthy flavors that define this as a special kind of stout, and one that would go well with oysters.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:09:31 | More by nickfl
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with no light coming through and a foamy/creamy 2 finger light tan head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, seawater, oyster shells, roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, caramel, charcoal, herbs and light vanilla or licorice; it’s a nice smelling stout with a good blend of all the ingredients that allows it all to work together well.

Tastes of coffee, cocoa powder, malt, seawater, oyster shells, roasted grains, caramel, toffee, charcoal, herbs, floral hops, lemon zest, light vanilla and faint licorice; the sweet coffee and cocoa up front lead to the salty oyster flavor, followed by the slightly bitter hop finish. An easy drinking stout that went down like water, I really enjoy oyster stouts and this was up there with the best of them. It has a complex flavor with a fair amount going on, yet it’s simple and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and almost watery, with very mild carbonation, a healthy bitterness, and a finish that is a combo of hops, salty oyster, coffee and roasted grains.

Overall this was very good and quite enjoyable. This was much better than I expected it to be and a beer that I’d seek out again. The low ABV made this go down very quickly, and it is a definite session beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:35:31 | More by CHickman
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Pours pitch black with a finger of frothy cappuccino head the recedes to a thin brown swirly layer. No apparent lacing. 

S:   A strange aroma of smoked oysters, stale cola, room temp coffee, roasted malts, old cardboard, spices and semisweet molasses.  Aroma is typical of a stout but throws a loop with the addition of the oysters.

T/M:  Creamy mouthfeel with moderatecarbonation. First taste is sweet apples and cinnamon then gets clouded by smoked oysters and oak. Finish is dry a lingers granny smith apple peels and charred caramel. 

O:  This crazy beers is really like having liquid smoked oysters. At first I was unsure and a tad put off but after a few sips I enjoyed it more and more.  A great idea and a well executed stout that I will look for from now on. Get yourself a pearl necklace gents...and enjoy! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 22:16:41 | More by Hopswagger
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4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Inky black half a finger of brown foam that goes away instantly no retention. No Lacing.

aroma- roasted briny-ness- like nori seaweed paper a little bit like buttered bread

Taste- Roasty and smokey and just a touch of briney-ness in the finish the hops get a bit lost in this but I like it. Its not sweet as a result of a lack of hops. In fact as it warms the hops become a bit more pronounced. This Oyster Stout is one of the first I have ever had and I really like it. The buttered bread (like squaw dark bread) comes out towards the end along with the hops. They are a bit piney. Noble?!

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied, a bit high on the carbonation but i think as it mellows it is quite tasty. not too much alcohol that it wouldn't compliment a plat of oysters

Overall- yes- two of my favorites, dark beer , and oysters very tasty. Obviously it would compliment seafood and I think any dish where lemon was a feature ( oddly enough). Not having much to compare it to in the oyster stout category I would say that this is a winner!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:33:10 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured onto frozen tumbler to a nice foamy head that was well maintained

S - no oysters here. nice hoppy aroma

T - I've had a few oyster stouts and didn't like any of them. this was different, notes of chocolate and smoke w/ no scent of oysters. smooth and flavorful.

M - good level of carbonation. Smooth

O - never been too impressed w/ flying dog beers. This was different. definitely buy again

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 23:47:52 | More by Segelstrom
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New York

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

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a one half finger frothy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted barley and the typical accompanying aromas.

The taste consisted of an upfront roastiness tempered by a touch of caramel but with a finishing smoke and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty well crafted stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-02-2013 23:20:46 | More by plaid75
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


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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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours black with small and quickly receding head. Aroma of roadty smokey chocolate coffee malt. Light flavor with hint of oyster finish. Was not expecting to get that flavor or--if I did--to like it. But it is awesome. Very interesting dry-ish finish. A bit effervescent for a stout but really fits with the flavor and closer to a porter mouthfeeland bite. Balanced flavor on the roast and oyster. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:21:36 | More by BMMillsy
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, I don't see a true Oyster Stout very often so I had to try this, this is definitely not Kosher,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, good retention, light lace.

S: Sweet malt with some date/fig sugar character, milk chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate and roast, with some sweet milk chocolate type sugar. This is American made, but it really tastes English, it's uncanny. Very interesting. The oysters however, don't really do much.

M: Frothy carbonation, medium-bodied, easy drinking pint.

O: There is a slight salinity that makes itself known as an undercurrent throughout. Quite a good beer, as I said before, very English in its flavour. Seriously blind, I would never think this beer was made in the US, it's that Old World. Incredibly English, even if the shellfish don't jump out and say Hello.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 04:32:20 | More by Halcyondays
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit clear compared to the average stout, but it is a bit darker. The drink maintains a consistent head and brings up some nice lacing.

The aroma is very smooth. There's definite roasted and dark malt here and there is a bit of smokiness that the oysters may have contributed to. The downside with the aroma is merely a lack of presence.

The taste is very smooth as well. You can sort of distinguish the oyster, but it's very mild, and only pops up in the aftertaste. I think a bit more salt and smokiness come through, which blends seamlessly with the other flavors. The finish is great with a bit of roastiness.

The body is thick and heavy if you consider the ABV. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky. Carbonation is kept quite under control.

This beer was definitely interesting. I'd consider buying it again. For a stout it's priced nicely and it offers a pretty good kick for the low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:14:55 | More by BBP
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of tan head with fair to good retention. Clear dark brown to black liquid. Nice looking stout that could benefit from some better head retention.
S: Roasty malt, some caramel sweetness, coffee, maybe the slightest salt air whiff. Maybe a tad of lactose. Pleasant slight candied black licorice.
T: Rich flavored. No noticeable oyster flavor, which I guess I'm a little disappointed by! I'm definitely thankful, but I was prepared and it was an anti-climax. What does the oyster add to it? Maybe a bit of saltiness to enhance the flavor? Some chocolate, no coffee, lots of cream. Some caramel.
M: Smooth, silky and full. Creamy. A tad thin and metallic or green in the finish.
O: Quite enjoyable. A very good stout that stands out in my mind. Where's the oyster though. Maybe it adds a certain Je ne sais quoi maybe?

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 16:57:21 | More by dfillius
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark ruby-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy, dark tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with a hint of spiciness. I'm not getting any oysters in the aroma, but it's still a nice-smelling stout.

Taste: great chocolate malt flavor with some caramel notes and an almost creamy sweetness. No oyster flavor up front, but way out in the distant aftertaste there's definitely a shellfish character. How interesting! I've never had an oyster stout before, but I like the subtlety and restraint with which the ingredient is handled here. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a really fantastic creaminess. Wonderful texture -- love it.

Overall: I was a little apprehensive of trying this beer, but of course I needn't have been. This is a tasty and subtle brew with a wonderful texture and good drinkability; I'd definitely have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:34:27 | More by flagmantho
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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.