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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Pearl Necklace Oyster StoutPearl Necklace Oyster Stout

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219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,183
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 31.37%
Wants: 38
Gots: 243 | 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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Photo of veinless
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, almost black with a red tint when held in the light. Head is fine and fizzy, and dissipates entirely as you pour the beer. No lacing.

Smells weakly of coffee with not much else. Maybe a bit of dark fruit? Overall quite weak.

Taste is bitter, smoky, and a bit gritty. Easy, balanced flavor with the smokiness hitting the back of the throat. Aftertaste is pleasant balance of dry and sticky, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, but well bodied for an english stout I guess. I'm still looking for a real oyster taste, and other than the slight gritty, rock taste midway through, there isn't much. Fizzes a bit when swished, but more foamy than harsh. Drinkability is good balance of flavor and thin body, so it's a winner there at least. Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of PettyThief
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
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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Photo of outdoor7or24
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased at highlands wine cellar in highlands, nc

A: pours a dark reddish black with a chocolate milk colored head and plenty of carbonation
S: cocoa, malt, sea salt scent, not much oyster scent going on here like other oyster stouts I have had.
M: carbonation, kinda light
T: cocoa, roasted malt, slight salty and metallic finish
O: okay beer

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

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Photo of wac9
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is the frist oyster stout i have had and it just taste life a stout thought a oyster stout tasted diffrent but this beer pours dark with a big head nothing more i can stay a dark beer worth drinking yes but thats it drinks dark looks darks what do oyster taste like because its not in this beer drink this beer if you like dark beer but it you have drank oyster stout before then you know what they should taste like and i think there better ones out there because this just taste like a regular stout

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin dark tan head with little retention on a jet black body. Almost no aroma with only hints of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is a little tart and sour for the style mostly from the roasted malts that have the sourness and bitterness of stale coffee without much coffee flavor. Some mild sweetness from chocolate and hints of vanilla. Medium body, not too thick with moderate to high carbonation. This one is just not very good. The drinkablitly is really hurt by the sourness.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of 3BeerGuys
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a nice head at first which disappears fast with very little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is of coffee with a slightly oceanic undertone which is nice and different.

T: This beer has a unique taste for a beer of this style, the coffee is present and is the dominating flavor in this ale. The briny taste shows itself well with this beer.

M: Nice carbonation, the taste lingers along with the carbonation. Not as thick as some stouts. Lighter body although it is only 5.50ABV.

O: Overall this is a great representation of the style, the oyster stout leaves little to be desired except for a higher abv to compliment the style.

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Photo of VinoGuy
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good color, a bit more head on the pour would be nice. Not much smell of the oysters and not much in the taste. A little disappointing since it is prominently displayed on the bottle. Balance is good between hops, malt and alcohol. Good roasted notes from the grain without being overly done or burnt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Brewdog.com (£3.49):
Black with amedium brown head that halves in size and stays as a thin, very slightly patchy one.

Light, sweet chocolate and some roasted malts with a hint of coffee. I could detect some cocoa and a definite hint of smoke.

Sweet malts and a lot of chocolate with a hint of coffee again. The taste is pretty basic with some sugar and a few earthy notes.

Light medium and smooth with a slightly creamy feel. There is a definite dry texture to the beer and some sweetness as well.

Pretty disappointing to be honest and not a beer I would recommend, not because it was a bad stout but because it was so basic throughout. Whilst drinkable this one was just a little too bland to really enjoy.

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Photo of schepelz
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma comes off very much as roasted coffee. Slightly bitter and burnt with hints of chocolate. I don't get any oyster or fish scent off of this, which is what I was expecting, I'm glad I was wrong.

Very very dark brown in color, not black. The head is mocha tan and provides a solid sheet of lace down the glass walls. Pretty good looking overall.

Upfront it's all coffee and roast which leads into the mid-palate with a slight bit of chocolate. The finish brings a slight briny taste which I don't care for. The beer doesn't TASTE like oysters per-se, but does have a bit of a sensation of oysters in the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body. I think that this isn't a bad beer, but it's different, and I would have to get more used to it and try more from the style to determine if this is a good one or not.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall goblet from the 12 oz. bottle.

A: It had a flat pour, 1 mm collar. The carbonation is the opposite of lively. Opaque with coca-cola colored ruddy/ruby edges. Kinda lifeless.

S: There are coffee and toffee notes...and not much else. Faint notes of iodine and brine are present and an indicator of what's to come.

T: Some traditional notes, like coffee, toffee...then...bam...briney under current. It's just like I did an oyster shooter after quaffing too many Irish Car-Bombs.

M: Seems a little thin. Salinity present. Leaves a faint whiff of coffee on palate. It is kind of dry, to the style of English Stout.

O: Thin mouthfeel detracts from the overall experience a bit, lack of nose showing mainly coffee. It's interesting, but I probably won't revisit.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - insert dark color adjective here to describe this stout, thin tan head that fades to a thin ring and film swiftly

S - typical malty aromas, roasted nuts and dark fruits permeate, some oceany seaside aromas lent from the oyster I would assume.

T - the clean, ocean, earthiness is more pronounced in the flavor than the aroma; along with that is a slightly fruity flavor, reminiscient of dark overripe cherries and end with a roasted nutty malt amalgam

M&D - smooth, with a nice flavor, not simple but not particularly complex, I would've like to taste the oyster a bit more. But it was delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of 8stringfan
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black from the bottle with a light foam, light beige/off-white two-finger head which dissipates down to a solid covering of froth on the top of the beer with solid lacing on the glass. Nose is actually fairly light, but contains all the usual stout notes - dark malt, dark chocolate, toffee, a touch of wan espresso, and, though I may be mistaking it, there does seem to be a hint of bitter citrus hops. Also, perhaps it’s the name, but it does seem that there is a hint of oyster sauce in there, not briny oysters and seaside air mind you, but a hint of the slightly briny but mostly sweet Hoisin-like Asian condiment. Sip is toffee and lightly bitter chocolate up front, and is actually somewhat sweet. The middle of the tongue sees more of the bitterness with dark coffee notes taking over along with what seems a touch of vanilla and a hint of sweet citrus fruit...yeah...I know...that one seems weird, but it really does seem to be there. Back of the tongue sees more coffee notes along with a hint of toffee and the finish, which is pretty short and simple, is lightly sweetened coffee. Mouthfeel is actually quite light and the carbonation, like most everything from Flying Dog, is a bit heavy. So, the big question is, where is the oyster in all of this? The classic hint I can find is a note approaching oyster sauce in the midpalate when it warms slightly, but as a whole, I can’t find any and can’t help but wondering if there might have been a better use for those local oysters. As it stands this is a perfectly decent stout, nothing especially grand, but also quite sessionable due to its heavy carbonation, light-for-the-style mouthfeel, nice hints of sweetness amidst the roastier bitter notes, and low ABV.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into mini snifter

Opaque blacked-out pour with a fluffy crop of tanned head. Fades into some wispy lacing and a collar of retention.

Lightly roasted dark malts in the nose with touches of chalky cocoa powder and chocolate. Faint sweetness and caramel, slight mineral note.

Malty and softly sweet with roasted warmth. Dusty cocoa, decent backbone, soft mineral note from the oysters. Finishes creamy with a touch of nutty malts.

Fuller medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and full on the tongue. The chalky mineral tones in this threw me off a bit, but the body was really the highlight of the beer.

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Photo of tubeboy
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark stout with a tan head that settles quickly. I smell prunes and a hint of malt. There's just a touch of sweetness like fruit but it finishes dry and a little bit salty. I really can taste the oysters in the finish and it pleases me. This beer feels a little thin for a stout but not bad. I will look for this again come football season.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Brewed with rappahannock oysters.

A: Poured a dark khaki head that was frothy but slight, sitting above a pitch black colored body. Head retention was average while lacing was sparse, low coverage and weakly holding.

S: Aroma of dry oysters, the malting visually appears dark and roasty, but doesn't translate much aromatically. Sweetened coffee, earthy notes of chocoalte, oyster shells but very low in presence. Was hoping for some more salty character.

T: The flavor did provide a better deal of oyster kick then was on the nose. Dry, some earthy coffee malting, minerals, and an easy salty roastiness. Some oats and sweetened creamer ends things.

M: The mouthful had a silky feel, no carbonation, milky texture with a sweetened roastiness off the tongue.

O: Overall smooth flavor wise, some oyster, but wish there was more kick.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had one of these left at the house during the last fire pit. I have seen this beer at beer nerd locations in Carolina, PA, Virginia, and New Jersey but have never tried it being from Frederick. I always want something from somewhere else. Anyway, here we go. Nothing to shout about in appearance and offers very little to the nose. Taste was good, but far from great. Plus, the low ABV for a stout causes me to ding it again. This is a miss for me.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.