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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

805 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 805
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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madvermin

California

2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:26:44 | More by madvermin
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 03:28:23 | More by outdoor7or24
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:45:38 | More by wac9
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:06:22 | More by kylehay2004
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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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3BeerGuys

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:13:22 | More by 3BeerGuys
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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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VinoGuy

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 22:49:56 | More by VinoGuy
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 05:28:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 14:48:23 | More by flyingpig
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:28:09 | More by tlazaroff
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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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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 23:22:16 | More by sinstaineddemon
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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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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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 12:54:35 | More by xnicknj
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tubeboy

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:29:47 | More by tubeboy
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This pours dark brown with about an inch of thick dark khaki colored head.

Mild aroma on this one with hints of coffee and chocolate. Seems to have a milky aroma to it with a bit of a sweet edge. The aroma is more of the same. Mild chocolate and coffee. Seems slightly metallic with a mildly sweet finish.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. A solid enough brew, but after having a handfull of oyster stouts from several breweries I'm still not sure oysters really enhance anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:38:00 | More by Bendurgin
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 13:03:22 | More by beerthulhu
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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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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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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- Pitch black in color with a 3/4 finger khaki head that quickly dissipates to a feathery layer.

Smell- Lots of Hershey chocolate, with an Irish creme and some toasty notes.

Taste- Basically burnt black coffee.

Mouthfeel- There is like a thickness but finishes somewhat watery.

Overall- Not bad, but I would prefer more on the flavor. More sweet and hop balance to go with the toasty black coffee notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:17:35 | More by BrownAleMale
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with that distinctive Steadman label art. This particular bottle seems to have no indication of bottling or freshness that I can find. Poured into a 16 oz tumbler.

Appearance - So far so good. This looks every bit the part of a stout, with a foamy tan head that's just under a finger thick. Large bubbles burst intermittently, leaving a more webbed/rocky look as the head dissipates to a layer of foam across the top. Body is inky pitch black, with no light passing through even when the source is right behind the glass.

Smell - Hmmmm. Not sure if it's my imagination getting the best of me, but underlying the traditional characteristics of a stout--roasty, burnt coffee, raw cacao--is a briny element that is offputting to my nose. It's not exactly salty, but it's earthy and a little bit pungent. Having never had a stout with oysters added, I don't know if this is normal, but it's not very appealing.

Taste - That's better. Now we're talking, as the brine characteristics that I was getting in the nose are subdued by the rich stout characteristics. Charred bread, more bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts are the heroes here, with some coffee notes as well, but very much in the background.

Mouthfeel - Body on the heavy side of medium, with moderate to low carbonation makes for pretty easy drinkability. Finish has just a touch of sweet as well.

Overall, I don't think this is a beer that I'd drink again, even though the taste was far better than the smell suggested it was going to be. I can't help but wonder if the whole "brewed with oysters" thing was messing with my head, because oysters and beer just seem like an odd couple combination. I like oysters and I like stouts, but the two combined just didn't quite do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 07:42:13 | More by LambicPentameter
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Joshualvsjenny


3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black with amber/red apperance when held up to the light. finger of head with a moderate pour. leaves an good lacing on the glass.

S:burnt coffee beans, milk Chocolate, roasted malts, bit of toffee. has a wonderful aroma

T: A little watery, foward coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee.

O: not bad, I think I have been a bit spoiled on Founders breakfast stout, but overall a good above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 14:02:51 | More by Joshualvsjenny
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 18:39:44 | More by ianjsullivan
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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.