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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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961 Ratings
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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark red-brown with giant three-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Very roasted taste. Simple flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: Fairly average English stout here.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Handsome deep brown with a beautiful mahogany edge. Slightly off-white head, not quite cappuccino. Not a huge aroma, but slightly sweet and chocolatey. Taste is extremely pleasant. Very balanced stout, which hints of chocolate and a certain mineral-taste no doubt from the oysters on the back-end.

In the grand scheme of oyster stouts, of which I am big fan, this one sits in nicely in the middle. While nothing wows me in this beer, I will gladly reach for an other.

AlexanderSelby, May 17, 2012
Photo of sethmeister
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Dark brown - nearly black - with a thin khaki head which quickly drops to a film. No lace.

Scent is mildly briney with charred breadcrusts and a hint of chocolate. Molasses?

Taste is similar. There is a subtle mineral flavor and a little brine from the oysters. Charred breadcrust, roasty chocolate malt. Seems like there is just a touch of molasses in there but i'm not sure; not so much a sweetness but a flavor.

Not a bad stout.

sethmeister, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into tuilp glass.

A - Pours nearly black, apart from the rapidly ascending display of micro-carbination throughout the body. Gives it the appearance of a nitro infused beer. A steady finger of almond head sticks around for a while and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fresh coffee beans, wet grain, roasty malts. Earth notes develop. Nothing out of the ordinary for a stout.

T - Starts mild like watered down coffee. Bitter char hits hard on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean with the flavors of a milk stout. I don't get any oyster flavors, which is probably a good thing.

M - Creamy with less carbonation than the appearance suggested.

O - Not a style I often drink, but this one wasn't bad. Good coffee aroma and flavor with plenty of roasty notes. I was expecting something unique out of an oyster stout, but this one drank like any other. Pretty good.

NoLeafClover44, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

mrfrancis, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

oberon, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Fatehunter, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

On-tap at the Churchkey in D.C.

Pours a dark brown with a soapy khaki-colored head. Aromas of dark, "roasty" malt with just a touch of brine. Taste is of more dark roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, and bit more salty sea water. Mouthfeel is smooth and quite drinkable, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a very easy-drinking Stout that could use a touch more oyster character, but nice overall.

jsanford, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty and sweet lactose like. In the taste, sweet roast, dry lactose sugar, and a small saltiness. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lactose sweetness in the aftertaste. A nice roast and flavor, but kind of standard for the style.

OWSLEY069, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Lemke10, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of pmcadamis
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

pmcadamis, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color. Produced a really nice head of tan froth with good retention behind it. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- A deep roasted profile overall. Dark malts with bits of coffee, raisin, cocoa, brown sugar, and molasses. Not in your face potent, but quite a nice rustic aroma feel.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A good underlying roasted component throughout the beer is still there. Hints at raisin, prune, cocoa, and molasses are present. Ever so marginally sweet but with a good dry finish on it.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good dry roasted quality overall that is supplemented well with subtle sweet flavors. Not super thick or boozy which is nice and fitting the style.

(O)- This is just a nice, easy drinking stout when you want those classic stout flavors without having to tear into a thick and meaty Russian Imperial or American Double. Simple but satisfying.

sweemzander, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Almost black, brown and a amber hues around the edge of the glass. Thick craggy head, that dissipated somewhat quickly to a thin cap. Very little lacing.

S - Very good roasted malt smell. Chocolate and coffee smells, pretty typical for a stout, but there is something else, maybe the oysters I assume, that has a very mineral, somewhat metallic, smell. Underneath there is something else, maybe its the name just playing tricks on me but I can smell a slight undertone of salt water, marshy smell.

T - At first a very typical stout, then the metallic flavor comes over, but not as strong as I expected. When it finishes there is actually a slight salt water flavor, not much, but detectable, and again maybe just a mental thing.

M - Above average, but not quite outstanding.

Well I saw this one in the store the weird factor got to me. I wasn't quite ready to buy a six pack, but luckily they had it available as a single.

Overall, not a beer I would buy again, but not bad. I think it was really brewed for the shock value, but it is a pretty good beer, and worth the try. I think it would be better though without the mineral and salt water taste.

cottonkoozie, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Every time I’ve opened my fridge for the past week, this bottle has been right there, in the front. “A beer brewed with oysters? Maybe tomorrow.” But hey, new adventures in beerdom have to start sometime – cheers!

A: Pours thick brown, but light in texture (even though no light is coming through); you can tell it’s not a high gravity stout. Head is thin and silky, sitting delicately with just a thin layer of retention. Ropy lacing.

S: Rich coffee and roasted malt, coupled with chocolate to give off a cookies-and-cream character. Wow, that’s an incredibly savory nose. Very prominent toasty, butterscotch malts for such low alcohol; that, coupled with a metallic mineral-water hint, give this a very traditional English nose. Not a ton of oyster at all – it’s all about that alluring Oreo scent.

T: Very mild flavors. Faint hints of licorice, chocolate, and indistinguishable nuts are sprinkled on top of a big bed of smoke peat; there isn’t much else other than that. I’m guessing the big mineral tastes I’m getting are either absorbing the oyster tastes, or the oyster is augmenting an already-bold saltiness, because I’m not getting a ton of distinct flavor from such a bold ingredient. Shame. The aftertaste is a tad briny, actually, but finishes more with burnt wood than anything else.

M: Very, very thin; unnervingly so. It has quite a bit of carbonation, too, which ends up making it feel like (and sometimes taste like) club soda.

O: A pretty good English stout, but nothing like I was expecting. I’m not a huge fan of oysters, but I found myself wanting more in that department – at the very least, just to get that unique flavor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t there, making this not a very unique beer, on the whole. Still, I enjoyed it; a positive throwback to tradition with just a splash of innovation.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color that's almost porteresque in its color shade. The head is a one finger mocha color with lowish retention, fading into a decent collar around the glass. Not much lacing.

S: Typical of a good porter/stout, it features mainly coffee, slight darker fruit, and dark bakers chocolate. In addition, it features a briny saltiness in its scent that betrays its usage of oysters quite well. I'm really enjoying how this smells, even if it's not the strongest aroma in the world.

T: Tart and fruity, with a light kiss of brine. Compared to the scent, there's much less coffee and chocolate in the flavor, and a lot more lactose and dark fruits. A bit acidic, as well. It's hard to find the usage of oysters in the flavor profile - but they're there. I'd like a little more roast here, but it's a nice enough stout.

M: Light bodied, with a prickly texture, high carbonation, and dry finish. Similarly to the flavor, it's slightly acidic as it goes down the esophagus, but it's still easy going down. In a way, it almost drinks like an Irish stout.

O: This is one I can really see coming to its own on tap. A decent no-frills stout with great intentions, I'd pair this one with (what else?) oysters.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Very unique beer from Flying Dog.

Pours out pitch black with a small mocha looking head.

It has a chocolate and coffee aroma along with a slightly salty and sea-like note.

The taste is pretty close. There are nice roasted malts followed by chocolate and coffee, but it also contains a very salty taste from the oysters and there is a hint of seafood.

Not the best stout, but worth trying.

JohnnyMc, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Dark brown to black pour, an almost ruby color comes through when held up to light. Very little head and disappates quickly. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste has the same with a hint of vanilla and slight saltiness on the backend. Beer + Oysters = solid good.

Oakenator, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm not gonna make the obvious joke here, but I do know a girl who's told me she always thought she'd look good with a pearl necklace, and it's hard to keep from laughing. Call me immature. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of glowing wan-khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, watered-down coffee, dark earthy greens, and mineral water. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more minerality (the oysters at work) and a stiffer coffee component. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a nice stout, though one that could stand to have a bit more meat on its bones.

TMoney2591, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a dark root beer color with good head retention and lacing. The beer definitely has the sort of nose I associate with an oyster stout, showcasing light coffee, some vanilla, sort of a powdered milk aroma and light burnt toast. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly dry stout, though it's not as flavorful as I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin, with a clean finish.

Shrug. This is almost more like a dry brown ale, though there are some intriguing additional flavors as well. You can definitely tell the alcohol is fairly low in this beer, and frankly, given the abv., the beer delivers an impressive amount of flavor. Nevertheless, there just isn't enough going on in this beer to make me want to order it again.

John_M, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

On draft at Churchkey in DC. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles. Low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, a little chocolate, mostly malt.

Beer is thin and creamy, sweet, light on the palate, simple but there's nothing wrong with it. I enjoyed it.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

A- Very dark body with some amber highlights around the thin part of the glass. Tan head that leaves good lacing.

S- Very malty aroma with roasted malts coming through the most with a slight bitter note.

T- Roasted malt body with some slight bitterness. Possibly a slight hint of a coffee taste, but not much else.

M- Very smooth and easy drinking.

O- I would say this is an above average lower abv stout. Not sure what the oysters do, but they are not really noticeable.

stephenjmoore, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of JimBNP
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

JimBNP, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

"Proceeds benefit Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration. Brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters." Brewed in the style of an Oyster Stout, available exclusively in the Shock And Awe Variety Pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing medium brown head of a very active foamy consistency. Retention is slightly above average and holds steady when it thickens to a moderate smooth foam. Body color is a dark brown, still slightly translucent even at the thickest points. Carbonation is active and plentiful. Not a bad stout appearance, but it has its shortcomings. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of medium roasted caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, a mild butter character compliments a subtle bread malt profile overall. A tame hop aroma with a mild dry yeast acidity. The oyster character comes through only in small traces but does add a touch of welcome complexity to this beer. 3.5

(Taste) A much more pronounced roasted char front with a moderate chocolate malt sweetness and a pronounced dry finish. Only a touch of oyster flavor carries through for a slight oceanic touch and accents the chocolate notes. The flavor is overall a lot rougher than the aroma gave off with much sharper roasted grain notes, and less emphasis on the coffee and chocolate accents. Also shallow was a solid malt body. The roasted malt could have toned down a touch to bring more attention to the oysters, or the latter upgraded with the malt sweetness to meet a more concentrated balance. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very smooth with a mildly creamy, oily slick carbonation presence. A burnt malt profile accents an otherwise mild dry finish. Medium bodied for an English Oyster Stout, medium/heavy bodied overall. Alcohol presence is mild/medium. The textures for this beer are quite fine for the style. 4.25

(Overall) English & oyster stouts are growing on me big time, but my demand for either better balanced or more complex stouts comes with this change. I liked the potential that this beer had, but questioned the importance of the overly smoky, charred specialty malt profile to compare with the oyster inclusions, it seemed they were inevitably in conflict. The residual sweetness was rather mellow for this beer but overall I think that the oyster character was a much shallower player in this beer than it could have been. I can't admit to regretting purchasing the pack for this beer. 3.75

Flying Dog Brewery's
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout

Jadjunk, May 01, 2013
Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Dark black pour with 1-finger khaki cream head. Faint retention. Some thin wispy lace.

Nose is sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla, lighter roast coffee, cocoa, and light hop esters.

Taste has bitter coffee, cocoa, and burnt malt. Slightly astringent in the finish with a little too much rough bitterness.

Feel is very light, but probably about right for the style.

Overall, worth a shot if you like the style.

beer2day, Oct 09, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.