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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

Pearl Necklace Oyster StoutPearl Necklace Oyster Stout

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805 Ratings
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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Photo of clayrock81


3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with minimal tan head that dies slow with minor lace. I get a little sweetness in the aroma but even that is more bitter chocolate than anything. Some large chunks of roasted malt and a splash of coffee also hit me in the nose. The beer is medium to heavy bodied, slightly chewey. enjoyable sipper but a mostly dry stout with roasted malts ( and again I get this coffee thing) dominating and just minor bitter chocolate notes mixed in. The finish seems a little grainy so I suppose this is where the oyster kick is which isn't bad as it isn't burdensome and lends itself to the beer. Also seems to have a touch of wood since it goes down smooth. Not a bad stout at all but one that is a little simple for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 22:55:59 | More by clayrock81
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 15:29:12 | More by Brenden
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Waldorf.

The beer is black with a half inch of creamy, beige head that coats the glass with filmy lacing. The aroma offers roasted malt, biscuits. It certainly smells like an English stout. I can't detect any oyster presence in the aroma or the flavor, but perhaps it's better if the oyster character is subtle. Still, I'd like it to be more present. The beer tastes fine otherwise. Light to medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Low alcohol and well balanced. What it lacks in character it atones for, at least to a certain degree, with drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 17:44:29 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Rifugium


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Dark brown-black color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of dark malts, toasted grains, unsweetened cocoa. More of the same in the taste, dark malts, bitter cocoa, toasted bread, some mild leafy and earthy hops, and a bit of mineral from the oysters, that was really more implied in the mouthfeel than in the taste, as with most oyster stouts (in my opinion). Body was mid-range, about right for an English-style, so no real complaints there, though the roastiness added a little oomph. Pretty good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 16:28:28 | More by Rifugium
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 22:01:24 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Flounder57


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

The beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. I pick up roasted notes, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and some bready notes in the taste and smell. The beer is smooth, gull bodied, silky, creamy, and low to medium carbonation. Oyster stoits are delicious and happy to have found this down here in PA since I never see it in six packs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 20:37:12 | More by Flounder57
Photo of 57md


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown with almost two fingers of fluffy, tan head that left a decent set of foam rings on the glass. The nose is roasty; there is no hint of oyster or fish so far. The taste is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout with some extra body. There is a slightly salty note present, but it may just be my imagination. There is solid roasted malt bitterness on the finish.

My first oyster stout - a solid effort.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 23:30:27 | More by 57md
Photo of StoutCream


3.8/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 13:28:04 | More by StoutCream
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 15:40:05 | More by oberon
Photo of cps98


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

Had this on tap at the brewery in the tasting room. It pours a lighted black (if thier is such a thing) not as dark as a lot of stouts I've had. The aroma is light hints of roasted coffee and very subtle hints of chocolate. I didn't get any real oyster flavor in the beer but is was a really nice smooth stout that was very drinkable. It's not over the top on ABV's like a lot of stouts out there which was really nice for a change. Got a six pack on my out so we'll see how it is from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 14:00:24 | More by cps98
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 14:34:09 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 02:14:58 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jsanford


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 01:37:59 | More by jsanford
Photo of Knapp85


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, the head is thin and tan in color. There is no retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly toasted, with some light roasted malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer has a subtle bite to it, nice light chocolate tones with a creamy aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the lighter side but holds a decent carbonation. Overall the beer is drinkable and pretty good from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 23:15:09 | More by Knapp85
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Served in a nonic pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, very light vanilla, and very light coffee, but not much. Not bad, but a little bland here. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, cream, oyster, vanilla, and light sweet chocolate. More chocolate and vanilla tha the nose, a bit of a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, though I thought the nose was a bit bland. A 12 oz. glass was a little too much for me as well, but a sample of this is worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 20:14:27 | More by mdfb79
Photo of oline73


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

I had this served in a sample glass at Max's.

Appearance: Pours black with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Roast up front with some sweetness and dark fruit notes. Mild coffee, quite smooth.

Taste: The roast dominates. The sweetness from the smell is there, but milder than expected. There is some bitter roast in the finish, but it isn't biting.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very solid stout. Nice roast profile and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 04:52:53 | More by oline73
Photo of therica


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
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 18:47:57 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of WMEugene


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 Dodo2step


3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg

A- dark black with a roasted toffee like head. one finger max and runs away quickly but the lacing is pretty decent. Straight line around the pint. opaque as well.

S- dark chocolate and roasted toffee malts with hints of wood smoke of oak maybe.

F- I don't detect the strong oyster flavor that some are saying but I do get a briny ocean taste. The roasted toffee malts are more pronounced and the dark chocolate comes to the front as well.

M- a heavy stout indeed and it has some viscosity to it. The flavors linger in the mouth and the follow down the throat. pretty decent. in a stout.

O- an above average stout and I was hesitant at first because of the 'oyster' in the name but it is really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 17:40:00 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of mrfrancis


3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:10:19 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of 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
Photo of MarkoNm


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
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, malty, coffee.

Tasty: Chocolate, roasted coffee. Don't pick up any oyster flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, little alcohol kick at the end.

Overall: A good stout, better than I expected. I would definitely get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 07:17:08 | More by bgillespie
Photo of Lemke10


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:22:18 | More by Lemke10
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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.