Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,152
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 215 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-16-2011

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of JoshatTownHall
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank straight out of the bottle from a Flying Dog variety pack. Another great offering from Flying Dog and an attempt at a unique Maryland style brew. This is a very drinkable beer that is also a great example of this style. While I did not pair this with seafood I would imagine that this is a great beer to slug down along with some crabs and oysters. (354 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on code 292A12, so sometime in 2012 I'm guessing. Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost-black. There is the tiniest little ruby dot showing some bubbles rushing up to the top which resulted in a nice one finger mocha colored sizzling head which dissipated quickly.

S - Creamy coffee. Some mild dark fruit. Mild dark chocolate creeping out as the beer warms.

T - Roasted coffee dominates most of the flavor. I wouldn't really say I can taste any oyster in there at all. A very mild sweetness in the back end somewhere, which I suppose you could attribute to a salty shellfish like taste? I really don't know. It doesn't taste like seafood though, if you ask me. Tastes like a nice coffee stout with some milky smoothness in it.

M - Slick medium body goes down smooth. Not thick or heavy-sitting in the stomach. Almost has a creamy milky smooth texture. Maybe a little bit of a resinous mouth feel.

Overall, I guess it isn't a bad stout. This is my second bottle of this stuff, and I can honestly say it doesn't taste as bizarre as I was expecting it to taste. It almost tastes to me like a very creamy, smooth, regular coffee stout. Moderate 5.5% abv, drinkable for sure. Doesn't really break any new spectacular ground, but a beer I would drink again.

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout ---3.5/5 (1,356 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (937 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the oyster mineral/brine flavor is noticeable. It's a sweet smelling brew, but overall the flavors are more bitter. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has good carbonation, and it's also easy to drink. I think this is a good beer overall, and I'd try it again in the future. (559 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Joshualvsjenny
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black stays black when held to the light. Sports a smaller dark tan head even from an aggressive poor leaves some ok lace behind.

Aroma is roasted malt, some nice chocolate light whiffs of ocean but not real oystery.

Taste is well more oystery then the smell some ocean notes present, nice dry roasted malts with some bakers chocolate hints going on. Finish is dry with some mineral twang living it up a bit.

Mouthfeel is only a big medium with fairly mellow carbonation.

Overall eh not bad not extra ordinary but easy drinking nice and dry defiantly be one up on a Guinness. (588 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty rich looking black color with a thin off white head.

S: Sort of a faint smell, but I get some light roasted coffee, roasted malt, a bit of smoke and a touch of brine.

T: I'm actually a pretty big fan of this beer. I don't get a ton of the oysters, but it tastes like a rich, Irish Dry Stout. Nice roasted malt and a touch of char. Some faint dark chocolate and burnt wood on the finish with just a hint of salt water somewhere in the burnt wood. Has a really rich mouthfeel for the abv. Worth a try. (521 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black brown with amber highlights and a half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving modest lacing.

Roast malt, coffee, chocolate, and cereal grains form the aroma. There's nuttiness and a light minerally quality.

Chocolate, roast malt, and minerally notes are evident in the initial flavor profile. There's a bit of coffee bitterness at the finish, and a slightly acrid flavor hits mid palate.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

Minerally notes are present, but chocolate and roast malt are definitely dominant. Not a bad brew, but nothing exceptional. (630 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout. Brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters. From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as part of the Shock & Awe sampler case.

A standard one-shot pour yielded one finger of light tan head. The beer is mostly just black with some gradient dark mahogany brown around the thin edges (this was noted when tipping the glass slightly). Simple label on the bottle with the usual disjointed Flying Dog artwork. Nice presentation.

Amidst roasty and chocolaty dark malts, there is a vibrant oceanwater salinity that I was looking for in the nose. This matches perfectly with the sweeter and more savory malt aromas. Hardly any presence of hops, but that's a very minor fault for this style. Overall, the nose is nice, but it's mild. There could be some more kilning flavors or an added smokiness, but the bottom line is this has a pretty ideal aroma for an oyster stout.

The dark chocolate is here, maybe more so in the form of cocoa powder. Definitely, semi-sweet. The rest of the malts, and there's a nice-sized dimension to them, are very roasty and a little sweet on their own. However, there's a very nice earthy approach that could actually be supplemented by some floral hops that I'm picking up on. The saltiness is more subdued now, but there are minerally qualities in the flavor that keep this on level with this style of style. A few small complaints is that I wish this was drier, which I think would accent the oyster addition. Also, more malt bitterness or an another added umami element would do wonders to balance out the simple sweetness of the malts. Seems too attenuated the way it is now.

The feel is nice. Very soft feel on the palate. Milkiness of the body (medium in viscosity) feels great. The carbonation is quite appropriate; helps to fill out the overall feel here. No complaints on mouthfeel. Instead, I'm impressed.

I think this is a tough style to knock out of the park, for sure. A lot goes into the construction of an ale like this, and I really like the intention. The oysters (and, probably added oatmeal malt grain) supported the flavor and mouthfeel. Nothing really steals the show, which still makes this a very round and excellently sessionable stout beer. I'm happy with the few I still have in the fridge. (2,284 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours black with above frothy finger of slightly tanned head... Nice retention and lacing.

S: roasty malts, chocolate and a light mineraly oceaniness.

T: dry chocolate and mineraliness over some nice roasted malt, very light sea, the oysters are on the subtle side, although very much still present, you h of sweetness towards the finish.

M: very creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation that is lightly crisp on the tongue, this is an easy drinker.

O: a very nicley balanced oyster stout, tasty and delicious. (567 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (348 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists. The aroma is quite earthy and roasty with hints of coffee and caramel. The flavor follows the aroma. Nice roasty chocolate and coffee with a caramel and brown sugary sweetness that is cut down by an earthy almost briny flavor. Hints of dark tart fruits round out the flavor nicely. Light earthy hop bitterness linger long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart and chewy mouthfeel. Not a bad stout but like other oyster stouts I've tried I have to ask, Why? (632 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark and nearly black colored ale with a thin brown colored head.

Smell is strong patent malt and smoke with a whiff of ocean to it. Chocolate and coffee a little molasses that represents all the malt I can smell.

Starts out dry and slightly metallic and salty in the mouth. Taste a little sweeter than it smells. Coffee and slight chocolate.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin for the style.

Overall it is OK, but I won't be buying this again. (444 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in the Flying Dog variety pack.

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a burnt sienna brown, with a nice 1.5 finger peppery, mocha head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: Smelled so roasty that if I were to sniff this without knowing the style beforehand, I would have tagged this as a porter. A tinge of sweet, sourdough mixed in there as well.

T: More coffee-like than chocolate due to the particular brand of bitterness. It had a nice flavor that was not watered down in any way. As a matter of fact, I was pretty amazed at how full the flavor was.

M: Grainy and bitter, which affects its drinkability to my mind slightly and I noticed it was starting to wear on me about 6oz. in. However, I guess this is more of a savory type of brew, so that goes with the territory, I guess.

O: I've always consider Flying Dog to be one of those "neither totally pleasing nor offending" breweries that surprises the hell out of me at times. I'd consider this one a pleasant surprise. (1,005 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich dark brown opaque beer. Great thick creamy head. Smells faintly of roasted malts and a little booze. Tastes of roasted malts and has a good body and great carbonation. If you likes stouts and have never had it I would recommend but there are better ones out there. (329 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to research what an Oyster Stout was before I tried this one. Appearantly, it's a stout brewed with real oysters originating in Ireland. The only other one I've heard of was the Yards Oyster stout served at the Oyster House in Philly.

Drank this straight out of the bottle, but poured a portion in a glass to see that it was black in color with moderate carbonation. Flying Dog forces carbonation in their brew so it will always taste fresh if bottled recently. Malty notes, slight coffee taste on the palate. Switching around from IPAs to this Stout makes it hard to suck down. Even though it's only a little over 5% abv it's not a session beer. Slightly above average for a stout. (688 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (1,050 characters)

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.