Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

211 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,152
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 35
Gots: 216 | 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 Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (490 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a light tan half finger head that fades away pretty quickly. Really no lacing at all.

There is a very nice roasty aroma with some milk chocolate and char. A slight mineral note along with coffee.

The mineral note is a bit stronger in the taste but remains restrained. More milk chocolate although the sweetness is held in check. A little bit of light roast coffee finishing with a light stickiness and mild bitterness.

Overall, a really nicely done oyster stout. I love the mineral character and some nice chocolate and roasted notes. Decent beer. (605 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 225A13. Sampled on December 19, 2013.

It pours very dark brown to near jet black with a short-lived light tan head. Opaque.

On the nose are dark malts, toasted crust, mild sweetness, aniseed, and yeast notes. Very inviting.

The body is medium.

The taste comes across as highly balanced with a moderate upfront sweetness and toasted malt flavor and then there is a low and dry bitterness which hangs briefly at the finish. This one was well done. (484 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great name. The beer pours with a deep, utterly black color. It's head is thick, tan and very creamy. Large tufts of lace are left on along the glass. The smell is solid, but I expected a little more. It's full of roasted, malty scents. A little earth and charcoal, some subtle coffee smells. The taste is very good....semi-dry and very full. Lot's of grain flavors. Some smoke and a lot of smoothness. The mouthfeel has some interesting salty and calcium-reminiscent characteristics...perhaps from the oysters? Lingering bitterness. This is a good beer, well worth trying. (573 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First thing that strikes me is the beautiful color; black around the edges with a deep blood red hue shining through the middle. The head dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. Smells like roasted coffee, some herbal hops, briny sea salt near the end. The flavor was absolutely phenomenal, faithfully following the nose with coffee, roasted grain, dry chocolate, sea salt, and woody, herbal hops at the end. Thankfully does not taste like oysters. Went down easy with a slight carbonic bite and a medium thin mouthfeel. A great stout, even with the gimmick of seafood in it. (583 characters)

Photo of schepelz
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Gk187
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell - unique aroma that I can't quite place slightly sweet

Taste - nice balance

Mouthfeel - thin texture with very noticeable carbonation

Overall - I feel like I missed the whole "brewed with oysters" flavor maybe a hint of it on the aroma but that might have been my imagination. Overall a very fine beer just missing the gimmick from the label. (352 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (283 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted off vs Carton Digger, a blonde made with clams. Both great shore beers. This one tho tastes exactly like the Maryland shore. Kudos for that!

A: Pours a dark brown body, with an energetic head and carbonation fora stout. Settles into a tan island of foam and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: I spend T-giving every year on the Chesapeake and I swear this beer smells of that region. Wet fall leaves, salt air, along with roasted barley grains and a bit of sweetness, and chocolate. Light, leafy hops. Some wild berry and decaying vegetation. A shore brew for sure.

Taste: Really great. Really going to be great with oysters and pub food, and fall.
Follows smell, with charred wood smoke, and more coffee and nice sweet-bitter arc. Modestly sweet. Leafy, spicy, grassy hops, and as promised a little briny. great finish. Warm, fire, pub like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A bit of surprising carbonation. Chocolate finish without any cloying. Really nice balance.

Overall: Very light oyster stout. With a great approach. Of of the dogs' best. (1,057 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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 (566 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.14/5  rDev -16%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color, with brown highlights barely visible when held up to light. The brown head is medium sized, with a somewhat dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some rings of lacing deposit onto the glass as the head recedes.

S: Aromas feature prominent roasted malts, with some medium caramel notes. Lighter coffee, semisweet chocolate, and charcoal notes are also present. Some mild leafy hops and mineral notes add depth.

T: Big roasted malt flavors up front, with some medium caramel/toffee sweetness. Coffee and semisweet chocolate are more prominent than the nose suggested. Hops are primarily leafy, adding some balancing bitterness. There are lesser notes of charcoal, minerals, and faint saltiness.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is a bit lighter than average. The beer is fairly dry overall, though it actually seems to soften up a bit towards the finish.

O: This is a nice stout from Flying Dog. The oysters do add a nice, albeit subtle, complexity to what would otherwise be a straightforward beer. The slightly salty, mineral flavors towards the finish are welcome, in my opinion. (1,140 characters)

Photo of mdcflacal
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled October 2013 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color with a thin tan head with small bubbles. The head did not last as long as some other stouts.

Smell: The aromas are subtle and not strong. There is a smell of some coffee and something sweet like chocolate. Overall the aromas are a little thin, and not as strong and flavorful as the taste.

Taste: Full-bodied with great malt flavors, and some hops. The combination of hops and strong roasted malts gives this drink big powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: Very good stout. Best if you enjoy a stout that is dominated by malts. I enjoy the taste, but would like a more powerful aroma. (712 characters)

Photo of rievelx6
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black/ very dark brown with a pretty good brown head.

S- The smell of this beer is a little different than most other stouts that I had but slight chocolate with some coffeeish smell but nothing that smells like oysters.

T- Pretty good taste with more chocolate than coffee and at the very end it has a little hint of a salt waterish taste which makes this stout unique.

M- Has a medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O- Overall this isnt a bad stout I prefer others over it but I would drink this again. (524 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at giant beer garden and eatery purchased as part of the shock and awe pack, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is almost black with 2+ finger of buttercream head with tiny bead and stringy lace. The smell is okay - kind of dry milk -lactose odor with a mild sweet earthy aroma. The feel is decent with moderate sweetness and subtle roasted texture with medium carbonation and semi-sweet quality with mild bitterness as it finishes with subtle alcohol.

The flavor has a nice creamy caaramel flavor with light roasted barley flavor with some mild mineral and slight bitter flavors in the background. The taste is kind of a mix of sweet stout and dry irish with the smoothness of yeast and some slight spice from the hops. Overall this is a pleasant and drinkable stout, pretty good considering the relatively low abv. It conveys a mix of sweet stout with an american oyster addition which I actually like enough to have multiples of. (957 characters)

Photo of Portertime
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: the bottle is adorned with the wild Ralph Steadman artwork depicting a hellish looking hound in a pearl necklace. The label states that it is brewed with local Rappahannock River oysters and proceeds go to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. I am serving it slightly chilled in my Guinness pub glass. It pours a murky java color with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roasty, burnt caramel, sea air, bittersweet cocoa nibs, char. I love that salt air scent.

Taste: Smooth, briny, earthiness, soft charcoal, kiss of hops, and a roasty finish. What a great unique flavor! It would probably be delightful with twelve fresh half-shells. (634 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has been sitting in my fridge for over a year.. lets give it a shot. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a coffee brown body with a small off white head that leaves no lacing.

S- Coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malt. Nothing along the lines of oysters, just porter/lighter stout characteristics.

T- Freshly roasted coffee is the first thing to hit the tongue.. light chocolate notes come next, and the follow through is slightly salty. The finish is absolutely wonderful thought, such a full and roasty taste that stays on the tongue for a while. ...Wait a second... the oysters show up over a minute after sipping it, and have a very unique flavor!

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Just average in this category.

Time may have done this one well, or it may have been pretty good to begin with. A very good stout with a unique oyster twist. Try it. (877 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oysters! And stout. Being brewed by Flying Dog, it comes to no surprise how the name of this beer was conceived. Question? Sorry, I'm not taking any. On to the beer:

Pouring hard into a chalice yields a head nearly two inches on the pour, dropping to an inch of creaminess on top. The lacing makes a large mark around the glass. Black as coal is the color of the beer itself. The aroma has a soft yet vague smokiness. It smells a bit more like smoked fish than it does smoked meats. There's also the clue of semi-sweet chocolate.

I've become accustomed to drinking stouts of great intensity. Pearl Necklace brings me to the lighter side of stouts, however it maintains a good flavor and is easy to drink. Oysters brewed in beer doesn't scare me, and this doesn't either. There's a vague smokiness with a chalky note and a soft roasted tendril. There's is a little sweetness, which is like milk sweetness. With each sip, the sweetness gets a little deeper. Soft astringency with roastiness at the tail end. With a medium body and smooth sailing feeling, that helps make this beer fun and easy to drink.

I like oysters and I like stouts. I even like the two in the same glass! Flying Dog did well with the Pearl Necklace. A respectable alternative as a "lighter" stout. (1,271 characters)

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