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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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218 Reviews
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Reviews: 218
Hads: 1,172
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 231 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, herbal hops and see bay. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted, bready malt, coffee, salt, oysters, brown sugar, burnt grain and herbal hops. Finish is long, bitter, and salty. Very nice brew, would be classic with shellfish.

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Photo of 8stringfan
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black from the bottle with a light foam, light beige/off-white two-finger head which dissipates down to a solid covering of froth on the top of the beer with solid lacing on the glass. Nose is actually fairly light, but contains all the usual stout notes - dark malt, dark chocolate, toffee, a touch of wan espresso, and, though I may be mistaking it, there does seem to be a hint of bitter citrus hops. Also, perhaps it’s the name, but it does seem that there is a hint of oyster sauce in there, not briny oysters and seaside air mind you, but a hint of the slightly briny but mostly sweet Hoisin-like Asian condiment. Sip is toffee and lightly bitter chocolate up front, and is actually somewhat sweet. The middle of the tongue sees more of the bitterness with dark coffee notes taking over along with what seems a touch of vanilla and a hint of sweet citrus fruit...yeah...I know...that one seems weird, but it really does seem to be there. Back of the tongue sees more coffee notes along with a hint of toffee and the finish, which is pretty short and simple, is lightly sweetened coffee. Mouthfeel is actually quite light and the carbonation, like most everything from Flying Dog, is a bit heavy. So, the big question is, where is the oyster in all of this? The classic hint I can find is a note approaching oyster sauce in the midpalate when it warms slightly, but as a whole, I can’t find any and can’t help but wondering if there might have been a better use for those local oysters. As it stands this is a perfectly decent stout, nothing especially grand, but also quite sessionable due to its heavy carbonation, light-for-the-style mouthfeel, nice hints of sweetness amidst the roastier bitter notes, and low ABV.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had one of these left at the house during the last fire pit. I have seen this beer at beer nerd locations in Carolina, PA, Virginia, and New Jersey but have never tried it being from Frederick. I always want something from somewhere else. Anyway, here we go. Nothing to shout about in appearance and offers very little to the nose. Taste was good, but far from great. Plus, the low ABV for a stout causes me to ding it again. This is a miss for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Made with Rappahannock River Oysters according to the label, with proceeds benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration project.

Pours a deep brown, opaque either with haze or colour, with a fairly fine head of beige that settles out to a bubbly ring. Body is fairly fluid, but with a little weight behind it. Carbonation is fine but very rapid in its movement. Looks decent enough.

Nose is toasty with mid-level malts, giving a mild, English-style sweetness to it. Hazelnut characters come through along with a little cocoa and an undertone of coffee. It's fairly mild besides this, but it's certainly quite pleasant.

Taste is also pleasant, without being particularly bold or exciting. Solid fine dark malt basis gives it hints of dark chocolate and roast, while the body remains thin. This gives it a refreshing quality, which helps the drinkability of the beer, but doesn't necessarily gel that well with the flavours. Slight saltiness on the back is maybe the only touch of the oysters, otherwise they're absent as is typical.

Overall, it's solid stuff. It's not going to blows off your socks, but it's a decent beer made with skill and good execution.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of schepelz
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Gk187
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
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

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Photo of dar482
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mdcflacal
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.