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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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992 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brheuer, Aug 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Dr_Bahmbay13, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Cooker_stp, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Smarty_Pints, Aug 23, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with that distinctive Steadman label art. This particular bottle seems to have no indication of bottling or freshness that I can find. Poured into a 16 oz tumbler.

Appearance - So far so good. This looks every bit the part of a stout, with a foamy tan head that's just under a finger thick. Large bubbles burst intermittently, leaving a more webbed/rocky look as the head dissipates to a layer of foam across the top. Body is inky pitch black, with no light passing through even when the source is right behind the glass.

Smell - Hmmmm. Not sure if it's my imagination getting the best of me, but underlying the traditional characteristics of a stout--roasty, burnt coffee, raw cacao--is a briny element that is offputting to my nose. It's not exactly salty, but it's earthy and a little bit pungent. Having never had a stout with oysters added, I don't know if this is normal, but it's not very appealing.

Taste - That's better. Now we're talking, as the brine characteristics that I was getting in the nose are subdued by the rich stout characteristics. Charred bread, more bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts are the heroes here, with some coffee notes as well, but very much in the background.

Mouthfeel - Body on the heavy side of medium, with moderate to low carbonation makes for pretty easy drinkability. Finish has just a touch of sweet as well.

Overall, I don't think this is a beer that I'd drink again, even though the taste was far better than the smell suggested it was going to be. I can't help but wonder if the whole "brewed with oysters" thing was messing with my head, because oysters and beer just seem like an odd couple combination. I like oysters and I like stouts, but the two combined just didn't quite do it for me.

LambicPentameter, Aug 20, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dry, charred wood aroma; coffee. Dark brown body with a thick, foamy tan head. Slightly sweet chocolate flavor; semi-dry.

An interesting stout brewed with actual oysters. Rich and smooth with a nicely balanced and complex feel throughout. A very nice variation on a classic dark ale style.

beergoot, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.