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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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217 Reviews
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Reviews: 217
Hads: 1,169
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 31.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 232 | 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 rievelx6
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: jet black with thin tan head, opaque

Aroma: roasty, a little sweet and a little briny aroma

Taste: very roasty, a little residual sweetness that lingers on the roof of the mouth. Very understated oyster flavor

Mouthfeel: medium body and quite drinkable, would make a great dinner companion because the body and roastiness are both not overwhelming. Medium finish.

Overall: Moderately roasty with a slightly sweet finish and a little understated brine/oyster saltiness that gives the beer a unique character that differentiates it from a typical dry or sweet stout.

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Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice and solid tan-colored head that left plenty of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is filled with chocolate and a slight roasted malt scent, sad to say I'm a little stuffed up and can't smellvery well right now. Maybe I should have waited to review a beer. Anyways..

I taste lots of roasty dark malts with a nice salty bitterness in the back of the throat.

The texture is perfect, it has a light/ medium body with some good sharp carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Nice stout but I wish I could taste some oyster.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost black, brown and a amber hues around the edge of the glass. Thick craggy head, that dissipated somewhat quickly to a thin cap. Very little lacing.

S - Very good roasted malt smell. Chocolate and coffee smells, pretty typical for a stout, but there is something else, maybe the oysters I assume, that has a very mineral, somewhat metallic, smell. Underneath there is something else, maybe its the name just playing tricks on me but I can smell a slight undertone of salt water, marshy smell.

T - At first a very typical stout, then the metallic flavor comes over, but not as strong as I expected. When it finishes there is actually a slight salt water flavor, not much, but detectable, and again maybe just a mental thing.

M - Above average, but not quite outstanding.

Well I saw this one in the store the weird factor got to me. I wasn't quite ready to buy a six pack, but luckily they had it available as a single.

Overall, not a beer I would buy again, but not bad. I think it was really brewed for the shock value, but it is a pretty good beer, and worth the try. I think it would be better though without the mineral and salt water taste.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some light smokey notes and a touch of dark fruits.

Overall - I can't really taste oysters.. but it a pretty tasty beer for sure. It has a nice well balanced taste is extremely drinkable. Seems like a great session beer despite the slightly higher ABV,

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a very dark brown with a bit if ruby hue, small creamy light tan head that skims the top after settling

S- roasted and grainy aromas up front with some toasted notes, there's a touch of chocolate coming through with some mineraly notes as well, more grains on the backend like a wheat triscuit cracker

T- the grainy flavors follow the aroma and are quickly followed by a salty/mineraly flavor that eventually takes a back seat to some chocolate notes with a touch of smoke and coffee on the finish, more mineral on the finish from the oysters

M- medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel leads to an easy dry finish with a slight mineral bitterness

O- this is orobably the most mineral/salt forward oyster stout that I've tried to date, but its not overpowering. Overall an enjoyable take on the style

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Photo of blackie
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

single bottle from K1

a: served in a snifter after just a short while to chill, deep mahogany brown in color, practically opaque black, with a cocoa colored head that shows healthy retention

s: simply nutty dark roasted barley, glimpses of caramel and some chocolate sugar when fully warmed, perhaps a touch briny but not strikingly distinct, earthy hops

m: body a light medium, with carbonation a low-moderate, somewhat creamy on the palate

t: a traditional, balanced stout with a pleasant earthy roasted barley presence, nice char flavor, some mild underlying sweetness, slight brine, earthy hops with a mild to moderate bitterness joining the roast in a dry finish

o: an interesting style and a good beer no doubt, but the oyster influence is very subtle, a good cause (bay preservation) and a tasty stout in it’s own right

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

definitely my favorite flying dog brew to date. brewed with Chesapeake bay oysters? who would have thought? velvety looking black color, cocoa powder aromatics oozing out, bubbly and dense tan head, black licorice and tobacco on the nose as well. I don't smell fish at all, and this doesn't taste salty. instead I get bittersweet roasted barley, chocolate malt, and faint espresso notes. the texture is what makes this beer for me, creamy and rich, while retaining its drinkability. nice as an after dinner session beer, or as an interesting conversation piece. im not usually a huge fan of flying dog, but this beer really steps it up in both creativity and execution. worth seeking out. any other good oyster beers out there? how did this start? I want to know more...

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Photo of Roger55
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: English Pint Glass

Aroma: Sweet malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee.

Taste: Dry, salty backbone from the oysters, refreshing stout qualities, some sweetness.

Overall: One of my go to six packs and something I like drinking with seafood or dessert.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown - nearly black - with a thin khaki head which quickly drops to a film. No lace.

Scent is mildly briney with charred breadcrusts and a hint of chocolate. Molasses?

Taste is similar. There is a subtle mineral flavor and a little brine from the oysters. Charred breadcrust, roasty chocolate malt. Seems like there is just a touch of molasses in there but i'm not sure; not so much a sweetness but a flavor.

Not a bad stout.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is about average and not really any lacing is left.

3.75 S: Moderate roastiness. Brine from the oysters. Some caramel sweetness, but dry overall. Mineral and graininess. Fairly simple, but quite pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Moderate roastiness with just a touch of ash. Dry, but with notes of caramel and chocolate. Mineral, grain, brine.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. A bit more carbonation than I'd like, but good enough. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

3.5 D: I'm not sure if I've ever had a stellar oyster stout, but they always seem to be pretty good. They intrigue me.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Brewdog.com (£3.49):
Black with amedium brown head that halves in size and stays as a thin, very slightly patchy one.

Light, sweet chocolate and some roasted malts with a hint of coffee. I could detect some cocoa and a definite hint of smoke.

Sweet malts and a lot of chocolate with a hint of coffee again. The taste is pretty basic with some sugar and a few earthy notes.

Light medium and smooth with a slightly creamy feel. There is a definite dry texture to the beer and some sweetness as well.

Pretty disappointing to be honest and not a beer I would recommend, not because it was a bad stout but because it was so basic throughout. Whilst drinkable this one was just a little too bland to really enjoy.

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Photo of n2185
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a finger of light khaki head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and creamy coffee aromas dominate. There are some sweeter, floral notes underneath.

T: Roasted malts here as with with more bitter chocolate flavors. There are notes of char, brine, and a hint of smoke. The finish is clean and lightly bitter.

M: Body is on the heavier side of moderate with medium carbonation, this beer has just enough carbonation to avoid being watery.

O: a solid beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Dark brown, off white head with lots of very tiny bubbles.

SMELL: Roasted malt and some smoke, very smokey and almost meaty. Cream, and it could be psychological but I detect a whiff of salt water.

TASTE: Malty, with lots of roast and coffee flavor. Not much to indicate the oyster shells used in brewing besides a savory note. This is much like a standard Irish dry stout. As it warms nothing really changes all that much.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth from the nitro addition.

OVERALL: A good little stout here. Lends itself well to be a nitro beer. A fine craft offering without a doubt. Older style done well by the mega craft brewery. There is a place in the world for a beer like this, it's called your local bar.

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Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a thin but steady head and decent lacing

S: Slightly tart and briney; a lot of coffee with some subtle dark fruits but that saltiness is striking

T: Balanced stout with a subtle salty quality and roasted coffee malts--this is pretty good

F: Medium, creamy body

O: I like this beer (though I hate the name); not over complicated but balanced and tasty

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Photo of stella77artois
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Darkness. Almost pitch black. Heavy and thick looking. A beer that would make AAL lovers quiver in fear. A very thin head which quickly dissipated.

S - Typical for a stout, lots of stuff going on. Lots of malt, the roasted character and slight cocoa aroma of a bock, and a unique, powerfull sweetness. Tough to put my finger on that one. Very good aroma.

T - Strong and quality. All the aromas were featured, in addition to a coffee-like bitterness. Unusual, but very good. Being an Oyster Stout, I was disappointed to be unable to taste said oysters or anything resembling seafood. There was another unique taste that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Maybe that's part of it.

F - OK, not great. Very thick. Would probably be good with food. Not much carbonation felt. Felt damn good going down, though.

O - My first ever Oyster Stout, and I enjoyed this brew. A powerful, uniqe flavor that I will enjoy again.

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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.

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Photo of mlichens
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chilled glass. Pours black with a almost no head, but some dark brown bubbles. Smell is oceany, with a hint of brine as well as some molasses and coffee.

Taste is that of a traditional stout, with a burnt sugar aftertaste. Has the coffee and dark chocolate taste that you expect from a stout, but I don't detect the oysters that are supposed to be present. Maybe my palate is still undeveloped. Goes downs smoothly and would be a perfect complement to seafood or even some desserts.

Overall it is a tasty beer, and worth getting again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Brewed with rappahannock oysters.

A: Poured a dark khaki head that was frothy but slight, sitting above a pitch black colored body. Head retention was average while lacing was sparse, low coverage and weakly holding.

S: Aroma of dry oysters, the malting visually appears dark and roasty, but doesn't translate much aromatically. Sweetened coffee, earthy notes of chocoalte, oyster shells but very low in presence. Was hoping for some more salty character.

T: The flavor did provide a better deal of oyster kick then was on the nose. Dry, some earthy coffee malting, minerals, and an easy salty roastiness. Some oats and sweetened creamer ends things.

M: The mouthful had a silky feel, no carbonation, milky texture with a sweetened roastiness off the tongue.

O: Overall smooth flavor wise, some oyster, but wish there was more kick.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.