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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,043 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of JoshatTownHall
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nwatson
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dcbeers
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Mojo
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Seanecy
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of rvajohn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Joshualvsjenny
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of canuck
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of deweese
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.