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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 91 | 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 CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with a code on the label that was difficult to spot. No visible date of bottling anywhere else, other than the code.
Dark mahogany pour settles to a pitch black color in the glass with a very nice one finger dark tan colored head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is very malty with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste is roasty and bitter upfront, but towards the finish there is a distinct salty taste. Dry finish with not a lot of after-taste, just a hint of the oysters. The oyster is definitely more in the taste.
Decent mouthfeel, a more on the thin side. A little more body would have made this an even better stout.
Drinkability on the other hand is good; goes down very easy.
Worth a try if you enjoy something different in your stouts.

CaptDavyJones, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of JustDrink
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JustDrink, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, black color. Has a medium-sized, frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Also has a strong, salty smell to it than I can only assume is the oysters.

Taste: Starts bitter with good roasted malt flavors. Finishes roasty, with chocolate and raw coffee flavors. Throughout the whole thing, there's a sort of earthy, salty taste which is probably from the oysters.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall: A fairly decent stout. I'm not sure what the oysters really add here except a bit of saltiness. Still, it's a well put-together stout and something I wouldn't mind having again.

mckenziac, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

oriolesfan4, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of tan head with fair to good retention. Clear dark brown to black liquid. Nice looking stout that could benefit from some better head retention.
S: Roasty malt, some caramel sweetness, coffee, maybe the slightest salt air whiff. Maybe a tad of lactose. Pleasant slight candied black licorice.
T: Rich flavored. No noticeable oyster flavor, which I guess I'm a little disappointed by! I'm definitely thankful, but I was prepared and it was an anti-climax. What does the oyster add to it? Maybe a bit of saltiness to enhance the flavor? Some chocolate, no coffee, lots of cream. Some caramel.
M: Smooth, silky and full. Creamy. A tad thin and metallic or green in the finish.
O: Quite enjoyable. A very good stout that stands out in my mind. Where's the oyster though. Maybe it adds a certain Je ne sais quoi maybe?

dfillius, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Flying Dog's Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This beer just showed up in my area, the concept of an Oyster Stout peaks my interest so I just had to pick up a bottle to try out so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label and the name of this beer it's pretty edgy and it really sticks out on the shelf and grabs my attention. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a very good looking beer, from the color to the head I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts of with some nice roasted malts aroma that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some nice coffee aromas with a slight bit of chocolate and some nice slightly charred aromas. Towards the end I get a light an earthy hop aroma followed by a slight briny/ salty aroma that must be from the oysters. The aroma was nice, it had some nice roasted aromas with some slight briny aroma, I would say it a little above average.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts of with lots of roasted malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart lots of nice roasted flavors along with some chocolate and charred flavors followed by a slight bit of coffee. After that comes a slight salty/briny flavor followed by a light amount of earthy hops on the finish with a pretty roasted and charred aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the stout flavors were nice and roasty and the oysters added a slight briny flavor that made for good complexity and didn't seem out of place, I like it.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, rich, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good, it worked well with this beer and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of an English Stout brewed with Oysters, I don't have much experience with English Stouts and I have never had a beer with oysters in it before, but it seemed to fit the style nicely and the oysters added a nice layer of complexity that didn't stick out too much. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down smooth and the flavors held my attention nicely, I could probably drink two of these before the charred flavor would be too much. What I like the most about this beer was the taste and appearance, it tasted pretty good with some nice roasted flavors and a slight briny flavor and the appearance was really good. What I liked the least about this beer was that aroma had a little too much char to it, I wouldn't mind the char being toned down a little with a little briny aromas. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good and drinkable English Stout and I would recommend this beer to just about anyone, don't let the oysters scare you this is a good stout. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I have to admit that I was little intimated by the fact that they threw some oysters in this brew but it turned out that they didn't impart any fishy aspects to this beer, it just made it richer and added a slight briny flavor to it which I liked and I thought it worked well with this beer. Good job Flying Dog at first glance this is one crazy sounding beer, but once you get down to it and drink it it's really not all that crazy, it's just a good English Stout, nice work guys, I'll be interested to see what other crazy ideas you guys got.

StoutHunter, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -18.5%

JohneHoodlum, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

vfgccp, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of madvermin
2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, almost black with a red tint when held in the light. Head is fine and fizzy, and dissipates entirely as you pour the beer. No lacing.

Smells weakly of coffee with not much else. Maybe a bit of dark fruit? Overall quite weak.

Taste is bitter, smoky, and a bit gritty. Easy, balanced flavor with the smokiness hitting the back of the throat. Aftertaste is pleasant balance of dry and sticky, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, but well bodied for an english stout I guess. I'm still looking for a real oyster taste, and other than the slight gritty, rock taste midway through, there isn't much. Fizzes a bit when swished, but more foamy than harsh. Drinkability is good balance of flavor and thin body, so it's a winner there at least. Overall a disappointment.

madvermin, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

meanmutt, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Black, opaque, tiny bubbled tan head

SMELL: Dark caramel, faint ocean, mineral, dark chocolate, soft charcoal, sweet

TASTE: Very smooth, medium bodied, burnt sugar, soft charcoal, mild salt, creamy, cocoa powder, restrained hopping, earthy, chicory, semi-sweet roasty finish

Great balance from start to finish, very subtle oyster shell flavor which works quite well. This beer lingers on the palate, wish I had a dozen Island Creek oysters right now ... on its own still a lot of fun.

Jason, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of LocalPoke
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

LocalPoke, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of dccombs
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

dccombs, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of muletrane
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

muletrane, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bzach, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of mcann2pu
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

mcann2pu, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black with a tan head. Head settles to a patch layer and leaves minimal lace. Standard looks for the style.

Brew smells of cocoa, roasted barley and almost smokey - some yeasts. Good nose.

Brew is smooth up front and has a peppery middle then finishes slightly bitter. Good malts and flavors. Nice solid mouthfeel here as well. A nice roated stout here, that is a great session brew. It drinks really well. Very good stuff here.

One to seek out for sure, a case worthy brew here.

magine, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of skrblr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

skrblr, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

illini4x4, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Keyportnick
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice deep black with a nice white/tan head
S-great deep coffee roasted malt, chocolate, mild vanilla. Didn't smell anything associated with oyster
T- rich toasted malt up front, dry coca, light vanilla finish that fades quickly to a dry almost iron like finish

M-strong flavors And carbonation on the front of the tounge, body fades fast halfway across and almost nothing on the end.

O-was a bit nervous at first to try out a oyster stout, not being sure what was In store for me. I found it to be easily Approachable and tasted more like a stout than anything. I think the oysters play more so into the finish than anything and just add a bit of iron/saltiness.

Overall good beer in my eyes

Keyportnick, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent tan lacing and decent foam. Solid, oil-slick black stout. The lacing is definitely the best part of this.

Smell: Faint musky sea salt with a hint of coffee. Just a hint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Vague sweet caramel with a faint salty seaweed payment. Very pleasant flavor. It's not fishy or overly salt at all. Well, it's maybe a bit salty in the finish. The mouthfeel is very frothy, which I didn't expect. Foamy might actually be a better description.

Overall Drinkability: My first oyster stout. Certainly not my last.

tjsdomer2, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of alesaram
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

alesaram, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of OMG
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

OMG, Oct 15, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.