Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Dark black pour with 1-finger khaki cream head. Faint retention. Some thin wispy lace.
Nose is sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla, lighter roast coffee, cocoa, and light hop esters.
Taste has bitter coffee, cocoa, and burnt malt. Slightly astringent in the finish with a little too much rough bitterness.
Feel is very light, but probably about right for the style.
Overall, worth a shot if you like the style.
10-09-2012 00:39:17 | More by beer2day
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured chilled in ale glass
A: solid back; two-finger head that settles nicely into a foamy cushion
S: good salty-smelling roasted barley aroma
T: a gritty-flavored stout; smokey barley dominates the hops (subtle); what starts to taste like a tin can moves into the toasted flavor
Overall, a solid addition
10-05-2012 23:47:47 | More by Arithmeticus
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, almost black in color with highlight of reddish brown when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin to medium ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with just a hint of chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with dark roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate. As the beer warms up, there is a very subtle hint of brininess from the oysters.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Good but not great, it takes a while for the oyster flavors to become noticeable - otherwise it tastes like a fairly average stout. It is easy to drink and enjoyable but there are some better examples of oyster stouts out there.
10-04-2012 03:02:15 | More by dbrauneis
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance is dark brown with almost two fingers of fluffy, tan head that left a decent set of foam rings on the glass. The nose is roasty; there is no hint of oyster or fish so far. The taste is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout with some extra body. There is a slightly salty note present, but it may just be my imagination. There is solid roasted malt bitterness on the finish.
My first oyster stout - a solid effort.
10-02-2012 23:30:27 | More by 57md
3.08/5 rDev -16.5%
Thin dark tan head with little retention on a jet black body. Almost no aroma with only hints of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is a little tart and sour for the style mostly from the roasted malts that have the sourness and bitterness of stale coffee without much coffee flavor. Some mild sweetness from chocolate and hints of vanilla. Medium body, not too thick with moderate to high carbonation. This one is just not very good. The drinkablitly is really hurt by the sourness.
10-02-2012 01:06:22 | More by kylehay2004
2.78/5 rDev -24.7%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased at highlands wine cellar in highlands, nc
A: pours a dark reddish black with a chocolate milk colored head and plenty of carbonation
S: cocoa, malt, sea salt scent, not much oyster scent going on here like other oyster stouts I have had.
M: carbonation, kinda light
T: cocoa, roasted malt, slight salty and metallic finish
O: okay beer
10-01-2012 03:28:23 | More by outdoor7or24
3.8/5 rDev +3%
On tap at the Underground in Blacksburg. Fyi, FD has two breweries. They are based in Colorado, but have an east coast brewery in MD. The oysters come from Virginia and proceeds go to the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Foundation. I would be interested to know if this beer has national distribution, but for now if you are on this side of the US, please support the Bay.
Pours well into a pint glass with ample tan head that clings to the glass like oysters to their beds (lazy oysters!). Deep brown color like the mud of the Rappahannock. Doesn't smell much, but I didn't ask for a tasting in the bottom of the glass. We'll see what she smells like after a few gulps. Roast, toasty malts remind me of rich breads we used to make flavored with oyster liquor when I was young. Lots of chocolate and coffee - a true stout. Dark sugars, a touch of char, cloyingly dry-these are all my favorite things about stouts. What a tremendous offering from FD. The oyster flavor is only at the beginning with some brine lingering to the end, adding to the beautiful balance of this beer. Still doesn't smell like much, served too cold. Need to grab some bottles and take them home to do it right. Find a shop that ships, worth the cost. Enjoy!
09-30-2012 13:28:04 | More by StoutCream
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
12oz served in a snifter.
A - Pours very dark brown almost black with a thin tan head that forms a seal aroung the edges of the glass. Specks of lacing left around the glass.
S - Roasted chocolate malts, anise, molasses, caramel, smoked nuts.
T - Roasted/smoked malts, hints of cocoa, some raisin and molasses sweetness, overall very dry though. Suggestions of smoked oysters. Finishes with a clean saltiness and a smoky cacao aftertaste.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chunky feel.
This was my first oyster stout and it was quite good. The oysters were subtle but really added to a solid English stout. This would pair well with food or by itself.
09-25-2012 01:57:51 | More by StaveHooks
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, well carbonated, hazelnut-highlighted, dark brown coloring with a thin, bubbly ring of film on the surface. Pretty steady flow of small carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of dark roasted coffee remain light and restrained, with an overall toasty feel and a touch of brine hidden deep. Flavors are light and bitter, with a dark, sweet ribbon throughout the palate. Coffee flavors are present throughout, with a touch of the brine and molasses comprising the highlighting characteristics. Dark, bitter chocolate profiles are deep in the backbone as you continue to drink and allow your palate to open up. Light, dry body that is kept with both a touch of hops bitterness and the carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste, both coffee and chocolate, leading into a dry, clean finish. Tasty, and very easy to drink.
09-23-2012 22:21:43 | More by GarthDanielson
3.43/5 rDev -7%
12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.
Appearance- Pitch black in color with a 3/4 finger khaki head that quickly dissipates to a feathery layer.
Smell- Lots of Hershey chocolate, with an Irish creme and some toasty notes.
Taste- Basically burnt black coffee.
Mouthfeel- There is like a thickness but finishes somewhat watery.
Overall- Not bad, but I would prefer more on the flavor. More sweet and hop balance to go with the toasty black coffee notes.
09-20-2012 01:17:35 | More by BrownAleMale
3.8/5 rDev +3%
An impressive looking drink with it's full, black body and light brown head up top. Kind of thin, but the head makes up for it with two fingers of frothy bubbles and don't die for several minutes, leaving a sticky lace in its wake.
Really nice malt forward smell, full of dark roasty things and the faintest notes of coffee and caramel.
I've had English stouts before, but never an oyster stout. A bit different taste than I've had before...but good. Lots of coffee and other bittersweet goodies. Never had an oyster, but I think the strange taste I wasn't used to was that.
Creamy, rich, smooth. Full bodied. Moderate bitterness, with good staying power well into the swallow.
One of the best Flying Dog beers I've had. Very easy to drink. Could use a bit more alcohol, but overall, a really good stout.
09-19-2012 03:43:25 | More by RickS95
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
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