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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

972 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | 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 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 19, 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
Photo of Josiah2729
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark black/brown, light brown head

Smell: Dark roasted malts, some light hop smell

Taste: Coffee, dark roasted malts, bitter finish, some saltiness

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, medium light thickness

Overall: A very unique experience

Josiah2729, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of bjohn84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bjohn84, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of MrBoh
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

MrBoh, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

TaylorK, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Gatordaddy, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of sludgy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sludgy, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Oboogie, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beer4Baltimore, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beer2day, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Arithmeticus, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

flyingmick, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

57md, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kylehay2004, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of outdoor7or24
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

outdoor7or24, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

mbs11, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GRG1313, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of StoutCream
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

StoutCream, Sep 30, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.