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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 27
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black brown with amber highlights and a half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving modest lacing.

Roast malt, coffee, chocolate, and cereal grains form the aroma. There's nuttiness and a light minerally quality.

Chocolate, roast malt, and minerally notes are evident in the initial flavor profile. There's a bit of coffee bitterness at the finish, and a slightly acrid flavor hits mid palate.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

Minerally notes are present, but chocolate and roast malt are definitely dominant. Not a bad brew, but nothing exceptional.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout. Brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters. From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as part of the Shock & Awe sampler case.

A standard one-shot pour yielded one finger of light tan head. The beer is mostly just black with some gradient dark mahogany brown around the thin edges (this was noted when tipping the glass slightly). Simple label on the bottle with the usual disjointed Flying Dog artwork. Nice presentation.

Amidst roasty and chocolaty dark malts, there is a vibrant oceanwater salinity that I was looking for in the nose. This matches perfectly with the sweeter and more savory malt aromas. Hardly any presence of hops, but that's a very minor fault for this style. Overall, the nose is nice, but it's mild. There could be some more kilning flavors or an added smokiness, but the bottom line is this has a pretty ideal aroma for an oyster stout.

The dark chocolate is here, maybe more so in the form of cocoa powder. Definitely, semi-sweet. The rest of the malts, and there's a nice-sized dimension to them, are very roasty and a little sweet on their own. However, there's a very nice earthy approach that could actually be supplemented by some floral hops that I'm picking up on. The saltiness is more subdued now, but there are minerally qualities in the flavor that keep this on level with this style of style. A few small complaints is that I wish this was drier, which I think would accent the oyster addition. Also, more malt bitterness or an another added umami element would do wonders to balance out the simple sweetness of the malts. Seems too attenuated the way it is now.

The feel is nice. Very soft feel on the palate. Milkiness of the body (medium in viscosity) feels great. The carbonation is quite appropriate; helps to fill out the overall feel here. No complaints on mouthfeel. Instead, I'm impressed.

I think this is a tough style to knock out of the park, for sure. A lot goes into the construction of an ale like this, and I really like the intention. The oysters (and, probably added oatmeal malt grain) supported the flavor and mouthfeel. Nothing really steals the show, which still makes this a very round and excellently sessionable stout beer. I'm happy with the few I still have in the fridge.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark ruby-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy, dark tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with a hint of spiciness. I'm not getting any oysters in the aroma, but it's still a nice-smelling stout.

Taste: great chocolate malt flavor with some caramel notes and an almost creamy sweetness. No oyster flavor up front, but way out in the distant aftertaste there's definitely a shellfish character. How interesting! I've never had an oyster stout before, but I like the subtlety and restraint with which the ingredient is handled here. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a really fantastic creaminess. Wonderful texture -- love it.

Overall: I was a little apprehensive of trying this beer, but of course I needn't have been. This is a tasty and subtle brew with a wonderful texture and good drinkability; I'd definitely have this beer again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours black with above frothy finger of slightly tanned head... Nice retention and lacing.

S: roasty malts, chocolate and a light mineraly oceaniness.

T: dry chocolate and mineraliness over some nice roasted malt, very light sea, the oysters are on the subtle side, although very much still present, you h of sweetness towards the finish.

M: very creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation that is lightly crisp on the tongue, this is an easy drinker.

O: a very nicley balanced oyster stout, tasty and delicious.

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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.