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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,024 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 26
Gots: 116 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GRG1313, Oct 01, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

BeerBane, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bigeyedfish89, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

CM31, Sep 25, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

StaveHooks, Sep 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shnanign, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bconsidine, Sep 24, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Theheroguy, Sep 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jacobdensford, Sep 20, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BrownAleMale, Sep 20, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RickS95, Sep 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jpd7374, Sep 16, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near black color with mahogany edges and 2 fingers worth of light tan head

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, some earthiness and saltiness, and a touch of molasses

T: Again, roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a bit of earthiness from the oysters

M: This one throws me off a little... light-medium bodied with a carbonation that is a little high for this style. Just odd to me

O: Aside from the mouthfeel, this is a nice easy-going beer that has plenty of flavor and is easy to drink. Certainly enjoyable

BEERMILER12, Sep 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RyanGoodman, Sep 09, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and cookie dough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt cocoa, and a slight fruity flavor. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 09, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, some carbonation, one finger white head (was expecting it to be darker) and some lacing. Ruby around the edges.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee. Not much oysters but well balanced.

T-Starts with mainly roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate rounds it out but neither is overly present. Some bitterness. Not sure about the oyster as I'm not getting any.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation, a tad bit watery.

O-For an oyster stout, where are the oysters? Maybe I can't pick out oysters but I can't get any of them.

rlee1390, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

stunna, Sep 07, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without any freshness/bottling date/consume before- type of information.

The pour appears to be pretty close to black, under a dark tan head. Head goes to the expected film, collar, some slippery low sheeting and just a few bits of lacing sticking around.

Prominent roasty nose, with some chocolate and a earthyness/mustyness.

Velvety smooth and pleasing in the mouth. Flavorfully flowing over the taste receptors. More roasted malts with a slight sensation of the briny depths. Lite chocolate comes through again. Tasty stout with a slight edge on complexity compared to the run of the mill stout. Well worth a try.

Billolick, Sep 06, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - insert dark color adjective here to describe this stout, thin tan head that fades to a thin ring and film swiftly

S - typical malty aromas, roasted nuts and dark fruits permeate, some oceany seaside aromas lent from the oyster I would assume.

T - the clean, ocean, earthiness is more pronounced in the flavor than the aroma; along with that is a slightly fruity flavor, reminiscient of dark overripe cherries and end with a roasted nutty malt amalgam

M&D - smooth, with a nice flavor, not simple but not particularly complex, I would've like to taste the oyster a bit more. But it was delicious nonetheless.

sinstaineddemon, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

3leven, Sep 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

cantfindme, Sep 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Profchaos20, Sep 02, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.