Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

211 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,152
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 35
Gots: 216 | 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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Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a black cola color with a nice tan cap of 3/4 inch.

S: Aromas are of malts rich and dark roasty with a bit of piney hop note tucked it there.

T: Taste is of much the same. Rich dark maalts roasty goodness and a touch of briney brakishness from the oysters perhaps.

M: Mouthfeel is of medium body with a light carbonation level which gives it a silky feel.

O: Overall a nice beer to have with some fish and fries went nicely. (437 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice to see an oyster stout out there and this is a nice one, I have to say. Nice little sweet thing going on, in a stout kind of way. Consistent flavor. Carbonation seems a bit high. Probably detracts from the flavor delivery. But this is a very nice beer. I like it. (268 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with no light coming through and a foamy/creamy 2 finger light tan head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, seawater, oyster shells, roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, caramel, charcoal, herbs and light vanilla or licorice; it’s a nice smelling stout with a good blend of all the ingredients that allows it all to work together well.

Tastes of coffee, cocoa powder, malt, seawater, oyster shells, roasted grains, caramel, toffee, charcoal, herbs, floral hops, lemon zest, light vanilla and faint licorice; the sweet coffee and cocoa up front lead to the salty oyster flavor, followed by the slightly bitter hop finish. An easy drinking stout that went down like water, I really enjoy oyster stouts and this was up there with the best of them. It has a complex flavor with a fair amount going on, yet it’s simple and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and almost watery, with very mild carbonation, a healthy bitterness, and a finish that is a combo of hops, salty oyster, coffee and roasted grains.

Overall this was very good and quite enjoyable. This was much better than I expected it to be and a beer that I’d seek out again. The low ABV made this go down very quickly, and it is a definite session beer to me. (1,299 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/27/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light oyster, and light floral hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance of roasted malt notes. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, light oyster, floral, and earthy spiciness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors, with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout! Nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and really easy and smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one. (1,162 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Shock & Awe Variety Pack - $16.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a smallish, light beige head.

Smell: Chocolaty scent with a fair amount of roasted barley grains within. Light, leafy hops. A little berry accent. Really not picking up much oyster-anything in the nose.

Taste: Lightly charry breadcrusts, some milk chocolate, and a little splash of mild coffee. Modestly sweet. Lightly fruity. Leafy, spicy hops, not overblown, and giving a light bitterness. A little briny, salty, but not much, really. Gently roasty, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A particularly light oyster stout with only the faintest hints of the salty, briny, mineral-laden overtones that most have. Go on, slip one to your vegan friends. (858 characters)

Photo of VinoGuy
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good color, a bit more head on the pour would be nice. Not much smell of the oysters and not much in the taste. A little disappointing since it is prominently displayed on the bottle. Balance is good between hops, malt and alcohol. Good roasted notes from the grain without being overly done or burnt. (301 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Waldorf.

The beer is black with a half inch of creamy, beige head that coats the glass with filmy lacing. The aroma offers roasted malt, biscuits. It certainly smells like an English stout. I can't detect any oyster presence in the aroma or the flavor, but perhaps it's better if the oyster character is subtle. Still, I'd like it to be more present. The beer tastes fine otherwise. Light to medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Low alcohol and well balanced. What it lacks in character it atones for, at least to a certain degree, with drinkability. (593 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from a 6-pack, served cold in a tulip. Code 005A13 on the label.

A robust pour gives 1/4" of tan head that settles in short order but leaves a thick ring of foam along the glass. Solid dark brown brew prevents any light from passing through, aside from some very dark ruby highlights around the edges. Smells of semi-sweet cocoa powder and a dry briny ash. The malt body is fairly light with a dry molasses flavor, rounded out with baking soda and a hint of bitter cocoa. In the finish a mild generic bitterness endures with just a little herb/ grass/ pine character. Not unlike a semi-smoky baltic porter. Body, as stated previously, is fairly light, with a mild carbonation. Easy to drink and not filling. Alcohol not perceived.

A good example of one of my favorite styles. (791 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, with amber hue, small near white head, spotty lace.

S - Light cocoa, chalk.

T - Bigger cocoa, chalkiness, sweet dark malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body, fair balance, good carb.

D - Good to try. The sixer will be enough for me. (252 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

What a Picasso. Stuff everywhere. Nice dark black stout with a good tan head. No lace.

Smell is deep and rich, with smoky dark roasted malt, molasses (very strong), charred notes. Very nice.

But this does not taste like the smell. Dark roasted malt, lean flavors. Some bitter licorice. Mild sweetness and a balance of bitterness in the finish.

Too thin for stout. Some body, but no where near enough.

OK brew. Blind I'd think this was porter. Nice aromas; decent flavors, but nothing spectacular. (500 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Dark brown-black color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of dark malts, toasted grains, unsweetened cocoa. More of the same in the taste, dark malts, bitter cocoa, toasted bread, some mild leafy and earthy hops, and a bit of mineral from the oysters, that was really more implied in the mouthfeel than in the taste, as with most oyster stouts (in my opinion). Body was mid-range, about right for an English-style, so no real complaints there, though the roastiness added a little oomph. Pretty good overall. (546 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into mini snifter

Opaque blacked-out pour with a fluffy crop of tanned head. Fades into some wispy lacing and a collar of retention.

Lightly roasted dark malts in the nose with touches of chalky cocoa powder and chocolate. Faint sweetness and caramel, slight mineral note.

Malty and softly sweet with roasted warmth. Dusty cocoa, decent backbone, soft mineral note from the oysters. Finishes creamy with a touch of nutty malts.

Fuller medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and full on the tongue. The chalky mineral tones in this threw me off a bit, but the body was really the highlight of the beer. (628 characters)

Photo of JoshatTownHall
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank straight out of the bottle from a Flying Dog variety pack. Another great offering from Flying Dog and an attempt at a unique Maryland style brew. This is a very drinkable beer that is also a great example of this style. While I did not pair this with seafood I would imagine that this is a great beer to slug down along with some crabs and oysters. (354 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on code 292A12, so sometime in 2012 I'm guessing. Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost-black. There is the tiniest little ruby dot showing some bubbles rushing up to the top which resulted in a nice one finger mocha colored sizzling head which dissipated quickly.

S - Creamy coffee. Some mild dark fruit. Mild dark chocolate creeping out as the beer warms.

T - Roasted coffee dominates most of the flavor. I wouldn't really say I can taste any oyster in there at all. A very mild sweetness in the back end somewhere, which I suppose you could attribute to a salty shellfish like taste? I really don't know. It doesn't taste like seafood though, if you ask me. Tastes like a nice coffee stout with some milky smoothness in it.

M - Slick medium body goes down smooth. Not thick or heavy-sitting in the stomach. Almost has a creamy milky smooth texture. Maybe a little bit of a resinous mouth feel.

Overall, I guess it isn't a bad stout. This is my second bottle of this stuff, and I can honestly say it doesn't taste as bizarre as I was expecting it to taste. It almost tastes to me like a very creamy, smooth, regular coffee stout. Moderate 5.5% abv, drinkable for sure. Doesn't really break any new spectacular ground, but a beer I would drink again.

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout ---3.5/5 (1,356 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black with dark ruby highlights where light can penetrate. The head is off-white, about a finger thick with sub-par retention.

Smell - Roasted malts in the form of a mocha aroma. Oyster comes through with a subtle, underlying quality.

Taste - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate the flavor. A bit of smokiness comes through on the back end. The oyster comes though, very lightly, in the aftertaste. Not much variance from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy. Very drinkable.

Overall - A pretty typical stout. I can't believe I'm writing this, but where's the oyster? Ahh, there it is, very subtle at the end, after the beer warms. This is my first stout brewed with oyster, so I wasn't sure what to expect coming in. Outside the aroma, it's nearly non-existent. Is this a good thing? Guess I'll have to give other oyster stouts a go to find out. (937 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the oyster mineral/brine flavor is noticeable. It's a sweet smelling brew, but overall the flavors are more bitter. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has good carbonation, and it's also easy to drink. I think this is a good beer overall, and I'd try it again in the future. (559 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium glass

This beer pours up a beautiful deep black with a one finger tan colored head dissipating to a thin retention ring and bits of lacing. The smell is coffee, and chocolate. Taste basically follows the nose. It is malt forward with toffee, cola, coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying with just a hint of oyster aftertaste. This one surprised me. It was much better than I expected. (451 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, toasted malt, subtle salt, and slight cocoa powder. The flavor was of sweet malt, toasted malt, milk choclate, powdered chocolate, and very subtle salt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. An oyster stout you say? If this is indeed an oyster stout, where are the oyster-ish aspects? There was hardly any. Maybe there was a kiss of brine, but that was about it. I'm sure they added a little to the mouthfeel, but I would have loved to see a little more of their presence. After having had a few good examples I have set the bar pretty high with these. Glad I got to try it but there are other better examples out there. (954 characters)

Photo of Joshualvsjenny
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black with amber/red apperance when held up to the light. finger of head with a moderate pour. leaves an good lacing on the glass.

S:burnt coffee beans, milk Chocolate, roasted malts, bit of toffee. has a wonderful aroma

T: A little watery, foward coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee.

O: not bad, I think I have been a bit spoiled on Founders breakfast stout, but overall a good above average beer. (418 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black stays black when held to the light. Sports a smaller dark tan head even from an aggressive poor leaves some ok lace behind.

Aroma is roasted malt, some nice chocolate light whiffs of ocean but not real oystery.

Taste is well more oystery then the smell some ocean notes present, nice dry roasted malts with some bakers chocolate hints going on. Finish is dry with some mineral twang living it up a bit.

Mouthfeel is only a big medium with fairly mellow carbonation.

Overall eh not bad not extra ordinary but easy drinking nice and dry defiantly be one up on a Guinness. (588 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty rich looking black color with a thin off white head.

S: Sort of a faint smell, but I get some light roasted coffee, roasted malt, a bit of smoke and a touch of brine.

T: I'm actually a pretty big fan of this beer. I don't get a ton of the oysters, but it tastes like a rich, Irish Dry Stout. Nice roasted malt and a touch of char. Some faint dark chocolate and burnt wood on the finish with just a hint of salt water somewhere in the burnt wood. Has a really rich mouthfeel for the abv. Worth a try. (521 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (2,284 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (567 characters)

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.