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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,029 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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
Photo of 3leven
4.5/5  rDev +22%

3leven, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

cantfindme, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Profchaos20
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Profchaos20, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of 3BeerGuys
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a nice head at first which disappears fast with very little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is of coffee with a slightly oceanic undertone which is nice and different.

T: This beer has a unique taste for a beer of this style, the coffee is present and is the dominating flavor in this ale. The briny taste shows itself well with this beer.

M: Nice carbonation, the taste lingers along with the carbonation. Not as thick as some stouts. Lighter body although it is only 5.50ABV.

O: Overall this is a great representation of the style, the oyster stout leaves little to be desired except for a higher abv to compliment the style.

3BeerGuys, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jakea, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of MrTana
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MrTana, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being near black in color and has bits of amber visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that faded away a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts and the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and subtle hints of brine from the oysters.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that grows on you. At first it seems like your typical stout but the oysters become a little more noticeable as the beer warms up. It is definitely very easy to drink.

metter98, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of GFD400
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

GFD400, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Carob, roasty grain & dark fruit

T: Roasty grain, dryness, some salty notes also up front. Slight raisin notes as this warms, along with black currants & roastyness. Finishes dry, fruitty & roasty

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Am easy drinking stout, not great, but a good representation of the style & I did at least see some of the oyster aspects of this one.

russpowell, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

rab53, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

ruckus232, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Hopstout, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing oyster stout, although rather shy on the mineral/shell notes.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Compulsory Ralph Steadman illustrated label, with the image of an overblown dog with lipstick and a necklace… That controversy… Side paragraph notes charitable occasion and 5.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with a nice head and retention, small lacing, and good surface memory.

S - Roasted malt, faint mineral, coffee, dash of chocolate, lactic insinuation...

T - Sweet roasted profile, dash of milk chocolate, minimal mineral memory, hint of coffee under the dark malts.

M - Medium body with a medium/small carbonation and a smooth creamy finish.

O - OK, a good offering.

Notes: So this is making it as part of their regular line-up? OK… It is not that exciting but I guess this could work well.

Daniellobo, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of DarthTremens
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

DarthTremens, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

shockrocker65, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit clear compared to the average stout, but it is a bit darker. The drink maintains a consistent head and brings up some nice lacing.

The aroma is very smooth. There's definite roasted and dark malt here and there is a bit of smokiness that the oysters may have contributed to. The downside with the aroma is merely a lack of presence.

The taste is very smooth as well. You can sort of distinguish the oyster, but it's very mild, and only pops up in the aftertaste. I think a bit more salt and smokiness come through, which blends seamlessly with the other flavors. The finish is great with a bit of roastiness.

The body is thick and heavy if you consider the ABV. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky. Carbonation is kept quite under control.

This beer was definitely interesting. I'd consider buying it again. For a stout it's priced nicely and it offers a pretty good kick for the low ABV.

BBP, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, I don't see a true Oyster Stout very often so I had to try this, this is definitely not Kosher,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, good retention, light lace.

S: Sweet malt with some date/fig sugar character, milk chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate and roast, with some sweet milk chocolate type sugar. This is American made, but it really tastes English, it's uncanny. Very interesting. The oysters however, don't really do much.

M: Frothy carbonation, medium-bodied, easy drinking pint.

O: There is a slight salinity that makes itself known as an undercurrent throughout. Quite a good beer, as I said before, very English in its flavour. Seriously blind, I would never think this beer was made in the US, it's that Old World. Incredibly English, even if the shellfish don't jump out and say Hello.

Halcyondays, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

SpectralAbyss, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

captainbearcat, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma comes off very much as roasted coffee. Slightly bitter and burnt with hints of chocolate. I don't get any oyster or fish scent off of this, which is what I was expecting, I'm glad I was wrong.

Very very dark brown in color, not black. The head is mocha tan and provides a solid sheet of lace down the glass walls. Pretty good looking overall.

Upfront it's all coffee and roast which leads into the mid-palate with a slight bit of chocolate. The finish brings a slight briny taste which I don't care for. The beer doesn't TASTE like oysters per-se, but does have a bit of a sensation of oysters in the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body. I think that this isn't a bad beer, but it's different, and I would have to get more used to it and try more from the style to determine if this is a good one or not.

tlazaroff, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of tmm313
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The deepest possible dark brown, almost black. Slightly red tone. Completely opaque. Poured a gorgeous tan, creamy, 3 finger head that quickly dissipated. Lacing isn't very good.

Smell: Light coffee, some chocolate, slight saltiness, and a little bit of caramel. Smell is nice, but not very dominant at all.

Taste: Very roasty up front. Bitter, dark chocolate in the middle. Finish is a wave of bitterness with just a touch of saltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit on the light side for a stout. Not very creamy. Medium to light carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: Not so long ago, this was my gateway beer into porters and stouts. I remember being blown away that I liked it so much. I hated Oysters. I had been completely underwhelmed by stouts. This was a mix of the two, and I was scared. Turns out, it would be the first 5 I ever handed out on BA... But today, I know that score was off. I was elated I had broken down a barrier; it was only being compared to about 20 other beers, and my tongue was still turned off by anything that wasn't light and at least semi-sweet. That night will always be a great memory, and the bottle from that moment will always stand in my hall-of-fame, but I really doubt I'll ever drink this for any other reason than for memory's sake. Its a good beer, just not a great one.

tmm313, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

thegerm87, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Liquoric3, Aug 15, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.