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Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,047 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 124 | 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 MrTana
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of GFD400
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of DarthTremens
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of tmm313
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Nickfellow007
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of weezarc
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of righthereisay
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't pour it, no glasses available. Drank from the bottle, just like Mezcal.

Smells like a dark chocolate/coffee stout. Doesn't really smell like Oysters at all to me. it features mainly coffee, slight darker fruit, and dark bakers chocolate.

Tastes a little like a Milk Stout. If there are oysters in there, I cannot taste them. Coffee and Chocolate....They could have called this a chocolate stout and nobody would have known.

Medium bodied, goes down easily. I find myself licking my lips after each sip.

Overall: Pretty good for Flying Dog.

Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - The body is dark brown, bordering on black. The head is mocha and about an inch tall. It settles to a thin froth.

S - The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and dark chocolate.

T - The taste has more bitter roasted malt. I get some burnt toast and bitter coffee. There is a little dark chocolate as well.

M - Medium to full

O - I liked the look and fragrance of this beer. The taste didn't live up to other sensory perception. The burnt flavor was somewhat offputting.

Photo of VaterRoss
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into EBC becker.

Pours a nearly opaque black/red with a big fluffy tan head. Smells like smoky wet chocolate bread, perhaps a hint of saltiness? Taste has lots of smoky chocolate and a hint of something else that is hard to describe and what I can only assume is a hint of salt from the oysters. Carbonation is pretty chill as espected per style and lets some of the subtle flavors emerge.

Very nice stout with a difficult to place extra through in to distinguish it from the crowd.

Photo of MEW
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.