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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: 117 | 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 Nickfellow007
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Nickfellow007, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of weezarc
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

weezarc, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of righthereisay
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

righthereisay, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

buschbeer, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

VaterRoss, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of MEW
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MEW, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black with a half inch light tan head which dissipates to a lacing.

Smells mildly briny and of chocolate and buttered bread malts.

Tastes of oats, mild cocoa, light non-acidic coffee and some caramel. Also, salty.

Medium to light but viscous body with light tingles of carbonation over in the tongue and in the back of the throat.

Not bad. My second oyster stout and I'm starting to respect the style. Wish it had a little more body, but given the strength it's not unexpected. Overall, good balance and enjoyable finish. Might have this again.

Cylinsier, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black (some ruby comes out along the bottom) with 2 fingers of rich light mocha head. This retains with a frothy finger, leaving back some thick sticky lace. The aroma smells of smoky roast and green citrus up front, which is quickly followed by chocolate and some mineral notes from the oysters. The smokiness tang of the nose here really makes this.

The taste has that oyster character and hops more up front, with green citric bitterness and meaty mineral notes that spread out into the finish. Underneath, that burnt roast emerges leaving a bit of char in the finish as well, while some chocolate sweetness on the edges does a nice job of balancing this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and prickly feel to the carbonation the whole way through. This is a little creamier feeling underneath but the overall feel here does a good job of complimenting the more assertive flavors here.

This was a nice take on the Oyster Stout style, with a no shortage of flavor from the oysters while still keeping the overall focus of the profiles on those more aggressive notes from the hops and roast. A nice lively body on this really makes those flavors pop as well. I’m glad they are going year round with this one. I think I’ll picking up a sixer of this once and a while.

Kegatron, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Pours pitch black with a finger of frothy cappuccino head the recedes to a thin brown swirly layer. No apparent lacing. 

S:   A strange aroma of smoked oysters, stale cola, room temp coffee, roasted malts, old cardboard, spices and semisweet molasses.  Aroma is typical of a stout but throws a loop with the addition of the oysters.

T/M:  Creamy mouthfeel with moderatecarbonation. First taste is sweet apples and cinnamon then gets clouded by smoked oysters and oak. Finish is dry a lingers granny smith apple peels and charred caramel. 

O:  This crazy beers is really like having liquid smoked oysters. At first I was unsure and a tad put off but after a few sips I enjoyed it more and more.  A great idea and a well executed stout that I will look for from now on. Get yourself a pearl necklace gents...and enjoy! Cheers!

Hopswagger, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black pour, an almost ruby color comes through when held up to light. Very little head and disappates quickly. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste has the same with a hint of vanilla and slight saltiness on the backend. Beer + Oysters = solid good.

Oakenator, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of tony223366
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with three fingers of fluffy tan head. The retention isn't great but there is some nice lacing. Hard to see through the beer at all.

S: The aroma is interesting. Some chocolate, some roasty malts. I'd like to say that there's a bit of acidic, brininess to it but I might just be searching for it. Possibly a tiny bit of coffee. Smells good!

T: The flavors don't scream oysters or seawater brininess. But there is some odd earthy notes that I assume is the oysters. Past that the flavors make for a very good American stout. There's some chocolate, some coffee and some nice malted flavors too. Really tasty and great balance.

M: Medium to light almost fluffy body. Nice carbonation, but not too prickly.

O: This beer is both not as oystery and much better than I thought. Surprisingly nice balance between acidity and malts, sweetness and bitterness.

tony223366, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Jamstone714, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Packman4IL
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Packman4IL, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown almost black with a nice tan head. Thins out a bit.

S-smells good and creamy, chocolatey with a hint of saltiness. It actually smells amazing an builds a lot of anticipation. 

T-comes in with a pretty decent taste of stale grains, chocolate, and some bitterness. The after-taste is matching with a specific roasted flavor to it. 

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-smells great, tastes just okay. It's definitely a very drinkable stout, one that I wouldn't even mind getting a 6-pack of. Not getting a taste of oysters here, not sure if I'm supposed to, I wasn't really expecting to.

AdamBear, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of thain709
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a deep, dark brown body that has some ruby highlights when held up to the light...the head was 1.5 fingers tall and light brown in color...it showed some staying power but did not leave much lacing to speak of

S - The nose was rather light, only letting aromas of slightly toasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of cream

T - There was more on the palate than expected from the nose...a rich chocolate flavor developed throughout the beer pairing with a slight vanilla/cream aspect...the malts were roasted hard and almost gave a charred wood flavor...as the beer warms, it gives off an earthy flavor...I didn't get much brine or salt water notes, so I take that the earthy flavor is imparted by the oysters

M - Light bodied...smooth, slightly creamy, needed more

O - The flavors really came together for me, but everything else left me wanting more...I enjoyed my bottle, but I don't think I'd be in search of this one again

thain709, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Drinking_Milkshakes
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Drinking_Milkshakes, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ajsuper1221
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ajsuper1221, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

leinie13, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Immortale25, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a very dark brown with a fluffy 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a minute. Smells and tastes just like any other stout to me, with dark roasted / char blend of malts. Perhaps the flavor has just a touch of sweetness to it that wasn't in the nose, but I didn't detect any of the 'brininess' that I had heard about in other reviews, and it left me disappointed. It certainly has a light and smooth texture, at least. But I'm not getting any 'oyster' excitement in this oyster stout...or any real excitement, at all.

WastingFreetime, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of jhillwastaken
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jhillwastaken, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soft dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a light char - all backed by an interesting, but not unpleasant briney saltwater quality. Earthy flavors and a bit of bitterness keep it multidimensional as the glass empties. Dark brown, but not quite black, thin tan head. Not the gimmick I was expecting.

bump8628, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

HipHopinHooligan13, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Gorthaur25
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Gorthaur25, Jul 19, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
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