1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
Pearl Necklace Oyster StoutPearl Necklace Oyster Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

988 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 988
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 102 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 988 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beerme626
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

beerme626, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a sticky beige film and a few tiny bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The mineral aroma has a soft mellow roasted note to it that grows some chocolate hints as it warms. Otherwise the smell is pretty clean.

T- The taste of oyster shells or a mineral flavor leads into a mellow roasted black malt taste. There is nice char hint that stays in the background and a dark nougat flavor in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fine scrubbing fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer does showcase the oyster shells more than most other oyster stouts but the stout itself is very soft in malt flavor and the nougat note is a bit off.

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color, cola like at the edges. The head is short, dense and creamy, settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of a light roast, toasted pumpernickle, caramel, and some scorched wood. Some anise as well. Not super bold aromas but what I picked up is nice.

The taste mirrors the aroma but with a more pronounced flavor. The roasted malt is stronger and has some good woody notes. Some caramel sweetness as well as a touch of anise. A bit of acidity in the very end. Don't really pick up anything from the oysters but I usually don't in an oyster stout. I do like the earthiness I get from this beer and other oyster stouts.

Moderate to full bodied with active carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter on the palate; finishes with a roasted bitterness. Carbonation is probably a tad too strong, seems to take away from the flavor.

Overall a nice drinkable stout. Good earthy flavors and a reasonable ABV. Worth a purchase for sure.

Gmann, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a quarter of an inch of dark brown head that has good retention

S - roasted malts and coffee

T - roasted malts, coffee, faint chocolate

M - medium to full bodied, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated

This is a rather simple, one dimensional offering. It's not a bad flavor profile, but it doesn't hold my interest long. It's worth a try, but there's nothing special here.

tdm168, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark -- I would say black, but the ruby highlights take it another direction. Decent tan head, but not much lace to speak of.

Nose is straight-up chocolate, with a delicate hint of brininess. Would it be detectable without me reading the bottle? Likely not.

Taste is, again, chocolatey, with a woody, roasty tone. I get a hint of brine later in the finish, but it's awfully subtle.

As with most stouts, this one really picks up a wider flavor profile when left to warm to near room-temperature. I even get a slight fruity hint.

This was a tasty treat, and it's great to see an oyster stout available as an American craft beer. I'll have another.

secondtooth, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of XenonX
1.25/5  rDev -66%

XenonX, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tuilp glass.

A - Pours nearly black, apart from the rapidly ascending display of micro-carbination throughout the body. Gives it the appearance of a nitro infused beer. A steady finger of almond head sticks around for a while and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fresh coffee beans, wet grain, roasty malts. Earth notes develop. Nothing out of the ordinary for a stout.

T - Starts mild like watered down coffee. Bitter char hits hard on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean with the flavors of a milk stout. I don't get any oyster flavors, which is probably a good thing.

M - Creamy with less carbonation than the appearance suggested.

O - Not a style I often drink, but this one wasn't bad. Good coffee aroma and flavor with plenty of roasty notes. I was expecting something unique out of an oyster stout, but this one drank like any other. Pretty good.

NoLeafClover44, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

brotherloco, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fom a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice, two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Roasty, coffee and dark chocolate, subtle brinyness and a bit of a dry finish. Very tasty, creamy and smooth. Sessionable. Worth seeking out.

hosehead83, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple oyster stouts in my life, but I am a big fan. I saw this beer at the local Total Wine, and just had to try it.

Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Smells very roasted and malty. Very smooth feel on the mouth. Very roasted taste. A bit of sweet cocoa and a dry finish. A bit earthy.

A very nice stout. Apparently, drinking these will help clean the Chesapeake by putting more oysters in it. A very nice cause! I need to buy more of this to support it!

Danny1217, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no doubt this is an interestingly themed stout. I am not a big fan of oysters, but I will eat (or drink) anything. Basically, the oyster is so far down in the taste that it should not concern anyone.

The well developed blend of tastes is what should entice you. Our canine friends have brought together a nice blend of malts, roastiness, and hops. This is a well made stout that I would not hesitate to buy again.

schoolboy, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of CoinOp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

CoinOp, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leave it to Flying Dog to make an incredibly risque themed beer.... this will be my first oyster stout. Pour is deep dark brown with fizzy brown head with out much staying power. The nose features earthy notes along with heavy dry roast. Notes of chocolate and hints of smoke come through as well. A *touch* of oyster character is present at the beginning in the form of earthiness. Otherwise, this is a malt bomb. Taste is absent of anything that resembles oysters for me, however, it is incredibly chock full of roasted barley and chocolate and has a nice caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for style with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, this is quite a tasty stout and is actually quite refreshing (as I drink this on a 90 degree summer day). I really don't get much in the way of oysters. I'm really not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, because the product that is here in front of me is damn tasty.

homebrew311, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the walls of the glass.

S - An earthy aroma of chocolate, caramel, and wet earth.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with notes of burnt caramel and molasses. Some smoke and fruity caramel in the middle with a finish of sweet, dark bread and more molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the malt character is robust, but not cloyingly so and there are smoky, earthy flavors that define this as a special kind of stout, and one that would go well with oysters.

nickfl, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of tubeboy
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark stout with a tan head that settles quickly. I smell prunes and a hint of malt. There's just a touch of sweetness like fruit but it finishes dry and a little bit salty. I really can taste the oysters in the finish and it pleases me. This beer feels a little thin for a stout but not bad. I will look for this again come football season.

tubeboy, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -18.5%

sneth019, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

mendvicdog, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nmeiborg, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red, bordering on brown/black. Head is really big and tan. Good retention and lacing. This is what I like stouts look like.
S- Aroma is really mild. There are some roasted and chocolatey aromas.
T- At first it strikes me as mild, with just some dark malt flavors up front. The roasted and chocolatey flavors come through in the finish.
M- Medium body, long finish, low carb.
O- It's an ok beer. It's fairly mild, but I enjoy the finish of it. Passable, but not exciting.

jsprain1, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Dark mahogany red/brown pour, nice two fingers of dark cream colored head.

Aroma, cocoa and minerally toasted malt. About what you would expect, maybe a little light.

Taste, Cocoa and toasted malt. Dry almost to a fault. Something is causing a slight plastic note, not sure if that is the oyster. Faint mocha coffee finish.

It seems a little lighter and thinner than ideal. Drinks pretty easily though. Really not bad for the style, just a little tick down from the better ones I've had.

Bung, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Town in Greensboro yesterday.Poured a deep color with some deep ruby hue to it,a thinner khaki colored head atop.Chocolate malts and dark roast in the nse mainly,I didn't get much briney flavors compared to many of the style wich didn't bother me much.Chocolate flavors with a little saline flavor to go along with hefty roast.Lighter but pretty creamy in the feel,probably something that would go well thru the nitro tap.Not bad it isn't over the top in it's oyster/brine flavors.

oberon, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very unique beer from Flying Dog.

Pours out pitch black with a small mocha looking head.

It has a chocolate and coffee aroma along with a slightly salty and sea-like note.

The taste is pretty close. There are nice roasted malts followed by chocolate and coffee, but it also contains a very salty taste from the oysters and there is a hint of seafood.

Not the best stout, but worth trying.

JohnnyMc, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a tan creamy head, about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates fast, leaving little to no lacing.
The smell is light, of coffee, caramel and some chocolate.
The taste is caramel and malty notes up front, with coffee in the middle, being bitterer by a dark chocolate flavor in the end.
A very lite version of a Stout, yet it makes it easily drinkable.
I like it!!

Hopfenpeter, Jun 04, 2012
Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.