Pearl Jet | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Pearl JetPearl Jet

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Oyster Stout

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. I don't think this one actually contains oysters - it's just intended to be consumed alongside them.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark ruby-brown; appears black. Forms a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with weak notes of brown sugar and stewed hops. A distinctive metallic note upfront, and a considerable whiff of diacetyl.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and stewed hops, along with faint hints of roasted malt and brine. A buttery diacetyl note in the background. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt.

Meh. Drinkable enough, but doesn't excite the senses. All the components of a stout are present, but not standing to attention. I'll damn it with faint praise by noting that it's better than the other Marston's ales I've had to date. Don't go out of your way to try this.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Absolute black stout, some light getting through around the edges, a finger and a half of frothy tan head with good retention and decent sheet lacing.

S - Some mild roasted malt, sea water. Quite subtle here.

T - Salty ocean water, bitter dark chocolate and cream. Quite a nice combination. There's a suggestion of dried banana chips hanging back too.

M - Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation, salty in the mouth.

O - I can see this going very well on a windy day at the coast. Very sessionable and well balanced, just dont expect it to knock your socks off.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee and raisins, along with a grainy note.
Flavours are disappointing after that. There's roasted malt, toffee and diacetyl quite noticeable. It's too sweet though, almost cloying.
Needs more carbonation, body seems watery and flat.

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Photo of Bluefishmary
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of beagle75
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of bashiba
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a clear dark brown, with a light lingering tan head.

The smell is light and minerally.

The flavor is a bit hollow, a bit of roasted barley and a touch of smokeyness, but not much else, has a bit of sweet english grain coming through a bit as it warms.

Thin and watery.

A bit of a letdown, not very stouty.

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Photo of TheBeerologist
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of vancurly
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 24 May 12. Thanks to Adam at Platinum.

a) Dense black/brown, with ruby highlights come through the base of the glass. Heavy tan head, with finely bubbled lacing.

s) Brine, caramel, perhaps lending itself to stonefruit or pawpaw. Not its strength.

t) Well balanced flavour, quite dry for a sweet stout. Probably well suited to oysters as claimed. Bitter chocolate note that provides some length to the palate.

m) Light and refreshing for a stout. Touch astringent from roasted barley.

d) Fairly easy to drink, nothing particularly outstanding here. Good winter session ale.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of martun
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BierBliss
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over extremely dark brown/nearly black liquid.

S: Milky smell with toasted malt and caramel.

T: Milky caramel and coffee taste up front which transitions to a salty, toasted malt finish.

M: Very smooth with thick viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: I found this milk/sweet stout to be highly drinkable with an enjoyable silky smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - near pitch black with a little light penetration at the bottom of the glass, thumb of mocha head left consistent lacing as it receded
S - very mild aromas of cocoa, roastiness, and sweet cola
T - rich roasty malt, sweet cola syrup, mild coffee, and a smoky finish
M - thick and smooth with a surprisingly robust carbonation kick, light burnt bitter finish
O - a very easy drinker, flavours are dark, rich, and smooth as the label suggests, well worth a try

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby black with some lumpy cappuccino-coloured foam with speckled trailers. Faint tin foil graininess on the nose.
Sultanas and lactic sourness up front with slight salty caramel and hints of tea leaf to end.
Thin, fizzy, some cling, round-ish.

Wasn't expecting much from Marston's, and got it. Nothing oyster about it. Reminds me why I seek out craft beer.

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Photo of anakar
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's just OK, picked it up because the name "Oyster Stout" caught my eye, nothing sea-ish about it... just a not-so-good stout

App: Pours a very black liquid, with a bit of bubbles in it and a white-brown head

Smell: Nothing to talk about, the smell of a stout, kinda Guinness, kinda Murphy's kinda nothing special

Taste: See smell, sorry

Mouth: now here's the catch... it ain't smooth like any good and proper stout, it's much more like a coke of a beer, carby, tasty but fairly carby

Not very recomended although it's quite cheap

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rarbring
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brew is dark brown - nearly black, hints of deep red, a tan head leaving some lacing and curtains.

The smell is containing dried ripe fruits, butter, cheese, sour cream and pop corn in a peculiar mix.

Some initial coarse caramel and chocolate sweetness, bitter coffee bean tones.

Medium low carbonation, a medium body, rather watery, a nice dry finish tough.

This stout is hard to come to terms with, ends up booth good and not so good, average is not correct but closest.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Brown in color and looks thin right off the bat. Very thin tan head. Little lacing. Unspectacular.

Some roasted elements, but not particularly pleasant or inviting.

Some roasted malt character and a hint of sweet fruits, but nothing comes together very well--seems a bit buttery. Not particularly enjoyable.

Extremely thin--a water-like mouthfeel.

Unenjoyable stout. Nothing really to recommend. Unspectacular on every level.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this stout. Was the best beer on my recent "Pub Crawl" of the English Heartland. A smooth, slightly sweet, deep-dark and velvety brew. Served in a thin, imperial pint glass from a traditional English Cask. The name of the bar escapes me but it was in Bath England.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO bottle. Mixed reviews on this one. Neutral malty aroma. Very good looks as 3/8" foamy head on black as night body. Above average mouthfeel that is initially engaging with thick rich malt, then tapers off to something with cocoa and something like club soda aggressive carbonation watering down. Just a tad astringent. Passable beer overall.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours athe classic ebony colour with a two fingered tanned head that retains well.

S - Nice roasted malt aromas and an earthyness too.

T - Really nice balance of flavours, mostly roasted malts and a little coffee,chocolate and caramel.

M - A tad watery and minimal carbonation.

D - A very solid sweet stout

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Pearl Jet from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
3.39 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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