Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout

Added by WMEugene on 11-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,970
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
1,307
pDev:
13.28%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Photo of C21998
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great with oysters on the half shell. Summer, winter, anytime.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pizzabutt
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

appearance: pitch black with an inch high bubbly tan head. the head dissipates fairly slowly into a nice cap. good lacing.

smell: dark chocolate. briney and a little smokey. a bit meaty.

taste: yeasty, salty. tastes like a classic stout, very roasty, but has a flavor of briney-ness from the oyster. bitter.

feel: thick, moderately carbonated. on the drier side.

overall: a decent stout but it isn't quite sweet enough for me. it's pretty unique because it's brewed with oyster but the oyster adds a briney taste, although it isn't unenjoyable. i wouldn't go out of my way to get this.

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Photo of jonbozz
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefz1
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waveoff
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuowl74a
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass on tap at BWI. An opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head that settled quickly into a cap. Roasted coffee, cocoa, and toast on the nose. Similar flavors on the taste with a rich quality. Some floral notes and a nice Sibley bitterness to balance things out. I did not detect any oyster or salty notes. Overall a really nice stout.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, into pint glass

pours an opaque black color with a thin tan head. aroma is fairly mild for a stout - but pleasant roasty and chocolate notes. taste is fairly balanced, medium bodied.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time I ever had this was actually my first oyster stout, back then I had no clue what to expect.
Here are my most up to date observations for an "oyster stout" style and how close Flying Dog's meets these standards.
This was poured into a mug (traditional glassware for the style).
The appearance was a stiff dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that swiftly glided off into oblivion. Lace? Well, it trickled into the beer appropriately.
The aroma started off with some sweet to roasty malts, somewhat like coffee and chocolate and then developed some "briney-ness"/saltiness.
The flavor was basically the same as the smell and pulled into a little bit of earthiness. Semi-salty sort of roasty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. I'm thinking the "saltiness" is starting to become a bit distracting as it ran over my tongue. Low amount of carbonation did feel fine. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, though "oyster stouts" aren't a recognized style on Beer Advocate, I see why English Stout was used for this. I get it, as for Flying Dog's version of this, this is actually a pretty good take on it - aromas and flavors felt spot on. But what holds this one back just a bit was some excessive "saltiness" in the feel.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours near black body with a decently thick, large head. The latter is lasting and provides slowly dissipating sheets of lacing.

Nose is slightly smoky roasted malts - but nothing overpowering. Fairly classic, though there's a light tangy notes that I might imagine is briny, but it's not obvious.

Nice roasted malt flavor that is mild on the bitterness. More medium coffee, with a feel that is similar to cold coffee - maybe a tad heavier. That said, for a 5.5% beer, it's not bad. Similar to the nose, there's another note in there that is hard to place. I'd actually go more minerally than briny in the taste - but it, too, is light (though it builds a little through the drink). This seems to accentuate a lean to the drier side but still far from "bone."

I liked the relative (to ABV) strength of this beer's flavor, while it stayed light enough on feel to be enjoyed without sipping.

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Photo of baldy00
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of basaywhat
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted, bready malt, coffee, salt, oysters, brown sugar, burnt grain and herbal hops.

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Photo of joshautry
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,307 ratings