Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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Pearl Necklace Chesapeake StoutPearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

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

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Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +33.7%

I love this stout, the Oysters give it a slight briny flavor that mixes so well, a nice Big Beer that has a quirkiness that makes it stand out from the rest

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Photo of WMEugene
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Alewife in Baltimore on 11/15.

A - Dark brown/almost black color with a tan head that fades to a thin layer. Very nice lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malts (coffee perhaps) and a bit of earthiness.

T - One delicious brew. Taste of coffee and other roasted malts with a unique earthy (slightly briny as well) taste that I can only presume came from the oysters. It's a little sweet, but not overly so. Well-balanced in the taste.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable. Nice finish and aftertaste. It's not as thick as say a RIS, but the body is more than acceptable.

O - I found the Pearl Necklace to be a great and unique beer. It is well balanced and easily drinkable. The oysters provide some interesting earth and brine notes that accentuate the beer without overwhelming it. Well done, and I only wish that it'll be widely available in the coming months. Great beer for a great charity.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, with amber hue, small near white head, spotty lace.

S - Light cocoa, chalk.

T - Bigger cocoa, chalkiness, sweet dark malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body, fair balance, good carb.

D - Good to try. The sixer will be enough for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 225A13. Sampled on December 19, 2013.

It pours very dark brown to near jet black with a short-lived light tan head. Opaque.

On the nose are dark malts, toasted crust, mild sweetness, aniseed, and yeast notes. Very inviting.

The body is medium.

The taste comes across as highly balanced with a moderate upfront sweetness and toasted malt flavor and then there is a low and dry bitterness which hangs briefly at the finish. This one was well done.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle serve in a pint glass.

Pours a near jet-black color with a 2 finger, tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Can't really taste oyster in this beer. In fact, if it was a blind tasting, I would never had known.

Solid beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no legible freshness date. Due to its popularity, the beer is now being offered year round instead of being a one time limited release.

The beer pours a pitch black color with a nice 2½-finger tan head on top that hangs around awhile and leaves lots of lacing.

Pleasant roasted malt smell along with burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and caramel aromas.

Nice roasted malt flavor with caramel sweetness, dark chocolate, and even a touch of bitter coffee taste. I couldn't taste any oysters or oyster flavoring, but not sure that that isn't a good thing. Also can't detect any hop presence, but again, it doesn't need it.

Smooth, almost creamy texture that makes for a medium bodied stout. Carbonation is moderate and that works well here.

This is a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ BigTen.
Brewed with oysters, roasted barley, midnight wheat, carapils, and black patent malt. Hopped with Perle hops...get it.?
35 IBU, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear black, forming a small off white head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is really nice...a nice balance between the base and specialty malts with notes of black walnut and vanilla. Very cleanly fermented. No briny maritime nose, thank god. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp, clean, and with a medium-light body but very rich with taste. The taste is really nice as well...the black walnut and vanilla are wonderfully balanced. The bitterness is at a perfect level, sitting nicely with the astringency of the roast barley and the hops have a nice herbal flourish but don't overwhelm the subtleties of the malts. Clean finish.

What a wonderful beer. I don't get any oyster flavor, which is good in my book. This is just a really solid very drinkable medium-light bodied stout. Love it. Will have to pick up more.

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Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Maloo's, Hagerstown MD yesterday.

A= dark mahogany near-black, modest head, some rimming and lacing.

S= very nice, caramel up-front and dark roasted malts, slight hops florals.

T= wow I was surprised, I had no idea this was a very limited edition and I just happened to luck out. Caramel, dark chocolate, decent hops, richly balanced blend.

M= clean and slightly chocolate-soda.

O= went well with my various food items-- crab chowder, salad, crab cake sandwich. Darn, I hope I can get back to Maloo's before they run out of this!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First thing that strikes me is the beautiful color; black around the edges with a deep blood red hue shining through the middle. The head dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. Smells like roasted coffee, some herbal hops, briny sea salt near the end. The flavor was absolutely phenomenal, faithfully following the nose with coffee, roasted grain, dry chocolate, sea salt, and woody, herbal hops at the end. Thankfully does not taste like oysters. Went down easy with a slight carbonic bite and a medium thin mouthfeel. A great stout, even with the gimmick of seafood in it.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

This had a black body and it poured with a massive, super sticky, khaki colored head.

Massive roast on the nose, deep, dark, and charred. Maybe a little brine and sulfur. Taste is more of the same. Huge roasty malts that leave a lingering ashy chocolate note in their wake. Just a trace of sulfur and brine is found at the finish. The abundant roastiness makes this more American than English to me, but that doesn't really matter. This is damn good beer, that's what matters. Proceeds from the sale of this beer help seed the Chesapeake Bay. Kudos to Flying Dog.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint glass. Jet black with a thick brown head that dissipates after a bit, leaving nice lacing. Smells of chocolate and bitter coffee. Taste is roasted coffee, a lot of open, watery taste to it with a bitter chocolate/hop finish. I haven't had oysters before, but I don't taste anything out of the ordinary or shellfish-y in this beer. Perhaps it's in that sort of open slipperiness. Either way, it's still a great stout.

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Photo of Roger55
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: English Pint Glass

Aroma: Sweet malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee.

Taste: Dry, salty backbone from the oysters, refreshing stout qualities, some sweetness.

Overall: One of my go to six packs and something I like drinking with seafood or dessert.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from a 6-pack, served cold in a tulip. Code 005A13 on the label.

A robust pour gives 1/4" of tan head that settles in short order but leaves a thick ring of foam along the glass. Solid dark brown brew prevents any light from passing through, aside from some very dark ruby highlights around the edges. Smells of semi-sweet cocoa powder and a dry briny ash. The malt body is fairly light with a dry molasses flavor, rounded out with baking soda and a hint of bitter cocoa. In the finish a mild generic bitterness endures with just a little herb/ grass/ pine character. Not unlike a semi-smoky baltic porter. Body, as stated previously, is fairly light, with a mild carbonation. Easy to drink and not filling. Alcohol not perceived.

A good example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium glass

This beer pours up a beautiful deep black with a one finger tan colored head dissipating to a thin retention ring and bits of lacing. The smell is coffee, and chocolate. Taste basically follows the nose. It is malt forward with toffee, cola, coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying with just a hint of oyster aftertaste. This one surprised me. It was much better than I expected.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint glass. Label says 316A15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind

S- Nice aroma of milk chocolate, medium-roast coffee and biscuity malt. Somewhat sweet.

T- More biscuity malt with a moderate roastiness. Dark chocolate aftertaste and medium sweetness. Not much salinity detected from the oysters. Very easy to drink and tasty to boot.

M- Soft with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Just as good as I remember first having it. Has a nice biscuity sweetness which I attribute to it being in the English style of stout. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a sessionable stout with lots of flavor and even some complexity.

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Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with no light coming through and a thick foamy/creamy 2-3 finger light tan head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, seawater, oyster shells, roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, caramel, charcoal, herbs and light vanilla or licorice; it’s a nice smelling stout with a good blend of all the ingredients that allows it all to work together well. Some roasted notes or char, and possibly piney hops come through at the end.

Tastes of coffee, cocoa powder, malt, seawater, oyster shells, roasted grains, caramel, toffee, charcoal, herbs, floral hops, lemon zest, light vanilla and faint licorice; the sweet coffee and cocoa up front lead to the salty oyster flavor, followed by the slightly bitter hop finish. An easy drinking stout that went down like water, I really enjoy oyster stouts and this was up there with the best of them. It has a complex flavor with a fair amount going on, yet it’s simple and session-able. The piney and citrus hops add nice zest and bitterness which blend well with the roasted and cocoa malts.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and almost watery, with very mild carbonation, a healthy bitterness, and a finish that is a combo of hops, salty oyster, coffee and roasted grains.

Overall this was very good and quite enjoyable. This was much better than I expected it to be and a beer that I’d seek out again. The low ABV made this go down very quickly, and it is a definite session beer to me.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 226/14. Pours used motor oil black with a nice head. Outstanding lacing and average retention. Nice nose of chocolate, anise and roast over a slight salty sea note. Light medium bodied with a smooth texture that approaches slick. Below average carbonation with almost no effervescence on the finish. Extremely well balanced flavor profile that has some complexity, but is not as intense as Bell's Kalamazoo or FBS. It begins with a chocolate note that flows into a slight roast bitterness. Underneath is a very subtle saltiness. The finish is smooth and the finish leaves you with a lingering chocolate bitterness and a touch of salt.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Inky black half a finger of brown foam that goes away instantly no retention. No Lacing.

aroma- roasted briny-ness- like nori seaweed paper a little bit like buttered bread

Taste- Roasty and smokey and just a touch of briney-ness in the finish the hops get a bit lost in this but I like it. Its not sweet as a result of a lack of hops. In fact as it warms the hops become a bit more pronounced. This Oyster Stout is one of the first I have ever had and I really like it. The buttered bread (like squaw dark bread) comes out towards the end along with the hops. They are a bit piney. Noble?!

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied, a bit high on the carbonation but i think as it mellows it is quite tasty. not too much alcohol that it wouldn't compliment a plat of oysters

Overall- yes- two of my favorites, dark beer , and oysters very tasty. Obviously it would compliment seafood and I think any dish where lemon was a feature ( oddly enough). Not having much to compare it to in the oyster stout category I would say that this is a winner!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of plaid75
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a one half finger frothy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted barley and the typical accompanying aromas.

The taste consisted of an upfront roastiness tempered by a touch of caramel but with a finishing smoke and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty well crafted stout.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black beer with a tan head. It leaves a bit of lacing The nose is roasted malt, briny sea mist and chocolate. The taste is a sweet, chocolaty, roasty, salty and delicious. Pretty solid stout that is a nice blend of chocolate and salt.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Not a style that is very approachable for the casual craft enthusiast. The appearance is a cloudy dark brown with a thick cream head. The smell was a mixture of sweetness from the malt and a little bit of hops. The taste however is very different. Starting out with the caramel and coffee and then at the end it was cut by the salty, fatty flavor of the oysters. I found it incredibly satisfying and refreshing. Not for the faint, but a wonderful find.

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