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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 GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, well carbonated, hazelnut-highlighted, dark brown coloring with a thin, bubbly ring of film on the surface. Pretty steady flow of small carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of dark roasted coffee remain light and restrained, with an overall toasty feel and a touch of brine hidden deep. Flavors are light and bitter, with a dark, sweet ribbon throughout the palate. Coffee flavors are present throughout, with a touch of the brine and molasses comprising the highlighting characteristics. Dark, bitter chocolate profiles are deep in the backbone as you continue to drink and allow your palate to open up. Light, dry body that is kept with both a touch of hops bitterness and the carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste, both coffee and chocolate, leading into a dry, clean finish. Tasty, and very easy to drink.

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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.

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dwren89
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: jet black with thin tan head, opaque

Aroma: roasty, a little sweet and a little briny aroma

Taste: very roasty, a little residual sweetness that lingers on the roof of the mouth. Very understated oyster flavor

Mouthfeel: medium body and quite drinkable, would make a great dinner companion because the body and roastiness are both not overwhelming. Medium finish.

Overall: Moderately roasty with a slightly sweet finish and a little understated brine/oyster saltiness that gives the beer a unique character that differentiates it from a typical dry or sweet stout.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The restaurant where I ordered this offers pints and tulips (10 oz), but the 10 oz beer actually just shows up in a juice glass. Anyway, nitro-tap brew looks chocolately and delicious. Smells good. Sweet, and roasted notes. The taste is refreshing, with a dry finish. A solid stout that I'll return to.

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

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

Photo of scott2269
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick head that lasts awhile before becoming a thin lasting cover. Spider-web lacing sticks.

The smell reminds me of the Atlantic Ocean (which I live near). The smell is wanting me to get to an oyster bar... salty...with a roasted chocolate undertone. Coffee comes through.

The taste is salty with roasted notes. Chocolate with a hint of licorice. The taste is on the mild side - if it were more robust I would appreciate it even more. Still, it is delicious.

It has mild carbonation, is on the full-side of the spectrum, and is very smooth.

This is a nice oyster stout. English in character, with American "craft" touch. It would go well with oysters. Well-made!

My bottle says 4.7 abv.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevdude
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and cookie dough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt cocoa, and a slight fruity flavor. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted off vs Carton Digger, a blonde made with clams. Both great shore beers. This one tho tastes exactly like the Maryland shore. Kudos for that!

A: Pours a dark brown body, with an energetic head and carbonation fora stout. Settles into a tan island of foam and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: I spend T-giving every year on the Chesapeake and I swear this beer smells of that region. Wet fall leaves, salt air, along with roasted barley grains and a bit of sweetness, and chocolate. Light, leafy hops. Some wild berry and decaying vegetation. A shore brew for sure.

Taste: Really great. Really going to be great with oysters and pub food, and fall.
Follows smell, with charred wood smoke, and more coffee and nice sweet-bitter arc. Modestly sweet. Leafy, spicy, grassy hops, and as promised a little briny. great finish. Warm, fire, pub like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A bit of surprising carbonation. Chocolate finish without any cloying. Really nice balance.

Overall: Very light oyster stout. With a great approach. Of of the dogs' best.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Flying Dog's Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This beer just showed up in my area, the concept of an Oyster Stout peaks my interest so I just had to pick up a bottle to try out so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label and the name of this beer it's pretty edgy and it really sticks out on the shelf and grabs my attention. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a very good looking beer, from the color to the head I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts of with some nice roasted malts aroma that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some nice coffee aromas with a slight bit of chocolate and some nice slightly charred aromas. Towards the end I get a light an earthy hop aroma followed by a slight briny/ salty aroma that must be from the oysters. The aroma was nice, it had some nice roasted aromas with some slight briny aroma, I would say it a little above average.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts of with lots of roasted malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart lots of nice roasted flavors along with some chocolate and charred flavors followed by a slight bit of coffee. After that comes a slight salty/briny flavor followed by a light amount of earthy hops on the finish with a pretty roasted and charred aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the stout flavors were nice and roasty and the oysters added a slight briny flavor that made for good complexity and didn't seem out of place, I like it.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, rich, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good, it worked well with this beer and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of an English Stout brewed with Oysters, I don't have much experience with English Stouts and I have never had a beer with oysters in it before, but it seemed to fit the style nicely and the oysters added a nice layer of complexity that didn't stick out too much. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down smooth and the flavors held my attention nicely, I could probably drink two of these before the charred flavor would be too much. What I like the most about this beer was the taste and appearance, it tasted pretty good with some nice roasted flavors and a slight briny flavor and the appearance was really good. What I liked the least about this beer was that aroma had a little too much char to it, I wouldn't mind the char being toned down a little with a little briny aromas. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good and drinkable English Stout and I would recommend this beer to just about anyone, don't let the oysters scare you this is a good stout. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I have to admit that I was little intimated by the fact that they threw some oysters in this brew but it turned out that they didn't impart any fishy aspects to this beer, it just made it richer and added a slight briny flavor to it which I liked and I thought it worked well with this beer. Good job Flying Dog at first glance this is one crazy sounding beer, but once you get down to it and drink it it's really not all that crazy, it's just a good English Stout, nice work guys, I'll be interested to see what other crazy ideas you guys got.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Forms a thin tan heads and disappears nearly completely after a few minutes. Black as pitch with a couple bubbles of carbonation.

S: The smell of roasted malts, I expected, but then there was some other unfamiliar smell I have to assume was the oysters. Kind of salty smell, kind of earthy or dirt-ish.

T: Good roasted flavor with hints of chocolate in the beginning. A little bit of coffee too. Smooth and creamy. Then comes the oyster, just a subtle brine taste that undercuts nearly the whole length of the taste. Different, but not bad.

F: Smooth and drinkable. Low ABV so you really knock it back if youre not careful.

O: Unique. Unlike any stout I've had before. I would definitely buy it again, maybe as part of a stout/porter line-up.

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3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Cdidden
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/27/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light oyster, and light floral hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance of roasted malt notes. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, light oyster, floral, and earthy spiciness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors, with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout! Nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and really easy and smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,295 ratings
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