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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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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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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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

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

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

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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pretty good stout. Pours a dense, dark brown (almost black) color. Hardly any light gets through. Big frothy tan head with good retention and thick patches of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with a little salty/briny smell. The salty/briny element is there in the taste too but it takes a back seat to chocolate and coffee as the secondary flavors. The roasted malt is still the main flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a little rough balance from the saltiness. The oysters are more a side issue than essential to the beer. This is mainly a solid every-day stout.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass black in color with a 1" dark tan head that recedes slowly but visibly, leaving behind a ring of thick, leggy lacing. Eventually there's a thin irregular island of foam over at least some of the surface. Sipping creates scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some chocolate, a touch of coffee, some dark roasted malt, and a bit of brine.

As expected from the nose, the flavors include chocolate and some coffee. The slight sweetness is counterbalanced by some dark roasted malt and a bit of dry bitterness in the background. The bitterness seems more from the roasted malt than from the hops.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and quite smooth with the gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the touch of sweetness starts to fade, to be followed by most of the other flavors. The ending is dry, has some lingering coffee, dark roasted malt bitterness and a bit of saltiness from the brine.

While not an exceptional stout, I found this a nicely drinkable one. I could see having another one and would love to try it with a batch of oysters. While I won't be including it in my regular rotation I'll probably get some once in a while as a change of pace from my regular line up.

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Photo of jordanian2
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 2/2/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of malts. Mild hints of cocoa and dark fruits. Some graham cracker in the mix. Lots of barley and grains. The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of malts and grains. Mild hints of smoke and cocoa. It finishes pretty clean and refreshing. The oysters seem to almost go unnoticed. Not too salty. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with very active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is an alright stout. There's nothing wrong with it at all, but it's kind of boring and the oysters don't seem to shine. Besides that, it's a solid example of an English stout. It's clean and refreshing though.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I recently completed a horizontal of Flying Dog beers as a part of the ongoing eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but now it becomes incumbent upon me to pick up the strays (sorry) as they become available. I recently captured this 'Dog at the FGBS.

From the bottle: "Stout brewed with oysters"; "Brewed with Rappahannock River oysters"; "Proceeds benefit Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) [-] For every bottle of Pearl Necklace sold, ORP plants 10 oysters in the Chesapeake Bay."; "Everyone's favorite bivalve contributes to more than just your Grandmother's pearls. They are a vital part of the Chesapeake Bay's ecosystem, but the population is at a mere 1% of its historical peak. Since its inception, proceeds from Pearl Necklace have helped plant millions of baby oysters in the Bay."

The previous put me in mind of Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and The Carpenter". If those baby oysters just would not be so trusting of outsiders & follow the eldest Oyster's lead and not leave their beds, they might not have this surfeit of their population!

I Pop!ped the cap and began a fairly heavy-handed pour. I watched in fascination as a pseudo-cascade began to form a massive two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby highlights. Nose was rich and charcoal-chocolaty, more towards bittersweet or baker's chocolate with a burnt/charcoal quality. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, not watery, but not as full as I prefer in any style of stout. The taste was chocolaty, all right, but much sweeter than the nose had led me to expect. It was more like a liquefied milk chocolate bar. Amazingly, I was not getting any of the charcoal coming through on the taste, making it a very pleasant, easy-to-quaff beer. Finish was semi-sweet, very chocolaty, but not so sweet as to be sugary or cloying. It was not a bad beer, but I am just not a huge fan of Stouts, so unless they put it in a CAN, this will be satiating for me.

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Photo of Adam1993
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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