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 JayQue
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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 drtth
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -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 +0.5%
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 maxdeusphallis
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color is dark ruby - almost black - but clear. More of a porter than a stout.

Smell is a little smoky. Some mineral aspect. Toast, malt, no real hop aroma. Slightly smokey.

Taste is subdued. Sort of like Guinness extra stout but less forward on the malt and chocolate grain bitterness.

I detect a mineral note - like oysters or clam strips. Very faint. That along with the smokey malt is very intriguing.

Carbonation is light - almost no head. Very nice beer. Complex but in an almost dainty way. Not a bold stout character.

The faint smokiness is very nice. A "sessionable" stout. Bitterness is very light. This is one of my favorites. But if you are expecting Old Rasputin, Yeti or Ten Fidy type stout you will be disappointed. Think more of Guinness with a mineral note and less chocolate bitterness.

Very nice for what it is trying to be.

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Photo of moodenba
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good craft brew stout. Fairly straightforward. Nice balance of roasted malt and hop bitterness. A slightly rough mouth feel could be considered a feature or a defect?

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hanks' Oyster Bar, DC on tap.
A great one, nothing bad about it. Quite malty and a balanced amount of hoppiness. Went great with oyster and seafood.
One thing I did not know is that stout, or at least this particular one, is exceptional with Shiitake mushroom. It brought out so much flavor from the mushroom that I was shocked.

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Photo of Vader444
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into 2/3 pint glass.

A generic stout appearance, not too much to say about this. I searched long and hard for anything that may have been attributable to the presence of bivalve molluscs but, to be honest, I failed. Don't get me wrong, this is a solid, well made and tasty stout; I just hoped for something different. Now I know. Cheers!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body, fluffy soapy light tan head, no lace. Nose contains deep roasted malt and dark chocolate, a bit of biting coffee. A touch of cream flavor mollifies these dark flavors and their bitterness, which is a shame because the smell was really nice and dark, and powerful. Medium-light body, restrained carbonation.
Perhaps the oysters provided that creaminess in the flavor, in which case I'd prefer this beer without them. The nose had me excited for a dark, brooding, yet, at 5.5%, drinkable beer. It did manage that, but the flavors didn't quite live up to the olfactory promise.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Overall: Loved it, but its characteristics are hard to pinpoint to me.
I thought the oysters might make it a bit of a novelty, but it's actually an excellent English Stout.

Looks dark, nearly black. Some light passes through with mahogany-ruby highlights. Thin tan head.
Smells sweet and roasty, some mineral/soil qualities that are hard to describe.
Tastes great. A nice roasty char taste with a lasting perfume. So enjoyable.
Feel is medium to full body, but not chewy or thick.

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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 EmperorBevis
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet Black body with tan head that clings to the edge of the glass
Aroma of coffee and chocolate cake
Nice roast flavour with silky aftertaste and some subtle bitterness
Easy drinking decent stout

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like stouts and the Steadman art on Flying Dog labels amuses me. I wondered what the "oyster" aspect of this would do, and I still wonder exactly what the oyster content is. But in general I found this to be a rather middle-of-the-road stout.

Color is dark brown, head was minimal and light tan. Nose was typical stout malts and a bit of toasty barley. Was there a fishy hint, or is that my imagination? Tasting yielded a typical mix of dark malts with a bit of hoppy overtones. Mouthfeel is pretty straightforward, as is the aftertaste. I guess I anticipated more individual character than I could find here. Good but not exceptional. I'd be glad to drink more but I won't seek it eagerly. Like many stouts, allow this to warm to a proper stout drinking temperature (warmer than a typical refrigerator) or you'll miss some of the flavor.

Bottle poured into a glass; bottle stamp reads "095A16" and it tastes fresh enough.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of dacrza1
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: February 15, 2016... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... OCCASION: To paraphrase the great John Hapes, Never waste a good delayed opening without a beer... APPEARANCE: massive rocky crags of brown head lace like doilies and coral...the black as death body forms ground zero, where the head sloughs unevenly as sea foam--dramatic to look at...would be a "5" if it looked this way while carrying more serious alcohol... AROMA: a striking pretzel and warming dough balance with a lactic undercurrent that ultimately is a balance point for the sea salt that brings a robust brine... chocolate and some late phenolic suggestions... PALATE: smooth at the star, like a chocolate stout, with a middleweight's body and a vegetable's slightly astringent finish...TASTE: salty as a pretzel, milky like mousse, this uses some bittering hops (Brewer's Gold?) and a nicely pitched, sweetly roasted malt to build a drinkable, reasonably flavorful stout ... OVERALL: appreciate the conservation initiative... enjoy the overall experience, which is slightly above the sum of its parts... a good companion for a night of ice.. more cola than I look for in a stout, and the rating reflects that....

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an English Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, simple aroma and body but still high quality, and good blend.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 337A15 (December 3). DFH Tulip. Graded to BJCP American stout.

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent black/dark brown, with 1.5 fingers of surprisingly light head - light tan. No visible carbonation, but some glints of reddish brown around the edges when held to the light. Very nice retention of islands of froth and good lacing.

Smell: Deep roast, with some moderate hoppiness and ale yeast esters. This is a very unusual stout, in that I can really smell that it is an ale, and not just tons of coffee and chocolate. It does not smell very sweet, and has some vague fruity undercurrents. The aleyness of this is not to the dry stout style, but perhaps better suited to being classified an American stout.

Taste: Tart and slightly sweet arrival, quite nice bittering from the barley, but it is surprisingly light and estery. This really drinks like a much lighter beer than a stout. This tastes very similar to many things that are labeled as brown ales nowadays. Not really picking up on any brininess or oyster. Not a very sweet beer, as stouts or porters go, but not really over the top bitter, either. What hoppy bitterness there is lingers, and it seems to be coming from the hops, not the roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty clean finishing, little residual slickness.

Overall: A very mild stout in every respect, very drinkable. This beer is hard for me to rate; it tastes to me like a very dark brown ale. I know this will turn many people off, but I love Brown Ales. Since it is not really to style, even as an American Stout, I will grade it a little harshly, but I really do like this beer and would certainly buy this as a six-pack. Would make a great "summertime stout."

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Photo of kalosjakar
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Not quite full black, light tan head which disappears quickly.

Lightly roasted malts, getting more sweet malt imo. Smelling chocolate.

Interesting taste, ive never had oysters as a food before, so I wouldnt know what to look for. There is a smooth finish to this, almost silky.

A good low ABV stout.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at the brewery.

Black as night and smells like a standard stout with roasted malts and what not. Has a unique taste that was different than all of Flying Dog's other dark beers. Starts off sweet and then gets more bitter, and has an underlying hint of brine. I don't know how many oysters are used in the brewing process, but I can't imagine it's very many. Not much carbonation and feels very smooth.

Overall I would certainly pick this up sometime if I knew I was going to be eating some oysters.

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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 cmf
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Nice high, substantial head - a good stout head. Excellent aroma - I might even detect a little salt? Bivalves? Chesapeake serves up some of the best oysters and this beer is from Frederick, MD (the Rappahannock is a little south in VA). Dark with an amber light in the glass. Goes down sweet and the bitter comes out in the aftertaste. More sweet than bitter, though. Overall a good stout, creamy and easy to drink with the chocolate flavors and heavy cream feel you would expect from a porter, then add the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not really a fan of stouts but I like oysters and get them as often as possible. So I decided to try a stout made with Rappahannock River oysters (good eating). Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Color is very dark. Has a smoky, chocolate taste. Slight bitter finish.

I did not notice any oyster flavor. Perhaps good for some folks but not for an oyster fan. That said, I liked the beer and would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall goblet from the 12 oz. bottle.

A: It had a flat pour, 1 mm collar. The carbonation is the opposite of lively. Opaque with coca-cola colored ruddy/ruby edges. Kinda lifeless.

S: There are coffee and toffee notes...and not much else. Faint notes of iodine and brine are present and an indicator of what's to come.

T: Some traditional notes, like coffee, toffee...then...bam...briney under current. It's just like I did an oyster shooter after quaffing too many Irish Car-Bombs.

M: Seems a little thin. Salinity present. Leaves a faint whiff of coffee on palate. It is kind of dry, to the style of English Stout.

O: Thin mouthfeel detracts from the overall experience a bit, lack of nose showing mainly coffee. It's interesting, but I probably won't revisit.

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Photo of Myotus
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.
LOOK: Pours with half a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 40 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is high and thin.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of coffee, sweet chocolate and bitter roasted malts that mix with subtle salty oyesters. I have to admit that this sounded nasty, but it smells pretty good.
TASTE: Mild bitter roasted malts, coffee, and not-so-salty oyester flavors enter initially. Subtle sweet chocolate flavors enter right after as all previous flavors persist except for roasted malts, which grow slightly more stronger and bitter.
FEEL: Light-bodied (I hate it) and barely carbonated (I love it). Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Had a tad too much bitter finish for my taste. Others can appreciate it, but not me. I also would of like to have more saltiness from the oyesters in the taste. But it didn't taste dreadful like I thought it would. I need to try more stouts made with oyesters. It was pretty good.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flying Dog is a great brewer and this Oyster stout has 5.5% ABV and lots of flavor. They also have some environmental promise to plant 10 oysters in the Chesapeake Bay for ever bottle sold so drink up folks, we got work to do!

Look-It pours a dark black tuxedo with a silky thin head that is almost nonexistent. The lacing is moist and seldom.

Smell-It smells of freshly salted oysters and saltwater taffy. It has an extremely unique aroma. It isn’t a pungent or bad smell, but is very nicely similar to oysters. It also has some light coffee and some bittersweet grains.

Taste-The battle between bittersweet chocolate and briny saltwater oysters is a great battle to taste and I have not tasted this before. It is a true stout with its dark color and hints of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. I also taste a sort of roasted coffee bean flavor that is perfect. The mild hop bitterness cuts the sweetness which is itself subtle and makes for a well-balanced stout with some hints of grassy and mud notes. The oysters really come through in a salty earthy fashion that I haven’t ever tried before!

Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is silky smooth and slippery. A bit of an oily feel comes through also. The carbonation is mild and subtle to not distract the smooth and subtle flavors of this oyster brew.

Overall-This beer was refreshing and satisfying, but also made me want to eat a half dozen oysters with lime and vinegar. You must try this beer if you want to be a well-seasoned drinker.

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