Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

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1,289 Ratings
Pearl Necklace Chesapeake StoutPearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout
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
Ratings:
1,289
Reviews:
244
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
299
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin dark tan head with little retention on a jet black body. Almost no aroma with only hints of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is a little tart and sour for the style mostly from the roasted malts that have the sourness and bitterness of stale coffee without much coffee flavor. Some mild sweetness from chocolate and hints of vanilla. Medium body, not too thick with moderate to high carbonation. This one is just not very good. The drinkablitly is really hurt by the sourness.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

definitely my favorite flying dog brew to date. brewed with Chesapeake bay oysters? who would have thought? velvety looking black color, cocoa powder aromatics oozing out, bubbly and dense tan head, black licorice and tobacco on the nose as well. I don't smell fish at all, and this doesn't taste salty. instead I get bittersweet roasted barley, chocolate malt, and faint espresso notes. the texture is what makes this beer for me, creamy and rich, while retaining its drinkability. nice as an after dinner session beer, or as an interesting conversation piece. im not usually a huge fan of flying dog, but this beer really steps it up in both creativity and execution. worth seeking out. any other good oyster beers out there? how did this start? I want to know more...

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, the head is thin and tan in color. There is no retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly toasted, with some light roasted malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer has a subtle bite to it, nice light chocolate tones with a creamy aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the lighter side but holds a decent carbonation. Overall the beer is drinkable and pretty good from start to finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being near black in color and has bits of amber visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that faded away a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts and the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and subtle hints of brine from the oysters.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that grows on you. At first it seems like your typical stout but the oysters become a little more noticeable as the beer warms up. It is definitely very easy to drink.

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

With Urban Dictionary alive and well with Flying Dog's adolescent-minded marketing team, Pearl Necklace hits the market with shock value and in-your-face flavor. When the beer's label starts with gimmicks, its hard to overcome that in taste.

Amply carbonated and with the darkest of dark brown color, the ale erupts in the glass and nearly overtakes its rim. Building a tall head of varying bubble sized shows long-lasting staying power and laces impressively with sheets of foam that cling to the glass.

Sharply roasted aromas start off with strong coffee grounds, cocoa, and nutty malt scents. There's the minerally tinge of drywall that gives the beer a calcium-rich tone before hop aromas of spruce tips lead into the first sip.

The beer's taste also starts out with the bold taste of spent coffee grounds, burnt grain, campfire, and mild ash. Somewhat abrasive, the taste moves quickly into a middle of bitter cocoa and walnut oils. Hop flavor of pine and spruce turns to bitter resins before the dry brine taste of sea salt and sulfur sets in.

Powdery and full on the palate the beer's high carbonation promotes dryness and a creamy ash character. The roast and short-lived sweetness turns plaster-like as the dryness and mineral-rich oyster shell character dries the beer with a snap.

The stout's high level of carbonation, dryness, and hop character suggest an American-style Stout as opposed to more supple, sweet, and calmer English versions. Those need the salty must of shellfish for balance and palatability. But in this design, the salts exacerbate much of it's already overbearing quality.

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Photo of oline73
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this served in a sample glass at Max's.

Appearance: Pours black with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Roast up front with some sweetness and dark fruit notes. Mild coffee, quite smooth.

Taste: The roast dominates. The sweetness from the smell is there, but milder than expected. There is some bitter roast in the finish, but it isn't biting.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very solid stout. Nice roast profile and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured clear, dark mahogany but looks nearly black in the glass. It has a modest size tan foam cover. The head reduces rather quickly, leaving a durable ring but little lacing.

Aroma: dark roasted malts with a hint of briny oyster.

Taste: Toasty, salty and smokey with just a touch of briny oyster in the surprisingly smokey finish. Sweet/bitter more-or-less in balance.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body; medium carbonation; less dry than expected.

Overall: A nice stout with plenty of rich, dark roasted malt flavor.

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