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

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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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Photo of soupyman10
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black beer, brown highlights, a tiny tan head with limited lacing. Nose is roasty malt. A touch of coffee. Maybe a touch of that oystery-ness. Flavor is bigger - coffee, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate. A bit of char. Maybe a touch of dirty hops. Body is medium, a touch thinner than I might expect, higher carbonation is quite nice. Overall a solid stout - not bad, not anything that I'd write home about. Would definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of DerekP
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jp32
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a quickly dissipating, funny grey colored head. Smells malty and a little bit like oceany sea shells.

Flavor is stout, simply done. No oyster flavor is detected by my tastebud calculations. It is however still a great stout, and I also appreciate the good cause it stands for.

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

Pours black with an off-white head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt and soft roast. Fairly sweet-smelling.
Similar flavours, a bit more emphasis on a liquorice and roast malt note. Some sweetness remains, balancing things nicely.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark brown - virtually black; 1 finger dark tan head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: very restrained; deeply roasted grain; a little coffee; a hint of bittersweet chocolate;

T: deeply roasted grains; a hint of bittersweet chocolate; a light briny saltiness and mild bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I'm not a fan of chocolate or caramel with salt, so this beer wasn't my style; having said that, I thought it lacked complexity and needed a little more body;

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Photo of ARoman
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The beer is a dark mahogany brown hue with a light, dense-froth, tan head that has a moderate retention and no lace. Initially aromas of coffee come through, but a salty and melon brine sneak in. There's also a light, but present, fish note and a lactose sugar that appears late. The taste is a dry balance of medium sweet and bitter. The beer is smooth and thin with a fuzzy carbonation and a dry medium body. Roasted flavors of bread crust combine with a light brine and light coffee note on the palate. The finish is a burnt, bitter, waxy character with a light fishiness that disappears in the mild, dry aftertaste of crusty bread.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy khaki head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruit, and a little smoke.

T: Dark roasty malt, a little coffee, dark fruit, a touch of smoke, and some mineral-y twang.

M: Fairly light body, low to medium carbonation, but smooth.

O: This one isn't what I was hoping for to say the least. The body is a bit too thin to showcase what the oyster shell adds to it.

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

Appearance: Poured dark black, opaque, with a half inch bubbly head, decent retention and lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, sweet roasty malts, and a slight hint of coffee.
Taste: Lots of dark roasted malt flavors, slight chocolate, a little smoky flavor and some light salty notes
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall: didn't really get any of the oyster flavor I was expecting, just a slight briny saltiness. Still a decent stout though.

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

My new favorite thing from Flying Dog. This light for a stout. It strikes me as more of a porter in color, clarity, and body. But it definitely has the bigger stout flavor. I never thought of a stout as being refreshing, but this one really is. The aroma is roasty, chocolatey, and bready but with a hint of salty sea breeze (if that's possible). The flavor is very much like the aroma. It is at once dark and comforting, but at the same time crisp and refreshing. It's brewed with oysters and if you close your eyes and use your imagination you can picture a nice bowl of oyster stew to go along with this brew. A bonus is that purchase of this beer benefits planting new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay as part of the Oyster Recovery Program. I can't wait to have another. After finishing the beer the aroma left behind in the empty glass finally sparked what I perhaps like so much about it. It reminds me of a chocolate bar with cracked sea salt. Yeah, it's good.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Black pour with a 1/2 finger tan head. The head has a mix of medium and small bubbles. It thinks out to just a small layer of head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and there is a date code that says this is best before 12/17/14.

S: [3.75] Lots of roasted malts. Coffee and some chocolate.

T: [3.25] The taste has a bitter coffee on the front. There are roasted malts in the middle and there is a slight sweetness late. There are also hints of burnt wood.

M: [3.00] The carbonation is higher than expected and the body is slightly watery and thin.

O: [3.25] This is not to noteworthy. It is a decent stout. I would not reject another - but I would not seek it out. The charred wood flavor is nice - but the body is a bit lacking.

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