Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout | Flying Dog Brewery

Pearl Necklace Chesapeake StoutPearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout
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56.9%
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3.69 w/ 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
Ranking:
#28,905
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
1,289
Liked:
734
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
13.28%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
47
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300
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Ratings: 1,289 |  Reviews: 244
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

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

Photo of maxdeusphallis
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 I3eer
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of token_23223
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of probert
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of telescifly
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodenba
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 DudMan
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 nater919
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vader444
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 56.9% out of 100 with 1,289 ratings
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