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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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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in DC. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles. Low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, a little chocolate, mostly malt.

Beer is thin and creamy, sweet, light on the palate, simple but there's nothing wrong with it. I enjoyed it.

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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Churchkey in D.C.

Pours a dark brown with a soapy khaki-colored head. Aromas of dark, "roasty" malt with just a touch of brine. Taste is of more dark roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, and bit more salty sea water. Mouthfeel is smooth and quite drinkable, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a very easy-drinking Stout that could use a touch more oyster character, but nice overall.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Trapp Door, served in a 10oz stemmed glass. The brew appears black in color with a half finger of tan head that quickly dissolves. A light swirl brings some bubbles back to the surface that fade again quite quickly. Hardly any lacing outside of some spots on the glass.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly roasty and grainy. There is a fresh scent of strong coffee initially that gives way to more of a dark and earthy element. As the brew warms up, it gets a bit of a mineral and light citrus touch to it before getting almost metallic like towards the back of the nose.

The taste carries just as much bitter roasted grain that imparts some bitter chocolate and fresh coffee qualities. Just like the aroma led on, there is a solid mineral inclusion present that I am guessing is from the oyster inclusion. At times, it gets almost tin-like but it is not distracting as the dominating flavors are that of the roasted grain.

This is a medium bodied brew that leaves an almost silky oily feel coating the inside of the mouth with every sip. However, it almost lacks a bit in body and gets watery towards the end instead of carrying the expected viscosity of an oyster stout. There was seemingly no alcohol inclusion and overall this was a pretty good brew. Certainly worth a try.

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3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Served in a nonic pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, very light vanilla, and very light coffee, but not much. Not bad, but a little bland here. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, cream, oyster, vanilla, and light sweet chocolate. More chocolate and vanilla tha the nose, a bit of a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, though I thought the nose was a bit bland. A 12 oz. glass was a little too much for me as well, but a sample of this is worth checking out.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Maloo's, Hagerstown MD yesterday.

A= dark mahogany near-black, modest head, some rimming and lacing.

S= very nice, caramel up-front and dark roasted malts, slight hops florals.

T= wow I was surprised, I had no idea this was a very limited edition and I just happened to luck out. Caramel, dark chocolate, decent hops, richly balanced blend.

M= clean and slightly chocolate-soda.

O= went well with my various food items-- crab chowder, salad, crab cake sandwich. Darn, I hope I can get back to Maloo's before they run out of this!

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a dark root beer color with good head retention and lacing. The beer definitely has the sort of nose I associate with an oyster stout, showcasing light coffee, some vanilla, sort of a powdered milk aroma and light burnt toast. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly dry stout, though it's not as flavorful as I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin, with a clean finish.

Shrug. This is almost more like a dry brown ale, though there are some intriguing additional flavors as well. You can definitely tell the alcohol is fairly low in this beer, and frankly, given the abv., the beer delivers an impressive amount of flavor. Nevertheless, there just isn't enough going on in this beer to make me want to order it again.

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4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Alewife in Baltimore on 11/15.

A - Dark brown/almost black color with a tan head that fades to a thin layer. Very nice lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malts (coffee perhaps) and a bit of earthiness.

T - One delicious brew. Taste of coffee and other roasted malts with a unique earthy (slightly briny as well) taste that I can only presume came from the oysters. It's a little sweet, but not overly so. Well-balanced in the taste.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable. Nice finish and aftertaste. It's not as thick as say a RIS, but the body is more than acceptable.

O - I found the Pearl Necklace to be a great and unique beer. It is well balanced and easily drinkable. The oysters provide some interesting earth and brine notes that accentuate the beer without overwhelming it. Well done, and I only wish that it'll be widely available in the coming months. Great beer for a great charity.

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