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 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 jasonpeckins32
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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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mostly black with a tinge of red at the bottom of the glass and a brown head that dies to a ring.. A/T is roasted malt, chocolate, raisins and a slighty salted tatse stays on the tounge.. Good but not great.

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Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +33.7%

I love this stout, the Oysters give it a slight briny flavor that mixes so well, a nice Big Beer that has a quirkiness that makes it stand out from the rest

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours very deep brown color with just a hint of light seen shinning trough. Upon pouring there is a one finger of fizzy tan colored head that fades very rapidly to leave just a tiny trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather big of a roasted malt and coffee smell mixed with some very light dark chocolate notes. As may be expected form an oyster stout, there is also some salty sea like aromas mixed in there as well with just a hint of a charcoal and toast smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a heavy roasted malt flavor with a little bit of a toffee sweetness upfront. The toffee quickly fades giving a very dry and roasty flavor. Along with the nice roasty flavors of the brew, are some faint hints of seawater mixed with a touch of a charcoal and toast taste. While a bit of sea is present on the taste it is very light overall, leaving a mainly drier roasted dark malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A bit of a thicker body would have suited the darker flavors much better, with a slightly lower carbonation level doing the same for the dry and roasted taste.

Overall – Not really much oyster going on in this one. Besides the nose, which gives a decent level of saltiness, overall the brew is really just a drier and roastier stout. OK, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of SamN
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thick creamy mocha brown head, deep ebony black. Handsome beer. Smell is full of dark roasted malts, distinct charcoal and ash characteristics, some soy sauce. Not too much chocolate, mostly nutty roastedness. The beer is a bit too carbonated for me tastes; lots of tiny, active bubbles, breaking up an otherwise silky mouthfeel. Taste is typical of my experience with Flying Dog; lots of oxidized characteristics in the tastes, which is not nessecarily a bad thing. I find these beers harder to describe; it's malty without much sweetness and a distinct metallic "twagniness". Slightly spicy lingering finish.

This beer reminds me somewhat of Gonzo Imperial Porter; huige, bold malt-forward tastes, powerful flavors. Flying Dog's big beers just seem so...BOLD. I liked this beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

This had a black body and it poured with a massive, super sticky, khaki colored head.

Massive roast on the nose, deep, dark, and charred. Maybe a little brine and sulfur. Taste is more of the same. Huge roasty malts that leave a lingering ashy chocolate note in their wake. Just a trace of sulfur and brine is found at the finish. The abundant roastiness makes this more American than English to me, but that doesn't really matter. This is damn good beer, that's what matters. Proceeds from the sale of this beer help seed the Chesapeake Bay. Kudos to Flying Dog.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%

From notes on 2/13/14

Here's a go at my first oyster stout. Nice dark body. Thick tan foam. So far good. Very chocolaty smell. Some smoked aromas. Glad it doesn't smell like the sea. Wow, what a bitter taste. Dark chocolate flavors, coffee, toffee. Little mineral flavor. Again, glad it doesn't have a fishy taste. Its a little too bitter for my stout liking, but much better than I thought it would be. ADDITIONAL INFO: Well, by the end of the glass, it got kind of oystery. A little to powerful for me. I enjoyed the first half, not the second.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 03-02-17 into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with only the slightest light penetration around the margins. Nice tan head. Initial impression is pretty much your standard stout (chocolate, coffee) but with perhaps a hint of saline fishiness. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking. I love oysters and for the life of me I can't say that that is a prevalent or even detectable component of the taste spectrum. Mouthfeel is a little light for a stout; carbonation is a little heavy for a stout. Neither steps outside the bounds of acceptability, though. Finish is sweet but not cloying. All in all, a good but not unusually good stout, and not an oyster-y stout either.

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

Love this beer. Not a style that is very approachable for the casual craft enthusiast. The appearance is a cloudy dark brown with a thick cream head. The smell was a mixture of sweetness from the malt and a little bit of hops. The taste however is very different. Starting out with the caramel and coffee and then at the end it was cut by the salty, fatty flavor of the oysters. I found it incredibly satisfying and refreshing. Not for the faint, but a wonderful find.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black, opaque, barely a head, no lacing

S - smokey, roasted, salty, charcoal

T - smokey charcoal, salty, roasted finish, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of oysters

M - smooth and rather medium bodied for a stout

O - this is a fine stout, very mild bodied and smooth for a stout, drinkable, nice smokey and salt characters both for smell and taste. The hint of oysters is ever so subtle but extremely nice to pair with the smokey and salt flavors.

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Photo of PettyThief
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer I bought in Maryland from my relocation from Oregon. Was interested in trying something new the the "Oyster" aspect triggered my interest. I brought it home and when I pored it it was had a nice off white head. Smelled like a typical stout, but had a light roasted malt smell that I am used to. The oysters are pretty noticeable and the beer had a slimy finish... I was pretty dissatisfied in the overall quality of the beer... with the sliminess and the lack of a backbone, I would not buy it again.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 226/14. Pours used motor oil black with a nice head. Outstanding lacing and average retention. Nice nose of chocolate, anise and roast over a slight salty sea note. Light medium bodied with a smooth texture that approaches slick. Below average carbonation with almost no effervescence on the finish. Extremely well balanced flavor profile that has some complexity, but is not as intense as Bell's Kalamazoo or FBS. It begins with a chocolate note that flows into a slight roast bitterness. Underneath is a very subtle saltiness. The finish is smooth and the finish leaves you with a lingering chocolate bitterness and a touch of salt.

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Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
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