ChainGangGuy (4494) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the Shock & Awe Variety Pack - $16.99 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a smallish, light beige head.
Smell: Chocolaty scent with a fair amount of roasted barley grains within. Light, leafy hops. A little berry accent. Really not picking up much oyster-anything in the nose.
Taste: Lightly charry breadcrusts, some milk chocolate, and a little splash of mild coffee. Modestly sweet. Lightly fruity. Leafy, spicy hops, not overblown, and giving a light bitterness. A little briny, salty, but not much, really. Gently roasty, lightly chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A particularly light oyster stout with only the faintest hints of the salty, briny, mineral-laden overtones that most have. Go on, slip one to your vegan friends.
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Slightly thin bodied for a stout, but very well balanced throughout and nicely done. Aroma of cream and chocolate. Slight tingly carbonation on the tongue. I feel like I can taste a little oyster resemblance in the finish, but maybe itís in my head. In any event, this is a terrific brew that I am currently rating straight out of the fridge. Iíll def. have to get more of these and explore itís flavors as it warms up. Would make a great session beer with the 5.5 abv.
pottygok (525) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Hints of coffee and roasted malts, but I almost had to inhale the beer to get them.
Appearance: Black with thick, tan head.
Taste: Light sweetness balanced by a light sourness, and a lot of saltiness.
Palate: Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long salty finish
Overall: Interesting...Iím not sure the oyster addition works completely for me, but I think I see where the brewers are going, and they balanced it well. That being said, this is a bizarre try-it-one-time beer, at best, and not one I would seek out again.
umich03jm (2553) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black, small head that fades quickly. Aroma is pretty roasty and I just gets hints of chocolate and a sort of mineral/metallic scent. I guess thats the oysters? Taste is decent. Fairly roasty and that mineral taste hits in the finish. Kinda thin body. Average stout.
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice one finger frothy brown head that slowly faded to a thin covering. The nose is quite roasty and burnt with a slight mineral and briney note. A rather thick and aggressive nose compared to what I was expecting. The flavor is pretty nice, roasty and dry with that underlying brine note that I suppose comes from the oysters. Finishes with a mix of chocolate and a light malt bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly chewy texture with soft fizzy carbonation. This is pretty good among the oyster beers that Iíve had in the past. The briney and mineral notes really come out pretty well on the finish.
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Brown pour with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, lighter chocolate, lighter dry earthiness, and just a trace of coffee. Tastes follow suit. Somewhat thinner.
Huhzubendah (2832) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Waldorf.
The beer is black with a half inch of creamy, beige head that coats the glass with filmy lacing. The aroma offers roasted malt, biscuits. It certainly smells like an English stout. I can't detect any oyster presence in the aroma or the flavor, but perhaps it's better if the oyster character is subtle. Still, I'd like it to be more present. The beer tastes fine otherwise. Light to medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Low alcohol and well balanced. What it lacks in character it atones for, at least to a certain degree, with drinkability.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Grzesiek79 (3417) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bardzo dobre piwo, wytrawne, czarne i pachnące klasycznym Stoutem. Ostrygi wyczuwa się dopiero po przełknięciu. Finisz bardzo wytrawny. Jeden z najlepszych ostrygowych stoutůw jakie degustowałem. Na uwagę zasługuje mocna zbita i gęsta czapa piana. Polecam
Chad9976 (1360) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flying Dog Pearl Necklace is essentially the same as any other Dry Stout, but brewed with oysters. However, there is no oyster character to the beer, so in the end all youíre left with is a decent stout.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Dark, opaque black body. Forms a small, dark tan, soapy head which mostly dissipates and doesnít retain or lace very well.
Smell: Standard dry stout aroma of cola, dairy aisle, light roasted malt, and a hint of coffee.
Taste: Iím not sure if brewing stouts with oysters is a new thing or a traditional method. Iíve had a few before and the oyster flavor has been mild but noticeable, plus it complemented the palate well. In the case of Flying Dog Pearl Necklace the oysters seem to be missing in action. The core beer itself is a traditional dry stout. A bit more robust than Guinness and noticeably sweeter. Thereís almost a bit of anise or other root beer or cola-like flavors here (almost). Thereís a slight milky taste at the peak, similar to that of a milk stout, but nothing much in the way of roasted barley or coffee.
If this beer hadnít been marketed as an "oyster stout" Iíd probably score it a little higher. The fact its selling point is absent from the taste makes it a bit disappointing. Still, the palate as a whole is satisfying and enjoyable, but nothing close to amazing.
Drinkability: Flying Dog Pearl Necklace may be more bark than bite. Though extremely dark, itís not even close to being anything imperial. The mouthfeel is light, thin, noticeably fizzy, but a bit refreshing across the tongue. The finish is clean so itís easy to drink fast or slow since thereís no cloyingness. At 5.5% itís technically a bit too big to session, though the mild palate and drinker-friendly delivery make it an ideal candidate for a waiver.
VsXsV (2686) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium dirty off-white head. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, bread and roasted malt. Taste is dry and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, chocolate and bread. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice but a bit boring.