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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A dry stout brewed with Rappahannock River oysters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (3460) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2013
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 13, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (3893) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3648) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pours medium brown with a thick tan head..nice retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty with mild nuttiness and cocoa. Flavor is burnt/bitter and fairly roasty...a bit of an earthy/minerally note. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with an earthy/burnt dry finish that i find minerally and not to my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (5399) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle @ Urørt, Bergen. Pours a pitch black body with a small off-white head. Nose is licorice, leather, mild chocolate and coffee tones with hints of toffee and something slightly salty which could be the *actual* oysters used in the brewing of this beer. Taste is chocolate, licorice, caramel, toffee and hints of that oyster-like soy-ish element evident in the aroma, along with grains and straw. Smooth and surprisingly full body (or maybe not, considering the *actual* oysters in the boil), medium carbonation. Very pleasant again from Flying Dog, and a nice take on the "oyster"-theme. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours black with no head. Amazing coffee and chocolate aroma. It is indeed a dry stout, bordering perhaps a wee too much towards bitterness. However, the dryness does permit the nice roastiness and coffee and chocolate notes to come through in the flavor easily. The oysters give it perhaps a bit of kick; I'm not sure if its necessary or makes the beer better, but it does make the brew different. Overall, pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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