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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pearl Necklace is brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters and is the perfect compliment to everyones favorite aphrodisiac - whether they are grilled, fried, stuffed, or raw.

Specialty Malts: Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat, Cara-Pils, Black
Hops: Perle
Yeast: English Ale

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
The nose is roast malts, chocolate, and and coffee. Black with a thin cream head. Roast bitter with a metallic salty note. Medium to medium light bodied with a bitter salty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ncb122 (4) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013 does not count
Pours a dark brown almost black with small tan head. Carmel and chocolate aroma with a slight bitter after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (5297) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/27/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light oyster, and light floral hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance of roasted malt notes. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, light oyster, floral, and earthy spiciness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors, with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout! Nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and really easy and smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Part of the Shock & Awe Variety Pack - $16.99 at Bullocks 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2013
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 its in my head. In any event, this is a terrific brew that I am currently rating straight out of the fridge. Ill def. have to get more of these and explore its flavors as it warms up. Would make a great session beer with the 5.5 abv.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2013
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...Im 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (3513) - 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 (6570) - 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 Ive 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 (12083) - 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 (3685) - 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

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