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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (12113) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3687) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4224) - 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 stoutw jakie degustowałem. Na uwagę zasługuje mocna zbita i gęsta czapa piana. Polecam

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - 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 youre 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 doesnt retain or lace very well.

Smell: Standard dry stout aroma of cola, dairy aisle, light roasted malt, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Im not sure if brewing stouts with oysters is a new thing or a traditional method. Ive 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. Theres almost a bit of anise or other root beer or cola-like flavors here (almost). Theres 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 hadnt been marketed as an "oyster stout" Id 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, its 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 its easy to drink fast or slow since theres no cloyingness. At 5.5% its technically a bit too big to session, though the mild palate and drinker-friendly delivery make it an ideal candidate for a waiver.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (4389) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3703) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (5647) - 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

4.2
   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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (2585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Solid dark brown with a white head. Aroma is worcheshire sauce, rye bread, wet dog. Relatively light bodied, umami on the palate. Taste is pumpernickel, soy sauce. Somewhat disappointing.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrenzweiler (30) - burlington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2013
This is one of the best stouts Ive had and not a stout fan. Questioned the oysters but was a good beer with great flavor!


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