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  • on 03.06.2013
  • at 03:11 PM
  • by Mike

Review: Flying Dog Pearl Necklace1

fact sheet

  • Style: English Stout
  • Serving: Bottle
  • Volume: 12 oz
  • ABV: 5.50%

Oyster stouts have always been a, “Oh that’s pretty cool” beer for me and only recently have I begun seeking them out. They offer another twist on my favorite malt-centric style, bringing a bit of ocean saltiness and brine into play. When these flavors are kept local (to me), as with the Flying Dog Pearl Necklace, it makes it all the more irresistible.

The Pearl Necklace pours out a super dark black color with slightly brown edges. The head is one finger in height, just off-white in color that fizzes a bit then dissipates quickly. Roasted dark malts come through on the nose with a hint of cocoa. Coffee and dark fruits come through in the middle with a slight salty, ocean-like aroma bringing up the rear.

Chocolate malts are on the front of the palate, backed up by some nice roast characteristics. A bit of sweetness interplays as well but the coffee elements have seemingly disappeared. The oyster-based elements come through at the end, bringing some salty brine notes and a bit of a shellfish-like flavor. There’s medium amount of carbonation to keep this within the expected stout profile.

Many people are turned off by oyster stouts, either by the idea or through shellfish allergies. Unless you are afflicted with the latter, there is no reason to avoid them. The shellfish and oceanic qualities add an interesting layer of flavor to your standard stout. If you are just starting out in oyster stouts I would recommend the Pearl Necklace, as it is on the lighter end of the spectrum and can introduce you to the flavor profile of the style.


out of 100

Mike Hoff is a Senior Writer for Passion Beer.

He is always seeking out the new, weird and wonderful in the world of beer. When he is not writing for the site, you can normally find him with a camera around his neck and a beer in hand.

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  1. Jacob Young says:

    Hey guys! Got one of these from a co-worker who didn’t realize that it was actually brewed with oysters until she got home. Had it last night. I agree with Mike’s review. It was ok, but I didn’t think there was anything spectacular about it. Honestly, it just seemed like a standard stout to me with a muddled flavor profile. But then again, I’m not much of a Flying Dog fan – they never really connected for me.

    Anyhow, glad to find your review! Keep up the great work guys!

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