Beer Review: FLYING DOG PEARL NECKLACE OYSTER STOUT

Beer Review: FLYING DOG PEARL NECKLACE OYSTER STOUT

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout by Flying Dog Brewery is a dry stout featuring local Rappahannock River Oysters. Initially launched as a limited edition last November, this stout boasts a 5.5% alcohol by volume and comes in a 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance:

The pour reveals a dark brown hue with a tight tan film crowning the surface. While visually appealing, it lacks some of the distinctive features that set it apart in a crowded stout lineup.

Aroma:

The olfactory experience is characterized by notes of cola, chocolate, and a hint of euro dry hop. While the aroma is decent, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of complexity that one might anticipate from a brew of this nature.

Taste:

Pearl Necklace delivers a flavor profile dominated by peppery roast, euro hops, and a touch of light coffee. The finish is marked by a bitter and roasty note. While the taste is agreeable, it falls short of the robustness found in more standout oyster stouts, leaving one craving a bit more depth.

Mouthfeel:

The mouthfeel of this stout is rough and full-bodied, providing a substantial and hearty texture. However, it could benefit from a touch more refinement to elevate the overall drinking experience.

Overall:

In the grand scheme of oyster stouts, Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace holds its own as a very tasty option. However, it doesn’t quite attain the pronounced body and flavor characteristics found in some of its counterparts. While enjoyable, it leaves a discerning palate yearning for a bit more richness and complexity. A commendable effort from Flying Dog Brewery, but room for improvement remains to truly make a lasting impression.