Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace

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 you’re left with is a decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (812) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark, opaque black body. Forms a small, dark tan, soapy head which mostly dissipates and doesn’t retain or lace very well.

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

Taste: I’m not sure if brewing stouts with oysters is a new thing or a traditional method. I’ve 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. There’s almost a bit of anise or other root beer or cola-like flavors here (almost). There’s 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 hadn’t been marketed as an "oyster stout" I’d 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, it’s 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 it’s easy to drink fast or slow since there’s no cloyingness. At 5.5% it’s technically a bit too big to session, though the mild palate and drinker-friendly delivery make it an ideal candidate for a waiver.
 Grade: 6/10

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