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.
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.