Black Pearl is an Oyster Stout.
Or so it says.
Except there are no oysters in it.
So it’s just a Stout.
Except an Oyster Stout doesn’t have to have oysters in it.
It simply needs to possibly be enjoyed with oysters on the side.
Or so I’ve learned today during Twitter conversations and a bit of research.
Anyway up, this is a very nice Stout with no oysters in it that may or may not go well with the aforementioned molluscs.
Black Pearl pours a deep dark black and smells of rum and raisin chocolate, biscuits and honey.
And that’s pretty much the flavours too.
Lots of burned toast, chocolate, coffee, raisins and rum.
There’s a decent autumnal crunchy red leafiness form the hops, and lots of bitter lemon dryness that leaves a crisp clean finish.
Very good, even without oysters.