Porter - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with no dating of any kind. Actually very little information of any kind on the label.

Appearance: Completely envoloping head from jump. Took three pour and waits to get the 12oz pour complete in an Imperial Pint glass. Quite overzealous in my opinion. Once the huge, light tan head recents, it reveals an incredibly dark ruby color porter. The head has decent retention and nice lacing. However, if the head retention was as it should be you'd never get this beer in your glass or you'd have to use a 32oz mug to sample a 12oz beer.

Smell: Grainy with malt and fruity ester undertones. Way to grainy. Should be more malty with more fruity esters and smoke/grease undertones. There are some nice wiffs of malt and fruit, just not quite what they should be.

Taste: More grain with a little more malt and smoke than the nose suggests. A little light on the malt and very light on the body. Not as thick and chewy as a porter should be. But very drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing to get excited about.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a deep brown with some definant red hues with a light to medium head that was gone in a flash.First thing I noticed was how thin it looked,the aroma was sweet and a little nutty.The taste had a sourness to it that I have never encountered in a porter there was a definant sweetness in the background as well.I didnt pick up any good qualities in a porter with this one very dissapointed in this one.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head coming out of the bottle. Actually almost non-existant.
The rest of the appearance is decent - a richly dark color. Smell is just okay - the alcohol scent is pretty up-front & present. The taste is the best part of this beer. Good solid porter flavor. Mouthfeel = okay. Not great. A little too much carbonation. A little too thin-bodied, as well. The drinkability gets a decent rating, because if you want a porter, or just a dark beer in general, you can probably drink several of these without feeling too full or bloated. Overall, Flying Fish Porter is pretty much average. If you can get it for a cheap price, go ahead, but dont go out of your way for it.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brownish, near black, minimal tan head, minimal lacing. Light chocolate and cocoa in the nose. Medium bodied and light carbonation. moderate chocolate, roasted malt, raisins. Not super flavorful or complex. All the FF beers seem a bit thin on flavor and character. Good newbie beer. Decent session brew. Middle of the road porter.

Photo of jakester
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case from FF. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! YEA!!

Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a beige head which quickly falls to small islands and a ring. Carbonation evident. No lacing observed.

Aroma is faint but perceptable nutty/chocolatey malts, very faint spicy hops. Pleasant, but not much there. As this beer warms, the aromas get better.

Flavor is nutty/chocolatey, kind of sweet, with bittering hops trying to balance the malt. This could be a little more robust, IMO. It is clean, no off flavors. I have to admit, this kind of grows on you as you drink. Not a bad beer. Aftertaste is chocolate.

Mouthfeel is sweet and creamy, slight tingle from carbonation. Nice. Finish is long and smooth.

This beer definitely improves as it warms. My beer fridge is 45 degrees F, and that's a little too cold for this beer. (Any warmer, and the mold just grows and grows)

Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liked it a lot...full-bodied for a porter, enhanced by lack of carbonation, good "glass stick" (amber ring), finish is roasty/chocolatey...not a lot of complex sweet malt tastes in competition with each other...

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark with ruby highlights thick two inch tan head not bad leaves little or no lacing but it's ok. Aroma: Wild grain not subdued to the chocolate at all much adorned with chocolate amd coffee with wild accents leaves me slightly satsfied not bad. Taste: Mild chocolate woody barrier between balance and perfection lacks so much for my tastes wow. Mouthfeel: Not much to note here other than medocrity wow I'm almost apalled and that takes alot. Drinkability: Please I'm good no more for me please it's not a real porter accept it for what it is.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Fish- Porter

Appearance- Dark dark brownish black (actually blood red if you hold it up to a light) with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell- barely there, but it is of roasted nut and coffee.
Taste- ashy with a slight roast nut to it. It quickly becomes sweet and watery!
Mouthfeel- watery, smooth not much else.

Overall- once again, sorry Flying Fish but this is another that disappoints. I'll stick to your good ole ESB!

Photo of QXSTER1
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average porter with a nice roasty finish. Tastes better than it smells. Not as full bodied as some, nor as complex.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black robe with a foamy light tan head that holds fairly well before dropping; and keeps a decent collar - lacing about the glass, however, is limited. The aroma is chocolatey and somewhat roasty. The body is medium with a fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy in the mouth. The flavor is one-sided and straightforward: a grainy, bittersweet chocolate & cocoa maltiness with a mild bitterness and a light roastiness. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and a mild roasty note. Quite enjoyable except that it's range of flavors is limited, however, what is there is very nice, very clean, and very well done. A decent session ale!

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its departing the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a deep brown to almost black and the head prosperous and creamy, the color a toothsome light tan, the lace a firm blanket to snuggle the glass. Nose has a bittersweet chocolate aroma with light toasted grains, fresh and crisp, clean to the senses with the start sweet and nice grain profile, top is medium in feel. Finish is mildly acidic and the hops delectable in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a very nice representative to the style.

Photo of frank4sail
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very big brown head with lots of carbonation (over bottle conditioned). Had to wait forever (to settle) to drink the stuff. Scent of caramel, roasted malt, and hints of coco. Dark brown in color. the taste has malt sweetness but lacks adaquate hop bitterness. You are left with a slight cocolate finish. The brew's taste did improve the warmer the beer got.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came a clear, dark brown with some burgundy highlights and a very little head at all. Smelled slightly of candy sugar with a sour sweetness and some nuts. Tasted initially like a cola that quickly faded into a woody sour. Finished with almost a candy apple sourness. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied and sticky with a light carbonation. Over all, the candy sweetness was just a little too much to enjoy.

Photo of meathookjones
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out a semi opaque brownish black with a decent sized tan head. Ok lacing was left around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma was of chocolate and a roasted malt with a hint of earthy bitterness. Taste was more of the same with chocolate malt dominating over weaker notes of coffee, roasted malt and a light hoppiness. Slightly bitter bite on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is about your average porter. Drinkability was ok. Solid beer that has no real flaws but is a bit light on the flavor and aroma.

Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter poured a very dark brown, almost black. The head was somewhat disappointing - it almost immediately became a thin lace.
The smell was of aromas of a mingling of coffee and chocolate to create a very inviting smell.
The taste was slightly thinner than the smell, but was a well-balanced mix of tastes - coffee with a chocolate texture with a slight, warming, alcohol finish.
It is a delicious beer. The good, well-balanced aftertaste makes this highly drinkable.
This is a good example of a session American Porter. (By the way, it's available year round - though I heard that it might be retired soon.)

Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one’s the color of a dark color. Head booms out of control, but eventually fades to a comfortable drinking size. When cold, this one’s a little bland, but it picks up steam as it warms. Dark chocolate and brown sugar make up the malt part of the flavor, but the esters are surprisingly strong, being bananas one sip, artificial grape the next and fig after that. Definitely does not need to be served cold.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
The brew poured very dark brown with tints of ruby red. Barely any light gets through the glass.
A creamy tan head foams up nicely and dissipates very slowy, in fact there is a thin layer on the surface throughout the sampling.
The aroma is all malt with some caramel and roasty scents as well.
First sip reveals mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Similar to a watered down kahlua perhaps. Malty and caramel flavors abound with no hop presence at all. The finish is mild and leaves faint toffee flavors in my mouth.
Overall the brew is pretty mild and very drinkable. I could definitely have a few of these but I only bought one.

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark ruby brown color with a 2+" thick creamy tan head. Nice thick lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is of chocolate and malt. The flavor has a very pronounced chocolate tone, followed by a mild roasted nut tone. Some mild bitterness and a hint of black plum round this out.

The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, and is smooth at the start. The finish is mildly crisp and the chocolate tones last long on the tongue. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an impressive looking beer, as the head was thick but slowly settled. A nice amber color too. Went down smoothly with a slightly bitter aftertaste. All in all a very good beer...it's on tap at Clement's in Philly...stop by and have one.

Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black beer with a crem colored, very stable, blanket-like head. Burnt and roasted grains in the aroma follow through the taste. It's moderately to highly carbonated, which adds to the full, almost chewy mouthfeel. Grainy, husky and a bitter grain/hop aftertaste. Creamy, thick, and a nice underlying maltiness. Certainly a robust porter. The beer is very well made and a true pleasure to drink.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a frothy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted black malt scent that is pleasant to the nose. It boasts of black patent and roasted barley. The taste is good. It has a nice black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry, yet creamy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good porter. It has a rich black flavor that satisfies. I think I'll have another.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a reddish tinge. Light brown head that leaves lacing on the edge of the glass. Smells lightly of coffee. Malty flavor with chocolate notes, but little hop presence. The weak mouthfeel detracts from an otherwise solid beer. Still, I found this to be a decent version. From a brewery that has disappointed so many times, this is a suprisingly tasty porter.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours up a dark mahogany color with a volumnous tan head that just doesn't die. Some roasty, nutty and grassy aromas with hints of caramel and grain husks. Not quite as roasty as a lot of other U.S. brewed porters. This porter is one that leans more towards a earthier, fruitier, hoppier, moreso scorchy than roasty-type of porter. Lightly smoky. Not bad, not really what I was expecting though. It's a bit like Yards' General Washington's Porter, in thesense that it has a historic porter kind of feel. Not my favorite, but not bad.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce amber-brown glass bottle. The front label is generic in design. For the Bottle-Conditioned Porter, the neck label has a large ‘P’ inside the brewery decal. The main label has a brown background and is a rather colorful affair which has a twin-engine aircraft formed from a fish skeleton on a silver background with the breweries name around the edge in a red circle. No freshness or strength indicated.

Appearance: A very deep brown color that is only really exhibited when the beer is poured. Sat in the glass, the beer can at times look light black, but held to the light it is definitely a clear dark brown with some auburn hints. The head settles to a thin tan brown covering quite quickly. Average carbonation levels when swirled. Wow, this beer reminded me of pouring a Pepsi, even down to the color and the way the head reacted when poured. Weird.

Nose: Roast malts and some fresh coffee hints, but not much else.

Taste: Rather one-dimensional, but simplicity works rather well in this case. Roasted malts with some coffee aspects are solid supports and always lend a porter-ish aspect to the beer. The bitterness in the finish lingers with the silky roast feel in the mouth at the end. It rarely ventures from this well-trodden path. Not too strong, not too sweet, not too sticky and not too bitter. It has a very good balance for a ‘session drinking’ Porter.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation lends body and gravity to the beer, and aids its above average mouthfeel which would be average otherwise. Solid though.

Drinkability: At 5.5% ABV this is a very drinkable Porter. What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for with its clean well defined lines and it sheer damn good quaffability - which on a hot night, is just what I prefer.

Overall: My second Flying Fish beer to date, and this too was a decent offering. Not a classic Porter by any stretch of the imagination, but a very enjoyable brew nevertheless. Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample.

Photo of pezoids
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently had a pint of this beer at the Grey Lodge. This beer poured a very dark brown, almost licorice color. There was no head on this beer at all. Also, there was hardly any carbonation. Despite being flat, I enjoyed the taste - It is a smooth porter with a roasted barley/coffee flavor. The hops matched well with the malt. I will have to try this beer again from a bottle - See how different the taste is with some carbonation.

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Porter from Flying Fish Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.