Exit 1 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 11-06-2009

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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 107
Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. Some sticky tightly packed lattice on the glass. The head fades to a thin partial surface layer.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate notes and some dry coffee notes. No hints of booze or hops that I can really pick up on this brew.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with average to slightly thicker body.
Very fine tingly carbonation rolls across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate. I think it is a little dry on the finish but no real hints of booze. Im not sure if the dryness is imparted by the oysters or if they do something else that I am missing. A nice solid drinkable stout with a fairly high ABV at 7.5%. I would buy this again even though im not sure what the oysters add to the beer.

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanksgiving Day beer tasting at Bro's house.

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, drink by 1/8/2015. Poured into a snifter glass 10/28/2014.

A- Dark black, oily and thick body with a one finger mocha head, long retention time. Nice moderate film left over after some time. Splotches of lacing. Looks quite dark and thick. [4]

S- Lots of roast malt, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa. Very roasty, not all that complex, but intensely roasty and chocolate-forward nose with some umami soy-like scents. [3.75]

F- Roast, dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, cocoa, a bit of umami and bitter earthiness on the finish. Nice complexity to this stout. As in the nose, very roasty and moderately sweet with an appropriate earthy bitterness on the finish. [4]

M- Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. A bit silky and resinous; coats the palate with an earthy bitterness. Could be the oysters, who knows? But it's certainly earthy and mild-moderately bitter. Very nice drinker. [4]

O- I was surprised by how rich and flavourful this beer is. The finish is a bit too earthy and bitter but this is a very nice drinking oyster stout. Not sure where the oysters come into play, but my guess is that it's adding to the finish more than anything else. The malts have a great presence without being too cloyingly sweet. [4]

Final score: 3.95

Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like 5.5% ABV Dogfish Pearl Necklace, this one tastes exactly like the Maryland shore. Kudos! Love oyster shell flavor with stout.

A: Pours a dark brown body, with an frothy dark tan head and carbonation. Settles into islands of foam w little lacing. Not that sticky.

Smell: Like Dogfish, this beer smells of east coast shore - esp Maryland. A bit of wet lab too.
Wet fall leaves, salt air, animal, salt flat, along with roasted barley grains and a bit of sweetness, and chocolate. Light, leafy hops. Some wild berry and decaying vegetation. A shore brew for sure.

Taste: Really great. Really going to be great with oysters and pub food, and fall.
Follows smell, with charred wood smoke, and more coffee and nice sweet-bitter arc. Modestly sweet. Leafy, spicy, grassy hops, and, as promised, a little briny. great finish. Warm, fire, pub like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Espresso/milky/Chocolate finish without any cloying. Really nice balance.

Overall: A more robust oyster stout. With a great approach. Uncertain which I prefer more Dogfish at 5.5% or Exit 1 at 7.5% - depends on occasion. I give the edge for pleasure to Dogfish and for flavor density but that the cost of a higher ABV to Exit 1. Try them both!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wasn't even going to bother with a full review for this beer, but the beautiful appearance compelled me to change my mind.

The body is pitch-black with a steady surge of carbonation visible, but it's the dark khaki-colored head with it's fluffy quality and great persistence that really capture the eye. Lace forms a wall down the sides of the glass. I'm impressed.

I'm again surprised by the nose on this, in that I wasn't expecting such goodness. It's dark chocolate heavy, with light caramel and that briny aroma that the oysters must be offering. I smell a tad of hops, but not much.

I guess I wasn't giving Flying Fish their due credit, because this brew is tasty. A medley of flavors hit my palate: chocolate, caramel, an ocean-like salty flavor and an earthy finish. Similarly, a number of sensations will dance around your palate. This beer is dry, it's bitter, it's earthy, it's ocean-like. Almost contradictory feelings but it works here.

I haven't given Flying Fish much thought due to the fact that their beers sit on shelves here for ages at Total Wine, but this beer has convinced me to give them another look.

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense dark brown color with absolutely no light coming through. Medium size light brown head with good retention. Lacing is limited to dot of lace on the glass.

Aroma is mostly rich malt with a touch of chocolate. Fairly rich.

Taste is smooth maltiness with some chocolate and a little hops bitterness lurking in the background. Some people noticed a briny (the oysters) taste but that wouild be stretching for me.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Little or no alcohol bite. A good tasty stout/

Photo of threeviews
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (Best Before Date: 1-09-15) into a snifter glass...a day shy of 6 months old.

A- Pours pitch black with about 1/2 finger of a soapy, khaki head dissipating rather quickly. (4.0)

S- Aroma is comprised of coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of berry. The oyster mineral/brine component is definitely present and quite dominant, yet melds well with all the others. (4.75)

T- Milk chocolate is perceived first followed by a mild berry-like sweetness. Coffee astringency is soft which quickly succumbs to a briny and dry finish. No alcohol is detected. (4.75)

M- Despite 7.5% ABV, the body is rather thin. Although it poured with a conservative head, a good amount of creamy carbonation was left behind, further accentuating Exit 1's dryness on the palate. (3.75)

O- This is one of the best examples of the style, largely due to the fact that the contribution from the oysters are absolutely present in all aspects of the beer: nose, flavor and mouthfeel. I would, however, enjoy Exit 1 a bit more if it possessed more substantial (i.e. chewy) body...mashing at a higher temperature would achieve this result, but more malt would need to be used to achieve the same ABV. (4.5)

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Use By: 01-09-15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains well before fading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast aroma with accompanying notes of molasses, chocolate and a bit of booze.

T- The dark roast hits hard and deep but the chocolaty sweetness that's also there provides a good balance. Additional notes of caramel, vanilla and even some light pecan. The briny-ness from the oysters is only noticed in the aftertaste and sort of rounds out the bitter/sweet duality of the rest of the profile. Pretty drinkable for the ABV

M- Dry, very dry actually and there's a slight chalkiness from the roasted malt. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This has been a want of mine for a while only because, when the Exit series was first rolled out years ago, I wanted the Exit 1 entry just to add to my bottle collection because I'm from Delaware. Never found it the first time around and they stopped making it for years. When I heard they were bringing it back on the market, and in 6-packs no less, I had to get my hands on it. Found a sixer when I was visiting home and, come to find out, the beer itself is really good too!

Photo of Badger6
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Bottle printed with 01-09-15, assume it was bottled 01-09-14.

A: Pitch black. Small creamy tan-colored head that faded quickly. Lightly lacing on the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, cream, coffee and espresso, roasty malts.

T: Salty flavor with a roasty bitterness of burnt bread and espresso.Hints of dark fruit phenols form the yeast, not dominant or easily distinguished. Lingering coffee as it finishes with a sweet aftertaste of chocolate and fruit. Slightly boozy, too. Did I mention, salty?

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Dry finish.

O: Interesting beer. Saltiness, chocolate, roasty bitterness, coffee, even some fruity sweetness. Complex, almost busy flavor profile. Not something I'd be falling down to get again, but I wouldn't turn it down, and would definitely recommend it to a beer connoisseur to add to their repertoire.

Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from 12 ounce bottle to pint glass. pours black, tan khaki head, no light coming through. aromas of roasted malt, coffee, hint of alcohol. flavor is well balanced, some burnt malt, medium mouthfeel, slightly dry and creamy. goes down nice, well balanced

Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Black with some light penetration along the edges. Has 1 finger of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, and roasted barley. Lighter notes of espresso and brine.

Taste
Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted barley. Lighter notes of milk chocolate, raisin, and dark roasted coffee. Hints of caramel and brine.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and silky while remaining crisp with carbonation.

Overall
Very tasty Oyster Stout. Solid all around. You go, NJ!

Photo of ISmith87
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - I never really knock a beer for appearance, I guess it's because I'm used to my homebrew, which is pretty hazy. This is a dark brown-black beer with a nice brown head on it that leaves great lacing in my Magic Hat #9 pint glass. :)
S - 4.0 - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smokiness.
T - 4.0 - Smoke, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some oak barrel (?), salty flavors, red wine. It's an interesting mix of flavors that I haven't really had before in a stout.
M - 4.0 - Medium-thick mouthfeel. Alc is covered. Aftertaste is smokey, salty, roasted malts.
O - 4.0 - I like this beer, it's a nice change up from all the coffee stouts/porters, and russian imperial stouts/BA RIS's that are so popular now. They used the oysters in the boil which they said gives the beer a nice dryness.

Photo of silverking
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pitch black with a cola rim. Tan head which fades to a ring rather quickly, but leaves excellent lacing.

S- cocoa, coffee, alcohol, smoky.

T- cocoa, acidic coffee. The finish is dry, salty, and smoky.

M- light bodied, active carbonation.

O- strange, briny, smoky, weird.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack of this last week in Totowa, not having any of the Exit beers from Flying Fish in quite a while. I was excited for this and as it turned out, this exceeded my expectations. It's hard for a Stout of any type to stand out from the pack but this did the trick as it was smooth, solid, and oh-so-easily drinkable. For once, I don't mind that I have six of these to go through since I don't think it will last in my house for that long!

The pour to this was solid, as it had a dark hue and tan, bubbly head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass before quickly settling down. Not a strong aroma to this but there was certainly some brine and chocolate to be found, along with a hint of raisin. All of those were present in the mouthfeel, along with a saline saltiness and a slightly ashen tone underneath everything. This was so creamy and smooth without being dry, which I rarely find in a Stout. I was almost expecting an Irish Dry Stout here but this didn't have a chewy aspect to this nor did I need water to wash it down. As s found in so many desserts now, this had the best of both the sweet and salty worlds without having one overpower the other. A hint of dark bread gave this a good body and the aftertaste came and went as gently as a wave on the Delaware.

Ditto for the booze. This certainly wasn't a session beer but you'd never know it until you looked at the bottle. No roasted, heavy motor oil to be found here. While this was a Foreign/Export Stout, a beer like made me think that Oyster Stouts should be in a class by themselves. This was thin enough to go down smoothly but solid enough in body to savor and once again, Flying Fish has outdone themselves with this latest entry in the Exit series. Find this, open it, and savor it - it's a lot better (and possibly cheaper) than taking the Turnpike all the way down to its southern terminus. Highly recommended.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Buy Rite North Plainfield. Poured into a snifter; since I'm oh so classy.
Drank this last night so it's relatively fresh in my head

A: Black with a thin head and some lacing.

S: Deep roasted dark chocolate and coffee

T: Starts out surprisingly crisp with a slight hop bitterness contrasted by chocolate with a touch of sweetness. The taste then turns (And this part I will remember forever) to a charred wood taste - as if burnt pieces of wood from the fireplace were in this beer - and I absolutely love it. Not overpowering or offensive but unmistakeable. One of a kind.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O: My first Oyster Stout and it was a memorable one. Try this for a fresh take on stouts.

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle I purchased some time ago and sort of forgot about. Poured into a standard pint, the brew appears black with a dark brown 2 finger froth that slowly fades leaving a thin silky topping. Spots of stringy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is like baker's cocoa coupled with raisony alcohol, coffee and more of a milky sweet chocolate note. A hint of minerals is present through the back of the nose mixing with a bit of an earthen aspect. As the brew warms up, a note of soy sauce starts to emerge.

The flavor is roasted with a chocolate combination of the previously mentioned sweet milk chocolate and bakers bitter chocolate character. Middle of the profile has a mineral/earthen aspect that lasts into the aftertaste with a bit of raisony alcohol flavoring. The aftertaste has a bit of soy or saline character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amoubt of carbonation. It is a fairly decent export stout with the expected mineral/saline character present from the oyster aspect. I think I held on to this brew too long, I am giving it the benefit of the doubt that it was probably a beer best served more fresh than this.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color as well as being thick like oil and having minimal amounts of visible carbonation along with some light hints of cola brown highlights. The beer has a minimal amount of dark tan head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. No amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, and some lighter hints of anise + oyster brininess.

T: Upfront there are just shy of strong flavors of burnt and very darkly roasted malts. Underneath the roasty flavors of the malts there is a very light hint of anise/licorice and a salty/brininess from the oysters.

M: Full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Another really enjoyable beer from the Exit Series, I thought this was a really easy to drink oyster stout. I loved the brininess combined with burnt and heavily roasted malt flavors.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of lactose and hints of brine from the oysters.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite airy on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and easy to drink but has a good amount of flavors.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No date on this, but know it was released back in 2009 and it might be that old (gift to me). Served in a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours out pretty dark brown color. Not completely black, with some reddish hues on the edges and light getting through when held up to the glass. There wasn't a ton of head, only about a quarter finger of tan that faded into a ring around the edges. Doesn't leave much lacing either, which was surprising.

S: On the nose, it smells really pleasant. Some roasted malts. Some chocolate. Maybe some ocean, when you really dig in there, but that is stretching it. Really it just smells like a nice stout.

T: Took this guy down solo, so got to taste from chilled to warm. The flavors are actually really nice on this guy. Very easy drinking. Lots of roast coffee and dark chocolate character in this one. It's smooth though. The low ABV is nice and makes this one a sessionable stout.

M: It's not a FULL bodied stout. More medium leading to full.

O: Really enjoyed this guy. A- to A beer.

Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that has been sitting in the cellar just waiting to be opened. I know I got this in a trade, but I honestly can't remember who the BA is that sent it to me. Thanks tho! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a near black in color but still has decent light penetration revealing good clarity, at least towards the edges. A small cap of dark chocolate colored foam rests briefly on top and falls to leave only a very thin skim coat of bubbles...no lacing.

S - Lots of licorice up front, tons of chocolate, cocoa, a bit of fruity esters, dark roasted malt.

T - Licorice, black coffee, alcohol, a bit of burnt malt, dark chocolate, lots of esters, touches of molasses, hints of tartness and astringency towards the swallow.

M - Smooth and rather full bodied. Carbonation is medium, finely bubbled and fairly creamy. Yeast derived esters and dark roast dominate the flavors and leave behind a burnt toast char after the swallow. Alcohol is noticeable, but kept under control.

O - Overall a good stout...a bit different flavor profile, perhaps from the oysters, but there is nothing oystery about this beer...maybe a bit minerally, but that is it. Quite charcoaly,roasty and chocolately. Goes down fairly easily, but not something I could go thru more than a bottle in a session.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Stout black, brown head that subsides

SMELL: Sweetness, roasted grain, charcoal, faint ocean, mineral, mild molasses, black currants, nougat, cocoa powder

TASTE: Full-ish body, long smoothness, charcoal, earth, salt, roasted grain, coffee grounds, faint ocean, black walnuts, modest hopping, warming alcohol, bunt raisins, dry finish

A really great stout with the bonus of being of the Export style and oysters added for is pretty mellow but enjoyable depth. I'd love to seem them bring this one back.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know when this beer came out but I'm pretty sure the bottle I have is well over a year if not more.

A: Pitch black. No light shines through at all. Carbonation still evident. Creamy mocha less than a finger head that faded quickly. Lacing is apparent.

S: Big milk chocolate, cream, richness, coffee, rich espresso bitterness and subtle undertones of dark fruit...barely noticeable.

T: Slightly salty, astringent, alcohol solvent, lingering coffee, roasty bitterness, burnt bread, toast, bread, deep espresso, sweet fruits probably from english yeast.

M: Thick but not oily or slick as expected. Very dry finish. Sweet up front though.

O: Great beer. It has fantastic dry coffee finish. I love that. Must be from black patent or the like. I really enjoy the roastiness. I also enjoy the sweeter upfront taste although would like more milk chocolate in the taste that was noticed in the aroma. Good stuff. Aging didn't make this beer worse. It's great.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exit 1 produces a shallow, rich walnut head over a black liquor that puts a film on the glass, passes no light, and leaves a fine lacing.

The expected roasted malts and milk chocolate are accompanied by molasses. While well done, this falls short of the hype.

Light bitterness and a hint of sweetness come from the roasted malts. Character is below expectation with some chocolate and a mild lingering finish.

A medium body-- almost full--with slick, light carbonation. Dry with minimal alcohol.

While Exit 1 may fall short on individual characteristics, it is easily drinkable. Perhaps not a typical session beer given its 7% alcohol, paired with good friends and nursed along in a Dogfish Head snifter, one could make a long lazy afternoon more enjoyable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from bonkers courtesy of the Quick & Easy High Card BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of toasted coffee beans, dark fruit and some milk chocolate. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and is seems as though the oysters provide some creaminess to the beer. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice flavorful stout to pound down for a long time.

Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a near pitch black colored brew that has a 1/4 inch, creamy tan colored head.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts and a whiff of licorice.

Tastes like it smells - chocolate, roasted malts and a faint licorice in the end.

Thick and creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel.

This is an easy drinking brew, but overall the flavors could have a bit more presence. Kicked up a notch, this would be an exceptional brew. As it stands now, this is definitely a worthy brew that I am thoroughly enjoying.

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Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.