Exit 1 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 36 | 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

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Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 11-06-2009

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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 107
Reviews by AaronHomoya:
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with slight reddish hues. Basically no head, though what was there was a tan color.

S - Sweet aroma with chocolate, alcohol, fruity yeast and sort of a nutty sweetness that I can only attribute to the oysters. Maybe a little salty too.

T - Dark chocolate, malt, more of the dark, nutty fruit that you get from a really dark chocolate. Finishes dry with some roasted malt bitterness.

M - Fairly low carbonation. Though this is a pretty rich beer there is a dryness from the alcohol and maybe the oysters that keeps it from really feeling too heavy on the palate.

D - Very interesting, but the complexities seem to be overpowered as the beer warms by the chocolatey malt and alcohol. I think this would be nice with some creamy stew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracks open with nice hiss. Pours a deep black with a ring of tan bubbles on top. Aromas are big on deep chocolate malt and roast. A bit of fruitiness to it with an earthy aspect in the background. Quite a rich, enticing aroma.

First sip is smooth roasted malts with a big chocolate character. Flows down with some fruity accents and a mild sweetness that transforms into earthy flavors on the finish. Just a touch salty as well and I guess you could pick up the mineral character from the oyster shells a bit too.

Overall, a solid stout that packs a tasty malt punch. Good body that's not too heavy and nice flavor. Glad I had a chance to try this and thanks to Josh for sharing this one!

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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 NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Fish- Exit 1

A- Deep flat black with a thick dark tan/ brown large bubbled head. Light lacing.
S- Sweet chocolate malt, black coffee, and a light touch of cream.
T- Thick sweet chocolate malt. Nice strong black medium roast coffee beans, creamy light vanilla, and a touch of light salty seaweed?!
M- Very soft, smooth, and very creamy. No bitterness but a mild salty touch in the body. Finishes off with a dry chocolaty creaminess.

Overall- Another delicious Exit series beer. The oysters leave a unique creamy flavor. If only FF would make their Exit beers year round they would become a more sought after brewery!

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, you don't get many oyster stouts. In this case, the seafood character is pretty mild and just adds a pleasant, but curious, meaty character. Otherwise there's a big roasty chocolate taste with toasted bread and crust plus dry cocoa and hard candy caramel. It finishes with a dry, bitter and burnt finish. Despite the strength, this isn't a big heavy beer. It's quite drinkable if you don't feel like sharing a 750ml bottle.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase in DC. Mmmmm seafood beers. I was looking forward to this. What's next, a Belgian IPA fermented with fresh octopus? Maybe an American wild ale brewed with anchovies? A tuna pilsner? The possibilities are truly mouth-watering.

Pours black with a tan head. Head has reddish hues to it.

Aroma is like a typical well-brewed stout - roast, coffee, cocoa, and just a faint hint of oysters.

Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, bitter cocoa, a little smoke, and no detectable oyster.

Dry on the finish with medium body and some linering roasty bitterness.

Drinkability is average-plus. Good stuff overall, but I'd like to see that oyster assert itself just a little more.

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a brown dense creamy head that settles into a thick ring. The aroma is big on dark bitter chocolate, charred wood, and light smoke. Nice and earthy. The taste is of bitter amd milk chocolate, roasted malt, and light charred wood/smoke. The body is light to moderate, seems a tad thin for the style. The carbonation is fairly soft which adds to the creamy texture of this stout. Finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. Definitely a tastey stout, though a bit thin. Nice chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Didn't pick up anything from the oysters, which I believe usually adds a mineral characteristic. Indeed worth the purchase, very good.

Photo of yarnto
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned; 7.0% abv.

Poured a deep chocolate hue, almost midnight-black, with a moderate amount of hazelnut-colored head. Looks extremely viscous. Aroma was a bit earthy with slight notes of cocoa and rich yeast.

On first taste, coffee....espresso....whoo, feel like I am getting a caffeine burst! However, all mouthfeel is gone within just a few seconds. Almost tastes like a watered down version of Guinness. Very surprising considering the look of the pour.

For a stout, the drinkability is very high, but only because it doesn't feel at all heavy. Definitely not what I was expecting. I was looking forward to a tinge of salt-water, but if no one told me oysters were used in production, I wouldn't have guessed it myself.

Photo of Franchise
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a deep rich black leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is Salty, sweet, dry stout, but very malty and flavorful.

The taste is dry, crisp, tart, briney, wow what a nice flavor to this stout. Dark chocolate, crisp bitterness, wondeful malty aroma that makes you want to cuddle up with this beer.

Great offering from flying fish I would pair this with obviously oysters but also other fried seafood perhaps calamari or the like as the briney flavor would be phenominal with this beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a viscose oil black with a dark cinnamon colored head that was 2 fingers high, frothy, and well lasting. The head leveled to a thin film covering while leaving a thin sheet band for a lacing.

S: A fresh roasty malting and a dark semi-sweet chocolate first greets the nose along with a distinct light saltiness. The initial impression was medium-strong and enticing, but failed to stick around long, quickly fading to a soft roastedness leaving you wondering what happen and wanting more. The English chocolate and slight dry oyster saltiness works well here, I only wish I could have been treated to a bigger helping.

T: The flavor had a nice coffee roastedness being first detected along with a dry chocolate touch. The oyster presence is noticeable in terms of a faint saltiness with a dry finishing touch. Dark fruit of spicy plums are also well represented here while there is a light chalkiness that comes through upon the swallow. It is the fresh roasty malting and chocolate that really stands out the most here. I only wish the oysters played a more vital role giving this some edge and a more unique flavor. My only previous experience per style was with Fordham's oyster stout which had a good deal of oyster/saltiness detection and wish flying fish followed suit. They had a chance to go big, but seemed they played it a bit safe here.

M: medium-full, thick and viscose with an oily slick texture. A good deal of carbonation is felt making this cream up nicely upon the hold after a few seconds.

D: Enjoyable drink, refined, smooth, though found myself oddly enough wishing for more of an oyster presence. Felt they may have played it a bit safe here and could of made a statement of definition per style. Many people may be turned off by the notion of an Oyster stout, but fear not, this has very little presence, mostly only in name with the exception of a light saltiness. The roasted and chocolate malting make this a smooth experience and one that should not be missed, however I found this beer to be lacking the wow factor I experience with their first 2 turnpike beers (exit 4 & 11).

Photo of u2carew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick brown head. Opaque body. The lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Smoky aroma. Bready. Hints of chocolate and coffee.
T) Rich chocolate with coffee. Smoky. Roasted grains. Robust up front then weakens. Just a hint of sweetness similar to lactose.
M) A subtle slick, oily feel on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Full body.
D) A good stout. Thick and chewy. I'd have another.

Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

These Exit beers are really getting me excited. On the heels of the success of both Exit 4 (GABF medal) and Exit 11 (the best American Wheat I've ever had), I ran out and picked up a couple Exit 1's on the day they hit stores.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker black in color with a one-finger high dark beige head. It's bubbles are large and loose and they shrink quickly to a minimal collar.

SMELL: A dry roastiness is at the forefront and barely gives way to anything else. Subtle fruitiness backs it up along with a dark chocolate character that comes out as it warms. Perhaps a bit dry for style but really nice nonetheless.

TASTE: Again the dryness is its defining characteristic. The sweet, fruity chocolates are there and they are fantastic, but they disappear quickly at the finish that you need to go back for another sip. Otherwise, it's a dry, minerally,chalky roastiness that defines that flavor, with maybe a slight hit of diacetyl tacked on for good measure.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium full bodied with a sharp but not high carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth, but that's fine for style.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. I can't get enough of this, and I'm now realizing that I might need another beer before the night is up. The alcohol is at a decent level (7%), but you don't get even a hint of it in this beer. Exceptional.

This is definitely NOT a sipping beer. This is a beer for drinking over and over during a long evening with friends. Or by yourself. It doesn't matter. Try this beer and buy a few. You won't regret it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really unsure about this one when I opened it. The name scared me a bit, but last night decided to take the plunge with company. Served chilled and poured and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 12/23/2009.
Very dark pour, black with a large tan heading creeping up the sides of the glass. Nice touches of lacing ringing the inside of the glass and coming to head with deep spider web like lacing throughout. Aroma was interesting and not at all what I expected. Very smoked with lots of hints of peat and roasted malts. A touch of something different and my brain wants to say it was sort of fishy, but again the expectations going in could be clouding that. Light touches of chocolate start to mix in as it warms as well. Nice body here, with a good level of carbonation throughout. Rich notes of roasted and smoked malts coming through from the very first sip with a touch of something else bouncing around in there as well. This other taste is not bad at all, it's just different and gives it a bit of a kick. Nice dry finish and smooth, even flavor kept it coming throughout the rest of the session.
Overall very solid and really quite nicely done. I have to admit name alone scared me off, but there was no reason for it. This was just a nicely done stout all the way around.

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 MuddyMcGinny
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle into English nonic...

Jet black with a hearty one finger head that hung around a bit. Good nose of... well... stout! HUGE fan of oysters so I was curious the effect that the oysters had on the dark bitter chocolate, roasted grains and malt and they definitely make this a very dry stout I can lash back all nite long, love the smokiness. Expected a bit more brine from the oysters. Down the hatch slick and slippery just like a sweet Jersey oyster. BIG fan o' this brew... wish it was a everyday release from the Cherry Hill fellas. Would love to try this on draught.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 StonyB
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, props to the Copper Mine Pub for having this limited release on tap. Vito, you need to stop serving all these interesting beers, I'm going broke...

Exit 1 is a rare find these days, an oyster stout. The third entry in Flying Fish's NJ Turnpike series, let's see if this one's a pearl...

Appearance - Opaque black. 20,000 leagues under the sea black. Topped by a crest of rich cappucino foam. Beguiling.

Smell - Picture smelling a fresh cup o' joe. Now picture smelling that same cup while standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Roasty, but with a slightly salty seawater, almost brackish aroma. Cue the seagulls.

Taste - Interesting. Rich cream like a milk stout, semi-sweet and slightly bitter chocolate like a dry stout. Definitely some salty and mineral-y notes that I hope I would detect even if I didn't know this was an oyster stout.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, thick body and texture. Somewhat chewy, slightly acidic.

Drinkability - I'd like to have several of these at a sea-side restaurant, while shucking some tasty oysters. I'd also like to have several of these without the restaurant, or the oysters.

The area of South Jersey surrounding Exit 1 was once known as a haven for oysters, and that reputation has recently been revived. A truly under-appreciated style, thanks to Flying Fish for another winner. Can't wait to see what waits for us at the next Exit...

Photo of Badger6
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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 organicbrewer
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-pitch black with a two finger tan head.

s-coffee and shellfish?(is my mind playing tricks on me?)

t-Roast. Coffee. Some maltiness. Firmly bitter. Slightly oceanlike. A bit metallic as the beer warms.

m-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slightly astringent.

d-Not bad but seems kind of one dimentional. Lots of coffee and not much else.

Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aromas are initially roasty and smoky with some underlying woody and earthy hop notes.

The taste is again, smoke and woody which is complemented by the extremely light earthy hops, this gives the stout an almost charred character. The hop character has really fallen out since this was released a year ago. No bitterness at all in the finish, finish is smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice stout but not my favorite example by a long shot. I wasn't prepared for the smokiness (I hate smoke beers as an FYI) but this is still quite nice despite my typical preferences. I really enjoy these Exit beers and look forward to the next one.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Blacker than Dick Cheney's heart with a decent brown head that quickly retreats to the edges of the glass.

S: Nice roasted barley smell that brings to mind fresh baked bread with a little chocolate/coffee. Not particularly strong or deep, but what's there is inviting.

T: Roasty, but not as much as the smell. The chocolate, which is more apparent in the flavor comes through as a cocoa powder. The flavor leans toward sweet, with a some red fruit (black cherry?) and some mineral flavor that is more apparent than in other oyster stouts I have tried.

M: Body is on the lighter side with an appreciated low level of carbonation. Could stand a little more thickness.

Overall, I thought this was a tasty and unique stout. The flavor has a few nice touches that you don't get in your average stout. A better mouthfeel would have pushed this to an even higher score. Would love to be able to pick up this beer again.

Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is dark, dark brown or almost jet black with a ½" light brown or tan head that recedes slowly leaving behind some lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Well before the end of the beer the head has receded to a small ring of foam and sipping leaves only scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light malty dark chocolate with some dark roasted character.

Taste: The flavors are semi-sweet dark chocolate with a trace of mild dry bitterness which seems be dark roasted malt. There is also a faint mineral character that I attribute to the oysters.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied for a stout but is also soft and smooth from the light persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long and ends crisp and dry, inviting the next sip.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable stout where the lightness of the mouth feel and texture give a nice balancing effect to the dark flavors form the malts making it quite easy to keep sipping through this one until it is gone. While I may have this one again, the fact that it is a one-off brewing will limit the number of times I have it in the future.

Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is deep black - black as night - opaque. Dark brown head, decent lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, dried figs and slight hops resin.

Medium mouthfeel, nice upfront creaminess. Pushes out on palate, but just a bit limited. A little bittering on finish for balance. A dry bitter chocolate taste dominates. Nice bit of roast malt.

I like this beer - well crafted, it has the dry and mineral charachter of english oyster stouts I have tried in the past.

Interesting to note that an employee at the store I purchased this at suggested I come back and tell him how it wasy - he hadn't tried it because he thought it would have too much funk for him...

A tasty and well crafted stout - thanks for taking chances Flying Fish!

Photo of silverking
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.