Exit 1 - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +18.7%
This was handed to me with a finger of deep-brown head interlaced with black and shifting around like Rorschach's mask. It eventually settled into a slick of brown foam on top of an inky black beer. Its color was midnight black with ZERO light penetration. The nose had notes of coffee, chocolate, mocha, and even a bit of charcoal. Mouthfeel wavered between medium and full with the coffee and charcoal up front followed by a more mellow mocha sweetness and a dark chocolate finish. Owner Gene Muller stated that they had never before made a stout and I hope that they do not stop now, by golly! It was a phenomenal entry in the series, even if I have missed a couple of Exits in my journey.
01-02-2010 00:14:27 | More by woodychandler
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
Absolute black body, topped by a huge fluffy rocky dark tan/brown head. Terrific lacing. Just wish the head would stay longer.
Big rich roast coffee nose. Expected more from the oysters though.
Terrific taste of dark coffee and chocolate. Not getting the oysters, but don't care either.
Earthy hops are just right seasoning on top.
Creamy mouthfeel seems like it has Hershey syrup running through it.
Definitely drinkable, a joy at that.
A gem from Flying Fish.
09-10-2010 20:30:09 | More by RonfromJersey
4.56/5 rDev +16.9%
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)
07-08-2014 11:37:50 | More by threeviews
4.48/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
01-30-2014 02:12:57 | More by Givemebeer
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
I was a huge fan of FF beers when I could get them easily. Their Farmhouse Ale was the best US produced style of an import I had ever had for years. I find they have slipped a bit over the years so I am excited to try a special beer from them.
Absolutely jet black in color. Nice tight cocoa head that fades way too fast for me. Moderate roasted and cocoa aroma. Big roasted flavor without being too astringent. Deep roasted grain taste here. Dark chocolate and a slight mocha tinge. No sense of oysters or their essence though I could see the connection here. Somewhat briny, if thats not too far a reach. Great body-really a solid mouthfeel. Great drinkability-very well rounded and balanced. Could do this one all night-early and often-just like how I vote!
11-30-2009 00:14:05 | More by lackenhauser
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-09-2009 00:50:37 | More by jmalex
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
I'm giving this one high marks. Oyster stout ... sure, why not. I'm not sure how much oyster is in this, or how or in what way they add the oysters, but this is a really nice, thick, almost sludge like inky black stout. The stout has a small creamy dark brown head, not much retention or lacing. The beer is low carbonation and super creamy. There isn't that oily slickness on the tongue, which is an added bonus as well. The nose is dark roasted notes, coffee remnant aromas, maybe some chocolate, maybe some sweeter malts. There is a pungent nose on this beer.
The taste is quite good. The beer has some drying qualities that mix quite nicely with some sweeter dark malts. There are some charring qualities, some burnt molasses qualities, some roasted English toffee, some dry Irish stout too. The creaminess, the subtlety of the beer, and its full palate and drinkability make this beer a real find. L'Chaim.
12-25-2009 21:56:32 | More by albern
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Time to review this one.
A-Deeply opaque dark brown with a generous dark mocha head and plenty of fine carbonation.
S-Roasty and sweet. Some nice dark malt, balanced by a lacto sweetness.
T-And so is the flavor. Sweet milk stout character in the front with a nice roasted character in the middle and a moderately bitter finish. What a great balance of flavors. Excellent depth and richness.
M-Medium bodied and a bit rich. Fine carbonation cuts the richness nicely.
D-I could drink these all night. Time has been very kind here, as the flavors have deepened quite nicely.
07-29-2010 01:11:06 | More by sholland119
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
We really need more oyster stouts. Used to love Yard's Love Stout and this is a great homage to the Delaware Bay and was inspired by Love Stout.
Lots of licorice and coffee in the taste. Very smooth. Others have reported a metallic taste. I think I spotted it, but I wouldn't have if someone hadn't mention something. Honestly, it blends very easily with the licorice flavor.
Drank most of the bottle myself, so I guess that would make it quite drinkable.
11-30-2009 02:23:34 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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...
11-20-2009 01:55:21 | More by StonyB
4.33/5 rDev +11%
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a foamy tan head that leaves dots and dashes of lace around the glass
Smell: Burnt toast, with a peaty/smokey character; hints of chocolate and brine
Taste: The roasty, burnt toast flavor comes through, up front, but the flavor quickly adds a fruity/hoppy/briny dimension that carries through, mid-palate, with peaty tones underneath; after the swallow, some chocolate elements peak through, but the finish is dry and briny
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy
Drinkability: Relatively light compared to other big stouts, and that adds to the drinkability; very nice, with subtle differences; like other Flying Fish brews, they may not be the biggest, but they are very drinkable
01-17-2010 01:39:09 | More by brentk56
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
Oyster stout, continuation of the Exit series of beer. Beer is served in a tulip. Beer is black and forms a nearly non-existent head of small lightly brown bubbles that does not leave lacing on the glass. Looks OK.
Aroma is light and kind of sweet. Some roast as well.
Beer is really good, medium bodied, clean and sweet. Lots of malt up front, a very good stout. I'm liking these foreign export stouts more and more. Good mouthfeel and really high drinkability.
07-17-2010 16:21:07 | More by drabmuh
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
This is my second 750 ml bottle.If I can find another I would buy it.
It pours nice and dark... a very nice head
The normal stout smell with a little chocolate smell
The taste is excellent the chocolate is very good.
Sweet is begin and then Tart with a little hop finish
06-27-2011 02:10:50 | More by shamrock1343
Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.