Exit 1 - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-19-2013 19:01:09 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
"I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead."
Jet black with no highlights whatsoever, despite bright March sunshine outside my front window. Even the crown is two fingers' worth of dark caramel brown. It sinks incredibly slowly and does a fine job decorating the upper reaches of the glass.
According to no less an authority than Michael Jackson, the original oyster stouts did not contain oysters, but were so named because they accompanied that dish extremely well. Some old recipes used oyster shells as finings since their alkalinity counteracted sourness. It seems that using oysters during brewing is a relatively new phenomenon.
Does Bayshore Oyster Stout smell like oysters? No, it doesn't. It smells like a chocolate and roasted malty export stout with black licorice notes. It was less than pungent immediately after the pour and is opening up a little as it warms.
Oddly enough, the flavor is somewhat muted as well. An intensity knob on the side of the bottle would be great right about now. There's a different sort of flavor (sourish, slightly briny) underlying the the usual stout flavor profile, but it's on the mild side. It's hard to imagine an aggressive oyster-flavored stout being much of a success.
Despite being less medium-full than most foreign/export stouts of this ABV, the mouthfeel earns a good score because it's lightly creamy, is as smooth as summer-weight silk, and is expertly bubbled.
Exit 1 (the third in the series) is more interesting than good. Maybe Flying Fish felt that a darker, bolder, richer maltiness would have crowded out the oyster flavor. It might have, and would have required a name change, but it would have made for better beer in the end. Thanks to jwc215 for the bottle.
03-02-2010 22:30:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-24-2009 15:38:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
This beer poured out as a heavy thick looking black color with a nice slow rising brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty good, lots of roasted malt aromas and some chocolate in there too. The taste of the beer is pretty good, lots of roasted chocolate flavors and just a very slight spice note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, thick and creamy. Overall this beer didn't smell or taste anything like Oysters thankfully. I found this brew to be really quite nice.
12-01-2011 05:56:37 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Big thanks to stevglad and the the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!
I wanna know who first thought up the idea of using oysters in beer. Just seems odd to me. Oh well. This guy pours an oily black topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, mint, and molasses. The taste is very similar, with some brown sugar, coffee, figs, and blackened pretzels (you know, the bottom of the pretzel...it's the char, the dough, and the salt altogether here) thrown in to make things more interesting. The body is a fairly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth, rather dry finish. Overall, a nice oyster stout, but I'm not sure I'm fully used to the style yet.
08-13-2010 20:31:39 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a reddish tint. It had a small, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.
S - It smelled very roasty and boozy. Some chocolate and toffee notes.
T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. There is a boozy and flavor with a hint of dark fruit.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish. It had a warm alcohol presence, too.
O - This is a really tasty Export Stout. I like the Exit series from Flying Fish.
05-30-2011 02:20:46 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-25-2011 05:37:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-29-2012 03:27:09 | More by Jason
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
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to my brother, tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle w/ me. Poured chilled from the 750ml into two pint glasses
A - An opaque dark brown, almost black w/ cloud-like med tan cap. The cream settles to about 1 inch of thick film of lace that collects on the glass. retention is good and the bead is tiny
S - A sweet + mineral nose like bitter cocoa w/ mild woody and roasted malt scents w/ hint of pine hops and mild yeast aroma
M - The feel has a creamy and slightly charred essence w/ bitterness from malts w/ moderately low carbonation
T - The flavor has lots of roasted and black malt influence w/ mild mineral yeast flavor and gentle piney hop taste. There is mild roasted and bitter flavor like coffee w/ malt which has a moderate level of astringency w/ acrid effect on the palate. The stout has a charred edge which fits the style w/ light woody flavor
D - A decent stout w/ pretty high drinkability, however it is slightly dry for my taste and bitter finish for the style, but I would not hesitate to return to this if given the chance.
01-27-2010 00:16:59 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that stays through most of duration before slowly becoming a thick ring. Leaves thin lines of slowly vanishing lacing.
The smell is of brine/sea salt with chocolate, toffee and hint of light roast.
The taste is of sweet chocolate, salt/brine, with medium roasted coffee. Anise and a mild roast balance the overall sweet character and a touch of salt gives it a dryness balancing the sweetness in the finish.
It hits full-bodied, a bit slick/oily and pretty smooth. Alcohol reasonably well-covered.
Oysters lend a touch of brine/sea salt and the rich chocolatey maltiness would have this pair well with oysters. Unfortunately, I didn't try it with oysters, but I'm seriously considering getting another bottle to test out my theory that it would work very well. A unique offering that has a solid foreign/export stout character. Grab a bottle if you can!
01-02-2010 15:48:32 | More by jwc215
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: black in color with a 2" fluffy brown colored head lasted a long time.
Smell: roasted malts and milk chocolate is detectable by the nose.
Taste: roasted malts, cream, chocolate, and a mild bitterness is most detectable. Very little oyster tone here, just a bit of sea saltiness.
Mouthfeel: medium heavy in body. Creamy throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.
Drinkability: this beer is one you enjoy slowly. One bottle was sufficient in a session. This was a nice change up in flavor for a stout, and it is quite enjoyable.
12-04-2009 23:21:15 | More by Gavage
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Shared tonight with kubrick215.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter hues when held to a light source and a frothy dark chocolate neige/brown head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.
Dark roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, licorice, and a slight salty presence. The aroma isn't as roasty as I expected but there is still a slight coffee presence along with some nut and subtle saltiness.
Toasty medium body with lots of roasted chocolate malt, burnt toast, licorice, oatmeal and toffee. There's also a good bit of coffee bean that adds to the smokey/roastiness. The body is slightly thin but it's still pretty complex and very drinkable considering how roasty the malt profile is. There is a subtle saltiness(from the oysters) thT is not overpowering but compliments the chocolate and roasted notes very well. Slight lactic creaminess provides nice balance and makes it pretty quaffable. Probably the best beer I've had yet from Flying Fish.
01-31-2010 05:26:53 | More by corby112
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
Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.