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88
very good

254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
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

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Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 11-06-2009

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle back in November 2009 and held on to it for about 2 years before opening.

Opaque black and thick with a small dark tan head. As I poured, my girlfriend exclaimed, "That looks like motor oil!" Good thing it did not smell/taste like motor oil... or oysters for that matter. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of coffee. Flavor was bitter with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. The bitterness got to me and after one glass, I was ready to move on to something else.

Not my favorite stout but far from bad. Overall, a pretty average beer that could benefit from more complexity.

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magine
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a black color, wispy tan head. Head settles to a ring around the edges. Some decent carbonation. Pretty Good looking brew.

Brew smells of dark milk chocolate, sweet malts. Roasted malts, maybe even some licorice. Brew has a good nose.

Brew is full bodied. Some initial carbonation initially then some good creamy smoothness in the middle, good balance. Some nice toasted notes here. Roasted malts, chocolate, nuttiness. A nice mellow dry finish. A little bit muted in all aspects. Brew is very drinkable and has good flavors.

Overall this is a good brew. Very drinkable and a nice sessionable brew. Just nothing that will bowl you over. Good stuff.

Photo of shamrock1343
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very dark black. coffee hued head started with some bubbles but quickly diminished

S: there is a definitive salty aroma. very interesting and something im not used to with a stout. i suppose this is due to the oyster component. a nice smokiness to the roast.

T: very low-key flavors. a little bit of spice/fruit, obviously some roast, but not an overbearing in your face roast. a woody smoke and salt flavors follow the nose onto the palate. a tang of sweetness finish is rather dry.

M: a healthy fizz, but nothing overbearing (like i have been writing every other line). medium/full body with medium carbonation.

D: the smoke/salt nose and palate is very interesting. im not exactly sure what i should expect with a foreign export stout, but this seems like a cross between a smoked stout and a RIS. im digging it.

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

The "export-style" quality of this stout seems a little lost to its oily, salty, clam-juice nuances. Nullifies whatever malt-sugary-sweet elements may be present. Superb balance of roastiness, mild dark espresso, and depth of body, however. Clean, lightly saline, and slick-smooth. Lacks the heavier feeling of most of the export stouts I've had. Would've wanted a little more syrupy feel but I can't complain about what it offered. The keg was well over a year old and it suffered not. Begged attentive sipping. It was black. No head - English-style pour, heh. Quaffable for sure. Studious, refined, but it didn't dazzle the senses. Surprisingly enjoyable coming from FF. Do more like this.

Photo of koopa
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany to near cloudy black with a 1/2 finger off white crown (gray brown) that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice chocolate malt with some roast malt and a tiny hint of black anise.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin.

Overall: Nothing I'd seek out again but nothing offensive either.

Photo of emagana
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured in a tulip glass.
Dark black in color with a brown long lasting foamy head.
aromas of raisons roast chocolate. sweet syrup.
starts off with a sweet grainy but also smooth texture. i begin to get brown sugar roasted almonds and dark chocolate. i like how this one start off and i dont know if i can even taste oysters.
finishes with a dark raost chocolate and a semi sweet cloying after taste. the pellet is left wanting more and it calls for a great bucket of steam oysters.
i would love to get another one of these. I personally think it falls under a stout from the roasty ness. hardly any alcohol detected in this one.

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.

Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a large tan head that slowly diminished to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Fairly rich roasted malt, a touch of cafe mocha and the most subtle of sea side brininess.

T-Robust dark roasted malt, creamy milk chocolate and an earthy bitterness reminiscent of weak espresso. Again, a subtle twang of sea salt way back in the finish.

M-Medium to medium heavy bodied with good lasting roasty/earthy bitterness and a light twang.

D-Totally solid and a very nice job done with this rare style. Glad to see them use local product for this beer as the heyday of the oyster industry in NJ is a distant memory to most. Well done FF!

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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

First oyster stout I've tried.

A - Thick viscious dark black body with a brown head.

S - Smells smokey, charred, earthy, chocolatey.

T - This beer has a ton of charred grain flavor, some bitter coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Its very rich tasting and actually does bring to mind some taste of an oily meat, like oysters.

M - This beer is slipery and smooth. Possible diacetyl addition? Promotes thoughts of oyster oil and is very rich on the palate.

D - Not super drinkable, its one of thos ebeers that kind of intense in its overall character. One is enough.

Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, dry, chocolaty, and very drinkable, this is a very engaging beer. It's a deep black color with a thin, chocolate-milk head. The aroma is a little subdued, although some heavily roasted grain scents do waft out. The flavor is very nice...dry, intense, lots of dark malts and intensely charred grains. Very little hop flavor or aroma. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and silky, with a medium body. Altogether, these components make this a wonderfully drinkable beer.

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

The beer was served chilled and allowed to warm up. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer was a perfect black coloration. The head is a short lasting tan coloration. Nice lacing wrapping around my glass.

Smell: Nicely lightly roasted coffee a bit of cocoa smoked salt. A bit of earthyness and tart aromas. Very well played!

Taste: The flavors of the beer have light roasted coffee as expected. A slight kiss of cocoa combines with a bit of salty smoked notes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation is light. The beer was easy to drink and an above average beer. Many thanks to Sholand for sending this beer to me.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. Black as night. Oil. Dense, dense, dense head the color of chocolate milk. We're talking 3+ fingers

S: Coffee, baked sugar, salt.

T: Espresso, cream, dark chocolate, salt, slightly tart at the end.

M: Medium bodied and just verging on dry.

D: A nice deep winter beer. It's freezing out, so this beer is perfectly drinkable to me.

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 beachbum1975
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sholland for this very recent trade extra!

Shared with BA urbancaver and friends.

Poured a flat root beer to black into my sampler glass. Average brown head with big bubbles that receded quickly.

Smells heavily coffee grounds, sweet malts and dark chocolate nibs.

Taste reflects the nose in the flavor profile with additional black licorice in it. Sorry, but I can't get past the unusually dry & gritty, almost calcium filled dryness of this beer. I had to end this bottle prematurely...

Photo of ckeegan04
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as night with a medium-bown head. Head is about one finger thick and fades to a thin cap.

S - Roasty malts and just a hint of burnt chocolate. As beer warms a bit of citrusy fruit comes through but nothing of much note. Aroma becomes more and more sweet as the beer warms as well.

T - Burnt chocolate and roasted malts dominate up front. Some bitter notes quickly come in. There is a noticeable brininess lingering underneath but it certainly is not overwhelming. Fruity tastes come through mid-drink.

M/D - A touch on the light side but still medium bodied. Maybe a bit week by Export Stout standards. An above average stout and certainly easy drinking, but nothing fantastic.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a completely opaque black with a decent, fizzy brown head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and bread. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, a touch of chocolate, spicy hops, light smokiness, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, roasted bitterness, low carbonation, and salty. Good beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

HV

Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout with a mineral touch. Nothing outstanding but nicely balanced.

Presentation: 750ml brown capped bottle. Brown background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, limited release, ingredients, main characteristics, and links to a related environmental initiative. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (7%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, short head with medium to low retention, a bit of lacing, and a fair surface memory.

S - Roasted malt, coffee and a a bit of chocolate with a salty touch.

T - Balanced stout profile with roasted notes, coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a good salty touch
in a nice blend.

M - Medium-full body with fair carbonation and a smooth finish with a dry touch.

D - Rather pleasing, not too thick or complex but overall a nice offering.

Notes: Nice oyster stout with a shy, and expected salty touch profile. Again if one is expecting the oyster burst this is not the brew. But for a balanced offering with a bit of a sea touch it is rather pleasing.

Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.