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Exit 1 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 268
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | 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

Exit 1 is beer brewed with oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. The rich stout is perfect for cool weather-and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.
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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.


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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last bottle I got in a trade with Ding!

Red plastic and not wax made it an easy opener.

A pitch black brew with about an inch of tan foam and not shy with the lacing. A very nice looking brew.

The smell leaves me a bit wanting because of its lightness. Some notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice make they way through but it was hard for me to pick 'em out.

The taste was more assertive, with a nice burnt malt taste and notes of dark chocolate, some licorice, god notes of smoke and a hint of dark fruits. Now, when I say more assertive, I mean relative to the smell. It isn't a bold tasting Stout by any means and at 7%abv, I expected more. Still, no stones cast on the brew implied. Not in a big way...

Nice medium body with very light carbonation, the beer slides down the throat very smoothly. Oh and the foam and lacing headed for the hills early in the session.

Drinkability? It's easy enough to drink. The big bottle will not be a chore to drink and given the opportunity, I'd enjoy it again as it IS tasty enough and there's no sign of the alcohol at all. Again, I just expected more.

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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured black in color with a dense mocha colored head filling the top inch of the glass. The head retreated to the sides of the glass where it left some very nice spider web lacing.

The aroma shows some roasty, chocolate, burnt, stout flavors to it. It also has something else though, almost a salty or mineral like aroma coming through. I'm guessing it's from the oysters. Interesting aroma.

The taste has a lot of roasty, bitter, burnt flavors coming through, especially in the finish. Bittersweet chocolate plays a pretty big role in the taste as well. Pretty nice stout flavor to it. It finishes with more of a sweet milky chocolate flavor to it. As much as I'd like to think I taste the oyster presence or at least some effect of the oysters, I just can't put my finger on anything specific in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a little thicker then average with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice stout flavors. Like the other oyster stout I've had, the oysters really don't give much flavor to the beer. They did seem to give it a little something in the aroma though. The beer really is all about the stout flavors, which thankfully are pretty good. I liked the roasty and bitter chocolate flavors it had a lot though.

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured with thin khaki head, which quickly reduced to a haze layer and collar... with little bits of lacing. The body is a completely opaque dark brown.

S- Smells of rich roasted and stewed malt... definitely malt-forward. A very mild earthy hoppiness there- barely detectable on the nose. No esters.

T- Stewed and roasted malts up-front. A little faint earthy hop bitterness kicks-in midway. The finish is very dry with impressions of powdered milk, roasty and slightly bitter. There's a slight 'meaty' character throughout the flavor here, along with a faint alkalinity in the finish that emerged as the beer warmed.

M- Impressively thick with a gritty texture. But there's also a slight astringency there... and the carbonation soft... but so pervasive that it makes me feel bloated from drinking it. This carbonation issue keeps this from a perfect mouthfeel rating.

D- I can definitely see this going will with oysters. Again, the carbonation issue affects the overall drinkability.

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Photo of Franchise
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of yarnto
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- poured a pitch black as dark as night, slight tan head, but really nice color and look off the pour,

Smell- coffee and espresso dominate the nose, but good fragrant nose

Taste- the taste is dominated by coffee and roasted malts more then anything else, the finish is short and not nearly as strong as it looks appearance wise, the flavor is enjoyable but still rather simple and nothing really crazy impressive,

Mouthfeel- theres nothing really terrible here but its just extremely light for the style, from what I had heard abit the oyster would add some extra weight or body and this just wasnt the case, really to light for what I expect in big stout

Drinkability- you can drink this stout easily considering the abv being so high but the complexity just falls flat for me, to thin and watery though the flavors it does present are all right, i cant picture if I was gonna drink something with this high of an abv i would settle for one this simple, again and okay beer but so many better stouts out there, flying fish to me usually makes okay beers but really never great

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, pitch color. looks viscous. tan head, semi-sweet earthy nose, maybe a small hint of bread and roast. Head disperses towards the side, not super quick or slow. Not a massive amount of carbonation, but enough to be pleasant
A great roasted malty sweetness on 1st sip. not overly rich, but not a heavy mouth feel, kind of a chocolate mixed in. The hearty, roasted stout taste permeates. Hints of malt, smoke and wood in the finish. This was a really satisfying stout, and the balance with the taste is fine. I hope this comes out more, because I really enjoyed it

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .750

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger medium-brown head that sticks around for a bit

S - Big roasted malt aroma, light cocoa notes

T&M - Roasted malts carry through and are predominant. There is a slight ashy earthiness and an almost salty presence. I think this is a bit thin in the mouthfeel, and leaves the ashy character on the pallet after swallowing

D - Not as "big" as I was expecting, but still rather yummy and sessionable. I opened this .750 on my own, and I don't think I'll have any trouble finishing it off.

My first "Oyster Stout"; as advertsied, I think this would pair fantastically with Oysters or a nice, hearty stew.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seanboley for sharing this 750ml on 3/4/10.

A - Pretty solid black body with a full finger's width of burnt tan head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and spotty lace.

S - Woody aroma with an earthy hop character and a light smoked presence.

T - Again, smoke and woody dominate the flavor that is complemented by the earthy hop notes, giving the stout an almost charred character. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth, albeit a tad thin, mouthfeel. Finishes quite dry with a moderate hop bite on the palate.

D - Very nice dry stout with a subtle hop character and smoked quality. I found this to be up to the normal standards of the other Exit series releases.

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Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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!

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

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It is obsidian black with a rock solid mound of foamy head. The aroma is rich, roasty and full of chocolate. The flavor is full and has lots and lots of chocolate malt in it. It is very smooth and easy drinking. I don't know if the oysters added anything to the beer, other than curiosity. Overall it is a solid, interesting beer that I just may purchase again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead."

--Woody Allen

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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark, opaque, cola brown with a short mocha head that falls to a partial cover while not leaving any lacing.
The smell is dark, nicely roasted malt.
The taste is more of the roasted malt that hangs around throughout. There is a subdued, bitter, dark chocolate flavor in the middle.
Mouthfeel is medium, a bit dry and reasonably carbonated throughout.
Drinkability is OK, this is my 1st FES and if this is a good indicator of the style, other stout styles suit me more.

So far, this has been a good Beer Series for FF and I hope to try some more.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via Local BIF from jwjon1. Red plastic cap wrap. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts nicely, with coating lace. Aroma is roasty dark sweetness. Taste starts with chocolate, light to moderate bitterness in the middle, creamy close, with a slight salty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a little thinner bodied than expected, not in a bad way, and drinkability is easy. Good stuff.

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Photo of ATPete
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

capped 750ml bottle

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a big brown head. Roasted coffee bean, smokey, notes of chocolate and a mild saltyness in the aroma. Light bodied, all texture here from the oysters used, cand say im a fan of the grainy/ashy texture but its there like it or not. Very dry and light, i could see this beer showing better when paired with food.

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Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured chilled.

Appearance - Poured dark as night. An ample head formed upon pour with a resolve to a very thin ring. The lively carbonation doesn't last long with little to no lacing.

Smell - Chocolate aroma with a bit of roasty malt as well. Not getting much more other than a light clean aroma of finishing hops (perhaps).

Taste - Roasty malty taste continues to shine from the aroma into the taste. A crispness is quite present (perhaps from the Irish yeast used in this offering). Very nice, very refreshing and "cleansing". Others have mentioned a "briney" component. I'm not getting that. I am getting a very mellow finish with little hop bite. The 7% ABV, is hidden well.

Mouthfeel - A bit of carbonation returns, adding a depth to the mouthfeel. However an overall thin body. Not a bad thing, more an observation.

Drinkability - I liked the clean finish and the lightness of this offering. Made it very drinkable and would work well for a stout session beer. At 7% ABV, this could get dangerous. Well done again Flying Fish on yet another great Exit Series offerings.

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Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.