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Exit 1 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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88
very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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 corby112
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of BTPete
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exit 1

A: dark black with a minimal head, no lacing

S: roasty, chocolate, coffee, malt driven

T: seems smokey, bitter coffee,

M: smooth and creamy, enjoyable , low carb, medium to full bodied

D: pretty nice, I've had better, but I've had worse. Enjoyable overall. (268 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in color, thin layer of head, appears to have some viscosity - 3.75, S: Dark bitter chocolate aromas as well as some pudding, a good deal of charred grains and peat - 4.00, T: Lots of roasted grains and ash, a dark fruit sweetness, slightest hint of brandy soaked fruit cake - 3.50, M: Extremely silky and smooth, wonderful mouth feel - 4.50, D: A very drinkable and enjoyable beer, kudos to Flying Fish for a successful Oyster Stout - 4.25 (455 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (758 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired from caresville (thanks Chris) and served in my Allagash 25cl chalice. Pours two shades shy of black with some red highlights around the edges. A half inch, mocha-colored head dissipates into a skim with some spots on the glass. Head was refreshed with a swirl of the glass. Nose is roasty with a hint of lactose and coffee/cocoa. Taste follows nose with the addition of a touch of brininess that comes out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild and even background carbonation. Easy drinking and similar to a milk stout in my opinion, with addition of the briny oyster quality detectable at the finish. Well worth a try. (657 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

Pours with the deepest black color I've experienced - zero light even on the edges, and the darkest brown/charcoal colored head I've seen.

Smell - Um, "bay of pigs" comes to mind... Starts with the Bayside of the Jersey shore, followed by a pig farm. Salty, with some charcoal, but lacking most of the usual stout qualities. Points for being interesting and dead-on for the name, though.

Flavor had some smoked ham qualities, with just a touch of dark cocoa powder. Sea salt lingers in the aftertaste.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but a little thinner than I had hoped for.

Really wish that I had this with a strong complimentary cheese, or something else to help cut the heavy salt profile. I may have enjoyed it's unique qualities a little more. (777 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (904 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (692 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

Pours ink black with a bubbly, foamy mocha colored cap. Head sticks around for a while and recedes to form a thin collar and leaves dots and lines of lace in its wake.

With a touch of trepidation, I leaned in for a whiff and was welcomed with deep, dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, dark cherries and a not so faint aroma of the ocean/sea salt. Whew, not nearly as fishy as I was expecting.

In the flavor profile, the charred malt comes out a bit more and there is a metallic, see salt, oceanic flavor that is hard to miss. I kind of enjoyed for the first half of the bottle, but as the second half went down, it wore on me and broke me down. The coffee and cherries are low and lean on the palate and after a while, all I can taste is the ocean qualities.

Medium to full bodied with a watery, metallic feel that grew as the beer warmed. Somewhat creamy, but the bivalves definitely took away from the smoothness of the body.

I would have really liked this had it been in a smaller bottle or I just had one glass on tap. All in all, I liked the char and the coffee, but the oysters grew and grew to be too big for me. Fairly drinkable. (1,213 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from Gibby in a recent trade. I mentioned that I've always wanted to try an Oyster Stout and God bless em, here it is. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish black with a small fizzy dark brown head that recedes very quickly. Neigh a cap or collar remain and zero lacing. I thought Oysters were supposed to lead to head; not impede it?
Smell- Very deep dark and roasted with a fairly pungent burnt char. Pretty darned chocolaty that's more on the milk chocolate side than anything. Maybe some roast coffee but not much, mostly just that deep chocolate. A touch of caramel sneaks in toward the finish as well.
Taste- Starts with a slightly bitter char from the roasted malts with a pinch of coffee and dry cocoa nibs. The beer is exceedingly dry from the first sip with a bit of wandering smoke. Not like a smoked malt smoke but a dark char smoke. I don't get any sort of oyster like flavor although other reviews point out a slight brininess that I don't get one bit.
Mouthfeel- Probably where the oyster has had the most influence as the beer is super smooth and creamy with a lingering chalky dryness.
Drinkability- Well definitely a tasty beer but not what I was expecting. I guess in my tiny pee brain I actually thought there would a fairly noticeable oyster taste (I love oysters). The beer is good and it's a great Export Stout. The mouthfeel is impeccable and definitely the best part of the beer. Good stuff all around, thanks Jeff! (1,488 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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). (2,120 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $7. Poured into my Ithaca shaker glass and allowed to warm up for about a half hour. The stout appears an opaque brown color with a good inch of fluffy dark ecru head. Nose and flavors consist of nicely roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, a fair amount of light char/smoke, molasses, mocha. It might be subliminal because I know this is brewed with oysters, but I'm picking up a somewhat salty and sour brackish brininess here. The brine plays second fiddle to the roast, smoke and chocolate though. Great body; creamy, very dry and amply carbonated with a lingering bitter, sweet, smoky, mildly sour finish. Really nice stuff that's worth checking out. (746 characters)

Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (912 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tulip...First pour produces a weak brown head that disappears quickly. Second pour produces nicer brown head that still disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. Beer is a solid black color, with no activity and no light shining through when held up

S- Has a very nicely blended smell... coffee & chocolate

T- A slighty dryer stout IMO. Smooth semi sweet malty start... finishes with some bitterness, toasted coffee flavor, and subtle chocolate notes

M- Full bodied with light to medium carbonation

D- Pretty palatable easy to drink stout with a reasonable price tag. Little higher abv, but nothing to crazy

CHEERS!! (638 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,309 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I drove down to the brewery for a tour a few weeks before the release, with one of my goals being to ask as many questions about this beer, because the concept as it read in the ASN sounded disgusting. It's a good thing that I did, because the tour guide clarified that the beer was made with oyster shells, not full oysters, and furthermore it's just an old-school method of precipitating the protein in the boil (think Irish moss, gypsum, etc if you're a home brewer). After he told me that it was made with a ton a chocolate malt, I suddenly got very interested.

(At the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ)
Poured deep mahogany, near-black into an American pint glass, with a thin tan head and very little lace. The aroma was dominated not surprisingly by cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, and further revealed a feint roasted malt presence. The taste as well was dominated by chocolate, but the roasted malt was more prominent as well, and the finish was surprisingly dry, with the tiniest hint of hop bitterness. For such a chocolate-y beer, I found the body to be spritzier and thinner than expected. Maybe too much CO2 in the tapping? Anyway, the flavor profile wasn't overpowering, and this went down fairly easily. I'd love to try this on nitro. (1,265 characters)

Photo of bob3701
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I love this Jersey Turnpike Exit series concept. This beer is said to be brewed with oyster shells but I could not taste it or know what if any influance they had in this beer. Very nice dry type stout that poured black with dark tan creamy head and good lacing. Bitter hints of coffee and chocolate. Very drinkable stout. (328 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (537 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as mindblowing as the previous Exit entries, particularly the Exit 11, which was a major triumph. But then again, this isn't terrible either. I am glad to see Oyster Stouts get another boost from their previously nearly forgotten status.

Pours deep brown and viscous, with a slow developing deep brown head that falls quickly. The aroma is rich and woody, with roasted barley and smoke. The flavor is chocolatey and smokey, with rich woody finish and a pleasant smokey bitterness on the finish, lingering around the base of the tongue. The mouthfeel is rich and clingy with a little late carbonation.

There is little trace of the titular oyster in the beer, though this isn't surprising since the briny effect tends to fade quickly. I have about half the bottle before dinner, and the second half with dinner, and with food, I found that I could detect just the faintest trace of the flat earthiness that oysters sometimes impart, but without any of the salt sting. (971 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (457 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (762 characters)

Photo of stonemason799
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a- Dark and black, Looks almost like motor Oil. Small brown head

s- Chocolate, Coffee flavors

t- Sweet mix Chocolate and Coffee, a little bit of salt and smokey flavor. No noticeable Oyster taste

m- Thick and very smooth, lightly carbonated

d- Good but heavy, wouldn't want to drink an entire bottle. (304 characters)

Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.