Exit 13 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Lucky number 13, exit 13, Newark Airport ... yeah. Killer-looking head, sticky lacing is all over the glass. Opaque black mass of ale in the glass. Rich chocolaty smell with hints of brown bread and cooked raisins. Lush full body with a creamy smoothness. Chocolate flavor is pretty bold; not a whole lot of sweetness, which is refreshing as it lets the beer unfold. Suggestions of licorice root, mild charcoal, toasted bread and a kiss of herbal hop brings the level of complexity up high. Root beer? Roasty finish leans a bit dry. A very intriguing beer sip to sip; perfect for sharing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great way to finish an awesome night of watching the maize and blue defeat the domers.Poured into an imperial nonic near jet black except for a few ruby highlights when held in the light,a frothy 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop.Big chocolate and fruit in the nose,as it warmed coffee roast came into play along with some wood.Not quite as full in the mouth as I would have liked,as well as being a bit sharp at first.Chocolate and mocha coffee flavors are the main flavor components with light fruit and sweet alcohol in the finish.A nice export style stout,it would be great with a more fuller,mellow feel to it.

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured the beer from my german pop top growler it was black with a tan head, about a finger high that slowly dissipated.
The smell is of chocolate and lots of malt, about what you would smell with a chocolate stout.
The taste is of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, and a bunch of malts. It is a good dessert beer.
mouthfeel is well balance of carbonation, a little more carbonation than a usual chocolate stout, but not overbearing. The balance of the chocolate, the malt taste and the alcohol is quite great. very smooth indeed!
This is one of the better Flying Fish products for sure! They did a great job with the exit series, and this one in particular!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the after dinner beers on Super Bowl Sunday.
Black in color, small cocoa-colored head.
Strong coffee aroma, but also some cocoa and chocolate.
Coffee and chocolate taste.
A little weak in the mouthfeel department.
Pretty good, but not that exciting a beer.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter.

A: Coffee bean black with a thin chocolate milk brown head. It leaves dotty lacing.

S: Sweet malty chocolate, smoky roast, bitter coffee bean, and dry hops.

T: It starts with sweet malt but quickly changes to more bitter flavors. Smoke, coffee, and bitter chocolate takes over the beer, and some bitter citrus from the hops shows up at the finish. The finish lingers with slightly bitter and yet sweet smoke, like the taste of charred meat.

M: Medium to heavy body and creamy.

D: An enjoyable cold day brew, Exit 13 is smooth and tasty.

Overall: Some chocolate stouts are not balanced and can be to sweet. Flying Fish succeeds in balancing their beer out through the use of hops and roasted malt. While it has body, it is not too thick. This beer should be enjoyed and savored, not chugged and swallowed.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Each sip of this beer is dedicated to Bill of the gone-but-not-forgotten band Exit 13. He was hugely responsible for showing me what beer really could be back in the mid '90s, and helped propel me at the beginning of this ongoing journey. Hell yeah Bill!

Watching the stream of glistening, oily blackness pour out of the bottle was almost worth the price alone. Sits deep ebony black in the glass, underneath a creamy fawn (look it up) colored head.

Chocolaty and grainy nose, slight bit of mineral, but mostly the light, delicate smell of milk chocolate shavings and puffed wheat cereal.

Not as much chocolate, sweet or dessert-y flavor as I was hoping for, this comes off a bit sharp, or mineral-like, mostly due to the generous hop presence here. Quite roasty/smoky too. Clearly an American take on a foreign/export stout (even if that sounds like any oxymoron). A little bit of milkiness, also some bitter coffee-like character, especially in the finish, which is joined by a tart fruity twist, again courtesy of the hops.

Smooth, lush, silky feel with a gently caressing carbonation. Maybe a little on the thin side.

Not bad at all, but probably nothing I'll remember 10 years from now. Am I wrong for expecting more chocolate? "Chocolate Stout - Stout Brewed With Chocolate" sayeth the label. Flying Fish's American Trippel is way better, but that's comparing apples to oranges ain't it? Hey, those are the only two F.F. beers I've had to date.

Gonna crank up some 'Ethos Musick' now...

Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and leaving a ring of lacing around the glass after each sip.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Pretty nice chocolate aroma.

T- The aroma is roasted malts up front with some sweet chocolate and espresso flavors and a sweet finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid chocolate stout that is worth a try.

Photo of dbossman
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a thin brown head and great lacing

S: Lots of sweet grainy, hay-like malts; some chocolate syrup and subtle coffee; but really pretty much dominated by sweet grains

T: Some chocolate but really quite grainy (corn?); malty and roasty but more grassy grains with a touch of dark fruits

F: Creamy up front but thin on the back side

O: Doesn't really feel like a stout; it's a decent chocolate ale; it isn't overly chocolaty either but a decent brew in the end anyway

Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has some nice gourmet chocolate upfront, along with some coffee, caramel, dark fruits and cream. The flavor is similar with milk chocolate notes initially, along with dark fruits (cherry and plum), coffee, burnt bread and some slight alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and drinkability is excellent. Pretty tasty foreign stout, which a nice chocolate component.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle- poured into an oversized wine glass.

Beautiful dark black liquid (very similar to squid ink)- two finger creamy coffee colored head. Carbonation bubbles evident. Smell was bitter chocolate- malts, sugars, cocoa, toffee. Taste was quite bitter upfront like black coffee but smooth on the end with a huge rush of amazing dark chocolate that just coats the tongue perfectly. Not cloying or sweet at all. Amazing balance- perfect slow sipping after dinner brew. Comparable to all of the best chocolate stouts in the game. Bravo, Flying Fish, bravo!

Photo of hdofu
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a an interesting beer, probably one of my favorite chocolate stouts. It poured the color of dark chocolate with a dark tan head. It smelled like dark chocolate. Taste was like bitter cocoa, the taste you get from chcocolate bars that are 80% cocoa or more, I love that. It was thick and silky while not boozey. It was so smooth I proably could of drank the bomber myself but I let my brother have half of it. Amazing beer.

Photo of bum732
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Sweet and dark chocolate, some roastiness, some tobacco and fruit as it warms.

L: Dark black, dark tan head that dissipates, decent lacing.

T: Sweet cocoa and dark chocoalte malt with a milk chocolate like smoothness. Low fruity bitterness yields to a touch of roastiness with more chocolate milkshake. Finishes semi-dry and roasty. Slight tobacco notes.

M: Medium-thin mouthefeel, medium carbonation.

A nice dessert beer, great chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin and a bit overcarbonated.

Photo of trappistlover
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours black with a nice light brown head. Aroma has loads of dark chocolate, light coffee and some roast. Taste is sweet with roasty bitterness. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Slightly bitter finish. A really nice beer!

Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. A nice dark black pour, a little over a finger of head layered in color from light brown to light tan at the top. Marginal lacing.

Roast and lactose sugar. Some chocolate and cocoa.

Taste is far more roasty than the nose would lead to believe. Some caramel and coffee. Fades into heavy cocoa. Cocoa and coffee in the finish, maybe a hint of some hops. Excellent.

Coating not quite creamy mouthfeel. Maybe just a tad thin. No alcohol. Have no problem finishing the entire 750 myself for dessert and then some time after. This is really top notch, somewhere between a foreign and a milk stout.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A viscose motor oil pour slurps from the bottle with the deepest of black coloring topped off by a bready, finger high rusert colored head. The lace stuck well, spongey in nature to the glass with a good sense of coverage. Overall very dark and brooding in the glass, intimidating or inviting depending on ones view.

S: Dark roasted bitterness, bakers chocolate, dry with a cake breadiness. Roasty fresh whole coffee beans with a bit of charcoal biscuit. Nice level of aroma, roasty and fresh.

T: Big roast of coffee beans on the open, dark with a very good level of bitterness that will perk you up like a starbucks espresso. Burnt chocolate with a big show of fruit, prunes, dates and scorched wheat. Fresh roasty nature, light charcoal with a complimentary touch of alcohol and yeastiness (dry bananas) closes things out.

M: Full bodied, hearty malt, with a dark roastiness and complexity bittering the taste buds. Good tingle of carbonation adds some texture with a bubbly and creamy feel. A good bite of roasty darkness appears right after the swallow with a beautiful gentle fade.

D: A big dessert beer as stated. Delightfully dark roasty and bitter. Sure to sit heavily on the palate and stomach. A bomber sits at the high end of consumption level here, I could of easily been satisfied with a chalice along with a nice well done porter steak, just make sure to leave room.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much opaque, with a spongy looking cocoa colored head. Laces well, and retention is great.

Nice dutch chocolate aroma, some hop presence and malt roastiness.

Taste is of Belgian chocolate, mild hops, milk chocolate with a roasted character.

Feel is creamy, upper medium to full bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good; it's not overly filling and pretty tasty.

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass giving 3 fingers dark brown, with good brown hues and a cocoa like chocolate colored head.

On the nose is some nice simple chocolate whiffs with malt, very "airy" not big. Some faint dry bread in the background as well, almost of a dry barley characteristic. This is very pleasant.

Taste is carbonation of a milk/stout variety with tight seltzer bubble feel and soda finish. Not much chocolate notes in the mouth, but a sweet cola taste on the afterfinish but not too sweet or big just subtle at least.

This really minds me of a better youngs double chocolate, making drinkability just slightly better than average but not by much.

Photo of kbanks13
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaped pint glass with a jet black body that has dark brown highlights around the edges in the light. Dense milk chocolate color two-finger head with good retention and lacing. Smells like bitter-sweet baker's chocolate and some toasted/burnt grain. Taste is 80% dark chocolate combined with a grainy characteristic and some burnt sugar/caramel. Feels kind-of syrupy and thick but carbonation lightens up the body, maybe a bit too much carbonation but only slightly. I think Flying Fish should consider making this a seasonal beer.

Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted wheat and cocoa, some lesser toasted biscuity malts with a lingering hint of vanilla .

The taste is straight Hershey's cocoa with lesser amounts of fluffy toasted wheat. The chocolate adds a nice slight bitter character but the sweetness balances it out immediately.
Mouthfeel is perfect; not too thick or think very creamy yet a dry finish. It has a good taste that hangs for a bit. Overall one of the top 3 chocolate beers I have had to date next to Rogue's 2x chocolate stout and original chocolate stout.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice dark, almost black, color of brown and the ½” head has lots of large and small bubbles. The light brown head recedes fairly quickly leaving a nice ring of foam and many small leggy patches of lacing. Sipping leaves behind lots of widely scattered speckles of lacing clinging to the glass. By the finish of the 750 ml bottle all of the head and lacing are long gone.

Smell: The aromas include dark semi-sweet chocolate laced with traces of coffee. As the beer warms in the glass traces of dark fruit and cherry begin to emerge.

Taste: The flavors include semi-sweet dark chocolate and a touch of cocoa wrapped around some dark fruits like raisin and cherry. The coffee comes out plainly at first and then recedes into the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with a smooth, almost silky feel from the finely bubbled carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with a touch of sweetness from the dark chocolate and fruits but then shows off the cocoa for a bit before fading into the dark roasted flavor that has a touch of bitterness to it but none of the burnt character found in some stouts. It ends on a dry note.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The drinkability here is quite nice. Although this is not an overly complex stout, that in fact contributes to its enjoyment if one wants to have something to serve to friends during an evening of dinner and good conversation. My overall impression is that this a good beer and one I’d be happy to have more of if the occasion allows. It is a well made contribution to an imaginative series of beers that explores the uniqueness of New Jersey. (And I don’t have a problem with that. ☺ ).

Note: with the dominant flavors of chocolate and cocoa here this would be good to serve as a dessert beer after dinner and might well be worth making an ice cream float using vanilla ice cream.

Photo of noel2977
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1+ inch of foamy head on dark, brown ale. Opaque. I'm thinking chocolate milk. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, duh, but not overpowering. Roasted coffee. Slight nuttiness

T - Initially - chocolate, intertwined with some malt and hops - malty last and there's the chocolate on the finish. Simple dark/milk chocolate blend. Is this beer??? Tasty. The maltiness seems to settle the chocolate to more of a milk chocolate taste - but its so rich. A chocolate lover's beer. There is a roasted component to all of this this - but it settles out nicely on the finish.

M - Fits the brew. Not overly coating or overbearing, which would take away from the taste profile.

D - Alcohol isnt detected... if you like this style, you could probably have more than one. It isnt cloying whatsoever.

Excellent job, FF.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter. Pours an opague black with a very thick creamy brown headingunderneath of more bubbly coco-cola looking heading. Decent lacing and does leave ringlets.

Smell is fantastic. Heavy barley and bittersweet chocolates, Some ashy aroma's as well as burnt malts.

Taste and mouth have the same burnt - ashy character I described in the nose.There is a smokiness to this beer that plays well with the hints of chocolate.A rather thin bodied beer in the mouth than I would have anticipated and is kind of flat and watery in the overall mouthfeel.Just not enough umphff.

A nice change of pace and has decent drinkability . As for the chocolate stout itself I thought this was a score but left me feeling unfulfilled.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger dark chocolate head. Pitch black. Head lasted a long time.

S: Amazing chocolate smell. Best chocolate smell I've ever smelled.

T: Delicious. Big bold chocolate up front. Slight fruity ending. Hides alcohol well.

M: Rich. Full. Good.

O: This is the best chocolate stout I've ever had in comparison to Youngs, Brooklyn brewery.

Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the Office in Montclair...
Beers from Flying Fish are typically wild cards.
A stout weighing in at 7.5% ABV is either done right or it's not. Dense, foamy appearance; tanned, creamy complexion. Hefty aroma laden with thick molasses, beets, and brown sugar. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Taste rendolent of viscous dark chocolate. Good stuff...

Photo of irs
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I'm not really familiar with the style of export stout, I'm big on Impys and Black IPAs, so maybe I'm missing something, here but I'm really not impressed. I've liked all of the other Exit series, so maybe they missed on this one, which is still a pretty good average, or maybe its me.
A: Looks like an impy, dark brown, almost opaque, not much of a head, and pretty wispy.
S: Nice, malty, dark schocolate with a winey alcoholic overtones, really not bad, no hops.
T: really not impressed here, it tastes a little like a watery chocolate soda, not a whole lot there to like.
M: Thin, this is where it could be my relative unfamiliarity with the style, this is nothing like the chewyness of a good impy, nor the light roasty of an irish dry. Either I don't get it, or I do and just don't like it.
D: Goes down easy, I'm just not crazy about the flavor. I don't mind sticking my nose in it, though. And I HEARTILY recommend the Exit 1 Oyster Stout - I bought a case of that when it came out and it was gone so fast I don't know what I did with it. Damn it was good. But this aint that.

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Exit 13 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.