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Exit 13 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For our sixth stop on our journey to celebrate New Jersey, we travel to Exit 13. This exit is probably best known for it’s view of the Newark airport, but it is also home to the Port of Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, one of the busiest in the world. Elizabeth was also New Jersey’s original capitol. Many food products come through the port, including the Belgian chocolate we’re using for what we’re calling an import/ export stout.

This fuller “export style” stout gives a sturdy base for the rich chocolate flavor. More than 600 pounds of Belcolade chocolate went into this brew. A mix of imported and domestic malts are highlighted by roastiness from dark wheat. An Irish ale yeast and Pacific Northwest hops combine to create an excellent dessert beer as well as one to share in the cool weather with friends.

Added by jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with a medium-large, dark tan head.

Smell: Exit Thirteen smells like chocolate, and, with a bit of roastiness, takes on a slight mocha scent, at least until minute notes of citrus, raisin, and maybe even chocolate-covered cherry join the mix.

Taste: Indeed, it's chocolate, semi-sweet in taste, alongside more chocolate-minded malts, a packet of cocoa mix, and some roasted barley. Amply sweet throughout. Slight flourish of coffee-toned roasty malts. Half a drop of Nocello. Light fruity esters and a hint of citrus, but it dutifully, even wisely stays out of the way of the main theme: chocolate. Subtle underlying earthiness. Semi-dry, semi-smooth finish with the booze lending a sip of chocolate liqueur.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel like munching on some chocolate squares.

Overall: A tasty chocolate stout! Not as potent or in-your-face as Southern Tier's Choklat or the Rogue Double Chocolate, true, but it's still pretty robust, chocolate-wise and has a nice drinkability by being lighter in alcohol.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm still missing Exit 11, but Exit 13 is tonight. Served in a tulip. Beer is dark black and a little thick wit a tan head with lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and chocolate. Nice.

Beer is thinner than expected, sweet up front with an ashy kind of finish, moderate bitterness but there is a late aftertaste of almost a minty quality. Mouthfeel is a little too thin for my tastes but overall it is a decent beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque blackish brown with quickly dissipating dark tan head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with some roasted coffee and a bit of molasses.
T: It tasted like lots of coffee and smoked malt, with bitter dark chocolate and a little dry cocoa powder and leather. It had a slightly harsh roasty aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit thin.
D: This was not as chocolaty as expected, but it was actually pretty tasty. The body was kind of weak, but the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was easy to drink. The robust smoky and leathery notes make me think this would age really well. Nice fresh, but nothing great.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown almost black in color with brown highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the chocolate roasted malts were definitely there in the aroma with oat grains, coffee, and a little toffee but had some sweet notes coming through.

T: the chocolate malt flavor was more apparent on the taste alongside roasty, oat grain, and coffee notes but had a touch of hops that added a mild bitter bite.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight astringent, mild bitter, and creamy finish.

D: it was drinking pretty good with a well balanced bitter and a nice creamy quality. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of roasty and bitter-sweet chocolate to it. I get a good dose of sweeter, brown sugar or candi sugar like notes to it as well.

The taste has a lot of the sweeter, chocolaty, candi sugar like flavors to it. I get a good dose of the roasty, burnt and bitter flavors coming through towards the finish. A little bit of a citrusy, rind like flavor peeks through as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. The chocolate and roasty, burnt flavors worked pretty well together, the sweeter almost sugar like flavors might have been just a bit overdone for me though. Not a bad beer at all overall though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Great looking, with a big frothy pour, an opaque blackness and a frothy tan head that leaves plenty of stickage

Smell: Chocolaty aroma with roasted malt notes

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with a fruity character developing that adds some bitterness but starts to verge on the sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness lingers with the chocolate, echoing the Guinness export stout I tasted a few weeks ago

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something with much more chocolate than I got from this beer; not bad, just not what I expected

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Exit beer from Flying Fish with an Exit 9 still sitting in the cellar. Flying Fish's Exit 13 is to chocolate milk as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is to a rich hot cocoa. It's an interesting take on both the style and the flavor to combine the lighter body of the export stout with the intensity of the chocolate notes. I'm not sure it works quite as well as it would with an RIS, but I'm glad I picked it up. It's not a common combination.

While I didn't fall head over heels for this beer, I appreciated a few qualities about it. The gravity and the flavor are turned down a bit, and the carbonation cranked up. These qualities combined to make quite a drinkable beer, but it's not as smooth as it could be. For me, this is a negative, but its interesting to taste the results.

I think if you like chocolate stouts and are sick of the heavier, thicker, oakier chocolate beers (which I never am), you'll appreciate the Exit 13 take on the style.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wandering into a new states brew offerings.

I like most of this jersey so far, good looking theme. Maybe it will help me learn more about my new state.

Smells weird. Tar, moleasas, funk.
Mentally, I think of the lion stout. Looks like a heavy Guinness

Dark dry coco powder. Dutch process red gold. Some burnt sugar sweetens the plot.

One of a kind, more dry than I have thought possible.

Not sure if I can put one back in the cellar as it isn't very carbonated. Not at all alcoholic at 7.5%. Need another one.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark brown with a very dark tan head thwt, once settled to a very thick film, looks quite creamy. Nice lacing and great retention.
Smell is fairly one dimensional with a strong wet cardboard presence. A slight hop note with just the faintest hint of malt. Does this need to warm more? Its only been 10 minutes out of the fridge.
Taste is significantly better. Toasted malts, hops, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, wet cardboard and a hint of molasses.
Just medium bodied with a mellow, light effervescence. A nicely smoky/toasty aftertaste with a noticeable coffee presence. Slight dryness in the finish but nothing like a Guinness. A good beer but I would like more chocolate in there. This comes nowhere near a Brooklyn Chocolate or a Young's Double Chocolate.

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Photo of jsp2
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour from a 750 ML bottle was capped by a thinnish, coffee brown head, which suggested low carbonation.

The brew itself is black.

A sniff was greeted by standard malt notes of bread, coffee, albeit quite strong.

As one sips, the carbonation is low, so the roasty, coffee, bitterness is first and foremost. There is some bitterness, perhaps from chocolate, reminding me of the bitter chocolate stout stone brewed during the shortage of hops. Slightly acidic in a coffee sort of way but mellow.

Overall: Decent stout, I have had porters for half the price that were better. Worth a try but much better stouts exist for the relatively expensive price.

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Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really tall head on a heavy looking black stout.

The aroma is full of rich chocolate. One of the best chocolate beers I have had (that actually features the chocolate).Very sweet, Hershey syrup is dominant.

The taste is much more balanced than the nose, but still chocolate forward. Sweet fudge mingles with a well rounded roasty malt profile.

Smooth, low on the carbonation. The beer is very creamy.

I liked this a lot, and would gladly sample this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this beer.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a nice tall brown head.

S: Plenty of roasted malt and lots of dark chocolate. There's plenty of a dark fruit aroma to the beer as well. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Not really a super complex nose as that's really all there is to it.

T: Plenty of bitter dark chocolate flavors to be found here. A nice solid roast with a hint of espresso. The dark fruits are there, but a bit more subtle than on the nose. Somewhat bitter overall.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit more chocolate flavor, but this was good nonetheless.

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Photo of brian44556
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up in Atlanta, GA while attending the SEC basketball tournament.

Poured beer into an over-sized wine glass. Poured a dark black with a great brown, chocolate colored head. This beer left a great lace on the sides of the glass. Had a smell of rich chocolate and hints of toffee. Taste was very rich in chocolate, but was also very balanced. Beer had great carbonation. Overall this beer was put together very well. Great appearance, smell, and taste. It is a shame Flying Fish doesn't distribute to KY, I would love to have a couple more of these.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Paper/Capped

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, nice malt notes, chocolate/toffee. Medium Body, slightly dry finish. A pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike3865 for the trade!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Solid black, no apparent highlights, half-finger of mocha head that drops to a thick collar & thin coating, no lacing.

I notice a dark roasted smell, some smoke, bitter dark chocolate - restrained, but it's all in there.

Moderate dark chocolate in the taste as well, a little sweeter than the smell would suggest, turning to a roasty, almost burnt bitterness that meets a hoppy, pithy kind of bitter in the finish & aftertaste. Can't say I love the hops, but not bad. Some buttery & sugary notes show later, hopes mellow, very nice.

Smooth, moderately thick & chewy without being syrupy. Not too sharp or astringent, very good mouthfeel.

Overall good, solid chocolate character without being a "chocolate beer." Alcohol well-blended, liked it - started interesting & became pleasing.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle bought for $11.

A- Great, a nice solid head with a vigorous pour. Sits around for a couple of minutes and then BAM! it recedes very suddenly.

S- Not too much to smell here, perhaps it was too cold. As it warms the chocolate smells come to the surface.

T-Good, very good but not great. I would drink this again but not going to seek it out as I can get ST Choklat for the same price (albeit a smaller bottle).

M- Good.

O- I have absolutely no complaints about this beer, it just doesn't knock my socks off.

A solid beer but not an outstanding beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black from the bottle. Not much of a head. Smell hints of the roasted cocoa flavors within.

Thick, heavy taste. Nice and smooth. The 7.50% is subtle and not too strong. Let this sit for a while and get closer to room temperature. Colder and you lose out on some of the flavors. The roasty flavors come thru, but this is not as chocolatey or sweet as you might expect. A good drink to sip on and enjoy.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, allowed to warm some before being poured into my new Cigar City tasting glass.

Exit 13 pours stout black, with close to two fingers of dark caramel foam on top. Retention and lacing are both pretty solid. The nose is very heavy on dark chocolate, with roasted grain and coffee playing supporting roles. If the coffee was the more prominent of the two it would be even better, but that's not the case. The nose serves as an exact preview of what the beer has in store, and any Pacific Northwest hops advertised on the bottle have since faded. The body is nice and rich, impressively so for the fact that this beer stops short of being imperial. The carbonation though, is a fair bit too low, even for the style. The beer sits on my tongue, almost flat. It's only the relatively modest size of the brew that keeps it from being an all out viscous, syrupy disaster. Exit 13 is fairly straightforward, delivering exactly what the bottle promises, boatloads of chocolate flavor. It lacks any real depth though, and that and the subpar mouthfeel keep it from being anything more than a pleasant novelty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a nice, thick, black color with a slow building, cascading head about two inches thick with a dense bubbling, chunky bodied, light brown colored head. Smells of chocolate and oats. The beer is surprisingly light and dry in mouth, with bitter dark chocolate overtones and a coffee like foundation. Quick, smooth, and clean finish with a slightly bitter and effervescent chocolate aftertaste. Tasty.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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...

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black with thick dark tan head that dissipated to a collection of patchy foam. Head leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and a few dark fruits.

T- Rich chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and a bit of hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- I really enjoyed this one and it surprised me. Found this one really easy to drink.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich with an overtone of semi-sweet chocolate and tones of quality roast coffee and malt. It pours a beautiful black-brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled chocolaty-tan head. Flavor gives the impression of a fine mocha - semi-sweet chocolate and high-quality roast coffee, with a hint of caramel and whispers of wood and apple brandy. Smooth texture leaves a subtle but persistent tingle and a surprisingly hoppy finish, as well as tones of chocolate and coffee. A must for stout nuts!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought out by nrbw23. Ive never had anything by Flying Fish so I appreciate this one, Brad.

S- Undoubtedly the aroma is the best part of this beer. Rich chocolate clad malts with a smooth milky flow to it. Its a pretty sweet smelling beer but its pleasant.

T- About as chocolatey as I expected from that aroma. Perhaps a little toned back on the sweetness by a good level of roast, but thats a good thing.

I liked this one. Ill have to look out for some Flying Fish stuff in the future.

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Exit 13 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.