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Exit 13 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

99 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 99
Hads: 159
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 6.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.

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.
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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Nice dark color, but the foam is a bit lazy. Little chocolate Yoohoo aroma, other than that, all roasty stout.

Tasty. Not as heavy-roast as I smelled. Roasty, but it pulls back and allows a great bitter chocolate taste to come through. Good stuff. Not quite the lush feel I might have expected, but not austere either.

Big rich full of flavor stout that comes in at 7.5%? Winner. No lightweight, but neither is it that much of a chore to drain the 750 yourself. (478 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackest of black body, topped by a thick slab of dark tan dense micro bubbles.

Inviting chocolate aroma, with some earthy hop notes along the edges.

Taste begins with a quick jolt of coffee, before the rich chocolate rolls over everything. Sharp hop bite at the swallow cuts through so you know its beer and not Bosco. Could use a tad more chocolate in the aftertaste.

Nice thick rich mouthfeel. Drinks easily for a big stout.

A fine and tasty chocolate stout. Enjoy. (472 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours pitch black, with a gorgeous two fingers of dark brown foam that laces on the glass nicely. Head retention is very good. Aroma is chocolaty, with some roasted barley flavors as well.

First sip is... full bodied, great mouthfeel, and nice subtle chocolate flavor. I really like this one! There is not too much malty sweetness, allowing the chocolate to shine though. And it is very nice how there isn't any harsh, roast bitterness. Extremely drinkable for 7.5% ABV.

This beer is a winner for sure. I'd buy this again. (581 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brilliantly dark, black beer...nice tan head, although a bit shallow. The smell is lacking, with just a little charcoal and medicine-like phenols. It's a grainy, dryish beer...just shy of astringent. Chocolate and smoke dominate the flavor...lots of roasted, bitter, intense tastes. The beer is full in body, although it suffers a bit from the dryness, which draws away from the heft. Still, this is a nice, enjoyable stout. (426 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've spent way too much time with. 1/3 ton of Belgian chocolate and about 900 vanilla beans went into flavoring this sucker. And it shows a little. This bottle was about 2+ months old - even after just 2 months, it's a hell of a lot better than when it was fresh. Here's my notes, I'm spent!

A: streaky, wavy bands of lacing - lightly "chunky"; dark brown head - dense w/ some big bubbles, rises high and thick; jet black liquid, sediment in the bottom of the bottle - yeast? speckled, thick with choc residue

S: mostly deep dark chocolate aroma, rich; roasted bitterness light-moderate apparent (too light on malt); vanilla in the back, choc milk, lil bit o booze as it warms

T: the bitterness of the chocolate is rolled off wonderfully and not tasting like sweet Hershey bar (maybe a little), leaving a great balance of the chocolate flavor, smooth medium-light roasted flavor, and vanilla in the way back, could use a little more malt/dextrin/body, bitterness comes out in the middle, lingers in the finish w fruity hop(?), choc rises back up in the very end

M: smooth, slightly silky creamy, lightly viscous feel; not heavy or weighty - tiny bit thin (for an export stout)?; teensy bit of alcohol warmth; mini carb zip bite on tongue tip

D: drinkable any time of the day; one of FF's best goddamn it, Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it. (1,367 characters)

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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! (672 characters)

Photo of jslot38
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In general I've been a fan of this series from Flying Fish.

Appearance: Sparse top covering head that is a shade below mocha colored. Body is jet black.

Smell: Roasted barley, a touch of chocolate, bread, pretty straight forward.

Taste: Fairly simple beer. Some roasted and chocolate notes, a bit of a tart twang. No noticeable hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hits up front, but falls off very quickly. Smooths out. Good for a stout.

Drinkability: 750 shouldn't be a problem. This is a easy to drink beer, and right on mark for the style. Just don't expect a big stout, this is balanced. (590 characters)

Photo of irs
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish Exit 13, big champagne-like bottle, bought in Lambertville, NJ, and enjoyed in New York City.

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter. Thick, thick pour, glug, glug... love to hear that. Classic. Very black, with a beautiful tan head, two-finger high, and lots of beautiful bubbles on top. Retention is good, carbonation is low, lacing is unexpectedly minimal.

Smell: It is so roasty and barnyard-y it reminds me of the nasty-but-enticing horse piss trails in Hell's Kitchen left by the Central Park-bound horse-drawn carriages. Some bitterness too, and wood- not the kind used to age beer but just pure raw wood from a tree in the forest. Some coffee, the cheap kind, or perhaps chicory.

Taste: More bitter coffee/chicory, dark unprocessed chocolate. I wouldn't mind a chocolate stout that tastes like fine chocolate (Southern Tier Choklat, YUM!), but this is like biting on raw cocoa beans. Not so pleasant. The added bitterness doesn't help either.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Dry and bitter finish, lingers.

Drinkability: Sip. Sip. This is hard to drink, not because of the alcohol (fine and not evident at 7.5%) but due to the intense, unpleasant and unbalanced flavors (too bitter, too chocolaty, too unrefined, too... much)

Glad I got to try one of Flying Fish's famed Exits, but this one doesn't work for me. (1,359 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of SiepJones
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. I turn to put my bottle down and the head is gone, so long. A slight ring of foam hangs around the edges of my glass.

S: I smell a touch of chocolate and some dark fruit flavors on the nose but lots of roast malt.

T: Tons of roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate. This beer tastes like a black cup of coffee to me. Smokey notes in it as well.

M: Watery mouth feel which is surprising for a stout. Low carbonation, slightly bitter finish from the roast.

D: I was happy to try this beer but I was expecting something slightly different. Shared the bottle with but one is enough for me. (638 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Finally, I come across another Exit. It pours a straight onyx topped by a healthy tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste does not want to deviate from this set highway, though the vanilla is dropped, the roasted malts are more assertive, and a very subtle touch of charcoal creeps in. Frankly, to sum up the taste quickly, I'd describe it as resembling a roasted chunk of dark chocolate. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a very nice chocolate-styled stout, one I wish I could sample a few more times in the near future. (736 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to pvequalsnrt for this beer

This looks like some dark sexiness in a glass. Black as night, brown foam hanging out on the top, quite a pleasant beer. I found the aroma to be a little lacking as far as divulging any aromas other than a mild dark chocolate smell. The taste however was wonderful roast and dark chocolate flavors. It reminded me of a really dark chocolate mousse cake or a "Death by Chocolate". There is a strong chocolate flavor to this beer and a deep roasted bitterness that complements it rather well. The mouthfeel was a little weird for my liking, but I can't complain with the taste. I did enjoy drinking this beer and it was one hell of an extra in my trade. (730 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma consisted of chocolate, malt, and healthy dose of coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate, though not as much as you'd expect, mild coffee, and some malt. Surprisingly tasty and complex for a style that usually doesn't carry those attributes.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable stout. (511 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark, opaque black with thick dark tan head that dissipated to a collection of patchy foam. Foam left chunks of unevenly places lace behind.

S-Rich, dark roasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, and a subtle hint of pureed prune and dark cherry.

T-Deep roasted malt complexity, dark cocoa powder, prunes and dark cherries all overriding a mellow earthy bitterness.

M-Medium bodied soft and silky smooth with long lingering roasted malt and earthy hop bitterness. Drying finish.

D-About as solid of an export stout as I have had. Well done with plenty of flavour and complexity to keep things interesting. One of the best in the Exit series to date. (657 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a jet black color, without much head at all. The smell is cocoa powder, with a slight hint of alcohol. The taste was fairly thin for what I was expecting... Lots of chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. Kind of like drinking a Nestle Quik. A 7.5% Nestle Quik. The taste is a little thin for me, I'd like a little more substance w/ the taste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, fairly drinkable. Decent beer for the style, but I've definitely had better chocolate stouts. (481 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL capped and sealed bottle.

appears jet black. no highlights, even when held up to the light. very dark tan head. nice lacing.

aroma is roasty malt. reminds me like unsweetened baking cocoa powder. there are some hops in there too.

in the taste, chocolate is obviously the central flavor, bittersweet. balanced, yet flavorful. dry finish.

body is thicker, but not too much so. coats the mouth. smooth, lower carbonation. goes down easy, the large bottle is an easy single serving for me. (499 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 23.4 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Sharing this one with my wife since she always enjoys a good stout.

I think the Exit Series is a great concept and has produced some real quality beers. I'm hoping that trend continues.

Beer pours a dark, deep black with a thin brown head that didn't stick around very long. Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and dark malts.

Taste starts off with a pleasant roastiness before moving on to a strong chocolate flavor with a touch of mild hops bitterness. It's a pretty good example of the style taste wise.

Despite not producing much head, this beer is a little more carbonated than I expect from a stout.

As for drinkability, eh it's okay. This is the least impressive of the Exit Series. It's a decent stout, but it's not as big and innovative as the other beers in the Exit Series. I mean it's not a bad beer at all, but it isn't special either. (912 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: heavy chocolate aromas

taste: wow... lots of sweet chocolate but finishes dry.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. not heavy

drinkability: Right on style with lots of chocolate added. Fatastic and probably the best choc stout Ive had in the sessionable category. (319 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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! (409 characters)

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