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Exit 8 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MLasoski on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL poured into a 2012 SAVOR snifter. purchased several months ago. kept at cellar temps.

A: hazy dark brown body. brownish tints to the white tight bubbled head. retention is terrific as is the huge amount of lacing left behind.

S: plums and figs. some yeasty notes as well. there is the linger of heat, but you can tell this has calmed down. roasted barley is there as well.

T: sweet and savory. very fruity. grapes, strawberry jam. caramel and chocolate. malt starts to pick up and make a presence towards the finish. coco and figs linger long after the sip is gone. hint of coffee as well.

M: tingly, fine carbonation bubbles. full bodied.

D: this is a really solid belgian strong dark from NJ. not getting a lot of chestnuts in particular, but certainly a buttery sweetness that could be lent from the nuts. chestnuts or no chestnuts, this is a solid beer and worth picking up and throwing into the cellar.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass deep dark roasted chesnut brown with a decent sized tan colored head atop.Aromas were awsome with the chesnuts used in the beer along with sweet honey and mild yeasty notes,very appetizing and rich.Rich is a good word to describe the flavors with sweet honey and roasted chesnut notes,slightly cakey, mild yeasty phenols,and light earth round out the flavors.What a great rich beer,it's sweet but not overy so with a nice drying effect in the finish,easily the best Flying Fish beer I have had to date.

Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is dark and sweet chocolate with nuttiness and dark bread. Tastes more like a complex porter. The alcohol is well hidden. I could have a couple glasses.

Photo of dacrza1
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 8, 2013... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick...OCCASION: preemptive drinking of the first delayed opening of this school year... APPEARANCE: jet black body; thick, spongy, brown head... AROMA: sweet honey with nutty, funky tones; toasted malts suggest the farmlands which the beer seeks to celebrate; some light hops... PALATE: BIG, full-bodied,, cold-storm warming presence; the opposite of the thin, iced tea consistency akin to the usual brown ale...TASTE: somewhat sweet, honeyed start; fleeting oat and grain late; in between. rather clean and brown--some vanilla hints as well--and then the nuttiness takes over and the beer really becomes chewy;overall, a complex beer to chew and swallow...OVERALL: supporting the locals always feels right, and though this bomber requires excess cash--don't most of them?--the taste matches the altruism of giving; big, bold and flavorful, it's what a brown with attitude should produce...

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11/19...pours very dark brown with deep offwhite foam, speckled with tiny brown dots. Robust nutty nose, buried sweet honey too. Sweet bready malty caramel, open, smooth and mellow with a honey sweetness all over it. Quite nutty. Lingering sweetness, subtle alcohol.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not enjoying this little red coating on the top of this bottle.

Off white sticky head atop a clear deep chestnut colored ale. Very subtle nose of earthy hops along with some strange scents of plastic and soap.

Pretty moderately sized body actually, more reminiscent of an American Brown ale then a belgian but i can taste the belgian influence as well. Roasted malt on the tip of the tongue, copmlex layers of endless flavors. Dark fruit, raisins and plums, touches of cherry, soothing honey, molasses, light earthy notes and pine, and even a slight vinous character. You definitely can that nuttiness that the brewery was aiming for as well. An overall pretty sweet beer with what tastes like belgian candy sugar. But just enough hop bitterness to balance. Both the hops and malts linger in the mouth. Another beer with a slightly tannic quality. A genuinely unique beer that tastes totally awesome. I'm not the biggest flying fish fan but this beer is something else. It took the best of american browns and dark belgians and somehow married them together, with honey.

Complex, layered, flavorful, and proportioned. In your face yet reserved at the same time. Not just one flavor overrides everything. You palate goes on a rollercoaster of a ride each time.

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

- Belgian style brewed with honey and chestnuts.

A: Rich otter brown pour is pitch black in the chalice accompanied by a sturdy 2 finger frothy sandstone tinted head. Healthy retaining head shows small beads upon the build up turning to a creamy covering. Thick clumpy patches of foam cling nicely to the vessel with a very good rate of coverage.

S: On the nose was chocolate, roasted chestnuts, burnt caramel sweetness, with some wet coffee grounds. Light aroma level subtle complexity saves this from average regards. A hint of musky belgian yeastiness is present but again very subtle.

T: Big coffee roast, burnt caramel while the belgian yeastiness is much more dominate in the flavor then was on the nose. Roasted chestnuts, milky chocolate roast with some honey sweetness upfront shows wet coffee grounds on the close. Hop bitterness shows subtle fruitiness and pine while the malting is the real limelight here.

M: Creamy body, light void of much carbonation. A small alcohol warmth is accompanied by a light musky belgian yeastiness.

O: Nice flavor overall, sweet honey laced coffee roast has hints of roasted chestnuts and belgian yeastiness the comes together nicely at the end of the day. Intriquing flavor, very worth experiencing, and the addition of honey and chestnuts clearly worked out. Good drinkability.

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

I was really excited to finally see this bottled after the problems Flying Fish had with their bottle delivery. Thanks for the speedy turnaround!

A: Dark brown body with a voluminous head (could have been my horrible pouring job); but at any rate, the head stuck around and never dissipated until I had a couple sips left. How about dem apples.. or shall I say chestnuts? I couldn't really see the carbonation.

S: Smelled sweet of alcohol, could have been the honey, with a roastiness brought on most likely by the chestnuts used. Smells delicious! I wish I had this around Christmas time. Seems appropriate.

T: Sweet honey and the usual brown ale maltiness are what I tasted right off the bat. Very enjoyable.

M: Sweet up front, full-bodied in the middle, roastiness as it goes down. I loved it.

O: Definitely comparable, if not better, than its competitors on the market. I wish I tasted more of the chestnut; however, what would a chestnut really taste like in a beer? Who knows. I recommend it, it definitely is not a shortfall next to the rest of the Exit Series.

Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to leftmindedrighty for tossing this in my box!

Poured from 750 to Duvel tulip:

Pours deep, dark, ominous brown/black. Very minimal clarity and a big swelling light brown cap. Frothy at first but receding to a neat, dense lid. Perfect lacing.

For some reason I often think "hard water" when I smell brown ales. I get a bit of that here. Also, the use of nuts really translate nicely to the nose but I think walnuts instead of chestnuts. Fresh cream, light cocoa, honey, very subtle alcohol.

Ooh, that's smooth. It's hard to think of mouthfeel and taste as two distinct aspects of the beer in this case. So creamy, it really does wonders for all the chocolate milk type notes on the tongue. Light hop presence does a nice job of drying things up. The nuts again have shown themselves in appropriate modesty. Very tasty indeed.

Overall, very grateful to have had the chance to test this one out. Thanks a ton Aaron!

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a good while before becoming an 1/8 inch of head. Slippery lacing is just OK.

S- On par with most dark Belgians. Sweet malt nose with rich Belgian yeast notes. Is indeed nutty and has a distant booziness. Also a small amount of glass smell.

T- Much more roasty than expected. Alcohol plays a big role in the overall profile bringing about a nice kick along with the powerful yeast flavor. Notes of banana, raisin and a bit of chocolate and caramel. Not much honey as the roast is the dominant taste and doesn't allow the sweetness to have as much of an influence as expected.

M- A bit creamy and thick. Also a tad dry. Medium-high carbonation and a body full of presence.

O- The Exit Series is, generally, a great set of beers. All the ones I've had have been great, except for one that was just OK (Exit 9).

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Every year that I come to Long Beach Island, I make sure to pick up the Exit series that is available at the time I'm on the island. To date, time has proven that Flying Fish makes some of the best beer I've come across in Jersey. Let's see if this continues that tradition/trend...

A: Somewhat murky deep brown, topped with an almost disproportionately white head. I would have assumed it would have had a little more of a khaki tone to it. It forms nicely, retains well, and has a nice creaminess that I appreciate, though.

S + T: The typical scents associated with an American nut brown can be found here... some roasted malts, a nutty quality, and a soft sweetness. The sweet side of it has a fruity quality thanks to the yeast. There's a little hint of toffee, however modest, and any honey notes are more notable in the flavour, towards the finish.

M + D: The body is the one point where this beer might fall a little short. It's just a touch thin. Nonetheless, the carbonation is appropriate, and the finish has a slickness that I find enjoyable. Another year has passed with another enjoyable Exit series brew that will play a role in next year's vacation!

Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a tightly knit creamy cap. Retention is excellent

S: Lots of nuts, caramel, and a smooth graininess. I would put this somewhere between a Belgian Dark and a rich Brown Ale...Belgian yeast notes are there but definitely restrained in a way that give this beer more balance.

T: Nuts, caramel, and a smooth oat character. Belgian yeast lend a little spiciness but don't overwhelm like some of this style. Balanced by a slight earthy hop presence

MF/O: The oats give this beer a smooth and velvety feel to it. Carbonation is low. Alcohol well hidden. Nutty finish. Overall an easy drinking beer, especially for 8.3%. Great for a hot day like it is down here in South Florida

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark malts and chestnuts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of honey. Flavors of Belgian yeast are very apparent, particularly in the finish. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful—particularly with chestnuts—and hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a murky dark brown color with almost a finger of thick, creamy tan head. The head sticks around nicely. The smell is full of caramel and dark fruit notes along with some mild toffee. The sweet aromas are nice, but there is a hint of tartness that doesn't belong if you ask me. The baste is very smooth and reminds me of a British brown ale that is just a little bit tart. I would have liked this to be less tart and to accentuate the malt more. The finish is bitter. The carbonation is smooth and fluffy, almost reminds me of a nitro pour. I wish the sweetness was more dominant but I still enjoyed it enough.

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

750ml.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice light mocha-colored head.

S: Yeasty, some raisins, a bit of honey sweetness and roasted malt.

T: Starts with some muted bready yeastiness, light honey, bitterish grain, brown bread, somewhat nutty, roast, some cloves. A bit more sweetness comes out as it warms.

M: A little more than medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Very nice.

O: A hefty and solid brown ale, with some nice influence from the yeast and honey.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, a murky,cloudy mahogany color with a nice finger tan heading. Some decent lacing stays throughout the tasting.

Decent roast aroma with a touch of fruity yeast. Heavy toasted chestnuts , slight brown sugar as well.

Very similar to the aroma, toasted chestnuts with a belgian yeasty finish. Nice brown sugary alcohol kick. Subtle earthy hops balance this out.

Light-Medium bodied, decent carbonation in the mouth. A little bit on the thin side for my liking but not really all that boozey for an 8.3% ABV.

Not a bad beer,nothing really bad about this one at all just not my style.

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely dark brown with a slight reddish hue on the sides. Nice khaki 1 finger head. Not much lacing. Head dies quick on this high octane beer.

S: Caramel sweet, alcohol, Belgian yeast phenols, slight pine, slight nutty, slight toffee, hint of molasses and currants.

T: coffee, toffee, nutty, slight cocoa, currant, little bit of alcohol, suppressed bitterness, more on the sweeter side. Molasses at the backend. Hint of honey.

M: Relatively thick and slick but not a stout. Still has some thinness. Finish is sweet.

O: This is another good beer in the exit series but I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Strong Ales...so I'm biased. I'm sure the Belgian folk are raving but I was left bored and uninterested. Would drink again if offered but wouldn't buy in a store.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a lasting thin head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chestnuts with molasses. It smells of a rich brown ale with a "Belgian" earthy, spicy touch.

The taste follows through. A brown, nutty (chestnut) flavor with a "Belgian" spicy touch. Malty with spicy yeast and minimal hops. Sweet, but not sticky.

Velvety smooth and creamy. Slides down "too" quickly.

A very nutty, sweet-ish, treat! A nice, nutty brown ale with a Belgian-inspired background. Alcohol well-integrated. Very nice!

Photo of irs
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't liked all of the exit series, but I'm glad to see that the one exit I grew up next too was a good one.
a: Nice brown clear, lets light through with a really nice chestnut color. thin but big head.
s: nose is a little weak- just not a whole lot of it that is...definitely smells more like a belgian brown than an english brown.
t: very nice blend 1/3 english nut brown, 5/9 belgian brown, 1/9 something else very cool. that's got to be the chestnuts and honey.
m: i guess more to the belgian than to the english. Lots of carbonation
o: tasty brew. I hope Flying Fish keeps making this one, I'll keep buying it. Though it does taste most like a nice twist on the TJs Vintage Ale. When that's around at $5 a bottle, it will be hard to justify dropping an extra three bucks for this.

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

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with some garnet hints when held up to the light. The beer pours with a finger tall beige head that reduces to thicker patches and a ring at the edges of the glass - this head is very foamy like what I would normally associate with root beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of dark malts, lots of the chestnut (as advertised for the beer), and that distinctive smell of Belgian yeast.

T: This beer is not too sweet, as one might expect considering it is made with chestnuts and honey. While the aroma was strong with the chestnuts, there flavor is more influenced by the honey. There are some additional light hints of chestnuts and the definitive flavor of the Belgian yeast. Some slight bitterness but overall a nice complexity and balance.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Been looking forward to trying this one since I picked it up on release day, definitely worth getting another bottle of this if I can still find it. It was very pleasant, easy to drink, and enjoyable. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Thus far I have been impressed with all of the Exit Series beers I have tried from Flying Fish, and this continues the tradition.

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: hand pumped firkin at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This is not a "Belgian strong dark ale," but rather a [Belgian-style] brown ale, brewed with chestnuts.

Poured a clear, woody, medium brown, with a huge puff of off-white head that retained well and left quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, toasted nuts, bread crusts. Similar taste, with notes of bready yeast, toasted nuts, with a good malty / honey sweetness that never really took the foreground. A bit of roast and earthy hops in the finish. Light-medium body, and pretty drinkable overall, though not overflowing with flavor. Still better than many other brown ales I've had, and I'd have another one of these if given the chance.

Photo of mikeg67
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting beige head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of barnyard yeast and toasted malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is toasted, nutty malt, spicy hops, yeast, dark fruit and molasses. Finish is long and dry. Very tasty brew.

Photo of jsn1376
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from bomber - pours a smoky brown - two finger cream-colored head. body ended up being very clear clear brown like a light roast coffee brown but very dark.

S- almost smoky roasted nutts yes - earthy dialed down as sweet malts with a slight slight boozy tinge kicked up - but a cookie creeped in / combination of earth and cookie.

T- looking for the honey didn't get much- prominent in the Belgian Yeast notes but definitely sweet sweet infused with chestnuts. set a little bit of saltiness toasted walnuts under the sweet dark finish overall great flavor

M- medium bodied moderate carbonation - allow the beer to sightly rise in temperature for more creamy complexity it calms down a bit and becomes more balanced -the consistency is more smooth at a higher temp.

O- good a Belgian ale mixed with a traditional English nut brown semi complex. it's has the full potential of being a go-to holiday beer - the booze is well hidden and it's perfect for Christmas time by the fire - or anytime!

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this large bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick, frothy, light brown, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates down the side of glass, leaving a nice trial and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet and tart Belgian yeast scent at first followed by a smooth roasted malt aroma with a caramel background. Lots of complex aromas here.

T: Smooth and slightly tart fruity Belgian flavor up front. Roasted malt middle and finishes smooth.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Amazing Belgian Brown ale. Perfect balance.

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a thick 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Lots of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: loads of toasted nuts in the aroma with a decent amount of malt sweetness.

Taste: nice bready and malty brown ale. Big roasted nut flavor with some brown sugar, a hint of spicy yeast, and you can barely make out the honey late in the taste. Decent hop level brings a nice balancing to the beer. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long lasting as the flavor stick to the tongue.

Overall: this is a slow sipping but flavorful brown ale. As with others in the series, this is some of Flying Fish's best stuff.

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88 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.