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Exit 8 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MLasoski on 03-16-2012)
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

UncleNeighborChris, Dec 09, 2012
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.

jtierney89, Aug 09, 2012
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.

ckollias, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of frank12
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

frank12, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of prock180
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

prock180, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of joesc230
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

joesc230, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of J_Ross
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

J_Ross, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

oberon, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and notes of cloves and cinnamon plus a hint of molasses. Rich flavor has malty, molasses, caramel, nutty and earthy notes plus a honey-sweet undertone and hints of cloves and woody hops - or is that chestnut? Thick body is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice tingle with subtle earthy, honey and hoppy tones. Excellent! Be sure to get off at this exit.

Cyberkedi, May 26, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Jimmys, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

yamar68, May 07, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Chugs13, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Vylo, May 11, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Gavage, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Beer4Baltimore, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

wrightst, May 01, 2013
Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Gww1864, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Cluker
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Cluker, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

comfortablynirm, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

kb2250, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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).

Immortale25, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jsn1376
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

jsn1376, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exit 8 pours a blackish color with a small lacing head. Their is a yeasty sweet aroma. The taste has a nice roasted malty backbone, with nice notes of hazelnuts, and honey, and bits of Belgian candies. Nice full flavor, very drinkable. Overall a very good and unique strong dark ale.

vette2006c5r, Jul 11, 2013
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Exit 8 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.