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Exit 8 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: MLasoski on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The long-delayed eighth stop on our multi- year trip brings us to, coincidentally, Exit 8 and celebrates what puts the “Garden” in Garden State.

To celebrate Exit 8, one of our big farming areas, we’ve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient: chestnuts–and a popular current one: local honey. This full-bodied hybrid Belgian-style brown ale brings forward a nutty character from the chestnuts, accented by the flavors of honey, roasted barley and oat flakes. There’s a nice spiciness from the Mt. Rainier hops while Chinooks add a touch of pine. Fuggles and Columbus round out the hop profile.
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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 110
Photo of haazer
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes from Philly Beer week.

A- Blackish, dark brown brew. Creamy brown colored head with a lasting cap of foam.

S- Brown, medium roasted malt and a mellow hint of roast coffee. Fairly mild.

T- Slim amounts of coffee in the beginning. The beer then has a somewhat nutty flavor, and a touch of caramel. The medium toasted malt provides the backbone.

M- Medium bodied brew with mid level carbonation.

O- Kinda blah on this beer. Warming the beer definitely brought out a little more in aroma and flavor, all subtle and no stand outs. Average brew here.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, nice thick tan head developed. Lasted and laced extremely well. Appearance was a dark brown with slight red hue. Aroma was malrty with caramel and chocolate notes. Taste had a pronounced chocolate with hints of coffee and slight alcohol taste. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry / malty aftertaste.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of chocolate, a nutty quality, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of dark fruit, a bit of yeast, a hint of chocolate, the nutty quality, and light grassy hops. A decent flavor, but not pushed far enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, but not spectacular beer. Drinkable enough.

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of pburland23
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 wine bottle into my Great Divide tulip.

Appearance: Beer pours a very deep, dark brown. When held to the light there are some hints of a lighter chestnut brown around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of light mocha head. Very long head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Some nutty notes, roasted malts and a definitive hint of sweetness from the honey. Perhaps a little too sweet in the nose for me.

Taste: Sweet and chocolaty. Good roasted malt notes. The chestnuts and honey are both present but they aren't the biggest tastes. Finishes with some Belgian yeast, mild hops bitterness and a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation. Some heat from the alcohol.

Overall: Another interesting beer from the Flying Fish Exit Series. A lot more roasted malts than I was expecting. The Belgian yeast isn't as prominent as I was expecting either. It drinks more like a straightforward brown ale than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a very dark mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced to a medium film with a medium collar and had fairly good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, honey and a pronounced nutty odor.

The taste was malty sweet and a tad roasty with hints of molasses, honey and caramel at first, progressing into a slightly bitter yeast taste with a bit of chocolate, a nice chestnut presence and a little more than slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a dark bold yeasty taste left behind to fade away slowly.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry, yet thinly oily in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very well rounded Belgian Brown with all the components working together rather well, creating a very appealing brew that was nice and roasty yet still possessed that Belgian Ale drinkability...


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a smallish brown head that shows moderate retention. Smells of caramel, chocolate, a bit nutty with little to no hop presence. Taste is sweet and malty with a caramel earthy chocolate flavor to it. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Nice brown ale with a nutty edge. I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of irs
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, dark brown pour with a plus sized white head. The aroma is nutty, roasted malts. The beer taste more like a nut brown ale than a Belgian ale. The honey is noticable, finishes with a nutty sweetness. The body is medium, good carbonation. A tasty brew, more of a Belgian brown ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The head settles and leave just a light ring around the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer has a really nice sweet aroma of bready Belgian yeast with some honey in there too. The taste of the beer has a sweet start to it, the flavors of fresh tabacco mixed with the sweet honey and the yeast make this beer really quite nice. The mouthfeel of the beer was gently carbonated, with a clean drinkable dry finish to it. Overall it's a very nice beer. I found this enjoyable and I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a medium-small, short-lived, light beige head.

Smell: Displays a wide range of notes, you've got chicory, dark caramel, molasses, baker's chocolate, ground cloves, plums, banana bread, and pine.

Taste: Roasty, toasty (whole grain bread), chocolaty malts with a full-on nuttiness and molasses tone throughout. Caramel and perceived honeybun sweetness. Amply malty throughout. Growing clove-like quality from the yeast. Faintly resinous pine in the background. Lightly bitter, with the spicy phenols and alcohol helping to balance the sweetness. Touch of dark fruits and an additional fruity hint of bananas. Spicy, sweet, and still with a nutty maltiness on the smooth finish with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, not quite creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This Exit is fairly good, not outstanding, but a beer that shows some real promise.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a pint

Pours a dark brown with with a foamy khaki head. Loads of lace all over the glass and a thick coating over the beer.

The aroma is of toasted nuts, some booze, honey, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast and some bready malt. Overall sweetness bordering on cookie at times.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet malts and toasted nuts with honey through the middle. The finish has a little fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, but is mostly roasted/toasted nuts and a faint hit of booze.

On the lighter aide of medium with low carbonation. Residual sweet/nutty flavors linger.

This is a nice brown ale with the added twist of a Belgian yeast strain, one of the better ones I have had. They hit a nice level of compex flavors and aromas in a relatively tame style. (Edit: I just noticed the style is BSDA, but I reviewed as a Brown Ale)

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Photo of MLasoski
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Exit 8 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.