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Exit 8 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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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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 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 oberon
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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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 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 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 jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, I drink these beers because all alcoholism should have an altruistic motive resting under the surface.

Beer is brown, dark brown, clear at the corners, nice tan head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is nutty, sweet, a little yeasty, a mild roast.

Beer is medium in body, fine, nutty, walnuts mostly, decent yeast, fine finish, moderate bitterness on the back from the grain, no aftertaste, a fine nut brown, a little bigger than most.

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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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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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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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 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 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 Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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 Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

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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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Belgian dark with a nutty/sweet edge.

Presentation: 750ml brown capped bottle. Brown background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, limited release, ingredients, main characteristics and food pairing. Shows 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep dark brown pour with a nice creamy head, medium retention, good surface memory with a lasting surface ring, and some splashes of lacing.

S - Sweet and malty nose, plenty of caramel, slight nutty insinuation with a touch of yeast...

T - Nice expansion on the palate, caramel and sweetness with a light Belgian touch, soft nutty sense in the bitter punctuation towards the finish.

M - Medium to medium/full body, medium carbonation, Rather creamy and smooth.

O - Nicely flowing ale, almost a bit too sweet at points, and maybe best suited as an after meal brew.

Notes: Curious differences during a comparative tasting with a similar homebrew that happened to share plenty of the departing characteristics but whereas this one shines on its sweet edge, "Castaña Supreme" had a more pronounced fruity, yeasty edge… None of the two really showed off the chestnut. Maybe more so Exit 8 around the sweet/hoppy edge...

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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 vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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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 bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get a ton of Belgian character in this one but did find a really nice big, malty brown ale. Rich malts - warm bread, burnt sugars, caramel, and coffee cake. Despite the richness, not overly sweet with a nicely balanced herbal hop flavor. A bit of plum and pear fruitiness and a light clove spiciness works into the flavor profile well and is about the only hint of Belgian character I pick up. Really nice.

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