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
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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 yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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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 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 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 gkatsoris
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as night. Thick foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Malty. Malty balls. Slight bread. Slight cocoa. Raisins. Lil Alcohol.

T: Sweet and delicious. Dark unsweetened chocolate. Fudge. Malts. Slight nuts, maybe brazil nuts.

M: A little thin, but it works well.

O: This works like a session beer, except for the 8.3 percent; very drinkable.

Thanks that guy at Canals.

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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 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 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 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 jsn1376
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Exit 8 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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