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Exit 8 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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88
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 8
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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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

09-11-2012 17:11:49 | More by bump8628
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mmilyko

Nevada

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-08-2012 02:16:45 | More by mmilyko
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-06-2012 14:42:05 | More by comfortablynirm
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-29-2012 22:55:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2%

- 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.

08-23-2012 22:40:25 | More by beerthulhu
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Ally928


4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-23-2012 04:26:01 | More by Ally928
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-21-2012 01:20:41 | More by Hessian257
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

08-20-2012 02:16:43 | More by Proteus93
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-18-2012 12:20:57 | More by mcsauter82
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

08-09-2012 01:38:51 | More by jtierney89
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

07-27-2012 21:04:30 | More by haazer
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

07-23-2012 12:05:47 | More by avalon07
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

07-21-2012 10:42:31 | More by jwc215
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

07-21-2012 00:59:51 | More by pburland23
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-12-2012 14:02:35 | More by hoppymcgee
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pajeff

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30%

07-08-2012 01:22:58 | More by pajeff
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scottyshades

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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

07-02-2012 21:22:29 | More by scottyshades
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

06-20-2012 20:03:29 | More by TheFightfan1
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kb2250

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-15-2012 12:36:09 | More by kb2250
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-14-2012 20:22:16 | More by THECPJ
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-12-2012 16:59:29 | More by Gww1864
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-12-2012 02:08:31 | More by Knapp85
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-03-2012 22:29:38 | More by bvlaminck
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-31-2012 01:15:27 | More by rab53
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +12%

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.

05-26-2012 03:35:34 | More by Cyberkedi
Exit 8 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.