Porter | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 56
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Foxman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark but crisp brown, flashing claret at the margins. A finger of light brown crema head drops away swiftly to pockets of beige froth. Thin but sticky lacing adheres to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is all about malt, dark roasted and burnt toffee sweet, with raisins and cocoa besting a vague berry fruit note.

Upon tasting, the malt comes in a bit thinner here, but still plying a bite of deep roast and caramel sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate, raisins, coffee, and some nuttiness arise, but never very tall. Hops make a mild play here, being distantly citric and fading soon to a burnt biscuit grainy bitterness. The finish is bitter and dry, and pretty short to boot. Overall, it's fairly pleasant, but unremarkable.

Between light and medium bodied, it still flows faster and more liquid than expected, with a crisp presence but little staying power.

I was trashing some old notebooks and came across this review from almost two years ago. Having had a couple of these since, I can say my opinion hasn't changed. And that's a shame, because, like with other Flying Fish offerings, it seems to want to be more, but something is holding it back. Now retired, it is at least drinkable, but from these guys, I'd rather have HopFish, or if it's a long session, the Farmhouse. Anyway, it's gone away, at least for now, but if it comes back, I hope it delivers more on its promise.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with tinges of ruby. Head reduces to a thin but persistent and creamy tan. Hardly any lacing. Smells lightly of roasty, creamy dark malt.

Taste is not as roasty as you'd think. Sweetish dark biscuity malt, fades to a creamy chocolatey flavor with a quite light but satisfying bitter coffee flavor. Aftertaste is the bitter coffee lingering in low levels for quite a while. A lighter bodied porter but it delivers on the subtle balanced flavors. Easy drinker. Good little porter.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bloodied dark brown on the coaster, dusky ruby when bright sunlight is permitted entry. The coffee-with-a-lot-of-cream head is on the small side, but makes up for it by hanging around and by gracing the glass with soem sudsy lace... not much of which lasts.

The nose is neither robust, nor very dark malty. Given the far from opaque appearance and the less than roasted nose, I'll go out on a limb and predict that this isn't one of the bigger porters on the style block. It still has a pleasantly soft, cocoa and fruit-like nose, however.

For a lighter version, Flying Fish Porter is pretty good beer with a surprising amount of flavor. The mouthfeel would suggest that there isn't a ton of malt on board, but what's present carries out its flavor transfer duties with competence and style. Bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and citric hops are all present. I just wish the beer would bathe the taste buds for even a little bit longer.

When assessing the mouthfeel on a porter, I frequently have to remind myself that I'm not drinking a stout. This beer's body, again, is on the lighter end of the style spectrum. I'm finding it to be acceptable, but any thinner at all wouldn't work.

I wish Flying Fish Porter would spend more time soaring above the water than swimming in it. Although it isn't quite fair to call the mouthfeel watery, adding more roasted malt seems like such an easy fix and would turn this above average beer into a potentially exceptional one.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with reddish tints. Minimal head with sparse tannish head. No lacing. Smell is minimal with some roasted malt and caramel noted. Taste is enjoyable with rich dark fruits mixed with coffee and chocolate present. Finish shows a strong fruitiness and a pleasant bitterness at the end. Very easy drinking. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter poured a very dark brown, almost black. The head was somewhat disappointing - it almost immediately became a thin lace.
The smell was of aromas of a mingling of coffee and chocolate to create a very inviting smell.
The taste was slightly thinner than the smell, but was a well-balanced mix of tastes - coffee with a chocolate texture with a slight, warming, alcohol finish.
It is a delicious beer. The good, well-balanced aftertaste makes this highly drinkable.
This is a good example of a session American Porter. (By the way, it's available year round - though I heard that it might be retired soon.)

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Photo of chakadrum
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really stoodout too much about this beer, but it was what I'd call a decent brew.

Dark dark brown in color. Surprisingly little head at all. Smell is subtle but almost coffee like. The taste follows. Initially it tastes sort of bland to me, but the aftertaste is a nice subtle coffee flavor. Very enjoyable. The carbonation seems a bit much. I would have like a smoother mouthfeel on this one.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown ruby with a thin tan head.

S - Nutty, malty, hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - Nutty, hints of chocolate and coffee, grainy.

M - Light and creamy. Very little carbonation.

D - A very light porter that is easy to drink but lacking in aroma and flavor. A little to nutty/grainy for my liking.

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3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy scarecrowe for the sample.
Pours up a dark brown color with a fluffy medium thick head of light tan foam, large bubbles are scattered across the surface. The beer looks more like a brown ale, but the head is all porter, thin sheets of lace down the side of the glass.
Smell is sweet and bready, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Slighty roasted smell, no hop.
Taste is extremely roasted, a bit astringent, slightly metallic/tinny in the back of the mouth. The roasted bitterness is not the best flavor I have had, but it's not terrible. It's the sour tang on the sides and under my tongue that is offputting.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium with enough carbonation to tingle the entire mouth, smooth but not overly creamy.
If not for the odd aftertaste, this would be a good session porter. However, I doubt that I would seek this out if Anchor, SN, or my favorite Highland were available.


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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came a clear, dark brown with some burgundy highlights and a very little head at all. Smelled slightly of candy sugar with a sour sweetness and some nuts. Tasted initially like a cola that quickly faded into a woody sour. Finished with almost a candy apple sourness. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied and sticky with a light carbonation. Over all, the candy sweetness was just a little too much to enjoy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a large, fluffy, light brown head that sits atop a a brilliantly clear deep, deep amber colored beer (really almost black) that shows bright amber highlights around the edges. The aroma is a mix of lightly roasted fruit (like raisins and concentrated plums) and soft roast notes made up of lightly roasted coffee and toasted malt. I am really quite surprised how fruity the aroma is, I was expecting something a bit more clean and malt focused, shows you what I know.

Wow, the beer is incredibly well carbonated and almost vaporizes as it hit my tongue. I am certainly going to need to de-gas this puppy to enjoy it. Ok that is done, what is the beer like? The beer is lightly sweet with a forward fruitiness that reminds me of raisins, figs and perhaps a bit of ripe plum. There is a saccharine sweetness that carries through almost to the end of this beer. The malt really becomes noticeable towards the end of a sip, there is a drying roasted malt note, a hint of chocolate, and a definite bready-toasted note that reminds me of crusty bread pulled fresh from the oven.

As the beer warms up the fruitiness really starts to take over, it almost becomes a bit too much. This beer seems a bit thin on the palate as well, probably a byproduct of the over carbonation.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby brown, nearly opaque with a huge tan head. Sturdy ring and islands of bubbles were left after a few minutes. Nose is watery malt, the barley smelling lightly roasted, yet nothing stands out. Taste is toasted malts with some bitter hops overseeing it all. Again, though, nothing too amazing. Mouthfeel is far too thin for the style. Very drinkable. This is the kind of brew to introduce someone to porter who is afraid of "dark" beers. It is harmless, has no distinct character, but is decidedly different from a generic lager.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Andy's tonight, quite the surprise.

Served in a nonic at approximately 55 degrees fahrenheit .

Appearance- Dark brown with ruby tones throughout, relatively moderate head that settled tightly to a thin mat.

Smell- Mellow notes of chocolate and coffee, with a subtle malt character and almost no hoppiness. Even at this recommended temperature, there was barely anything to comment on.

Taste- Slightly bitter dark beer that brings forth a subdued roastiness that clamors for recognition. Just an average example, IMO.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- On cask this is very smooth, as might be expected. The texture saves this one, since the physical and olfactory experience along with the taste is blah.

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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin looking deep brown with lots of foamy head. Lace covers the inside of the glass. Nose is full of toasted and burnt malts. Flavor is loaded with burnt coffee grounds and dark chocolate. The malts are very dry in this beer. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is thin and kind of disappointing. Best served warmish.

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