Exit 18 Baltic Porter
Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Baltic Porter
4.05 | pDev: 6.17%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Exit 18 Baltic PorterExit 18 Baltic Porter
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 67
Photo of hopsputin
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: a silky rich black color, like motor oil. Head pours tan and about 3 fingers, but then fades to a thin film on top

S: toasted malts, oak, brown sugar, dark fruits , cherry, and chocolate

T: rich chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, leather, molasses, alcohol, and some faint tobacco

M: heavy mouthfeel with a silky syrupy finish. No real carbonation

O: this is a case of better flavor than aroma. It's a rich beer that is definitely a sipper. It has a nice depth of flavor, but a little alcohol burn. Not the most complex Baltic Porter I've had but it can definitely stand on its own

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exit 18 pours black with a small long lasting and lacing head. Sharp bold malty aroma. Taste is big, Sharp, hints of licorice. Just a little watery. Overall, solid Baltic porter.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roast, chocolate, toast, vanilla, and some earth on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with chocolate and roast. Nicely done.

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Photo of FBarber
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny black color. One finger tan head dissipates leaving a ring of foam along the outside of the beer with some spotty tan foams on top of the beer. Beer appears very thin to the eye.

Smell has notes of roasted malts, coffee (but not as strong as you'd get if there was actually coffee in the beer), Chocolate, raisin bread, and esters.

Taste has notes of malts, chocolate, raisin bread, dark fruits, and a strong hop presence. Medium bitterness on the back end lingers. Surprising alcohol heat is noticed.

Feel is much fuller than the beer appears. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish.

Overall a nice baltic porter - very well crafted.

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Photo of delta490
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A deep brown, almost black, with an initial finger of lightly foamy tan head settling down to a thin disk that leaves small bits of small sticky lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet alcohol esters with a little roasted malt. The taste is much more roasted malt, a little earthy hops, and just a hint of the alcohol. The body isn't as thick or slick as expected for the style, but it's smooth with just a little alcohol tingle.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle, no date, poured into Carton glass.

L: Dark black beer with 3F head which takes a while to go away, but leaves no trace when it does.

S: Almost all dark, roasted malts, maybe some unsweetened cocoa.

T: Roasted malts and some unsweetened cocoa. Fairly uncomplicated. Stays nicely in the middle between sweet and bitter.

F: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Better as it warms. OK balance and construction. Maybe a tad watery.

O: I've enjoyed the creativity of the Turnpike series. This one is right in the middle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 9.90/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.390/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate
Head large (Maximum 4.7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a three mm ring and rocky partial layer
Lacing poor – narrow rings of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, marginally sweet and a little toffee; no hops, no alcohol in the flavor but the stomach burns starts quickly, no diacetyl.
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation

Quite good. The first Flying Fish brew I’ve had in years – I hope that this is indicative of an improvement in the quality of their beers

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery on 7/9, pours a very dark inky black color with a tan head that doesn't stay for too long.

Smell is pretty potent, big roasted malt notes and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor wise it's got the classic porter notes, sweet malts, dark fruits, bit of chocolate, raisin. It's definitely on the sweeter side of beers. Finish is a bit earthy but not too much, low amounts of char.

Strong porter, easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. The body will wear on you after awhile, but this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Airforcehops, thanks for the opportunity! Deep brown with a stingy off white head. Rich chocolate notes with bits of light pitted fruits and a touch of alcohol. Bready pilsner with a rich clean lager character.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Joe Canal’s. Pours dark brown with creamy, short lived beige head. Aroma is of bready malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Chocolate covered cherries, toasted malt, alcohol, brown sugar and herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Good but not great.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3/30...pours pitch black, low tan foam. Thin, not fluffy. Strong roasted coffee nose, earthy qualities. Creamy mouthfeel, slightly vanilla, cola hints. Kind of an earthy nutty gritty flavor, below a milky cream based mouthfeel. Slightly sweet.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look (4): Exactly what you'd expect a porter to look like. Dark brown, a dark harvest red around the edges, a bug white frothy head. Carbonation disipates quickly, but clings nicely to the edges.

Smell (3.75): A chocolate bitter and toasty aroma. Bitter coffee as well, licorice, and vanilla beans. Maybe some raisons and other dried fruits as it warms.

Flavor (4.25): So good. Dark chocolate and sweet coffee roasty flavors. Dried fruits such as I said, raisons and prunes mostly. Vanilla, mild bitterness and spicey hotness at the end. Mostly sweet though throughout.

Mouthfeel (4): Definitely full bodied and I very much enjoy that part. Huge creamy mouthfeel and big aftertaste that lingers for a while. Definitely more on the sweeter side.

Overall (4): Solid beer and the 11th out of the Exit series from Flying Fish. Very impressive and the abv seems hidden which is definitely an attractive feature for most people.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a half liter stein a deep rich roasted chestnut color color with a thick creamy deep beige head that settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass,just a great pour.Some chocolate and mild roast in the aromas,somewhat grainy.Full on chocolate on the palate but not overly sweet a bit of raisin and cookie dough as well,a slight drying earthy and roasted finish.Man I wish I could find more Baltic porter's,this is a great beer and a good find today.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours dark black with slight dark ruby tint on the edges. solid head as well.

smell is nice, has a slight coffee tinge to it. roasted malt and sweetness.

taste is smooth, slight coffee taste to it. lots of sweetness to this as well. could see this as a coffee/milk combo porter. good taste, could easily drink more of this; both tonite and in the future. Flying Fish has some great 750ml beers in their Exit series. Oh NJ i love you, home sweet home.

overall this is damn good. easily my new favorite porter. has a great flavor and feel. very drinkable, one of the best Flying Fish beers that i've had.

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Photo of Kayakjim16
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big roasty and chocolate aroma, with a hint of dark fruits. The alcohol? Where is it. Big roasty flavors, with darks chocolate and dates and raisins. The mouth feel is medium, with a 4 finger head in a goblet.

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Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A-The beer is dark, dark brown and nearly opaque. Light gets through only at the edges. The head is tall, over two fingers, and sticks around for a bit before fading to a collar. A stray wave of lacing is left behind on the glass. No real carbonation to be seen.

S-The aroma is heavy on the milk and dark chocolate notes. There are hints of char and a nice heavy-roasted grain flavor. The medicinal alcohol smell blends with an earthy, leafy aroma from the hops. Light suggestions of pine and citrus creep through.

T-The taste is less earthy and more fruity than the smell, but not by much. Milk and dark chocolate are still the most prominent flavors, but hops give a bit of citrus sweetness up front before fading quickly on the finish. The finish suggest carob chips. Alcohol flavors are nicely integrated with the beer.

M-The body is medium in heft with a clean, medium-volume level of carbonation. Easy to drink for 9.5% ABV.

O-This may be my first beer from New Jersey and it is mostly a winner. The flavors are intense and nicely layered, and the beer is really easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Sol Mexican Cantina in Branchburg, NJ.

Dark brown - almost black - in color with a small, creamy light tan head. Rich malts in the aroma with lots of chocolate coming through. Toasty and sweet without any fruitiness. Flavor is a total malt showcase with a bit of sweetness to it and almost no bitterness. Big milk chocolate notes take over and create a velvety, smooth texture. It is almost too easy to drink, really nice on the palate. So soft, clean, and smooth. Medium bodied with a light feel for such a high ABV beer.

My only knock on Exit 18 is that it is a little one note, but I feel like I'm nitpicking. I passed on purchasing this several times at the store because I rarely buy 750 ml bottles at $10. I was fortunate to find it on-tap while picking up dinner from Sol. This, however, justifies its bottle price. Simply an outstanding beer. Put this in 6-packs for $12 and I'm a regular buyer. The potency of an imperial stout with the malt flavor of an English Porter and the smoothness of a Dunkel Lager or Schwarzbier. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy lagers.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite a bit "meh." It has a lot going for it, but I would argue that most of the flavor profiles are too subtle and are overwhelmed by the single note of roasted malt.

I honestly think Guinness' recent West Indies Porter is a better porter that I've had recently.
As far as Baltic Porters go, I have no idea why 4Beans is rated lower, because that beer is WAY better.

To this beer's credit, it does not drink like a 9.50 ABV beer. Kinda thin in the mouthfeel honestly, which is disappointing.

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Photo of orangebison
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a curved Brooklyn pint. Pours dark brown, super opaque in the glass with a barely measurable dark khaki head. Slightly faint smell, but roasted notes, coffee and chocolate come through. Rich malt taste, with warm notes of cocoa and toasted nuts. Lots of roast flavor but with a brighter edge, and really excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. Hides its strength amazingly well... can this really be 9.5 percent abv? Smooth character, only slightly heavier in body than a good German schwarzbier, and a clean finish that welcomes the next sip. Really outstanding.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

** 02/27/2016
22 oz. Bomber to goblet.
Appearance: dark black. Large off-white head that fades quickly.
Aroma: salty, sandy, beach like.....similar to an oyster stout. Any thing else is. drowned out by that.
Taste: chocolate, hearty beef and vegetable stew.
Feel: bubbly for A dark beer, very Silky mouthfeel also. Very plesant.

Good job, Flying fish....of the exit series beers I've had, this is the best so far.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a shaker pint.

Pitch black beer with little to no head.

Aroma is lots of roasted malt with a strong astringent note along with it.

Taste is boozy with lots of roasted malt.

Absolutely delicious Baltic porter.

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Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: bits of malts and chocolate comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, some citrus, and a bit of an earthy tone arrives late. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a very enjoyable baltic porter that has enough chocolate and citrus to keep it interesting. Easy to consume this one.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the docket: 750 mL bottle of Flying Fish Brewing Co.’s Exit 18 Baltic Porter

Poured into: Jester King Snorkel snifter

S: A pitch-black body fills out the snifter, capped with a khaki head that builds, sticks around long enough for you to notice it was there, then makes a smooth exit (See what I did?). The result is a soapy vapor-trail like film on top, coupled with a few bubbles and a tightly hugging ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is spotty and nearly absent.

A: Dark and brooding. Roasted malt, mainly coffee and dark chocolate. Though the malt is the star of the aroma, one can detect a faint bit of citrus and pine from the hops. Faint whispers of molasses and date/fig, not unlike its cousin, the Russian Imperial Stout.

T: Much of the aroma follows through to the taste, but that’s fine by me. Dark, bittersweet chocolate and coffee arrive first, speeding through to the middle, where the fig and/or date flavors get picked up, holding a cardboard sign saying, “will work for beer.” The trip ends with a hop bitterness, some pine and citrus—and as the beer warms up—a wave of booze. It’s to be expected. This Baltic beauty clocks in at 9.5%, so sip with care. While the booze is present, it’s not alarming. It’s welcomed, much like finding the highway deserted in the wee hours of the morning on one’s way to work. An added bonus- a slight (but noticeable) bit of black licorice on the end.

F: Smooth, creamy, luxurious. I’ve used that trifecta to describe beer before, but it’s apt. Delicate carbonation, enough to free up some of the traffic, but it’s more a three lanes back to four, not three lanes back to five, to continue the transportation metaphor. The hops help to dry out the tongue in the finish, and combined with the roasted malt, provide a nice astringency that gives balance to what could be a too-sweet beer.

O: So far, my favorite Exit done by Flying Fish, and a great representation of the style. This is a “clear your schedule” type of beer, especially if you’re not keen on splitting high-abv offerings.

S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Suggested food pairing: grilled red meat and roasted vegetables, hearty stew, earthy, nutty cheese, coffee-driven desserts or maybe even Black Forest cake. Also good as what I will start calling a “cocktail beer,” in the sense that it’s excellent in place of dessert itself; enjoyed on its own.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2-5-16 - Exit 18 release in the taproom in Somerdale, NJ. On tap, in bottles, and a specialty micro-keg was tapped. This one is awesome! Nice and smooth with flight chocolaty sweetness, but not too much. The flavored of the specialty keg enhanced this version of the Exit Series. Best one yet! I picked up a couple of bottles to go. Get here and get some.

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Exit 18 Baltic Porter from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 67 ratings