Exit 1 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exit 1 is beer brewed with oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. The rich stout is perfect for cool weather-and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.

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Photo of CaysE
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely one of my favorites, especially that it always seems available when in season here in NJ. Easy to drink, smells and tastes great, and not what you'd expect if you've never had an oyster stout before.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (use by 11-3-17) drank on 12/29/16, poured into a tulip.

Solid black in color with no discernable hue other than black. The head is cocoa brown, 1F, and does a fast fade to a film and leaves heavy drape lacing.

Roast chocolate malt, some coffee, salt marsh, sweet and dry like Irish stout or seaweed on a Jersey beach. This beer smells like the Jersey Shore, high praise indeed !!!

Liquid dark chocolate with sea salt, 70% cocoa minimum. Some salt water taffy sweetness.

Silky smooth medium body with a touch of carbonation tingle for the tongue. The 7.5% abv is well disguised and the flavor hangs on like coffee sans the nutty character.

I'm a Jersey boy, born and bred. And I dig a Jersey brew that comes through. Well done, boyz.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into tulip. Sell by 11-15, so pretty old. Came in a six-pack.

L - Really dark brown, almost black color with milk-brown head. Hard-pouring down the center gave a thick two-finger head. Lacing attaches to the glass but mostly falls back into the beer.

S - dark chocolate malt, roasted malt, brown sugar, "driving into a shore town" smell. Semi-salty air backs up the stout roastiness.

T - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, briney slipperiness, black coffee. Dry stout with a little bit of sea salt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Oysters mellow out the malt and brings more dryness to the beer.

F - Medium body, watery feel. Black coffee lingers on the tongue. Really sticks on the palate. Nice beer with drink and eat with.

O - Do not be discouraged by the "brewed with oysters" tag. They use shells instead of the meat to get the salty-briney flavor of the shells. Try it if you like dry stouts. I have yet to have one with seafood but I could imagine the pairing would be spectacular. Big fan of oyster stouts ever since I had one at Vault Brewing Company. Must-try if you are a real stout fan. Cheers!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark black pour, off white head. Aroma: toasted barley, Taste: salt, coffee, bread. Feel: dry, astringent, a little gritty. Good beer. A Poor man’s Guinness."

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large ale glass: color is black, solid, head is tan and presents about 1 inch thick then disspates to ring.

Smell is earthy, bitter, slight chocolate note; the scent eludes to an ale that straddles the sweeter stouts and the dryer irish stouts.

Taste is very similar to the aroma: fairly earthy start, somewhat dryer than the aroma hints at then some pleasant roast and chocolate, light note of espresso.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant for stronger/sweeter style stout: perfect carbonation, nice lingering balance of sweetness and earthy bitterness, slight fullness in the tongue.

Overall, a very good stout, great balance and the added unique quality from the oyster, mainly in the mouthfeel and maybe the earthier aroma.

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Photo of RobbieJD12
4.99/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely LOVE this beer! My favorite of all time. Been trying to get a close second and can't seem to find one. Great taste! Wish this was year round. I'd buy it year round with no hesitation!

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid finger plus head of a quite dark brown color, even surface, retention is not that great though and the lacing, while broad, tends more to slide down than stick. The liquid is a fully opaque brownish black, suggests clarity rather than sediment, just about impossible to gauge the visible carbonation level. The nose is sweet, delivering chocolate, licorice, milk and hard butterscotch candy notes, nutty and not overly toasted, doused campfire smoke, nothing acrid or burnt about it, satisfying if simple. Full-bodied, lacks carbonation which gives it a sort of sluggishness yet there’s no denying the sheer depth of flavor. Loaded with chocolate, caramel, heavy cream and licorice, here you get some cherry to blackberry styled fruit as well. That seashore brine quality is not overpowering and more or less stands in for a hops based spine. In spite of the sweetness of the flavors the texture is dry, particularly the finish, which in turn teases out coffee grind nuances. Overall it has deceptive breadth and you find a lot of easy comfort in the flavors, high level of drinkability.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "use by 11-06-15" into pint glass. Engine-oil black with a persistent hocolate-colored head. Fairly chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Dark chocolate and malt; bitter finish but not overpowering. Alcohol is well hidden. Another great offering from FF!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a tan head, the ring like lace is sticky and retains well. There is sweetness in the nose; chocolate, nutty and cake like. Roasted malts and coffee in the taste. Also, nutty. Dry finish, with a lingering bitter hop, woody and burnt mal aftertaste. Overall, I enjoyed.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid selection from Flying Fish. I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a crime that these beers tend to sit and sit and sit on the shelves.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. Some sticky tightly packed lattice on the glass. The head fades to a thin partial surface layer.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate notes and some dry coffee notes. No hints of booze or hops that I can really pick up on this brew.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with average to slightly thicker body.
Very fine tingly carbonation rolls across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate. I think it is a little dry on the finish but no real hints of booze. Im not sure if the dryness is imparted by the oysters or if they do something else that I am missing. A nice solid drinkable stout with a fairly high ABV at 7.5%. I would buy this again even though im not sure what the oysters add to the beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, drink by 1/8/2015. Poured into a snifter glass 10/28/2014.

A- Dark black, oily and thick body with a one finger mocha head, long retention time. Nice moderate film left over after some time. Splotches of lacing. Looks quite dark and thick. [4]

S- Lots of roast malt, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa. Very roasty, not all that complex, but intensely roasty and chocolate-forward nose with some umami soy-like scents. [3.75]

F- Roast, dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, cocoa, a bit of umami and bitter earthiness on the finish. Nice complexity to this stout. As in the nose, very roasty and moderately sweet with an appropriate earthy bitterness on the finish. [4]

M- Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. A bit silky and resinous; coats the palate with an earthy bitterness. Could be the oysters, who knows? But it's certainly earthy and mild-moderately bitter. Very nice drinker. [4]

O- I was surprised by how rich and flavourful this beer is. The finish is a bit too earthy and bitter but this is a very nice drinking oyster stout. Not sure where the oysters come into play, but my guess is that it's adding to the finish more than anything else. The malts have a great presence without being too cloyingly sweet. [4]

Final score: 3.95

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Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like 5.5% ABV Dogfish Pearl Necklace, this one tastes exactly like the Maryland shore. Kudos! Love oyster shell flavor with stout.

A: Pours a dark brown body, with an frothy dark tan head and carbonation. Settles into islands of foam w little lacing. Not that sticky.

Smell: Like Dogfish, this beer smells of east coast shore - esp Maryland. A bit of wet lab too.
Wet fall leaves, salt air, animal, salt flat, along with roasted barley grains and a bit of sweetness, and chocolate. Light, leafy hops. Some wild berry and decaying vegetation. A shore brew for sure.

Taste: Really great. Really going to be great with oysters and pub food, and fall.
Follows smell, with charred wood smoke, and more coffee and nice sweet-bitter arc. Modestly sweet. Leafy, spicy, grassy hops, and, as promised, a little briny. great finish. Warm, fire, pub like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Espresso/milky/Chocolate finish without any cloying. Really nice balance.

Overall: A more robust oyster stout. With a great approach. Uncertain which I prefer more Dogfish at 5.5% or Exit 1 at 7.5% - depends on occasion. I give the edge for pleasure to Dogfish and for flavor density but that the cost of a higher ABV to Exit 1. Try them both!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wasn't even going to bother with a full review for this beer, but the beautiful appearance compelled me to change my mind.

The body is pitch-black with a steady surge of carbonation visible, but it's the dark khaki-colored head with it's fluffy quality and great persistence that really capture the eye. Lace forms a wall down the sides of the glass. I'm impressed.

I'm again surprised by the nose on this, in that I wasn't expecting such goodness. It's dark chocolate heavy, with light caramel and that briny aroma that the oysters must be offering. I smell a tad of hops, but not much.

I guess I wasn't giving Flying Fish their due credit, because this brew is tasty. A medley of flavors hit my palate: chocolate, caramel, an ocean-like salty flavor and an earthy finish. Similarly, a number of sensations will dance around your palate. This beer is dry, it's bitter, it's earthy, it's ocean-like. Almost contradictory feelings but it works here.

I haven't given Flying Fish much thought due to the fact that their beers sit on shelves here for ages at Total Wine, but this beer has convinced me to give them another look.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense dark brown color with absolutely no light coming through. Medium size light brown head with good retention. Lacing is limited to dot of lace on the glass.

Aroma is mostly rich malt with a touch of chocolate. Fairly rich.

Taste is smooth maltiness with some chocolate and a little hops bitterness lurking in the background. Some people noticed a briny (the oysters) taste but that wouild be stretching for me.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Little or no alcohol bite. A good tasty stout/

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Photo of threeviews
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (Best Before Date: 1-09-15) into a snifter glass...a day shy of 6 months old.

A- Pours pitch black with about 1/2 finger of a soapy, khaki head dissipating rather quickly. (4.0)

S- Aroma is comprised of coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of berry. The oyster mineral/brine component is definitely present and quite dominant, yet melds well with all the others. (4.75)

T- Milk chocolate is perceived first followed by a mild berry-like sweetness. Coffee astringency is soft which quickly succumbs to a briny and dry finish. No alcohol is detected. (4.75)

M- Despite 7.5% ABV, the body is rather thin. Although it poured with a conservative head, a good amount of creamy carbonation was left behind, further accentuating Exit 1's dryness on the palate. (3.75)

O- This is one of the best examples of the style, largely due to the fact that the contribution from the oysters are absolutely present in all aspects of the beer: nose, flavor and mouthfeel. I would, however, enjoy Exit 1 a bit more if it possessed more substantial (i.e. chewy) body...mashing at a higher temperature would achieve this result, but more malt would need to be used to achieve the same ABV. (4.5)

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Use By: 01-09-15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains well before fading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast aroma with accompanying notes of molasses, chocolate and a bit of booze.

T- The dark roast hits hard and deep but the chocolaty sweetness that's also there provides a good balance. Additional notes of caramel, vanilla and even some light pecan. The briny-ness from the oysters is only noticed in the aftertaste and sort of rounds out the bitter/sweet duality of the rest of the profile. Pretty drinkable for the ABV

M- Dry, very dry actually and there's a slight chalkiness from the roasted malt. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This has been a want of mine for a while only because, when the Exit series was first rolled out years ago, I wanted the Exit 1 entry just to add to my bottle collection because I'm from Delaware. Never found it the first time around and they stopped making it for years. When I heard they were bringing it back on the market, and in 6-packs no less, I had to get my hands on it. Found a sixer when I was visiting home and, come to find out, the beer itself is really good too!

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Photo of Badger6
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Bottle printed with 01-09-15, assume it was bottled 01-09-14.

A: Pitch black. Small creamy tan-colored head that faded quickly. Lightly lacing on the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, cream, coffee and espresso, roasty malts.

T: Salty flavor with a roasty bitterness of burnt bread and espresso.Hints of dark fruit phenols form the yeast, not dominant or easily distinguished. Lingering coffee as it finishes with a sweet aftertaste of chocolate and fruit. Slightly boozy, too. Did I mention, salty?

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Dry finish.

O: Interesting beer. Saltiness, chocolate, roasty bitterness, coffee, even some fruity sweetness. Complex, almost busy flavor profile. Not something I'd be falling down to get again, but I wouldn't turn it down, and would definitely recommend it to a beer connoisseur to add to their repertoire.

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Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from 12 ounce bottle to pint glass. pours black, tan khaki head, no light coming through. aromas of roasted malt, coffee, hint of alcohol. flavor is well balanced, some burnt malt, medium mouthfeel, slightly dry and creamy. goes down nice, well balanced

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Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Black with some light penetration along the edges. Has 1 finger of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, and roasted barley. Lighter notes of espresso and brine.

Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted barley. Lighter notes of milk chocolate, raisin, and dark roasted coffee. Hints of caramel and brine.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and silky while remaining crisp with carbonation.

Very tasty Oyster Stout. Solid all around. You go, NJ!

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Photo of ISmith87
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - I never really knock a beer for appearance, I guess it's because I'm used to my homebrew, which is pretty hazy. This is a dark brown-black beer with a nice brown head on it that leaves great lacing in my Magic Hat #9 pint glass. :)
S - 4.0 - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smokiness.
T - 4.0 - Smoke, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some oak barrel (?), salty flavors, red wine. It's an interesting mix of flavors that I haven't really had before in a stout.
M - 4.0 - Medium-thick mouthfeel. Alc is covered. Aftertaste is smokey, salty, roasted malts.
O - 4.0 - I like this beer, it's a nice change up from all the coffee stouts/porters, and russian imperial stouts/BA RIS's that are so popular now. They used the oysters in the boil which they said gives the beer a nice dryness.

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Photo of silverking
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pitch black with a cola rim. Tan head which fades to a ring rather quickly, but leaves excellent lacing.

S- cocoa, coffee, alcohol, smoky.

T- cocoa, acidic coffee. The finish is dry, salty, and smoky.

M- light bodied, active carbonation.

O- strange, briny, smoky, weird.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack of this last week in Totowa, not having any of the Exit beers from Flying Fish in quite a while. I was excited for this and as it turned out, this exceeded my expectations. It's hard for a Stout of any type to stand out from the pack but this did the trick as it was smooth, solid, and oh-so-easily drinkable. For once, I don't mind that I have six of these to go through since I don't think it will last in my house for that long!

The pour to this was solid, as it had a dark hue and tan, bubbly head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass before quickly settling down. Not a strong aroma to this but there was certainly some brine and chocolate to be found, along with a hint of raisin. All of those were present in the mouthfeel, along with a saline saltiness and a slightly ashen tone underneath everything. This was so creamy and smooth without being dry, which I rarely find in a Stout. I was almost expecting an Irish Dry Stout here but this didn't have a chewy aspect to this nor did I need water to wash it down. As s found in so many desserts now, this had the best of both the sweet and salty worlds without having one overpower the other. A hint of dark bread gave this a good body and the aftertaste came and went as gently as a wave on the Delaware.

Ditto for the booze. This certainly wasn't a session beer but you'd never know it until you looked at the bottle. No roasted, heavy motor oil to be found here. While this was a Foreign/Export Stout, a beer like made me think that Oyster Stouts should be in a class by themselves. This was thin enough to go down smoothly but solid enough in body to savor and once again, Flying Fish has outdone themselves with this latest entry in the Exit series. Find this, open it, and savor it - it's a lot better (and possibly cheaper) than taking the Turnpike all the way down to its southern terminus. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Buy Rite North Plainfield. Poured into a snifter; since I'm oh so classy.
Drank this last night so it's relatively fresh in my head

A: Black with a thin head and some lacing.

S: Deep roasted dark chocolate and coffee

T: Starts out surprisingly crisp with a slight hop bitterness contrasted by chocolate with a touch of sweetness. The taste then turns (And this part I will remember forever) to a charred wood taste - as if burnt pieces of wood from the fireplace were in this beer - and I absolutely love it. Not overpowering or offensive but unmistakeable. One of a kind.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O: My first Oyster Stout and it was a memorable one. Try this for a fresh take on stouts.

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle I purchased some time ago and sort of forgot about. Poured into a standard pint, the brew appears black with a dark brown 2 finger froth that slowly fades leaving a thin silky topping. Spots of stringy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is like baker's cocoa coupled with raisony alcohol, coffee and more of a milky sweet chocolate note. A hint of minerals is present through the back of the nose mixing with a bit of an earthen aspect. As the brew warms up, a note of soy sauce starts to emerge.

The flavor is roasted with a chocolate combination of the previously mentioned sweet milk chocolate and bakers bitter chocolate character. Middle of the profile has a mineral/earthen aspect that lasts into the aftertaste with a bit of raisony alcohol flavoring. The aftertaste has a bit of soy or saline character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amoubt of carbonation. It is a fairly decent export stout with the expected mineral/saline character present from the oyster aspect. I think I held on to this brew too long, I am giving it the benefit of the doubt that it was probably a beer best served more fresh than this.

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