Exit 1 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Exit 1Exit 1

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 metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of lactose and hints of brine from the oysters.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite airy on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and easy to drink but has a good amount of flavors.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No date on this, but know it was released back in 2009 and it might be that old (gift to me). Served in a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours out pretty dark brown color. Not completely black, with some reddish hues on the edges and light getting through when held up to the glass. There wasn't a ton of head, only about a quarter finger of tan that faded into a ring around the edges. Doesn't leave much lacing either, which was surprising.

S: On the nose, it smells really pleasant. Some roasted malts. Some chocolate. Maybe some ocean, when you really dig in there, but that is stretching it. Really it just smells like a nice stout.

T: Took this guy down solo, so got to taste from chilled to warm. The flavors are actually really nice on this guy. Very easy drinking. Lots of roast coffee and dark chocolate character in this one. It's smooth though. The low ABV is nice and makes this one a sessionable stout.

M: It's not a FULL bodied stout. More medium leading to full.

O: Really enjoyed this guy. A- to A beer.

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that has been sitting in the cellar just waiting to be opened. I know I got this in a trade, but I honestly can't remember who the BA is that sent it to me. Thanks tho! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a near black in color but still has decent light penetration revealing good clarity, at least towards the edges. A small cap of dark chocolate colored foam rests briefly on top and falls to leave only a very thin skim coat of bubbles...no lacing.

S - Lots of licorice up front, tons of chocolate, cocoa, a bit of fruity esters, dark roasted malt.

T - Licorice, black coffee, alcohol, a bit of burnt malt, dark chocolate, lots of esters, touches of molasses, hints of tartness and astringency towards the swallow.

M - Smooth and rather full bodied. Carbonation is medium, finely bubbled and fairly creamy. Yeast derived esters and dark roast dominate the flavors and leave behind a burnt toast char after the swallow. Alcohol is noticeable, but kept under control.

O - Overall a good stout...a bit different flavor profile, perhaps from the oysters, but there is nothing oystery about this beer...maybe a bit minerally, but that is it. Quite charcoaly,roasty and chocolately. Goes down fairly easily, but not something I could go thru more than a bottle in a session.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Stout black, brown head that subsides

SMELL: Sweetness, roasted grain, charcoal, faint ocean, mineral, mild molasses, black currants, nougat, cocoa powder

TASTE: Full-ish body, long smoothness, charcoal, earth, salt, roasted grain, coffee grounds, faint ocean, black walnuts, modest hopping, warming alcohol, bunt raisins, dry finish

A really great stout with the bonus of being of the Export style and oysters added for is pretty mellow but enjoyable depth. I'd love to seem them bring this one back.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know when this beer came out but I'm pretty sure the bottle I have is well over a year if not more.

A: Pitch black. No light shines through at all. Carbonation still evident. Creamy mocha less than a finger head that faded quickly. Lacing is apparent.

S: Big milk chocolate, cream, richness, coffee, rich espresso bitterness and subtle undertones of dark fruit...barely noticeable.

T: Slightly salty, astringent, alcohol solvent, lingering coffee, roasty bitterness, burnt bread, toast, bread, deep espresso, sweet fruits probably from english yeast.

M: Thick but not oily or slick as expected. Very dry finish. Sweet up front though.

O: Great beer. It has fantastic dry coffee finish. I love that. Must be from black patent or the like. I really enjoy the roastiness. I also enjoy the sweeter upfront taste although would like more milk chocolate in the taste that was noticed in the aroma. Good stuff. Aging didn't make this beer worse. It's great.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exit 1 produces a shallow, rich walnut head over a black liquor that puts a film on the glass, passes no light, and leaves a fine lacing.

The expected roasted malts and milk chocolate are accompanied by molasses. While well done, this falls short of the hype.

Light bitterness and a hint of sweetness come from the roasted malts. Character is below expectation with some chocolate and a mild lingering finish.

A medium body-- almost full--with slick, light carbonation. Dry with minimal alcohol.

While Exit 1 may fall short on individual characteristics, it is easily drinkable. Perhaps not a typical session beer given its 7% alcohol, paired with good friends and nursed along in a Dogfish Head snifter, one could make a long lazy afternoon more enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from bonkers courtesy of the Quick & Easy High Card BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of toasted coffee beans, dark fruit and some milk chocolate. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and is seems as though the oysters provide some creaminess to the beer. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice flavorful stout to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a near pitch black colored brew that has a 1/4 inch, creamy tan colored head.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts and a whiff of licorice.

Tastes like it smells - chocolate, roasted malts and a faint licorice in the end.

Thick and creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel.

This is an easy drinking brew, but overall the flavors could have a bit more presence. Kicked up a notch, this would be an exceptional brew. As it stands now, this is definitely a worthy brew that I am thoroughly enjoying.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle back in November 2009 and held on to it for about 2 years before opening.

Opaque black and thick with a small dark tan head. As I poured, my girlfriend exclaimed, "That looks like motor oil!" Good thing it did not smell/taste like motor oil... or oysters for that matter. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of coffee. Flavor was bitter with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. The bitterness got to me and after one glass, I was ready to move on to something else.

Not my favorite stout but far from bad. Overall, a pretty average beer that could benefit from more complexity.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a heavy thick looking black color with a nice slow rising brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty good, lots of roasted malt aromas and some chocolate in there too. The taste of the beer is pretty good, lots of roasted chocolate flavors and just a very slight spice note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, thick and creamy. Overall this beer didn't smell or taste anything like Oysters thankfully. I found this brew to be really quite nice.

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Photo of magine
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a black color, wispy tan head. Head settles to a ring around the edges. Some decent carbonation. Pretty Good looking brew.

Brew smells of dark milk chocolate, sweet malts. Roasted malts, maybe even some licorice. Brew has a good nose.

Brew is full bodied. Some initial carbonation initially then some good creamy smoothness in the middle, good balance. Some nice toasted notes here. Roasted malts, chocolate, nuttiness. A nice mellow dry finish. A little bit muted in all aspects. Brew is very drinkable and has good flavors.

Overall this is a good brew. Very drinkable and a nice sessionable brew. Just nothing that will bowl you over. Good stuff.

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Photo of shamrock1343
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second 750 ml bottle.If I can find another I would buy it.

It pours nice and dark... a very nice head

The normal stout smell with a little chocolate smell

The taste is excellent the chocolate is very good.

Sweet is begin and then Tart with a little hop finish

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a reddish tint. It had a small, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled very roasty and boozy. Some chocolate and toffee notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. There is a boozy and flavor with a hint of dark fruit.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish. It had a warm alcohol presence, too.

O - This is a really tasty Export Stout. I like the Exit series from Flying Fish.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very dark black. coffee hued head started with some bubbles but quickly diminished

S: there is a definitive salty aroma. very interesting and something im not used to with a stout. i suppose this is due to the oyster component. a nice smokiness to the roast.

T: very low-key flavors. a little bit of spice/fruit, obviously some roast, but not an overbearing in your face roast. a woody smoke and salt flavors follow the nose onto the palate. a tang of sweetness finish is rather dry.

M: a healthy fizz, but nothing overbearing (like i have been writing every other line). medium/full body with medium carbonation.

D: the smoke/salt nose and palate is very interesting. im not exactly sure what i should expect with a foreign export stout, but this seems like a cross between a smoked stout and a RIS. im digging it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The "export-style" quality of this stout seems a little lost to its oily, salty, clam-juice nuances. Nullifies whatever malt-sugary-sweet elements may be present. Superb balance of roastiness, mild dark espresso, and depth of body, however. Clean, lightly saline, and slick-smooth. Lacks the heavier feeling of most of the export stouts I've had. Would've wanted a little more syrupy feel but I can't complain about what it offered. The keg was well over a year old and it suffered not. Begged attentive sipping. It was black. No head - English-style pour, heh. Quaffable for sure. Studious, refined, but it didn't dazzle the senses. Surprisingly enjoyable coming from FF. Do more like this.

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Photo of koopa
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany to near cloudy black with a 1/2 finger off white crown (gray brown) that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice chocolate malt with some roast malt and a tiny hint of black anise.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin.

Overall: Nothing I'd seek out again but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of emagana
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured in a tulip glass.
Dark black in color with a brown long lasting foamy head.
aromas of raisons roast chocolate. sweet syrup.
starts off with a sweet grainy but also smooth texture. i begin to get brown sugar roasted almonds and dark chocolate. i like how this one start off and i dont know if i can even taste oysters.
finishes with a dark raost chocolate and a semi sweet cloying after taste. the pellet is left wanting more and it calls for a great bucket of steam oysters.
i would love to get another one of these. I personally think it falls under a stout from the roasty ness. hardly any alcohol detected in this one.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with slight reddish hues. Basically no head, though what was there was a tan color.

S - Sweet aroma with chocolate, alcohol, fruity yeast and sort of a nutty sweetness that I can only attribute to the oysters. Maybe a little salty too.

T - Dark chocolate, malt, more of the dark, nutty fruit that you get from a really dark chocolate. Finishes dry with some roasted malt bitterness.

M - Fairly low carbonation. Though this is a pretty rich beer there is a dryness from the alcohol and maybe the oysters that keeps it from really feeling too heavy on the palate.

D - Very interesting, but the complexities seem to be overpowered as the beer warms by the chocolatey malt and alcohol. I think this would be nice with some creamy stew.

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a large tan head that slowly diminished to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Fairly rich roasted malt, a touch of cafe mocha and the most subtle of sea side brininess.

T-Robust dark roasted malt, creamy milk chocolate and an earthy bitterness reminiscent of weak espresso. Again, a subtle twang of sea salt way back in the finish.

M-Medium to medium heavy bodied with good lasting roasty/earthy bitterness and a light twang.

D-Totally solid and a very nice job done with this rare style. Glad to see them use local product for this beer as the heyday of the oyster industry in NJ is a distant memory to most. Well done FF!

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Photo of MuddyMcGinny
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle into English nonic...

Jet black with a hearty one finger head that hung around a bit. Good nose of... well... stout! HUGE fan of oysters so I was curious the effect that the oysters had on the dark bitter chocolate, roasted grains and malt and they definitely make this a very dry stout I can lash back all nite long, love the smokiness. Expected a bit more brine from the oysters. Down the hatch slick and slippery just like a sweet Jersey oyster. BIG fan o' this brew... wish it was a everyday release from the Cherry Hill fellas. Would love to try this on draught.

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Photo of u2carew
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick brown head. Opaque body. The lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Smoky aroma. Bready. Hints of chocolate and coffee.
T) Rich chocolate with coffee. Smoky. Roasted grains. Robust up front then weakens. Just a hint of sweetness similar to lactose.
M) A subtle slick, oily feel on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Full body.
D) A good stout. Thick and chewy. I'd have another.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

First oyster stout I've tried.

A - Thick viscious dark black body with a brown head.

S - Smells smokey, charred, earthy, chocolatey.

T - This beer has a ton of charred grain flavor, some bitter coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Its very rich tasting and actually does bring to mind some taste of an oily meat, like oysters.

M - This beer is slipery and smooth. Possible diacetyl addition? Promotes thoughts of oyster oil and is very rich on the palate.

D - Not super drinkable, its one of thos ebeers that kind of intense in its overall character. One is enough.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, dry, chocolaty, and very drinkable, this is a very engaging beer. It's a deep black color with a thin, chocolate-milk head. The aroma is a little subdued, although some heavily roasted grain scents do waft out. The flavor is very nice...dry, intense, lots of dark malts and intensely charred grains. Very little hop flavor or aroma. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and silky, with a medium body. Altogether, these components make this a wonderfully drinkable beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled and allowed to warm up. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer was a perfect black coloration. The head is a short lasting tan coloration. Nice lacing wrapping around my glass.

Smell: Nicely lightly roasted coffee a bit of cocoa smoked salt. A bit of earthyness and tart aromas. Very well played!

Taste: The flavors of the beer have light roasted coffee as expected. A slight kiss of cocoa combines with a bit of salty smoked notes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation is light. The beer was easy to drink and an above average beer. Many thanks to Sholand for sending this beer to me.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. Black as night. Oil. Dense, dense, dense head the color of chocolate milk. We're talking 3+ fingers

S: Coffee, baked sugar, salt.

T: Espresso, cream, dark chocolate, salt, slightly tart at the end.

M: Medium bodied and just verging on dry.

D: A nice deep winter beer. It's freezing out, so this beer is perfectly drinkable to me.

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Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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