Exit 1 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

very good
294 Ratings
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 phantomwyse
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aromas are initially roasty and smoky with some underlying woody and earthy hop notes.

The taste is again, smoke and woody which is complemented by the extremely light earthy hops, this gives the stout an almost charred character. The hop character has really fallen out since this was released a year ago. No bitterness at all in the finish, finish is smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice stout but not my favorite example by a long shot. I wasn't prepared for the smokiness (I hate smoke beers as an FYI) but this is still quite nice despite my typical preferences. I really enjoy these Exit beers and look forward to the next one.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sholland for this very recent trade extra!

Shared with BA urbancaver and friends.

Poured a flat root beer to black into my sampler glass. Average brown head with big bubbles that receded quickly.

Smells heavily coffee grounds, sweet malts and dark chocolate nibs.

Taste reflects the nose in the flavor profile with additional black licorice in it. Sorry, but I can't get past the unusually dry & gritty, almost calcium filled dryness of this beer. I had to end this bottle prematurely...

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as night with a medium-bown head. Head is about one finger thick and fades to a thin cap.

S - Roasty malts and just a hint of burnt chocolate. As beer warms a bit of citrusy fruit comes through but nothing of much note. Aroma becomes more and more sweet as the beer warms as well.

T - Burnt chocolate and roasted malts dominate up front. Some bitter notes quickly come in. There is a noticeable brininess lingering underneath but it certainly is not overwhelming. Fruity tastes come through mid-drink.

M/D - A touch on the light side but still medium bodied. Maybe a bit week by Export Stout standards. An above average stout and certainly easy drinking, but nothing fantastic.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolute black body, topped by a huge fluffy rocky dark tan/brown head. Terrific lacing. Just wish the head would stay longer.

Big rich roast coffee nose. Expected more from the oysters though.

Terrific taste of dark coffee and chocolate. Not getting the oysters, but don't care either.
Earthy hops are just right seasoning on top.

Creamy mouthfeel seems like it has Hershey syrup running through it.

Definitely drinkable, a joy at that.

A gem from Flying Fish.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a completely opaque black with a decent, fizzy brown head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and bread. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, a touch of chocolate, spicy hops, light smokiness, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, roasted bitterness, low carbonation, and salty. Good beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to stevglad and the the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I wanna know who first thought up the idea of using oysters in beer. Just seems odd to me. Oh well. This guy pours an oily black topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, mint, and molasses. The taste is very similar, with some brown sugar, coffee, figs, and blackened pretzels (you know, the bottom of the pretzel...it's the char, the dough, and the salt altogether here) thrown in to make things more interesting. The body is a fairly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth, rather dry finish. Overall, a nice oyster stout, but I'm not sure I'm fully used to the style yet.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to review this one.

A-Deeply opaque dark brown with a generous dark mocha head and plenty of fine carbonation.

S-Roasty and sweet. Some nice dark malt, balanced by a lacto sweetness.

T-And so is the flavor. Sweet milk stout character in the front with a nice roasted character in the middle and a moderately bitter finish. What a great balance of flavors. Excellent depth and richness.

M-Medium bodied and a bit rich. Fine carbonation cuts the richness nicely.

D-I could drink these all night. Time has been very kind here, as the flavors have deepened quite nicely.


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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout with a mineral touch. Nothing outstanding but nicely balanced.

Presentation: 750ml brown capped bottle. Brown background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, limited release, ingredients, main characteristics, and links to a related environmental initiative. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (7%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, short head with medium to low retention, a bit of lacing, and a fair surface memory.

S - Roasted malt, coffee and a a bit of chocolate with a salty touch.

T - Balanced stout profile with roasted notes, coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a good salty touch
in a nice blend.

M - Medium-full body with fair carbonation and a smooth finish with a dry touch.

D - Rather pleasing, not too thick or complex but overall a nice offering.

Notes: Nice oyster stout with a shy, and expected salty touch profile. Again if one is expecting the oyster burst this is not the brew. But for a balanced offering with a bit of a sea touch it is rather pleasing.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oyster stout, continuation of the Exit series of beer. Beer is served in a tulip. Beer is black and forms a nearly non-existent head of small lightly brown bubbles that does not leave lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is light and kind of sweet. Some roast as well.

Beer is really good, medium bodied, clean and sweet. Lots of malt up front, a very good stout. I'm liking these foreign export stouts more and more. Good mouthfeel and really high drinkability.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last bottle I got in a trade with Ding!

Red plastic and not wax made it an easy opener.

A pitch black brew with about an inch of tan foam and not shy with the lacing. A very nice looking brew.

The smell leaves me a bit wanting because of its lightness. Some notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice make they way through but it was hard for me to pick 'em out.

The taste was more assertive, with a nice burnt malt taste and notes of dark chocolate, some licorice, god notes of smoke and a hint of dark fruits. Now, when I say more assertive, I mean relative to the smell. It isn't a bold tasting Stout by any means and at 7%abv, I expected more. Still, no stones cast on the brew implied. Not in a big way...

Nice medium body with very light carbonation, the beer slides down the throat very smoothly. Oh and the foam and lacing headed for the hills early in the session.

Drinkability? It's easy enough to drink. The big bottle will not be a chore to drink and given the opportunity, I'd enjoy it again as it IS tasty enough and there's no sign of the alcohol at all. Again, I just expected more.

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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a brown dense creamy head that settles into a thick ring. The aroma is big on dark bitter chocolate, charred wood, and light smoke. Nice and earthy. The taste is of bitter amd milk chocolate, roasted malt, and light charred wood/smoke. The body is light to moderate, seems a tad thin for the style. The carbonation is fairly soft which adds to the creamy texture of this stout. Finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. Definitely a tastey stout, though a bit thin. Nice chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Didn't pick up anything from the oysters, which I believe usually adds a mineral characteristic. Indeed worth the purchase, very good.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured black in color with a dense mocha colored head filling the top inch of the glass. The head retreated to the sides of the glass where it left some very nice spider web lacing.

The aroma shows some roasty, chocolate, burnt, stout flavors to it. It also has something else though, almost a salty or mineral like aroma coming through. I'm guessing it's from the oysters. Interesting aroma.

The taste has a lot of roasty, bitter, burnt flavors coming through, especially in the finish. Bittersweet chocolate plays a pretty big role in the taste as well. Pretty nice stout flavor to it. It finishes with more of a sweet milky chocolate flavor to it. As much as I'd like to think I taste the oyster presence or at least some effect of the oysters, I just can't put my finger on anything specific in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a little thicker then average with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice stout flavors. Like the other oyster stout I've had, the oysters really don't give much flavor to the beer. They did seem to give it a little something in the aroma though. The beer really is all about the stout flavors, which thankfully are pretty good. I liked the roasty and bitter chocolate flavors it had a lot though.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is dark, dark brown or almost jet black with a 2" light brown or dark tan head that recedes slowly leaving behind lots of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Well before the end of the beer the head has receded to a small ring of foam and sipping leaves only scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light malty dark chocolate with some dark roasted character.

Taste: The flavors are semi-sweet dark chocolate with a trace of mild dry bitterness which seems be from the dark roasted malt. There is also a faint mineral character that I attribute to the oysters.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied for a stout but is also soft and smooth from the light persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with the dark chocolate fading away faster than the roast bitterness. It ends crisp and dry, inviting the next sip.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable stout where the lightness of the mouth feel and texture give a nice balancing effect to the dark flavors form the malts making it quite easy to keep sipping through this one until it is gone. While I may have this one again, the fact that it is a one-off brewing will limit the number of times I have it in the future.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured with thin khaki head, which quickly reduced to a haze layer and collar... with little bits of lacing. The body is a completely opaque dark brown.

S- Smells of rich roasted and stewed malt... definitely malt-forward. A very mild earthy hoppiness there- barely detectable on the nose. No esters.

T- Stewed and roasted malts up-front. A little faint earthy hop bitterness kicks-in midway. The finish is very dry with impressions of powdered milk, roasty and slightly bitter. There's a slight 'meaty' character throughout the flavor here, along with a faint alkalinity in the finish that emerged as the beer warmed.

M- Impressively thick with a gritty texture. But there's also a slight astringency there... and the carbonation soft... but so pervasive that it makes me feel bloated from drinking it. This carbonation issue keeps this from a perfect mouthfeel rating.

D- I can definitely see this going will with oysters. Again, the carbonation issue affects the overall drinkability.

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Photo of Franchise
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a deep rich black leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is Salty, sweet, dry stout, but very malty and flavorful.

The taste is dry, crisp, tart, briney, wow what a nice flavor to this stout. Dark chocolate, crisp bitterness, wondeful malty aroma that makes you want to cuddle up with this beer.

Great offering from flying fish I would pair this with obviously oysters but also other fried seafood perhaps calamari or the like as the briney flavor would be phenominal with this beer.

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Photo of yarnto
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned; 7.0% abv.

Poured a deep chocolate hue, almost midnight-black, with a moderate amount of hazelnut-colored head. Looks extremely viscous. Aroma was a bit earthy with slight notes of cocoa and rich yeast.

On first taste, coffee....espresso....whoo, feel like I am getting a caffeine burst! However, all mouthfeel is gone within just a few seconds. Almost tastes like a watered down version of Guinness. Very surprising considering the look of the pour.

For a stout, the drinkability is very high, but only because it doesn't feel at all heavy. Definitely not what I was expecting. I was looking forward to a tinge of salt-water, but if no one told me oysters were used in production, I wouldn't have guessed it myself.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- poured a pitch black as dark as night, slight tan head, but really nice color and look off the pour,

Smell- coffee and espresso dominate the nose, but good fragrant nose

Taste- the taste is dominated by coffee and roasted malts more then anything else, the finish is short and not nearly as strong as it looks appearance wise, the flavor is enjoyable but still rather simple and nothing really crazy impressive,

Mouthfeel- theres nothing really terrible here but its just extremely light for the style, from what I had heard abit the oyster would add some extra weight or body and this just wasnt the case, really to light for what I expect in big stout

Drinkability- you can drink this stout easily considering the abv being so high but the complexity just falls flat for me, to thin and watery though the flavors it does present are all right, i cant picture if I was gonna drink something with this high of an abv i would settle for one this simple, again and okay beer but so many better stouts out there, flying fish to me usually makes okay beers but really never great

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, pitch color. looks viscous. tan head, semi-sweet earthy nose, maybe a small hint of bread and roast. Head disperses towards the side, not super quick or slow. Not a massive amount of carbonation, but enough to be pleasant
A great roasted malty sweetness on 1st sip. not overly rich, but not a heavy mouth feel, kind of a chocolate mixed in. The hearty, roasted stout taste permeates. Hints of malt, smoke and wood in the finish. This was a really satisfying stout, and the balance with the taste is fine. I hope this comes out more, because I really enjoyed it

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Blacker than Dick Cheney's heart with a decent brown head that quickly retreats to the edges of the glass.

S: Nice roasted barley smell that brings to mind fresh baked bread with a little chocolate/coffee. Not particularly strong or deep, but what's there is inviting.

T: Roasty, but not as much as the smell. The chocolate, which is more apparent in the flavor comes through as a cocoa powder. The flavor leans toward sweet, with a some red fruit (black cherry?) and some mineral flavor that is more apparent than in other oyster stouts I have tried.

M: Body is on the lighter side with an appreciated low level of carbonation. Could stand a little more thickness.

Overall, I thought this was a tasty and unique stout. The flavor has a few nice touches that you don't get in your average stout. A better mouthfeel would have pushed this to an even higher score. Would love to be able to pick up this beer again.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracks open with nice hiss. Pours a deep black with a ring of tan bubbles on top. Aromas are big on deep chocolate malt and roast. A bit of fruitiness to it with an earthy aspect in the background. Quite a rich, enticing aroma.

First sip is smooth roasted malts with a big chocolate character. Flows down with some fruity accents and a mild sweetness that transforms into earthy flavors on the finish. Just a touch salty as well and I guess you could pick up the mineral character from the oyster shells a bit too.

Overall, a solid stout that packs a tasty malt punch. Good body that's not too heavy and nice flavor. Glad I had a chance to try this and thanks to Josh for sharing this one!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .750

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger medium-brown head that sticks around for a bit

S - Big roasted malt aroma, light cocoa notes

T&M - Roasted malts carry through and are predominant. There is a slight ashy earthiness and an almost salty presence. I think this is a bit thin in the mouthfeel, and leaves the ashy character on the pallet after swallowing

D - Not as "big" as I was expecting, but still rather yummy and sessionable. I opened this .750 on my own, and I don't think I'll have any trouble finishing it off.

My first "Oyster Stout"; as advertsied, I think this would pair fantastically with Oysters or a nice, hearty stew.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seanboley for sharing this 750ml on 3/4/10.

A - Pretty solid black body with a full finger's width of burnt tan head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and spotty lace.

S - Woody aroma with an earthy hop character and a light smoked presence.

T - Again, smoke and woody dominate the flavor that is complemented by the earthy hop notes, giving the stout an almost charred character. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth, albeit a tad thin, mouthfeel. Finishes quite dry with a moderate hop bite on the palate.

D - Very nice dry stout with a subtle hop character and smoked quality. I found this to be up to the normal standards of the other Exit series releases.

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Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is deep black - black as night - opaque. Dark brown head, decent lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, dried figs and slight hops resin.

Medium mouthfeel, nice upfront creaminess. Pushes out on palate, but just a bit limited. A little bittering on finish for balance. A dry bitter chocolate taste dominates. Nice bit of roast malt.

I like this beer - well crafted, it has the dry and mineral charachter of english oyster stouts I have tried in the past.

Interesting to note that an employee at the store I purchased this at suggested I come back and tell him how it wasy - he hadn't tried it because he thought it would have too much funk for him...

A tasty and well crafted stout - thanks for taking chances Flying Fish!

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It is obsidian black with a rock solid mound of foamy head. The aroma is rich, roasty and full of chocolate. The flavor is full and has lots and lots of chocolate malt in it. It is very smooth and easy drinking. I don't know if the oysters added anything to the beer, other than curiosity. Overall it is a solid, interesting beer that I just may purchase again.

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