Exit 13 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For our sixth stop on our journey to celebrate New Jersey, we travel to Exit 13. This exit is probably best known for it’s view of the Newark airport, but it is also home to the Port of Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, one of the busiest in the world. Elizabeth was also New Jersey’s original capitol. Many food products come through the port, including the Belgian chocolate we’re using for what we’re calling an import/ export stout.

This fuller “export style” stout gives a sturdy base for the rich chocolate flavor. More than 600 pounds of Belcolade chocolate went into this brew. A mix of imported and domestic malts are highlighted by roastiness from dark wheat. An Irish ale yeast and Pacific Northwest hops combine to create an excellent dessert beer as well as one to share in the cool weather with friends.

Added by jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 162
Photo of hdofu
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a an interesting beer, probably one of my favorite chocolate stouts. It poured the color of dark chocolate with a dark tan head. It smelled like dark chocolate. Taste was like bitter cocoa, the taste you get from chcocolate bars that are 80% cocoa or more, I love that. It was thick and silky while not boozey. It was so smooth I proably could of drank the bomber myself but I let my brother have half of it. Amazing beer.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger dark chocolate head. Pitch black. Head lasted a long time.

S: Amazing chocolate smell. Best chocolate smell I've ever smelled.

T: Delicious. Big bold chocolate up front. Slight fruity ending. Hides alcohol well.

M: Rich. Full. Good.

O: This is the best chocolate stout I've ever had in comparison to Youngs, Brooklyn brewery.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle- poured into an oversized wine glass.

Beautiful dark black liquid (very similar to squid ink)- two finger creamy coffee colored head. Carbonation bubbles evident. Smell was bitter chocolate- malts, sugars, cocoa, toffee. Taste was quite bitter upfront like black coffee but smooth on the end with a huge rush of amazing dark chocolate that just coats the tongue perfectly. Not cloying or sweet at all. Amazing balance- perfect slow sipping after dinner brew. Comparable to all of the best chocolate stouts in the game. Bravo, Flying Fish, bravo!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours pitch black, with a gorgeous two fingers of dark brown foam that laces on the glass nicely. Head retention is very good. Aroma is chocolaty, with some roasted barley flavors as well.

First sip is... full bodied, great mouthfeel, and nice subtle chocolate flavor. I really like this one! There is not too much malty sweetness, allowing the chocolate to shine though. And it is very nice how there isn't any harsh, roast bitterness. Extremely drinkable for 7.5% ABV.

This beer is a winner for sure. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich with an overtone of semi-sweet chocolate and tones of quality roast coffee and malt. It pours a beautiful black-brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled chocolaty-tan head. Flavor gives the impression of a fine mocha - semi-sweet chocolate and high-quality roast coffee, with a hint of caramel and whispers of wood and apple brandy. Smooth texture leaves a subtle but persistent tingle and a surprisingly hoppy finish, as well as tones of chocolate and coffee. A must for stout nuts!

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Photo of Chas58
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this dark and what turned out to be a very complex stout. The cold snowy night just added to the perfect match of atmosphere and beer. 

Appearance: An inky black body with a mocha colored head that has a moderate thickness that lasts a few minutes after the initial pour. The head appears slowly even with an agreesive pour. 

Smell: An immediate nose of chocolate and very subtle spices that appear to be cinnamon, but are pleasant and supportive of the chocolate. A very pleasant deep rich scent with subtle alcohol undertone.

Taste: Deep, rich and delicious stout with a chocolate undertone that makes you want to get that next sip. Very similar to the taste of dark chocolate, not sweet but rich. Initial flavor that calls you back for the next taste

Mouthfeel: Subtle and typical upfront carbonation with a little extra carbonation at the back end.  Perfect for this type of stout. 

Drinkability: A thoroughly enjoyable complex stout that does make you want more. Perfect for the cool snowy night that I enjoyed this. Not a heavy beer that leaves you done and full. A complex taste, with intricate flavors and good carbonation. This will be bottle I will seek out again. 

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Photo of KajII
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

It poured a very deep dark black with a large (2-3 finger) dense creamy medium brown head that lasted throughout and had exquisite lacing that stuck very well to the glass.

The aroma right off gets you with a nice whiff of chocolate then a moderate roasted dark bread malt and a sweet leathery yeast with hints of dark roasted coffee, caramel, a touch of dark fruit and a tinge of citrus.

The taste well lets just say "WOW" begins with a mild bitterness that has a nice note of coffee, then it progresses into a much sweeter flavor with a large dose of chocolate and a mild fruitiness at the end. The flavor only lasted an average amount of time after the swallow which was rather disappointing since it tasted so good.

Mouthfeel was extremely full and chewy in body with the texture being super creamy and having a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this brew with out a doubt is one of the best beers I have ever sampled. This one definitely makes my top 10 thus far.

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Photo of noel2977
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1+ inch of foamy head on dark, brown ale. Opaque. I'm thinking chocolate milk. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, duh, but not overpowering. Roasted coffee. Slight nuttiness

T - Initially - chocolate, intertwined with some malt and hops - malty last and there's the chocolate on the finish. Simple dark/milk chocolate blend. Is this beer??? Tasty. The maltiness seems to settle the chocolate to more of a milk chocolate taste - but its so rich. A chocolate lover's beer. There is a roasted component to all of this this - but it settles out nicely on the finish.

M - Fits the brew. Not overly coating or overbearing, which would take away from the taste profile.

D - Alcohol isnt detected... if you like this style, you could probably have more than one. It isnt cloying whatsoever.

Excellent job, FF.

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Photo of brian44556
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up in Atlanta, GA while attending the SEC basketball tournament.

Poured beer into an over-sized wine glass. Poured a dark black with a great brown, chocolate colored head. This beer left a great lace on the sides of the glass. Had a smell of rich chocolate and hints of toffee. Taste was very rich in chocolate, but was also very balanced. Beer had great carbonation. Overall this beer was put together very well. Great appearance, smell, and taste. It is a shame Flying Fish doesn't distribute to KY, I would love to have a couple more of these.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with a medium-large, dark tan head.

Smell: Exit Thirteen smells like chocolate, and, with a bit of roastiness, takes on a slight mocha scent, at least until minute notes of citrus, raisin, and maybe even chocolate-covered cherry join the mix.

Taste: Indeed, it's chocolate, semi-sweet in taste, alongside more chocolate-minded malts, a packet of cocoa mix, and some roasted barley. Amply sweet throughout. Slight flourish of coffee-toned roasty malts. Half a drop of Nocello. Light fruity esters and a hint of citrus, but it dutifully, even wisely stays out of the way of the main theme: chocolate. Subtle underlying earthiness. Semi-dry, semi-smooth finish with the booze lending a sip of chocolate liqueur.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel like munching on some chocolate squares.

Overall: A tasty chocolate stout! Not as potent or in-your-face as Southern Tier's Choklat or the Rogue Double Chocolate, true, but it's still pretty robust, chocolate-wise and has a nice drinkability by being lighter in alcohol.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaped pint glass with a jet black body that has dark brown highlights around the edges in the light. Dense milk chocolate color two-finger head with good retention and lacing. Smells like bitter-sweet baker's chocolate and some toasted/burnt grain. Taste is 80% dark chocolate combined with a grainy characteristic and some burnt sugar/caramel. Feels kind-of syrupy and thick but carbonation lightens up the body, maybe a bit too much carbonation but only slightly. I think Flying Fish should consider making this a seasonal beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: heavy chocolate aromas

taste: wow... lots of sweet chocolate but finishes dry.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. not heavy

drinkability: Right on style with lots of chocolate added. Fatastic and probably the best choc stout Ive had in the sessionable category.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Wow, that's opaque. Not a hint of light gets through. Dark, dark brown with a frothy brown head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-Sweet chocolate and deep roastiness. Nice.

T-Sweet chocolate and caramel in the front, followed by a very nice roast character. This is a very tasty export stout. Just a bit of sweetness in the flavor, this is mostly a classic export stout.

M-Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice lingering roast.

D-Very nice, another really great effort in the Exit series. What's next?


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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks 321jeff for hooking this one up!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. beer poured a deep rich substance full sludgy black with a generous frothy milky off white/mocha head. head hung out and left chunky lacing. really attractive. stickyk lacing.

s - subtle charred malt. peppery milk stout. candied spices. the sweetness is pretty different, almost pot pouri like...ya know, like the craft store but on cinnamon.

t - again, fairly charred...which i expect in a foreign export stout. the pot pouri-ness comes out in the flavor, but it is way more like spearmint. kind of like an andy's candy or even a peppermint patty with the chocolate flavoring. quite tasty.

m - mouth is a bit watery and thin, and even a tad fizzy...but an easy drinker.

o - overall, i'm rather impressed with this brew. for a foreign export stout the spearmint vibe works really well with the charred-ness. would love to get another one of these.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark, opaque black with thick dark tan head that dissipated to a collection of patchy foam. Foam left chunks of unevenly places lace behind.

S-Rich, dark roasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, and a subtle hint of pureed prune and dark cherry.

T-Deep roasted malt complexity, dark cocoa powder, prunes and dark cherries all overriding a mellow earthy bitterness.

M-Medium bodied soft and silky smooth with long lingering roasted malt and earthy hop bitterness. Drying finish.

D-About as solid of an export stout as I have had. Well done with plenty of flavour and complexity to keep things interesting. One of the best in the Exit series to date.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Exit poured out as a very dark brown color with a big creamy looking head. The bead leaves a good amount of brown lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had plenty of chocolate on the nose with some rich roasted malts. The taste of the beer obviously tasted like dark chocolate with a subtle sweetness to it. The malts give off just a bit of lactose bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick and nicely carbonated. Overall it was another kick ass Exit!

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. A nice dark black pour, a little over a finger of head layered in color from light brown to light tan at the top. Marginal lacing.

Roast and lactose sugar. Some chocolate and cocoa.

Taste is far more roasty than the nose would lead to believe. Some caramel and coffee. Fades into heavy cocoa. Cocoa and coffee in the finish, maybe a hint of some hops. Excellent.

Coating not quite creamy mouthfeel. Maybe just a tad thin. No alcohol. Have no problem finishing the entire 750 myself for dessert and then some time after. This is really top notch, somewhere between a foreign and a milk stout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A viscose motor oil pour slurps from the bottle with the deepest of black coloring topped off by a bready, finger high rusert colored head. The lace stuck well, spongey in nature to the glass with a good sense of coverage. Overall very dark and brooding in the glass, intimidating or inviting depending on ones view.

S: Dark roasted bitterness, bakers chocolate, dry with a cake breadiness. Roasty fresh whole coffee beans with a bit of charcoal biscuit. Nice level of aroma, roasty and fresh.

T: Big roast of coffee beans on the open, dark with a very good level of bitterness that will perk you up like a starbucks espresso. Burnt chocolate with a big show of fruit, prunes, dates and scorched wheat. Fresh roasty nature, light charcoal with a complimentary touch of alcohol and yeastiness (dry bananas) closes things out.

M: Full bodied, hearty malt, with a dark roastiness and complexity bittering the taste buds. Good tingle of carbonation adds some texture with a bubbly and creamy feel. A good bite of roasty darkness appears right after the swallow with a beautiful gentle fade.

D: A big dessert beer as stated. Delightfully dark roasty and bitter. Sure to sit heavily on the palate and stomach. A bomber sits at the high end of consumption level here, I could of easily been satisfied with a chalice along with a nice well done porter steak, just make sure to leave room.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackest of black body, topped by a thick slab of dark tan dense micro bubbles.

Inviting chocolate aroma, with some earthy hop notes along the edges.

Taste begins with a quick jolt of coffee, before the rich chocolate rolls over everything. Sharp hop bite at the swallow cuts through so you know its beer and not Bosco. Could use a tad more chocolate in the aftertaste.

Nice thick rich mouthfeel. Drinks easily for a big stout.

A fine and tasty chocolate stout. Enjoy.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color, minimal cap og brown head from agressive pour. Scent is of a milk chocolate candy bar, light on the other components usually found in many stouts (fruit, coffee, roast). Taste follows the path the scent laid out quite closely, smooth and lightly bitter and lightly sweetned milk chocolate, very light presence of cherries, faint coffee and low in roasted malts which is strange for the style. Body comes out medium full, light touch of dryness to the finnish. A very nice tasting stout that features lots of chocolate but in a non-overpowering way... complexity or body isnt its strong point, but noteworthy for the smimple good taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Finally, I come across another Exit. It pours a straight onyx topped by a healthy tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste does not want to deviate from this set highway, though the vanilla is dropped, the roasted malts are more assertive, and a very subtle touch of charcoal creeps in. Frankly, to sum up the taste quickly, I'd describe it as resembling a roasted chunk of dark chocolate. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a very nice chocolate-styled stout, one I wish I could sample a few more times in the near future.

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Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really tall head on a heavy looking black stout.

The aroma is full of rich chocolate. One of the best chocolate beers I have had (that actually features the chocolate).Very sweet, Hershey syrup is dominant.

The taste is much more balanced than the nose, but still chocolate forward. Sweet fudge mingles with a well rounded roasty malt profile.

Smooth, low on the carbonation. The beer is very creamy.

I liked this a lot, and would gladly sample this again.

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Photo of shangwang
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

served in a 10 oz tulip glass, on draft at Ron's in Exton. reviewed from notes.

As dsa7783 pointed out, Flying Fish can be hit or miss with some of their offerings, but I was eager to try this one. It didn't disappoint.

The smell of Exit 13 didn''t hit me over the head- there were strains of cocoa, nutmeg, burnt wood, and a hint of citrus fruit. It poured with a finger of head and a little lacing, with an opaque black appearance that's typical of most stouts.
Once in the mouth, Exit 13 was medium in weight, with a smooth and creamy feel.
The taste was the best aspect of this beer- it was certainly among the best chocolate stouts I've had. The first part of the taste was the sweet bitterness of baker's chocolate, followed by hints of toffee, salt, and roasted malt. It was delicately sweet and mild, but had a very full dark chocolate taste. There was no coffee flavor present whatsoever, which sometimes come across in chocolate stouts. Not this one- it tasted like pure roasted cocoa beans. Exit 13 finished exceptionally smoothly- definitely a beer which you could have a few of and not think twice.
Definitely a must-try for those who like this style.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: January 6, 2017... OCCASION: Friday of a short week needs something strong... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint... pours a dark black body supporting a two-finger light brown head, creamy and foamy like a sponge... nice peat, toasted malts, slight citrus as promised, lactic acids, and earthy coals--not to mention a bit of chocolate... a gritty, grinding abrasive texture on the tongue that vibrates down the throat... a warming smoothness replaces this by mid-glass... at this point, beautiful lacing paints a cirrus sky... chocolate takes center stage, with secondary notes of phenol, scotch-like peat, and light lemon zest... vanilla, lactic milk, and earthiness that produces a lingering sweetness... chocolate, yes indeed--and the "export" stress is appropriated here, with a staunch yet creamy experience at its end... a great example of this style, and a powerful one at that...

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has some nice gourmet chocolate upfront, along with some coffee, caramel, dark fruits and cream. The flavor is similar with milk chocolate notes initially, along with dark fruits (cherry and plum), coffee, burnt bread and some slight alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and drinkability is excellent. Pretty tasty foreign stout, which a nice chocolate component.

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