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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Photo of jayhawk73
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a jet black color, without much head at all. The smell is cocoa powder, with a slight hint of alcohol. The taste was fairly thin for what I was expecting... Lots of chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. Kind of like drinking a Nestle Quik. A 7.5% Nestle Quik. The taste is a little thin for me, I'd like a little more substance w/ the taste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, fairly drinkable. Decent beer for the style, but I've definitely had better chocolate stouts.

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Photo of irs
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I'm not really familiar with the style of export stout, I'm big on Impys and Black IPAs, so maybe I'm missing something, here but I'm really not impressed. I've liked all of the other Exit series, so maybe they missed on this one, which is still a pretty good average, or maybe its me.
A: Looks like an impy, dark brown, almost opaque, not much of a head, and pretty wispy.
S: Nice, malty, dark schocolate with a winey alcoholic overtones, really not bad, no hops.
T: really not impressed here, it tastes a little like a watery chocolate soda, not a whole lot there to like.
M: Thin, this is where it could be my relative unfamiliarity with the style, this is nothing like the chewyness of a good impy, nor the light roasty of an irish dry. Either I don't get it, or I do and just don't like it.
D: Goes down easy, I'm just not crazy about the flavor. I don't mind sticking my nose in it, though. And I HEARTILY recommend the Exit 1 Oyster Stout - I bought a case of that when it came out and it was gone so fast I don't know what I did with it. Damn it was good. But this aint that.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Dark, charred brown color with opaque bleakness. Crop of tanned head slowly fades out, leaving some spots of lacing dotted around the glass.

Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malts. Roasted dark malts and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Slightly syrupy chocolate runs throughout the profile. Hints of bitterness with dark roasted malts, molasses and a soft detection of caramel and vanilla. Finishes warm and chocolatey.

Medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and a little flat/thin on the tongue. Probably should have opened this one a long time ago but it got a bit lost in the shuffle of bottles in my fridge/cellar, although this still feels extremely one-note.

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Photo of jsp2
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour from a 750 ML bottle was capped by a thinnish, coffee brown head, which suggested low carbonation.

The brew itself is black.

A sniff was greeted by standard malt notes of bread, coffee, albeit quite strong.

As one sips, the carbonation is low, so the roasty, coffee, bitterness is first and foremost. There is some bitterness, perhaps from chocolate, reminding me of the bitter chocolate stout stone brewed during the shortage of hops. Slightly acidic in a coffee sort of way but mellow.

Overall: Decent stout, I have had porters for half the price that were better. Worth a try but much better stouts exist for the relatively expensive price.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr and pour into duvel tulips.

A- a hard pour yeilds a massive creamy dark tan head that settles in a bit leaving a tight cow web of lace covering the entire glass. Pitch black in color.

S- cocoa powder, anise, burnt sugar, a touch of coffee. You do get the hops a bit with some vegitative hits

T- interesting stuff here. You get the chocolate and the roast but then you get a slightly bitter, slightly tart and fruity thing that pulls your palate in a whole other direction. Grapefruit rind and kumquats. Long roasty finish.

M- a touch less then medium in body and bit above in carb. Super dry.

D- looks great, smells good, tastes different. It tastes just like what they said it would and its certainly well made. That being said its just not for me. I enjoyed it for being new and interesting but not one ill be going back for seconds.

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Photo of jonvan04
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma was a mix of faint roasted malts to a slight chocolate aroma. The taste was very similar to it's aroma. Not very overbearing in terms of chocolate or roastiness. The taste and aroma wasn't bad, but rather generic and not anything distinct about either. The mouthfeel was a plus, it was very light and refreshing considering the style, which also made it very drinkable. Overall this was decent, but nothing worth seeking out. It matched it's style, but not worth breaking the bank over.

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Photo of Suds
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brilliantly dark, black beer...nice tan head, although a bit shallow. The smell is lacking, with just a little charcoal and medicine-like phenols. It's a grainy, dryish beer...just shy of astringent. Chocolate and smoke dominate the flavor...lots of roasted, bitter, intense tastes. The beer is full in body, although it suffers a bit from the dryness, which draws away from the heft. Still, this is a nice, enjoyable stout.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark brown with a very dark tan head thwt, once settled to a very thick film, looks quite creamy. Nice lacing and great retention.
Smell is fairly one dimensional with a strong wet cardboard presence. A slight hop note with just the faintest hint of malt. Does this need to warm more? Its only been 10 minutes out of the fridge.
Taste is significantly better. Toasted malts, hops, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, wet cardboard and a hint of molasses.
Just medium bodied with a mellow, light effervescence. A nicely smoky/toasty aftertaste with a noticeable coffee presence. Slight dryness in the finish but nothing like a Guinness. A good beer but I would like more chocolate in there. This comes nowhere near a Brooklyn Chocolate or a Young's Double Chocolate.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much opaque, with a spongy looking cocoa colored head. Laces well, and retention is great.

Nice dutch chocolate aroma, some hop presence and malt roastiness.

Taste is of Belgian chocolate, mild hops, milk chocolate with a roasted character.

Feel is creamy, upper medium to full bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good; it's not overly filling and pretty tasty.

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish Exit 13, big champagne-like bottle, bought in Lambertville, NJ, and enjoyed in New York City.

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter. Thick, thick pour, glug, glug... love to hear that. Classic. Very black, with a beautiful tan head, two-finger high, and lots of beautiful bubbles on top. Retention is good, carbonation is low, lacing is unexpectedly minimal.

Smell: It is so roasty and barnyard-y it reminds me of the nasty-but-enticing horse piss trails in Hell's Kitchen left by the Central Park-bound horse-drawn carriages. Some bitterness too, and wood- not the kind used to age beer but just pure raw wood from a tree in the forest. Some coffee, the cheap kind, or perhaps chicory.

Taste: More bitter coffee/chicory, dark unprocessed chocolate. I wouldn't mind a chocolate stout that tastes like fine chocolate (Southern Tier Choklat, YUM!), but this is like biting on raw cocoa beans. Not so pleasant. The added bitterness doesn't help either.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Dry and bitter finish, lingers.

Drinkability: Sip. Sip. This is hard to drink, not because of the alcohol (fine and not evident at 7.5%) but due to the intense, unpleasant and unbalanced flavors (too bitter, too chocolaty, too unrefined, too... much)

Glad I got to try one of Flying Fish's famed Exits, but this one doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a perfectly decent dry stout, but I think it is the least impressive of the Exit series by a long-shot.

Pours deep brownish black with a brown fluffy head that falls to poor lacing. The aroma is quite chocolaty, like a Mexican hot chocolate. The flavor is flat and extremely dry - like a big mouthful of baker's chocolate. It's a little sweet but only just a little. And the mouthfeel is Sahara desert dry. Witheringly dry and a little chalky.

A good stout, but not as transcendent like most of the other Exits.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a nice, thick, black color with a slow building, cascading head about two inches thick with a dense bubbling, chunky bodied, light brown colored head. Smells of chocolate and oats. The beer is surprisingly light and dry in mouth, with bitter dark chocolate overtones and a coffee like foundation. Quick, smooth, and clean finish with a slightly bitter and effervescent chocolate aftertaste. Tasty.

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Photo of dbossman
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a thin brown head and great lacing

S: Lots of sweet grainy, hay-like malts; some chocolate syrup and subtle coffee; but really pretty much dominated by sweet grains

T: Some chocolate but really quite grainy (corn?); malty and roasty but more grassy grains with a touch of dark fruits

F: Creamy up front but thin on the back side

O: Doesn't really feel like a stout; it's a decent chocolate ale; it isn't overly chocolaty either but a decent brew in the end anyway

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Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to my girl for randomly picking this up for me.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 2-figner chocolate color head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a big cocoa aroma right off the bat. There are notes of roasted malt and some coffee. Also, there are some dark fruit scents thrown in there too.

T - The taste starts off with some roasted malt and a big milk chocolate flavor. There is some light coffee, a bit of caramel, and some hop flavor as well. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt and chocolate on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice rich and smooth feel to it. There is some dry roasted malt bitterness. There is some sweetness as well, but it seems to be on the low side.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily have a few glasses of this in a night. Overall, I think this is quite a good stout. The chocolate flavor is really nice. I think this is definitely worth a try. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of roasty and bitter-sweet chocolate to it. I get a good dose of sweeter, brown sugar or candi sugar like notes to it as well.

The taste has a lot of the sweeter, chocolaty, candi sugar like flavors to it. I get a good dose of the roasty, burnt and bitter flavors coming through towards the finish. A little bit of a citrusy, rind like flavor peeks through as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. The chocolate and roasty, burnt flavors worked pretty well together, the sweeter almost sugar like flavors might have been just a bit overdone for me though. Not a bad beer at all overall though.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Exit beer from Flying Fish with an Exit 9 still sitting in the cellar. Flying Fish's Exit 13 is to chocolate milk as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is to a rich hot cocoa. It's an interesting take on both the style and the flavor to combine the lighter body of the export stout with the intensity of the chocolate notes. I'm not sure it works quite as well as it would with an RIS, but I'm glad I picked it up. It's not a common combination.

While I didn't fall head over heels for this beer, I appreciated a few qualities about it. The gravity and the flavor are turned down a bit, and the carbonation cranked up. These qualities combined to make quite a drinkable beer, but it's not as smooth as it could be. For me, this is a negative, but its interesting to taste the results.

I think if you like chocolate stouts and are sick of the heavier, thicker, oakier chocolate beers (which I never am), you'll appreciate the Exit 13 take on the style.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My buddy got me a bottle of this from somewhere in New Jersey. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a very deep purple color. The head is a dark tan color, three fingers tall, medium sized bubbles, fine retention, not great lacing.
Smell: The aromas are chocolate, raisin, and hot alcohol.
Taste: The flavors are boozy, chocolate, and grapes.
Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is thin, with a lingering finish.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of SiepJones
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. I turn to put my bottle down and the head is gone, so long. A slight ring of foam hangs around the edges of my glass.

S: I smell a touch of chocolate and some dark fruit flavors on the nose but lots of roast malt.

T: Tons of roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate. This beer tastes like a black cup of coffee to me. Smokey notes in it as well.

M: Watery mouth feel which is surprising for a stout. Low carbonation, slightly bitter finish from the roast.

D: I was happy to try this beer but I was expecting something slightly different. Shared the bottle with but one is enough for me.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Each sip of this beer is dedicated to Bill of the gone-but-not-forgotten band Exit 13. He was hugely responsible for showing me what beer really could be back in the mid '90s, and helped propel me at the beginning of this ongoing journey. Hell yeah Bill!

Watching the stream of glistening, oily blackness pour out of the bottle was almost worth the price alone. Sits deep ebony black in the glass, underneath a creamy fawn (look it up) colored head.

Chocolaty and grainy nose, slight bit of mineral, but mostly the light, delicate smell of milk chocolate shavings and puffed wheat cereal.

Not as much chocolate, sweet or dessert-y flavor as I was hoping for, this comes off a bit sharp, or mineral-like, mostly due to the generous hop presence here. Quite roasty/smoky too. Clearly an American take on a foreign/export stout (even if that sounds like any oxymoron). A little bit of milkiness, also some bitter coffee-like character, especially in the finish, which is joined by a tart fruity twist, again courtesy of the hops.

Smooth, lush, silky feel with a gently caressing carbonation. Maybe a little on the thin side.

Not bad at all, but probably nothing I'll remember 10 years from now. Am I wrong for expecting more chocolate? "Chocolate Stout - Stout Brewed With Chocolate" sayeth the label. Flying Fish's American Trippel is way better, but that's comparing apples to oranges ain't it? Hey, those are the only two F.F. beers I've had to date.

Gonna crank up some 'Ethos Musick' now...

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Photo of sendsilk
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle bought for $11.

A- Great, a nice solid head with a vigorous pour. Sits around for a couple of minutes and then BAM! it recedes very suddenly.

S- Not too much to smell here, perhaps it was too cold. As it warms the chocolate smells come to the surface.

T-Good, very good but not great. I would drink this again but not going to seek it out as I can get ST Choklat for the same price (albeit a smaller bottle).

M- Good.

O- I have absolutely no complaints about this beer, it just doesn't knock my socks off.

A solid beer but not an outstanding beer.

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Photo of edrachman
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouts very dark, almost black with dark tan head that I found to disappear quickly.

The smell is the highlight. Very strong bittersweet chocolate, almost cherry like, but background of "roasted" scent.

I found the taste a little lacking. Can definitely taste the chocolate, but otherwise a good, but not exceptional stout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Lucky number 13, exit 13, Newark Airport ... yeah. Killer-looking head, sticky lacing is all over the glass. Opaque black mass of ale in the glass. Rich chocolaty smell with hints of brown bread and cooked raisins. Lush full body with a creamy smoothness. Chocolate flavor is pretty bold; not a whole lot of sweetness, which is refreshing as it lets the beer unfold. Suggestions of licorice root, mild charcoal, toasted bread and a kiss of herbal hop brings the level of complexity up high. Root beer? Roasty finish leans a bit dry. A very intriguing beer sip to sip; perfect for sharing.

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Photo of BigMike
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours ink black with a two finger fluffy chocolate colored head. Leaves tremendous lacing.

S: Light milk chocolate aroma with some roasted nuttiness. A small hint of coffee.

T: Chocolate but not overbearing. Light coffee on the finish and not much else.

M: Very light but good for the style. Very dry on the finish. Good carbonation and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good chocolate stout. Easy to drink and not cloying at all like a lot of chocolate stouts.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Chris!

The pour is black with a dense, dark brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving a little lace. The nose is great, especially as it warms up. The chocolate character is deep and complex, with an earthy, cocoa-like bite present, along with an undercurrent of sweetness. The malt character that rounds out the nose is a blend of moderately bitter grains and a mild sweetness. There is, however, a bit of a metallic note to the aroma, and I don't know where that's from.
The palate opens with semi-sweet chocolate, hot chocolate and a moderate sweetness. Not much coffee character is discernible, probably due to the chocolate covering up the espresso-like contribution from the grains. The metallic character is present, and moderately distracting, but that is probably the yeast? Medium in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is a solid attempt, and I would drink this again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Great looking, with a big frothy pour, an opaque blackness and a frothy tan head that leaves plenty of stickage

Smell: Chocolaty aroma with roasted malt notes

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with a fruity character developing that adds some bitterness but starts to verge on the sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness lingers with the chocolate, echoing the Guinness export stout I tasted a few weeks ago

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something with much more chocolate than I got from this beer; not bad, just not what I expected

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