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: 102 | Ratings: 167
Photo of muchos
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Black with a short light-tan head.
S. Chocolate, roasted malt. Rich and slightly sweet aroma.
T. Taste is surprising. Orange and pineapple notes up front, which then mix with the chocolatey flavors, which works nicely. Aftertaste starts sweet with caramel, vanilla, and chocolate, then combine with some piney bitterness.
F. Feels medium bodied with a nice smoothness yet nicely carbonated.
O. Pleasantly surprised. I experienced a lot of different flavors in this one. Cheers!

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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 q33jeff
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


12oz Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark black, a little thin looking, but with a nice big frothy beige head.
AROMA: malted milk balls, 'nuff said.
TASTE: chocolate is at the forefront. Some ash, barley.
FEEL: full bodied, with decent carbonation. A touch of silt.

This is a pretty nice chocolate stout. Just the right amount of sweet


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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 RedneckBeerz
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber with a nice medium mocha head with nice whispy lacing on the glass.

I pick up some vanillaish aromas in the nose as well dark malts. The flavor is very nice stoutish chocolate and dark malts with a nice medium+ mouthfeel, It finishes easy on the tongue and throat with a semi creamy ending.

This to me is a Great Stout. I've fallen in love with Stouts and Porters this winter past, and even though this is warm (80 degree) mid April day, this is still a fantastic sipper. My hats off to Flying Dog for a great representation of this style of malted bev. ^5

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

Poured from a 750 bottle into a snifter glass. This is probably 9 months old or so.

A: A deep black color that is thick and non light filtering. A one finger light brown head sits atop the liquid and fades quickly.

S: Chocolate and cocoa mix with the roasted notes to bring out a sweetness on the nose.

T: Loads of milk chocolate and cocoa flavors mix with some roasted flavors up front that melt into some caramel and toffee notes. Some slight woody tones mix with the roasted notes to finish out the beer. Sweetness lingers.

M: Medium, no traces of alcohol but just missing something.

O: Not a bad beer, but not overly complex and actually a little boring. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

Overall I love most of the Exit series. One or two have been clunkers, most have been winners and then there is this beer that sits squarely in between.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sexy opaque black with very, very thin tan head. Nose teases with what would lead me to think a rather sweet milk chocolate. On the palate though, the chocolate is there but more bitter (good way) and a nice roasty character that takes center stage. Roasty malts carry into the finish. Touch of oatmeal. Easy drinking for the ABV.

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Photo of HosP
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a while back, forget who I should thank for it though. Poured 750 ml into CBS snifter.

A- Pours black, with the faintest light around the edges. Dark khaki head on top, pretty thin though. Leaves fast with almost no lace left.

S- Good dark chocolate aroma. Roasted, almost burnt malt smell towards the end. Not much else to it.

T- Very nice roasted, dark chocolate taste. Dominates the taste of the beer, just as you'd like. A tad bitter at the end with a bit of burnt malt flavor. Really the chocolate goes throughout which is what you want from a nice chocolate stout.

M- Almost full body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry.

O- Never had a foreign/import stout. Very solid chocolate stout. Focus on the chocolate and really tasted nice. Very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - a noontime shadow in color with a nice frothy, off colored head

s - coffee, better, dark chocolate, some malt

t - not at much chocolate as on the nose, but its there... faded a bit... kinda bitter on the back, but coffee/roasted malt blended with what chocolate that is present makes for a tasty sipper

m - medium body and creamy-smooth textured

0 - pretty good beer... i've enjoyed the exit series!

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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 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 ikats
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color. Completely solid as far as I can tell. No light penetrates this brew. For some reason I really enjoy the appearance of jet black stouts. Somewhat dark brown head full of small bubbles. Aroma is chocolate (but not overpowering or too sweet) and perhaps some roasted notes. The beer tastes slightly sweet on the lips, slightly dry on the tongue. Not too chocolatey, but the flavor is there. Medium body. Very drinkable. I find it a bit too light for a dessert beer, but it is a nice relaxing sipper.

Makes me appreciate my chosen home state. And I'll drive past Exit 13 with a bit more knowledge now.

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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 Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a full light brown head with excellent retention. Spotty lace.

S: Has that Dutch cocoa scent, cocoa powder all the way, almost like hot chocolate which is fun. One-dimensional but enjoyable.

T: Direct milk chocolate and cocoa powder flavour. Clearly a chocolate stout as it states in the name. Light roast character, a semi-sweet beer, reminds me of the classic movie candy Snow Caps at the end. Quite good.

M: Medium-bodied, mild carbonation, creamy for sure, easy to drink, I felt none of the 7.5%.

O: Flying Fish continues to show why they're one of the best QPR's out there. It's labelled a chocolate stout, and you get what you pay for.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice dark, almost black, color of brown and the ½” head has lots of large and small bubbles. The light brown head recedes fairly quickly leaving a nice ring of foam and many small leggy patches of lacing. Sipping leaves behind lots of widely scattered speckles of lacing clinging to the glass. By the finish of the 750 ml bottle all of the head and lacing are long gone.

Smell: The aromas include dark semi-sweet chocolate laced with traces of coffee. As the beer warms in the glass traces of dark fruit and cherry begin to emerge.

Taste: The flavors include semi-sweet dark chocolate and a touch of cocoa wrapped around some dark fruits like raisin and cherry. The coffee comes out plainly at first and then recedes into the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with a smooth, almost silky feel from the finely bubbled carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with a touch of sweetness from the dark chocolate and fruits but then shows off the cocoa for a bit before fading into the dark roasted flavor that has a touch of bitterness to it but none of the burnt character found in some stouts. It ends on a dry note.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The drinkability here is quite nice. Although this is not an overly complex stout, that in fact contributes to its enjoyment if one wants to have something to serve to friends during an evening of dinner and good conversation. My overall impression is that this a good beer and one I’d be happy to have more of if the occasion allows. It is a well made contribution to an imaginative series of beers that explores the uniqueness of New Jersey. (And I don’t have a problem with that. ☺ ).

Note: with the dominant flavors of chocolate and cocoa here this would be good to serve as a dessert beer after dinner and might well be worth making an ice cream float using vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great way to finish an awesome night of watching the maize and blue defeat the domers.Poured into an imperial nonic near jet black except for a few ruby highlights when held in the light,a frothy 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop.Big chocolate and fruit in the nose,as it warmed coffee roast came into play along with some wood.Not quite as full in the mouth as I would have liked,as well as being a bit sharp at first.Chocolate and mocha coffee flavors are the main flavor components with light fruit and sweet alcohol in the finish.A nice export style stout,it would be great with a more fuller,mellow feel to it.

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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 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 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 ATPete
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750ml bottle

Pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with a medium sized brown head. Lots of burnt black malts directly up front, some bitter chocolate and sweet malts. Creamy and lighter in body than expected, very easy to drink for 7.5%. Really liked this one.

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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 Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 shared by tenderbranson69 poured chilled into a 1/2 pint

A deep brown shade with thin medium tan cap with tight bead -the lace sticks ok, clarity is mostly opaque. The smell is slightly fruity with a nice roasty cocoa scent and mild woody elements from the hops with some very nice malt aromas. The feel is pretty dry as expected with a gentle toastiness and slight bitter backing - generally balanced with some sweetness that doesn't outdo the bitter cocoa tinges or the hop aspect of this, the yeast gives a nice full feel and the finish is pretty dry with moderate carbonation throughout.

This has a nice cocoa accent which seems to favor dark chocolate with a nice caramel and toasted graininess a lot of cocoa comes through and some raisiny dark malt flavor with a gentle spice from the hops and mild bitter element. the flavor has a good fruitiness from the yeast and light molasses with a subtle tinge of coffee and smoke perhaps -a well rounded stout. The flavor is inviting and it is a seriously drinkable stout with a pretty good amount of chocolate in the taste especially after it nears cellar temp I am glad I got to try this, thanks Tim!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours black with a nice light brown head. Aroma has loads of dark chocolate, light coffee and some roast. Taste is sweet with roasty bitterness. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Slightly bitter finish. A really nice beer!

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter,

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a medium to dark brown head. Minimal head dissipates into a ring on top the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasty and rich dark chocolate. Fairly one demensional, but still smells good.

Taste: Roasty malts and dark chocolate. This beer has a nice bite to it. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth beer. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid beer that was good, but not great. It is one of the better Foreign / Import Stout that I have tasted. First beer I have had from this brewery, they did a good job here!

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