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 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 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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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 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 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 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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this beer.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a nice tall brown head.

S: Plenty of roasted malt and lots of dark chocolate. There's plenty of a dark fruit aroma to the beer as well. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Not really a super complex nose as that's really all there is to it.

T: Plenty of bitter dark chocolate flavors to be found here. A nice solid roast with a hint of espresso. The dark fruits are there, but a bit more subtle than on the nose. Somewhat bitter overall.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit more chocolate flavor, but this was good nonetheless.

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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 smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass giving 3 fingers dark brown, with good brown hues and a cocoa like chocolate colored head.

On the nose is some nice simple chocolate whiffs with malt, very "airy" not big. Some faint dry bread in the background as well, almost of a dry barley characteristic. This is very pleasant.

Taste is carbonation of a milk/stout variety with tight seltzer bubble feel and soda finish. Not much chocolate notes in the mouth, but a sweet cola taste on the afterfinish but not too sweet or big just subtle at least.

This really minds me of a better youngs double chocolate, making drinkability just slightly better than average but not by much.

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

I'm still missing Exit 11, but Exit 13 is tonight. Served in a tulip. Beer is dark black and a little thick wit a tan head with lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and chocolate. Nice.

Beer is thinner than expected, sweet up front with an ashy kind of finish, moderate bitterness but there is a late aftertaste of almost a minty quality. Mouthfeel is a little too thin for my tastes but overall it is a decent beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown almost black in color with brown highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the chocolate roasted malts were definitely there in the aroma with oat grains, coffee, and a little toffee but had some sweet notes coming through.

T: the chocolate malt flavor was more apparent on the taste alongside roasty, oat grain, and coffee notes but had a touch of hops that added a mild bitter bite.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight astringent, mild bitter, and creamy finish.

D: it was drinking pretty good with a well balanced bitter and a nice creamy quality. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" milk chocolate colored head.Some large bubbles hug the side of the glass when the head breaks apart.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, prunes, and a mild earthiness is balanced with a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth, dry, and silky at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the chocolate tones linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a nice export stout that is easy to drink and has a nice balanced flavor. Worthy of a try if you can find it.

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

Red Paper/Capped

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, nice malt notes, chocolate/toffee. Medium Body, slightly dry finish. A pretty tasty brew.

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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 cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and leaving a ring of lacing around the glass after each sip.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Pretty nice chocolate aroma.

T- The aroma is roasted malts up front with some sweet chocolate and espresso flavors and a sweet finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid chocolate stout that is worth a try.

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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 avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma consisted of chocolate, malt, and healthy dose of coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate, though not as much as you'd expect, mild coffee, and some malt. Surprisingly tasty and complex for a style that usually doesn't carry those attributes.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable stout.

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

750mL champagne bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a dark brown body, near black, with a fluffy one+ finger dark mocha head. Some mild delicate lace and OK retention. Nothing glamorous.

Aroma is of cocoa/milk chocolate and roast with just a mild floral note. A small amount of alcohol is noticeable, but mainly chocolate and roast. Pretty straightforward.

The flavor profile mirrors the nose with only a bit of a fruity component coming through adding to the overall complexity. I like the way the chocolate works in this beer.

The mouthfeel follows the style pretty well, but I feel like it could be a little smoother. The chocolate takes the edge off a bit, but there still is a bit of a watery feel.

Nonetheless, what this beer does the best is drinkability. One of the better drinking stouts I have had in a while. Smooth and even keeled, the chocolate isn't too sweet and the roast isn't too overbearing. While this may compromise the flavor profile, it adds to the drinkability category.

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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 jmdrpi
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL capped and sealed bottle.

appears jet black. no highlights, even when held up to the light. very dark tan head. nice lacing.

aroma is roasty malt. reminds me like unsweetened baking cocoa powder. there are some hops in there too.

in the taste, chocolate is obviously the central flavor, bittersweet. balanced, yet flavorful. dry finish.

body is thicker, but not too much so. coats the mouth. smooth, lower carbonation. goes down easy, the large bottle is an easy single serving for me.

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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 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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