Exit 13 Chocolate Stout | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Exit 13 Chocolate StoutExit 13 Chocolate Stout

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:
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

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of shangwang
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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 speter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black-like ruby with a fluffy two-finger tan head. Decent lace.

S: Roast barley and malt with hot chocolate and chocolate milk.

T: Nicely chocolate. A hair on the sweet side, which gives it more of a chocolate milk flavor as opposed to a fine swiss chocolate. I'd personally like a bit more roast backbone to offset the chocolate.

M: Light body with ample carbonation.

D: As drinkable as any FES, perhaps a bit more so, due to the complexity with the chocolate.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the Office in Montclair...
Beers from Flying Fish are typically wild cards.
A stout weighing in at 7.5% ABV is either done right or it's not. Dense, foamy appearance; tanned, creamy complexion. Hefty aroma laden with thick molasses, beets, and brown sugar. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Taste rendolent of viscous dark chocolate. Good stuff...

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Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - black as night with a tall tight brown head.

S - smokey malts with a touch of dark chocolate. Dome coffee in the mix.

T - dark chocolate with roasted malts. Sweet milk chocolate like taste in the finish.

M - good coating but only a mild tingle on the tongue.

D - I could have a few at once, but the chocolate would get old.

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Photo of bum732
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Sweet and dark chocolate, some roastiness, some tobacco and fruit as it warms.

L: Dark black, dark tan head that dissipates, decent lacing.

T: Sweet cocoa and dark chocoalte malt with a milk chocolate like smoothness. Low fruity bitterness yields to a touch of roastiness with more chocolate milkshake. Finishes semi-dry and roasty. Slight tobacco notes.

M: Medium-thin mouthefeel, medium carbonation.

A nice dessert beer, great chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin and a bit overcarbonated.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 imbibehour
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BeerImmediately
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting that they chose to do another Foreign/Export Stout in this series.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet at about 45 degrees, warming into the 50's during review. Pours with a fairly short, but thick tan head over a deep brown body, with a nice amount of lacing.

Earthy/dirty quality in the aroma, with dark chocolate... nothing roasty, mind you - mostly sweet.

Fairly creamy across the palate, and tastes like one of those dark chocolate milky way bars. Cocoa powder, dash of salt, and caramel malt. I didn't pick up any of the "fruity and citrus notes" as mentioned on the label, and while it was rich, creamy, and full-bodied, it didn't have as much contrasting bite (roasted malt or hops) as I was expecting. Tasty beer nonetheless, and quite drinkable.

Pair this up with a moussy dessert, pecan pie, or something with dark fruits like raspberry.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Naugros
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout looks quite lovely. Dark brown with a thick light brown head that shows some pretty decent retention and leaves behind gossamer lace. The head had the initial consistency of a glass of cola until it settled down.

The smell includes chocolate and weak coffee along with some floral notes. I don't catch any of the citrus from the hops advertised on the bottle. There is a very slight alcohol tone in the nose, but you have to hunt for it.

The taste follows the smell, but there is a stronger hops presence...not strong, just stronger than in the nose. So you do get some of that citrus mentioned. The roasted malts and wheat lend an additional bitter kick. As it warms there is a dark fruit sense that comes in. You'd think these would all work together, but they do bicker a little. Complex? Yes. Balanced? Not as much.

The mouthfeel is a bit off-putting. It's not as thick as I expected from the label's description, but about right for an "import/export" stout, especially if it's from Ireland. The biggest flaw is a chalkiness that may be coming from the chocolate. With wheat being in the ingredients list I wanted it to be a bit smoother. But as stouts go, this one is very easy to drink.

Flying Fish's Exit series has been their saving grace, as I really have not had one year-round from them that I really enjoy. You can tell these beers have been crafted with more attention to the ingredients, zymurgy and timing. However, comparatively, this one falls a little short of some of the other offerings in this series. Yet, it is one of the better uses of chocolate in a stout I've had from a new release in a long while.

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Photo of BigMike
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Chas58
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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 jonvan04
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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 oglmcdgl
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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 noel2977
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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 edrachman
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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 kbanks13
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 TheFightfan1
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter. Pours an opague black with a very thick creamy brown headingunderneath of more bubbly coco-cola looking heading. Decent lacing and does leave ringlets.

Smell is fantastic. Heavy barley and bittersweet chocolates, Some ashy aroma's as well as burnt malts.

Taste and mouth have the same burnt - ashy character I described in the nose.There is a smokiness to this beer that plays well with the hints of chocolate.A rather thin bodied beer in the mouth than I would have anticipated and is kind of flat and watery in the overall mouthfeel.Just not enough umphff.

A nice change of pace and has decent drinkability . As for the chocolate stout itself I thought this was a score but left me feeling unfulfilled.

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Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, jet black pour with a sticky white 2 inch head. The aroma is melted hershey's bars. The flavor is mostly chocolate, not overpowering. There are nice vanilla notes in it, finishes with a lingering chocolate. IMO the body is too light and it hurts the mouth feel. A solid chocolate beer, a little more body would have really improved this one.

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Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted wheat and cocoa, some lesser toasted biscuity malts with a lingering hint of vanilla .

The taste is straight Hershey's cocoa with lesser amounts of fluffy toasted wheat. The chocolate adds a nice slight bitter character but the sweetness balances it out immediately.
Mouthfeel is perfect; not too thick or think very creamy yet a dry finish. It has a good taste that hangs for a bit. Overall one of the top 3 chocolate beers I have had to date next to Rogue's 2x chocolate stout and original chocolate stout.

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Photo of BruceWineworks
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with a chocolaty colored head.

S: sweet coccoa and slight hints of vanilla

T: sweet chocolate taste with hints of sugar flavor.

M: light and watery, with a slightly creamy finish.

D: I could have a few glasses of this as a dessert by itself. Its pretty tasty and not too rich or high in alcohol. Overall a decent beer.

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Exit 13 Chocolate Stout from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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