Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Exit 8 Chestnut Brown AleExit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The long-delayed eighth stop on our multi- year trip brings us to, coincidentally, Exit 8 and celebrates what puts the “Garden” in Garden State.

To celebrate Exit 8, one of our big farming areas, we’ve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient: chestnuts–and a popular current one: local honey. This full-bodied hybrid Belgian-style brown ale brings forward a nutty character from the chestnuts, accented by the flavors of honey, roasted barley and oat flakes. There’s a nice spiciness from the Mt. Rainier hops while Chinooks add a touch of pine. Fuggles and Columbus round out the hop profile.

Added by MLasoski on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exit 8 pours a blackish color with a small lacing head. Their is a yeasty sweet aroma. The taste has a nice roasted malty backbone, with nice notes of hazelnuts, and honey, and bits of Belgian candies. Nice full flavor, very drinkable. Overall a very good and unique strong dark ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, nice thick tan head developed. Lasted and laced extremely well. Appearance was a dark brown with slight red hue. Aroma was malrty with caramel and chocolate notes. Taste had a pronounced chocolate with hints of coffee and slight alcohol taste. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry / malty aftertaste.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a murky dark brown color with almost a finger of thick, creamy tan head. The head sticks around nicely. The smell is full of caramel and dark fruit notes along with some mild toffee. The sweet aromas are nice, but there is a hint of tartness that doesn't belong if you ask me. The baste is very smooth and reminds me of a British brown ale that is just a little bit tart. I would have liked this to be less tart and to accentuate the malt more. The finish is bitter. The carbonation is smooth and fluffy, almost reminds me of a nitro pour. I wish the sweetness was more dominant but I still enjoyed it enough.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Belgian dark with a nutty/sweet edge.

Presentation: 750ml brown capped bottle. Brown background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, limited release, ingredients, main characteristics and food pairing. Shows 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep dark brown pour with a nice creamy head, medium retention, good surface memory with a lasting surface ring, and some splashes of lacing.

S - Sweet and malty nose, plenty of caramel, slight nutty insinuation with a touch of yeast...

T - Nice expansion on the palate, caramel and sweetness with a light Belgian touch, soft nutty sense in the bitter punctuation towards the finish.

M - Medium to medium/full body, medium carbonation, Rather creamy and smooth.

O - Nicely flowing ale, almost a bit too sweet at points, and maybe best suited as an after meal brew.

Notes: Curious differences during a comparative tasting with a similar homebrew that happened to share plenty of the departing characteristics but whereas this one shines on its sweet edge, "Castaña Supreme" had a more pronounced fruity, yeasty edge… None of the two really showed off the chestnut. Maybe more so Exit 8 around the sweet/hoppy edge...

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice light mocha-colored head.

S: Yeasty, some raisins, a bit of honey sweetness and roasted malt.

T: Starts with some muted bready yeastiness, light honey, bitterish grain, brown bread, somewhat nutty, roast, some cloves. A bit more sweetness comes out as it warms.

M: A little more than medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Very nice.

O: A hefty and solid brown ale, with some nice influence from the yeast and honey.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this large bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick, frothy, light brown, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates down the side of glass, leaving a nice trial and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet and tart Belgian yeast scent at first followed by a smooth roasted malt aroma with a caramel background. Lots of complex aromas here.

T: Smooth and slightly tart fruity Belgian flavor up front. Roasted malt middle and finishes smooth.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Amazing Belgian Brown ale. Perfect balance.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a very dark mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced to a medium film with a medium collar and had fairly good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, honey and a pronounced nutty odor.

The taste was malty sweet and a tad roasty with hints of molasses, honey and caramel at first, progressing into a slightly bitter yeast taste with a bit of chocolate, a nice chestnut presence and a little more than slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a dark bold yeasty taste left behind to fade away slowly.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry, yet thinly oily in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very well rounded Belgian Brown with all the components working together rather well, creating a very appealing brew that was nice and roasty yet still possessed that Belgian Ale drinkability...


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Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 111 ratings