Exit 8 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The head settles and leave just a light ring around the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer has a really nice sweet aroma of bready Belgian yeast with some honey in there too. The taste of the beer has a sweet start to it, the flavors of fresh tabacco mixed with the sweet honey and the yeast make this beer really quite nice. The mouthfeel of the beer was gently carbonated, with a clean drinkable dry finish to it. Overall it's a very nice beer. I found this enjoyable and I could see myself drinking this one again.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and notes of cloves and cinnamon plus a hint of molasses. Rich flavor has malty, molasses, caramel, nutty and earthy notes plus a honey-sweet undertone and hints of cloves and woody hops - or is that chestnut? Thick body is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice tingle with subtle earthy, honey and hoppy tones. Excellent! Be sure to get off at this exit.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to leftmindedrighty for tossing this in my box!

Poured from 750 to Duvel tulip:

Pours deep, dark, ominous brown/black. Very minimal clarity and a big swelling light brown cap. Frothy at first but receding to a neat, dense lid. Perfect lacing.

For some reason I often think "hard water" when I smell brown ales. I get a bit of that here. Also, the use of nuts really translate nicely to the nose but I think walnuts instead of chestnuts. Fresh cream, light cocoa, honey, very subtle alcohol.

Ooh, that's smooth. It's hard to think of mouthfeel and taste as two distinct aspects of the beer in this case. So creamy, it really does wonders for all the chocolate milk type notes on the tongue. Light hop presence does a nice job of drying things up. The nuts again have shown themselves in appropriate modesty. Very tasty indeed.

Overall, very grateful to have had the chance to test this one out. Thanks a ton Aaron!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass deep dark roasted chesnut brown with a decent sized tan colored head atop.Aromas were awsome with the chesnuts used in the beer along with sweet honey and mild yeasty notes,very appetizing and rich.Rich is a good word to describe the flavors with sweet honey and roasted chesnut notes,slightly cakey, mild yeasty phenols,and light earth round out the flavors.What a great rich beer,it's sweet but not overy so with a nice drying effect in the finish,easily the best Flying Fish beer I have had to date.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely dark brown with a slight reddish hue on the sides. Nice khaki 1 finger head. Not much lacing. Head dies quick on this high octane beer.

S: Caramel sweet, alcohol, Belgian yeast phenols, slight pine, slight nutty, slight toffee, hint of molasses and currants.

T: coffee, toffee, nutty, slight cocoa, currant, little bit of alcohol, suppressed bitterness, more on the sweeter side. Molasses at the backend. Hint of honey.

M: Relatively thick and slick but not a stout. Still has some thinness. Finish is sweet.

O: This is another good beer in the exit series but I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Strong Ales...so I'm biased. I'm sure the Belgian folk are raving but I was left bored and uninterested. Would drink again if offered but wouldn't buy in a store.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a good while before becoming an 1/8 inch of head. Slippery lacing is just OK.

S- On par with most dark Belgians. Sweet malt nose with rich Belgian yeast notes. Is indeed nutty and has a distant booziness. Also a small amount of glass smell.

T- Much more roasty than expected. Alcohol plays a big role in the overall profile bringing about a nice kick along with the powerful yeast flavor. Notes of banana, raisin and a bit of chocolate and caramel. Not much honey as the roast is the dominant taste and doesn't allow the sweetness to have as much of an influence as expected.

M- A bit creamy and thick. Also a tad dry. Medium-high carbonation and a body full of presence.

O- The Exit Series is, generally, a great set of beers. All the ones I've had have been great, except for one that was just OK (Exit 9).

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A: Black as night. Thick foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Malty. Malty balls. Slight bread. Slight cocoa. Raisins. Lil Alcohol.

T: Sweet and delicious. Dark unsweetened chocolate. Fudge. Malts. Slight nuts, maybe brazil nuts.

M: A little thin, but it works well.

O: This works like a session beer, except for the 8.3 percent; very drinkable.

Thanks that guy at Canals.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a smallish brown head that shows moderate retention. Smells of caramel, chocolate, a bit nutty with little to no hop presence. Taste is sweet and malty with a caramel earthy chocolate flavor to it. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Nice brown ale with a nutty edge. I'm glad I got to try this.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a pint

Pours a dark brown with with a foamy khaki head. Loads of lace all over the glass and a thick coating over the beer.

The aroma is of toasted nuts, some booze, honey, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast and some bready malt. Overall sweetness bordering on cookie at times.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet malts and toasted nuts with honey through the middle. The finish has a little fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, but is mostly roasted/toasted nuts and a faint hit of booze.

On the lighter aide of medium with low carbonation. Residual sweet/nutty flavors linger.

This is a nice brown ale with the added twist of a Belgian yeast strain, one of the better ones I have had. They hit a nice level of compex flavors and aromas in a relatively tame style. (Edit: I just noticed the style is BSDA, but I reviewed as a Brown Ale)

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3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't liked all of the exit series, but I'm glad to see that the one exit I grew up next too was a good one.
a: Nice brown clear, lets light through with a really nice chestnut color. thin but big head.
s: nose is a little weak- just not a whole lot of it that is...definitely smells more like a belgian brown than an english brown.
t: very nice blend 1/3 english nut brown, 5/9 belgian brown, 1/9 something else very cool. that's got to be the chestnuts and honey.
m: i guess more to the belgian than to the english. Lots of carbonation
o: tasty brew. I hope Flying Fish keeps making this one, I'll keep buying it. Though it does taste most like a nice twist on the TJs Vintage Ale. When that's around at $5 a bottle, it will be hard to justify dropping an extra three bucks for this.

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Exit 8 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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