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Flying Fish Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

Exit 8 pairs perfectly with hearty foods like roast pork, sausages or a nice aged gouda. Bottled conditioned, 8.3% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
750ml->SA glass. Deep brown with good light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and nuts. Taste has nuts, grains, malt, and dough. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
750ml Bottle. 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (1109) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting beige head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of barnyard yeast and toasted malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is toasted, nutty malt, spicy hops, yeast, dark fruit and molasses. Finish is long and dry. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Picked this up in the bottle from Total Wine in Henderson, NV. A nice hybrid Belgian style brown ale with notes of roasted chestnuts and honey, overall a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2012
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Didn’t know quite what to expect from a "brown ale" but picked this up on the strength of other entries in this series. Glad I did, since it was a quirky, winning hybrid. Big roiling pour with a vibrant head gets things started off right, and the active pour turns out to foretell the bottle conditioning pretty nicely. Strongly yeasty in the nose, and tastes even just a wee bit funky too. Lively mouthfeel, just a bit of prickle not from the heat but from a bit of spice. Hoppy, ever so slightly roasty, but with this nice core that’s like fresh baked bread with brown sugar and just the right modest touch from the chestnuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle at Ølbutikken - thaks to Daniel & his friends. Clear dark brown - Offwhite head. Roasted. Licorice. Nutty. Fruity. Belgian yeasty. Sweetness. Molasses. High malty. nice malty. Rather high sweetness. Ok pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 16, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very interesting brown ale. Got close to being cloying by the end, but there was just enough sourness to keep things from actually becoming cloying. Very complex malts. Slightly Belgian. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that was dark brown to nearly black in the glass with deep red highlight and an average, beige, head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy dark bread, cookies, roasted malts; toasted malts; nutty malts, molasses, caramel, sour malt; light milk chocolate; light earthy and spicy hops; hints of pine hops; light spicy yeast; honey; brown sugar; maple syrup; cola; dark and sour fruit; nuts and light licorice. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly sour; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, moderately sour and slight to lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was honey, brown sugar, nuts, cola, roasted malt, toasted malt, dark and sour fruit, caramel, dark bread, grain, slight pine and earthy hops, spicy yeast, maple syrup, molasses, nutty malt, sour malt, hints of chocolate, tea, and hints of watery coffee. The medium to full body was creamy with fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a medium-small, short-lived, light beige head.

Smell: Displays a wide range of notes, you’ve got chicory, dark caramel, molasses, baker’s chocolate, ground cloves, plums, banana bread, and pine.

Taste: Roasty, toasty (whole grain bread), chocolaty malts with a full-on nuttiness and molasses tone throughout. Caramel and perceived honeybun sweetness. Amply malty throughout. Growing clove-like quality from the yeast. Faintly resinous pine in the background. Lightly bitter, with the spicy phenols and alcohol helping to balance the sweetness. Touch of dark fruits and an additional fruity hint of bananas. Spicy, sweet, and still with a nutty maltiness on the smooth finish with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, not quite creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This Exit is fairly good, not outstanding, but a beer that shows some real promise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Sweet toasted malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Claymeister (74) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Nutty aroma with honey and a touch of pine. The hops balances everything well to provide a full bodied, hearty beer. The taste is a little on the sweet side. Very tasty and nicely done by Flying Fish. Overall, I enjoyed this beer.

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