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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5641) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 8/18/12

Aroma: The nose is roasted malts, nuts, sweet/caramel malts, and a bit of earthiness
Appearance: The pour is a dark brown color with a foamy beige head and some light lace
Flavor: The taste is a nice balance of roasted/nutty and sweet malts, with an underlying earthy hop
Palate: The body is medium, with a soft carbonation, and a smooth creamy feel on the mouth
Overall Impression: Overall, this was a very nice offering. I’ve pretty much enjoyed all of the beers from the Exit series, and this was another very nice one. I’d like to get a hold the 3rd one (Exit 1), and finish off the existing one’s from the series, and I’m excited to try the future offerings from this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle... Pours nearly black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head that diminishes quickly. The bouquet is a fusion of raisins, dates, fudge and clove. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Well-balanced, but the flavor is odd. It’s a mélange of cocoa, dried plums, dates, figs and minerals. Nutty, spicy, minerally finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2519) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Thin light tan head of fine bubbles that don’t last long. Roasty and soft malt aroma with some distinct chestnut, a hint of vanilla and some roasted grains. Color is a very dark mahagony brown. More soft malts in the flavor with some oats, roasted grains, vanilla beans and some ginger snaps late swallow. Minimal alcohol presence. A very tasty and enjoyable brew that I think most people will enjoy. Can’t really go wrong with a brown ale for the masses. Another good NJTPK brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750ml bottle: pours a transparent dark mahogany with a clingy-lacing froth of beige head. Has a sweet toasty malty nose with lots of dry nutty character and a touch of hops. Starts with a rich sweet toasted caramel maltiness and a touch of dark fruits before a slightly drier nutty finish. Smooth, well-balanced and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On Draft. Poured a very dark, near black color with a thin tab head. Aroma of dark fruits, nuts, earthy wood and a sweet faint honey. Flavor is nicely roasted with a slightly dry but flavor that also has a boozy quality. Finishes fairly sweet with some spice. This is going to be a great bottle to age if you can get it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (984) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2012
From notes: Poured opaque deep brown with a 3-finger, creamy, mocha-colored head. Nutty aroma with a subtle pine note beneath. Medium-thickness with a deep, full-bodied flavor. Nice roasty, nutty flavor with a mild, but notable, piney hops note underneath. A touch of sweetness from the honey rounds it out nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2012
A: Pours an opaque brown color with a tightly knit creamy cap. Retention is excellent S: Lots of nuts, caramel, and a smooth graininess. I would put this somewhere between a Belgian Dark and a rich Brown Ale...Belgian yeast notes are there but definitely restrained in a way that give this beer more balance. T: Nuts, caramel, and a smooth oat character. Belgian yeast lend a little spiciness but don’t overwhelm like some of this style. Balanced by a slight earthy hop presence MF/Overall: The oats give this beer a smooth and velvety feel to it. Carbonation is low. Alcohol well hidden. Nutty finish. Overall an easy drinking beer, especially for 8.3%. Great for a hot day like it is down here in South Florida

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2872) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Chestnut colored pour reddish hue, thin beige head, light sticky lacing .... aroma of nuts, earthy, caramel malts and some honey .... taste is of chestnuts, roasted, caramel malts, honey, earthy flavors and a bitter hop bite .... finish is dry with a lingering bitter and roasted .... medium body nice balance of flavors ... abv hidden well .... solid brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Appearance was hazy brown with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas where sweet biscuity caramel nutty malts.Yeasts are floral spicey belgain strand with deep fruits. Taste is sweet caramel, chocolate, figs with the malts.The spicey yeasts add slight deep fruity mixed to the balance. Palate was sliky creamy CO2 with a meduim-full body. The long smooth warming alcoholic finish is fablous. A wonderful brown or strong...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Clean dark copper brown with one finger of tan head. Nose is nutty and ready with a light acidity and fruit skin quality, grainy and herbal. Toasted grain and soy sauce with some fruit skin and acidity and sort sauce. Meh. Kind of light bodied and slick.

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