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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 ďGardenĒ in Garden State.

To celebrate Exit 8, one of our big farming areas, weíve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient: chestnutsĖand 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. Thereís 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex toasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a solid bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma has some sweet fruity notes and light roasty malt. Flavor has roasty malts, fig, and molasses...earthy/nutty notes...light anise. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with an earthy/dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with a slight tan head. The nose has a sort of odd earthiness with a little coffee and a anise note. The flavor seems to pick up a touch of that anise to go with a nuttiness, light coffee grounds, rather obvious alcohol, and a mild sweetness. There is a just a little pine resin on the back end. Brash and aggressive from start to finish. Not quite harmonius either. Medium to full bodied with brisk carbonation leading to a roasted and bitter finish. A little rough around the edges.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8107) - Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks, daknole). Looks fine, but dark for a beer of itís description. Decent head. Smells okay; malty. Tastes good; you definitely notice the Belgian influence. Good on the palate. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2012
750 bottle-pours mahogany and a cascading tight retaining tan head that laces. Aroma is roasty/cocoa-medium/dark malt, nutty, earthy. Taste is sweet roasty/cocoa/slight root licorice-medium/dark malt, nutty, earthy/spice hops. A bit earthier and roastier than my taste but nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Dark brown pour, light brown head. Toasted nuts, some good belgian yeast, birch syrup notes, some toasted grain and hops. Flavor is nutty, toasted grain, dark honey, nice begian yeast, hops on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Huge thanks to leftmindedrighty (on BA) 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 translates nicely to the nose but I think walnuts instead of chestnuts. Fresh cream, light cocoa, honey, very subtle alcohol. Ooh, thatís smooth. Itís 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (951) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Poured from an Exit 8 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours with a moderate to large amount of brownish head. Plenty of lacing around the glass. Aroma is extremely nice. Belgian funk with spiciness and pine. They all blend well together. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy with a bit too much carbonation even after itís sat around. Taste is moderately Belgian. I can actually taste the chestnuts (or nuts, Iíd never know they were chestnuts). Along with some pine, spice, herbs, raisins, wood, dirt and moderate alcohol. Overall, a decent beer. I didnít love it and I wonít buy it again. Itís a lot like a dubbel, and itís REALLY hard to find a good dubbel; I think Iíve only run into a couple of them and Iíve pretty much stopped trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2012
750ml bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a super dark tootsie roll brown with a large frothy super light beige head. Aroma of chocolate, nut shells, toast, honey sweetness all melded together with Belgian yeast. Fuller bodied with slight alcohol warming on your throat, average to slightly strong carbonation, a chalky mouthfeel and a dry finish. Flavor of chocolate, wet nutts, dough, honey sweetness and lots of Belgian yeast. Nice stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2012
750ml bottle from Oak Tree Discount Wine and Liquors in South Plainfield, NJ. Pours a deep brown colored body with an inch thick, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid with lots going on. Nutty with some Belgian yeast giving off some dark fruits alongside a nice cocoa, a light roast, some earth, and a light mixed fruit from the hops. Some caramel and a touch of herbal spice. Flavor is nutty and slightly sweet up front with some caramel and Belgian yeast. Some smooth oats, a touch of banana, and dark fruits before the roasts come on. A touch of herbal spice next to the dry roasts and some light citrus pines that come on nicely. Finishes very smooth and creamy with a nice nutty maltiness, but drier from the roasts, light pines, and slight spiciness from some hops and the yeast. Medium-light bitterness with a lengthy aftertaste following a smooth and creamy, medium-full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, I really liked this one. Soft, nutty and creamy malts from the oats with a light chocolate and some caramel that balances very well with a good amount of roasts and a touch of citrus pines. Belgian yeast adds a nice complexity with a few dark fruits and a hint of spice. Great beer.

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