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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Opaque deep brown pour. Oaky foamy head. Chestnut aroma stands out. Full bodied nutty taste. Crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (1337) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours a clear dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, nuts...which somewhat smells like perfume and/or incense to me. Flavor of nuts, oak, grass, and roasted malt. Thick thick thick

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
Dark brown pour with a thin, very light brown head. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, with plum and raisin notes, and a hint of nuttiness. Tastes much more like a typical brown ale than it smells. Sweet taste, some caramel and toffee notes. Some nice chestnut flavor follows through on the finish, with just a suggestion of spicy belgian yeast. Starts to taste roasty as it warms, almost approaching stout territory. Noticeable hop presence on the finish. Only a very slight bitterness, but there is a definite pine flavor. Pretty interesting and nuanced brew. I taste something different with each sip. Still, probably my least favorite of all the Exit beers so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty nose with notes of banana, chocolate, caramel and nuts. Banana and caramel flavor with some spice before a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6679) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2012
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Nutty malt aroma with a Belgian twist, yeast, and sweetness. Light flavored nutty flavor with light toasted ad roasted malt tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours murky dark brown with tan/off white head. Nose/taste of almond and chestnut extracts, raisins, dark fruits, honey, sweet malt and caramel. Initially sweet dark fruits on the palate morph into a lightly roasted nut character in the finish. Some honey booze in back end. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3793) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21440) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottle. Extremely dark brown color, massive beige head with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered hazelnuts. Taste is coffee grounds, chocolate milk powder, salt, nutmeg. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
garrisonp (2) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2012 does not count
Nice brown ale with nice nutty notes. Could have used some more of that honey. Easy drinking. Bubbly off white head laces nicely. Dark brown, almost black. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
750 bottle. Pours turbid (wait for it) chestnut, with 1-finger tan head. Nose is roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts, mild hops. Tastes rich, smooth, with an up-front funky dark malty fruity flavor, and back-up nuts, brown sugar, and hops. This one is solid.

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