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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21675) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Sweet sugar prune juice on the nose. Cardboard, nuts, molasses, and grass. Mild grass, too. Meh. The flavor is disappointing as well. Cardboard, prunes, sugar, and cocoa. Toasted malt, nuts, and a bit of grass, roast, and molasses.

   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 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13612) - 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
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2013
75cl bottle. Small beige head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some toast, nut, light honey. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, some earthy, nut, light honey. Medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks kerenmk. Dark brown. Infected aroma with some fruits, vinegar, and olives notes and a bit of malt. Sourish flavor with fruits, infection, malt and caramel. Medium-bodied. Not really horrible, but definitely spoiled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
On tap. Brown pour with a small sized off white head. Chestnuts, cocoa, caramel, light molasses, and some earthy floral hops. Alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
An Italian take on a brown ale, bottle from 2011 New Jersey trip. Malty, licorice, chestnut.Rich taste and aroma. Dark brown and lace.

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