Flying Fish Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale

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

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GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
750mL shared at the Bruery Reserve Society tasting. In all fairness, this was shared with a disclaimer that it was "not good." Weak foam on clear brown. Nose is cloying red cherry/grenadine syrup with macro lager soap and apple overtones. Taste is cloying, sticky fake cherry syrup. Bad.

Ed5388 (3478) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy light brown head. Aroma is yeasty, with some dark fruits, and sweet roasted malt. Taste is yeasty, somewhat nutty, with rich roasted malts, and notes of honey.

MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Poured from 750 ml bottle after cellaring for 8 months. Opaque, very dark be with a medium-sized khaki head and very good lacing Aroma of light pine and citric hops, yeast, roasted malt, raisins, caramel and nuts. Taste of raisins, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, light hops and chocolate. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. From the first whiff I didn’t get much honey in the nose, more nutty presence then anything. But the flavor did have that nice touch of honey to it without making it overly sweet. Subtle but still very enjoyable.

glennmastrange (2868) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of roasted and bread, light herbs for the hops, moderate dough and a hint of funk for the yeast, with notes of date, died cherry and brown sugar. Head is small, light tan with god lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky dark brown with some tiny particles. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes the same. Palate is medium, watery with a soft to lively carbonation. Just about no noticeable bitterness in this beer, which usually turns me off, but the sweetness is well rounded making this one of the best Brown Ales I’ve had.

closey22 (1945) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
Dark brown with lasting beige head; aroma is sweet Belgian yeast with some cherry notes; Flava is dry and roasty yet soft with subtle nutty and fruity notes; feels light to medium with some fizz; finishes sweet and soft

Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2013
April 2012. From bottle. Poured dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, honey and malts. Semi-sweet finish.

gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2013
Poured a dark mahogany brown with nice orange highlights There was a very tall creamy tan head with long retention and a good bit of lacing. There was a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising up in the glass. The aroma was mild, but had a spiciness and a bit of a nutty scent. The initial taste was a nice roasted nut slightly sweet one. Followed by a bit of a dry mettalic one with a hops kick. There was a nice mellow alcohol flavor coming through then it became more mellow with the nutty and light chocolate flavors finishing it off.

zvikar (6149) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 12, 2013
Bottle sample at a Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks kerenmk. Pours brown with a nice beige head, aroma of yeast, caramel, vinegar and brett, flavor of cardboard, smoke, chocolate, dark bread, pretty sweet, medium bodied

douglas88 (9178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
750 thanks to big D. Pours a deep brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is chocolate, some roast and nutty notes. The flavor is earthy, smoky, some light cocoa, some fruity hops. Very big flavors and super drinkable.

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