Flying Fish Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale

RATINGS: 90   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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Sledutah (7792) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2013
750ml bottle shared by Dallas, thanks
Appearance: Clear dark ruby/brown with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and toffee
Taste: Toasted malts, toffee, nutty and mild smokiness

MikeJslc (778) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Brown, clear, beige head. Aroma of toffee, light chocolate, some toasty malt. Flavor of bready malt and biscuit, some toast, a little oxidative note, light earthy spice. a little leather. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Gription79 (2893) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Toasted bread in the aroma. The flavor is toffee, honey, toasted bread, caramel. A tasty brown ale.

argo0 (14127) - 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,

ganache (6035) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle is a big ’un, just a crown cap. Beautiful roast nose, heavy chocolate and some wood, nutty with a little slick stout character. Throwing off some heavy fruity and Belgian yeast notes out of the bottle, minimal hops. Deep dark brown with a rocky tan head. Wow, totally unexpected flavor, has the chocolate and roast, beautiful wood and nuttiness, medium sweetness and light-medium bitterness, but nice pine-inflected hops, earthy and quite dank, complemented further by pumpkin flesh and spice - fantastic harvest ale potential. Just this thick, obese malt profile. Overly full body with faint carbonation (pretty flat, actually, but not watery) has a subtle chest warm, as if by syrup slowly oozing its way down. The taste of alcohol itself is hidden. Hearty and very flavorful, brings the best of brown ale to marry a roasty/chocolaty stout and adds some mild, fruity Belgian notes. For me, best of their Turnpike series so far.

kerenmk (5050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle sample after the Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Yael for the bottle! Pours black with an off white head. Nutty, a little alcoholic, somewhat spicy aroma. Sweet, chocolatey taste. Full body, slightly sweet finish, fizzy.

beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle sample. Hazy dark brown with a huge beige head. Nutty aroma, with fruity notes (figs), yeast, floral hops and powdered cocoa. Chocolate malt flavor, with faint roast, spoiled milk, some yogurt-like tartness, alcohol and ashtray. Medium bodied, strange, possibly off, but interesting.

DSG (15119) - 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.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Sample from a bottle. Clear brown color. Minimal off-white / tan grayish minimal head. Nutty nose. Soft carbonation. Dry texture. Medium body. Kind of thin. Light, watery nutty / toasty aroma. Light bitter, light bite. Some savory. Little herbal hops. Not my kind of brown, personally

JStax (7131) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Poured from a 750ml bottle from a generous trader. Pours a darker, murky brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma is nutty and malty. Taste is sweet, bready, nutty. Good brown ale. Alcohol is covered pretty well.

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