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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jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle poured on June 13, 2012 from Jay Stone..

Appearance:Pours a dark opaque brown.
Aroma: Aroma is nutty, faint honey, belgian yeast.
Taste: Like a medium brown ale, some honey, light bitterness.
Palate:Medium light body, probably from the Belgian yeast.

Summary: I really enjoyed this beer, I’d like to get a full bottle.

TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle, shared by emagee. Reddish copper with no head, minimal carbonation, a small ring of lace. Nose is lightly nutty, some peat like malt, oak, honey, light Belgian yeast character. Similar flavor, light dark fruits throughout, some chestnuts, malty, some light bitterness, peat, light heat. Kind of a toned down belgian strong, a little watery but it had already been opened before where it probably lost some carbonation and flavor.

notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Why is this listed as a brown ale? - sure it says "brown ale" on the label, but it clear states "Belgian style brown ale" - this is a Belgian strong ale, people! - pour is a dark ruby - soapy, sticky lace - aroma of chestnut, raisin, toffee, prune, earthy honey - low carbonation - smooth in the mouth - the chestnut and honey are apparent in the flavor, but settle in and balance with other notes of raisin, toffee, prune - light acidity and mild roast and bitterness on the tail end - tasty and balanced.

unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Capped, 750ml bottle. red sealed. Very dark, black brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of mild earthy wooded hops, nutty malts, some dark fruits as well. Light roasty nose. Full bodied, hearty body. Very nice roasted character, a touch of nutty flavors. A touch of booze. Finihses with a sweet nutty malt character along with a touch of spicy tingle and pine. Very delicious. (3358).

pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Pours out a moderate brown color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of dark dried fruits, fig, wet leaves, caramel and a smoky nutty note. Taste is of dried figs, some sweet dried fruits, smoky, earthy chestnut flavor, some light sweetness and a very gentle nod to the alcohol content. Solid

BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Pinocchios in Media, PA. Reddish brown pour with a monster head. Caramel malts, nut, and dark fruit. Nice smooth palate.

burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
750 ml bottle that poised a dark brown color, aromas of spice, dark fruits, nuts, roast, and malt. Flavors are all nuts, chestnuts mostly, malt, spice, and a light honey comes through as it warms. Decent booziness to it as well, not an all day drinker but nice none the less.

TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Very dark, opaque brown pour. In the glass it looks almost black. Tall, fluffy tan head accompanies it. Aroma is nutty with caramel, chocolate, and spicy hops. Taste is caramel, chocolate covered nuts, dark fruit notes, funky yeast, earthy hops, spicy hops, soft citrus and cocoa. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends by amping up the funk and yeast on the back end along with more chocolate covered nuts, caramel, light toffee, dark fruit notes, spicy hops, soft earthy notes and soft citrus.

Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Dark brown pour front the tap, smallish head. Sweet and nutty aroma, like Christmas spice bread. Sweet, full of nuts and dark fruit. Seriously like a banana bread that has been slightly overbaked. The honey was noticeable and even a spicy bitter hop finish. I liked it.

Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and notes of cloves and cinnamon plus a hint of molasses. Rich flavor has malty, molasses, caramel, nutty and earthy notes plus a honey-sweet undertone and hints of cloves and woody hops - or is that chestnut? Thick body is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice tingle with subtle earthy, honey and hoppy tones. Excellent! Be sure to get off at this exit.

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