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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
Cybercat (6154) - 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.

4.3
closey22 (2105) - 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

4.2
unclemattie (4406) - 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).

4.1
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Poured into a trappist glass from a 750ml bottle undated.

A: Dark brown opaque body with light only showing through the sides. Thin tan head with decent retention.

S: Complex with a good sweetness to this. Honey is mostly prevalent but chestnuts come through to balance the sweetness a little. As the beer warms up cloves and a delicate floral aroma come through.

T: Much like the aroma this beer leans sweet. Honey comes first, reminds me a lot of some meads I’ve tried, until the nuts give this a typical brown ale flavor. At the end a mild spice of cloves comes through and a floral finish to balance this out.

M: Full-bodied with light fizzy carbonation.

O: Solid beer with good drinkability at a good price. I paired this with maple bacon cheddar cheese and thought it worked well.

4.1
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Huge thanks to leftmindedrighty (on BA) for tossing this in my box! Poured from 750 to Duvel tulip: Pours deep, dark, ominous brown/black. Very minimal clarity and a big swelling light brown cap. Frothy at first but receding to a neat, dense lid. Perfect lacing. For some reason I often think "hard water" when I smell brown ales. I get a bit of that here. Also, the use of nuts really translates nicely to the nose but I think walnuts instead of chestnuts. Fresh cream, light cocoa, honey, very subtle alcohol. Ooh, that’s smooth. It’s hard to think of mouthfeel and taste as two distinct aspects of the beer in this case. So creamy, it really does wonders for all the chocolate milk type notes on the tongue. Light hop presence does a nice job of drying things up. The nuts again have shown themselves in appropriate modesty. Very tasty indeed. Overall, very grateful to have had the chance to test this one out. Thanks a ton Aaron!

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Claymeister (74) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Nutty aroma with honey and a touch of pine. The hops balances everything well to provide a full bodied, hearty beer. The taste is a little on the sweet side. Very tasty and nicely done by Flying Fish. Overall, I enjoyed this beer.

4
mike67 (1268) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting beige head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of barnyard yeast and toasted malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is toasted, nutty malt, spicy hops, yeast, dark fruit and molasses. Finish is long and dry. Very tasty brew.


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