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, weve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient: chestnutsand 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. Theres 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced to a medium film with a medium collar and had fairly good streaky lacing. The aroma was of a toasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a leathery Belgian yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, honey and a pronounced nutty odor. The taste was malty sweet and a tad roasty with hints of molasses, honey and caramel at first, progressing into a slightly bitter yeast taste with a bit of chocolate, a nice chestnut presence and a little more than slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a dark bold yeasty taste left behind to fade away slowly. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry, yet thinly oily in texture with a medium carbonation. Overall this was a very well rounded Belgian Brown with all the components working together rather well, creating a very appealing brew that was nice and roasty yet still possessed that Belgian Ale drinkability...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Dark brown color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, yeast, toffee, clove/spice, and some dark fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, honey, molasses, dark fruit, and some chestnuts; Overall, tasted somewhat muddled - but still fairly interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"I feel bad about not scoring this higher as i think at least some of the fault lies with me for sitting on this for too long. Muddled aroma of bubble gum and clove, with light roasted malts and a touch of nuttiness. Flavor is the same with a touch of bitter and a little sweet in the finish. OK."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (2763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Nutty, sweetness, roasted malt, and oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (2210) - - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola with a 1 finger tan head. Aroma is grape, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste adds some honey and light hop bitterness. Rich sticky mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9953) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine (May 2012). Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had toasted malts, mild Belgian character, some sweetness, honey, with very mild spicy notes. Decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (929) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
DATE TASTED: December 8, 2013... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick...OCCASION: preemptive drinking of the first delayed opening of this school year... APPEARANCE: jet black body; thick, spongy, brown head... AROMA: sweet honey with nutty, funky tones; toasted malts suggest the farmlands which the beer seeks to celebrate; some light hops... PALATE: BIG, full-bodied,, cold-storm warming presence; the opposite of the thin, iced tea consistency akin to the usual brown ale...TASTE: somewhat sweet, honeyed start; fleeting oat and grain late; in between. rather clean and brown--some vanilla hints as well--and then the nuttiness takes over and the beer really becomes chewy;overall, a complex beer to chew and swallow...OVERALL: supporting the locals always feels right, and though this bomber requires excess cash--dont most of them?--the taste matches the altruism of giving; big, bold and flavorful, its what a brown with attitude should produce...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11845) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6898) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
old rate, 750 bottle from Canals shared with some friends. Poured hazy brown with not much head and lacing. Notes are pretty all over the place and hard to discern: I got some roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and barley. Finishes very sweet,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
750ml at C&G with everyone. Pours dark dark dark grey. Aroma is odd but fig good raison. Taste is is leather malt barley fig. Finish is medium and okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16347) - 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.

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