Thursday, December 30, 2010

Flying Fish Exit 13

Flying Fish brewery released their latest exit beer this month, and this time they take us to the City of Elizabeth via Exit 13. Casey, Flying Fish's head brewer, designs the exit beers to match the season they get released and he came up with a full bodied stout to keep us warm for the upcoming winter months. Here is the description from Flying Fish's website:
"For our sixth stop on our journey to celebrate New Jersey, we travel to Exit 13. This exit is probably best known for it’s view of the Newark airport, but it is also home to the Port of Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, one of the busiest in the world. Elizabeth was also New Jersey’s original capitol. Many food products come through the port, including the Belgian chocolate we’re using for what we’re calling an import/ export stout.

This fuller “export style” stout gives a sturdy base for the rich chocolate flavor. More than 600 pounds of Belcolade chocolate went into this brew. A mix of imported and domestic malts are highlighted by roastiness from dark wheat. An Irish ale yeast and Pacific Northwest hops combine to create an excellent dessert beer as well as one to share in the cool weather with friends."

The first indication of the weight of the beer shows as you pour it. The beer flows dark and thick, almost like ink. When the liquid hits the glass a large bubbled, dark brown head forms and hangs around for a while. The chocolate really came through on the nose, but the dark wheat and malt featured more in taste. I enjoyed the balance of the hops and the 7.5% alcohol really warmed me up. Serve on the warmer side ~50 degrees for best flavor.

FF put together a video of the Exit 13 bottling line which can be found here.