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Beer #80 – March 24, 2010: Exit 1 – Bayshore Oyster Stout

March 24, 2010

Beer: Exit 1 – Bayshore Oyster Stout

Brewery: Flying Fish Brewing Company, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Style: Oyster Stout

Serving Type: 750 ml bottle

Price: $8.99 / 750 ml bottle

Availability: Limited Release – From the “Exit Series”

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Doesn’t taste like shellfish! A very tasty roasted, rich, slightly dry and minerally stout.  A bit heavy to drink a big bottle in one sitting, so share with a friend.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: An opaque espresso-bean hue with a thin and creamy mocha-colored head.

Aroma: Roasted aromas with hints of sweet molasses and caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly syrupy body with a fizzy, tiny bubbles of carbonation to lighten the thickness.

Taste: An initial cocoa and cookie sweetness is followed by a very roasted middle: think coffee beans and grape nuts. A hint of the oysters come through with slight briny notes that contrast nicely with the sweetness, and a little chalky flavor from the oyster shells that is reminiscent of the mineral-laden water used for some classic British ales (like Bass).  There is a slight char to the finish, but also some lingering mocha sweetness.  While you may think the combination of these flavors might be a little strange, it all works amazingly well together.

Pairing: While I’m sure oysters would be great, I had none on hand, but dark chocolate-covered pretzels, with their sweet, chocolate and salty flavors, make for an awesome pairing.

Trivia: Flying Fish’s “Exit Series” takes a long-standing Jersey joke (“You’re from Jersey? What Exit?”) and turned into inspiration for a really awesome limited-edition series of beers.  Exit 1 on the New Jersey Turnpike is at the Delaware River where for centuries, oysters were harvested by the millions up until the 1950’s, and are today making a comeback.  While some so-called “Oyster Stouts” contain no shellfish, and simply have the name due to the classic pairing of oysters and stout, this beer is brewed with real New Jersey oysters, 100 per batch.

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