Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout

ABV:   7.0%
Availability:  Limited

Method (draft, can, bottle):  Bottle

Description:   When Flying Fish Brewery first brought us The Exit Series to explore the diverse state of New Jersey through the Turnpike exits, I knew we in for an interesting trip and history lesson.   It also brought to light how little I knew about the state where I was born and raised.  When I first saw Exit 1, I remember looking at the bottle and wondering why Oysters.  Little did I know the southwest bayshore area of New Jersey has been supplying oysters to Americans since Colonial times.  Until the 1950s, hundreds of millions of oysters were harvested there annually.  I am not a huge fan of oyster stouts, but being a native of New Jersey and a Flying Fish supporter I wanted to give it a try.  When we poured this Oyster stout it was a deep dark brown and we could smell some smoke, roasted malts, and, maybe I was imagining it but, a bit like the salty ocean.   This is a very dry stout that is very smooth to drink and has an earthy roasted bitter finish.   I am surprised that I really enjoyed this Oyster stout and could see this pairing well with a hearty seafood stew.  Even if you are not an Oyster stout fan we would suggest trying to score a bottle of Exit 1 and give it a try,you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find.