Brewed with real Oysters?

Oysters in Beer, say what?  I think that is just what Flying Fish wants you to say when they came out with their third Exit Series Beer, Exit 1.  I was really looking forward to this beer after the first two successes.  What does success get you?  Well, your consumers are will to go a bit further in what they willing try from your brewery, in this case the Bayshore Oyster Stout.  With a couple minutes of research  you will find that this is not a new style of beer.  Oyster stouts have been made for the better part of the last 100 years and up until the 50′s, South Jersey had been supplying most of the America’s oysters for the last couple hundred years.flyingfish_exit12

Here is how Flying Fish describes this beer:

The southwest bayshore has been supplying oysters to Americans since colonial times.  Until the 1950s, hundreds of millions of oysters were harvested annually. Now, thanks to efforts by many organizations, the oyster is coming back.

Oysters and stout had long been associated in the UK, but the tradition was gradually lost.  Exit 1, an “export style” stout brewed with oysters, celebrates this tasty combination.  The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from the oyster shells.  Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness.  This rich stout is perfect for cool weather–and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.

Beer brewed with oysters.


Black, ink black beer with a very dark  cappuccino colored head.  While there was an initial thick head of foam on the beer it quickly disappeared to a thin coating on top.


A very strong roasted aroma greets your nose with a bit of dark chocolate and a pretty significant brine; which almost has a smokey rauchbier quality to it.  This is my first Oyster beer, so I’m not well versed on what the aromas should be, while interesting is not that enticing.  I’m not exactly saying to myself, “I can’t wait to try this beer” based on the aroma, unlike the last two from the Exit series.



Strong roasted malty with a silky chocolate mouth feel.  The beer had some nice finishing bitterness which balanced nicely with the silky chocolate.  In the middle of the sip on the top of your mouth there is a brine and smokey quality to the beer.  Through the coarse of a 750ml bottle, this flavor became very intense.  I didn’t find this beer to get better the more I drank, I would have been elated with just an 8 oz glass.

Glassware: Goblet, Nonic

Calories:7% abv beer will have about 220-245 calories per 12 oz.

Overall Impression:

Of the three exit series beers, Exit 4, Exit 11, and Exit 1, Exit 4 was my favorite.  This was my least.  I enjoyed the smoothness of the beer, but wasn’t a fan of how the chocolate, brine/smokiness, and bitterness mixed together.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only one in Jersey to publicly say that, sorry Flying Fish, still love ya!

I’m curious to hear what others think.


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13 Responses to “Brewed with real Oysters?”

  1. nate Says:

    It sounds interesting, and goes to show that yes, you can put ANYTHING in beer. We don’t get anything from flying fish around here, but if I make it east anytime soon I’ll check it out.

    I have to say, your last statement, “I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only one in Jersey to publicly say that, sorry Flying Fish, still love ya!,” is well stated. Gentle honesty in a critique lends credibility, and in my opinion, respect from the brewer. When someone tells me they don’t like one of my homebrews, it is much more of a help than a hinderance.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Nate, Isn’t that a great thing about beer. Anything can go, while some may not like it, others will. Keeps it unique and fresh and us reviewers on our toes!

  3. mike Says:

    It’s on tap @ The Copper Mine Pub, I need to try it

  4. Simply Beer Says:

    I think you should Mike, I’d like to try it on draft. Sometimes a beer is better that way.

  5. Jim Says:

    I missed Exit 4, but enjoyed their Exit 11 beer, which was my introduction to Flying Fish. A great first impression.

    I’m on the fence on this one. The idea of oysters in beer seems more like a gimmick than anything, and I usually try to avoid such beers. But being a Jersey beer guy, it’s almost obligatory that I try this one. The problem is my wife won’t share with me, as she’s allergic to shellfish, so I’ll be stuck with the whole 22 ounces if I don’t like it.

    I guess we should have shared one, Peter!

  6. Simply Beer Says:

    head over to the Coppermine and get it on draft, save yourself the 750ml, since you’re one the fence. I was wondering about the allergies too. My wife is also allergic to all seafood, but since the quantity of oysters is low and they are boiled would it be a problem???

  7. Jim Says:

    I’m not sure about the allergies, but I’m sure we’re not going to find out the hard way. :)

    My wife is a little OCD about this stuff, so even bringing the bottle into the house would probably give her anxiety.

  8. Simply Beer Says:

    @jim – probably best to keep the wife happy (and alive) :-)

  9. Chris Says:

    I dig this, big time. I’m always pulling for Jersey brewers, and this is my fave of the exit series so far. I may be a little biased toward black beers and big stouts, but I really think this one came together nicely.

  10. Simply Beer Says:

    Chris, I’m glad you liked it. I was pulling for it big time, but still looking forward to the next release.

  11. Impy Malting Says:

    Sounds good! Oyster stouts are a traditional style in the UK– I’ve had some marvelous ones, in particular the one from Irish brewer Porterhouse has some really delish salinity in there.

  12. Simply Beer Says:

    @Impy – I doubt you get Flying Fish in the UK, I would have loved to hear your thoughts on this.

  13. Scott Says:

    I’m on the fence w/ this one too. Kudos to Flying Fish for putting it out there though. (Liking the site redesign too TBW)

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