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Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 02-04-2005

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have come to really like alot of the offerings from Ridgeway this one was pretty good as well.Poured into an English pint glass a deep but not opaque black there was a few highlights of ruby when held up closer to the light a quick to fade beige colored head atop.Mild roastiness and fruit in the nose just a tad of vanilla as well, not big and bold but pleasant,a little thin compared to most others of the style I have had but not overly so it did help in its drinkability.Flavors start out somewhat sweet like a chocolate covered raisin with underlying roastiness and a lingering finish of dark chocolate and earth.The alcohol really never rears its head very easy to drink albeit a bit mild compared to many other of the style.

8% alc.ABV. per lable on bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a large khaki head. The aroma starts off with roasted malt but then I get a little bit of a slight medicinal smell, similar to cough medicine. The flavor is great, with roasted malt and no medicinal notes. The mouthfeel is very creamy and the carbonation is medium to low.

Not sure what was causing the aroma to smell the way it did, but it was the only flaw this beer had. Luckily, it didn't affect the taste in any way.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a brown hue at the base. There is a tan bubble head that turns creamy and last a good bit. There are a few bubbles that trail up the glass.

S- The dark dry toffee aroma has graham notes and dark raisins, prunes and a touch of dark cherry tartness in the finish. There is also a hint of wet wood that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The dry wood hint blends with raisins, dark caramel malt and cardboard hints. There is also some sherry and dark malt flavors in the finish. There is just a touch of roasted malt bitterness with prunes and cherry tartness that linger after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is a nice soft stout with a bright fruity ester tartness. The alcohol is well hidden and it drinks like a meal in a glass. The flavor and depth really grow as the beer opens and warms.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good stout, with coco and a bit of coffee, and not over-the-top. Nicely drinkable. Dark brown, sweet with bitterness there. Some brown sugar. Soft carbonation yet medium mouthfeel. Also understated roast and nuttiness. Nice. This is aged, and I am interested to know how long so.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a cask at The Brazen Head in Brooklyn, served by Mr. Alex Hall himself...

The body is a clear, deep mahogany-black. The tan head dissipates quickly, but thin walls of lace still exist. Very good appearance considering its gentle carbonation.

Buttery sweet caramel is found in both the aroma and the flavor, but the diacetyl works. It's roasty, soft and round. There's a limited fruitiness of juicy apple, and the suggestion of some dark fruit. It's mostly soft caramel with a dusting of cocoa. A firm to stiff bitterness lies beneath, but becomes more apparent in the finish along with some leafy hops and a hint of spice from alcohol.

Smooth start to finish. A charming pint to be sure!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cola-coffee color with a thin moderate beige head.

S: There was a rich dark roasted coffee aroma with a rich dark roasted malt bitterness as well.

T: The initial flavor was a nice, dark fresh coffee flavor, a tad thin and acidic, with some warm dried fruit.

M: The mouthful was light per style with a good sharp earthy bitterness biting in. The dark roasted flavor faded quickly off the finish with some dried fruit.

D: Overall a nice roasted stout, a tad thin bodied, but rich in flavor typical of british styling. A good pub stout.

Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dumbed down Export Stout for the US market.

Poured at cellar temp. 65º.
Khaki tan foam, fairly sedentary. Not much going on, it just sits there. Points for a sustained head, black color to the body.

Aroma of caramel malt, slightly too sweet. No roast, sort of cloying.

Tastes of grain husk, muted roasted malt. Rather dull...like dry British humor. Aftertaste is of cereal grain, fairly sweet again, there's no escape. Not alot of Stout character to this one, it's fairly run of the mill. Very thin in the mouth, like any other typical brown ale. Easy enough to drink, but at the price, it's only for diehard UK Stout fans.

For an interesting Export stout, try Guinness Export or De Dolle. No amount of gold foil on the label will save this one.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. I am a big fan of the style and the chance to try something new was definitely alluring. Served chilled and into an oversized pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Huge brown foamy head comes up and over the top and really just never faded after the pour. Inky black with no light shine through at all. Sticky brown lacing all up and down the sides of the glass.

Aroma 4.5 - Molasses, brown sugar and peat were the things I picked up right away. Really rich. As it warmed hints of vanilla start to come pounding in now as well. Well done I have to say. Some warm chocolate and coffee notes are drowning in here as well.

Taste 4.5 - Again super rich here. Warm peat and coffee notes roll off the tongue effortlessly, Really nice touches of burnt brown sugar and a superb amount of flavor in this one. It just would not fade for me. As it hit room temperature I started to pick up some licorice notes as well as touch of an oaky or woody flavor, the depth here knocked my socks off.

Feel 4 - A bit light then I would have expected given the style. Still nicely done, great carbonation and enough viscosity to stick to the palate and give the flavor more time to explore.

Drinkability 4.5 - I could have gone on and on with this one. Coming in at 8% there would have been no way I could have ever even known. So smooth and well hidden it was absurd.

Overall - Did not know Ridgway could make something this good, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. This was a fantastic stout that I would put up against a few of the big boys any day. Very well done, cannot wait to try another.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle pours a near-black color with a dense, fine-bubbled beige head. Awesome retention and good lacing. A fine looking stout here.

Nose is fruity chocolate with a little bit of chalky minerals and baking cocoa. Definite bready yeast character. Nice.

Sweet and doughy, what I imagine chocolate bread were to taste like if it existed. Sharp fruit, mild hops and some burnt malts all contribute to a rather abrasive finish. Hmmm, just does not seem to all come together in an enjoyable fashion. Body is ok, but lacks a silky creaminess that the best of stouts seem to have. It's ok, but I dont think I would seek this out again.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium brown hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured caramel, coffee and smoke.

The taste mirrored the smell and was balanced out by a touch of grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well done RIS.

Photo of BeerDocT
2.26/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

-Appearance 2.5: Poured out a slightly off-black, meaning that it had some visible brown. Absolutely no head whatsoever and, in an attempt to generate some head, I really tilted the pour when I first starting noticing this. Didn't matter. Zip. No head at all.

-Smell 4.0: Wonderful bouquet with intense chocolate and toasted grains. Also a slight hint of vanilla. Tantalizing.

-Taste 1.5: Big difference from the smell. Nothing up front. No taste at all. Middle is sour and there is a slight taste of toasted grains along with a very subdued chocolate taste. Finish is very strange...I've tried to place it and came up with...bleu cheese. Aftertaste is this same bleu cheesiness and toasted grains. Strange brew.

-Mouthfeel 1.5: Unimpressive mouthfeel. No "big," sweet feel typical of stouts of this type. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Very watery and thin in the mouth. Not typical of this type of beer at all.

-Overall 2.0: I have to type it again: strange brew. This has so many things wrong with it that I do not wish to go through them again here. See above and buy at your own risk. Maybe I picked up a dud bottle?

Photo of AlXalone
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This one is quite the odd egg in the basket.

A: For a stout this bottled version showed very little head and even less retention. The initial head was nice and organic with large bubbles but faded quick. Atypical of a stout. No lacing to speak of. Colour is brownish and clear, dark but not black.

S: The smell has that nice creamy quality of a stout along with some yeastyness and also some raisin-mead vibes.

T: A real surprise for a strong stout of 8% ABV, the taste is understated, immediatly reminded me more of a munich dunkel lager; sweet mead-like aromas and low hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is exceptionally well masked and you feel like your chucking down a low ABV lager. Obviously the taste therefore is not very complex or rich, carbonation is medium. Sweet and buttery but not overly so. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, a bit too light in fact.

D: Deceivingly drinkable and pleasant, this an excellent stout for a social occasion and shouldn't turn anybody off. Not really your connoisseur-beer but otherwise a solid pick.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby-ish brown hues at the bottom. A light brown head forms, pauses a second or two, then descends to an isolated, vanishing patch. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of some sweetened cocoa, earthy, sour fruits, and some woody notes.

The taste is of chocolate (becoming more like weak coffee as it progresses and the light roastiness emerges. Sweet dark maltiness/caramel balanced by sourish fruitiness and a vague earthy bitterness. I didn't quite catch the licorice until I read the label (when the drink was nearly finished - and, considering that - may have been imagination - was very subtle if at all). There's a slight acidic astringency in the finish, though the oat creates a certain smoothness as well.

The medium body is fine, though the carbonation doesn't hold up, giving it a swishy watery character within medium-bodied.

Subtle, even when warmed, which is fine, but as a whole it doesn't "stand out from a crowd". There is a nice balance to the sweetness, with sour and slightly bitter touches and a certain roastiness that comes through as it progresses. The 8% abv is more than reasonably (though not absolutely) covered. Easy enough to drink.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Redbone's

Bittersweet chocolate black with milk chocolate crema.

Sweet malty scent.

The taste--oh my! this is wonderful--almost like cask, light in the mouth, yet cremy velvet smooth. Such a silky dark maltiness, touched by smoke, a hint of alcoholic warmth, suggestions of port, and coffee overtones like a rich french roast ring in the changes.

Hope to see more of this.

Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, but almost black with ruby hints, a tan airy head with large bubbles, no lacing.

The beer's smell is slightly acid but predominately buttery.

The taste is sweet, fruity, canned peaches, dried figs, almonds, butter and some licorice.

A small carbonation, soft and oily, a complex body, a slightly dry finish.

Starts good, and wins in the long run.

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light tan, four-finger head that goes slowly and leaving some lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Almost black color, hints of mahogany. Nose is chocolate/licorice. Flavor is sweet licorice/chocolate, some hoppy bitterness at finish. $4.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of ebraun
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle on the recommendation of Suzanne at Central Market in San Antonio. This one is newly available in the area. It was an easy-drinker for the style, which would be great, except that it was $10 for the 500 ML bottle.

A: Very dark with a fluffy, not so creamy head.
S: Rasins, coffee, sugar. Smells like a Belgian Dubbel. Hint of hops there too. Some nice warming.
T: Much like the smell, raisins and coffee with some pleasing sweetness. On the back end some really nice hops come through, just enough for a pleasant dry finish. Complex, a lot going on here.
M: A little thin for the style, but it really tasted more like a Belgian dubbel and the mouthfeel matched that.
D: At 8% alcohol it's scarily drinkable.

Definitely liked this one. Price was a little high, but I'd buy it again.

Photo of Avryle
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown. Smallish tan head. Even medium body.

S- Sweet malts with a tangy hop kick

T- Sweet roasted malts. Slight booziness on the finish. A little bit of nuttiness and molassas.

M- Meduim bodied. Low carbonaion.

D- Very drinkable. Would make a nice session beer if not for the 8%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is chocolaty and creamy, rich and roasty, with mild sour fruit (grape, apple). Smells good.

Pours very dark cola brown, clear despite immense darkness. Mild head. Looks pretty good.

Lots of dark malt (coffee, chocolate) and fruit (raisin, grape, fig) with soft smoky roasted dryness and tartness. Moderate bitterness is roasty in nature. Moderate sweetness provides nice balance and lends a brown coffee vibe with the roast and creaminess. Finishes dry with woody roast and touch of alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Tastes good. Feels good.

Good drinkability. A solid beer and a fine example of a Foreign Export Stout.

Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A huge tan head rises with great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet and toasty malts up front. Caramel and toffee. Dried dark fruits as well. Some alcohol in the nose.
T: Very sweet malts. Toffee, caramel, and molasses. Some dark fruits and alcohol again. This is good, but a little to sweet for me.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. The alcohol shows. Mix that with the high sweetness and this is a bit harder to drink than I would like.

One of the better Ridgeway beers I have had. This should be in the Christmas pack instead of the other sub par offerings. Worth a try.

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, head. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, chocolate and malt. A typical stout.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. This is one of the better examples of the foreign export stout. It's much more robust and flavorful than its cousins.

M: This beer has a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.There's a good amount of carbonation.

O: A very good, drinkable beer. Slightly boozier than the style usually merits, but still very tasty.

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a dark brown color with distinctly ruby hues if held up to a light source. The head is modest, but long-lasting and fairly dark. The aroma is solid, with a touch of roast grain, some malt, a little ester-induce fruitiness (pear and plum) and a bit of alcohol. Still, it's not as intense as I would have likes, and I found myself hunting for the smells, even after a significant warming. The flavor, though, is nice. The roasted grains give the beer an espresso-like quality that balances the initial malt sweetness very well. It's both aggressively sweet and intensely grainy, and the flavors do a great job of playing off one another. Lots of malt flavor, with a prism of roast qualities coming through (from pale base malt through burnt malts). Thick and mouth coating. Not at all dry, and not a low alcohol beer, but both these qualities are folded into the experience. Great brew.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Samuel Smith 16-oz pint glass. Pours a deep brown color. No head to speak of. Looks a little more watery than what I like from a stout, but I suppose this is an English stout. I get some dried fruit in the nose, which is quite the departure from the coffee/chocolate smell that I'm used to. Taste is not half bad. Again, I'm not getting coffee or chocolate that is typical, but more of a hoppy, fruity taste that has some a decent malt backbone. It's bitter on this finish. Mouthfeel is a little more watery than I'm used to, and I don't much care for it. Despite the 8.0% ABV, this beer is pretty drinkable.

Photo of bark
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is black; the finger thick head is brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is lightly roasted with some sour notes and a touch of rye. It is quite mild.

The taste is sweet-sour. Roasted nuts, some alcohol (and a hint of solvents) and green bananas. Flour thickening in the aftertaste, I also found some sour notes and a hint of gravy. Some alcohol and a mild bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is mid-strong, small bubbles and a medium smooth liquid.

An OK stout, maybe a bit too neutral. The alcohol was quite well hidden.

Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this a genuine foreign export stout, it is too watery, and not full bodied enough to be considered a FES? The answer is, who cares. What you will find is a very nicely finished dark roasted ale that hits all the right notes. It pours a dark chocolate, with minimal head, lacing, retention. The smell begins a little on the metallic side, but settles in nicely as the beer warms. You'll get the chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, perhaps some butterscotch, and definitely the sweet malts. The smell is good, but not brilliant. The taste is light to medium bodied but full of flavor. There is all c-c-c-m-b listed above, but add perhaps a bit of cherry to the list as well. The mouthfeel is light, a bit watery, easy on the tongue. The aftertaste is quite modest. I'm guessing that the ABV is in the 6-7% range, if it is higher, than this beer is even more outstanding for completely masking the alcohol tones. This beer is well worth seeking out and is one I would go back to. L'Chaim.

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Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.