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Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing

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85
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 02-04-2005)
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Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website:
Black with a 0.5cm foamy head that's light beige & slowly fades to a fine lacing on the surface before turnig patchy a minute later.

Roasted malts & chocolate with hints of coffee. Some smoke around the middle and faint alcohol. The beer is rounded off with some light spice & sugar but its the toasted malts that dominates.

Spicy upfront with roasted malts & coffee that match the smell with some sugar & earthy flavours too. I could detect some chocolate & grain with hints of sweetness rounding things off.

Slightly spicy with some sweetness towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth & creamy in places with some grain initially but this passes quickly & the beer is a fairly easy one to drink with only touches of alcohol coming through.

A fairly decent beer, not quite as sweet as some of the other foreign export stouts but there was some coming through in the taste, particularly towards the end and the alcohol content of the beer was relatively well hidden too.

flyingpig, Jul 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

oberon, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Sammy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ohiobeer29, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  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.

beerthulhu, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

emerge077, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of andthevolcano
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

andthevolcano, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Rwalford74, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

plaid75, May 02, 2009
Photo of BeerDocT
2.15/5  rDev -44.2%
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?

BeerDocT, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of AlXalone
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

AlXalone, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of jgammoniv
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jgammoniv, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of BlairB
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

BlairB, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

jwc215, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

gentlebubbles, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of redwax
4/5  rDev +3.9%

redwax, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

rarbring, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

jdhilt, Dec 18, 2007
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Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.