Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing
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4.65/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
02-04-2005 23:07:44 | More by gentlebubbles
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
Sampled on nitrogen-tap at Redbones.
This stout poured jet black in color with very light brown, creamy, smooth, nitrogen foam that persisted a long time. The smell was dark malt with some licorice, dark mollasses, and hints of toffee and chocolate. The taste was darkly malty and lightly sweet with flavors of toffee, mollasses, dark caramel, and a touch of fruitiness. The hops were there but were somewhat buried beneath the onslaught of the malty flavors. The mouthfeel was very smooth, creamy, and silky with full body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was very pleasantly malty. This was a very, very nice stout and was easy to drink.
02-15-2005 05:13:15 | More by UncleJimbo
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
08-25-2009 00:40:39 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Pours opaque black with light brown at the rim. Thin head dissipates quickly.
Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate and maybe a suggestion of dark fruit.
On the palate this is a roasted malt monster, lots of dark chocolate, baking chocolate, but still has dryness to it. Very, very roasty and yummy. Wow!
Finish is quite long with chocolate.
11-24-2007 02:27:09 | More by yemenmocha
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
(Notes of 21/06/09) Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned, at 8%abv.; BB 23/04/2010, served cool in Hapkin's branded tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.
A: pours a nearly black hue with a well-lasting thin layer of beige froth, on top of pretty decent and quietly carbonated body.
S: pronounced sugar-coated walnuts, syrupy black dates and honey fill the nostrils with the utmost delicious notes as of a Chinese "date-walnut cake" (南棗核桃糕), along with high-quality hop aroma as of English Fuggles and vanilla-ish chocolate-ness... Like many English RIS that I've tried, the aroma is not quite roasty or coffee-ish; instead, the maltiness reveals itself in a more treacle-ish and creamy manner, but only just, as the lighter, fruity aroma elements are everywhere up for grab and ready to balance off the maltiness.
T: the mildly roasty flavour of black malts and oats comes pretty light upfront, followed closely by an upmost aromatic edge of roast malts and equally assertive input of stale, grapey+raisiny sour fruitiness; the whole palate gradually goes slightly dry, bitter-sweet herbal and even spicy, as vivid witness to the hop components and long (wood-) ageing process (as stated on the back label). Equally soothing and enjoyable is the long finish, where the rich malts melt in the sea of fruits and high quality whole-leafy hops...
M&D: I'm not sure (or I suspect) if the beer is bottle-conditioned, as not a single bit of yeast sediment is detected at the bottom of the empty bottle, but the carbonation is quite soft and natural, showing no trace of artificial CO2 injection as far as my taste-buds could tell. Semi full-bodied, charmingly-flavoured, with a sour-fruity balance all 'round... All in all, this is a moderate choice for RIS new-comers, but also a petite and fine example of RIS for experienced drinks that could spot delicacies amongst big flavours.
06-28-2009 17:02:24 | More by wl0307
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
ridgeway's foreign export stout is a strong (8% abv), rich, smooth, full bodied stout. good head retention but relatively still. dark and not particularly bitter, the malts definitely over power the hop presence but this is no milk stout. the toasty malt overtones are balanced by the alcoholic bite. this is a good stout for those getting into the style of strong stouts.
12-01-2008 17:21:59 | More by mightyjoemoon
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
a good stout with a typical look. a bit mocha head. nose is a nice english toasty malt and mild sherry grape. palate is a nice blend of earthy bitter, coffee and chocolate, pinot noir grape and vanilla bean ice cream. creamy body. nice finish a bit warm too bring out the sherry quality. great feel. no abv noticable on the nose even though i had it at cellar temp.
12-11-2009 21:31:08 | More by rtepiak
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
12-07-2011 14:35:00 | More by avalon07
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours deep brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.
Coffee and bitter chocolate are primary scents.
What a clean beer. Coffee (not sour, just pure flavor), some bitter chocolate or cocoa, burnt toast. Clean even solid flavors. Lingering bitter finish is very pleasant and consists of charred malt and, well, coffee like elements.
Not quite medium bodied, but not full either. The palate clears easily.
This is a very easy drinker - which is scary at 8%. Not a hint of booze in this one. Not the thick, densely-flaovred export stout you'd expect. Balanced and properly subdued. Worthy of a try.
09-17-2010 23:47:17 | More by OtherShoe2
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
(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.
01-30-2012 17:17:32 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-07-2009 02:38:40 | More by ebraun
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Sort of a quasi-FES. Certainly has the alcohol content and the look. Dark black, thin, off-white head.
Sweet, roast malt smell with hints of ground coffee and chocolate.
Slightly bittersweet taste. Vinous hints coupled with chocolate and coffee grinds. Definite alcohol burn to the taste.
Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Slightly sour aftertaste to this, but overall a generally well done stout. It comes off more as an double stout than an FES, but still a very nice drink.
07-30-2007 07:52:04 | More by BDTyre
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
12-18-2007 23:50:32 | More by jdhilt
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 8% ABV.
Appears near black with some ruby red highlights. A one inch creamy tan head forms and sinks down to a skim. Leaves some decent lacing behind.
Aroma has lots of chocolate with a wonderful English fruitiness alongside some turbinado and caramel sweetness and dark fruit raisiny notes.
The taste is initially pretty chocolatey with some caramel but the fruitiness quickly kicks in and blends with the dark malts and it gets a little bitter towards the end suggesting light notes of coffee.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy texture.
This is a very tasty stout and while I probably will not buy it again in the near future for the sake of trying other ones, I would recommend it if you haven't had it yet and enjoy an English style stout.
12-01-2008 02:28:31 | More by roadhouse
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, thin ring of off-white bubbles around the edge of the glass is all we get. Luckily, the color is beautiful and those bubbles hold their ground.
Nose hints at espresso without being overt; crisp roastiness.
taste is light, crisp and lightly roasty body, hints at toasty even - acidic, fruity note stirs things up. Some light caramel underneath. Bit of light alcohol at the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is light and lively, acidity and alcohol bite both liven things up without overwhelming.
04-08-2009 23:13:25 | More by JohnQVegas
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-21-2009 03:11:33 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4.08/5 rDev +6%
Had this at NERAX
A - Deep brown with reddish hue. Course tan head that lasts. Decent lacing.
S - Malt, bread, dark fruit.
T - Dark fruit, roasted malt, nice fruity, dry finish.
M/F -Medium body. Super smooth and velvety.
D - This was one of the highlights of NERAX. Very tasty.
05-25-2009 19:13:30 | More by ThirstyBird
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Solid black, creamy cocoa-tinted head.
Aroma, roasty espresson tinges, soft and creamy, bits of cocoa, a whiff of dates and figs. Some hop bitterness, some fruity sweetness, but chocolate and caramel malt reign.
Taste: dry and sweet, even-tempered, with cocoa king again. On comes raisins and figs, anise, getting deeper, darker, delicious. Grassy hops matched with tasty dark malts. Chocolate espresso cake. Coffee cake. Dusted with cocoa. Mmm. Just right. Bitter and sweet, and bitter and sweet.
Full bodied, long and lovely finish, just the right notes of ...what'd I say?
11-21-2010 23:34:55 | More by feloniousmonk
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-09-2007 22:06:08 | More by oberon
Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.