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Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing

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Foreign Export StoutForeign Export Stout

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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:
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(Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 02-04-2005)
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 08:24:17 | More by flyingpig
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-04-2014 11:04:34 | More by Rwalford74
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-09-2014 02:02:17 | More by BlairB
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, chocolate, molasses, smoke, dark fruits, a little alcohol, and a little ash.

Taste: Same as above, but the flavors fizzle out faster than I would want them to.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Pretty solid export stout. Becoming more and more a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 19:14:51 | More by Flounder57
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2013 04:03:41 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2013 15:27:27 | More by jgammoniv
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-12-2013 01:19:44 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2013 01:18:11 | More by Texasfan549
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

11-16-2013 03:47:41 | More by Mullen2525
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-31-2013 21:11:56 | More by Eric908
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-20-2013 22:18:46 | More by DonFrap
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-01-2013 23:28:05 | More by mrfrancis
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-12-2013 18:33:08 | More by RichH55
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-25-2013 07:07:51 | More by ohiobeer29
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-10-2013 20:07:49 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-02-2013 01:03:12 | More by rolltide8425
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-27-2013 04:56:29 | More by andthevolcano
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-27-2012 03:22:16 | More by FrankShirley
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-05-2012 20:12:01 | More by jfcaa193
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 17:17:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-29-2011 20:47:05 | More by cdwil
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured freely into a Mager's glass. It is dark like coffee and forms a thick, foamy cap that takes minutes to settle. I don't suspect much Flaked Barley was used, but certainly enough.

A - Brady and estery. It's clearly English, but I'm not picking up the roasted notes I expected. Maybe my nose sucks. Maybe I should have also picked up a bottle of Guiness Foreign Extra to compare it to.... I advise you do.

T - Pedestrian. The yeast adds a blast of banana at the end. Another reviewer mentioned cheese... I definitely pick up cheese aroma in the finish. It's very "raw" like that. The caramel is prevalent, but the beer isn't sticky. The roast quality is remarkably subdued. I am unimpressed.

M - It's nice, but not silky enough and finishes rounder than drier. I prefer a dry finish.

O - It sure kicks the siht outta those overly boozey and syrupy Russian Imperial Stout Behemoths. But it doesn't merit enough to have the bottle finished. I wish they would try harder. Guinness proves it's so simple to make an exceptional Dry Stout with little effort, why not start there and go bigger?

This is better than a lot of beers out there, but so far below my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:03:45 | More by MONKandTUCK
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2.15/5  rDev -44%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 05:14:44 | More by BeerDocT
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 14:35:00 | More by avalon07
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, but not great, export stout, that has some good character, but ultimately is somewhat thin and one-dimensional.

Black, it has a small tan head streadily shrinking to a foamy ring and no real lace.

Aroma is very nice, rich prune with some dried fig, brown bread, root beer, earthy roots and wood, and toastiness. It is very nice with some complexity and depth.

Taste briefly seems to live up to the aroma but soon fades. At first, it has nice, rich , somewhat sweet prune, fig, and earthy brown bread up front, followed by drier earthy toasted bread-coffee bitterness in the finish. However, this all soon degrades a bit, becoming thinner, more bland, and muddled, with the coffee-roasty earthiness fading away mostly and leaving the beer more of a sweeter and alcoholic character, although it is never overly boozy or heavy. It is not as good as, and does not maintain the complexity and depth of character as well as, Guinness Foreign Stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 20:35:58 | More by Offa
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Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.