Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-30-2007 02:44:52 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Charred walnut with a burgundy translucence when held up to bright sunlight. I'm a little wary of an 8.0% stout that one can see through, but we'll see. The cap is a toasted tan affair that started out at three fingers and is hanging on reasonably well. Not a bad look.
The nose could be more impressive. It's average in terms of power, but should improve as the beer nears room temperature. At least I hope so. Moderately roasted malt provides aromas of chocolate-covered dark caramel and coffee beans. Musky hops are present as well. It gets the job done.
Foreign Export Stout (not Extra) is decent beer that doesn't much resemble an American stout. Again, keeping the ABV in mind, it's lighter, less roasted malty and more sour than, say, Sierra Nevada Stout. That doesn't necessarily make it worse, just different. Actually, I had a sixer of SNS recently and it kicked gluteus maximus.
The flavor profile is more dark fruity than most stouts. Think raisins, plums and figs soaked in a mixture of red wine, chocolate liqueur and a small splash of Sambuca. That makes it sound like alcohol is rampant, but it isn't. In fact, I'd have guessed the ABV several percentage points lower.
As strange as it may sound, I'm reminded of a BSDA every time I upend the glass. Ridgeway FES is anything but a classic, roasted malt-dominant stout. Still, it's definitely growing on me as the ounces pass. As long as you pop the cap with an open mind, this is pretty good beer when all is said and done.
It's hard to cut the mouthfeel as much slack. It's becoming a bit more viscous as it sits, and is nicely creamy, but it isn't as full as it should be. Close, but no cigar. With 50% more malt, this would be a contender.
For maximum enjoyment, make sure the chill is gone before drinking Foreign Export Stout. Although I had an increasingly good time with this one, I won't be buying another bottle. Ridgeway IPA is still the class of this brewery as far as I'm concerned.
09-21-2007 22:34:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Ridgeway's whimsical Christmas beer series has been one disappointment after another, perhaps I should stick to their more sensible offerings. Here's hoping!
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with a simple, smallish head of ecru froth.
Smell: Nose of dark malted barley with notes of chocolate, basic coffee, and caramel. Slight dark fruitiness in behind, as are some supporting hop hints.
Taste: Modestly sweet, malty beginning of chocolate and cocoa powder followed by some subtly spicy licorice tones and touch of dry caramel. Dried dark fruitiness, mainly raisins. Earthy, leafy hops with a light amount of restrained bitterness for balance. Small shot of mildly roasty coffee in the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The moves around fairly deftly on the tongue.
Drinkability: Decently drinkable stout that's pleasant though not particularly pronounced.
03-01-2010 22:44:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.3/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
08-26-2007 04:27:51 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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!
06-15-2009 20:37:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-13-2010 17:27:51 | More by Mora2000
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-28-2008 22:24:38 | More by jwc215
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
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours very dark brown, almost black with little head. Aromas are slightly sweet and milky with a light roastiness and a touch of coffee with cream in the finish. The taste expresses subtle and integrated flavors of sweet, milky malt, alight roastiness, a restrained sweetness and a slight hint of charcoal in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall this is pretty tasty, but a little light. The flavors could be slightly more intense and still in keeping with the style.
01-10-2008 02:00:00 | More by Georgiabeer
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
4.1/5 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
2.7/5 rDev -29.9%
A very dark brown/reddish pour that left a slightly foaming head. Head disappeared quickly leaving small splotches floating on top.
Wet leather, overripe black plums, and semi-sweet molases filled the nose. Detectable hops, but the dryness doesn't seem to be there.
Taste has a hint of that leather and black plum. Most seems like watered down porter. Semi-sweet, not a real bite to it. Cocao is faint, coffee is stale. Perhaps this was sitting on the shelf too long. Not real impressed with it.
12-21-2007 21:00:26 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
05-02-2009 19:48:11 | More by plaid75
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-08-2008 00:25:18 | More by beerthulhu
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
11-05-2009 11:51:07 | More by bark
3.08/5 rDev -20%
This pours a reddish dark brown with a 1 finger head of tannish foam. It quickly shrinks to a fine broken layer with almost no lacing.
The smell has notes of dark fruit, some chocolate, and a wee bit of coffee.
The taste is very light and very thin. I get some plum, some chocolate, very little coffee, maybe some fig but...they are all very minor players in the taste. The alcohol is hidden pretty well but too bad the flavours are also.
I've liked all of the Ridgway beers I've tried until this one came along. This is definitely a one of.
Brewer code: F08 349
04-21-2008 22:59:30 | More by Bitterbill
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
Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.