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Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing

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Foreign Export StoutForeign Export Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

MONKandTUCK, Dec 17, 2011
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 avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

avalon07, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Offa, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ridgeway FES.

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?
Nice. Ni-ice.

feloniousmonk, Nov 21, 2010
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 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 OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OtherShoe2, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, opaque sable with a decent light tan head that sticks around a little bit. Aroma is malty, spicy and chocolaty with a hint of coffee. Flavor is like decent mocha with hints of malt and molasses and just a touch of spice, mainly cloves. Texture is smooth, just a teensy watery, a little bit fizzy. Not the best stout I've had, but worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa, cinnamon, toast, and butter.
Opaque black with a deep head tan flaunting cloying lace.
Milk chocolate and slightly crisped almond aroma.
Green grapes, light caramel, anise, and buttered
raisin bread flavor. Hints of watered down flowers, cocoa middle, with a light, sweet grain and dark chocolate finish.

Carbonation is medium while the body is almost medium as well.
Alcohol is hidden and the mouthfeel pleasant.
Balance of flavors is exemplified between fruit, roast, and alcohol.
Very drinkable with enough complexity to remain interesting.

TheJollyHop, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 01, 2010
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rtepiak, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ebraun
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

ebraun, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of bark
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

bark, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smell is alot of chocolate and alot of heat. really powerful and quite pleasant.

pours a nice thick dark black with a finger and a half of rich brown head which has very nice retention and leaves a consistent lacing. this beer looks pretty damn good.

taste has a fair amount of roasted malt to it and has a sort of bitter aftertaste.

pretty creamy mouthfeel at first which leaves a dryness in your mouth afterwards.

drinkability: fairly well masked abv. very bitter for a stout. was pretty affordable. certainly a must try for stout folks.

northaustin, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

champ103, Sep 19, 2009
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 tai4ji2x
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. label has batch code of F08 349. during the week of the craft brewers conference in late april 2009, i was told by peter scholey of ridgeway that this actually makes this several years old. yikes. well, here goes... tasted in late april/early may, poured into a duvel tulip...

black and opaque. 1.5-finger, tan head, fades to creamy, thin layer, then just ring. sparse lacing in the end however. some promising rings at first, but they slide back down between sips.

aroma: fruity plums, dates and figs, with molasses. faintest hint of roast. trace of english hop.

taste: molasses and fruit tones, but a bit watered down, with licorice hint. more reminiscent of cola. leafy earthy hop peeks in through the light roast note, for mild bitterness. then a slight boozy note, with more cola. hint of coffee. again, just slightly watery in general.

feel: a bit light and almost watery again, with slight booze and astringency in the finish. mild carbonation has moments of tingle.

still drinkable but past its prime. the distributors need to do better, since this was actually a recent arrival to the store, despite the age of the bottles. then again, ridgeway might want to consider switching to a less cryptic batch dating scheme.

tai4ji2x, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

wl0307, Jun 28, 2009
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 ThirstyBird
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThirstyBird, May 25, 2009
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 deg
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pitch black stout with a full, tan colored head. I couldn't smell anything. But I could taste a lot. The beer had a rich, heavy, but pleasant roasted taste. I noticed at times a slight and unpleasant sour tinge. I did not notice the sour taste with every sip, but it was there often enough for me to make a note of it. I couldn't taste the alcohol, the beer went down smooth, a little too smooth for my tastes for an 8% ABV beer.

deg, Apr 22, 2009
Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.