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Foreign Export Stout - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 02-04-2005

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 55
Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.06/5  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.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of deg
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a dark brown color with distinctly ruby hues if held up to a light source. The head is modest, but long-lasting and fairly dark. The aroma is solid, with a touch of roast grain, some malt, a little ester-induce fruitiness (pear and plum) and a bit of alcohol. Still, it's not as intense as I would have likes, and I found myself hunting for the smells, even after a significant warming. The flavor, though, is nice. The roasted grains give the beer an espresso-like quality that balances the initial malt sweetness very well. It's both aggressively sweet and intensely grainy, and the flavors do a great job of playing off one another. Lots of malt flavor, with a prism of roast qualities coming through (from pale base malt through burnt malts). Thick and mouth coating. Not at all dry, and not a low alcohol beer, but both these qualities are folded into the experience. Great brew.

Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super deep red body. It looks black but shines deep red when held to the light. It started with a nice uniform mocha colored head but it fell to a thin layer quickly.

S: Sweet caramelly aroma with some light roasted notes.

T: Kind of light flavor for the style but very good. There is no harshness at all. It starts with a good caramel sweetness and fades into a touch of roast with some sweet chocolate. Very smooth.

M: Actually pretty light bodied for the style.

D: Not too bad at all. I've been drinking american beers lately so an english beer is a nice change up.

Photo of baggio
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Very, very, dark brownish with a decent size, beige, head.

S: Chocolate, Hint of metal, Coffee with cream, Dried fruit.

T: Coffee, Fruit, Grain, Molasses, Cacao, Hint of vanilla.

M: Quite dry but yet surprisingly smooth. Body is quite thin with plenty of carbonation for a stout. Very drinkable.

A very drinkable stout from Ridgeway that, despite its thin body, is quite tasty. The 8% is not really noticeable which makes this a dangerous beer to drink because it goes down way easy. Not bad at all!

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Avryle
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown. Smallish tan head. Even medium body.

S- Sweet malts with a tangy hop kick

T- Sweet roasted malts. Slight booziness on the finish. A little bit of nuttiness and molassas.

M- Meduim bodied. Low carbonaion.

D- Very drinkable. Would make a nice session beer if not for the 8%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Mostly black with some hints of brown. Minimal white head that quickly dissipated to the edge of the chalice.

S: Very malty for a stout. The expected sweetness is there.

T: Starts of very sweet. Hints of molasses. Almost a bittersweet chocolate thing going on as well. Really hits the high points of the style well.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is low but works with the body.

D: Super drinkable for an export stout. Not the biggest fan of the style but a good all around beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Price: US$5.99
Brewer code: F08 349

Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Samuel Smith 16-oz pint glass. Pours a deep brown color. No head to speak of. Looks a little more watery than what I like from a stout, but I suppose this is an English stout. I get some dried fruit in the nose, which is quite the departure from the coffee/chocolate smell that I'm used to. Taste is not half bad. Again, I'm not getting coffee or chocolate that is typical, but more of a hoppy, fruity taste that has some a decent malt backbone. It's bitter on this finish. Mouthfeel is a little more watery than I'm used to, and I don't much care for it. Despite the 8.0% ABV, this beer is pretty drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  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.

Photo of AlXalone
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black color, opaque. One finger of a beautiful beige head.
The smell is roasted, with very vellvety notes, very smooth. Cappuccino, cocoa.
The taste, a bit more alcoholic, is more on the cappuccino side. Roasted again, very smooth.
Average body. Balanced.
Aftertaste with a good cocoa, and hazelnut, and cacao. And in the end, some herbal bitterness.

Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this a genuine foreign export stout, it is too watery, and not full bodied enough to be considered a FES? The answer is, who cares. What you will find is a very nicely finished dark roasted ale that hits all the right notes. It pours a dark chocolate, with minimal head, lacing, retention. The smell begins a little on the metallic side, but settles in nicely as the beer warms. You'll get the chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, perhaps some butterscotch, and definitely the sweet malts. The smell is good, but not brilliant. The taste is light to medium bodied but full of flavor. There is all c-c-c-m-b listed above, but add perhaps a bit of cherry to the list as well. The mouthfeel is light, a bit watery, easy on the tongue. The aftertaste is quite modest. I'm guessing that the ABV is in the 6-7% range, if it is higher, than this beer is even more outstanding for completely masking the alcohol tones. This beer is well worth seeking out and is one I would go back to. L'Chaim.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
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