Foreign Export Stout
Ridgeway Brewing

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #46
Ranked #20,312
3.87 | pDev: 10.34%
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Almost black, glints of ruby through corners of the glass when held to the light. Clear, pours with 1Cm pale tan fine-bubble head. Head clears quite soon, but leaves lacing down the sides of the glass.
S- Toasty and rich malts.
T- Boof, quite a punchy hoppy flavour for a stout. Then you notice the toasty charred notes.
F- Hoppy/bitter for a stout. Quite a pungent feel but to me there's no way it comes over as 8.0%ABV.
O- Good pungent stout. I'm quite surprised by the lack of richness/mouth-feel of the 8.0%; but if you told me it's 6.0% I might be quite impressed.
500ml bottle. BB: 21/01/22.

Nov 10, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color with red highlights and a thin head short lived.
Chocolatey aroma with notes of cocoa, licorice, oat and some dark fruits.
Flavor with notes of cola, coffee, nuts, just a bit of grapes, caramel, tea leaves, chocolate, burnt grains, tangy hops and oat. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is superbly disguised.
Foreign Export Stout with great malt complexity and rather soft on the dark fruit. Original and with less strength relatively to the style.

Jul 09, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Bulls Head in Lititz, PA.

Lovely pour from a barkeep who knows his craft: dark, opaque black with a cloudy grey head. Truly beautiful.

The beer has an English aroma, with bitter nobel hops and chocolate porter grain against faint wisps of alcohol.

Very smooth flavor. Chocolate and bright coffee up front, porter grain in the middle, and a bittersour finish.

Jun 25, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle in a snifter. This fine stout pours a deep brownish cola black with a
decent head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light pool, and features some
nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of dark berries, subtle char and deeply roasted malts, cocoa,
cream, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors lightly exceed by force with dark chocolate and
cola notes with vanilla and cream touched by dark berry notes of blackberries and dark sweet
cherries dunked in dark roasted malts and subtle char notes. Excellent mouth feel is a standard
for the style and the country from whence it comes; smooth, low carbonation, and medium full
on the body. Overall a fantastic stout done right from across the pond.


Jan 17, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Light tan head, about two fingers, nearly nitrous looking in it's creamy appearance. Settles to a thin top and puck with a good creamy collar. Straight up dark mahogany brown opaque body. The occasional top bubble hits the surface. Real nice looking stout.

Aroma gives a sensation of muted cream, inistinct berry fruit, with a touch of tobacco to hop bitterness. Dry sensing powdered chocolate but not so much into cocoa richness. Definitely seems more roasty than sweet, with a distinct fruity yeast sense. Solid either way.

Creamy palate noticeable on first sip, with delicious dark chocolate and cocoa nibs mixing in with a taste of fruit on first sip. Aftertaste is quite unique. Charring roast, dry dark cocoa powder, and an accent hop and tobacco tasting bitterness. Nicely light bodied, hard to believe this kicks in at eight percent abv, but has no boozy traces whatsoever. Warmth after sometime gives nice subtle flavors and a strong lingering aroma.

This is a very solid foreign export. Delivers nicely, and has some excellent qualities that take some time to dive into.

Aug 11, 2016
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vinicole from England

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown. Thin beige head.
Coffee and fruit aroma.
Sweet. Toasted chocolate malt taste. Dried stone fruit in the mix.
Smooth but rather thin. Alcohol not detected.

Apr 22, 2016
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Once settled - which is quick - there is a pitch black body, dark and foreboding, capped with a thin trace of foam. The nose is heavy, exuding massive whiffs of licorice and raisin. The palate is lightly doppled with hint of plum, coffee, bread and the aforementioned raisin. The only real problem is the light feel, not as creamy as one would expect from this style. This said, there is some crispness to it. In nay case, this is a fine quaff, and one worth trying.

Sep 28, 2015
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Hoppsbabo from England

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Black, almost no head. Where the hell is the head! Pours out fizzy and the bubbles stick to the side of the glass.
S: Roasty malt and lots of fudge.
T: Very nice. Velvety with loads of fudge. Medium sweet. Citrusy hops in the aftertaste. Not in the least bit smokey.
M: It's fizzy but also very smooth. NEEDS A HEAD!
O: The flavour profile is great but the mouthfeel ruins it all. It has a squeaky Coca Cola quality which makes my reel.

Is it too much to ask for a head on my beer?

Nov 27, 2014
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much better than the last time I had it. So much better, I'd say it's been reformulated. For the better. Does seem to fit the mold of a foreign stout. Very drinkable

Jul 30, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Jul 07, 2014
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jan 06, 2014
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Jan 30, 2012
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MONKandTUCK from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Dec 17, 2011
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BeerDocT from Georgia

2.26/5  rDev -41.6%
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?

Dec 08, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Dec 07, 2011
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Offa from California

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jun 24, 2011
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Nov 21, 2010
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rarbring from Sweden

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Nov 18, 2010
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Nov 06, 2010
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Sep 18, 2010
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Aug 13, 2010
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TheJollyHop from California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jun 28, 2010
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Mar 01, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.84/5  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.

Jan 13, 2010
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MrHungryMonkey from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Dec 21, 2009
Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
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