Foreign Export Stout | Ridgeway Brewing

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Foreign Export StoutForeign Export Stout

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
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?

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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

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Photo of deg
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dumbed down Export Stout for the US market.

Poured at cellar temp. 65ยบ.
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 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.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Avryle
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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%

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of baggio
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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!

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of AlXalone
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.8/5  rDev -1%

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?

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
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