Foreign Export Stout | Ridgeway Brewing

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Foreign Export StoutForeign Export Stout

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by gentlebubbles on 02-04-2005

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 albern
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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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 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 BDTyre
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a quasi-FES. Certainly has the alcohol content and the look. Dark black, thin, off-white head.

Sweet, roast malt smell with hints of ground coffee and chocolate.

Slightly bittersweet taste. Vinous hints coupled with chocolate and coffee grinds. Definite alcohol burn to the taste.

Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Slightly sour aftertaste to this, but overall a generally well done stout. It comes off more as an double stout than an FES, but still a very nice drink.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on nitrogen-tap at Redbones.

This stout poured jet black in color with very light brown, creamy, smooth, nitrogen foam that persisted a long time. The smell was dark malt with some licorice, dark mollasses, and hints of toffee and chocolate. The taste was darkly malty and lightly sweet with flavors of toffee, mollasses, dark caramel, and a touch of fruitiness. The hops were there but were somewhat buried beneath the onslaught of the malty flavors. The mouthfeel was very smooth, creamy, and silky with full body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was very pleasantly malty. This was a very, very nice stout and was easy to drink.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Redbone's

Bittersweet chocolate black with milk chocolate crema.

Sweet malty scent.

The taste--oh my! this is wonderful--almost like cask, light in the mouth, yet cremy velvet smooth. Such a silky dark maltiness, touched by smoke, a hint of alcoholic warmth, suggestions of port, and coffee overtones like a rich french roast ring in the changes.

Hope to see more of this.

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