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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ebraun
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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 northaustin
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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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 wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Foreign Export Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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