About Foreign-Export Stout

About Foreign-Export Stout
Foreign stouts are dark brown to black in color and are strong in alcohol ranging from 5.5-9%. Assertive flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate provide the majority of the character of this style, with many versions also featuring medium-to-high hop bitterness. Foreign, or export, stouts were first brewed as a higher gravity version of sweet or dry stouts. These beers were first brewed to withstand export to tropical markets, but today may be found nearly everywhere. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lion Stout, ABC Extra Stout and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.

Top Picks for Foreign-Export Stout

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Nutty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and dark chocolate vanilla cake with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish manifesting impressions of strong coffee and toasted meringue finish. A rich, satisfying export stout with great roasted malt flavors and a long finish.
Awards: 2017 Best Foreign/Export Stout
Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout
91 points
Brown black color. Creamy aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, cappuccino foam, and pannetone with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of lettuces, toasted fig bread, and cocoa dusted nuts finish. A refreshing, easy drinking stout with a nice snappy finish.
Island Brewing Company Starry Night Stout
90 points
Ebony color. Aromas of smoked chocolate, golden oats, autumn leaves, alliums, and molasses with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length dark roast coffee and cigar ash finish. A full-flavor Export Stout; an autumn camping trip in a glass.
Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout
89 points
Opaque brown black color. Spicy, green, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, gingerbread fruitcake, fresh herbs, and sugar snap peas with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, long finish that shows notes of cappuccino, grilled romaine, citrus marmalade on rye, and peppered romaine finish. A superb, vibrantly flavorful stout with a great combination of dark roasted malt and lively hops.
Dragon Stout
82 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Aromas of green apple sorbet, chocolate dried pear, and grape jam and soda with a soft, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, fast caramel apple, mocha milkshake, and walnut toffee finish. A sweet fruity stout for casual sipping, beertails, and spicy meat dishes.