Foreign / Export Stout
This special style stout started back at the start of the 19th century in 1801, when Guinness produced a beer, called the West India Porter, for Irish expats working in the Caribbean. In order to withstand the long trip from Ireland, the beer was brewed bigger with extra hops and more alcohol, which serve as natural preservatives. The beer later became known as the Foreign Extra Stout.
By 1817, the beer was in the US, which in 1910 became its largest export market. The prohibition caused the beer to fall out of the market, and multiple attempts were made to bring it back, but none were successful until almost a century later in 2010. The beer is currently a staple across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Foreign Export Stouts range from dark brown to pitch black in color. The foreign stout has a taste that mirrors its aroma of malt sweetness, caramel, roasted grains, and coffee. Some examples exhibit chocolatey flavors and aromas as well. The full-bodied brew has little to no hop flavor, a dry finish, and slight roasted bitterness.
Export Stouts have an ABV in the 5.5-8% range, and are best consumed out of a goblet, mug, or pint glass. The brew pairs wonderfully with pork tenderloin, lobster, oysters, blue cheese, and Dubliner cheddar. The best Foreign Export Stout as rated by beer lovers is the Guinness Special Export Stout, and the top consumed is the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
In the past our Craft Beer Club featured a great Foreign Export Stout from Snake River Brewing Company, the oldest microbrewery in Wyoming. Join the Original Craft Beer Club and see which Foreign Export Stouts we feature next!