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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

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Steelhead Extra StoutSteelhead Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

457 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 45
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001)
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BigRedN

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is near black in color, very dark. My pour produces a brownish head, about 1-inch in height that eventually fades to a spotty cover and solid ring around the glass that leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Bursting forth with malt aromas. Dark chocolate, burnt chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malt and barley. All malts in the scent.

Taste: A solid malty body. Roasted malts in line with the scent. I think that I also get a little hint of vanilla bean flavor in there as well as the beer warms. A slight hint of bitterness on the finish gives this the illusion of some balance.

Mouthfeel: Going with full bodied (at least full in body to some of the beers I have had recently). An unforced, natural carbonation keeps this lively on the tongue. There is a smooth creaminess as the beer is swallowed.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, dangerously so. I had two of these coupled with another beer and I am feeling the effects of three straight 6%+ beers. Definitely worth trying a six of.

07-16-2010 06:06:49 | More by BigRedN
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Cant pour any darker than this pitch black stout with a thin mocha colored head,aromas of deeply roasted malt and mocha flavored coffee very rich and appetizing on the nose.Taste is very roasted with a unsweetened chocolate note finishing very earthy and nutty.Very raw and bold beer like the earthiness in the finish and the creamy mouthfeel a big winner here.

05-13-2004 23:19:28 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance – Blacker than black with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Smell – Giant espresso and cocoa aromas fill the nose, followed closely by strong, roasted malts. The nose is very powerful and fulfilling.

Taste – What do we have here? There’s a surprise in this bottle: balancing hops. Whudda thunk? The bitter espresso and chocolate cocoa powder come with some refined sugary flavors as well, making this one quite the party.

Mouthfeel – Seriously full in the mouth and exceptionally smooth for such a heavy brew. Not a hint of alcohol to this one.

Drinkability – I had no problem killing this little 12-ounce bottle.

Comments – This is one stouty stout. This is what I think of when I think of stout. This is a tremendous example of the style. Much thanks to the Santa Monican MickeyMac for sending me this offering from Mad River.

11-29-2003 03:06:04 | More by RoyalT
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev 0%

08-19-2014 01:20:00 | More by GameOfBeers
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Massive frothing from a pour down the middle of the glass, beautiful tiny beaded bubbly lace leaves a ring with each sip. Dark, opaque ... stout black. Aromas of chicory, licorice root, faint vanilla bean, wood charcoal, freshly used coffee grounds and a hint of black currants. Creamy, slick, full-bodied mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation to bring some smoothness to the glass. Creamy roasted palate throughout. Charcoal and baker's chocolate are dominant with some mild coffee and toasted bread in the back. Moderate hopping that drops a perfect amount of bitterness, which pairs up with the roasted character to balance the sweetness. Kiss of herbal flavor from the hops middle to end. Alcohol is slightly warming with dark fruit; burnt raisins come to mind.

Mad River nailed this one, a stout-lovers' stout. With the Imperial/Double stouts getting all of the hype, beers like this just don't get enough attention. This one is a must.

09-13-2010 20:32:46 | More by BeerAdvocate
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz bottle pours into my tulip glass a viscous dark charcoal black color with an inch of creamy dark tan head on top of the brew. Aromas start out with deep, creamy roasted malts on top of chocolate chunks. Light coffee accents intermingle with molasses and a touch of raisin and dark fruit. A hint of caramel and only a smidge of hops rounds out the show.

First sip brings a roasted, creamy dark malt body across the lips first that is followed by touches of bitter coffee, dark fruits and molasses. It flows down with a nice chocolate flavor as well as a hint of licorice. A subtle kiss of hops on the end with a lingering roasted flavor. Tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body and a good flow of carbonation. This one is quite hearty without being overly heavy. Overall, a darn tasty stout with an abv that is low enough to make it sessionable. I enjoyed this one and would drink it again!

09-24-2008 01:22:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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nickadams2

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

A_Pours thick with a thin dark brown head. Dark brown highlights. Thick spotty lacing.

S_Roasted malt,coffee,and molasses.

T_Same as nose. Roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate malt. Sweet molasses in the finish.

M_Very nice mouthfeel. Super thick and creamy.

D_Pretty drinkable but lacking a little in the flavor. Dosn't really stand out. No freshness date so I'm not sure how fresh this is. Would definitely give it another go.

11-06-2010 05:29:11 | More by nickadams2
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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date. Unfiltered.

Pours an opaque black coloured beer with a creamy coffee coloured head with decent retention. Aroma holds a slight twang of roasted malts and background of molasses and suggestions of vanilla bean.

Oh so smooth ... creamy, somewhat chewy with a complex malt profile of overall malt sweetness, semi-astringent roasted malts, coffee grounds/espresso, wood, smoke, chocolate, hint of caramel, burnt raisin edges and molasses. Nice citrus hop twang breaks up the malts, then settles back in. Dry chocolate/coffee and grain finish.

So much flavour, and so damn drinkable. Oh yeah ... this is a damn tasty stout.

07-08-2003 10:24:28 | More by Todd
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

12 oz bottle, courtesy of mtnlover, pours as dark as any stout I've seen, producing an opaque ebony body. Head is small and shortlived, but an attractive light brown color, falling into a persistent collar with moderate patch and sheet lacing. Aroma is more bittersweet chocolate than coffee, but this is an ideal blend of both that produces a solid stout aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium full bodied. Appropriate medium carbonation. Taste features a full onslaught of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and essence of walnuts. Plenty of dark roasty malt bitterness with some grassy and citrusy hops for a nice balance. Very nicely done and pleasantly drinkable. I've never had a subpar offering from this brewery and Steelhead is a fine example of an American stout.

04-14-2005 21:35:52 | More by merlin48
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MisterDeeds

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Black. Black. Black. To quote Rick James; "DARKNESS!!".

Smells roasted and sweet. Very malty.

Wow. For once, a beer tastes exactly like it smells, and I love it. Very sweet up front. Not quite chocolately, but somethng tasty. Finishing with a balance of roasted malt and hops that just barely border on bitter.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but not too much. The perfect coating for a stout.

Yes, I could see myself having a few of these. Not an ideal warm weather brew, but if you are looking to warm up or stay warm by the fire, this is a winner.

06-03-2008 00:05:13 | More by MisterDeeds
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SudsSurfer

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-18-2013 21:47:02 | More by SudsSurfer
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brewerdrew

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured this beer into an Ommegang Belgian Ale Snifter. Presented Beautifully. Dark Black with a Deep Head just the right size.

The Smell was pretty innocuous.

The Taste as good at first but quickly disipated illuminating a lack of mouthfeel that I typically hope for in a Stout.

The Flavour was roasty but again fell short with its staying power.

Not running back to this one.

11-04-2009 04:14:11 | More by brewerdrew
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magictrokini

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours black with short head that turns into a ring of tan bubbles. Coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt in the nose. Same is mirrored in the taste, but with more toffee, molasses, and sweet cream. An excellent subdued stout; hard to find these days in the bigger is better beer world.

12-10-2008 18:26:05 | More by magictrokini
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours the usual tar black with a rather meager espresso colored head, even after an aggro pour. Smells so sweetly molasses that I want to dive right in. Lots of choclate seeping in there too. Smells incredible.Taste is what you smell. Lots of chocolate, molasses, fig, cherry and earthy flavors. Finishes with a lingering smoke/tobacco zing. Quite a solid/thick mouthfeel. Oatmeal like in it's texture. Sitting at 5.5% ABV I could see this as an all night beer at the pub.

Another JahNoth hookup.

10-10-2004 22:13:29 | More by yankeeheel
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Kind of a dirty brown appearance, like some catfish would really thrive living in. Chocolate malt nose, and hops.

Taste, hoppy for a stout, bitter, chocolate malt. Not super thick, but not thin either. May have a very slight amount of very weak coffee, or it could be the bitterness making me think that. Smoky at times in a minimized way. Not a bad beer all around, tends to tail off just a tad. A good beer from a good brewery.

11-06-2010 06:08:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Dark deep brown like a stout should be
S - Nice caramel and coffee aromas, medium sweetness and a slight hoppy bitterness to folllow.
T - Great roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate flavors
M - Full body, medium carbonations
O - everything an extra stout should be!

01-19-2012 20:27:51 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Appears a completely pitch black hue with a large mocha tan head floating above the darkness, lacing is thin but evenly strung. Aromatics sweet creamy chocolate notes with hints of coffee and ripe fruit tones like berry and raisins a touch of alcohol there but really just a nice complex roasty stout with some other tricks. In the finish I'm getting some herbal and nutty qualites, the herbaceous hops come off almost minty. Flavor is balanced with some of the fruity qualities wrapped in chocolate and just roasty enough to scream extra stout. Definitely whipped cream layered on a cappuccino with dark chocolate shavings with a touch of hazelnut, finishes with some of those hop qualities described earlier especially the mint note. Mouthfeel is full bodied yet creamy textured a nice way to drink under six percent carbonation is mellow and smooth on the palate nothing weighs you down with bitterness or any one sensation. Drinkability, this is pretty much amazing and it has a different edge than your typical hopped up West Coast style stout it brings sweet and roasted malt flavors out to play and causing excessive amounts of flavor with balance, really nice stuff.

06-12-2008 03:08:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Some black sediment remained on the bottom of the glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a smallish creamy tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt with hints of coffee, licorice and prune

Taste: Starts out a bit sweet, butquickly becomes balanced. The roasted malt centerpiece is surrounded by hints of prunes, coffee and dark chocolate, along with some more obvious spicy hops. After the swallow, there is a bit of smoke in a toasty finish that lingers a good while.

Mouthfeel: full body with moderate carbonation; creamy smooth.

O: An exceptional and very flavorful stout.

11-27-2011 23:56:50 | More by chinchill
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OStrungT

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer pours, from a twist top bottle, a very dark brown. The head is brown. It fades somewhat fast leaving minimal laces. It has a strong coffee aroma. It also had a roasted malt aroma whit slight hints of chocolate. Also, there is a very subtle caramel scent. It tastes of coffee, and chocolate. It has a slight hop finish that balances it out nicely. This beer is carbonated will. It leaves a coffee aftertaste on the palate. It is a good beer. It might be the best beer I have ever drank from a twist top bottle. This beer would probably make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is low, and the flavor is not overly aggressive. I dont know if I could drink 12 of them in one night, but I would definately have a few.

04-21-2005 01:36:01 | More by OStrungT
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glid02

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours opaque black with a minimal brown head, even after a vigorous pour. What little head there is recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and light citrus hops. The citrus hop aroma recedes very quickly as the beer warms.

Tastes great. I let the beer get a bit cold so I had to wait for the flavors to come out, but once they did they came out in droves. Understated roasted malt is joined by sweet molasses and dark chocolate. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Again, I had to let it warm a bit, but it's got a great thickness for the (relatively) low ABV with subdued carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This one went down faster than I realized, and I could down a lot of these without a problem.

Overall I'm glad I picked this up. It's a stout without frills, and what's done is done very well. Give this a shot.

01-05-2009 04:24:04 | More by glid02
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Deep space black liquid with big creamy tan head. Smells like stout. Thumbs up. Taste like stout Strong stout yet balanced. Reminds me of Sierra Stout. Strong yet drinkable due to balance. Sweeter. Rich. I guess i don't punch this beer's score up higher in score because I find there are more interesting chocolate or coffee focused stouts. This extra stout is the one Guiness should have made when they went for a stronger stout. But Guiness Extra is a surprise that ii is still on the shelves.Anyway this is a quality strong beer. Enjoy.

Pair with a Symphony. Charles Ives Symphony 1

12-30-2012 18:39:50 | More by frankiepop
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-26-2014 05:10:57 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a thick black brew with a tan head that sits at one creamy finger and leaves some lacing in patches.
There's lots of smoke in a big roasted malt with the molasses and licorice of a RIS plus something vanilla and a raisin-like hint.
Lots of smoky wood in the flavor as well, being somewhat dominant in the character of a huge malt reminiscent of an RIS in its boldness and depth. Some grains, more of a barley than a softer grain, lie beneath along with roasted coffee and a light raisin / plum as well.
This one's smooth and creamy, thick and rich with a full body. The label claims this one is robust, and it's no idle claim.
This is a great stout, huge, robust, hearty, bold and full-flavored. The tendency is toward astringency, and it would take just so little more complexity to put it to an A.

08-23-2009 21:51:07 | More by Brenden
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nhirsch04

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-25-2014 00:18:42 | More by nhirsch04
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bpascale

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-31-2014 00:40:51 | More by bpascale
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Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.