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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

Steelhead Extra StoutSteelhead Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

432 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 432
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%


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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sweetbrew82

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Completely opaque with a 2-fingered chocolatey brown head that looks really thick and creamy. Showed decent retention as it sank to a thin cap and left some whispy strings of lace.

A: When cold, the nose seemed really underwhelming to me, but as it warmed up the aromas really came out of their shell and regained my attention. It smelled of roasted malts, chocolate-powdered coffee beans, molasses, and citric hops. I think I'm going to like this...

T: ...and I do. Even though this bottle is obviously oxidized, I can still appreciate what's going on here. It's very roasty and full-flavored with big notes of coffee beans and chocolate fudge oozing from the sizable helping of malts. It does get a bit burnt at times, which gives off a charred astringency that is kind of off-putting. But, the sweet molasses and woodsy undercurrent does a pretty good job of taking the edge off, while the citirc hops and dark fruits work their way into the fold to deepen the profile and balance things out.

M: Extra Stout is a medium-full bodied beer that leans more toward the 'medium' side of things the more I swish it around. It's not silky smooth across the tongue, but does have a nice, slightly chewy feel that does a more-than-adequate job of complimenting the flavors.

Notes: Besides the wet cardboard and slightly burnt malts, this is a pretty darn good stout. I've been really impressed with the other Steelhead offerings that I have had (Scotch Porter & Double IPA) and this one is no different. I would love to buy a fresh six pack of this, and session the un-oxidized version. It speaks volumes about this beer when even an oxidized bottle gets high marks! Recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 01:12:51 | More by sweetbrew82
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Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.