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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

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462 Ratings

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 46
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001)
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

ruberbox, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Herky21, Jun 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

SATBMan, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Yes, this gets a perfect score. This brew is in a very elite class. Why? Allow me to explain. My wife and I have conducted double-blind taste tests over the past 5 years of every Stout (we always compare beers of the same basic style; plain Stout, Oatmeal, Imperial, Coffee, Chocolate or Cream/Milk Stouts) we could get our hands on (about 50 or so now) and Steelhead has come out the victor every single round!

This is an extremely unique, thick, full-bodied, rich Stout the way a Stout should be. When one decants a Steelhead, a thick layer of goodness can be seen on the bottom of each bottle. We have found that the beer becomes even more complex (if such a thing could be possible given the unbelieveable depth of this brew) if we decant 11 oz. then swirl the final ounce around to loosen the sediment before pouring the last bit. This also serves to create a beautiful thick, rich, dark brown head.

LLP, Dec 16, 2012
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4.95/5  rDev +22.5%

Bottle from Total Wine

Poured into pint glass

A - Pours pitch black with thinner creamy tan head.

S - Dark chocolate with some raw licorice - nice and mellow roasty.

T- What a great tasting stout. So very well balanced. It's got lots of dark but sweet chocolate, licorice candy like taste as well. Nice roasty and malty balance with not too much alcohol taste.

M- Medium to dark body.

O- I really like this beer. Balanced, flavorful and very drinkable. If you like this, you should also try the 8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast.

C3likesbeer, Feb 05, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

A: Dark dark brown with a chocolatey thin head.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel, and sweet malts. It set me up for a dessert like taste.

T: Seriously, it tastes like chocolate chip cookies to me with some good flavored malts and a slight smokey flavor in the after taste.

M: A smooth feel going in and going down, no extra strong bitterness or alcohol taste. Just a really good blend.

D: I do believe this is my highest rated beer yet. I would drink this guy till I got sick.

Kemmerlin, Feb 04, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +19.6%

This is a great stout. They really couldn't do much to improve on it. It poured a deep black, not a trace of light coming through. I would have liked a better head on it. The smell coming off of it is licorice and strong roasted malts. Great taste. Faint licorice with roasted malts and a nice chocolate taste in the background. Very clean across the palate, in fact surprisingly so for a stout. I would have liked a little creamier feel to it, although this probably comes through with a proped nitro tap. Extremely drinkable. Probably the first beer that I had ever almost finished before I even thought to start my review. This is just one great stout. I love them and this is a beauty.

Murph, Mar 13, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

A powerful beer that tastes like a punch in the face.

Amazing mahogany brown brew with a tan head. Typical malty-toasty stout aroma. Flavor is intense. Rich. Lots of bitter toasty grain. Nice fresh hops in the background.

Thick rich mouthfeel.

I like this beer a lot. It is true to type and just smacks you around. Hard to explain but I like this one.

jmbranum, Mar 17, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

grover37, May 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

This is a dandy...My first experience with Mad River Brewing. I love this stout. It pours black with a slight amber hint to it. A creamy, lucious tan-reddish head caps this "liquid" of delight. The aroma is outstanding...strong chocolate, and breadiness...It is a beer of high character. It feels the way a stout should feel, and tastes the way I expect a stout to taste...creamy and easy drinking, this stout features a strong chocolate malt base, with just enough hopping to keep it from being too sweet. It is an excellent stout, in the same ballpark with all my favorite stouts from Kalamazoo, Mackesons, and Watneys.

ZAP, Apr 03, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

burningsnailman, May 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

JottaGibboo, Aug 16, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

This is a damn fine stout that pours a dark, used motor oil color. There is no seeing the light on the other side of this one. The head is tannish and very thin that leaves little or no lace.

The aroma is a licorice, coffee blend, with hints of cherries and red grapes. The taste is much the same, chocolate tasting and lightly bitter. The maltiness is heavy and the tastes a little like wine in the aftertaste. This is a fabulous stout, one that makes me think that stout is my favorite beer style. Highly recommend.

abcsofbeer, Sep 19, 2004
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

Holy cow this is good! This is a very dark appearing ale. It almost looks black! It has a wonderful malty aroma with a touch of hops. The flavor was the most distinctive thing about it. It starts with an almost coffee flavor then moves on to a chocolate aftertaste. It has a good mouthfeel and I can almost picture this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream like a root beer float.

dlbrockmiller, Nov 29, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

This was a surprising find. I have never had anything from Mad River before and had no idea what to expect from this one.

Poured and nice ink black with an almost burnt orange head that faded fast. Lacing fell quickly back to the top of the beer.

smells of roasted barley and caramel, with some chocolate and nut hints.

Very smooth, even taste here. Just enough hops to smooth out the flavor. Chocolate, caramel, roasted barley and maybe a bit of raisin in the finish. dates and a slight hint of cream. Very well balanced. Impressive!

Worth checking out if you, like me, are a stout person!

ditch, Aug 23, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

S = Nice strong waves of baker's chocolate with roasted coffee beans lingering in the background.

T = Starts out with a fantastic chocolate sweetness and the roasted coffee flavors begin to blend into the mix. Bitterness is very low. I was left with a long, semi-sweet finish comparable to a "cafe mocha" coffee.

MF = Texture was very smooth and creamy. Body was light. Low carbonation. Finish was semi-dry.

Overall, this was a highly drinkable American Stout due to the well balanced flavors and low bitterness level. I think I've just found my "Go To" stout.

Riverwarrior, May 10, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance - pours an inky, oily black. A nice mocha head starts to form up but falls back quickly, holding at a solid cover. Lacks lace but otherwise looks great.

Aroma - chocolate syrup, charred malt, rich coffee.

Taste - big roasted malt, more coffee presence than chocolate. A tangy fruitiness on the swallow. The finish is vapory, roasty, delicious.

Mouthfeel - creamy and smooth, peppy carbonation.

Drinkability - easy to drink, a fine, fine stout.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 15, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

I was very happy to find this beer on the east Coast, but I had forgotten just how damn good it is.
Steelhead pours pitch black and opaque with a sparse red/brown head.
Sharp, acidic massive aroma of roasted barley - very stouty with a hint of floral hop softening the overall impression.
Initial mouthfeel is slick and heavy with huge roasted malt flavors.
Hop bittering is firm but not overpowering and mixes neatly in behind the delicious grain bitterness and malt sweetness.
Exceptional balance and outstanding Stout character. A truely great example of a Foriegn / Export/ Extra Stout.

Shiredave, Aug 09, 2004
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a sturdy beer mug. The head is densely bubbled, chocolate milk in color. Body is black as night. Smell: Delicious waft of espresso and chocolate, leaning more heavily on the chocolate, very sweet with a pleasant sizzle of toasty malts and thin hop presence. Taste: luscious rush of roasted malts upfront, burned crescent roll (but in a good way), chocolate, chocolate pudding, coffee grinds. The middle is a more pronounced bitterness as the sweetness slides underneath to sneak up on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: perfectly rich, middling carbonation.

RootedFool, May 20, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours nearly opaque black with off-brown head. Even the appearance of this beer is rich.

Nose offers dark chocolate with nougat, almost like a dark chocolate version of 3-Musketeers candy bar.

Palate has a big roasted whomp, immediately reigned in with hops and chocolate dessert flavors. Integrated nicely.

Rather full on the body, rich, chewy. Swirl it around for a few moments and the chewyness is just amazing. Long roasty finish and very drinkable for such a flavorful stout.

yemenmocha, May 14, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

Black as a 3-mile deep ocean trench. Huge chocolate brown sponge-cake head.
This seems to teeter on imperialness in several categories. Most notably the nose: deep burnt raisin, ripe plums, charcoal and chocolate.
Cocoa bean right up front, mingling with a subdued expresso note. Seared dark fruits rush in from all sides. As the nose promised, blackened raisins and plums materialize. Just the slightest bit of drying hops are noticed, and they seem to have minimal effect on the taste. Impression of burnt paper late. Rides out thick and remarkably similar to fudge.
Seemed a bit over-charged up front, but settles into a hearty medium-full body.
Great stout here.

Muchas gracias to Bighuge for this trophy

cokes, May 05, 2003
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Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.