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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

462 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of Rathlord
1/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I just wanted to throw up a mention on this beer that I got it from a HyVee in Iowa and the first one I opened (and all the others) have the inside covered with yeast (I'm assuming). It coats the entire upper portion of the bottle and is thick, dark, and gunky. I threw out immediately to avoid any kind of bacteria escaping. I know this isn't a proper review and obviously this happens from time to time, but I think it's worth noting that their quality team must be fairly poor. Even in the dark glass I could see it coating the entire upper portion of the bottle. I won't be buying their products again- this was both a (relatively, considering size) expensive beer and a well reviewed one and it was absolutely undrinkable.

Edit: I do realize that some beers (especially stouts) may have some yeast in them, but this was solid, thick, and absolutely coating the bottle. VERY unappealing.

Rathlord, May 14, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Kataco16
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Kataco16, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of rusty3335
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

rusty3335, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of samie85
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a pitch black hue with one and a half fingers of marron head.

S-Smells of dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, and earthy hops.

T-Dark chocolate with a bit of roast and vanilla and finishes with bitter, dry chocolate.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation with a pretty dry finish.

D-Definitely not my kind of stout. Very acrid-like roast notes make this one not very palatable to me.

samie85, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of YourOnlyMan
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

YourOnlyMan, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of BostonPhilly
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of JBarx
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

JBarx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A bitterness that overwhelms the stoutability (new Webster entry). It looks like a stout, but it starts with a sourness in the aroma. There is roastness, even a tad burnt, some chocolate, but oh the sourness. Stiff upper lip to finish this one. It was a bit better at room temperature, and I am a lenient rater on stouts, it even refreshed, but the..sourness.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of brewerdrew
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

brewerdrew, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of chooch5
3/5  rDev -25.7%

chooch5, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Piason
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of sillyhed8
3/5  rDev -25.7%

sillyhed8, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of DogFood11
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had no idea how many steelhead brews there are so it was fun trying to find this brew. Nice mocha pour and head. Syrupy pour was a welcomed sight.

I get an alcohol smell that is tamed by the rich slightly toasted malted backbone. At 5.5% I was hoping it would be hidden. Bakers chocolate persists throughout. Some sort of bitter twang that has a sour edge. You can put just your lips to this brew and it comes up sour. I think this is either the hop profile or adjuncts ...either way it was a distraction for me.

I'll just say there are many options with this style and this one is eh..ok for the price per oz / score. buy one bottle first if your on a budget.

DogFood11, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of RJLarse
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Elk Public House

Appearance is jet black with a bubbly dark beige head.

Smell is faint. There is a bit of a roasted coffee aroma.

Taste is candy-like chocolate flavors. Not a very robust flavor and it lacks a sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a bit thin for the style.

Very drinkable very sessionable. Not a great stout but it will do.

RJLarse, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of tonistruth
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- dark dark brown color with a little tan head that doesnt stick around all too long. Some tan lace on glass.

S- roasted malts, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, grassy, and nutty. Much going on in the nose.

T- burnt malts and chocolate are most dominant flavors, slight hop flavor creepin' in the background. Chocolate aftertaste.

M- medium body, over carbonated IMO

D- the nose on this brew is fantastic, but its too soda like with all that carbonation, distractsa from the flavor. I wont go out of my way for this but i'd still like to give this brew another go because of the impressive aromas.

tonistruth, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of onehomesickalien
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good in comparison to many stouts, but definitely not one of my favorites. This reminds me of a Guinness extra stout but slightly sweeter and a little less carbonated. Appearance is nice, very dark with good head retention. Smell is OK, but very little stands out other than the dark roasted malt scent. Taste for me is a bit watered down, but I typically like imperial stouts. Not bad at all/ but this one is most likely the last one I will have.

onehomesickalien, May 18, 2007
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with about 3 in. head… not that foamy but decent. Ok lace.

Smell is of roasted malt and toffee. Light caramel notes towards the end. No real hop notes.

Roasted malt is dominant with coffee and piney hops toward the end. Not very complex.

Mouth feel is light for a stout. Could be thicker.

Overall an ok stout. Worth a try but I won’t pick it up again.

DUBinMIA, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of abents
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black with a big brown head that's gone rather quickly. Not much for lacing. Smells of roasted grain and coffee with a slight hoppy smell as well. Taste is of a bitter coffee and slight chocolate with a nice roasted malty taste as well. Lingers pretty well in the mouth, but nothing too spectacular here. Pretty well carbonated with a light mouthfeel for a stout. I don't know here. A decent offering, but again nothing too terrific. I was impressed with the scotch porter, but this was just OK.

abents, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

cyrushire, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Globetrotter
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored this at the Total Wine in Northern Virginia in early November. No freshness or ingredient information on the label. In fact, the label only talks about the Steelhead line of brews - nothing specific about the stout at all. Semi-stubby 12oz brown bottle with a pleasing blue and white label featuring a large salmon springing from some forest stream.

Pours an utterly opaque super-dark burgundy under a one finger purplish gray head that is thick and creamy, but still dissipates quickly leaving no trace of lace. The nose has some roasted malt, but what sticks out is a distinct plum note. The mouth is fairly heavy and very carbonated, with a body that hugs anything it touches. This beer almost tastes like a sweet stout, with prominent plum and sour citrus notes. There is roastiness here, and a touch of espresso, but the fruitiness pervades. Only in the aftertaste, long after the prune juice is gone, do the roasted malts and dry hops assert themselves. It's OK, but a bit disappointing in my book.

Globetrotter, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out an oily black whit a slight amount of head that quickly went away. A bite of bitter bakers chocolate in the nose with a lot of booze as well. The taste is smoother than expected but it still has a sharp bite that has a pungent bourbon alcohol aftertaste. I was not too impressed with this one.

DrinkingDrake, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.