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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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Photo of tatoodkelt
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Consumed 10/14/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Absolutely 100% black with about a half finger cocoa colored head that faded to a thin skim.

S- Deep and earthy. Caramel, little of black licorice hints, dark bread, lots of stuff going on here!

T- Again very deep and earthy. Caramel, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee hints, cant find the licorice but picked up a little oaky flavor.

M- Despite the look I'd say its still medium bodied. A little waterier than I expected but not in a bad way. Pretty smooth.

D- Very sessionable, this is only available in one shop around here that I've found so I'll be stopping by there again!

tatoodkelt, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours jet black into my Sam Adams specialty glass. For some reason I love stouts out of this glass. A two finger dark tan head sits patiently with a crop of bubbles in the middle. Later than sooner it starts to slowly melt away. A thick, unbroken lacing is left behind. Smell is complex with caramel malts, eathy hops, black licorice, stale coffee and burnt wood which all blend to near perfection. Tastes of more caramel malts with a good addition of hops right behind for more near perfection in the balance department. Goes down smooth and creamy with a slight crispness at the end. A medium to full bodied sleeper brew here. I had no idea. Awesome.

stephens101, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

got this one as an extra in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 30/09.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black yet nearly opaque. a small dense light brown head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. light caramel. bit of coffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. earthy and a bit woody. touch of light citrusy hops. hint of maple. maybe just a touch of smoke too.

taste is nice. cocoa. dark and milk chocolate. dark roast coffee. well toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. light alcohol. woody. bit of smoke. light orangey citrus. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a solid stout.

grub, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an inky black, some ruby red highlights in the very edges, pretty black, dark tan head forms, pretty thick, slowly settles to a thick ring with a thin layer on the glass, few lace spots stick. Smell is real nice, rich and chocolatey, toffee and malt balls, raisins, very bready, graham crackers and biscuit, light roast, very sweet and malty, dark fruit, chocolate milk, some nuts, real nice. Taste is not as good as the aroma, very malty, chocolate milk, caramel, brown sugar, wafers, very biscuit, toasted oats, dark fruit and some raisin, sweet finish but the flavour feels a little thin. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, would have been a lot better with some proper heft to it. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a jet black body with mahogany edges. Head was a nice orange/tan hue with ample retention and light lacing.

This stout boasts great aroma's. Huge emphasis on roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses and some espresso. This beer is pushing the upper limits of Stouts.

Taste had a nice hop "pop" up front, then moving on to roasted malts and chewy flavors of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar. There is a light astringency mid palate that adds to the variety of dark flavors. After taste was burnt and smokey. Damn good!

Mouthfeel was medium. Its a big stout, hell it come's close to being a RIS.

Drinkability is to the sky with this brew. I can down a few of these in the winter months, and the alcohol is well hidden. This was my first beer from Mad River, and I look forward to trying there other beers.

Foxtrot, Sep 30, 2009
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Perfect drink for an autumn night. I chilled this slightly before pouring into a pint glass. Just right. Pours opaque black, and held up to light you can detect the mineral goodness.

At first I didn't get much at all out of this pour--perhaps a little coffee. Then throughout drinking, I was able to sense a powerful raisin and some prune and oat presence with an incredible dry afterthought.

Wonderful, viscous feel. Omits a very warming burn, but at the same time, I can't stop drinking it.

JTWILDOATS, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into a standard 16oz pint glass. This beer is thick, black, and pours with a dense brown head. A beautiful looking stout!

Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and a faint herbal/woody hoppiness.

Taste is wonderfully smooth with chocolate, coffee, and even some smoke character coming through. A little caramel sweetness is also there. An adequate amount of hop bitterness balances it all and some earthy hop flavor rounds out the beer.

This beer is full-bodied and viscous but it finishes with only a light sweetness that keeps it amazingly drinkable. A stout that I will be sure to have on hand more often, especially as fall turns into winter.

bump8628, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jpalarchio
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours completely opaque; held this directly in front of a light and it was a complete eclipse. Minimal amount of head which quickly disappeared.

Smells has definite coffee aroma to it; from the smell I expect a little bite from this one.

Taste backs up that coffee aroma, not as harsh of a flavor as I had expected. Very well balanced, it's what I expect a stout to taste like. Nothing overwhelming but a well made beer.

Alcohol is well hidden; at 6.6% I wouldn't expect too much.

Very drinkable, I could drink a couple of these.

jpalarchio, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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

sweetbrew82, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a creamy tan head that leaves a few strands of lace behind

Smell: Roasty charcoal, with undertones of chicory, licorice and prune

Taste: Starts out a bit fruity, but the roasty side quickly makes its presence felt, with coffee and dark chocolate, along with some bitter hops, arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a bit of sweetness that keeps the flavors in check; the finish lingers nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a tad thinner than I would like

Drinkability: Very flavorful, with a lot to commend itself

brentk56, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of ditch
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
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a thin, very small, off-white head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and some dried fruits. Overall a sweet aroma with some floral notes.

T - It tasted very roasty, with chocolate, molasses and sweet caramel. There is just enough hop bitterness to provide some balance.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This did not look impressive, but really delivered with great flavor.

zeff80, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a thin, off-white head that, one expired, no amount of swirling can seem to resuscitate.

Smell: Roasty, malty nose smelling of dark chocolate, chilled espresso, blackened grains, molasses, and vinous dark fruits.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with tastes of dark chocolate and sugar-sweetened coffee that eventually develops into a flavor of chocolate-covered espresso beans. Gentle background dark fruitiness. Earthy, lightly roasty with a fairly low bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with just a minor hint of black malt astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a pleasant, quaffable, fairly solid stout.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of tyanow
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Black with no light at all passing through it. Foamy light brown head. Lacing is very slight if at all.

S - The first smell I get is a pop of bitter hops but then I get a nose full of bitter chocolate and a roasted grain.

T - Dark grain with a bit of dark fruit. Chocolate hop bitterness that lingers.

M - Smooth, creamy water with a warm and dry finish.

D - at 6.6% this is a very big dry stout. BA calls this an American Stout, which it is, but the flavor, wateriness and dry finish remind me a lot more of an Irish dry stout than a traditional American Stout (my go to example of that is either Shakespeare fro Rogue or Sierra Nevada Stout)

tyanow, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of bhalter8
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours an ink black color with a quickly fading, highly carbonated looking, dark tan head. I literally watched the head disappear before my eyes more quickly than any I can remember. A nice aroma of chocolate malts in the nose, coffee hints in the background. Definitely an appetizing smelling stout, in the classic sense, just strong, dark malt. Taste is even better, extremely strong chocolate flavor, but a purely malt based chocolate. The flavor does not end there, as coffee and a slight bitterness add a nice blend to the back-end of the flavor. A nice full mouthfeel, without any alcohol heat makes this a highly drinkable stout. I am surprised that much flavor comes from a standard stout, it is an incredibly well built beer.

bhalter8, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of gatorbreath
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

App: Ink black really with a mud-brown head. Bout 2 fingers on a mildly violent pour into a Duvel snifter, head hangs around for just a minute or 2 and there is little to no lacing.

Smell: Smellin' Fine. Lots of dark sweets, like caramel toffee or chocolate some..with a little smell of bread it's a confusing smell indeed. Maybe its me

Taste/MF: Here goes...not bad..Malty, thick, just like it smells. Very tasty dark flavored brew. Like i said, lots of chocolate and dark caramel notes for sure.

Drinkability: definitely killin' this growler. always one to switch things up so im sure it'll be some time before i grab this one again. Definitely drinkable and a great stout for a non high-gravity.

gatorbreath, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +1%

Pours nearly black with two fingers of light brown head.

Scent of chocolate, grain, raisins, and roasted malts. Good strength and nicely balanced.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, some bitter coffee and a bit of dark fruit. Definitely has the taste of an extra Stout; a pretty damn good beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Pours like motor oil, syrupy and black. The head is one finger of ruby/mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Burnt and roasted malts encompass the nose, also dark fruit, coffee, toffee, and a whiff of alcohol at the end.

T: Huge roasted flavors. Coffee and bitter hops balance out the maltyness VERY nicely. Also noticed some lactose...makes this a little sweet and creamy feeling, but thats exactly what I love

MF/D: Exceptional mouthfeel. This is what you are looking for in a stout...thick heavy body, oily and velvety texture. Drinkability is also high!

Awesome beer here. Absolutely a must try

Also, after I poured the bottle's contents, I noticed that the bottom of the bottle was coated in something, which I am assuming is lactose, but either way it contained what seems to be coffee grinds, pretty nice touch on a nice beer

scottyshades, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about two fingers of rather dense ecru foam. The head lingers for a bit before settling to a thin layer. Smells and tastes of medium roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee notes, sweet malt, mocha. Bordering on full bodied with adequate carbonation. A great version of the style.

ClockworkOrange, May 26, 2009
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -1%

12 oz. Pours black/brown, with a tan head. Grains/oats roast in the nose. Pretty smooth going down, mocha, coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied. Fairly clean finishing. Could have more hop presence, this may be more like a milk stout. Not bad at all though.

Bung, May 26, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Much thanks goes out washburnkid for this extra! Pours a dark brown color, nearly black with a small chocolate milk head that had a nice lasting cap. Nice dark chocolate aroma, a bit of smokiness, some metallic notes, and a touch of roasted coffee. Taste follows suit. Dark chocolate and roasted barley make up the bulk of the flavor profile. A nice bitterness rounds things out and balances the light sweetness, a touch of coffee and dark fruit. Nice, thick, and creamy mouthfeel. This was a nice extra stout and I could certainly drink this again if it ever became available to me.

KeefD, May 14, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Picked up a six pack for $9.99. Poured into a standard pint glass. Extremely dark brown. Thick brown head. Decent lacing. Smelled like a cup of hot chocolate. Taste caught me off guard it was so good. Not expecting that from a ten buck six pack. Man, that was great. Really rich and creamy chocolate, mixed with a nice subtle coffee flavor. Perfect balance of flavor and roasted barley. Thick and chewy in the mouth, but easy to drink. Even more flavor erupted as it warmed to room temp. Could sit all night and enjoy one, or have a couple because the flavor was so good and it was so easy to drink. I've had one or two other Mad Rivers brews in the past, but I am going to keep my eyes open for more based on the overall strength of this beer. A great stout.

morebeergood, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark black color. 1/4 inch head of a dark tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells strongly of roasted malt, slight alcohol, and some sweet malt as well. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. A strong dryness is associated with this brew. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, some hop background, slight biscuit flavors, and some alcohol throughout. Overall, a good blend of flavors, strong palate, and a good drinkability.

Tone, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A: An opaque black color with very dark brown edges when held up to light. The head is rather large, fluffy, and creamy, with a rich brown color. Retention is decent, as is lacing.

S: Roasted dark malt is rather robust. Bittersweet dark chocolate, some lactic sweetness, and espresso - very nice. Some molasses, dark fruit, and lactic notes, along with some leafy/earthy hops.

T: Semisweet cocoa powder and some fudgy chocolate, along with roasted coffee beans. Brown sugar and some creamy lactic flavor. A rugged dose of earthy hops along with a bit of a charcoal note into the finish.

M: Thick, chewy, smooth - pretty nice. Carbonation is quite light. A bit of dryness into the finish.

D: I'm very impressed by this beer, my first from Mad River. They really get the job done with what is an aggressive yet drinkable stout. I'll be picking this up in the future for sure.

Clydesdale, Mar 23, 2009
Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.