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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 18 | 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 climax
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black as night, with a relatively modest brown head.

Nose wasn't over the top, but it was smooth and flavorful. It wasn't overly roasty or strong in one certain dimension. Some sweet candy accompanies licorice, black cherry, brown sugar and chocolate. The whiff of hops I caught at first poor has since faded, but it's in there somewhere.

The taste is equally as smooth. The balance between sweet and roasty favored the sweet side by a bit. The candy and sugar notes hit right away and hold on. More roasted cofee and chocolate catch up in the middle.

The body is nothing short of full, very syrupy (anticipated by how it poured) feel, and mild carbonation. A sipper for sure.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a tan and large head. Good lace action.
The aroma of roasted malts and yeast with bready hints.
The taste was sweet,malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. The feel was medium body,smooth,mild bitterness in the finish. A well balanced beer.
Medium carbonation.

Notes: A solid beer and very drinkable.

Photo of jmbranum
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours just about completely black. When held up to the light only the very edges start to appear a deep brown. Nice dark color, but the head is very disappointing. Pour yielded a half finger deep tan head that quickly faded to a very thin ring around the edges of the glass. Almost no lacing was left on the glass.

Smells nice, but fairly subdued. Primarily coffee hints, with a bit of licorice and molasses. Sweet caramel or toffee aroma that lingers a bit.

Taste is better than the smell. Some nice hop bitterness starting out the flavor which rounds into sweet notes of caramel, with roasted malts ending the flavor. A nice amount of coffee is present throughout the tasting notes, with some molasses and black licorice surfacing at different points.

Not my favorite stout, but very solid. Fairly sweet, so it is great for a beer after dinner or sometime late at night.

Photo of PintOHops
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6.0%/2010 release

Glass - Snifter

A - Clugged like oil out of the bottle, pitch black color with a 1-2 finger mocha colored head, even on an aggressive pour did it not produce much more head than that. Lacing was pretty good though.

S - Wow! Rich deep chocolate syrup aroma, a vigorous swirl gave me some dark fruits like cherry & a bit of raisin. A bit of licorice in there with mild coffee, very inviting aroma but not much in the roasted malts department. Just a dominate chocolate syrup aroma overall, moderately sweet smelling though.

T - Rich dark chocolate syrup upfront, soft but noticeable citrus unfolding into coffee & toffee flavors, not very sweet though. Unfolds beautifully and finishes with licorice & roasted malts, roasted flavors aren't robust as expected for the style but there is a great balance between bitter/roasted/sweet. Soft bitterness here.

M - Mildly crisp, a little thick and almost velvety, around full bodied and perfect for the flavor profile.

D - My overall impression of the beer is that it's more of a dessert Stout than anything else. I really enjoyed this one without food, but I would of liked it a bit more robust with more malty flavors instead of a dominate chocolate syrup kinda thing. Not worth seeking out to me but worth a try if you like dessert stouts, I think this one needed a bit more though.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer must fly under the radar, as I'm surprised there is not more buzz about this very well-done stout that lands firmly in the American Stout category. Nice mocha head. Aroma of roasted malt with a bit of caramel. No over the top chocolate or coffee flavors - just straight forward big stout. Slightly sweet and with a clean finish. Will see more of my beer fridge.

Photo of floraday
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint glass

A: Dark, real dark (black) with a tan 1/2 inch head. What you'd expect from a so-called "Extra Stout."

S: Lots of roasted malt. Very nice. Dark chocolate with espresso beans. Aromas that scream drink me.

T: Tons of coffee come through on the palate. Lingering finish. Some toffee on the finish with a hint of fresh cream.

M: Awesome! Tons of cream. Finish lasts with drying on the back palate. I like it. Low cabonation is perfect for this style of beer.

D: I like it!

Photo of Joeynocturnum
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the extra LongBeachHopHead. And I just opened your most recent package and see that you sent another.

A- Thick Black with a tan head, poured about half a finger of foam.

S- Smell was mild, not overpowering, roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- Tasted mostly the smokey and of toasted Malts, with a very mild coffee and chocolate after taste. Based on the smell I thought I would be tasting a little bit more coffee and chocolate. ABV 6.6 is very well hidden.

M- Slightly more carbonation then some other Stouts that I have had recently.

D- Because it was light and not over the top in any one of the above taste, I think that i would be able to drink two or three of these in one sitting before I change it up.

Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad River Steelhead Extra Stout is a very brown, almost black color with a thin tan head that dissipates to a self sustaining collar.

The aroma is something of a let down, lightly burnt coffee and bitter chocolate.

The taste is roasted, bitter coffee, I'll let it warm up a bit. After the warm up, the same bitter coffee, some unsweetened chocolate.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, a little light for a stout, and carbonation is more than ample.

Drinkability is good at 6.60 ABV and acceptable taste.

A good, not great stout. Not as well balanced as I would have liked.

Photo of CMiller683
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A used-motor-oil black color with a deep rich caramel head. A little retention around the edges, with no lace.

S - Lots of coffee, almost burnt. Deep malts.

T - Dark roast coffee, with a hint of sweetness hidden in there. Chocolate and molasses.

M - Smooth and creamy.

D - Not too strong. Pretty easy to drink, though thick. A solid beer overall. Not my top Stout, but if I had no other choice, I would be happy to drink this.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, almost black with a nice milk-chocolate head that dissipated. No lacing.

Tons of coffee, charred toast, deep roasted malt, and some sweet scents. Nice and inviting.

Big luscious flavors here. Dark roast coffee, some light sweetness to balance the bitter, molasses, bitter chocolate, dark bread. Really delicious.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy texture. Great.

Overall, easy to drink, not too much booze to even notice. Great American stout. Wish I tried this sooner. Buy this.

Photo of mralphabet
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black oily and thick looking. Less than 1 finger of dark tan head that disappears quickly.... No lacing...

S: Lots of good stuff here... Roasted malts, some dark fruit, coffee, toffee, a hint of chocolate and licorice... Wonderful smells, very stout like.

T: Perfect Stout....lots of roasted malt flavors a nice touch of hops to balance everything out. All the smells are in the taste, leaning more to coffee, toffee and licorice as it finishes.

M: Wow... smooth creamy with a velvety texture... Med to heavy bodied, just what how a stout should be....

D: This is a great beer... everything you want in a stout.... ABV is not bad, I this is a one or two beer in a session...

This is a must try if you like a good stout... Everything with this beer gets better as it warms up.... Run out an get this one !!!!

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that settles quickly. Carbonation is very vigorous, and lacing is minimal.

S: Smell is roasty, with some chocolate and espresso. There is a bit of a fruity hop aroma in the backround.

T: Complex flavors of toffee, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate dominate the palate at first. Also has a slight hint of molasses and some earthiness. Hops balance out the beer, giving it a pleasant, dry finish.

M: A solid full-bodied stout that coats the palate and gives a long finish.

D: Very drinkable considering it's body and complex flavors. This beer grows on me with every sip. Very tasty!

Photo of muskabeatz
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick black appearance with a light brown head. Ok retention, but leaves behind a nice lace.

S- Huge malty aroma, molasses, brown sugar.

T- Huge malty sweetness upfront with a bit a caramel. Slight citrus hop presence that gives way to a bitter coffee finish.

M- Much Thinner than desired.

D- Fairly drinkable, but the light mouthfeel ruins it for me.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

a- dark, about one finger's worth of a rich head formed on this one,
s- a very malty smell, maybe a slight after smell of cocoa
t- a good malt character, a little bittersweet taste, but not too sweet for a stout, very good overall taste,
m- a little light, could have been a good deal thicker,
d- very drinkable, suffers from the light mouthfeel, but still good,

Photo of brewerdrew
2.9/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours a deep deep black with only a faintest detectable hint of light in a deep ruby tinge around the edges. A deep chocolate brown head builds quickly and just as quickly fades away entirely leaving the barest ring of foam, lacing is minimal and oily, sliding down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very prominent! Loads of deep charred chocolate malt and dark roasted coffee beans giving it a very rich espresso air.

The flavor is dark bitter roasted malts all the way, bitter sweet chocolate, fudge and the deep dark roasted coffee beans giving rise to the aforementioned aroma. Any sweetness, and there is a fair amount is held firmly in check by the bitterness. The finish is nicely bitter while the alcohol stays well hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium/light with overall low carbonation. Slightly creamy in texture and slick.

With the medium/light mouthfeel this is a very drinkable stout loaded with tons of flavor. I'm glad it was recommended to me when I was otherwise occupied with Russian Imperial Stouts. American stouts are a whole new category for me and I'm liking them as much as the robust porters I've been trying too. Highly recommended by me now as well!

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One and half fingers of light brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam exhibits decent retention and leaves moderate lace.

S - Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and light coffee with some toffee. Acidic black malt with herbal hops and a hint of caramel.

T - Bittersweet chocolate up front with some coffee and licorice. Caramel and toffee flavors in the middle with some chicory. Finishes with more chocolate and just a hint of coffee along with mild spicy hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Creamy, medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A nice, creamy stout. Lots of chocolate flavor with significant spice notes that are reinforced by the herbal hops. Very rich and somewhat sweet for the style, it has a surprising level of complexity. So far I have been surprised by the quality of Mad River's brews and this stout is no exception, highly recommended.

Photo of tatoodkelt
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Foxtrot
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.