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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: 45
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: truly black body with minimal tan head that fades pretty fast

s: a noseful of sweet chocolate and coffee malts

t: after the smell it's a little dissapointing; there is a lot of wineyness and and the incredible strength of the burnt coffe bitterness overpowers many of the subtleties of the other flavors

m: a little on the cloying side and a little on the carbonated side but overall still pretty creamy/ok

d:there are so many better stouts that are readily available i am not sure it makes sense to get this one but worth a try

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

Pours a hair below pitch black. Nice darker tan head. Nose is of heavily roasted malts. Flavor is smoked and roasted malts. Very robust and deep and uncompromising. Even though it is nice and hearty, it seems a bit one dimensional. Kind of like it is all muscle and no grace. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is fairly thick. Overall this is a pretty rich and deep stout. No mass of complexity, but definitely deep enough that you might want to put your floaties on before diving in.

Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Steelhead Extra Stout pours an opaque black with a one inch thick head the color of chocolate milk. The aroma is quite roasty. The body is thinner than I like for a stout. There is a good amount of roast in the flavor, but there is a vinous component that tends to overwhelm the roast in the middle. The aftertaste is all roasted malt. Not bad.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking beer. Inky black with a mocha head. Ok lacing.

Roasty but with a substantial sweetness.

This taste a lot like my homebrew stouts, I love the way it taste, but I get a bit of that malt extract twang. Fairly roasty, but the dominant flavor is a sweetness with a bit of licorice.

A very nice mouthfeel, creamy and lightly carbonated.

Good drinkabilty. Great besides to homebrew twang.

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

Pours a deep thick black, with a startling thick tan head. This is one fantastic appearing beer, and given its low price (8.99 a sixer), I was pretty surprised.

Smell and taste are burnt chocolate, some coffee (but not too much ... which I like), some vanilla, and a nice roasted caramel. The chocolate is more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which is disappointing considering the great appearance. Not the most drinkable of stouts, but a pleasant surprise.

Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black, no head, no lacing. Smell isn't much, just a little dark malt and slight coffee.
Taste is OK, coffee, slight sweetness, very little aftertaste. Almost no carbonation and a slick, buttery mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink due to the low ABV and carbonation. I had this with some Tuscan bread and Emmantal and Applewood cheese. Very nice combination.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little dark tan head, some sticky lacing around the edge. The nose is malty, sweet, lots and lots of toffee, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, and lots of toffee, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an very nice stout, way to go Mad River.

Photo of stephendr
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of dark raost coffee , with a medium tan head - nose of bittersweet chocolate , sour red fruit , cocoa , and coffee – taste of coffee , burnt , bitter chocolate , vanilla , and milk chocolate - body is a medium smooth cream , dry , and with light carbonation – aftertaste of vanilla , coffee , chocolate , and lingering

Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had one hell of a black pour, although it didn't appear that thick in consistency. Not much head left on it, but a nice dark tan foam. Nice aroma of dark chocolate covered cherry. Rich and sweet.

The sweetness eases up a bit in the taste, where dry roasty chocolate flavors dominate. Only a slight bitterness on the tongue at the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, fairly thick but not too chewy.

I expected this to be a good stout and was not letdown. A very straightforward example that I would definitely try again...

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see other BA's really love this brew or think it's closer to average -- no normal, every-day good review. But, this is where I land with this beer. Very clean and pure tasting and feeling, but no dominant characters that grab me either. The beer opens with a convencing opaque, dark brown hue and 1/2" head retention that reduced to a simmer before holding firm. Timid aromas of roasted grains, sweetness, lactose, and toast. Aromas rely on confectionate-type matiness that hold character, but is not descernable. Taste rise the roasted / cocoa a bit, but the soft malty flavors and texture prevail, yet remaining non-descript. The body holds a creamy texture with a slight linger with malt, cocoa, and toast. The hops are also timid, especially in the aromas and flavors. The bittering is fair, but I expect more for the style. Though light in character, the brew is quite clean and controlled. Nice session-type brew with some flavor.

Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing and has pretty good retention as well. The aroma is dark roasted malt and a nice dose of chocolate. The aroma reminds me of a chocolate stout. The taster is dark and roasty with a nice bitter finish. Overall, this is one of the best stouts that I have ever had. Highly Recommended.

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

Pours near black with a relatively thin, yet creamy, head that recedes leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is dark roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, and coffee. Primarily the coffee but very sweet; mocha.

Sweet and vary malty in flavor. A lot of coffee aided by some very sweet toffee. The finish is a bit more bitter; cocoa and roasted malt. There's a slight hint of smokiness and a mild warmth in the finish.

There's a moderate amount of carbonation but retains its smooth creamy texture. A high quality stout.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black in color. Fluffy tan head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

S: Coffee. Roasted caramel malts. Dark choclate. Molasses. Biscut.

T: Big roasted caramel malts are followed by tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. A soft citrus and pine hop presence gives good balance. The sweetness of molasses and a touch of toffee is detected. The beer finishes with an astrigent malt bite and a faint touch of smoke.

M: Creamy and smooth. Minimal carbontion. Slightly dry.

D: Fairly complex for a lighter stout. Great balance and highly drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of onehomesickalien
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a short but dense brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with chocolate along with roasted malt, a little coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is of rich roasted malt and creamy chocolate. There’s a little bit of coffee in there as well along with a very mild hops presence in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium body, slightly sticky finish as expected from a beer in this style.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling for the style, good kick to it, very good representation of style. This is a good stout to drink continuously and I haven’t had very many of those yet that won't fill you up.

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

A: Jet black (well, maybe a touch of brown) with a 1 finger brown head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and some yummy coffee.

T: A very nice and smooth stout. Milk chocolate comes at you first, then some coffee. This stout is not as roasty and bitter as many - very smooth - would make for a good intro stout.

M: Medium body for a stout with low to medium carbonation level.

D: Definitely an easy to drink stout.

Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a small, creamy brown head. Deep, thick malty aroma of dark, oily, bittersweet chocolate. Smells like a bigger stout than advertised. Flavors of chocolate and roasted coffee, a tad sweet with a mild hoppy finish. Very satisfying to take a big sips. Surprisingly imperial stout-like for its moderate strength. The body is just about right for the style, but with the bigness in its other aspects, it seems a little weak in comparison. Good stuff.

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

Pours a deep rich black from which almost no light escapes, topped by a luscious, creamy dark brown head. Aroma of sweet, roasted malt and a touch of lactose. Palate is dominated by sweet, dark roasted malt, a touch of chocolate malt, and more lactose sweetness. Notes of caramel and molasses come through mid-palate before the sweet, fairly dry finish. Body is rich and creamy, although the carbonation is just a bit in excess of what it should be. A highly drinkable stout.

Photo of jhammerly
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of IntriqKen via trade.

A black pour from a 12 oz bottle. A fairly thin tan head that had little retention. A semi-sweet chocolate aroma with a bit of roastiness in the background. A crisp mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Roasted malt is the main character with some notes of chocolate supporting. An aftertaste that sticks to the tongue for awhile. A nice drinkable stout.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured very black with a nice brown head that left big chucks of lacing. Feels thick and rich on the tongue. Very nice odors with a smoky chocolate dominating. Very smooth drink. Flavor are excellent but what makes this stand out is one of the best palates evey. Feels almost rich enough to eat with a spoon. Mad River does not get a lot of distribution, but when they do it well they are top notch. Very nicely done.

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

Pours deep black with a respectible tan head that melts slowly to sticky lacing.
Aromas are deep dark chocolate....just slightly sweet.
Flavor follows aroma with a light bitterness on the tale-end
Simple non-complicated American Stout.
Refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours BLACK, with a decent tan head. Head dies off a bit, but still a nice looking stout.

Smells like dark bitter chocolate. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste follows along nicely with the aroma. A little crisp and bitter up front, but follows with those bitter dark chocolate flavors.

This stout has a nice mouthfeel for a standard American Style Stout. It lingers nicely on the tongue and on the back of your mouth.

Yet another well done and drinkable offering from Mad River.

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

Like some other good stouts, this one can get real nasty if it is too cold, but properly warmed up, it has a very nice complex taste. Very drinkable and worth picking up again, I just have to make sure not to put it in the big fridge with the food (keep it basement cold or maybe a little colder).

Photo of veech
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a very impressive looking stout in the pint glass with a thick creamy deep tan colored head. The nose was sweeter than expected with molasses and carmel being the dominant aromas. The taste was also just a tad sweet for my taste, but very good. It was a little syrupy but had a strong robust mouthfeel that coated nicely. Drinkability was not great due to the sweetness. I usually prefer a little more bitterness in extra stouts(e.g. Cooper's), but this was a fairly enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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