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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

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Steelhead Extra StoutSteelhead Extra Stout

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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 46
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

OKCNittany, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

bpascale, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kvgomps, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ColForbinBC, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

black pour, dual-toned colors on the head. nice and creamy, but dissipates quickly.
sweet malts and coffee in the nose.
taste is slightly bitter with some espresso notes, stout-like qualities, but thinner than most others.
overall, it's very decent. but many low-abv stouts are. it is the higher-abv stout with exceptional quality which gains the notoriety, but this one will do. very nice!

pkalix, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

AmishLightning, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

outsider, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

HRamz3, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

emmgee, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark, almost black body; big frothy tan/brown head after aggressive pour; good lacing

Smell: malty, roasted grain; coffee; dried figs

Taste: creamy malt with roasted grain bite up front; notes of coffee and light hops in the mid; finishes semi sweet with a low hop bite overall; excellent flavor

Mouthfeel: creamy and almost chewy; medium carbonation

IchLiebeBier, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

pisomojado8, Dec 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

MarvinSnyder, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

SudsSurfer, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

s1ckboy, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BillHilly, Nov 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, it's a commercial stout...
S- Roast, coffee, and chocolate.
T- Quite incredible. I took one sip and thought it was over roasted. 5 minutes later the flavors were layered with the coffee, roast, and chocolate, were at the beginning, middle,and finish, respectively.
M- Well, it isn't thick, but it's a bit chewy.The bitterness lingers.
O- Overall it's a nice American stout, fit to the style. I may be biased in my judging because I prefer the RIS. This may compete in that style as well.

BeerAficionadoMCMXC, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

akang, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Syraquse, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke, tobacco, and some dark fruits. Almost smell like a RIS. Awesome stuff.

Taste: Roasted, chocolate, ash, smoke, tobacco, and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty solid extra stout that has RIS and porter features. Pretty solid.

Flounder57, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Steelhead extra stout is borderline imperial. The only difference is the ABV's, an IRS would have pumped up ABV's.
Pours dark as hell with a tall robust head that fades way to fast. The head leaves wispy lacing.
The aroma is big and bold. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. No hops are detected so it doesn't appear to be an imperial.
The taste is like the nose. Big and bold. Lots of roasted and almost burnt malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolates are in the taste. Plus a light charcoal grit.
On the palate it doesn't really taste full bodied. There is a feeling of chalkiness and grit, but one would expect this judging by the amount of roast in the taste.
A very good beer. Russian imperial stout for the little guy. I can't handle those 12 ABV brews.

micromaniac129, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

JustinWhipple, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mwar, Sep 08, 2013
Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.