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Steelhead Extra Stout - Mad River Brewing Company

Steelhead Extra StoutSteelhead Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

432 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%


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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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an unimpressive start, this little number really built steam and made me a believer. Much like a true Russian Imperial stout, ala La Coq, there is virtually no head and, likewise, no lace.

But from the nose forward this is an impressive brew, again ala La Coq. The dark opaque body captures a sense of extreme roasted goodness and gives off lovely aromas of burnt grains and thick, roasted caramel malts.

The taste is very Imperial having a rich fullness that is very much of the old school. It is truly waming of the innards despite its relatively low alcohol content; can this be an accurate rating of ABV?

The full, heavy, and thick body is just shy of being syrupy, earning it high marks in this lesser dimension. The drinkability is likewise enhanced by the moderate ABV and lovely feel. Grande! Let this Steelhead come upstream and multiply!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 02:53:08 | More by AtLagerHeads
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours pitch black with a slight ruby highlight when held to light. The brown head forms quickly and then falls slowly lacing the glass. The aroma is chocolate and coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is chocolate and coffee and roasted malt. The body is medium-full and appropriate. The finish is dry coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 23:53:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Blacker than black with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Smell – Giant espresso and cocoa aromas fill the nose, followed closely by strong, roasted malts. The nose is very powerful and fulfilling.

Taste – What do we have here? There’s a surprise in this bottle: balancing hops. Whudda thunk? The bitter espresso and chocolate cocoa powder come with some refined sugary flavors as well, making this one quite the party.

Mouthfeel – Seriously full in the mouth and exceptionally smooth for such a heavy brew. Not a hint of alcohol to this one.

Drinkability – I had no problem killing this little 12-ounce bottle.

Comments – This is one stouty stout. This is what I think of when I think of stout. This is a tremendous example of the style. Much thanks to the Santa Monican MickeyMac for sending me this offering from Mad River.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 03:06:04 | More by RoyalT
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rkhaze

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a ruby tinge. Creamy, thick dark tan head that leaves decent lace.
Coffee, chocolate and some red fruits( plums, currants ) show up in the aroma along with an almost burnt roastiness.
Just a great taste of espresso, dark chocolate and roasted malts. A nice spicy hoppiness and licoricey sweetness lead to a dry finish.
A little thin in the body for the style but still creamy and highly drinkable.
I really like this stout! Top notch and highly recommended. Pick some up if you run accross it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 03:24:58 | More by rkhaze
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Gusler

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a raven color, not a hint of light passes through this stout, the head pythonic in size, the texture spumescent, and the color a rich chocolate brown, as it disperses, a thick and claggy lace welds itself to the glass. The deep rich aromas of the toasted grain reaches you first, followed by the sweet malt, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and yes even some deep rich roasted fresh ground coffee, delectable the nose. Start is ambrosial, thickly malt, the top full and chocolate rich with the finish pleasantly acidic, the hops spiteful in their spicy presence, very dry and slightly bitter aftertaste, clings to your palate like a newborn baby to its mother’s bosom, quite quaffable this beer from a fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 23:30:35 | More by Gusler
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beerguy101

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, some fruitiness and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee, with a touch of fruit sweetness. Hops are slightly bitter and dry. Smoky and peaty as well. Very drinkable stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 01:20:55 | More by beerguy101
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mickeymac

California

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a twist-off cap, this pours inky black. It appears highly carbonated on pouring, but the head never really comes to life and it just sort of sits there. Espresso, chocolate, and just a touch of raisin combine nicely in the smell and taste. It has enough hops to lend a nice twang. The mouthfeel is fairly chewy. Despite the nice complexities, it runs its course after one or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 21:50:14 | More by mickeymac
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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date. Unfiltered.

Pours an opaque black coloured beer with a creamy coffee coloured head with decent retention. Aroma holds a slight twang of roasted malts and background of molasses and suggestions of vanilla bean.

Oh so smooth ... creamy, somewhat chewy with a complex malt profile of overall malt sweetness, semi-astringent roasted malts, coffee grounds/espresso, wood, smoke, chocolate, hint of caramel, burnt raisin edges and molasses. Nice citrus hop twang breaks up the malts, then settles back in. Dry chocolate/coffee and grain finish.

So much flavour, and so damn drinkable. Oh yeah ... this is a damn tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 10:24:28 | More by Todd
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as a 3-mile deep ocean trench. Huge chocolate brown sponge-cake head.
This seems to teeter on imperialness in several categories. Most notably the nose: deep burnt raisin, ripe plums, charcoal and chocolate.
Cocoa bean right up front, mingling with a subdued expresso note. Seared dark fruits rush in from all sides. As the nose promised, blackened raisins and plums materialize. Just the slightest bit of drying hops are noticed, and they seem to have minimal effect on the taste. Impression of burnt paper late. Rides out thick and remarkably similar to fudge.
Seemed a bit over-charged up front, but settles into a hearty medium-full body.
Great stout here.

Muchas gracias to Bighuge for this trophy

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 20:42:25 | More by cokes
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bcm119

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a thick, fine brown head that soon melts to a thin lace. Aroma dominated by espresso, with dusty roasted malt. I liked the lack of alcohol in the aroma. Nose is dry roasted malt and coffee, with a little dark chocolate, that thins to a surprisingly light mouthfeel for a stout that looks so thick. Hops are present as a muted, minerally astringent bitterness towards the finish, which is snappy. Nice coffee aftertaste. I wouldn't call this a deep or complex stout, but it has a great smell and aftertaste. Its lighter, drier and more drinkable than you'd expect. Worth trying but not seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 13:12:42 | More by bcm119
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a jet black color, no light penetration. The head was a medium brown color, but left fairly fast. There was no head retention and no lace visible. The aroma was of dark fruits and berries, malt, coffee and chocolate. The taste was creamy and semi thick. Hints of chocolate dominated, as well as coffee and chocolate and some alcohol peeked through. The flavors were fine while in the mouth and good while they caressed the tongue, but once swallowed the flavor left fast. Shame on this I was enjoying this beer up until this moment. Would like to have more lasting flavors after the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 13:50:31 | More by Jarod
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black color, huge thick tan head, roasty coffee aroma, roasty chocolate-smokey flavors, nice full and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice hop bite in the finish, a nice tasty easy drinking stout, I think I will have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 16:43:19 | More by maxpower
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dollars-to-flavor, you can't find many Stouts better than this. This was similar to Cooper's and Zonker Stout, which is definitely a good thing. Pours a near-black color with a thin dark beige head. Rather sweet with some chocolate and coffee in the flavor and aroma. A pleasant experience overall, my only complaint is that it could have been a little more rounded.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 09:32:11 | More by Dogbrick
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Cracker this one, it reminded me soooo much of the Guinness Original Stout (or if you are "youngster" Extra Stout - I always remember the old names) that I drank from bottles behind bars in England that did not sell Real Ale in the late 80's. Pours jet black, opaque, the deep brown head soon disappears and coupel with the low carbonation, it sadly spoils the appearance. Has massive freshly roasted coffee and roast malt in the nose. Huge mouthfeel, chocolately start, roast middle and a very slightly sweet, hop-bitter finish. I got hints of dark liqourice as well. May be hard to drink more than a couple of these though, but I would love to try.
TIP : Next time you want to watch a Solar Eclipse - Pour Two pints of MRBC Extra Stout - strap them to the front of your head over your eyes - watch the Eclipse, then drink the beer. "Real Beauty" as the Crocodile Hunter would say.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 19:22:08 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Wildman

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, when this beer pours it brings back memories. This beer is so dark, my old roommate who was a strick macro lager drinker(but drank coffee blacker than sin non stop, go figure)would have asked what swampwater I was drinking. Formed a dark head that subsided quickly but left some lace. Wonderful stong aroma of malt and coffee. The taste was strong but not overpowering of coffee and slight hint of chocolate. A lighter body then some other stouts. A definate keeper if your into stouts and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 18:38:38 | More by Wildman
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black. Seems pretty thick as it glugs out of the bottle. Nice brown head that is gone in seconds, however, this beer does lace the glass nicely throughout the drink. Coffee and bitersweet chocolate on the nose. Taste contains a very pleasant roasted character. Very low on the burnt tones. And there is a slight sweet taste here that I'm not familiar with in stouts. Nice bitterness in this stout. The beer is very creamy and easy drinking. Very Solid Stout in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 21:30:30 | More by Bighuge
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a dandy...My first experience with Mad River Brewing. I love this stout. It pours black with a slight amber hint to it. A creamy, lucious tan-reddish head caps this "liquid" of delight. The aroma is outstanding...strong chocolate, and breadiness...It is a beer of high character. It feels the way a stout should feel, and tastes the way I expect a stout to taste...creamy and easy drinking, this stout features a strong chocolate malt base, with just enough hopping to keep it from being too sweet. It is an excellent stout, in the same ballpark with all my favorite stouts from Kalamazoo, Mackesons, and Watneys.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 00:46:26 | More by ZAP
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Murph

Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great stout. They really couldn't do much to improve on it. It poured a deep black, not a trace of light coming through. I would have liked a better head on it. The smell coming off of it is licorice and strong roasted malts. Great taste. Faint licorice with roasted malts and a nice chocolate taste in the background. Very clean across the palate, in fact surprisingly so for a stout. I would have liked a little creamier feel to it, although this probably comes through with a proped nitro tap. Extremely drinkable. Probably the first beer that I had ever almost finished before I even thought to start my review. This is just one great stout. I love them and this is a beauty.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 22:37:19 | More by Murph
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Steelhead Extra Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.