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Steelhead Scotch Porter - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-23-2001)
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-01-2014 03:00:31 | More by wrightst
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beerMeporfa

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-28-2014 05:46:45 | More by beerMeporfa
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JoelClark

Idaho

4/5  rDev +2%

08-03-2014 18:47:11 | More by JoelClark
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droomyster

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a black body with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Delicious aromas are big on roastiness, molasses and drying whiskey barrels. The flavor are as intense as they are harmonious. I get some coffee bitterness right up front before sweet flavors like tootsie roll and burnt sugar rush into the mid-palate, before a long and pleasant Irish coffee bitterness. Hefty body is appropriate to the intensity of such dark flavors. I love this beer!

08-03-2014 07:14:04 | More by droomyster
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AdmiralOzone

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-23-2014 21:30:20 | More by AdmiralOzone
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DavidHume

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

07-14-2014 14:22:39 | More by DavidHume
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ab39z

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-07-2014 23:59:57 | More by ab39z
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delta490

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured out a deep brown. A small amount light gets through. A thin tan head barely hangs on past the first minute and no lacing is left behind. There is a good amount of detritus floating around. Definitely a negative. There is a small amount of smell, just nondescript malt and a hint of alcohol. The taste, though, is full of flavor. Deep roasted malt notes, with a nice earthy hops and not-unpleasant astringent hit. There is a decent weight to the body, my preference would be a little fuller but it's not thin by any means. The flavor for me is what does it a not complex but very good taste.

07-07-2014 20:57:10 | More by delta490
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-02-2014 02:25:45 | More by paulish
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BenHesk12

California

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%

Mad River Steelhead Porter served from a bottle with no freshness date on it. I did notice a high amount of residual yeast and musty things in each bottle. Here we have a decent porter with a flair for scotchy smokiness. In between sips, I noticed a long lasting smoke taste in my mouth as if I had been smoking a nice cigar or drinking an Islay scotch. At 6.5% alcohol with medium body, this beer isn't going to overwhelm or inspire you, but to me it's an above average beer of a niche style. Once again, the beer is mild for something called a 'scotch porter' which might scare away most casual beer drinkers. This is a beer that critical drinkers will appreciate and adventurous laypeople will like too. Malty with well balanced molasses and smoke. Overall, an average porter with some additional intrigue and smoke flavor make this beer something to check out.

06-16-2014 02:44:42 | More by BenHesk12
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McIntosh

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

06-07-2014 23:13:40 | More by McIntosh
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-03-2014 05:46:08 | More by KevMo84
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

06-01-2014 13:46:11 | More by Latarnik
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-31-2014 08:31:10 | More by zestar
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yaksurf

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-10-2014 17:34:04 | More by yaksurf
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-02-2014 22:08:20 | More by Kegatron
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-22-2014 00:46:45 | More by LXIXME
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durlta

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2%

04-15-2014 01:14:17 | More by durlta
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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-13-2014 16:47:51 | More by KeyWestGator
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Spiller

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-07-2014 03:04:48 | More by Spiller
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kraticus41

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

03-26-2014 03:37:20 | More by kraticus41
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Kataco16

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49%

03-24-2014 15:08:43 | More by Kataco16
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-24-2014 06:27:10 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of fine gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amount of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts with light to moderate amounts of molasses and roasted malts. There is also a light presence of smoked peat/scotch.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted, smoked, and chocolate malts with notes of smoked peat - much like you would expect from a scotch ale. Slightly sweet with some hints of coffee bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This is an enjoyable beer and somewhat a hybrid of the current versions of the porter and scotch ale. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - I would definitely grab another one of these when I come across it.

02-19-2014 02:07:00 | More by dbrauneis
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Swedgin

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2014 08:07:21 | More by Swedgin
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Steelhead Scotch Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.