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Steelhead Scotch Porter - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 224
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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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DARK in appearance, nice brown, nice carmel foam. Smell is complex, smoke, coffee and malty. Mouthfeel is nice in and out with some malty aftertaste, not bad. Taste has a well balance of flavors. This is a good scotchish beer you can almost taste a hint of peat. This is going in my bq sause. Overall this has its place in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:00:26 | More by barleyroad
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twelvsies

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer with some Sunday football and leftover ribs from Redbones. Quite the combo. At first pour this beer is very impressive - attractive dark brown hue with reddish highlights. Most impressive is the head retention - five or ten minutes after the pour I still have a perfect one finger's worth of creamy tan head resting peacefully on the beer. Aroma is full of malt, with some earth and a subtle peat smoke, contributing the "scotch" aspect of this porter. Nutty and spicy notes come through in the flavor supporting the big malty profile. Just a touch of herbal, spicy hops mixes well with the light smoke. Lots of subtle complexities here combining in a simple way to make a really flavorful yet easy drinking beer. Smooth an robust feel. Really a big fan of this one. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 18:36:23 | More by twelvsies
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine tipped me onto Mad River beers. I've only tried the Extra Pale so far, so here comes the Scotch style porter.

A: Very dark pure molasses brown color with barely light escaping through its bounds. A decent 1 finger frothy head speaks to me in bubble tongue. It fades eventually to a light head covering. The more I stare at the dark brown color the more it turns black and super dark.

N: The nose is pretty much what you would expect for a scotch ale crossed with porter. Lots of sweet smoked malt and porter aromas, blended with smoked malt, brown sugar, and even some dark fruits. A slight creamy malt aroma as well. Heavy aroma that hits pretty hard. A really good nose. I hope it tastes just like it. A

T: Starts closer to a scotch ale, with some caramelized brown sugar, lots of smoked malts, sweet malt and roasted flavors, dark dried fruits, creamy almost chocolate like malt flavors. Its semi sweet, but not very. The smoked malt comes out pretty well, as well as the roasted malts, a slight chocolate, and dark fruits, all blended well together. Its got a really nice flavor and smooth.

M: Pretty creamy and smooth, slight carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly sweet, and pretty creamy like chocolate milk. A slight earthy flavor comes from stout like roasted malts and smoked malts that linger for a short while, then dry off and finish pretty clean. A slight bitterness hits with a slight charred malts and perhaps a little hops. A very slight spice that probably also comes from some light hop presence.

Final thoughts: A very nice and drinkable porter scotch ale blend. Its got a nice blend of smoked malts, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and creamy flavors. I almost expected more coffee flavor, but otherwise its really nice and drinkable beer, with a great creamy mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:19:35 | More by jlindros
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siddhartha

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-20-2012 21:45:02 | More by siddhartha
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Danny1217

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-16-2012 06:41:04 | More by Danny1217
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hopmashian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-23-2012 22:41:47 | More by hopmashian
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-30-2012 18:40:48 | More by HollyHops
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-23-2012 20:06:23 | More by Vylo
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah! This is one badass brew! It's a Scotch Porter, yet it resembles an Imperial/Old Ale in smell and taste. It's a very dark amber, almost black, with a dark tan head to it. It had a smokey smell to it, mixed with chocolate and subtle fruits. It was creamy and coated the mouth very well, as well as the throat. The taste was very nice too. It had the same properties as the smell, but much more intense, especially on the chocolate maltiness. I guess if this were a candy, it would be an alcoholic malted milk ball. This is the first Steelhead that I have ever had, and if they are all great like this one, it won't be the last.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 04:00:16 | More by JISurfer
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oelergud

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby dark brown glass bottle, probably 12oz. Twist-off steel gray cap and the usual jumping trout on the cover.
Opaque mahogany body with a large airy tan head consisting of a creamy outer ring and a much less dense center. The retention is quite good with clumpy lace.
Nut, earth, smoke, peat and really dark bread make up the smell. Warm and inviting with just a kick of spice.
Smokey pine with some mildly subdued malts and enough peat to make your mouth water. The aftertaste is fairly short but great, smoke, peat and spiced hops mingled well together. Nice and complex.
Medium body with a grainy texture and a dry finish. Just abit of coating.
Very drinkable. Warm and pleasant.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 18:43:50 | More by oelergud
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DMc8ride

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-02-2013 20:10:41 | More by DMc8ride
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Erice78

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-16-2013 20:31:39 | More by Erice78
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-29-2013 01:13:25 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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RS3Sport


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-03-2012 06:28:10 | More by RS3Sport
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Steelhead scotch pours a dark brown/black color with a solid 2 finger foam head with some good retention. It has some good circular sudsy lacing.

The aroma is chocolately and deep roasted malts. The flavor is deep and complex. You can taste a scotch barrel wood in there. Along with chocolate. It was smooth and chewy in the mouth. Overall a wicked solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:18:09 | More by cswhitehorse
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany color, nice big head that dissipates and a small amount of lacing to this one. Nice roasted malt aroma to this beer.. I love that smell. Taste is nice and creamy with a nice mouthfeel, nice smokey flavor overall to the beer. Seems very well balanced with finishes nice and smooth.. nothing really off here. I actually thought it could have used a tad more flavor or the smokiness.. I know it might be too much for some people but I just think it adds a cool flavor profile to a beer.. anywho, solid beer.. wish they distributed to CT tho!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:28:21 | More by oriolesfan4
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours jet black, tan film for a head

Smells of molasses, scotch, oak and vanilla. Also some brown sugar and biscuit.

Oak and scotch over brown sugar and biscuit malt with some mesquite and vanilla underscoring.

Full body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is an amazingly flavorful porter given the abv. I am very pleasantly surprised. Good flavor and aroma and very good body. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 13:22:24 | More by Cylinsier
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich looking deep brown with nice fluffy light brown head,smell was sweet and caramelly.I got the taste of roasted nuts and some light chocolate tones.Real liked the body of this one,pretty rich and velvety.First so-called"scotch porter" I think I have had,real nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 07:29:45 | More by oberon
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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date.

Hmm ... a "Scotch Porter." Let's see what we've got here:

A meaty looking beer. Brown, but it's so dark it's nearly black, topped with a creamy coffee coloured head with unfiltered chunks dancing beneath it. A sticky and awesome level of head retention this beer has. Citric, smokey, woody with aromas of freshly milled malt.

Hell yeah! Big, smooth, chewy, malty mouthfeel. Initial flavours range from coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, distinct and standout-ish peat/smoke character, plenty of dry chocolate, wood, earth and notes of black currant and purple grapes. This complex burst on the palate is immediately followed by a bitter splash of sharp citrus, a moderate amount of hop spice, salt, leaf flavours and notes of grass that cut through the hearty malts, providing balance and all of that stuff. Smoke remains after the hop fire, and lingers into, through and after the finish with notes of grain that dry the palate to the bone. Smoke gets amplified as the beer warms.

Boo-yah! I'd rename this beer to "Smoked Porter," but that's just me. Regardless, this is a very interesting beer, and I like their approach at brewing a more traditional Porter (whatever that means these days). Oddly complex. Tasty. Intriguing. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 19:53:56 | More by Todd
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Jredner

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich chocolate aroma along with a slight smokiness and lots of sweet dark fruit notes that I find quite appealing. A black body supports a thumb thick tan head that fades quickly. Fore is smooth and chocolatey with a hint of vanilla, dried cherries and caramel. The flavor is very nice, subtle in intensity, but with good range.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 16:10:59 | More by Jredner
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abents

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown pour with dark tan head. Laces glass, but fades quickly

Smell: Roasted malts dominates with slight hint of carmel or some sweetness to it.

Taste: Here we go... Wow, good roasted maltiness initially. Also has notes of bitter chocolate and carmel. Followed with citrus hops for a second then quickly masked by a smoky feeling that lingers in the mouth. Very comforting beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but full taste that sticks in the mouth and lets you taste it for hours.

Drinkability: Very nice porter, smooth and smoky, but easy flowing could drink this a while. Good job.

This is my first brew from mad river and I will definitly be trying their stout next. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 04:10:19 | More by abents
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruddy reddish brown. with a creamy finger thin cream head. Deep full appearance with a total opacity. I have never seen a beer with so mysterious an appearance. I really love the interlaced red and brown.

Smell is of dark fruits, roasted caramel smoke and tobacco. Mildly yeasty and some esters.

Taste is malty and sour. Big roasted flavors and a light hop backing. Coffee and milk chocolate. Dark fruits, cherry and dates.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy. Finishes slightly dry and sour This is a beer to drink at a casual pace.

I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. A wonderful porter. Enjoy with food or on its own.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 06:55:06 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, ruby brown color. Great head that leaves some great lacing. Low aroma-very slight smokiness to it and somewhat metallic. Great flavor. Nice,mellow roasted graininess to it. Some caramel and smoke notes. Very malty. Trace of lingering bitterness. Good full mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable beer. I am almost gulping it down to enjoy it. Well worth trying on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 00:47:16 | More by lackenhauser
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown, almost opaque, with an inch-thick creamy head that slowly settles. Lacing is excellent.

S: Smell is slighlty smoky with hints of chocolate, caramel and toast. Hops are non-present in the aroma.

T: Very rich flavor. Slightly smoky and earthy, with hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and some spice. Licorice notes, along with some dried fruit notes linger in the backround. The finish is sweet, smoky, and as long as the finish of a single malt whisky.

M: Full bodied and full of flavor. This beer attacks the palate and then comes back for another round.

D: Possibly the best campfire beer. A style of it's own, Mad River has impressed me once again. Even at 6% ABV, this porter is one that you want more and more of.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 05:30:53 | More by WYVYRN527
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lights out in a brown-black beer that sprouts a pile of wet, dark tan head. The bubbles fade to a thin skin, but leave a tall collar around the glass. Smells like chocolate, rasins, floral hops and a touch of booze. And it's got a nifty peat smoke kick.

Taste is very much smoky, too. Charred malt and spicy hops. Streches out to bitter herbal hops and cocoa. Fairly light mouthfeel, little carbonation and a brief cameo by our friend alcohol.

Did I buy a bottle of this stuff for 99 cents? I certainly did. Stands up like a champ with my favorite porters, in part because it goes off the reservation by advertising itself as a scotch porter and then rolls toward smoked porter. Nifty, nifty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 04:46:52 | More by maundythirsty
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