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Steelhead Scotch Porter - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 14
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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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

kraticus41, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Kataco16
2/5  rDev -49%

Kataco16, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of jsh420
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours dark brown with tons of floaties - 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells like a brown - roasted and caramel malts

taste - wow there is an off flavor in this - and it is very medicinal which i think might be the hops???

mouthfeel is thin and i mean watery thin plus the kicker its over carbonated

overall - a complete mess but glad i only grabbed a single

jsh420, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of tigg924
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, cloudy, sediment

Smell: peat, toasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate

Taste: peat, toasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and a small bit of coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, moderate body, semi-sweet

Drinkability: Not a favorite. It seems as though the alcohol really overpowers the good malty taste. This seems like two different beers and the flavors do not combine. I will pass in the future.

tigg924, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of beernut7
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is one of the most harsh porters i have ever had. The sweetness of the scotch malts was offensive at best. This one is coming off the shelves.

beernut7, May 23, 2002
Photo of biglite351
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - a good bit of light coming through, tight head bit no lacing.

S - very light. Mild porter crossed with a bock.

T - average porter taste plus something mild that I didn't care for.

M - medium coating with a light tingle on the tip of the tongue.

D - not for me.

biglite351, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a realy dark to the point of being black except for a touch of amber along the edges. Nice 1/2 inch tan head that faded to a thin ring along the edge of the glass fairly quickly.

S: Lots of caramel and molasses flavors, some roasted coffee and smokey notes as well.

T: Kind of a confused, slightly sweet mess. Smoke comes through more promimently on the taste. Starts a little sweet with molasses, maple and a little chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Appropriate for a porter, but a little light bodied for the sweetness.

D: This tasted a little like a porter and a scotch ale that were blended after brewing rather than being made as a Scotch Porter. It was drinkable, but not the most enjoyable brew.

oregonskibum, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of AltBock
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. undated stubby bottle that has a drawing of a Steelhead Trout jumping out of a CA stream. If this fish doesn't watch themselves, they're going to jump into a mouth of a bear. To the right of the picture is the barcode and US Government warning. To the left is the refund values and a brief paragraph that talks about the brewery.

When poured into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass, this Steelhead is a heavly carbonated dark mahogany brown with some cranberry red highlights along the sides. The head of foam on this beer was 3/4 of an inch in height and was a light tan color. It was decent, but this head of foam quickly dissipated away into a handful of tan rings along the edge. No skim of foam, no lace, it just left behind tan rings.

The aroma to this beer was definitely a Porter aroma with a gentle touch of Scotch in it. The aroma was dark and roasted with roasted malts, roasted nuts, a splash of dark chocolate, and a light whiff of smoke at the finish.

The taste had a touch more Scotch characteristics in it, but they were still kept down to a minimum. The taste was lightly roasted with watered down bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, biteer roasted citrus hops, and a tiny hint of smoke at the end. To me it would have been better if they would have increased the roasted aspect of the flavors and not water down the dark chocolate. It wasn't all that bad, it was just average.

This Porter was more light bodied than anything and featured a soft and gentle aftertaste of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of bitter roasted hops.

I'm on the fence with this one. I could go either way when it comes to this beer. I like how they added a small hint smokyness to this beer, but when compared to other average Porters out there, I really couldn't care less about this one. In other words, one is more than enough for me.

AltBock, Jun 15, 2008
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

KevMo84, Jun 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

chooch5, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

yaksurf, May 10, 2014
Photo of karengarys
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark and clear leaving a small head. I left the yeast in the bottle.

Taste is hoppy and alcoholic, but unfortunately somewhat like hairspray.

Mouthfeel fairly coarse but good

Finish is a lot like rubbing alcohol, but it doesn’t leave an after taste

Drinkable I guess at least if another were poured I would consume it.

karengarys, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark brown, and was slightly cloudy, with a fair amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Head was practically non existent, but left a small patch on the top, along with a thin ring around the glass. Smell was brown sugar, wheat bread, with a small hint of fruity sweetness. Taste was earthy, slightly burnt, with spiciness that reminded me of Asian foods. Felt tingly in the mouth, due to the carbonation that kept rising, almost like a soda. Also was a bit thin. Hard to drink due to the carbonation.

mountdew1, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown with a one finger khaki head. Decent head that reduces to a thinny "spotted" layer. Some lacing.

Smell: Smooth light chocolate malts, and some nuttiness possibly. Hops hidden deep down.

Taste: Dark and malty. Nutty. Some chocolate, but now much. Kind of an indescript taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and chewy.

Drinkability: Very average porter. Smooth enough, but nothing special.

jonziefle, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Love Mad River brews, but this isn't one of my faves of theirs. Brown scotch ale poured out, good head. Couldn't really tell you the difference between a porter and this scotch ale, they really looked similar here. All I know, is I usually like porters more than scotch ales, usually because of the different malts used, the lack of peat and better hopping.

The alcohol is hidden better by the usual, stronger malt profile in a porter. Probably hopped more than most scotch ales I've had, save McEwans, this one is easier to drink than McEwans, but not as good.

This is a beer to have once in a great while, but I just can't see drinking a 6er of this in a night. Its not a bad beer, its just my least favorite of anything they make.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the latest trend to add scotch or bottles in or with wood or bourbon. I tasted the scotch, the porter part was not great. There was smoke but it subtracted also. Letdown, like the Unibroue version better. Maybe with some barbeque food. Malt in there, and something different, but not my cup of tea.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cola-fizzy head disapates quickly leaving behind only the dark brown, nearly black, body. Sweet caramel and chocolate dominate the aroma with an undercurrent of smoke. The flavor isn’t quite as dominated by the caramel and chocolate as a charred roastiness accents the smoke, each one bringing out the other.

aracauna, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet and smokey. Dark brown in the pint glass. Very grainy with tastes of oatmeal and buckwheat. Smoke pretty well gets in the way but it's not a bad smoke. Campfire and charred wood rather than peat. Malt gives some rich, slightly sweet flavors. Light mouthfeel. Something of a dishwater aftertaste. Not particularly pleasant for drinkability.

On tap at The Linkery on 30th for San Diego Beer Week.

mactrail, Dec 01, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

jk3, May 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Spiller, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of silentjay
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very dark, hazy brown with an eggshell-colored head that leaves quickly and doesnt leave much evidence of itself on the glass.

smells like a scotch ale and porter mixed. (hence the scotch porter) lots of molasses, maple syrup, some chocolate, a bit of smoke, and a hint of black coffee.

taste is much more smoky than the aroma. reminds me of overcooked bacon or hot dogs cooked over the campfire. some chocolate is there, plenty of molasses, a tiny bit of maple. brown sugar, maybe a hint of dark fruits, but its mostly smokey malts.

medium bodied and creamy with a chalky feel. drinks ok. not a fan of smoky beers or meat, and the smoked pork flavors that dominate this beer just arent my cup of tea, though i do think many people would like it.

silentjay, Apr 07, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown, nice khaki head, nice lacing and retention. There seems to some sediment. The aromas are pretty subtle. Lots of milk chocolate, malts and grains. The flavors match the aromas, subtle. There's more chocolate blended with skim milk. I'm picking up a touch of caramel, butterscotch and toffee, but it's muted. There's a decent bitterness that lingers with this one. Maybe a touch of black coffee, but it seems faded. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, smooth, light, nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed.

Overall, average and kind of boring. I'm thinking this was possibly an old bottle. It actually isn't bad, but everything seems so subtle and one note.

BB1313, Jul 07, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft cocoa and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of creamy chocolate and soft caramel malt. A good dose of lactose detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a muted chocolatey porter.

plaid75, Jun 13, 2012
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Steelhead Scotch Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.