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Steelhead Scotch Porter - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 313
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Swedgin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Swedgin, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev +2%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jak, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
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.

Cylinsier, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

chooch5, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev +2%

retry4z, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mpalestino, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

johnnyboy76, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark chestnut; small off-white head; lots of sediment floating around

Smell: Initial whiff of chocolate that dominates it; don't get a lot more; hops are very subdued; very faint peat smoke, probably would have missed it if I didn't know it was supposed to be there

Taste: Sweet malt right at the get go; just enough hops to keep it from being overly sweet, but it is a sweet beer; tastes a lot like a sweet stout I brewed once that had lactose added to it; website doesn't say it's in there, but it certainly tastes like it is

Mouthfeel: malty and a little less than medium body; mouthfeel is like a half-flat coke

Remarks: tasty overall, but a little too sweet

IchLiebeBier, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +2%

2GOOFY, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of DMc8ride
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DMc8ride, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +2%

fivetime, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Erice78
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Erice78, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love a hybrid brew and keen for this one which pours the darkest brown non see through hue with a creamy two finger head and subtle clingy lacing,the smell is peated smokey malts,dark chocolate and roasted caramel,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and on taste it starts off like a scotch ale and finishes like a porter with tastes first up of smokey peated malts,a touch of whiskey,roasted caramel,a dash of coffee liqueur and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall it's definitely half scotch ale and half porter which works and I for one enjoyed it and buy again without doubt cheers.

ADZA, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of beergil
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

beergil, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Mebuzzard, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle just says "steelhead porter", no sign of "scotch" but there's no other porters listed so I'm assuming this to be the same beer.

A: Pours a nice solid brown with a dense, fluffy sort of light brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving great spiderwebs of lacing behind. Quite good retention too.

S: Nice mild roasted malt with a little chocolate and char. A hint of caramel to sweeten it up in fact. Touch of smoke?

T: Nice smooth roasted malt. Again with the chocolate, quite mild with a little char up front. Then turns quite sweet, a nice chocolate syrup flavor into the middle and finish. Smooth and mellow. Pure chocolate between sips. Surprisingly nice.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Very drinkable.

O: A nice porter. Chocolatey for sure. Very mellow flavors and smooth drinking. Goes down very easy. A great example of a simple english porter.

Dope, Jun 21, 2013
Steelhead Scotch Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.