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Steelhead Scotch Porter - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 309
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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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-29-2013 04:42:44 | More by BillRoth
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chooch5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-29-2013 02:56:16 | More by chooch5
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retry4z

California

4/5  rDev +2%

12-25-2013 02:57:03 | More by retry4z
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2013 02:01:04 | More by mpalestino
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-12-2013 04:16:29 | More by johnnyboy76
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%

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

12-12-2013 01:24:07 | More by IchLiebeBier
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-10-2013 13:52:34 | More by harpus
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +2%

09-14-2013 00:46:59 | More by 2GOOFY
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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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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-28-2013 22:29:06 | More by GraduatedCashew
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +2%

08-27-2013 02:48:32 | More by fivetime
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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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ADZA

Australia

3.84/5  rDev -2%

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.

07-30-2013 10:02:42 | More by ADZA
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beergil

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-23-2013 22:30:04 | More by beergil
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

07-06-2013 13:59:55 | More by mrfrancis
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-28-2013 19:55:12 | More by redleg411
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-28-2013 00:38:47 | More by JamLand
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-25-2013 18:12:03 | More by petermethot
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2013 01:30:46 | More by Mebuzzard
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

06-21-2013 02:55:27 | More by Dope
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Jonny

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

A- root beer in color w/red hues and minimal head retention

S- to me, this is where this beer does very well. Scents of sweet cream and milk choc dominate.
do i smell maple syrup?

T- sadly, not so much like the smell. quite smoky/ashy with some bitter hops that stick around a while.

M- full, with prickly carbonation. Long dry/bitter finish that makes you want another sip.

O- I tend to lean toward stouts/porters anyways, so it don't take much to get my vote for this style. However, if your a porter kinda BA, grab yourself a 6'er. Very pleasant.

True to style IMO.

06-19-2013 02:52:32 | More by Jonny
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-29-2013 21:07:09 | More by kayrex
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2013 14:56:34 | More by kguard
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Bill235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

05-09-2013 18:54:25 | More by Bill235
Steelhead Scotch Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.