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Steelhead Scotch Porter - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 310
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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Bill235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

05-09-2013 18:54:25 | More by Bill235
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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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TheSixthRing

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance - Pours a deep cola brown color with a tan, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Lots of yeast sediment floating around. Leaves thin rings and spots of lace around the glass.

Smell - A healthy amount of deep chocolate overtones make up the bulk of the aroma, while lesser notes of coffee and earth play it up nicely.

Taste - Doesn't quite live up to the strength of the nose, but still kicks with great flavor and balance. Milk chocolate upfront, followed by a light coffee bitterness before giving way to a moderate, perfect amount of peat smoke character on the back-end. Touches of caramel in the aftertaste. This is really, really good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate, somewhat lively carbonation. Goes down smooth; slightly silky.

Overall - Quality brew. Good flavor; incredibly smooth and drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable? Incidentally, I had a slice of chocolate topped cheesecake toward the end of my drink, and the pairing was nothing short of heaven. Wish I'da paired them together a lot sooner. For those that think the Stone and Alaskan Smoked Porters are too smokey, give this one a go. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

04-07-2013 04:55:18 | More by TheSixthRing
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-04-2013 05:15:15 | More by deonreds
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Nutwood

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-17-2013 18:19:19 | More by Nutwood
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likesbeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-16-2013 03:44:49 | More by likesbeer
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

03-10-2013 20:28:11 | More by spycow
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bcsbeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

03-04-2013 21:45:58 | More by bcsbeer
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-25-2013 13:25:17 | More by buzzy
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2013 00:24:20 | More by zapahoppa
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2013 05:23:18 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-22-2013 20:20:31 | More by fox227
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cet128

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-22-2013 13:19:39 | More by cet128
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beergoot

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Nice brown body with a thick, chunky faint tan head; sticky lacing. Dark malt and cocoa in the smell. Bitter chocolate and sugary sweetness make up the bulk of the taste; some sweet caramel and a soothing, light bitterness builds up at the end of the taste. Medium-light in body; clean with a lightly sugary finish.

A fair porter that delivers on the basics. Nothing over-the-top, and no real wow-factor, but very enjoyable overall.

12-22-2012 20:07:32 | More by beergoot
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-17-2012 17:28:26 | More by stereosforgeeks
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a snifter. No fresh/expiration dates.

Pours a nealry black dark brown body under a compact finger of head that falls slowly.

Certainly smells more English in style, with peaty light smoke over frothy chocolaty malts. Little to no hops to speak of.

The flavor takes this in a new direction. The smoke and chocolate are minor in comparison to the fruity dark malts and coffee flavors. This is almost going baltic in profile. The dark fruit and coffee are quite dry, and accented nicely by a touch of smoke. This lands somewhere near Irish dry stout, English porter, and Baltic porter. at points it almost seems like this is dark chocolate with cherry. Quite nice.

The mouthfeel is full at first by surprisingly dry, with just a touch of acididy. This very well may be like the real original English porters.

Conclusion: Amazingly true to style. Well done Mad River! This is the first of their beers than I have tried, and I wasn't expecting something this good.

12-11-2012 07:26:39 | More by allforbetterbeer
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-08-2012 23:42:03 | More by EigenBeer
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-23-2012 01:57:45 | More by t0rin0
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GFD400

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-22-2012 22:26:25 | More by GFD400
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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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vande

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

10-19-2012 03:14:15 | More by vande
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2%

10-05-2012 23:23:08 | More by aflies
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

09-23-2012 03:43:12 | More by Gonzoillini
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-15-2012 07:39:00 | More by InfernoBoss
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BB1313

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

07-06-2012 23:42:00 | More by BB1313
Steelhead Scotch Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.