Redwood Stout | Mad River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Steelhead Extra Stout

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with 1” dark tan head that provides good lacing on the glass. S: roast malt aromas, a little chocolate and some sweetness T: very pleasant and drinkable with nice chocolate notes and some roast malt F: Medium full to full body, medium carbonation, soft in the mouth. O: a very pleasant, enjoyable American Stout

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Photo of HippieDave56
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This fine stout pours a thick rich black with a small brown head of foam that dissipates to a thin ring and light spotty lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, dark fruits, black coffee, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with a moderately sweet bakers chocolate note to the sides and back, deep coffee notes come through with warmth on the back as does a light smoky charcoal note. Raisins and dark plums on the back blend well with the beefy chocolate and coffee flavors culminating into a cascade of very nicely roasted malts on the aftertaste. Finish is coating and a touch dry with light carbonation. A stout lovers holiday. Always a welcome brew.


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Photo of jmdrpi
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

black, little head. aroma is sharp and a bit acidic. taste starts a little sweet and chocolately, but finishes a bit more dry and roasty. thicker body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with copper edges. Decent roast in the nose. The roasted malt certainly shows-up in the flavor profile.

This is not quite a top-shelf stout but it is very good and reasonably sessionable.

Bonus: It is union made by the men and women of the IAM.

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Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in 10 beer flight at Mad River on tap.

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head that leaves plenty of lace.

S: Best part, it's fruity, with prune, with charcoal and coffee back bone

T: Follows smell - fruity, then roasty with coffee and dark chocolate, along with some bitter hops.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation; but thinner than I would like.

Mid pack Stout. Solid.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

A: Dark and viscous with light, short-lived head.

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, whiffs of booze.

T/M: Richly textured, velvety smooth, and pleasantly treacly. More sweet than roasted, with a sort of caramelly-bitter character. It's nice, but not exceptional.

O: A richly-flavoured, very well-made stout. Sturdy enough to suggest sippability, but silky enough to support sessionability. Versatile and recommended.

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Photo of cmwilliq
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giesch
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drwatson32
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dmgeng
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this a while back but skipped it over for bigger beers and I finally got this one after sampling larger beers.

A - Black color but still slightly clear. Khaki head with coarse bubbles and nice lacing.

S - Great stout aroma with roasted, caramel, chocolate, and malt smells rising to the top. All of the flavors swirl together seeming to create an invitation for you to smell it some more. Smells exactly as an export stout should.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and roasted characters that I was expecting. The flavor is relatively strong with sweetness but is balanced with the coffee/roasted/burnt character that is in the middle of the palate. Light bitterness is there but there is a nice cocoa sweetness for balance.
M - Moderate to light mouth-feel, really firmly wedged between a dry stout and an Imperial stout. Light carbonation perfect for the style.

Overall, this is a very delicious American Stout. I could understand the niche that this beer serves with enough flavor and ABV to be tasty but lighter body and less palate killing makes this a great dinner beer with roasted dishes. If you like dark beers without many bells or whistles then this is an excellent representation of the American Stout style.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Harvest06
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveCarrozza
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ragarazor
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Fellysmarts
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SurferEric
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Coffee flavors up front and hints of chocolate. Dark and delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

I find this to not really be a American Stout at all, more like a Foreign Extra Stout or an English Stout, but whatever, it's a stout anyway.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a very small quarter inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and dry smoke.

This is a very dry stout, not sweet at all. It's got roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and light dry smoke, with some dry leafy hop flavor at all. It starts flavorful but then kind of has a bland, almost watery aftertaste- like there's something missing on the back end. This does keep it very drinkable, but it really detracts from the complexity of this one unfortunately.

I wish this was thicker or more full-bodied than it actually is. It's got a dry but creamy mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation.

This disappointed me a little bit. It started well, but the end of each sip is just disappointing and bland. I wish it had a little more oomph.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Redwood Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 523 ratings