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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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 1/2 finger headw ith good retnetion. Dark brown in color that I can't see through.

Smell is of chocolate malts with some slight licorice and toffee.

Sweet caramel malts are followed by a nice chocolatey flavor. TOffee and a hint of mint linger in their as well. Bitterness is very low and serves just to cut through the sweetness.

Smooth creamy texture on the palate that is exquisite.

This beer is one excellent stout that I could drink all night long.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the month club selection. Pours a silky black color with a nice topping of tannish foam. Lightly roasted, coffeeish nose. Excellent malt flavor, with dark chocolate and cocoa notes predominate. Moderate bitterness balances well but leaves some pleasant sweetness at the finish. Creamy texture.

Pretty drinkable stout.

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Photo of electrified
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque almost black, like espresso, with a creamy head again resembling a thick crema on a nice espresso. Lots of lacing. Aroma is pleasant and roasted. A nice toasty flavor with a dry finish, and a nice, substantial creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. I'll have another.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from my pal Hyland24. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black, let in no light what so ever. Poured like motor oil amd produced a small tan head that faded away fast. Almost no lacing at all.

S - Malty with a good amount of smoke and coffee presence.

T - Roasted malts and slightly bitter coffee. Finishes with a dry slightly metallic and alcoholic taste.

MF&D - Full Bodied stout. Thick and chewy, definitly coated the mouth big time. Pretty good overall, give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured thick jet black with a two finger espresso brown fizzy head which diminishes quickly. Cocoa powder and chocolate malt dominates upfront with a hint of fudge shop. In the middle I get a hint of licorice or vanilla, rounding off with a strong dried raisin or dates. This beer is a great example of what you smell is what you taste, a nice coffee bitter ended the drink. The body is full yet smooth and clean with a lively carbonated end. Overall, this brew rocks and with its intimidating look one would be surprise to find out its low abv content at 5.5% making a dangerously drinkable brew. Enjoy.

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Photo of hyland24
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this gem from my beer of the month club.Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a thick jet black with an inch and half thick dark brown head leaving a thick sticky layer of lacing that clung to the walls of the pint glass.

S- Strong smell of roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T- Nice smokey taste with a strong roasted malt presence. Finishes with a nice sweet cocoa finish that stays behind after the beer is swallowed.

MF&D- Fairly thick stout that coats the mouth well leaving behind a nice layer of sticky sweetness. This is a great stout that I highly recommend. Wish I had a few more. Might have to order a 12 pack of this stuff from the beer of the month club.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Humboldt-brewed beer, on to it we go:

Cocoa colored head with a loud fizzying sound on top of motor oil black. Lots of cocoa in the aroma, touched up with a bit of molasses. Despite it's intiminating look, the flavor won't wallop your palate. I know this is starting to sound redundant, but pleasant cocoa is in the taste, but tastes best as you gulp down the beer. Fruitiness is weaved in nicely. Just a delight to drink.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick, black, and oily. A delayed head bubbled up, which was thin and a dark tan that faded away quickly. The smell was crisp and pleasant: coffee and chocolate malts and maybe even a slight smell of alcohol. It was crisp and made me excited to give it a taste. And the result was great! There was certainly plenty of roasted malts, with burnt coffee tones. It was thick, creamy, and smokey. It finished with both a slightly bitter and slightly sweet flavor, the sweet potentially coming from brown sugar and molassass. Delicious! I could sip on this all day, the taste only got better with each sip.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Steelhead Extra Stout poured black as night with a thin foam head that didn't stay long. It left very little lacing.

The aroma was nice of roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate and toffee. Taste wise it was damn smooth and was a good cup of joe. It was nice and chewy and I could taste some raisins and had a dry finish. Excellent stout Steelhead.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a huge frothy brown head and ample sticky lace.

Smell: A big dark chocolate aroma with undertones of doughnuts, coffee and cream.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly dry, flavors of dark chocolate and coffee, a touch of molasses and smoke. Rich and creamy with a full body. Drinkability is outstanding thanks to the overall dryness and balance of flavor.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My boy tpd975 hooked me up with this brew. Cheers to you my friend!

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic. I need something smooth tonight.

Pours a complete black with a two finger dark tan head that dies down to a frothy layer of thin bubbles. Stickiness is a weak with just about nothing on the sides of the glass. Let this warm up for sure before drinking, smell improves immensely. Cocoa powdwer and fresh hazelnut coffee with an oaky wood aroma. The faintest hint of hops underneath all the dark malts. Sweet caramel all the way through with a smokey wood flavor. A quick citrus hop zing midway through. Very creamy feel with a smooth molasses aftertaste. I love the drinkability of this brew as it warms. I could easily drink this beer year round. Definitely the best beer I've had from these guys. I need beers like this in my fridge at all times. This is probably the best American Stout I've had.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a PP pint glass. Pours a pitch black color with a thick mocha color head that leaves good lacing. Smell is light coffee with a predominate roasted malt profile. Taste is more on the coffee side than smell with hints of chocolate coming through. Mouthfeel is fullbody with a creamy mouthfeel vs being chewy or sticky. This is a highly drinkable stout in all way ( not overpowering abv at 6%, good price for quality 6pack, and readily available in Cali).

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Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tiger88

a - poured a one finger thick dark mocha colored head into a tumbler that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a dark black.
s - sweet maltiness, hints of vanilla and chocolate.
t - dry with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. nice hop balance.
m - slick and creamy.
d - a solid session stout.

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Photo of tiger88
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very stereotypical, yet very enjoyable beer. Pours a dark, opaque black. What little head is gone by the time you turn around. a good, dry taste. Chocolate comes to the forefront. Not much of an alcohol presence, but at 6% I wasn't expecting much. Very drinkable stout.

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Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane. No freshness date.

Poured a viscous black color with two inches of mocha colored foam. Light does not penetrate this beer. Lots of globs of dark tan lace.

The nose is a tasty-smelling combination of roasty and sweet.

The initial taste is one of dark rost coffee which is almost immediately combined with a mollasess-like sweetness. The finish is dry, yet with a little of the sweetness lingering as well. Fairly full flavored considering it's not an impy stout.

Medium bodied, with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

A nice, flavorful stout, one that is fairly rich without being overbearing about it. I enjoyed having one after work, but despite having a moderate abv, I don't think I'd want to session it. As a stand-alone stout, however, it's very tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz beer received via trade with largadeer

A: It's been a while since i've seen a head this big - fist size, dark tan on a black body. It took me 5 minutes to pour this beer!

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate to start off with very little sweetness. Mild nuttiness with a hint of alcohol

T: Tons of roast on the flavor here with a nice dark chocolate feel - too many stouts i've had recently have been more milk-chocolatey and this is definitely a pleasant. The hops aren't huge but present. This is also one of the drier stouts i've had recently

M: Light yet not quite light - very pleasant with tons of effervescence here. Hard to fault

D: At first, I thought this would be a dud as the massive head made it difficult to drink. It magically disappeared and this turned into one easy drinking stout that i'd reach back for if i had more of

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown with a chocolatey thin head.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel, and sweet malts. It set me up for a dessert like taste.

T: Seriously, it tastes like chocolate chip cookies to me with some good flavored malts and a slight smokey flavor in the after taste.

M: A smooth feel going in and going down, no extra strong bitterness or alcohol taste. Just a really good blend.

D: I do believe this is my highest rated beer yet. I would drink this guy till I got sick.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep oily black hue with a one half finger creamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy burnt grain with elements of burnt sugar.

The taste consisted of a robust burnt grain and coffee flavor, tempered by a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full with a moderate chewiness.

Overall a very good stout. All the flavor and complexity of a high ABV export stout.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: truly black body with minimal tan head that fades pretty fast

s: a noseful of sweet chocolate and coffee malts

t: after the smell it's a little dissapointing; there is a lot of wineyness and and the incredible strength of the burnt coffe bitterness overpowers many of the subtleties of the other flavors

m: a little on the cloying side and a little on the carbonated side but overall still pretty creamy/ok

d:there are so many better stouts that are readily available i am not sure it makes sense to get this one but worth a try

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hair below pitch black. Nice darker tan head. Nose is of heavily roasted malts. Flavor is smoked and roasted malts. Very robust and deep and uncompromising. Even though it is nice and hearty, it seems a bit one dimensional. Kind of like it is all muscle and no grace. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is fairly thick. Overall this is a pretty rich and deep stout. No mass of complexity, but definitely deep enough that you might want to put your floaties on before diving in.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Steelhead Extra Stout pours an opaque black with a one inch thick head the color of chocolate milk. The aroma is quite roasty. The body is thinner than I like for a stout. There is a good amount of roast in the flavor, but there is a vinous component that tends to overwhelm the roast in the middle. The aftertaste is all roasted malt. Not bad.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking beer. Inky black with a mocha head. Ok lacing.

Roasty but with a substantial sweetness.

This taste a lot like my homebrew stouts, I love the way it taste, but I get a bit of that malt extract twang. Fairly roasty, but the dominant flavor is a sweetness with a bit of licorice.

A very nice mouthfeel, creamy and lightly carbonated.

Good drinkabilty. Great besides to homebrew twang.

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Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep thick black, with a startling thick tan head. This is one fantastic appearing beer, and given its low price (8.99 a sixer), I was pretty surprised.

Smell and taste are burnt chocolate, some coffee (but not too much ... which I like), some vanilla, and a nice roasted caramel. The chocolate is more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which is disappointing considering the great appearance. Not the most drinkable of stouts, but a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black, no head, no lacing. Smell isn't much, just a little dark malt and slight coffee.
Taste is OK, coffee, slight sweetness, very little aftertaste. Almost no carbonation and a slick, buttery mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink due to the low ABV and carbonation. I had this with some Tuscan bread and Emmantal and Applewood cheese. Very nice combination.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours an inky, oily black. A nice mocha head starts to form up but falls back quickly, holding at a solid cover. Lacks lace but otherwise looks great.

Aroma - chocolate syrup, charred malt, rich coffee.

Taste - big roasted malt, more coffee presence than chocolate. A tangy fruitiness on the swallow. The finish is vapory, roasty, delicious.

Mouthfeel - creamy and smooth, peppy carbonation.

Drinkability - easy to drink, a fine, fine stout.

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