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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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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting too much based the label and name. I know, never judge a beer by its label... but WOW

poured viscous and black. virtually no head until the end of the pour where a thin butterscotch color head quickly vanished. opaque except for a ruby hue skirting the edges.

The smell really perked up my expectations. coffee and chocolate were strong. Really inviting.

slightly sweet with a nice balance of bitter. Chocolate, coffee, raisins and molasses balanced perfectly with the roasted malts.

Full bodied and smooth. loved it

Amazing drinkability out of such a potent brew. Strong flavors that managed to not overpower. I was surprised to see this listed here as an american stout. I thought for sure it was a russian imperial.

Overall, one of the most impressive beers I've yet had the pleasure of tasting!

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Photo of Shiredave
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to find this beer on the east Coast, but I had forgotten just how damn good it is.
Steelhead pours pitch black and opaque with a sparse red/brown head.
Sharp, acidic massive aroma of roasted barley - very stouty with a hint of floral hop softening the overall impression.
Initial mouthfeel is slick and heavy with huge roasted malt flavors.
Hop bittering is firm but not overpowering and mixes neatly in behind the delicious grain bitterness and malt sweetness.
Exceptional balance and outstanding Stout character. A truely great example of a Foriegn / Export/ Extra Stout.

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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 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 cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing and has pretty good retention as well. The aroma is dark roasted malt and a nice dose of chocolate. The aroma reminds me of a chocolate stout. The taster is dark and roasty with a nice bitter finish. Overall, this is one of the best stouts that I have ever had. Highly Recommended.

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4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black oily and thick looking. Less than 1 finger of dark tan head that disappears quickly.... No lacing...

S: Lots of good stuff here... Roasted malts, some dark fruit, coffee, toffee, a hint of chocolate and licorice... Wonderful smells, very stout like.

T: Perfect Stout....lots of roasted malt flavors a nice touch of hops to balance everything out. All the smells are in the taste, leaning more to coffee, toffee and licorice as it finishes.

M: Wow... smooth creamy with a velvety texture... Med to heavy bodied, just what how a stout should be....

D: This is a great beer... everything you want in a stout.... ABV is not bad, I this is a one or two beer in a session...

This is a must try if you like a good stout... Everything with this beer gets better as it warms up.... Run out an get this one !!!!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Blacker than black with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Smell – Giant espresso and cocoa aromas fill the nose, followed closely by strong, roasted malts. The nose is very powerful and fulfilling.

Taste – What do we have here? There’s a surprise in this bottle: balancing hops. Whudda thunk? The bitter espresso and chocolate cocoa powder come with some refined sugary flavors as well, making this one quite the party.

Mouthfeel – Seriously full in the mouth and exceptionally smooth for such a heavy brew. Not a hint of alcohol to this one.

Drinkability – I had no problem killing this little 12-ounce bottle.

Comments – This is one stouty stout. This is what I think of when I think of stout. This is a tremendous example of the style. Much thanks to the Santa Monican MickeyMac for sending me this offering from Mad River.

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

Black. Black. Black. To quote Rick James; "DARKNESS!!".

Smells roasted and sweet. Very malty.

Wow. For once, a beer tastes exactly like it smells, and I love it. Very sweet up front. Not quite chocolately, but somethng tasty. Finishing with a balance of roasted malt and hops that just barely border on bitter.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but not too much. The perfect coating for a stout.

Yes, I could see myself having a few of these. Not an ideal warm weather brew, but if you are looking to warm up or stay warm by the fire, this is a winner.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Poured from a bottle.

Nice head. Dark beer that I cannot see through with but the lighting is poor inside my friend's basement bar.

Medium carbonation. Nose is espresso and chocolate mixed with hops. Smells very nice.

Taste is full of flavor. I get great coffee, with dark chocolate, and dark malts. Some licorice root and mild hop bitterness as well. I like it alot. It is smooth and well mixed. Pretty clean on the back of the tongue. A bit on the sweet side, and subsequently, there is a slight thickness to the mouth feel. However, it works fine with the strong mix of flavors of the coffee and malts.

The label says its "Rich & Robust" and I totally agree.

No single characteristic stands out as best but overall its a very solid stout that is worth drinking again.

Highly recommended.

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

This beer must fly under the radar, as I'm surprised there is not more buzz about this very well-done stout that lands firmly in the American Stout category. Nice mocha head. Aroma of roasted malt with a bit of caramel. No over the top chocolate or coffee flavors - just straight forward big stout. Slightly sweet and with a clean finish. Will see more of my beer fridge.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

12 oz into a pint glass

A: Dark, real dark (black) with a tan 1/2 inch head. What you'd expect from a so-called "Extra Stout."

S: Lots of roasted malt. Very nice. Dark chocolate with espresso beans. Aromas that scream drink me.

T: Tons of coffee come through on the palate. Lingering finish. Some toffee on the finish with a hint of fresh cream.

M: Awesome! Tons of cream. Finish lasts with drying on the back palate. I like it. Low cabonation is perfect for this style of beer.

D: I like it!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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