Redwood Stout | Mad River Brewing Company

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4.03 w/ 523 ratings

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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

12 ounce bottle. Mad River Stout pours out a thick black color with a small, dark brown head. The aroma is big and malty, with lots of chocolate and molasses. Bittersweet coffee flavor with loads of chocolate. There is some raisin flavor, though this beer is more burnt and roasty than fruity. Hops are there, though not nearly strong as the malt. There is enough bitterness to balance. The mouthfeel is thickish, though it in no way impedes the drinkability. This is truly a fantastic stout. I was especially pleased with this beer because it is rare to find a beer this good that I have not heard of before.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Pitch black body, impossible to tell level of carbonation. Head is big and brown, dissipates quickly to a thin film, little lace.
Burnt coffee beans all over the place, solid earth flavor and a smoked burnt earthy coffee aftertaste
Very well balanced brew, lots of both hops and malts, firm body that leaves some coating.
Good drinkability, one of the best extra stouts I've had.


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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Awesome stout, had it on nitro.
Really heavy coco flavors, not to malty. I could drink this beer all night long and that's dangerous.
I've fished Mad River for steelhead coming up on 10 years now, always hoped to have a place to grab a beer and some food after a long day on the river. Now there's a perfect place =p

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

Darkest of brown approaching black if not altogether already pitched in black whilst settled in the glass. Medium dark brown tanned foam lofts up with might to slowly dwindle into a puffy collar ring. Impressive appearance.

As is the aroma, impressive; wow, was actually the first notion upon the my first wiff as a big roasty boom of chocolate laced coffee cake, oatmeal, caramel, vanilla, and iced coffee. Very ice creamesque, clean, round, and appetizingly fresh.

Taste is solid and just as impressive. Clean, rounded, brisk, and flavorful with very nice, mild, creamy, chocolate and caramel tones easing in first as it gradually grows a slight burntish edge of bready malt, old coffee, and char. It then remixes itself into a chocolatey roasty burnt bitterness and semi creamyness as it floats off lightly with a simple yet intriguing chocolate complexing finish.

Body is a mildly medium creamy medley of easy going tones and character. Its clean, round, and just bold enough to push out its edges to add a great level of roasty touch of crispness while maintaining an overall milky smooth chocolatey tone most of its stay.

One super solid stout! Drinkable by many. There's so many average to OK regular American stouts out there and Mad River's Steelhead is an entire step, if not more than a few above, most of them.

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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 the_awesometeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance- pitch black with a nice tan head, that lives foam on the glass the whole way down.

Smell- roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy

Taste- roasted coffee flavor with a little chocolate.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a raven color, not a hint of light passes through this stout, the head pythonic in size, the texture spumescent, and the color a rich chocolate brown, as it disperses, a thick and claggy lace welds itself to the glass. The deep rich aromas of the toasted grain reaches you first, followed by the sweet malt, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and yes even some deep rich roasted fresh ground coffee, delectable the nose. Start is ambrosial, thickly malt, the top full and chocolate rich with the finish pleasantly acidic, the hops spiteful in their spicy presence, very dry and slightly bitter aftertaste, clings to your palate like a newborn baby to its mother’s bosom, quite quaffable this beer from a fine brewery.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown color woth moderate tannish head. Smell is chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is of strong black coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and ripe plums. Very enticing. Finish leaves just enough bitternees to perfectly balance this beer. Excellent example of the style. Thouroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ink black and completely opaque. Beautiful, metallic copper colored head. Poor retention but does leave a nice ring around the glass.

Complex dark aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, sherry and nuts.

Massive roasted malt attack on the palate with coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and roasted almonds. Underlying molasses sweetness mellows things out. Fairly assertive hop punch, pine and spinach leaves. Smoked maple character. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied. Drying. Malt seems to stick to the tongue and continue to deliver more flavor all the time.

A truly awesome beer. I love stouts and this one really hits the spot.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: beautiful darkness, and a light dark head that dissipates at a medium speed.
exactly what a stout should look like

smell: very very light smell. mostly smokey and roasty smells

taste: beautiful. almost no detectable hops, the flavor of this one comes almost entirely from the roasted and smoked malts. beautiful light smokiness (but not overwhelmingly smokey), followed by the dark and conferting roasted and black malts, which give it the taste of dark bakers chocoalte. It has a very nutty/grainy after taste. it is only in the after taste that you can even sense that their is hops in this brew, but it still plays second fiddle to the roasty and nutty flavors
a malt heads paradise when he wants some serious darkness

for 6.5% alcohol, you can taste none of it, and its very drinkable for a beer with its level of malt, roastyness, and smoked flavors

mouthfeel: dark, gritty, nuttyness dominate the mouth-feel, as well as a slight slick syrupyness to it. its quite nice

overall: I've giving this one a 4.5. it doesn't do anything earth shattering, but it doesn't have to
its a perfect smokey dark brew, doing what it says it does, and that is being a damn fine stout

I would have this one again, and I recommend that you try it if you haven't already

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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours shiny black with a bit of rootbeer colored highlights at the edges as light shines through. Thick mocha head develops and sticks around nicely, flecks of lacing remain.

S- Really nice aroma, plenty of chocolate, plenty of deep roast coffee. Thick chocolate cake smell too. Some slight sweeter tones, like brown sugar as well. No hop presence that I could detect.

T- Very chocolatey like chocolate syrup. Then comes the coffee, deep roast but not bitter at all, perfect. Flavor is thick and rich, this beer has as much punch as some RIS. Slight tones of brown sugar as detected in the nose. The roast malts and coffee keep this from being too sweet, nice.

M- Nice medium body with creamy carbonation, well done.

O - A pleasant surprise, I don't get many plain stouts that have the depth of flavor this showed, will be a "go to" stout for me when I'm not in the mood for a bigger RIS

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Photo of JimyJazz
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwilson01
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, the body is a midnight black tinged with dark brown around the edges. the head is a thin dark caramel mocha coloration which sits on the top of the brew dissipating slowly.

The smell seriously makes me think dark chocolate mocha. It's thick and drowns your scent of anything else in there.

The flavor follows directly from the nose, a dark chocolate comes out in the beginning fading to a roasted coffee flavor and then combining in the end leaving you with a slightly bitter choc/coffee aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is full but surprisingly not too thick, it's got a huge amount of flavor without being a syrupy consistency.

Overall this is a must try brew if you haven't already indulged.

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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 biggred1
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark and dense almost black, hard to see through. Fine creamy chestnut head that leaves nice lace.Rich chicory and roasted coffee in the nose.Big roasted sweet malty flavors with anise, chocolate and a nice bitter hop to balance the flavors.Thick and viscous on the palate with a nice dry finish that lingers.A very drinkable stout,delicious.

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Photo of gps2388
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stouts being my favorite style this is one of my favorites. Goes to show that you absolutely don't need high alcohol in this style for it to be exceptional. (The high alcohol stouts I think get too 'hot' and distract you from all of the other flavors that you should be enjoying)

A- As a stout should look, creamy brown head resembles the crema on an espresso shot; opaque appearance

S- Gives you a great picture of what's too come, mostly malt with just a little hop character to balance at the end...

T- ... And that's what you get, lots of creamy malt like a heavy wet cappuccino but without the old coffee grounds or burnt tastes some other stouts get (like Founders and Sierra Nevada respectively) and plus some nice subtle chocolate and vanilla tones plus some hop character for balance to keep it from tasting too porter-ish

M/D- Not too thick/chewy but still stout, goes down nice but heavy and thick enough to remind you what you're drinking

All in all one of my favorite stouts and definitely my favorite from the West coast.

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Redwood Stout from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83% out of 100 with 523 ratings
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