Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

very good
239 Reviews
Uniontown PorterUniontown Porter

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Steelhead Scotch Porter and Steelhead Porter

This traditionally styled Porter has complex malt characteristics balanced with a mild hop profile. Scottish smoked and peated malts lend added complexity and a mild smokey flavor.

Added by kbub6f on 01-23-2001

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see MRB rebranding their beers. It gives them a little more character. This is a lot better than their old Scotch porter for sure. Dark brown, like molasses. Creamy, tan head with streak lacing. Aroma is peated malt and hops- berries, spice, and pine. Earthy notes, and hints of coffee and vanilla. The flavor is well balanced with smokey and sweet from the malt, and some herbal and fruit qualities from the hops. A very good beer!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one sits around that SRM of traditional porters and brown ales. The head was around 1/2" off white. The aroma hits of alcohol and some peat earthiness.

Taste is a thick, minor molasses/brown sugar. Good in small quantities, the mouthfeel is thick and viscous, there is a good amount of hopping in this to qualify as an English porter, but it is probably for the better. Good bitterness from the roasted and smoked malts as well as the hops which I suspect are Cascades. This is one of those cigar beers.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours very dark. Starts out somewhat sweet, then I get notes that mostly remind me of roast/char and citrus. The hops seem to be quite a bit more in the forefront than I usually detect in a porter. Not bad.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad River Steelhead Porter, aged on old Scotch barrels. Not very Scotch-y, but a good porter with a bit of char character to it. More of the barrel quality in the aroma, than on the palate.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this was on special so i decided to try it out even though it wasn't on tap. it's a very smooth and drinkable beer on the lighter side of taste/feel for a porter. i ordered one last one at the end of the night because i wanted another one after trying some other beers.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark chocolate color, not quite black. Head is smallish and not long lasting. Head is a light tan color. A bit of fine lacing sticks around.

Big chocolate-y aroma, slightly on the bitter side. A bit of tobacco, anise, and roasted malt. Some light hops, floral.

Taste is like the aroma. Very chocolate-y. Espresso, smoke, tobacco, anise, and dark molasses. Floral hops notes, a bit grassy as well. A bit of sweetness at the end, maybe brown sugar.

Mouth feel is a bit on the thin side, especially for a porter. Creamy on the tongue. Bitter at first but ends on the sweet side.

A decent porter but seems very thin on the tongue. Taste and aroma are better. A bit more heft on the body would improve this beer a great deal.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a tan one-finger head. Rich chocolatey aroma. Taste follows the nose with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor upfront. Can also taste a hint of burnt coffee and dark roasted malt.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really quite good: Had in a shared social setting however and couldn't fully analyse. Will look forward to sitting down with this solo to more fully assess / appreciate.

Round 2: Had again just recently and found this to again be a very well done and easy drinking porter. Presents well in the glass, nice upfront chocolate-plum sweetness and just the right amount of espresso-like bitterness. Well balanced and easy drinking with an unassuming ABV. Very much in the spirit of a milk stout really.

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Photo of loubar
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Nose of roasted malt with some chocolate and char. Taste of milk chocolate upfront, followed by a light coffee bitterness giving way to moderate peat smoke. Hint of caramel and bread in the aftertaste. Excellent flavor and balance. Goes down very easy. A great example of a classic English porter.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with an off-white head.
Nose shows roasted malt and cocoa, soft bready notes and some liquorice too.
Dry roasty flavours, some toasty malt and liquorice. Perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Act25
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im the inverse of the other reviewers finding the porter edging out the Steelhead Stout. Both good. Tasted in 10 strong flight at Mad River.
A - An opaque walnut brown with ruby edges. The 1 finger tan head fades to a cap and leaves lots of lace.

S - chocolate, coffee and dark malt, some west coast hops, grass.

T - follows smell with more bready malt, chocolate, molasses, grasses, herbs, and coffee.

F medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Better than most American porter.

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Photo of bustercoye
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coke like appearance with a very thin brownish white head. Typical porter smell yet very faint. Can taste some strong coffee and caramel but finishes with an almost burnt coffee taste. Nothing special but a very drinkable and solid porter.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

A - pretty, dark porter color of crude oil and soy sauce. Quickly dropping head of fine beads and wispy trails. 3.5

S - roasted malts and mild hops. Faint hints of liquorice. Old bubblegum. 3.25

T - starchy with a slight burnt pizza aftertaste. Roasted bready porter flavors 3.25

M - hoppy acidic aftertaste. Not too watery 3.25

O - not fantastic but a solid tasty porter 3.5

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a finger of light tan head on a dark brown body. The aroma is roasted malt and a little chocolate. The taste incredible. Roasted malt, chocolate move to a smoky and woody finish. Only a hint of bitterness. Smooth and soft texture. Excellent flavor profile.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color with red highlights and a thick caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of dark chocolates, light smoke and mild licorice.
Nice rounded flavor with notes of cocoa, coffee, charred wood, mild peat, smoked and roasted malts, some spices and herbal and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is very well hidden.
Flavorful and well executed porter with a unique character and great malt complexity.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Pours opaque dark brown with cola edges. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to a thin ring and cap on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee and dark malt.

The taste is of bready malt, chocolate, molasses and coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid, sessionable American porter.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black body with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Delicious aromas are big on roastiness, molasses and drying whiskey barrels. The flavor are as intense as they are harmonious. I get some coffee bitterness right up front before sweet flavors like tootsie roll and burnt sugar rush into the mid-palate, before a long and pleasant Irish coffee bitterness. Hefty body is appropriate to the intensity of such dark flavors. I love this beer!

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Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep brown. A small amount light gets through. A thin tan head barely hangs on past the first minute and no lacing is left behind. There is a good amount of detritus floating around. Definitely a negative. There is a small amount of smell, just nondescript malt and a hint of alcohol. The taste, though, is full of flavor. Deep roasted malt notes, with a nice earthy hops and not-unpleasant astringent hit. There is a decent weight to the body, my preference would be a little fuller but it's not thin by any means. The flavor for me is what does it a not complex but very good taste.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad River Steelhead Porter served from a bottle with no freshness date on it. I did notice a high amount of residual yeast and musty things in each bottle. Here we have a decent porter with a flair for scotchy smokiness. In between sips, I noticed a long lasting smoke taste in my mouth as if I had been smoking a nice cigar or drinking an Islay scotch. At 6.5% alcohol with medium body, this beer isn't going to overwhelm or inspire you, but to me it's an above average beer of a niche style. Once again, the beer is mild for something called a 'scotch porter' which might scare away most casual beer drinkers. This is a beer that critical drinkers will appreciate and adventurous laypeople will like too. Malty with well balanced molasses and smoke. Overall, an average porter with some additional intrigue and smoke flavor make this beer something to check out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of fine gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amount of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts with light to moderate amounts of molasses and roasted malts. There is also a light presence of smoked peat/scotch.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted, smoked, and chocolate malts with notes of smoked peat - much like you would expect from a scotch ale. Slightly sweet with some hints of coffee bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This is an enjoyable beer and somewhat a hybrid of the current versions of the porter and scotch ale. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - I would definitely grab another one of these when I come across it.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours jet black, tan film for a head

Smells of molasses, scotch, oak and vanilla. Also some brown sugar and biscuit.

Oak and scotch over brown sugar and biscuit malt with some mesquite and vanilla underscoring.

Full body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is an amazingly flavorful porter given the abv. I am very pleasantly surprised. Good flavor and aroma and very good body. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark chestnut; small off-white head; lots of sediment floating around

Smell: Initial whiff of chocolate that dominates it; don't get a lot more; hops are very subdued; very faint peat smoke, probably would have missed it if I didn't know it was supposed to be there

Taste: Sweet malt right at the get go; just enough hops to keep it from being overly sweet, but it is a sweet beer; tastes a lot like a sweet stout I brewed once that had lactose added to it; website doesn't say it's in there, but it certainly tastes like it is

Mouthfeel: malty and a little less than medium body; mouthfeel is like a half-flat coke

Remarks: tasty overall, but a little too sweet

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love a hybrid brew and keen for this one which pours the darkest brown non see through hue with a creamy two finger head and subtle clingy lacing,the smell is peated smokey malts,dark chocolate and roasted caramel,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and on taste it starts off like a scotch ale and finishes like a porter with tastes first up of smokey peated malts,a touch of whiskey,roasted caramel,a dash of coffee liqueur and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall it's definitely half scotch ale and half porter which works and I for one enjoyed it and buy again without doubt cheers.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle just says "steelhead porter", no sign of "scotch" but there's no other porters listed so I'm assuming this to be the same beer.

A: Pours a nice solid brown with a dense, fluffy sort of light brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving great spiderwebs of lacing behind. Quite good retention too.

S: Nice mild roasted malt with a little chocolate and char. A hint of caramel to sweeten it up in fact. Touch of smoke?

T: Nice smooth roasted malt. Again with the chocolate, quite mild with a little char up front. Then turns quite sweet, a nice chocolate syrup flavor into the middle and finish. Smooth and mellow. Pure chocolate between sips. Surprisingly nice.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Very drinkable.

O: A nice porter. Chocolatey for sure. Very mellow flavors and smooth drinking. Goes down very easy. A great example of a simple english porter.

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Photo of Jonny
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- root beer in color w/red hues and minimal head retention

S- to me, this is where this beer does very well. Scents of sweet cream and milk choc dominate.
do i smell maple syrup?

T- sadly, not so much like the smell. quite smoky/ashy with some bitter hops that stick around a while.

M- full, with prickly carbonation. Long dry/bitter finish that makes you want another sip.

O- I tend to lean toward stouts/porters anyways, so it don't take much to get my vote for this style. However, if your a porter kinda BA, grab yourself a 6'er. Very pleasant.

True to style IMO.

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