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Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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379 Ratings
Uniontown PorterUniontown Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States
madriverbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,285
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
379
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of mattcrill
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerski for this great brew!

Appearance: pours brown, nearly black with a nice tan head. Leaves sticky lacings down the glass.

Smell: smoky for sure. A little malty and carmel arise after the smoke hits you first

Taste: Smoky and woody. Just like puffing on a nice Dominican cigar. I don't know if I have a word that describes it but this is the taste that epitomizes a good complex porter. A carmel and coffee-like quality that is balanced and not over-bearing.

Mouthfeel: light and a nice warm aftertaste.

Drinkability and overall: I could have drank a bunch of these. A good porter if you are a porter fan. This is by far one of my "top 5" porters. This is a great example of a smoked beer/porter if you are looking for a representative of the style.

Thanks again to Beerski for the sample!

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I'm not sure what a dark porter beer has to do with fishing for Steelhead, but if we can get past that, we're in good shape.

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Perfect Pint glass.

Dark. Really Dark. Bag over your head in the trunk of a cadillac dark. Almost pure blackness, but you can catch a tiny glimpse of light coming through at the bottom. Poured a thick creamy looking head that retreated quickly to a thin lacy white residue.

Smells like a mix of day-old coffee some type of of dark chocolate bar.

This is a very high quality porter. Starts off with a chocolately toffee sweetness, that balances well and finishes with a slight bourbon-like bitterness. Definitely could warm you up, or get you through a chilly tailgating day. Tastes a lot stronger than 6% abv, but isn't that the beauty of a good porter?

Muthfeel is almost on the level with a glass of whole milk. Very nice.

Not sure how many I could put away, almost like a Guinness or another heavy stout, but it is very tasty and inviting for a porter. One of my new favorites, and I can't wait have one outside in the snow while I am waiting for kickoff.

Or, perfect when you've just come in from the cold.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, deep rusty brown with a creamy, two-finger head. Pleasant roasted malt aroma with a smoky edge...chocolate dominant and a hint of fruitiness. More roasted malts in the flavor but very well balanced...malted milk, peat, earth, and smoke with a pleasant sweetness throughout. Smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel, a little chewy, but medium bodied.

Very enjoyable all around and obviously a high quality beer.

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Photo of siddhartha
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hopmashian
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of HollyHops
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruddy reddish brown. with a creamy finger thin cream head. Deep full appearance with a total opacity. I have never seen a beer with so mysterious an appearance. I really love the interlaced red and brown.

Smell is of dark fruits, roasted caramel smoke and tobacco. Mildly yeasty and some esters.

Taste is malty and sour. Big roasted flavors and a light hop backing. Coffee and milk chocolate. Dark fruits, cherry and dates.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy. Finishes slightly dry and sour This is a beer to drink at a casual pace.

I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. A wonderful porter. Enjoy with food or on its own.

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Photo of DMc8ride
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rkhaze
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always nice to run accross this one. Poured a very dark brown with reddish highlights. Good thick tan head that left sticky lace.
The aroma had roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and a peaty smokiness.
Tasted of rich roasted malts, coffee, caramel, cocoa and a nice earthiness due to the peat/smoke. Hops came in a bit citrusy but it helped balance the richness a bit. As it warmed it got more complex due to the smoke coming out more and a molasses-like sweetness showing up. Finished long and dry.
Had a medium body and was very drinkable for such a rich/smoky beer due to a good level of carbonation.
Definitely an interesting brew and highly recommended.

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Photo of Erice78
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RS3Sport
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of maundythirsty
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lights out in a brown-black beer that sprouts a pile of wet, dark tan head. The bubbles fade to a thin skin, but leave a tall collar around the glass. Smells like chocolate, rasins, floral hops and a touch of booze. And it's got a nifty peat smoke kick.

Taste is very much smoky, too. Charred malt and spicy hops. Streches out to bitter herbal hops and cocoa. Fairly light mouthfeel, little carbonation and a brief cameo by our friend alcohol.

Did I buy a bottle of this stuff for 99 cents? I certainly did. Stands up like a champ with my favorite porters, in part because it goes off the reservation by advertising itself as a scotch porter and then rolls toward smoked porter. Nifty, nifty beer.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap

Deep reddish/brown lets a bit of light pass through.1" tan head qiuckly dissapates into a slight coating of foam.

Moderate,complex nose smoky peat,roasty,earthy,woody pine and molasses

Very complex taste with a good smokey/roasty aroma,lots of burnt carmell
piney,woody/earth/peat-like, tastes of molasses with a hint of burbon.Finishes clean and very balanced with a nice tartness.

Medium mouthfeel,very smooth with a bit of cloying. Good taste,goes down very easy, good sessionability for a porter. A very good porter with a complex taste definately worth a try.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +9%
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 RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clearish brown color with some burgundy thrown in for good measure. The head is slow-forming, an off-brown color about two fingers thick, with great retention.

Very, very malt forward. The malt backbone overwhelms everything else. Scent is similar to cola so there's a caramel element as well. There is something else, kind of smoky.

It's really good. I don't typically care for malt bombs, but this has a balance taste. The malt is still dominant, though the caramel teams up with it, but the hops finally make an appearance to bring that balance.

Very creamy in the mouth. Only slightly sweet, not close to cloying, with a bit of bitter and smoke near the finish for balance. Great lacing, by the way.

Much better than I expected. It smelled like I expected, but I was blown away by the balance in the taste and feel, and that's what put it over the top for me.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DARK in appearance, nice brown, nice carmel foam. Smell is complex, smoke, coffee and malty. Mouthfeel is nice in and out with some malty aftertaste, not bad. Taste has a well balance of flavors. This is a good scotchish beer you can almost taste a hint of peat. This is going in my bq sause. Overall this has its place in the fridge.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer with some Sunday football and leftover ribs from Redbones. Quite the combo. At first pour this beer is very impressive - attractive dark brown hue with reddish highlights. Most impressive is the head retention - five or ten minutes after the pour I still have a perfect one finger's worth of creamy tan head resting peacefully on the beer. Aroma is full of malt, with some earth and a subtle peat smoke, contributing the "scotch" aspect of this porter. Nutty and spicy notes come through in the flavor supporting the big malty profile. Just a touch of herbal, spicy hops mixes well with the light smoke. Lots of subtle complexities here combining in a simple way to make a really flavorful yet easy drinking beer. Smooth an robust feel. Really a big fan of this one. Cheers!

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Photo of JISurfer
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah! This is one badass brew! It's a Scotch Porter, yet it resembles an Imperial/Old Ale in smell and taste. It's a very dark amber, almost black, with a dark tan head to it. It had a smokey smell to it, mixed with chocolate and subtle fruits. It was creamy and coated the mouth very well, as well as the throat. The taste was very nice too. It had the same properties as the smell, but much more intense, especially on the chocolate maltiness. I guess if this were a candy, it would be an alcoholic malted milk ball. This is the first Steelhead that I have ever had, and if they are all great like this one, it won't be the last.

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Photo of oelergud
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby dark brown glass bottle, probably 12oz. Twist-off steel gray cap and the usual jumping trout on the cover.
Opaque mahogany body with a large airy tan head consisting of a creamy outer ring and a much less dense center. The retention is quite good with clumpy lace.
Nut, earth, smoke, peat and really dark bread make up the smell. Warm and inviting with just a kick of spice.
Smokey pine with some mildly subdued malts and enough peat to make your mouth water. The aftertaste is fairly short but great, smoke, peat and spiced hops mingled well together. Nice and complex.
Medium body with a grainy texture and a dry finish. Just abit of coating.
Very drinkable. Warm and pleasant.

-Oelergud

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Steelhead scotch pours a dark brown/black color with a solid 2 finger foam head with some good retention. It has some good circular sudsy lacing.

The aroma is chocolately and deep roasted malts. The flavor is deep and complex. You can taste a scotch barrel wood in there. Along with chocolate. It was smooth and chewy in the mouth. Overall a wicked solid porter.

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Uniontown Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 379 ratings
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