Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
Ratings:
379
Reviews:
239
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of kraticus41
1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of Kataco16
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of jsh420
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours dark brown with tons of floaties - 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells like a brown - roasted and caramel malts

taste - wow there is an off flavor in this - and it is very medicinal which i think might be the hops???

mouthfeel is thin and i mean watery thin plus the kicker its over carbonated

overall - a complete mess but glad i only grabbed a single

 378 characters

Photo of dsnyder61
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

average beer, wouldn't get it again

35 characters

Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, cloudy, sediment

Smell: peat, toasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate

Taste: peat, toasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and a small bit of coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, moderate body, semi-sweet

Drinkability: Not a favorite. It seems as though the alcohol really overpowers the good malty taste. This seems like two different beers and the flavors do not combine. I will pass in the future.

 441 characters

Photo of biglite351
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - a good bit of light coming through, tight head bit no lacing.

S - very light. Mild porter crossed with a bock.

T - average porter taste plus something mild that I didn't care for.

M - medium coating with a light tingle on the tip of the tongue.

D - not for me.

 268 characters

Photo of beernut7
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is one of the most harsh porters i have ever had. The sweetness of the scotch malts was offensive at best. This one is coming off the shelves.

149 characters

Photo of oregonskibum
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a realy dark to the point of being black except for a touch of amber along the edges. Nice 1/2 inch tan head that faded to a thin ring along the edge of the glass fairly quickly.

S: Lots of caramel and molasses flavors, some roasted coffee and smokey notes as well.

T: Kind of a confused, slightly sweet mess. Smoke comes through more promimently on the taste. Starts a little sweet with molasses, maple and a little chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Appropriate for a porter, but a little light bodied for the sweetness.

D: This tasted a little like a porter and a scotch ale that were blended after brewing rather than being made as a Scotch Porter. It was drinkable, but not the most enjoyable brew.

 804 characters

Photo of AltBock
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. undated stubby bottle that has a drawing of a Steelhead Trout jumping out of a CA stream. If this fish doesn't watch themselves, they're going to jump into a mouth of a bear. To the right of the picture is the barcode and US Government warning. To the left is the refund values and a brief paragraph that talks about the brewery.

When poured into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass, this Steelhead is a heavly carbonated dark mahogany brown with some cranberry red highlights along the sides. The head of foam on this beer was 3/4 of an inch in height and was a light tan color. It was decent, but this head of foam quickly dissipated away into a handful of tan rings along the edge. No skim of foam, no lace, it just left behind tan rings.

The aroma to this beer was definitely a Porter aroma with a gentle touch of Scotch in it. The aroma was dark and roasted with roasted malts, roasted nuts, a splash of dark chocolate, and a light whiff of smoke at the finish.

The taste had a touch more Scotch characteristics in it, but they were still kept down to a minimum. The taste was lightly roasted with watered down bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, biteer roasted citrus hops, and a tiny hint of smoke at the end. To me it would have been better if they would have increased the roasted aspect of the flavors and not water down the dark chocolate. It wasn't all that bad, it was just average.

This Porter was more light bodied than anything and featured a soft and gentle aftertaste of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of bitter roasted hops.

I'm on the fence with this one. I could go either way when it comes to this beer. I like how they added a small hint smokyness to this beer, but when compared to other average Porters out there, I really couldn't care less about this one. In other words, one is more than enough for me.

 1,882 characters

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of chooch5
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Refloosh
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of karengarys
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark and clear leaving a small head. I left the yeast in the bottle.

Taste is hoppy and alcoholic, but unfortunately somewhat like hairspray.

Mouthfeel fairly coarse but good

Finish is a lot like rubbing alcohol, but it doesn’t leave an after taste

Drinkable I guess at least if another were poured I would consume it.

 329 characters

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.

 209 characters

Photo of jonziefle
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown with a one finger khaki head. Decent head that reduces to a thinny "spotted" layer. Some lacing.

Smell: Smooth light chocolate malts, and some nuttiness possibly. Hops hidden deep down.

Taste: Dark and malty. Nutty. Some chocolate, but now much. Kind of an indescript taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and chewy.

Drinkability: Very average porter. Smooth enough, but nothing special.

 422 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Love Mad River brews, but this isn't one of my faves of theirs. Brown scotch ale poured out, good head. Couldn't really tell you the difference between a porter and this scotch ale, they really looked similar here. All I know, is I usually like porters more than scotch ales, usually because of the different malts used, the lack of peat and better hopping.

The alcohol is hidden better by the usual, stronger malt profile in a porter. Probably hopped more than most scotch ales I've had, save McEwans, this one is easier to drink than McEwans, but not as good.

This is a beer to have once in a great while, but I just can't see drinking a 6er of this in a night. Its not a bad beer, its just my least favorite of anything they make.

 736 characters

Photo of mountdew1
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark brown, and was slightly cloudy, with a fair amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Head was practically non existent, but left a small patch on the top, along with a thin ring around the glass. Smell was brown sugar, wheat bread, with a small hint of fruity sweetness. Taste was earthy, slightly burnt, with spiciness that reminded me of Asian foods. Felt tingly in the mouth, due to the carbonation that kept rising, almost like a soda. Also was a bit thin. Hard to drink due to the carbonation.

 552 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the latest trend to add scotch or bottles in or with wood or bourbon. I tasted the scotch, the porter part was not great. There was smoke but it subtracted also. Letdown, like the Unibroue version better. Maybe with some barbeque food. Malt in there, and something different, but not my cup of tea.

 306 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cola-fizzy head disapates quickly leaving behind only the dark brown, nearly black, body. Sweet caramel and chocolate dominate the aroma with an undercurrent of smoke. The flavor isn’t quite as dominated by the caramel and chocolate as a charred roastiness accents the smoke, each one bringing out the other.

 309 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet and smokey. Dark brown in the pint glass. Very grainy with tastes of oatmeal and buckwheat. Smoke pretty well gets in the way but it's not a bad smoke. Campfire and charred wood rather than peat. Malt gives some rich, slightly sweet flavors. Light mouthfeel. Something of a dishwater aftertaste. Not particularly pleasant for drinkability.

On tap at The Linkery on 30th for San Diego Beer Week.

 401 characters

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.

 518 characters

Photo of jk3
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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

 383 characters

Photo of Spiller
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Uniontown Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.