Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

Uniontown PorterUniontown Porter
BA SCORE
75.2%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 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:
#7,703
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
379
Liked:
285
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
10.03%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
14
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has ruby highlights when held to the light but normal presentation is dark cola brownish black, forms a large tan head leaving behind scattered strands of thin lacing. Aroma has upfront smoked peated malt with other specialty roasty malts bringing out some chocolate and toffee sweetness, a touch of anise seed while the finish contains herbal hops that are not as aggressive as some west coast hopped porters. Flavor contains creamy dark chocolate waves with a balancing flow of grassy herbal hops coming through touch of roasted marshmellow and English toffee candy the subtle smokey nutty edge causes a dryness after each sip. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth creamy texture flows on the palate yet the body is medium rather than other more robust porters carbonation level is dead on really even not too much or not enough. Drinkability is great a wonderful complex variation of the American porter that is so interesting and flavorful will definitely keep you hunched over with your nose in the glass, good beer here.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic

Pitch black with no ruby edges. A tan one finger head slowly settles to a thick cap.

An interesting aroma. I can detect the roasty malts, which is typical of a Porter, but the deep caramel and flowery esters are that of a typical Scotch Ale.

The flavor seems to be more Scotch Ale than Porter. The caramailzed sugars dominate while the roasted flavors sit in the background. Just like both styles, the hops don't do much, but to subtly balance the hops. Full bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The finish is slowly fading caramel flavors.

I found this one to be a rather tasty beer. And interesting concept, and it seems to be a good one too. Complex and malty. Recommended.

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Photo of sinodux
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appeals to me...a Scotch Porter...sounds good as I don't think I've had one before. That probably equates to adding a little peat-smoked malt to liven things up. This one pours out to a hazy very deep mahogany, forming a modest dark tan head with fair retention and decent lacing. I was expecting a gusher, as there was a huge gust of gunsmoke upon opening, but no such harm followed. The aroma is exactly what I would think of as a Scotch Porter....the porter characteristics are there with milk chocolate, heavily roasted grains and a semi-baltic character with some faint figs and dates, mixed with the heavy amber and syrupy malts of a Scotch Ale and a twing of smoke. This all adds up to "Nice...". The carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is a little spritzy for the style with a medium body..it smells heavier than the body actually is, but retains an oily sheen. The taste begins with some grassy hops followed by bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, black walnut, and a touch of soap. There is a very brief glimpse of fusels in the middle, but they quickly retreat and don't get worse with warming. There is too much hops in the finish, akin to a Stone Smoked Porter or more appropriately, a Sierra Nevada. This is good, but quickly wears on the palate, hampering it's drinkability. As a matter of fact, this is very close to a Stone Smoke Porter in all qualities. The finish is of wood and black walnut. No perceptable off-flavors not already mentoned. The yeast character tastes either like California Common or Munton & Fison (It's heavily cemented in the bottom of the bottle)

This is a very good brew, but perhaps a little too much for me tonight. As a single, this would be much better. The hops just don't *feel* right. I normally could drink "good" porters all-night long, but I'd be hard pressed to do it with this one. Despite this, it's still a very good brew, just minimally sessionable.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a realy complex mix of tastes, does not have the color or flavour of English Porter. It has an almost burnt but not unpleasant taste. Peatmoss fired maybe?? Nice biteiness in the aftertaste. I would not recommend to someone who never tried Porter before, it would not give a true impression of the style. I would, however drink this again.

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Photo of kwlightner
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of germaniac
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep, dark brown. Almost looks black, but chestnut highlights are able to force their way through the depths. Head is volcanic, topping my beer with a foaming, fizzing maelstrom.

The aroma is mainly of semi-sweet chocolate, with a nice roasted malt warmth and a slight hoppiness.

Tastes of roasted, smoky malt, with a hop bite following close behind. The chocolate is there, too, working nicely with the overall smokiness this brew imparts.

Carbonation levels are just about perfect, and a silky smooth finish tops everything off. I would almost call this a "session" beer if the alcohol content was a little lower. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuliginous mahogany with a beautiful, bright ruby border. The golden ecru cap has a texture that promotes persistence and a stickiness than promotes lacing. Thick rings of foam are slathered on the glass as if by a butter knife. A great look.

The nose is dominated by chocolate. Next in line are roasted barley, a wee whiff of citric hops and a tendril or two of smoke. No coffee, no molasses, no peat.

The flavor profile is a three-headed Hydra whose heads are named chocolate, coffee beans and grapefruity hops. Let's throw dark caramel in there as well. Smoke is nowhere to be found until the finish, when a mild char becomes evident.

The wonderful flavor is complemented by a perfect amount of sweetness and bitterness, both individually and relative to one another. The long, borderline lingering, finish would easily achieve lingering if the body was bigger and tad more viscous. It's big enough for a porter, but bigger yet would be great.

Mad River Steelhead Scotch Porter is designated as a smoked beer (note: since changed to an American Porter). Prior to popping the cap, I wondered whether it would be more Scotch ale, porter or smoked beer. Conclusion: it's a porter and a damn good one. It's bursting with flavor and is more complex than most. Recommended.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bargain-bin single at Riley's here in Madison. Couldn't hurt for a $1.19.

Pours oily black with a finger or two of rocky khaki head that fades to a skim. Nose is rich and earthy with smokey peat, oaky vanilla and roasted espresso malt. Taste follows with the dark, earthy notes, caramel malts, espresso, and chocolate and a solid bourbon kick in the finish. Definitely some wee heavy in this American porter. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A tasty little bargain-bin surprise here, glad I took the chance.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head holds well, with average lacing. Aroma is peat, dark grains, touch of fruit. Taste mirrors the nose, without the fruit, but with a clean, lightly hoppy close. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is so easy. Nice brew.

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Photo of riversider76
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a creamy tan head that gives way to a nice laceing. Aroma is of carmel malts,and maybe some roasted coffee. Body is lighter than I expected with some carbonation. Taste is a great mix of carmel,brown sugar,coffe and hints of butterscotch.Excellent!

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Photo of Zekezilla
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack on a whim. Porters and stouts are probably one of my favorite types of beer so I'm always looking to try new ones. Appearance: completely black, with moderate lacing. Smell: wood, chicory maybe? Taste: Wood, smoke, chocolate. Mouthfeel: very light carbonation, nice warmth to it. I couldn't have more than one of these at a time. Not because it's not an excellent beer but the complexity, warmth and chewiness is not something that I would want in excess. Excellent desert beer or an excellent choice with cheese.

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Photo of bboven
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown body that's difficult to see through, no head until you give it a swirl, and then there's a tiny bit of lacing, but looks very flat.

Smell seems much bigger than the ABV would suggest. Chocolate, dark fruit, and slight booziness dominate just like they should, but much bolder and richer than a lot in the style. Great!

Same with the flavor. Lots of chocolate, a little cherry, and slight hot alcohol are the biggest players here. Much bigger flavor than I expected.

Nice chewy mouthfeel, but significantly under-carbonated.

A great beer. The only thing it lacks is carbonation and a decent head. Other than that, highly recommended.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a small brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Some floaters in the beer...not sure what to make of that.

Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, sweet and some smokiness.

Taste is chocolate, sweet, light smoke. Reminds me of a chocolate milk shake.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very good beer. Not a typical porter, but very interesting. Very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt, and possibly a nuttiness.

T: You get a big dose of chocolate, along with hints of coffee and roasted malt. A well balanced flavor.

M: A nicely carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable version of an English porter.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very dark brown beer with a little bit of ruby hues around on the edges. The head is thin, off white and splotchy.

S- Some chocolate and peat. A little bit of of smokiness and vanilla in there.

T- Same as the aroma, but surprisingly mild. This beer looks like it is going to have a lot more of a bang to it. I am actually enjoying that.

M- Very smooth with a good carbonation level. Excellent.

D- I wasn't really sure about the idea of drinking a scotch porter, but I am really surprised here. A very drinkable beer with a lot of flavor for the ABV.

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Photo of tronester
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark chestnut color, with a thin tan head. smell is a bit of toasted grain. taste is rich velvety caramel malt, followed by a rich peaty smoke flavor. mouthfeel is smooth. carbonation is a bit high, but nothing crazy. overall a great beer, I will be getting this again.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Todd
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date.

Hmm ... a "Scotch Porter." Let's see what we've got here:

A meaty looking beer. Brown, but it's so dark it's nearly black, topped with a creamy coffee coloured head with unfiltered chunks dancing beneath it. A sticky and awesome level of head retention this beer has. Citric, smokey, woody with aromas of freshly milled malt.

Hell yeah! Big, smooth, chewy, malty mouthfeel. Initial flavours range from coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, distinct and standout-ish peat/smoke character, plenty of dry chocolate, wood, earth and notes of black currant and purple grapes. This complex burst on the palate is immediately followed by a bitter splash of sharp citrus, a moderate amount of hop spice, salt, leaf flavours and notes of grass that cut through the hearty malts, providing balance and all of that stuff. Smoke remains after the hop fire, and lingers into, through and after the finish with notes of grain that dry the palate to the bone. Smoke gets amplified as the beer warms.

Boo-yah! I'd rename this beer to "Smoked Porter," but that's just me. Regardless, this is a very interesting beer, and I like their approach at brewing a more traditional Porter (whatever that means these days). Oddly complex. Tasty. Intriguing. I want more.

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Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown pour with dark tan head. Laces glass, but fades quickly

Smell: Roasted malts dominates with slight hint of carmel or some sweetness to it.

Taste: Here we go... Wow, good roasted maltiness initially. Also has notes of bitter chocolate and carmel. Followed with citrus hops for a second then quickly masked by a smoky feeling that lingers in the mouth. Very comforting beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but full taste that sticks in the mouth and lets you taste it for hours.

Drinkability: Very nice porter, smooth and smoky, but easy flowing could drink this a while. Good job.

This is my first brew from mad river and I will definitly be trying their stout next. Great beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, ruby brown color. Great head that leaves some great lacing. Low aroma-very slight smokiness to it and somewhat metallic. Great flavor. Nice,mellow roasted graininess to it. Some caramel and smoke notes. Very malty. Trace of lingering bitterness. Good full mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable beer. I am almost gulping it down to enjoy it. Well worth trying on a regular basis.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Khaki 2 finger bubbly head falls in a few minutes leaving a tan coating over the seemingly black to dark brown brew. A bright light will reveal its dark brownish red color, with plenty of suspended sediment.

S: Butterscotch, a touch of smoke, slight hints of cocoa that shy away. Still maintains a roasted quality that you would expect from a porter.

T&M: Same elements as the smell. Roastiness comes out more, and lingers in aftertaste. Smoke come forward as well. Butterscotch is still there at about the same level, but it blends in with the other flavors that have come forward. A very earthy quality where a subtle touch of hops contributes. A little bitterness, but just the right amount to lend some balance. Definitely a malty showcase. Very good. Mouthfeel is slick and bubbly. Extra points for uniqueness.

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Photo of greeniedgator
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark appearance, near black, with clear crimson at the bottom. Nice brown head dissolves in a trice.
Aroma is rich and vibrant, roasted and toasted, a thick malty thing. Molasses and carob, bittersweet coffee and a twist of anise. Dark, but lively.
Thick, full feel on the mouth, stygian in character, a black morass that edges into deliciousness.
Smooth and downright downable, with a sticky, lasting, lingering finish. Full-bodied.
A very smart brew that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Were this readily available in my environs, I'd pick it up with regularity.

(cheers to Chaz!)

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Uniontown Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.2% out of 100 with 379 ratings
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