Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

Uniontown PorterUniontown Porter
379 Ratings
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 CBodamer
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with some brown highlights when held to the light. Capped with a dense three finger high mocha head that subsides slowly leaving small trails of lace.

Smells awfully sweet on the forefront, caramelized and crystal malt blended with coffee. Peat and a smokiness become evident on the back end, pleasant aroma.

Smoky flavor sums it up nicely, very powerful mix of peat and campfire ash, doesn't come off as bright but rather a dank earthy smoke flavor. Sweetness is less than on the nose but that suits me just fine, more deep roasted malts and burnt and toasted grains. Coffee and chocolate flavors aren't really felt here replaced with more of a soft molasses and nutty flavor. Aftertaste is a bit harsh, as some nice medicinal and herbal hop flavors begin to settle in with the drying bitterness there is another rush of smoke and acidity accompanying it which leads to an off flavored mess in the finish.

Rather creamy mouthfeel across the palate, average porter body with stinging carbonation. After the drink there is acidity along with a slick sweetness.

I guess this should be characterized more as a smoked porter than a scotch porter, there is the peat notes which come with the style but the smokiness and acidity in the aftertaste here just take over the whole brew and it's all I can remember. Pleasant in the beginning but I'd take this pill with some food next time.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of a2mfk
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark brown color with a bubbly head that leaves some streaks of lace behind

Smell: Wafts of chocolate, coffee and a touch of peat

Taste: Starts with a chocolate-flavored coffee (with a wee bit of peaty whisky) aspect that flattens out in the middle; after the swallow, there are modest elements of bitterness and smoke but the flavor drifts off at the finish, although there is a touch of mint in there that is odd, but welcome

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation

Overall: This beer could be so much better; clever idea, but the execution is lacking and the flavors never really come through the way, say, Alaskan Smoked Porter, does (Note, the comments include input from a re-review in 2011 when the beer has been re-named Steelhead Porter and the ABV upped to 6.5%)

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown body with a thick, chunky faint tan head; sticky lacing. Dark malt and cocoa in the smell. Bitter chocolate and sugary sweetness make up the bulk of the taste; some sweet caramel and a soothing, light bitterness builds up at the end of the taste. Medium-light in body; clean with a lightly sugary finish.

A fair porter that delivers on the basics. Nothing over-the-top, and no real wow-factor, but very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice rich brown color, almost looks like a pint of microbrewed rootbeer. Small head dissapates quickly with little lacing.

S - Malts! Big roasty malt smell, but not heavy. Small hints of fig and tobacco.

T - All malt. Good flavor, with a slight alcohol finish. Doesn't taste like most american porters I've had. Not as thick, or as sweet.

M - Very thin. Medium carbonation.

D - Good beer to pick up when you want something a little different. Good flavor, but not a heavy beer, goes down easy and does the trick.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Rayek
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

A: The deep chestnut brown color is a few shades lighter than black and has light carbonation. A dense cream head slowly falls to a quilt of foam. Leaves occasional rings of lace.

S: A light smokiness comes through first. A slightly acidic coffee and charcoal aroma rounds things out.

T: Starts out with a molasses sweetness that is quickly joined by a nice smokiness that doesn't overpower. Bitterness is burnt and has a light acidity to it.

M: The medium body is dry and slightly chalky. The carbonation feels way too high, as it gets in the way of the flavors.

D: Seems a bit like a light a smoky stout. The overly rambunctious carbonation got in the way of me giving this a better score.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

california beer sent to me in arizona by emacgee from north carolina...

pours hazy... almost murky chocolate-y brown with a creamy khaki tinted tan head.

it has a nice earthy smoky stink followed by aromas of a pleasant mild sourness, chocolate, roast and faint nutty coffee caramel.

that same stink carries over into the flavor along with a neat-o spiciness and a woody kind of funkiness. there are notes of some dark fruit, malty roast, brown sugar and spiciness with a prickly hoppy finish. hops dry out the palate for the smoky coffee aftertaste to shine through.

light to medium bodied with a prickly dry mouth feel and sharp carbonation.

easy drinkin' interesting interpretation. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

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Photo of Truh
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wore a black tartan with this one on 4/14/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Thunder heads of battling initial ¾-inch head that settles to an isthmus-like covering with a great pastiche of lace. Brown black hue, like root beer without the carbonation as nothing at all can be seen inside of it. Huge peat smoke presence on nose, with a jammy malt skeleton and some earthy tones, somechocolate. Smoked oak and chocolate malt on the tongue, with some ginger snap and brownie sweetness; surprisingly medium-bodied – had expected a bit more body with this.

All in all, passable, but with the lighter-than-expected body I ended up somewhat disappointed. With its moniker, I wanted something more full and complex.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Foamy chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. However, there is a sludge-like substance that sinks to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is the same as the smell with a emphasis on roasty flavors - especially with the malt and coffee. A very mild roasty bitterness quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. A bit too much carbonation for the style in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing really stands out for me.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- chocolate, malt, smokey

color- deep red like a stout

smell- medium smoke and malt

body- mellow, mild bitterness

overall impression- nice solid porter

notes and comments- dry finish, complex malt balanced with mild hop flavors...scottish peated and german rausch malts are used in the making of the beer

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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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