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
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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 239
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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 spycow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent excellent porter. pours chocolate syrup brown with a tall lace head. smells peaty, like a nice scotch, a bit smokey, and full of deep roasted chocolatey malts. flavor is complex as the peat notes really come through. gentle coffee bitterness creeps in at the end to round everything off. feel is nice, full bodied and properly carbonated. this is easily my favorite mad river brew ive had, and one of the better porters ive enjoyed this winter. really nice beer

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany color, nice big head that dissipates and a small amount of lacing to this one. Nice roasted malt aroma to this beer.. I love that smell. Taste is nice and creamy with a nice mouthfeel, nice smokey flavor overall to the beer. Seems very well balanced with finishes nice and smooth.. nothing really off here. I actually thought it could have used a tad more flavor or the smokiness.. I know it might be too much for some people but I just think it adds a cool flavor profile to a beer.. anywho, solid beer.. wish they distributed to CT tho!

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate malts, molasses, roasted malts and smoke in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness—much like you would expect from a Scotch ale—while flavors of roasted malts and notes of coffee stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied yet a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I would definitely consider trying this beer again because it’s a unique blend between the two styles and has complexities in the smell and taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I'm trying this beer too cold, but as it warms, I can decipher some great characteristics. The pour delivers a dark brown hue, that shows dull chesnut highlights and a fairly hazy complexion. Dense, but terse head retention soon fell to a trace, and then held firm. The aromas have a firm, but not assertive chocolate scent and a complementary nutty - coffee scent. A sweet malt / lactose character also wraps up the aromas. Flavors kick off with a rich malty taste, but not particularly sweet. Confectionate and complex roastiness blend with chocolate, bread, and barley make a moderately flavored, complex, but still not agressive, flavoring. The feel is not heavy, but very full and round with a lot of non-fermentables and weightiness. The finish is quite clean and powdery for such body and disquised flavor. A lingering earthy / diry / smokey note finishes the beer. Very good and clean Porter, just wanted more of an emphasis on the cocoa, coffee balance.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Appearance: Dark ruddy brown, almost opaque but not quite there. Half an inch of head rises from a hard pour and remains for several minutes before receding to a ring.

Smell: Roasty and dry. There's some coffee along with a hint of smoke and cacao.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly peaty and smoky initially, those flavors transform into a long note of dark chocolate and coffee bean before the dry and roasty finish. Medium-light in body, I'd appreciate a bit more thickness for the level of flavor, but it's a small complaint. This is a well-crafted porter, subtle but unique and very drinkable.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz undated bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a hazy, dark brown; semi-opaque. Although the bottle was emptied, considerable sediment remained stuck on the bottom of the bottle. The small tan head is short lived but leaves spotty lacing.

A: Quite pleasant, if unusual for style, with hints of sweet caramel and red wine. Roasted malt aroma is surprisingly faint, even after warming.

T: The flavor is a bit sweet up front, but this changes to a nicely balanced mix of sweet and bitter. Nice complex and dynamic mix of malts, with hints of toffee and dried plums. Rich dark malt dominates the slightly smokey finish and aftertaste. Approaching 4.25

M: Medium+ body; smooth; well chosen medium level of carbonation; some dryness in the finish.

O: "Scotch Porter" indeed, this is about mid-way between a Scotch Ale and a porter. In any case, fine flavor and easy to recommend.

Review slightly revised after further sampling in June & Sept. 2012; May 2013.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine tipped me onto Mad River beers. I've only tried the Extra Pale so far, so here comes the Scotch style porter.

A: Very dark pure molasses brown color with barely light escaping through its bounds. A decent 1 finger frothy head speaks to me in bubble tongue. It fades eventually to a light head covering. The more I stare at the dark brown color the more it turns black and super dark.

N: The nose is pretty much what you would expect for a scotch ale crossed with porter. Lots of sweet smoked malt and porter aromas, blended with smoked malt, brown sugar, and even some dark fruits. A slight creamy malt aroma as well. Heavy aroma that hits pretty hard. A really good nose. I hope it tastes just like it. A

T: Starts closer to a scotch ale, with some caramelized brown sugar, lots of smoked malts, sweet malt and roasted flavors, dark dried fruits, creamy almost chocolate like malt flavors. Its semi sweet, but not very. The smoked malt comes out pretty well, as well as the roasted malts, a slight chocolate, and dark fruits, all blended well together. Its got a really nice flavor and smooth.

M: Pretty creamy and smooth, slight carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly sweet, and pretty creamy like chocolate milk. A slight earthy flavor comes from stout like roasted malts and smoked malts that linger for a short while, then dry off and finish pretty clean. A slight bitterness hits with a slight charred malts and perhaps a little hops. A very slight spice that probably also comes from some light hop presence.

Final thoughts: A very nice and drinkable porter scotch ale blend. Its got a nice blend of smoked malts, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and creamy flavors. I almost expected more coffee flavor, but otherwise its really nice and drinkable beer, with a great creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich looking deep brown with nice fluffy light brown head,smell was sweet and caramelly.I got the taste of roasted nuts and some light chocolate tones.Real liked the body of this one,pretty rich and velvety.First so-called"scotch porter" I think I have had,real nice.

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Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of tan head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - Mild aroma of caramel and toffee with little else. No roasted malt or hops.

T - Lots of carmel and toffee notes up front with bready malt. Some light, grassy hop flavor comes out in the middle, followed by chocolate malt and cola flavors in the finish. Lingering notes of toffee and smoke.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I was a bit disappointed in the aroma as there is really nothing going on there, but it redeemed itself in the flavor department. The malt is rich and heavy on medium-dark, toffee flavors which gives this porter a definite scotch ale twist. The flavor really builds towards the finish with lots of rich, bittersweet chocolate character coating the palate. A nice beer, I would drink this again.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet but not as malty as most other porters, with flavors of coffee, vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. There's a touch of smokiness and mild but complementary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style with a little bit of a twist to it. This is a good beer to drink for a while if you're looking for a slightly different porter.

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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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Average head retention & lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and strong fruitiness

Taste: Toasted malt, slight iron taste & coffe notes. Fruitty & dry finish

MF: Rich, creamy & moerish. Good carbonation

Pretty quaffable & quinching for its strength. Nice subdued smoked porter. Very much reccomended

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer with a lot of flavor. It does not have superior aroma or an appearance that wows. But the brew is better than average for these areas. Nearly black with a modest head. Pleasant cocoa nose. Thin body with a high nearly soda pop-like carbonation. Nice blend of chocolate and mild bittering hop.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of dark, roasty malts with notes of sweetened coffee and chocolate and, of course, the peat-laden smoked malts. Hint of dark, ripe fruits as well.

Taste: Dark, roasted maltiness with some lesser toasted qualities and a crystal malt sweetness. Taste of morning coffee dosed with sugar and chocolate. Hint of dark fruitiness. Pleasant smoked maltiness with a distinct touch of peat. Mild hop character with the bulk of the relatively low bitterness coming through from the roasted barley. Roasty, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low, easy-going carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, quaffable brew that takes a different spin on the humble porter. Why not give it a try?

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Uniontown Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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