Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

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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 drxandy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours an opaque deep brown, floaties present, foamy head fades to a nice lacing

smells of chocolate malts, roastiness, lactose?

tastes bitter, smooth, heavy malts, chocolate, roasty bitterness, a nice take on a porter.

mouthfeel is bitter roasty smoothness, easy to drink and would pair well with food.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: This one is blacker than a lot of stouts I've come across, only showing a sliver of pecan brown light on the very edges of the glass. Huge, 3 fingered head of khaki foam is really thick, sturdy, moussy, and fluffy like a cumulous cloud. Showed good retention but didn't as much lace as expected. Still, this looks really good!

A: Quite powerful in the nose with big whiffs of roasted malts, citric hops, caramel, English toffee, wood, and a little smoke. I was expected to find some coffee in here somewhere, but never did find it.

T: Roasted malts hit first with big, bold flavors of cocoa, caramel, and that espresso that I knew would show its face sooner or later. Hops stay hidden behind the curtain of malts for the most part, but do manage to peak through with some citrusy notes. Nice woody undertones with some molasses, toffee, and a little hint of booze toward the back. Damn, this is big, bold, and full-flavored for sure. I'm impressed!

M: Medium-full bodied but feels like the flavors should have warranted a little more "meat" on this one's bones. It is smooth, but it's slightly oily and not as creamy as I would have liked. Maybe a little more chewiness would have helped the flavors shine even brighter on the taste buds than they already do. Nitpicky? Maybe.

Notes: This is a really good porter! Nice complexity with bold flavors that you don't seem to find in a lot of porters (at least not the ones I've tried). As mentioned, the body could use a little more to it, but this is a rock-solid offering that I will have to try again. Nicely done!

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Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams beer glass.

Deep dark ruddy brown with a small head. head eventually goes away & leaves tiny bubbles around glass.

Has a nice roasted aroma along with some faint chocolate & hop aromas.

Nice bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted/toasted flavor. Slight smoky or charred taste in the finish. Plenty of hop bite as well. Tasty.

Smooth, creamy, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Several pints easily.

Tasty brew from Mad River. Would be good with some smoked BBQ pork. Let's go.

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Photo of Nutwood
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RyanByorick
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of yankeeheel
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the usual black with a small but worthy cafe colored head. Moderate lacing. Smells quite milk chocolatety with a bit of the old coffee bean too. Super malty strong. Nice burnt malt acid wash followed by all the desireable porter flavors. Coffee, chocolate, licorice, and raisin. Slightly acidic hopped and burnt ending makes me want more. Full bodied and very drinkable. Worthy of a try.

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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 endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost completely opaque with chunks of floating yeasty sediment (if you decide to pour it in). Great finger and a half of light tan head settles slowly. Light on lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, with notes of coffee, cocoa, and some toast. Faintest hint of hops in background.

Flavors are also heavy on roasted malt. Cocoa and toast, with some caramel, and a slight, bitter-dry hop character to balance. Taste overall is very tasty and not over-the-top

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and satisfying. with a healthy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty offering, and definitely a solid session beer.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a small light tan head. Some lacing down the glass.

Smells of chocolate and some coffee.

Chocolate taste at first. Then a little bit of coffee with a bitter finish.

Medium body; doesn't coat the tongue like I would've imagined. Does leave some flavor behind.

Goes down very well. Nice beer for autumn.

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Photo of guytyping
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of towlea25
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of karengarys
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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 doesnÂ’t leave an after taste

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

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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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Photo of Mikestaf
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1p5v
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of oregonskibum
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheMistler
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Take some strong coffee and throw in a bunch of vanilla flavored milk, and I think that might cover a good bit of - but certainly not all - of the nose of this here. Some chocolate malt. An earthy rauch smokiness. Very nice; I like.

Poured an opaque brown, but by no means black. Red highlights where light manages to peek through. Tan head displays nice lacing.

Just as with the nose, there is a lot going on with the taste. Some oaked flavor, both dark and milk chocolates, with the dark chocolate accompanying some coffee bittering. Slight smokiness.

The feel from the carbonation builds and provides a nice cleansing bite to sweep out some of the sweetness. Earthy grains, some coffee and a hint of milk chocolate left on the palate. Dry finish. It all comes together very well, though it is bit heavy in taste to have more than one or two in a sitting.

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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 Zakk
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CWiggins
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mad River beers are not that plentiful in the stores I frequent. Four of their products were recently introduced at Earth Fare, Raleigh at a sale price ($1 off at $7.99). I opted for the Scotch Porter for no particular reason, but the word "Scotch" in the title certainly may have guided my internal compass.

The dark, dark brown brew mostly filled my pint glass; the petite, beige head that formed didn't stick around. The nose contains aromas of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark malts, a mild sweetness, and just enough smoke to make things interesting. Tastes of dark malts and a little smoke, espresso, and hints of vanilla swirl around the palate. There is also a little fruity sweetness as well, but it's very much an afterthought. Hops are nearly indiscernible.

What I really like about this porter is its lighter mouthfeel. It's not as heavy or thick as many porters I've tried. That helped me decide to jump the "drinkability" factor of this one up a notch. Worth having a second (which I think I will, right now).

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really quite good: Had in a shared social setting however and couldn't fully analyse. Will look forward to sitting down with this solo to more fully assess / appreciate.

Round 2: Had again just recently and found this to again be a very well done and easy drinking porter. Presents well in the glass, nice upfront chocolate-plum sweetness and just the right amount of espresso-like bitterness. Well balanced and easy drinking with an unassuming ABV. Very much in the spirit of a milk stout really.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received as part of a cellar purchase from another local BA who is moving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with red highlights at the edges. There is a small amount of head that disappears pretty quickly. There is really no lacing since there isn't really any head.

S: Roasted malt aromas with a hint of smokiness and a dash of chocolate.

T: The taste follows the aroma. The smoke is not at prevalent in the taste as it is in the aroma. It really seems more like a scotch ale that it does a porter.

M: Medium thickness body, but it could stand to be a bit more smooth.

D: A very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of 1KEVIN1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Uniontown Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
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