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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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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. The light tan head possesses excellent retention and lacing. This beer looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate with some coffee, molasses and roasted malts. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some roasted malts which makes way for sweet chocolate and coffee flavors with a good dose of hops in the finish to help balance out some of the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Steelhead Scotch Porter is definitely a brew worth picking up to try. Good beer!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark walnut with ruby highlights and a flat, light chestnut colored head that quickly gave way to a bare surface. Noticeable size yeast sediment was suspended about.

S: The nose was spicy dark caramel, rum raisin, with some scotch booziness. Light roasted scents of coffee grains and dark dry chocolate notes added some layering.

T: started off with some scotch-caramel and a light showing of coffee beans. Dark ripe fruit of plums and raisins along with a dark caramel sweetness is also detected. The flavor is rich upfront but seems to quickly fade off after that thinning out in the finish. A very light smokiness and burnt woodiness and roasted coffee beans are lightly detected on the finish. Overall a solid good flavor but doesn't do enough to warrant a very good rating.

M: dry, light bodied with a light creaminess. Smooth texture with a light showing of carbonation rounds things out.

D: Moderate good drinkability, solid example, but a thinning finish keeps this from being a very good example. A beer that starts out good enough but limps after that and doesn't finish strong. All in all would make for a pretty good session style beer as the flavor is solid enough and the body light enough to enjoy in multiples.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost black. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts and finishes with a roasted chocolate/coffee flavor but there is a lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $2.44 for a 12 oz bottle from Oliver's Beverages Albany, NY.

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

A- This be a pretty Porter. Thin frothy khaki head. Head, while diminutive in stature, retains well and leaves curtains of lace. When held up to the light I can see through it but only very slightly, not because its opaque, just because its quite dark.

S-Nose is sturdy to say the least. Chocolate, coffee, smoke and even some nuttiness. Smoke is definitely the most prominent feature in the nose. Much of the traditional Porter aroma is there as well (coffee/chocolate).

T-Nose and taste are similar. Smoke rules but is not overbearing. More chocolate and coffee appear as they should. I normally am not very enamored by a smoked element in my beer, but here I find it to be quite pleasant. Molasses dances around after ever sip too.

M-Medium body. Carbonation is fairly prickly. A bit dry but has a nice smoothness that lingers after each sip.

O/D-Super-deal ($4.99 a six-pack) makes this a ridiculous deal. I enjoyed this more than their DIPA. Smoke is set to an elegant tune. A solid, sturdy, brawny porter.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA

A: Poured a nice deep brown with good carbonation and a nice tannish head

S: Peat, roasted malts, chcolate

T: Sweet and dry at the same time with a very big peat presence from beginning to end. Chcolate notes and roasted malt

M: Nice, creamy, medium bodies, light booze

D: Very good

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an extremely dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A thick two finger tan head had solid staying power and left pretty rings of lace.

Aromas of brown sugar, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and booze.

Has a bit of a peat flavoring to go along with the roasted malt and dark chocolate. A nice lingering bitterness with a dose of warming does you right on a cold night.

Probably a little thin, but it didn't really detract from the experience. Medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation.

A little boozy, so it is definitely one to sip, but nothing remotely hindering here.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Suds
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a thick, nearly black (and solid) color with a frothy tan head. The head is long-lasting and fairly dense. The aroma is intensely roasted, burnt and malty. Chocolate, smoke, and malt (perhaps more-so than other porters). Rather than a bitter coffee quality, this porter seems to have a sweet coffee quality. Just a touch of alcohol warming, and a solid, full mouthfeel. It’s rich, tasty, and very smooth. Relatively low hoppiness, but still detectable. Very enjoyable, but a bit too sweet for my expectations.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from SaCkErZ9 as part of my Black Booty. Thanks!
Certainly is dark enough, a bit murky and brown. A half in cap of tan bubbles settled quickly to a collar. Sticky lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, some chocolate and burnt malts, toffee, light fruitiness, and a hint of citrus hops. Balanced towards sweetness up front, lots of caramel and toffee, but this gave way to chocolate and citrus flavours. Bitterness became more prominent in the finish and hop flavour grew as well. So it started out kind of like a scotch ale and ended up kind of like a porter - I get it! Some dryness from the dark malts, hefty medium body and lowish carbonation. It's a neat beer, cool idea. Not a bad drinker either, especially if you like a nice combination of rich malt flavour and west coast hops.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color with red highlights and a thick caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of dark chocolates, light smoke and mild licorice.
Nice rounded flavor with notes of cocoa, coffee, charred wood, mild peat, smoked and roasted malts, some spices and herbal and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is very well hidden.
Flavorful and well executed porter with a unique character and great malt complexity.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black in color. Thick, dense light brown head. Retention is solid. Lacing is full and comes in rings and patches. Aroma is burnt malt, tar, smoked salmon and roasted malts. Flavor profile offers smoke, bittersweet chocolate, char, burnt malts and tobacco. It's not just a total onslaught (like say Alpha Klaus, which was in a good way) but the flavors are fairly pronounced. This is really enjoyable. The body is damn near full and the mouthfeel smooth, creamy and enjoyable.

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan creamy head...slightly smokey maltiness on the nose...body is rich and fulll....creamy too....nice sweet, smoky malt flavor...a hit of earthy hops in the background....slight alcohol flavor noticable...also some good burnt malt/dark chocolate flavor on the finish...nice flavors to this but not as immense as I anticipated....never-the-less a nice sipper....

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

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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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bubseymour
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a Steelhead Porter (not Scotch Porter) at 6.5 ABV but I didn't see the Porter on this board, so I went with the closest option for review purposes.

Appearance - this was a perfect pour with black color, 3 finger compact bubbled head looking superb in the pint glass

Smell - really nice complex scents with a smokey, chocolatey hoppy presence.

Taste - A wonderful flavorful porter, with really complext and balanced flavors. Nice chocolaty and malty flavors balaced with a slight smokey and slightly hop crispness.

Mouthfeel - Decent but slighty watery for the higher ABV

Overall - this is a superb porter that I really enjoyed and will seek out to buy again. Easy to drink yet quite flavorful...a great combo.

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

A dark and brooding brown color with a monstrous light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, as it slowly erodes a thick and sticky curtain of lace forms to seal off the glass. The peated malts add a bit of muskiness to the nose, backed by the mild toasted barley and crystal malts, sweet, fresh and a pleasant change of pace. Start is sweet, thickly malt, the top is light to medium in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops perky in their spicy bite, very dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste, a decent beer and one I’ve not sampled for 1091 days, I guess that’s just a tad short of 3 years, way over due I’d say, as Mad River is a favorite Brewery, just never see this beer here.

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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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