Uniontown Porter | Mad River Brewing Company

very good
239 Reviews
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.

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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 379
Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with ruby highlights. The head was brown and fell slowly. It laced the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with caramel in the background. Also in the aroma was some fruitiness.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee with hop bitterness in the background. Also present was a complex smokiness that enhances the flavor.

The finish was dry coffee and chocolate. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. I would not particularly stick this in the smoked beer style, more of a porter.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I pour this chilled sample into my pint glass. Gotta love the label with salmon flying around.
The brew pours extremely dark brown almost black. No light gets through my glass. A tan head foams up easily to about 1cm. The head fades rather quickly to a thin suface layer.
Aroma is very rich and malty, some bourbony scents and faint hints of smoke too. I dont pick up any hops.
First sip reveals sharpo carbonation and a medium bodie brew. The flavor is malty sweet caramel and chocolate up front with a little oaky, earthy, bourbon in the middle. FInish is a little empty with not too much flavor. There is a very mild caramel flavor left in my mouth but very faint.
No hops on the flavor in my opinion. This is a nice brew but I wish it was a little thicker and had a stronger finish. Good flavors to drink on a cold winter's nite just not very strong.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of JISurfer
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah! This is one badass brew! It's a Scotch Porter, yet it resembles an Imperial/Old Ale in smell and taste. It's a very dark amber, almost black, with a dark tan head to it. It had a smokey smell to it, mixed with chocolate and subtle fruits. It was creamy and coated the mouth very well, as well as the throat. The taste was very nice too. It had the same properties as the smell, but much more intense, especially on the chocolate maltiness. I guess if this were a candy, it would be an alcoholic malted milk ball. This is the first Steelhead that I have ever had, and if they are all great like this one, it won't be the last.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color, medium tannish foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet, with a touch of smoke. Roasted malts, slightly hoppy. Robust malts, nearly chocolaty. Full flavor, some sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Smooth taste. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

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Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 Zraly
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark and strange brew that reminds me of a recent homebrew that we dredged up. Our intentions were to come up with a strong stout...and it tastes much like this, except ours is a bit more powerful in the hop department. (We used a couple ounces of Chinook hops...and that isn't all!)

The head retention in this beer is poor, but I'm not paying much mind. It's a wonderful, deep mahogany...very close to being a substantial black.

The smell is that of chocolate and alcohol. There is a rich, leather note that comes out in the intial flavor...with hints of vanilla and coniferous tree. A "day-old-burnt-coffee" flavor finishes up the bouquet. There is also a sweet, residual alcohol flavor that waits around...similar to a flavored vodka.

This is definately an experimental brew because I think it defies classification. (Specialty porter...hmmm?) I think it is a good representative of a porter/stout hybrid with some creative touches added for good measure. Give it a try.

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

Scotch porter? Not sure what that is, but I like it. Pours with a medium brown head. The beer is very dark brown in color, almost opaque. Smells quite roasty and alcoholy, with some vanilla. Roasty coffee and chocolate flavors predominate, alcohol not particularly noticeable. Medium body. A slightly burnt taste to the finish.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malty fresh hop nose. Dark opeque look with a creamy tan head. Sweet roast malt taste with a nice rounded hop kick. The finish leaves the tongue with notes of coffee. A good porter.

Cheers to mattmaples for the sample.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice porter from this brewery. It pours very thick, rich, and heady out of the bottle. The aroma is of malt, coffee, and maybe some semi-sweet chocolate. A nice head laces the glass all the way down. A solid porter. Prost!

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Very black with ruby trim, a wonderful tan varied bubbly sized lace that leaves a dusting trail even to the finish.

Smell: Mix of roasted malts, subtle hop and a mild charcoal like smokiness in the aroma. Peated malt and crystal malt give a smoked caramel impression.

Taste: Fullish body of a semi chewy malt mouth feel, kicks quick into the robust roasted grain flavour of espresso and mildly smoky charcoal (earthy). Hints of peat smoked malt enhance the roasted character, hops are a touch oily with a restrained yet pungent bitterness that somewhat hide behind the malt. As the beer warms up to cellar temperature the sweet alcohol mingles and gives a ghost impression of licorice and evergreen. Caramel hits middle to finish though the slightly astringent roasted flavour is still dominant throughout the beer.

Notes: Huge and brave, not for the faint of heart. This is a porter that wants respect and gains more character as it reaches cellar temperature. Makes for a most excellent night cap. 6.43% abv.

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Uniontown Porter from Mad River Brewing Company
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