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Talon Double Smoked Porter - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brouwerij78 on 02-19-2014)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Segelstrom, Sep 07, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

melza, Sep 04, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

emeyer, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

robertjskelton, Sep 03, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

jdciencia, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

paulish, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

TaylorIPA19, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of avwrite
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Nice dark color, though rather light for a porter. Was expecting something dimmer.

S - Interesting smell. Did remind me of the smoky quality advertised.

T - Wasn't a fan. Definitely had an odd taste, paired with the high ABV, made the taste off for me. Lacked the classic porter taste.

M - Tough to gulp down.

O - Not sure if I'd get it again. Appreciate the Mendocino, but wasn't a fan of this particular brew.

avwrite, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

IRONRakkasan, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

sunshinethewolf, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JohnathanColeman, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JoeyStats707, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date, poured into a snifter

A- pours a very dark brownish black with on light creeping through, small foamy light tan head reduces quickly, leaving no lace behind

S- chocolaty malt with some slightly smoky notes, but not as much as expected for a smoked beer. Plenty of fruity notes with a berry-like sweetness, a hint of bitter coffee at the end

T- the fruity notes continue into the taste as well; mixed berries with a with dark cherry juice near the finish. The chocolaty malt provides a creamy sweetness, the smoke is barely detectable, not even picking up any charcoal/ashy notes. Some medicinal hoppy flavors on the finish with more of that cherry juice

M- medium body with medium foamy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, alcohol is barely detectable for a 10% beer

O- this is a tasty porter, but I have no idea how it's called a smoked beer. I was expecting those smoky, meaty peat flavors, but this was actually quite sweet. It's a good beer, but not what you want if you're looking for a smoky beer

Treyliff, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Markus98, May 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

ajcantu, May 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

dantsbeats, May 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

RHVC59, Apr 26, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark cola brown with a thin off-white head that settles to a thin film and a thin ring on top and leaves light spotty lace.

The smell is of toasted wheat bread and faint coffee with a slightly metallic finish.

The taste is of dark smoked malt, whole wheat bread and a trace of alcohol on the back end.

The Mouthfeel is medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation.

A decent enough porter. Smokey, roasted malt flavors and a touch of alcohol aroma and flavor but, then again, this is 10%.

Furlinator, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black, with a big (2-finger) bubbly, chocolate-tan colored head that settles to leave a thick collar of lace up top.

S: Chocolatey and fruity - surprisingly fruity, in fact, as I expected some char/charcoal and/or some smoke/ash, but mainly I'm getting fruit and chocolate, with the chocolate becoming more pronounced as it warms.

T: Roasted barley malt and roasted coffee bean foundation. Some charcoal, a good amount of chocolate. Finishes with slightly metallic bitterness, but the lingering aftertaste is mostly chocolate - milk chocolate - with a wee bit of heat from the 10% ABV. That ABV warmth is felt in the belly after a few sips. Quite good.

M: Seemed a bit thin at first, but after a few sips I got adjusted to it and it seemed more creamy in feel and medium in heft.

O: Solid. Drinks way too fast for a beer that's 10% ABV.

Kendo, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. No specs per the website. 10% ABV per the bottle. Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep brown, near black, with walnut highlights, forming a tall whipped mousse-like tan head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~ 2.5 carbs or so. The nose opens with dark chocolate, a nice roast character, black walnut, vanilla, and a subtle but very distinct house yeast ester profile on top of some subtle smoke. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, full bodied but not as thick as I would expect for a 10% brew. The taste opens with some peculiar qualities...smoke, bitterness, and green leafy hop pungency. This doesn't sit well until the aftertaste, when the dark fruits start (figs/dates/crystal 120) to come in and balance it a bit. Bitterness is moderate. Quite a bit of chalk in the middle.

I'm not really caring for this too much. The smoke actually clutters up the beer and detracts from it, and doesn't sit well with the herbaceous green leafy hops and bitterness. If they took out the smoked malt and dialed down the bittering hops, and removed any later additions, you'd have yourself a decent baltic porter.

Mitchster, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mckay9, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a very recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, wood smoke, coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, wood smoke, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, wood smoke, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked imperial porter. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 08, 2014
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Talon Double Smoked Porter from Mendocino Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.