Talon Double Smoked Porter - Mendocino Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
07-21-2014 17:26:15 | More by avwrite
3.71/5 rDev -7.7%
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
05-29-2014 02:48:00 | More by Treyliff
3.49/5 rDev -13.2%
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%.
04-23-2014 01:54:26 | More by Furlinator
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-12-2014 13:38:04 | More by Kendo
3.7/5 rDev -8%
$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.
03-23-2014 01:11:39 | More by Mitchster
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-08-2014 06:52:39 | More by superspak
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
Well, we all know smoked beers require a delicate and a talented brewer to coax the correct balance of flavors from the hops, malts and smoky essences. Fortunately, Mendocino Brewing has several brewers up to the task. Let's all celebrate the recent release of "Talon (Extra Select) Smoked Double Porter". Hurrah!!
This is a BIG dark beer with ample roasted malts, something like a traditional Baltic Porter. This is a special and unique brew with LITERALLY a touch of smoked malt flavor - mostly noticeable in the finish. Cherry wood smoked malt provides a subtle and smooth sweet smoky flavor to this beer. Noteable hops used are the Northern Brewer, Apollo, Cascade, and Saaz. The hops used balance out the heavy amount of malt which actually makes the beer tastes crisp and refreshing without being overly sweet or syrupy. A somewhat shocking 50 IBUs (more than you typically find in a craft Porter) although this is fairly common in a Baltic Porter.
Pale Malts, Caramunich 80, Pale Chocolate, Chocolate, and Kiln Coffee create a a dark brown color that is just a couple shades this side of black and provide the beer with flavors of caramel, coffee, and chocolate to complement the smoke flavor nicely. This beer would be a nice candidate to bottle age for a few years.
I am not normally a big fan of smoke, but Mendocino knocked this one out of the park! I would imagine this is best served on tap (like most beers) and sipped slowly to absorb all of the depth and character of this unique brew.
02-19-2014 23:02:46 | More by Brouwerij78
Talon Double Smoked Porter from Mendocino Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.