Talon Double Smoked Porter - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double Smoked PorterTalon Double Smoked Porter

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89
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Brouwerij78 on 02-19-2014)
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Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Joebraggot
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of samtrillo
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

On tap. Looks like a hearty cola. Nice amount of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a bit sweet and fruity surprisingly. Tad bit of smoke and toasted malt.

Taste follows up on the nose. Definite warm cherry chocolate. Slight woody smokiness at the end which blends with the dark malt to produce a bitter coffee feel as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. 10% melds into this one nicely.

It's my first smoked porter so I was expecting more smoke but regardless of what this one is called it was quite enjoyable.

Photo of dantsbeats
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bigaddy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Markus98
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Josh_951
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JoeyStats707
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RHVC59
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of jemarent
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jdciencia
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of akttr
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TaylorIPA19
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tmcarter23
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of melza
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of avwrite
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of Filabee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jcat5150
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

I found this on sale for around 3 bucks for a 22oz bottle at my local used food store (AKA Grocery Outlet). For that price this brew is a buy all day long. Like a couple of previous raters I find this brew a tad sweet with fairly negligible smokiness. I didn't read the ABV numbers until I got it home. I have fairly sensitive tasted buds and typically don't like the alcoholic taste in beers much above 8%. However, at 10% I can taste the alcohol in this brew but it actually adds a nice "warmth" for a winter time brew and doesn't totally bother me. However, it does slightly mask the flavors of the wonderful dark malts typical to the style. The brew has a nice dark brown (cola colored, to plagiarize a previous rater) and the foam is a wonderful tan color with a nice creaminess and great retention in my glass.

As a once avid homebrewer, I'd probably revamp the recipe with slightly less fermentables to yield just a touch lower alcohol and bring out a wonderful maltiness that is somewhat masked. For me, that would be the difference between a 3.5 beer and a 4.5 beer. Still, a wonderful offering from one of my favorite breweries!

Photo of sunshinethewolf
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Talon Double Smoked Porter from Mendocino Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.