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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon - True Style Barley Wine AleTalon - True Style Barley Wine Ale

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241 Ratings

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rkhaze on 03-11-2004

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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle, but I believe this is almost exactly three years old. It has been in my cellar for two years, so it’s at least that old.

APPEARANCE: A slightly darker shade of mahogany than most Barleywines, but shining my phone’s light up to the back of it reveals a few floaties. The brownish head was much more impressive than expected, with a full finger lasting for about a minute before a very quick collapse. A few wisps remained on the surface of the beer making it look more like a big, high-ABV, aged Barleywine. Very little lacing.

SMELL: Huge raison, fig and date aromas hit assault the nose right off the bat. An underlying molasses rounds out the sweeter smells with pleasant spicy notes just beneath it.

TASTE: The nose doesn’t lie on this one. All the dark fruit flavors, the fig, raison, date plus maybe even a bit of cherry, are there. Brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon and some other spices all make an appearance as well. What the nose left out though was a bitter hop character that is far more intense than I could have imagined for this aged Barleywine.

MOUTHFEEL: The first sip seemed a little harsh on the boozy side, especially with a very strong hop character (for a beer this old). It mellowed out quickly though, and instead became a sweet, decedent, velvety, dessert-like beer. Although the booze becomes more mellow, it is still there in full force throughout the whole glass.

OVERALL: The booze is intense. I am a Barleywine fan and a Barleywine drinker. I can drink more than one in a single sitting, but I’m not so sure about this one. With my fiancé not here to help me polish this bomber off, I’m not so sure it’s going to happen. However, it is a very enjoyable beer, especially with a little St. Agur Blue Cheese.

Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a dark caramel-brown color. There was almost no head on it. The nose is pretty good. Caramel, dark fruits, perhaps some rum raisin notes. The taste is OK. caramel, raisin, some dark fruits. Minimal sweetness with a small touch of dryness in the finish. It’s good, but just seems to be missing something I can’t quite put my finger on.

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4.48/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit strong on fruitiness, but not bad. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good barelywine style. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Vierenner
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful red color with very little head. Kind of tastes like Redhook Eisbock ... just a bit more flavorful.

Taste is quite syrupy ... caramel candy with a hint of molasses. I think I might be growing tired of sweeter beers as this just isn't doing much for me (a year ago would have been a different story!). There is a very faint bitter finish ... but the sweetness hangs around to the bitter end (pun intended).

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
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