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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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BA SCORE
84
good

232 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rkhaze on 03-11-2004)
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Reviews by counselor:
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counselor

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer as you can tell from my scores. the appearance is a deep ruby color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. there arearomas of swet rum, mincemeat and cognac. Full malt profile and thick hop backbone. This is more of an english style barleywine. kind of like bigfoot's little brother or a nicely aged old crusty. the alcohol levels are nicely hidden away with good balance of malt and hops, just a hint of etoh at the end. I'll pick up a coupl eof these and cellar one or two for the future, if you like barleywine, i reccomend this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 02:11:41 | More by counselor
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Fodder, caramel and rum covered raisins on the nose. Figs and other dark fruit.

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4.0 A: Pours a ruddy brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Toffee and caramel. Light plum fruitiness and brown sugar. Simple, but pleasant, and average.

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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.