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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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

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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%


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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rajendra82

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in late 2004, when the wretched 6% ABV cap was lifted in Georgia, one of the first brewers to enter the market with some high gravity offerings was Mendocino Brewing Company. At the time when I first had their Talon barleywine, my cellar was in a nascent stage. I was happy to sample it at under $3 a bomber, and had the forethought of trying to stick a bottle in the cellar as well. It's about 2½ years since then, and many more barleywines have been sampled. So I though it was time to pull out that old Talon bomber, and see how it had held up.

As I popped off the cap, the carbonation formed a head in the bottle. Pouring it revealed a lively beer, with a one finger thick head in the goblet, and a clear, superbly deep, red body. No murky sediment floating in the first pour here, so the unspoilt look was quite nice. The smell was clean, sweet, and toasty. There was ghostly remnant of hop aroma as well, but it was swept aside by the malt. The taste was sultry smooth, and tongue coatingly sweet. Raisins, plums, and roasted almonds were all present in the taste, and were melded together very well. There was no alcohol apparent in the taste, but the warmth that started in my mid section after just a few sips, and slowly radiated to my extremities made it well known, that this was no ordinary beer. A little coarser in the mouthfeel than I was anticipating after aging for this long, but I wouldn't say it was harsh. This double digit ABV barleywine had definitely improved for the better, and I could see it going for a few more years. I believe it's time to pick up the next bottle and start the experiment over again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:14:11 | More by rajendra82
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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.