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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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237 Ratings

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

superspak, Sep 06, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

6d7073, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Georgiabeer, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JMS1512, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Danimal1101, Nov 13, 2013
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Drknight, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

auggie, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

skaboom420, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

buckyp, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

cliff1066, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Vierenner
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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).

Vierenner, Aug 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

birchstick, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Murky deep amber/brown color. Potent alcoholic nose already. Can't tell how old the bottle is, got it at a chain liquor store though so I'm sure its been sitting around for a little while at least.

Fodder, caramel and rum covered raisins on the nose. Figs and other dark fruit.

Strangely only a medium sized body.Feels thin in the mouth. Sweet Malted grains upfront followed by astringent dark fruit and caramel flavors. Sharp alcohol throughout with a hot alcoholic finish.

This beer lacks stability and complexity but the flavors go together at least somewhat well. Not a good beer, but at 3.99 it competes with even worse malt liquors for a cheap buzz. Okay for the price, but overall bad.

jtierney89, Jun 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a barleywine. This one is a murky, dark brown color. It's mostly still, with just a little carbonation and nearly no head at all. The aroma is all malt and alcohol: sweet, grainy, malt-extract-like, toffee and biscuit, caramel and rum-soaked raisins. The beer is warm and has a bite, but also very sweet. Firm bitterness for balance. The sweetness is lingering...it's a sensation that hangs on for several minutes. Firm body. This is a solid, but not particularly outstanding, barleywine.

Suds, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

enelson, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

vonnegut21, May 03, 2012
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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.