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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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232 Ratings

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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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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer evacuates the 22 ounce brown bottle a transpicuous burnished copper color with a planetary sized head the is frothy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan color, the resultant lace a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose is rich in malt, hints of caramel, molasses maybe, plum like, earthy and hearty to the senses this beer. Start is sweet and rich in malt, the top moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is respectably acidic, the hops hail and hearty in their spiciness, and the beer quite dry with a bit of alcohol bitterness, a for sure belly warmer this one and one not made for the palate challenged drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 23:20:17 | More by Gusler
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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel with gold and orange highlights. No real head to speak of but heavy alcohol tannins visible on the glass.
Aroma of heavy malt, dark citrus fruits, raisins, some leather and cigar wrapper, figs, dates and grain alcohol.
Flavor is domianted by the heavy malts but is remarkably balanced by a mild yet powerful hop oil and resin. No real bitterness is present but the hops obviously cut the heavy malt. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is sickly sweet for a nanosecond then cut to a pleasantly balanced well-done barleywine.
Drinkability is very nice. I shared with a non-BA and his only comment was "wow, its powerful and very tasty." Another convert.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 03:35:09 | More by CRJMellor
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a great deep and dark color with hints of purple and red. There was little head and no lace worth mentioning.

The smell is potent, and tips one off right away to this being a barleywine of respectable strength. The flavor is nice, with the alcohol content apparent but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is a little bit sharp for my tastes.

This is definitely a good one for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 18:00:33 | More by watermelonman
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Talon has a malty and complex aroma that projects a mix of dark fruits, fig, and alcohol. The color is a dark mahogany and has the appearance of fine cognac with a few threads of lace. It is capable of producing a sizable head at first, but like most barleywines it is ultimately a heavy, sullen brew and is only modestly carbonated.

Talon is aged for a full year before bottling and very little yeast residue is present in the lees. It has a taste whose balance tips to the malt with a rich tapestry of warm fruity notes. Raisin or black current are among the fruit notes indicated while the broader taste suggests a plum brandy. Alcohol is present in the palate but is not overbearing or intrusive. The ABV potency of this brew makes itself most known in the warmth that stirs the belly.

I enjoyed this hearty barleywine a great deal for its obstinate willingness to praise the malt body. At last, a clear-eyed heathen unwilling to bow to the hop gods! The finish suggests a judicious restraint on bittering while still providing enough hops to gently ply the brakes on what could otherwise be a runaway malty sweetness. The potential drift towards syrupy mass is offset by enough carbonation to keep things relatively light on the tongue. Thus, even though she’s sweet and heavy, she doesn’t brood. (Reminds me of the barmaid at the Seven Swans….. aw, nevermind).

This brew should be enjoyed for what it is, not for what it should be. It is full bodied, complex, and smooth. It is endowed with a profuse and luxurious smell and a relaxed mouthfeel that sits like a heavy blanket on a winter’s morn. This is a premium barleywine – a slow sipping work of considerable craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 22:06:30 | More by RedDiamond
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really surprised to see a new barley wine on the market and even more surprised to see that it was from Mendocino. The beer poured with a nice head and a potent hop nose. The color was dark amber and looked great. The taste was that of a nice rich hoppy barley wine – may be a bit too sweet for some. The taste is long and lingering with definite alcohol warmth. As it warms, the flavors come together much better. There is no vintage dating but some time may help round out the syrupy sweetness. A good attempt and I hope they start brewing bigger beers. Berkeley Bowl

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 03:39:01 | More by lou91
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Creamy and frothy tan head on the pour. The head falls after a minute or two and leaves a few milky scraps of lace on the glass. Body is opaque crimson until held to the light where it's a translucent, yet murky amber.

Smell starts off with strong grassy, hoppy notes, with a malty -- plums and brown sugar -- finish.

The taste begins with a dense flavor of prunes, also some hints of tobacco; the middle is an escalation of hop bitterness, knife-sharp and concentrated in its movement like a perfectly thrown dart, followed by a finish of tingling hops and a gentle fruity maltiness -- like dried apricots.

Creamy, palate-massaging mouthfeel; middling carbonation.

This tastes like a more traditional barleywine, where the malts aren't upstaged by the hops.

Has an interesting progression of flavors, and very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 03:55:25 | More by RootedFool
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3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen a barleywine by Mendocino Brewing. It's being marketed as a limited edition True Style Barleywine Ale.
In keeping with their avian tradition of naming beers, it's called Talon and has a large golden birds foot on the red label sporting four viscious looking talons. That all being said...
Pours a clear bright reddish/amber. Almost looks like it has a bit of marascino cherry juice in it. Small tan head that disappears immediatly. Noticeable carbonation (for a barleywine anyway) Smells of sweet malt, caramel, red licorice and a dry hopped presence.
Taste is a bit strange. Starts out sweet and malty and has a medicinal red fruit middle, kinda like that artficially flavored boysenberry pancake syrup at IHOP, and finishes all out of whack with a dry hop and raw alcohol bitterness that lingers on rather unpleasantly.
Medium bodied for the style. Creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. To much stuff out of whack to make this highly drinkable.
Me thinks this one needs to age for a while. Seems a little young and harsh.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 02:18:41 | More by rkhaze
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Talon - True Style Barley Wine Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
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