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Black Eye Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

Black Eye AleBlack Eye Ale

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%


Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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barczar

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque deep brown with clear garnet highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates to a thin foam layer.

Floral hops, tar, roast malt, nutty caramel, and licorice form the aroma. Fairly complex.

Flavor reveals roast malt and an initial buttery note, which becomes nutty and deeply toasted at the slightly bitter finish. Undertones of minerals and earthy hops add complexity. Floral hop notes emerge.

Body is slightly full and smooth, with carbonation a touch low.

There's good roast character, not overpowering, and somewhat substantial malt backbone, but there's a minerally, acidic character that is offputting. Becomes somewhat metallic. May be the roast acrid notes and citrus hops clashing.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 22:04:01 | More by barczar
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured two fingers of head on a black body. Looks nice.
The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and a little coffee. Pretty good except for a slight metallic note.
The taste is watered down roasted malt with metallic undertones. There's a mild bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An easy drinker. The metallic notes took some points away, but not good overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:51:39 | More by Fatehunter
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and a mild char aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight soy sauce taste on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems to be much more stout forward compared to the other beer it's blended with.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 07:24:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter
A: pours a deep brown that does not allow any light to permeate, pours with a nice finger of very active and fizzy head which dissipates rapidly, leaves
S: nice scent, gentle notes of dark fruits with a slight sweetness behind it
T: taste pretty much mirrors the scent with some nice coccoa notes which add a nice depth
M: a very smooth brew on the palate, virtually no carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth cleanly
O: I was a bit weary of buying this bottle simply because it looks kind of cheap and tacky at face value, also I had no idea how long it had been sitting on the shelf for since there was no bottling date, quite pleasantly surprised by this well balanced beer

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 20:17:35 | More by BigPlay1824
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ThomasWSpinrad


4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something a little special. Bourbon cask conditioned Black Eye from the Mendocino east coast brewery, served at Saratoga Beer week. Very crisp. Very tasty. Coffee and chocolate notes overlaid with woodsy oak and sweet bourbon, sufficient hops. Much better mouth feel than the straight on tap Black Eye.

Excellent with food. I would follow this beer anywhere.

Serving type: cask

02-29-2012 00:04:34 | More by ThomasWSpinrad
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TheSixthRing

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep brown. The head is an off-white or light tan and is 2 fingers thick. The head has good staying power, but eventually gives way to an unyielding, sticky lace.

Smell - Roasted coffee notes, a bit of caramel. Both beers are certainly present in the aroma.

Taste - Faint coffee roast to start, followed by some nice, sweet caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-Medium body, fitting carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth. This should be thicker. I blame the Black Hawk.

Overall - This is a pretty good Black and Tan, especially as pre-bottled B&T's go. I can't help thinking, though, that Mendocino would be better served using their Imperial Stout as opposed to the Black Hawk.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:04:24 | More by TheSixthRing
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown color with nearly no light shining though. This gave way to a smallish, but near permanent head of light tan lacing that really just seemed to do the job quite nicely. Settling down it coated the glass and left large sticky lacing all throughout. Really a classic look for a dark porter, but we will see where this goes.

Aroma is hoppy as heck. Deep citrus and pine hops lead the charge here. Crisp, clean and definitely very full. I was quite impressed with the way this one was starting off now. Warming allowed some nice touches of roasted malt and light cocoa to balance in. First sip though left no doubt in my mind as to the direction this one was going in. Rich hop notes dominate every ounce of flavor here. Piercing at times with pine and grapefruit taking turns with the destruction of my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 16:21:22 | More by mikesgroove
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bomber fairly cheap so I picked one up at Shadyside Giant Eagle for $4.79

A - Well it looks like a mix of both ales since it's fairly dark (stout) but has a slight amber hue on the bottom (old ale) The head is a 1/4 inch creamy foam that is only slightly dark in color.

S - Well I get some slight oak and toffee from the Old ale side and also a solid bit of roast from the stout side. Should be interesting.

T - Taste is lighter than I expected but both are represented well mostly the stout side providing a nice roasty finish. It is very balanced.

M - Thinner than both the beers separately but easier to drink.

Overall I didn't have much expectation for this but it was a very tasty black and tan in fact one of the best I had so far (out of only a few) Try it if you like the style!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:18:21 | More by DrDemento456
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Murrhey

Montana

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz beer poured in a Pilsner glass

A: Poured thick and dark, with a finger and a half head. Dark nut-brown, transparent with good carbonation. Thick lacing.

S: Smelled two distinct beers in here, not sure if that's what a black and tan is supposed to be like. Lighter hoppy smell and darker malty smell as well.

T: Tasty, not boozy like I expected. Darker than I had thought as well.

M: Good thickness, the best part of this beer.

O: My first black and tan, good experience. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:27:37 | More by Murrhey
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Smooth, almost creamy mocha below slightly rough piney, minty hops. Definitely nutty, in a nut extract sorta way.

T: Nicely balanced black and tan, and while I haven't had one in a while I'd say this is more complex in the hop arena than what I used to get on the East Coast. West Coast hops come through a bit, pine mostly, but not too much. Stout character is creamy, mocha, and chocolate and quite smooth and elegant. More nuttiness as I detected in the nose, which I like, and its quite prominent. Balanced is 65% to the stout side, but the nuttiness makes it interesting. While its not overwhelmingly great, and I'm not a huge B&T fan, you can tell it has good bones. It’s medium body is pleasant and not too heavy and the soft carbonation is right on for this style as its super smooth and more stout-like than hoppy ale-like.

Notes: Drinkable and pleasant with slightly more assertive hops than you find in East Coast blended Black and Tan's.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:09:30 | More by 4000qtrap
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black in color and totally opaque with brown rings around the bottom a very nice 1 inch tan head with good retention not great.

Smell: Upfront is a nutty note that seems to be a nut brown mixed with a stout so it creates a unique nuttiness. There is some roast to the beer as well and of course some chocolate notes smells exactly what a black n tan should smell like

Taste: The taste for me kind of falls short and kills this beer for me. It almost creates a cracker jack like flavor so there is some caramel and peanut notes to the beer that are trying to work in harmony with the chocolate but it is not working

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation and is just a bit dry interesting

Overall: To be honest I was hoping this one was going to be just a bit better in the flavor department. It wasnt bad but good either so it kind of let me down

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:02:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this with my roomie. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark, nearly opaque black. Head was minimal despite a vigorous pour. Lacing is half-assed at best. The smell is malty and sweet. Almost reminds me of a bock. The taste is actually pretty decent. It seems to have a pretty hefty cherry component somewhere, with some caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, and leaves behind a bit of a tart cherry aftertaste. Overall, this is an alright beer. I wouldn't seek it out, but...I can drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 04:41:37 | More by Retail1LO
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, almost black with nice marroon highlights when held up to the light. About a 1/2 finger tan head that fades really quickly and leaves virtualy no lacing.

S- Milk chocolate, raisins, dried cranberries, nice roasted malt notes. Perhaps just a back round hint of hops. Something is a touch citrusy on the far distant end of the nose.

T- Sour cherries covered in chocolate. Dried dark fruit... prunes, raisins, currants. Nice smokey malt notes with just a touch of bright citrusy hops.

M- The cocoa and bold malt tell your mouth STOUT... but it's a bit on the thin side. Nice smoky chocolate malts leave a great taste in your mouth, but somethings missing.

O- I really like Black Hawk Stout, and Eye of the Hawk seperately! This is a unique and bold attempt to bottle a black & tan. Imagine if you just put Guinness and Bass together in a bottle... yeah that! I was told I can order one of these fresh off of the tap right at the brewery near my house in Saratoga Springs. I might have to try it that way and review it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:49:51 | More by Thickfreakness
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JJBlanche

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty dark red-brown. Small head, decent retention.

S: Chocolate, prune, raisin, dark fruit.

T: Flavors of the ale and stout mix really, really well. This is the best black and tan I've ever had. Admittedly haven't had many of them, but still. Stout flavors really rush to the fore first, mellowing into the ale. Really want to try the Mendo stout now.

M: Somewhere between a stout and an ale...which I guess is exactly what they were going for.

O: Excellent value at ~$3 a 22oz. It actually tastes like a good beer. Not an award winner, but this is on a different planet when compared to most swill in this price range.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:27:28 | More by JJBlanche
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dylanrossi

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black with tan head. Light carbonation apparent.

Smell: Aroma not overwhelming, mainly roasted malts with slight notes of chocolate and prune.

Taste: Inititally the stout comes through with flavors similar to that of the aroma. Chocolate notes quickly dissapate into a balanced mix of malt bitterness and hops.

Mouthfeel: Body is rather light considering the style and especially lively.

I think if I were to choose I would rather have an eye of the hawk or black hawk stout alone as opposed to this blend. Instead of craving another sip I find myself craving the more complex flavors of a nice stout, which the black eye cannot live up to.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:35:32 | More by dylanrossi
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Mancer

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a hazy dark brown body with a one finger high light brown head. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a halo of lace that remained for the rest of the beer. The initial aromas were of coffee malts, dark fruits (prunes perhaps,) and light aroma of burnt caramel. The initial flavors were of roasted coffee beans, roasted caramel, bitter hops, and finished with roast. The brew was slightly sweet and had a light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer was excellent. The price was perfect at $2.99 and the flavors really popped. This is really a gem to find in a store and I am blown away by this brewery. I must try more!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:09:09 | More by Mancer
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby mahogany where minimal light makes it through. Moderate head, but it lasts. Decent lace--kind of a combination of blanketing and ring lace.

Creamy dark malt aroma. No harsh black patent malt or coffee smells. Good chocolate nose. Lightly chalky.

Like a true black and tan--stout flavors are mitigated by a pale ale. My only complaint is the body which is on the thin side. The darker malts are light enough to allow the hop to pleasantly blend in. The aftertaste continues this blend and it lasts a long time.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:48:14 | More by smcolw
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huxcrunner

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black with a tan head with good retention and average lacing

Smell is of carmel malts with a hint of chocolate bitterness

Taste is very good it is smooth with tastes of chocolate/coffee bitterness it has a little bit of a bite aftertaste but overall the flavors of this beer complement it well

This has a good body it is a little bite aftertaste that makes it a little less than smooth but still very average

Overall I really liked this beer it is worth the try it was a good my I would definitely repeat and would recommend it to people who like porters/stouts

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:18:50 | More by huxcrunner
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is brown and dark and mostly clear. Big tan head of small and large bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is malty and slightly roasty with hints of small hops.

Is Black and Tan really a style? Not really. It's more of a marketing thing while many beers are blended, B&Ts are an odd concept and I'm not sure of the make up of this one and apparently are too lazy to use google. It's light in body and finishes like a porter with some mild sweetness at the front. The beer is boring overall but its quite drinkable. A passer on a highway, nothing to notice.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 04:05:43 | More by drabmuh
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mendocino Black Eye Ale is a pretty average beer. The roastiness of the "Black" was not very pronounced with little acrid, coffee, or chocolate. The "tan" provides a nice clean crisp body. This beer doesn't have a distinct flavor or a special character, but unoffensive and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 13:04:41 | More by Soonami
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer whatever style it is or it's being called. Poured with a great, foamy, frothy, thick, tan head that lasts and lace. Color is a clear to almost opaque very dark brown. Aroma is a clean roast, malt, toffee, cocoa. Flavor is like aroma plus bittersweetness stands out. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of medium length. And leaves me with a wish for another swallow. Session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:00:29 | More by drpimento
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Honestly, en route to putting up $200 in beer purchases a little while back, I grabbed this intriguing little item so I could have a bottle in the basket (carts are for the weak and smart) that didn't have a cost in the double digits. Not a bad little investment. It pours a barely translucent dark ruby brown topped by a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose comprises chocolate powder, light roasted malts, and some very light coffee. The taste is nearly identical, though some creamy caramel flows nicely into the finish. The body is firm medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, nice bit o' brew, one that I would recommend as a not-so-roasty darker beer. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:24:12 | More by TMoney2591
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a red brown with a soft white head, fair retention, nice colour.

S: Chocolate, prune, raisin, dark fruit.

T: Roasted malt flavour initially the stout really comes out first. The strong ale gives a phenolic fruity alcoholic character. The flavours actually mix quite well together. Nice notes of coffee and earthy hops on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, clean, smooth, dry, ethanol is moderately apparent.

D: Nice beer, at $2.79 a bomber this is a really good value brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 01:56:47 | More by Halcyondays
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tko741

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black-amber with a two-finger head that lasted only a few moments. Head disappeared and no lacing was left on the glass.

Smells of rich raisin, tobacco, and sticky-sweet malty goodness. Hops are nowhere to be found.

First sip was a bit metallic, but soon after improved. Tastes like how it smells...a dry maltiness, with lots of bitter coffee, dark cherry, and tobacco. Leaves a slightly acidic aftertaste.

Nothing really noteworthy about the mouthfeel...gets a bit foamy when agitated in the mouth, goes down smooth and loose.

This Black + Tan has a decent chance of being ordered again, but the slightly acidic, dry aftertaste will get tiresome.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 00:16:52 | More by tko741
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TangTKE402

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the entire contents of a Bomber bottle into a 24oz. mug. The head was just brimming at the top and was the color of chocolate mousse. The beer was near-black in color and largely opaque, due mostly to the color.

The smell was malty caramel with toasted notes. None-too aromatic.

The taste is creamy, like a good stout, but finishes with a small little nip. It is smokey with a distinctly toasted-malt flavor. A slight fruit flavor lingers in the mouth after the swallow as well.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery and thin, but the swallow is where it really picks up character and substance.

All in all, a great beer to finish up a day spent out in the cold: ice climbing, skiing or snowshoeing. This beer refreshes, and I could definitely see myself going back for more!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 23:43:02 | More by TangTKE402
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Black Eye Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.