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Black Eye Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Black Eye AleBlack Eye Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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187 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001)
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Tupperwolf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bottled blend of Black Hawk Stout and Red Eye Ale. Kind of a neat combination and play on words to come up with the name.

The beer pours damn black indeed - It looks like a stout all the way, except for the head, which is bubbly rather than fluffy, as most stouts' are.

The scent has some definite stoutlike influence - roasty, dark chocolate and coffee and dark fruits - but there's also a significant light fruitiness that one doesn't find in a stout alone. Slight grassiness and lemon zest lighten up the dark scents.

The flavors are similar, except the lemony fruitiness imparted by the Red Eye Ale is more noticeable. Each sip begins with a smooth, roasty blend of stout flavors, and finishes on an upswing, with grassy hops and lemony, peachy fruits. If you try to drink too quickly or too cold, some alcohol mars the taste, so go slow.

Smooth mouthfeel, more stout than amber ale. Just a little light carbonation brightens things up a bit.

A rather enjoyable beer that doesn't necessarily have to be a novelty - it stands strong on its own points. Best part is, despite the fact that it's a limited release, it's easy to make your own.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 00:43:59 | More by Tupperwolf
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MikeWard

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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

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

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Black Eye Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.