Black Eye Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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2.05/5 rDev -43.7%
Popped this opened after a 3 store beer run today after being snowed in for days. Beer had a big head - much like my own. Mouthfeel was ok. While it's not bad, I can't find much to recommend it, either. It is rather drinkable. Very unremarkable. I won't be buying this again.
12-31-2008 02:58:42 | More by ScreamForMe
2.05/5 rDev -43.7%
Poured a dark brown with some brown and maybe even light brown highlights. Very little head.
Smells faintly of caramel malt, a bit of roasted chocolate to it, and a biting, kind of strange whiff of ... almost like rotting fruit.
Taste is pretty nasty. I have to admit, I was hoping for mere average-ness from a $2.50 bomber of a black and tan, but this was fairly wretched. Some nasty fruit tones, the roasted malt and caramel seem watered down and do not blend well. Thin mouthfeel. Drainpoured half the bottle.
Skip, skip, skip.
10-16-2009 06:17:59 | More by Overlord
2.45/5 rDev -32.7%
Had this bottle sitting in the fridge for about 4 or 5 months. Finally got around to drinking last night.
Beer poured dark almost opaque mahogany color with very little head that quickly disappated and left no lacing.
Perhaps this beer sat around too long, but it had a definate wine-like sourness to it that I just didn't care for at all.
Tasted slightly sweet along with the sourness, but I just couldn't make out distinct flavors.
Slightly oily mouthfeel.
I like most beers from Mendicino, but will not get this one again
03-31-2006 19:42:45 | More by oracle
2.53/5 rDev -30.5%
Eye Of The Hawk Ale blends two beers - Black Hawk Stout and Eye of the Hawk Select Ale. Bomber has no best by / born on dates.
The resulting blend, comes across as predominately a stout in appearance and taste. Poured into a pint glass with tan 3 fingered head that fell but maintained a thin cover and ring with lace over a very dark brown ale with redish glints.
Aroma of caramel and some earthy stale hops (?). Never finding the hops leads me to wonder about the balance of the blend and or the age of this bottle.
I started the tasting looking for verification about that staleness in the aroma.
Basically finding sweet malt and an acceptable bitter stout finish. Higher carbonation and alcohol modify the medium thin mouthfeel. I am finding an oxidized, wet cardboard like flavor which pulls down my ratings. Not much complexity but finally with warming a chocolate favor emerges providing a much needed help drinkability.
If this is typical of this Black and Tan suggest you pass it up.
06-28-2005 00:24:40 | More by karst
2.63/5 rDev -27.7%
Appearance- HUGE head with a fair amount of staying power. Head is a creamy, thick, off-white affair. Decent lacing. Body is dark, clear with ruby when held up to the light.
Aroma- Odd. Has an acrid sweetness. Also, a clean, minerally graininess. Not really a beer smell, but not overly objectionable.
Taste- A fairly soft malt sweetness up front, with some roasted grains and hop bitterness in the rear. the sweetness is a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel- Medium body. Low CO2 level, which seems appropriate).
Drinkability- One of Mendocino Brewing's less successful brews.
10-28-2008 03:30:58 | More by theopholis
2.8/5 rDev -23.1%
Black pour, with a reddish hue and good clarity. Pretty stable head, tan in color and around two persistent.
Smell is actually quite complex. I get an initial fruitiness from the interplay between the crystal malts and west coast hops. This is definitely the barleywine coming through. As you dig deeper into the scent, there is a definite backbone of chocolate and also some thick yeastiness
At first wash over the tongue, this beer tastes fantastic! A nice sweet maltiness starts it off, giving way to a nice sharp bitterness midtongue. There is also a crisp alcohol character at the side of the tongue at this point. There is also an overall calming chocolate presence that complements the other mingling flavors. Unfortunately, this gives way to an oxidized, wet cardboard like flavor by the back of the tongue. As you breathe out of your nose post swallow, an increasingly present metallic flavor suddenly blooms into full existence. Once all of this is done, all that is left is the increasingly bitter bitch of too much black patent.
Slick, almost oily mouthfeel as the tongue is swathed in this beer gives way to the fizz of overcarbonation.
One could easily drink a bottle of this, but it isn't something that I would seek out. Except the price is fair, and like Mendocino's other brews, it'll do at the end of the month when the wallet is thin.
01-10-2005 00:23:58 | More by nortmand
2.8/5 rDev -23.1%
Noticing this bomber on the shelf, and feeling a bit adventurous, I decided to take a flyer on this one. To be fair, I must first admit that I haven't had either of the 2 component beers of this blend in their singular form.
This pours with a dark brown, not black color and a somewhat fizzy head that dissipates into nothingness at an alarming rate. This smells a bit like a lager immersed with galenas. Not exactly a good sign.
This has a thick-ish mouthfeel with a toast-ish flavor. There is a bit of an acrid bitter taste that doesn't ring any familiar bells. I'm not picking up on any real deep flavors or intricacies resembling what I like from either stouts or ales, aside from the aforementioned toast-ish-ness. A galena-ish finish prevails. I don't really think they used them, but it sure tastes as such. The mouthfeel isn't bad, persay, but it doesn't really match the flavors very well, in my opinion. This becomes increasingly annoying as I drink the "Ultimate Blend." By the midway point, what is in my glass looks like flat RC cola that's sat in a glass for a week.
I haven't had the 2 beers separately to know for sure who the culprit is here. But, I've got the notion that we're all a little guilty here. So, Mendocino, up yours for making this. And, up mine for drinking it. I finished the bomber because I figured "What the fuck. I'm poor."
01-03-2005 17:39:13 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
2.8/5 rDev -23.1%
Poured a deep brown to black with a small head Nose is toasted, grainy and skunky with a caramel and a slight hint of coffee and chocolate but very little of it. The taste was just off. No real notes, no body, no charcater, no hops nothing but a skukned taste that was old and roasted. This beer should have never been brewed and glad its retired.
04-05-2008 04:10:09 | More by barleywinefiend
2.95/5 rDev -19%
It may well be my first US Blended Beer, but this is not a practise I am unfamiliar with, for I came across it often in the UK, even in Cask Form. But if Mendocino brew two decent beers, then why mix them !!???? Hmm Answers on a Postcard Please.
Offered in a huge 1 Pt 9 fl.oz. green glass receptacle, akin to a stumpy Champagne bottle. It is a dark black muddy looking offering that lets little light through its body. Nice big carbondioxidious head (yes - I made that word up), that has a light pale cream color and reminded me of the liquid expanding foam that I used to insulate pipes with in England. Malty introduction that offered more characteristics from the Black Hawk Stout than the Eye of the Hawk, which is a real shame for me as I prefer the latter as a "stand-alone" beer. Starts like a Stout finishes with a hoppy bitterness but sadly a very short finish. It just doesnt quite feel right somehow. It has everything - yet seems as though it is missing something. A confused beer for me.
As my Science Teacher would say - Interesting experiment, 9/10 for sheer effort but 2/10 overall, because you reached the wrong conclusion.
The Ultimate Blend I think not. I like Scotch Whisky, and the best stuff is Single Malt, that is to say, it is Unblended. I will continue to stick with this principle when I drink beer.
Mendocino should do the same, when making it, I think.
10-18-2002 19:57:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
2.98/5 rDev -18.1%
The Ultimate Blend. Uh, OK. This reminds me a bit of the pre-fab peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are being peddled to frazzled mothers these days.
"We live in hectic times when every minute counts. Sure, you'd love to enjoy a Black and Tan, but who has time to mix a stout and a golden ale? Don't worry; we've done it for you. Just pop the top, pour it into a glass, and sit back and relax."
I'll admit to being a "blended beer" novice, but this just isn't working for me. It looks more or less like a stout, smells like a mediocre porter, and tastes like compromise. It doesn't taste completely offensive. It just tastes like something struggling to figure out what it is.
10-29-2003 05:44:08 | More by mickeymac
3/5 rDev -17.6%
Pours black with thick head that falls quickly. Aroma is dark woody, slightly chalky. The flavor is dismayingly thin. Woody, chalky, roasted malt, with a woody, cherrylike feel. The finish is super dry, not particularly pleasant,. A disappointing offering.
07-21-2009 15:20:05 | More by Seanibus
3.08/5 rDev -15.4%
Dark brown in color with a thin head and a little bit of lacing. Dark but clear.
Lots of two row and roasty malt in the nose. No hops.
Some residual sweetness, lots of roast flavor.
Good carbonation, moderate stickiness.
It's pretty good for the price; I pick it up from time to time.
09-29-2007 02:54:43 | More by bboven
3.13/5 rDev -14%
Pours dark with a finger of tan head, very little lacing stays behind. Some hints of chocolate and coffee beans hit the nose, but not strongly. Flavor begins with burnt chocolate and ends with some hop bitterness. Not much special to this beer really, other than how easy it is to drink.
02-11-2009 01:03:33 | More by rmmm16
3.13/5 rDev -14%
A - Dark ruby red in color, no head and a very thin band of foam.
S - Not getting much. Some roasted malt smell.
T - Lots of roast flavors, coffee, and a little bit caramel.
M - Sharp from the CO2, and some strong astringency down the middle of my tongue.
D - Not bad, but kinda boring. For the price I paid ($2/22oz) it's pretty good, but I would not seek it out.
03-06-2008 23:53:42 | More by enfield249
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured from the bottle a dark reddish brown color with a quarter inch of foamy tan head.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, faint raisins, roasted malts, and chocolate.
The taste is rather thin and bland. The caramel, malts , and chocolate are there but quite subdued. Light hoppy bitterness and black pepper at the finish.
Light bodied, crisp, and moderately carbonated.
Drinkable, but bland.
02-10-2009 22:18:41 | More by Monkeyknife
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours a nice dark brown color with some nice head and lacing. Nearly neutral scent, not much there except a slight malty sweetness. Nice taste, good mixture, hints of burnt grain, but really nothing outstanding; nothing great, nothing bad. Goes down very smoothly, especially as a higher ABV black & tan. A bit expensive, though, for an average beer.
10-12-2009 00:00:36 | More by JamesS
3.18/5 rDev -12.6%
I was leary of this beer. But I must say that is is a very good Black & Tan. I have had both beers that make up this mixture and was not fond of either so it is odd I would like this.
The beer is dark brown. A little light gets through. There is a tan head that dissipated into a thin head with a little lacing. The smell got a lower score simply because there is not much there. The taste is heavy on roasted grain notes and coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability is good. If you can find it still, try it if you are a fan of this style.
*Edit: As this beer warms, the drinkability and mouthfeel both go downhill quick.
08-15-2006 22:48:10 | More by Enola
3.18/5 rDev -12.6%
Black Eye Ale is a good standby beer at 1.99 for a 24oz. It is nothing special, but not bad. The appearance and smell are much better than what you would normally expect from a beer at this price. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and dissapointing.
I give this beer a good score for drinkability since it is relatively smooth; it is not going to shock anyone.
If this beer was more expensive, I probably would not reccomend it. I would rather reccomend another beer with a little more character. In short, for the price this is a great beer. Take away the value, and you have something that does not have much character but may be good for people who do not like stronger beers.
10-30-2006 22:29:10 | More by MerkinMan
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Dark brown with some light coming through on the edges. Three finger light brown head sticks around for a couple of minutes and falls to a thin cap. Moderate lacing.
S - More simple than I'd expected. Huge buttery aroma with a touch of brown sugar. Roasted character with a touch of coffee as well.
T - Coffee/caramel sweetness comes in early palate leading into a fruity and almost vanilla flavor. Roasted flavors and bitterness quickly take hold late palate and leave a lingering bittersweet flavor. Some heat from the alcohol is noticable.
M - Medium bodied, but very highly carbonated. Body is decent but the carbonation really needs to be toned down.
D - Eh, this beer does little to excite me. It's not bad, but it's fairly uninteresting which is a shame because I really liked the Eye of the Hawk. The flavors just don't mesh terribly and this brew ends up tasting like a strange porter.
10-08-2008 10:04:35 | More by PatrickJR
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
I'm not usually impressed with the Mendocino offerings. Just putting my potential bias out front.
A: Deep red with a tan head. It's hard to judge how a black and tan should look but this is decent.
S: It smells sweet like most Mendocino beers. That is not a particularly good thing.
T: The beer is initially very sweet but it fades fairly quickly leaving only a moderately high sweetness. There is a pico-touch of roast and some maltiness but nothing really to speak of. That said, aside from the initial blast of sweetness it also isn't offensive in any manor. Better than the Talon barleywine for sure.
M: Medium bodied. Nothing special.
D: It's not bad but it's not great. I wouldn't go back for it again nor would I turn it away.
05-18-2009 01:00:40 | More by drseamus
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
Dennis: Eye of the hawk is such a favorite beer of mine, that when I say this beer I was very excited. Combining Black Hawk Stout and it should have been a home run. Obviously since I've made that statement you can guess how I feel, not really disappointed, but rather let down. The aroma is sweet strong malts, with a very strong taste in you mouth with a woody under taste. I suspect that if I made a black and tan with eye of the hawk and another amber beer it would taste like this exactly, but somehow I had hoped it would be just something more than a blend. Not bad at all, but really what do you gain from taking two great brews and making one mediocre out of them?
Jen: So I was expecting a lot more from this beer, being that the "bird" series is usually pretty decent. This one just seems to fall short. The aroma, which seems to consist mostly of roasted malts, is very light and barely there. It tastes of more roasted malts with a slight coffee and bitter chocolate backbone to it. It seems to have a very mild hop ending, that I almost didn't catch. To me, this feels thrown together. I wouldn't say this is terrible, but I won't be hunting it down.
07-29-2007 23:25:56 | More by denjen
Black Eye Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
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