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Black Eye Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Black Eye AleBlack Eye Ale

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of jbaakko
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +3%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of ravot
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ravot, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Fatehunter, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Bubbles
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Bubbles, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev +3%

MarioM, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of DarrellK
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DarrellK, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Duskskater
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Duskskater, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
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

BigPlay1824, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev +3%

vonnegut21, May 03, 2012
Photo of 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.

ThomasWSpinrad, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

TheSixthRing, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Nage37, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pjilsner, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

TerrenceOBrien, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

cycoduck, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.9%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Black Eye Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.