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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 05-29-2010)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%


Looks a bit like Dr. Better with a tannish half inch head that mostly dissipates.

Smells of a barleywine, fruity sweet caramel malt and maybe some citrus.

Taste is similar but I do get a little smokey tobacco which is nice with the fruity sweet malt. Some bitterness at the end is expected and a pleasant warm feeling from the .

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little sticky but not viscous. Crisp but light carbonation.

Overall this is actually one of my favorite barleywines so far, but maybe the style is just growing on me. Can't wait to go back to the ones I tried last year.

samtrillo, Oct 07, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -9.3%

daave1, Sep 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

dleiner, Aug 17, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkCraven, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

IRONRakkasan, Jul 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Jlang2012, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

oriolesfan4, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

MikeDAdams, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Raceking28, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ascags, May 10, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I haven't seen this brew before so I went on the look for it. Hey I want to try all beers once. One thing noticed, the bottle label is a bit dated, but hey! That's fine! Some of the best beers don't need fancy labels. I didn't find a bottled on date nor an enjoy by date, so that looses points for me. Well let's get down to the contents inside the bottle. This beer is pretty. It pours a nice shade of Ruby Red with a tinge of Dark Amber. There was a nice 1 finger soapy head that shriveled down to a nice lacing around my glass. Alcohol legs are present, very nice! The aroma on this Barley Wine is the usual for the style. Huge caramel notes with subtleties of vine fruits. Nice toasted malts. A slap of alcohol fumes with just hints of earth. Not too bad. Well, by the smell alone, I know this is going to be rough on the palate. Sweet caramel with hints of anise. Then some toasted bread that has been soaked in rum. This finishes dry with bitter leafy hops and booze. Actually, it's not too rough on the palate. The mouthfeel on this brew is pretty nice, Medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall: This a nice Barley Wine. Not hopped to hell and back and not infected. There is a lot of alcohol in this brew, not going to lie. But I sometimes like some booze in a sweet Barley Wine Ale. I so happen to be in a boozy mood tonight. If I were to drink this back in 1983, it would be a goto. This has the making of being fantastic! Right now it's just in the "good" territory. This brew is worthy.

Shroud0fdoom, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

drummermattie02, Apr 04, 2014
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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.