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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial Barley Wine Style AleImperial Barley Wine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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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Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
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Aaron_Ramson

California

4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Less murky than other barleywines I've seen, but still that soft, brackish-brown without highlights or clarity. A soft head that quickly dissipates. The nose is amazing; candy-like fruitiness, caramel, molasses, citrus hop aromas. Taste is even better; raisins, figs, candied fruit, sweet caramel sugars, molasses, lemon hop flavors with just enough bitterness to balance all the sugar. Thick, heavy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Pretty fresh bottle judging from the taste. Fantastic barleywine that is my new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 16:50:15 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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IRONRakkasan

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-20-2014 23:41:58 | More by Jlang2012
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China

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-15-2014 03:28:42 | More by oriolesfan4
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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +23%

07-12-2014 03:14:05 | More by AGoodStout
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Idaho

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-07-2014 20:50:36 | More by MikeDAdams
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2014 18:50:12 | More by mmmbeerNY
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California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2014 00:08:59 | More by GClarkage
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-06-2014 04:15:28 | More by Raceking28
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-25-2014 00:31:24 | More by JoeMans
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Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-15-2014 21:36:51 | More by MonkeyBread
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-10-2014 14:36:10 | More by ascags
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 01:06:46 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-06-2014 18:17:07 | More by SocalKicks
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Texas

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Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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New York

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy amber in color—some yellow hues are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a dense quarter finger high beige head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has underlying notes of grainy malts along with some alcohol flavors that strengthen and linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little edgy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as rich and malty compared to other beers in the style. There was too much alcohol in the taste for my palate.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2014 20:13:42 | More by metter98
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Tennessee

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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.