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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

sia478, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

wr3ck00n, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

smithj4, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mte1972, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

grahamboudreaux, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bigbluebeerguy, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ubenumber2
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ubenumber2, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

koes0024, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

itchytasty, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
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.

Aaron_Ramson, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Grinky, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

ACinSC, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JRod1969, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

PrivateEquity, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JohnnieNepal, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

AndyGator, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

vfalstad, Oct 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

harpus, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

had this in the cellar for over a year.. poured a murky amber with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of faint barley sweetness, raisins, getting a hint of strong alcohol. flavor is all sweet up front and then a burning alcohol that completely takes over everything.. a little harsh on the palate. full bodied, low carbonation.. the feel is harsh, the alcohol hits you in the lips, gums, palate, and chest.

i'll have to taste a fresh one, but man - either this is just a poor example of a barleywine or this just did not age well at all (find it hard to believe a barley wine could get worse with aging but hey, it's a tough game to play)

facundoCNB, Sep 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased January 2011

Nice lasting (for an 11% brew) straw colored head. Brew looks like the color of raisins.

Lots of grape skin, relaxed pine, tons of malty caramel,

Dry, slight funk, WAY fizzy, strong sweetness without being over done. Not a sugar bomb. Crisp, tons of thick grape peal. Yeasty and smooth. Slight bite from unsmoothed abv. Carbonation is highly distracting, sweetness is nearly spot on, bitterness is almost non-existent.

Recommended, but I think it may have been better fresh...

chugalug06, Aug 19, 2013
Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.