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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 7
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%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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)

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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...

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a dark red colored body.
The aroma is a mashed up of grapes, barley and apple juice.
The taste is nice. A little boozy, ripe apple, sweet malt with a moderate bitter finish.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
It's aroma was lacking, but the rest was fine.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: chestnut; slightly cloudy; small head, dissipates quickly; slight lacing

Aroma: malty; dried fruit; light hops; strong alcohol

Taste: Slightly creamy, sweet start that rides along with a sharp alcohol bite and hops; dried fruit and warming alcohol in the mid; finishes semi-sweet, but dry hoppiness in the aftertaste

Remarks: good and strong, but kind of one dimensional throughout the entire profile.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a fine brew.
Picked this 4-pack up for $8.99 at Total Wine. Good deal to say the least.
Appearance can be intimidating, a dark amber with smells that evoke more complex type of drink than you expect for the price.
Taste is satisfying, with your typical English barley wine assortment of dark fruits and malts.
Mouthfeel is complex but not overly heavy. Good finish with a bit of alcohol burn to remind you that you aren't in the kiddie pool anymore.
Overall a good complex barley wine which is both satisfying and drinkable, especially at the price.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.