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Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 09-04-2010)
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

diamondlie, Sunday at 08:41 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hellpop65, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is loaded with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
The taste builds from chocolate sweet, to bitter chocolate and coffee and finishes dry roasted malt with a touch of bitter.
The texture is silky smooth.
An outstanding stout.

Fatehunter, Oct 27, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -1%

datalager, Oct 26, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

GRap, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DamageCase76, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jwal, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Ohiolager, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

OB1, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

augustwest, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tdm168, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is two fingers high with a tan shade. Retention wise, it's about what I expect from 10%, maybe a bit better. I really like the head's dense, cakey texture, though. A solid ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The nose seems to be heavy on the licorice, which isn't my preferred taste for an imperial stout. While there is a good roasted (almost coffee-esque) characteristic along with some piny hops, I really think the licorice could be toned down a bit. It smells big to be sure, but not really that boozy. Still, I'm left wishing for some stronger specialty notes like chocolate or dark fruit.

T: Oh wow, this one is nicely roasty. The thing is, though, the roast pretty much sneaks up on the palate and doesn't properly appear until right before the swallow. When it does hit, though, it really works its magic like a champ. Some initial notes of licorice, coffee, smoke, and even piny hops appear before the roasty attack. It's redolent of a European-style imperial stout, with its dry, bitter roastiness and lack of sweetness beyond a bit of baker's chocolate here and there. Honestly, I like that it's bitter instead of sweet. Thought about giving it a 4, but it's missing complexity. The more it warms up, the more a whiskey-like booziness appears (though it never becomes harsh).

M: There's good softness on the palate, though it could be a little denser. It's not intolerably thin - just a bit more slender than the norm. Drinkability is quite good for a 10% RIS, that's for sure. Not much carbonation.

O: The nose left me a bit cold, to be frank. Luckily, it tastes much better. It's not an amazing RIS per se, but it's certainly a good one. I have a feeling this one will get lost in the shuffle; still, it's worth trying again.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

FreshButterbeer, May 31, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Midnight dark with a dark tan head about 2 fingers in height. Head lingers for half the glass.

S- Definitely a stout. Coffee with a charred malty smell. Hints of chocolate.

T- Wow. This is an amazing stout. Burnt with a smoothness that is matchless from all the stouts I have had. Hints of chocolate but with a strong coffee flavor. Outstanding.

M- Carbonation is as to be expected. Smooth and finished crisp.

O- By far the best stout that I have ever had. It has a strong burnt flavor at the beginning but finishes smooth and the burntness is not accompanied by an excessive bitterness. If you have a chance to experience this stout and do not, you have done yourself a severe disservice.

BeersIsTheName, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

verge, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mendocino Imperial Stout has a thin, tan head, a very dark, chocolate-brown appearance, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is rich- deep, dark-roasted malt, a touch of anise, possible coffee, milk?, and some black cherry. The flavors are the same, with bitterness that is coming from the charred malt, rather than from hops. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Mendocino Imperial Stout finishes dessert like and sipable. Overall, this is the best beer I’ve had from Mendocino so far.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

sia478, Mar 29, 2014
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oldvines, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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TheBrother, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.