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Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Dark chestnut with medium beige head; excellent lacing

Smell: sweet; roasted malts; dried fruits; coffee; chocolate

Taste: Juicy malt on start; quickly hits with dried fruit and bitter grains; alcohol shows up in the mid; finishes slightly bitter, dry and full of chocolatey, bitter grains; coffee-like aftertaste. Not picking up much hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Creamy throughout with slightly viscous feel at the end

Remarks: Pretty excellent overall; a little bitter, but balanced pretty well throughout; complex profille

06-17-2013 00:14:56 | More by IchLiebeBier
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured jet black,even when held to the light nothing came thru,a thinner tannish colored head atop that held pretty well.Deep char and coffee roast in the nose,a mix of dark fruit and a tinge of vanilla provided sweetness along with light sweet alcohol as it warmed.A tad thin but quite smooth in the feel,heavy roast flavors with dark fruit flavors,the roasted coffee flavors are the dominant flavor trait.A solid RIS,not as sweet as many,but not as complex as many either.

11-14-2011 17:57:06 | More by oberon
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-15-2014 14:44:41 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-05-2013 06:34:41 | More by Beerswag
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nasa60

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-02-2013 02:07:53 | More by nasa60
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle pulled from my cellar poured into a bulb style glass.

pours out opaque black with a one finger of super creamy mocha colored head with big bubbles in the middle. very nice retention. bits of sticky lace, but leaves some nice lace when you swirl the glass.

foremost in the aroma is a lot of heavily roasted/ burnt malts. also lots of dark dried fruits, a touch of smoke, dark chocolate and just a small hint of citris.

again lots of heavily roasted/ burnt malts that provide for a lot of bitterness in the finish. also dark dried fruits, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, subtle hints of smoke, and a bit of a citric acidic twang. not a stitch of alcohol noticable.

heavy bodied, carb is pretty good feeling for the style. a bit chalky. lots of lingering bitterness most likely from a combination of the roasted malt and hops. the overall feel of this beer is very similar to the mendocino oatmeal stout.

drinks about as good as any 10% RIS, one bottle is enough in a session. weighs a bit heavy on the stomach after awhile.

02-02-2011 02:21:49 | More by dogfishandi
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-07-2013 22:40:54 | More by Seattle_Suds
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Jet black and a thick, cough syrup-cherry cola head on it 1.5" in depth, dense bubble structure, was so close to getting a perfect 5, it only needed a kickass lace job, instead, it was merely good. Aroma was roasty, a tad astringent. Was kinda expecting some dark fruit, chocolate or sweet aromas, but they weren't really there.

Taste, a substantial beer, the alcohol is there but isn't confrontational or oppressive, you can get through it pretty well. Really would think this could have a little more sugar or something sweet to help it along. I guess if you're looking for a 10% imperial stout for less than 10$ a 4pack, this is a good choice, and isn't going to have all kinds of confusing nuances for people. I mean, this is a way better deal than Darkness, it just doesn't have all the bells and whistles.

01-22-2012 20:51:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-22-2014 16:57:20 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -19%

Appears pitch black large tan head fine even lacing. Aroma has some dark hoppy contents pine citrus dark chocolate moccha notes. Flavor is a bit harsh dark acrid black roasted malts. Harsh bitterness dark fruits hints of butterscotch that don't meld very well. Finish is rediculous with a harsh unbalanced bitterness, some hops come through pine/citrus/herbal that don't work well with the whole experience. Mouthfeel is cloying from front to back, I'm not really feelin this dark beer. Carbonation is unrelenting, on the high end fo the style becomes a bit cloying especially as this warms up a bit. Drinkability, after a second bottle I had on hand I revisited not as horrible as my first gut reaction was, a decent impy stout that just wasn't meshing for me on mouthfeel and flavor the clashing of the sweet sided traditional dark fruits more of a west coast hop profile coming through for me.

01-21-2011 02:23:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-21-2013 22:47:58 | More by kwkdmk
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Pours brown tinged black; opaque with a thin tan head (despite a rather vigorous pour) that has moderate retention but leaves little lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, of course; hints of coffee and chocolate, not unexpected; but a surprise: dark fruits, mainly figs, are quite pronounced. High ABV rather hidden, at least before warming.

T (3.8) - Strong dark roasted malt flavor, with some burnt tinge and a touch of smokiness; spicy hops are also obvious here; more than expected. Hints of dark fruits (although less obvious than in the nose), dark chocolate and coffee, with the coffee coming clearly in the finish and aftertaste. A trace of dryness and hops in the finish. High ABV is well hidden.

M - Full bodied; with suitable carbonation.

O - Almost too rich, but a good sipper with well-hidden alcohol.

(light revision with new bottle in July 2013).

10-15-2011 00:49:00 | More by chinchill
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from about an inch above the glass gives this stout a big light brown head that settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear dark brown to black colored imperial.

Aroma consists of that dark black licorice, that I used to love as a kid, blended very well with dark hardy fruits such as prunes and/or apricots with some dark roasted malts sneaking there way in there.

Dark roasted malts, light alcohol, dark fruits, Hershey's special dark chocolate combine to make a pretty good imperial stout taste.

A full bodied beer with a dry aftertaste with some of the lingering rich dark malts staying around to entice you to take another drink.

06-20-2012 22:41:31 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-26-2013 00:32:32 | More by acurtis
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TheSixthRing

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance - Pours a black with subtle brown hue. The mocha colored head thickens to a finger or two, and hangs around for a bit. The lacing is impressively thick and sticky.

Smell - Classic Imperial stout smells here. Alcohol and chocolate, overpowering a faint coffee aroma. Sweet caramel cuts through. Nice smelling beer.

Taste - Aggressive flavor, as is common with an imperial. A lot of chocolate and coffee dark roasted malt, brought in balance by sweet caramel notes.

Moutfeel - Thick, almost syrup-like body, with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is certainly on point for an imperial.

Overall - This is a solid Imperial Stout. Thick and aggressive. Mendocino should be proud.

02-25-2012 03:14:10 | More by TheSixthRing
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BeersIsTheName

Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

05-25-2014 01:18:44 | More by BeersIsTheName
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2014 21:44:20 | More by tdm168
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -17%

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

Aroma: Dark espresso, red grape juice, and powdered cocoa. Very fruity with a slight mineral note.

Appearance: Pitch black. Pours like motor oil. Thick 1 finger tan head collapses to creamy layer.

Flavor: Mineral, slight metallic note, red grape juice, and a hint of phenolic band-aid. Espresso bitterness quickly appears, and lingers long through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Med-full mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Definitely not my favorite Imperial stout... Mouthfeel was there, but the aroma was intriguing at best. Meanwhile, the flavor was a bit harsh, and the brew had some flaws. I'd give it another chance down the road, but for now, this is not something that I'm going to seek out.

09-15-2011 02:17:50 | More by mdvatab
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours an impenetrable black with a thick and frothy tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, molasses, burnt bread, dark fruits, alcohol and floral hops. The flavors are similar with arabica coffee and dark chocolate upfront, along with dark fruits and burnt bread, molasses, floral hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich and drinkability is excellent for the style. Very good attempt at the style, complex and drinkable.

10-13-2010 06:32:26 | More by silver0rlead
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bashiba

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured deep dark black with a nice dark brown head, mild lacing and light retention.

The smell is very fruity with hints of chocolate and alcohol.

The flavor is big, very roasty and smokey with subtle hints of toffee and chocolate. The finish has a nice bit of hop bitterness to round this out nicely.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily and leaves a nice warm coating.

Drinkable and good, very balanced big stout. Nicely done by one of the more underrated craft breweries.

09-22-2010 23:25:05 | More by bashiba
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IKR

California

3.58/5  rDev -8%

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized medium beige head that faded fairly quickly.

Smell: Predominately coffee/roast malt notes. maybe a touch of brown sugar notes.

Taste: Primarily roasted malt notes for the most part, with maybe a hint of brown sugar from the nose. The beer finishes dry with some slight astringency. The alcohol presence is subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation for the style.

Overall: Not bad, especially considering the price but not a mind blower.

03-22-2012 23:50:13 | More by IKR
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Nage37

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-29-2012 00:44:56 | More by Nage37
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YogiBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-25-2013 17:42:13 | More by YogiBeer
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pitch black with an inch of khaki head that has average retention but excellent lacing.

S: Burnt malts, smoke, and charred oak all over with a little nuttiness mixed in.

T: Charcoal pit, some dark chocolate, strong coffee, and roasted nuts.

M: The body is medium-thick with below average carbonation.

D: It is like an Imperial Stout mixed with a Rauchbier.

03-02-2011 18:54:45 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Bung

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

12 oz. Dark brown/black pour, ample light tan head.

Malty aroma, light roast, good caramel with some chocolates.

Very malty, roast, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate. Finishes with some cocoa and roast coffee, very pleasant.

Nearly full bodied and near creamy. Alcohol well hidden. A great winter warmer and head and heals above the others I've had from them.

Reminded me a bit of Plead the 5th from Dark Horse. Far and away the best I've had from Mendocino.

12-22-2010 03:51:20 | More by Bung
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Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.