Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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).
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2011 00:49:00 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Blind tasting (no visuals)--a really sharp, full taste, hard on the tongue but with overtones like a heady wine. Goes down too smooth for a high ABV brew. Some of the very best stout I've ever had, and I've had too many to count. But it's an Imperial brew for sure, not a Guinness easy-going breakfast replacement. Youzer! Sense the mixture of immediate taste (full) and the long lag on the followthrough (surprisingly complex and not bitter or out of balance). The other beers from this brewer do no especially inspire, but this is another beast altogether. I dare you to taste it blind, knowing nothing about who made it.
Serving type: on-tap
09-18-2013 20:25:10 | More by tiltedglass
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours jet black, dark brown head of two fingers. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, hints of raisin, chocolate and light coffee. Taste starts of with a bit of chocolate raisins, cocoa powder, and roast, and char. Feels full bodied, chewy, rich and thick. Pleasantly drinkable, and all in all, I'm pleasantly surprised by how nice, tasty, and rich this is given my usual average opinion of Mendocino.
Serving type: bottle
08-06-2013 00:19:05 | More by EgadBananas
Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.