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Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
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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111213forlife

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-06-2013 15:33:24 | More by 111213forlife
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-05-2013 22:06:09 | More by animal69
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-02-2013 22:57:37 | More by KevinGordon
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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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kwkdmk

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

New York

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
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maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-28-2013 22:28:49 | More by maketheheartglad
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

08-28-2013 16:40:41 | More by GraduatedCashew
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-23-2013 21:25:29 | More by DrunkinYogi
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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
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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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AnotherBeerGeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-28-2013 21:24:27 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
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JWearda

Iowa

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - pint glass poured from the bar tap

A - Jet black with a decent 1 finger brown head

S - Dark roasted malt. A bit of dark bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Really deep roasted notes on this one.

T - Very roasty. Tons of dark, rich malts. Some coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. A hint of toffee, molasses sweetness and some hops lurking around. Finishes pretty dry with a long bitter roasted malt and a bit of hops aftertaste.

M - Full bodied; thick and smooth. Mild carbonation.

O - Good drinkability for being 10% -- not boozy. Rich, thick, contemplating. An all around no thrills, but excellent imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 20:33:44 | More by JWearda
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-24-2013 04:23:33 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Broanoke

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-22-2013 01:06:35 | More by Broanoke
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marley2112

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-09-2013 02:39:23 | More by marley2112
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a thin mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S-dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, booze, and brown sugar

T-heavily roasted at first, then as it warms it opens up with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol.

M-A little thin for the style

D-very drinkable given its somewhat complex flavor

Overall, I was really impressed by this beer as I was not expecting much, but I must say I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:06:45 | More by thegodfather2701
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-03-2013 07:52:13 | More by zestar
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

06-19-2013 16:09:40 | More by mrfrancis
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:14:56 | More by IchLiebeBier
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HowlingTurkey

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-08-2013 20:22:01 | More by HowlingTurkey
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-07-2013 01:01:43 | More by Sludgeman
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KajII

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a muddy ebony black with a slight ruby hue and a medium cocoa brown head that bordered between average and large, which did recede down to a nice thick film creating some fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts, light floral hops and a meaty leathery yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (raisons and prunes) and just a hint of licorice.

The taste was a roasty bitter sweet with hints of chocolate and toffee early on, progressing with a mild hoppy bitterness, a touch of fruit, a bold coffee presence, a bit of licorice and a noticeable alcohol tinge right at the end. The flavor lasted a very long time following the swallow with a bitter roasty alcohol taste left lingering for quite a while longer.

Mouthfeel was full in body and dry in texture with a good strong carbonation, which is kind of unusual in a stout.

Overall this was a unique Imperial Stout with a bitter sweet fruitiness and a bold roastiness, which worked very well together along with the smooth alcohol flavor making this an enjoyable brew to sip on....

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Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 15:35:35 | More by KajII
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riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkest of browns, with a thin lighter brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Body is rich with some carbonation. Taste is of coffee, and bittersweet chocolate up front with a malty fruit edge in the finish. really good!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 23:44:57 | More by riversider76
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l1fted

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-24-2013 13:26:28 | More by l1fted
Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.