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Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
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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Photo of IchLiebeBier
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

IchLiebeBier, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of HowlingTurkey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

HowlingTurkey, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sludgeman, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of KajII
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....


KajII, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of riversider76
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!

riversider76, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of l1fted
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

l1fted, May 24, 2013
Photo of gritz147
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

gritz147, May 02, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Ajlvt, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of dheacck11
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is super dark brown. Scant mocha head that fades to nothingness in seconds. no lacing to speak of.

Nose is malty and boozy, with lots of dark fruit and some coffee and caramel notes.

Flavor is really quite powerful. Lots of dark fruit with raisin, dried fig, and dried cherry leading off. Followed by rich and biting dark chocolate, with a hint of slightly stale coffee. Booze is palatable, but not overpowering.

Mouth feel is medium to full, leaves a nice thick coating afterwards.

A nice imperial stout. Definitely worth a shot if you see it around. Not as complex and balanced as some of the big hitters, but solid.

dheacck11, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of mjgrady
3/5  rDev -22.9%

mjgrady, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of pheelingIt
3.5/5  rDev -10%

pheelingIt, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

blmar311, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jjchristiano
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jjchristiano, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this one aggressively into a snifter. I got just a hint of head that disappeared before I could really get any read on it. It didn't even leave any real ring. No lacing tries to cling to the glass. Body is a deep dark brown.

There is a very pronounced head on this one. Dark fruit, caramel and toffee are very "loud" aromas, having been very noticeable as I poured. Roasted malt is present as well.

Dark fruit and roasted malt are up front. These transition into dark coffee, dark chocolate and hints of slightly over-roasted nuts. Booze comes in and plays around the flavors at the end. As the beer warms there is a hint of dark soda (similar to a Dr Depper or root beer) in the transition from dark fruit to dark chocolate/coffee.

This beer is heavy bodied. Carbonation is about average. The beer coats the mouth very thoroughly.

CFHMagnet, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black brown, with a foamy half inch milk chocolate head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light sheets of lacing.

Dark cherries, prunes, and raisins open the aroma, with an underlying buttery toffee character and a hint of roasted malt and soy at the finish. Those esters really dominate. Chocolate surfaces as it warms.

Flavor reveals more roast malt character, with highlights of chocolate carrying into a charred malt, fairly bitter finish. Sherry notes combine with bruised cherries early, with a bit of phenol surfacing mid palate. There's some booze evident. Licorice and coffee emerge.

Body is on the light side, with low carbonation, a tad bit of astringency, and significant alcohol warmth.

The esters really dominate the initial flavor, and malt complexity is lacking. Phenols were a little offputting, and the finish was a bit bitter for my liking.

barczar, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

twelveinches, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

AlexFields, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

YogiBeer, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of tJyM4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tJyM4, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of discdueler
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

discdueler, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of irongator
3.5/5  rDev -10%

irongator, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Birdlegs, Dec 26, 2012
Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.