Talon Double Smoked Porter | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double Smoked PorterTalon Double Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Brouwerij78 on 02-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of godawgs
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of IckyT2012
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVHillbilly
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pens1967
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdeese21
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of myelo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with no date poured into pint glass

Very dark brown with red highlights, 2 inch tan head with persistent lacing.

Raisin and plum aroma with roasted malt, caramel, praline and just a bit of smoke

Taste follows the nose withe prominent roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy pipe tobacco. Moderate bitter finish. A nice winter-time beer; would be good with grilled pork or steak, Bratwurst

Heavy body, coats the entire mouth, moderate ethanol warmth and moderate carbonation.

Overall a well-balanced imperial stout. The smoke here is quite mild and just lingers in the background compared to some smoked beers/Rauchbiers. A nice wintertime beer that would pair well with grilled pork or beef, sausage, mushroom dishes and caramel, nut, chocolate deserts. Everything about this beer ---aroma, taste, and mouthfeel improve as it warms a bit after coming out of the refrigerator.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Packing some power, and very filling, this is a brew to be reckoned with. however, it is not overpowering and is quite well done. The smoky flavor does nothing to detract from the solid malty taste. Faint hop presence. Very Good!

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first experience with smoked porter and I rather enjoyed it. Faint smoke and sweet vanilla on the nose after a rich molasses pour. Two finger caramel colored head leaves behind a thin layer of foam and some lacing throughout the drink. Taste is big and bold, not overly complex, with a nice punch at 10%. A hearty brew, the smoke is most evident to me as an aftertaste, more like that of a cigar than a smoked food perhaps. Not bitter and no other real aftertaste, this is an easy drinker for the power and a bit of an experience. I like it.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is not overly smoky, mainly roasted malt and chocolate. Nice dark color with beige head, almost like a cola. The flavour is where the smokiness sneaks in but is balanced quite well by sweet malts and chocolate. Not hoppy at all. If you enjoy dark porters or any smoked beers, you should enjoy this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a creamy beige head atop.Aromas are not overly smoky but it's there,mainly dark fruit and brown sugar/molasses detected.The raisin/dark fruit flavors are the main component on the flavor profile as well,mild smoke and chocolate round out the flavor profile along with sweet alcohol.A pretty solid beer but not alot of the "smoked" part of this porter,still above par for most of Mendocino's stuff.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mendocino Talon Double Smoked Porter has a very thick, soapy, beige head, a dark brown, with red highlights, appearance, and significant lacing blobs left behind on the glass. The aroma is rich and of dark-roasted malt, subtle smoke, and some acidity. Taste is also rich, and one will pick up exquisite, bready, sweet malt, underlying, yet mild, smoke, black cherries, bread crust, and sugar. Hop bitterness is low, but you might detect some char bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and velvety, and Mendocino Talon Double Smoked Porter finishes semi-wet and not unlike chocolate cake frosting.


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Photo of GregJ
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with 2 finger tan head. Smells of dark roast malts, dark chocolate, smoky and oak. Tastes of chocolate, charcoal, dark malts, smokey. Smokey/maltey aftertaste, full body and med carbonation.

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Photo of jemarent
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcat5150
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

I found this on sale for around 3 bucks for a 22oz bottle at my local used food store (AKA Grocery Outlet). For that price this brew is a buy all day long. Like a couple of previous raters I find this brew a tad sweet with fairly negligible smokiness. I didn't read the ABV numbers until I got it home. I have fairly sensitive tasted buds and typically don't like the alcoholic taste in beers much above 8%. However, at 10% I can taste the alcohol in this brew but it actually adds a nice "warmth" for a winter time brew and doesn't totally bother me. However, it does slightly mask the flavors of the wonderful dark malts typical to the style. The brew has a nice dark brown (cola colored, to plagiarize a previous rater) and the foam is a wonderful tan color with a nice creaminess and great retention in my glass.

As a once avid homebrewer, I'd probably revamp the recipe with slightly less fermentables to yield just a touch lower alcohol and bring out a wonderful maltiness that is somewhat masked. For me, that would be the difference between a 3.5 beer and a 4.5 beer. Still, a wonderful offering from one of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of samtrillo
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

On tap. Looks like a hearty cola. Nice amount of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a bit sweet and fruity surprisingly. Tad bit of smoke and toasted malt.

Taste follows up on the nose. Definite warm cherry chocolate. Slight woody smokiness at the end which blends with the dark malt to produce a bitter coffee feel as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. 10% melds into this one nicely.

It's my first smoked porter so I was expecting more smoke but regardless of what this one is called it was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Joebraggot
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of akttr
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Josh_951
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of tmcarter23
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Talon Double Smoked Porter from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 52 ratings