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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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 52
Photo of myelo
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 +6.5%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -5%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -0.8%
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 jcat5150
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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 +4.3%

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 avwrite
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Nice dark color, though rather light for a porter. Was expecting something dimmer.

S - Interesting smell. Did remind me of the smoky quality advertised.

T - Wasn't a fan. Definitely had an odd taste, paired with the high ABV, made the taste off for me. Lacked the classic porter taste.

M - Tough to gulp down.

O - Not sure if I'd get it again. Appreciate the Mendocino, but wasn't a fan of this particular brew.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date, poured into a snifter

A- pours a very dark brownish black with on light creeping through, small foamy light tan head reduces quickly, leaving no lace behind

S- chocolaty malt with some slightly smoky notes, but not as much as expected for a smoked beer. Plenty of fruity notes with a berry-like sweetness, a hint of bitter coffee at the end

T- the fruity notes continue into the taste as well; mixed berries with a with dark cherry juice near the finish. The chocolaty malt provides a creamy sweetness, the smoke is barely detectable, not even picking up any charcoal/ashy notes. Some medicinal hoppy flavors on the finish with more of that cherry juice

M- medium body with medium foamy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, alcohol is barely detectable for a 10% beer

O- this is a tasty porter, but I have no idea how it's called a smoked beer. I was expecting those smoky, meaty peat flavors, but this was actually quite sweet. It's a good beer, but not what you want if you're looking for a smoky beer

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Photo of Furlinator
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark cola brown with a thin off-white head that settles to a thin film and a thin ring on top and leaves light spotty lace.

The smell is of toasted wheat bread and faint coffee with a slightly metallic finish.

The taste is of dark smoked malt, whole wheat bread and a trace of alcohol on the back end.

The Mouthfeel is medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation.

A decent enough porter. Smokey, roasted malt flavors and a touch of alcohol aroma and flavor but, then again, this is 10%.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black, with a big (2-finger) bubbly, chocolate-tan colored head that settles to leave a thick collar of lace up top.

S: Chocolatey and fruity - surprisingly fruity, in fact, as I expected some char/charcoal and/or some smoke/ash, but mainly I'm getting fruit and chocolate, with the chocolate becoming more pronounced as it warms.

T: Roasted barley malt and roasted coffee bean foundation. Some charcoal, a good amount of chocolate. Finishes with slightly metallic bitterness, but the lingering aftertaste is mostly chocolate - milk chocolate - with a wee bit of heat from the 10% ABV. That ABV warmth is felt in the belly after a few sips. Quite good.

M: Seemed a bit thin at first, but after a few sips I got adjusted to it and it seemed more creamy in feel and medium in heft.

O: Solid. Drinks way too fast for a beer that's 10% ABV.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. No specs per the website. 10% ABV per the bottle. Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep brown, near black, with walnut highlights, forming a tall whipped mousse-like tan head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~ 2.5 carbs or so. The nose opens with dark chocolate, a nice roast character, black walnut, vanilla, and a subtle but very distinct house yeast ester profile on top of some subtle smoke. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, full bodied but not as thick as I would expect for a 10% brew. The taste opens with some peculiar qualities...smoke, bitterness, and green leafy hop pungency. This doesn't sit well until the aftertaste, when the dark fruits start (figs/dates/crystal 120) to come in and balance it a bit. Bitterness is moderate. Quite a bit of chalk in the middle.

I'm not really caring for this too much. The smoke actually clutters up the beer and detracts from it, and doesn't sit well with the herbaceous green leafy hops and bitterness. If they took out the smoked malt and dialed down the bittering hops, and removed any later additions, you'd have yourself a decent baltic porter.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a very recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, wood smoke, coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, wood smoke, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, wood smoke, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked imperial porter. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, we all know smoked beers require a delicate and a talented brewer to coax the correct balance of flavors from the hops, malts and smoky essences. Fortunately, Mendocino Brewing has several brewers up to the task. Let's all celebrate the recent release of "Talon (Extra Select) Smoked Double Porter". Hurrah!!

This is a BIG dark beer with ample roasted malts, something like a traditional Baltic Porter. This is a special and unique brew with LITERALLY a touch of smoked malt flavor - mostly noticeable in the finish. Cherry wood smoked malt provides a subtle and smooth sweet smoky flavor to this beer. Noteable hops used are the Northern Brewer, Apollo, Cascade, and Saaz. The hops used balance out the heavy amount of malt which actually makes the beer tastes crisp and refreshing without being overly sweet or syrupy. A somewhat shocking 50 IBUs (more than you typically find in a craft Porter) although this is fairly common in a Baltic Porter.

Pale Malts, Caramunich 80, Pale Chocolate, Chocolate, and Kiln Coffee create a a dark brown color that is just a couple shades this side of black and provide the beer with flavors of caramel, coffee, and chocolate to complement the smoke flavor nicely. This beer would be a nice candidate to bottle age for a few years.

I am not normally a big fan of smoke, but Mendocino knocked this one out of the park! I would imagine this is best served on tap (like most beers) and sipped slowly to absorb all of the depth and character of this unique brew.

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Talon Double Smoked Porter from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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