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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial Barley Wine Style AleImperial Barley Wine Style Ale
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3.67/5
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216 Ratings
Imperial Barley Wine Style AleImperial Barley Wine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 05-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,682
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
216
pDev:
13.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
Gots:
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Lucnifter
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sisterofba
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GlennWB
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

B&D 01-2017

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from the cellar that is at least 5 years old at the time of this review. Poured into a tulip appears clear mahogany color with yellowish tan khaki cap 3 fingers strong that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

It smells of burnt sugars - caramel and toffee primarily with a slight mineral edge in the back. This tastes toasty and sweet with grain like caramel, toffee and solvent booze with some minerals like the aroma suggests. A little bit of wet dog character to the finish (i know, thats a weird descriptor but I had to write it since thats exactly what it reminds me of.)

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. An interesting brew that isnt really showing its age. Not sure if I aged this long enough to hit the sweet spot in its potential, regardless not bad.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRizz62
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nordbier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeTurner
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xJMFCx
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lynn
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jjski
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 3/2013

Fresh it was average

At 2 years this inexpensive BW is way good

caramel, figs, English BW flavor profile, smooth attenuated hops that are omnipresent, but balanced by sweetness from malts. No heat, just wide flavor. Very satisfying, not cloying.

I've got some expensive BW in the cellar: barreled bigfoot, arctic devil, Scucaba.

I'm not ashamed of drinking this: it's damn good. I will pick up another 4. Too bad I won't try it for 2 years.

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2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Strong aroma is fruity and syrupy, notes of caramel and cloves, a bit cloying. Pours a clear mahogany with a thick and rather fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor has a strong alcohol bite and a woody note, just a hint of fruit. Smooth texture has plenty of life, but finish is unpleasant. Well, a good effort.

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4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle we are drinking is six years old and it's damn good!

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Beautiful clear redwood in color. Mild head retention and some decent lacing. The color is quite nice.

Nose: Sweet biscuit, syrupy liquor, cat pee, dark candied fruits.

Taste: Syrupy sweet throughout, little bit of malt and hops coming through,

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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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