Imperial Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by allboutbierge on 09-04-2010

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Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A black as the night, nice choclatey lace
S sweet, rich aroma, no alcohol detected
T same as smell only this time, the wonders are done on my tongue. This time we detect that alcohol, though it is well integrated into the aftertaste
M full, I am fulfilled, thick lush brew makes itself at home in there
O as close to a 5 as you can get but I cannot legally give it that ranking :)

my favorite imperial stout

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Photo of tiltedglass
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.

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Photo of Brewmaster_Rick
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

MASSIVE chocolate and coffee notes, hints of charcoal. Heavy body, almost oily. Dark tan head, creamy. Damn well a beer you can dip a cigar in. Moderate bitterness for balance. Would go great over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Heavy, complex, near-perfection. One of my favorite imperial stouts for sure.

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Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Broanoke
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass gives this stout a big light brown head that settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear dark brown to black colored imperial.

Aroma consists of that dark black licorice, that I used to love as a kid, blended very well with dark hardy fruits such as prunes and/or apricots with some dark roasted malts sneaking there way in there.

Dark roasted malts, light alcohol, dark fruits, Hershey's special dark chocolate combine to make a pretty good imperial stout taste.

A full bodied beer with a dry aftertaste with some of the lingering rich dark malts staying around to entice you to take another drink.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out jet black. Completely opaque. Nice, half-inch khaki head. Looks like an Imperial Stout should.

-Smell 4.5: Wow, definite "tripel" smell. Lots of barley and malt and...raisins! Absolutely no "adjunct" smells such as coffee or chocolate. Very, very promising.

-Taste 4.5: Initial taste is actually salty on the tongue, but this is followed quickly by a subdued sweetness. Middle is all barley and hops and caramel sweetness, but again, not too sweet at all. Finish is long with roasted grains, hops, dried fruits, a slight dark chocolate taste and a definite (pleasant) bitterness. Wow, this is 10% ABV? No alcohol taste at all. Big, bold and delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Perfect amount of carbonation, but salty taste and slight burning sensation may turn off some sensitive folks (not me!).

-Overall 4.5: This brew is amazing. Not the best beer I have ever had, but it is still outstanding. If you were somehow able to take everything great about a stout and concentrate it times three, you'd have this beer. If you are a fan of Imperial Stouts and you can find this beer, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured almost black and produced a deep tan, creamy head. After dissipating it leaves pretty good lacing.
A very attractive Stout!!
The smell speaks of roasted coffee, chocolate, some malt and a slight oak wood flavor.
Tasting the beer, you will first notice all the roasted coffee flavors, mixed with chocolate and a hint of caramel. Than there is an unexpected hop selection present, which really lifts up the flavor. The malts are at the finish and build a bittersweet finish.
A very thick viscosity, very smooth beer. I think this will be one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Very drinkable and the 10.0 ABV are very well hidden. I loved it and recommend it to all Stoutlovers.

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Photo of travolta
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Coffee whipped head with nice retention and some very good spotted lacing. Needs more retention and some thicker lacing.

Nose: Charred malt, licorice, cacao, and cream.

Taste: Boy is this pleasant. Perfect mouthfeel, with licorice, chocolate, cacao, and a great malty backbone. The ABV is almost imperceptible.

Notes: This is quite a nice beer.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black and thick with a small amount of toasted sugar tinted head; I haven’t seen a beer this intimidating since Old Rasputin.

S: Smells darkly sweet with heavy malt, dark chocolate, faint licorice and some residual nuttiness, like a potent stout should smell.

T/M: Has a low amount of carbonation which helps it coat the mouth. More roasted barley char lingers throughout, mixed with some grape skin and tannins. Halfway through, a slight alcohol burn tries to push its way through and is then swallowed back by a clean, bitter and nutty finish.

The first sip has a bite, but it’s definitely more friendly the more time you spend with it. A great, “harsh” stout.

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Photo of Chaz
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A medium-firm pour into a bulb renders a very dark brown elixir, topped with a very dark tan (closer to brown) head. When held up to the light this is almost completely impenetrable, and appears truly black in color. Head is visually compelling, rather impressive, consisting of tight, uniform small bubbles and a whip of froth on top. Excellent lacing all around, and really lasts throughout the drink.

Nose is bitter, acrid, and brim-ful of roasted malt notes. There's almost nothing here with respect to the implementation of American style hopping, emphasis is instead placed on the malts.

A mild-yet-pleasant semi-sour lactic tang is present here both in the nose as well as throughout the drink*. Malts offer notes of light espresso (crema), dark fruits (fig), and cocoa nibs, and these notes are realized in a manner that's well better than average for the style, I'd say.

There's a sharp aniseseed/licorice note on the first sip, followed by a bittersweet/lightly tangy character. Roasty, with notes of chocolate in the aromatics. Bitterness lingers very well throughout. Sweetness is restrained. Notes of dark and roasted malts as well as espresso are heightened as this warms, and complement the lingering bitterness quite well.

Mouthfeel is above average for the style, and this is a very easy drinker for 10%!

A classic rendition, and it's probably worth tracking down more bottles for the cellar.

* Reminds me fondly of 'Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout'.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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