Imperial Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by allboutbierge on 09-04-2010

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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 81
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can discern but bottle is at least 2 years old.

A: Pours pitch black with a big effervescent medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving some pretty nice lacing behind.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee and some hints of dark fruit.

T: Chocolate and coffee up front. Fades into a nice char and dark fruit mixture (prunes and cherry) along with some really bitter chocolate. Some smokiness mixes in in the finish as well.

M: Heavy, smooth and creamy.

O: Not bad with a little age on it. Smooth and mellow and creamy for sure. Very drinkable. Lots of roasted malt and not much else. Odd bit of smokiness was a bit detracting for me mainly because I'm not a fan of smoked beers, but it was still plenty tolerable.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tobelerone
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to try pretty much all the Mendocino beers on either tap at the brewery or in bottles recently and this was the best of the lot, which is unfortunately damning with faint praise. This is by no means an excellent imperial stout but it’s certainly a serviceable and drinkable one.

Looks pretty good: thick and dark black with a small tan head that settles slowly and some clingy lace. Heavily roasty, almost burnt aroma with sweet molasses, anise, and chocolate notes. The flavor has a bit of a soy aspect but it’s not too heavy or distracting. Again it’s quite charred tasting with decent molasses and burnt sugar sweetness, some anise, dark chocolate, raisins, and a hint of piney hops on the back end.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation; could use a little more heft; feels decent but not very smooth or creamy. Not something you’d go and seek out necessarily but a drinkable imperial stout that’s a step above the pretty mediocre beer this brewery normally cranks out.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 drpimento
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with a large, tan, foamy, frothy, thick head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color, with aid of my trusty iPhone flashlight, appears to an almost opaque, but clear, very dark, almost black ruby red. Aroma is malt, roast, burnt, toffee, old coffee, cocoa. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, and bitter, a little carbonic tang and also a little salt. Body is creamy & decent except for some clashing high points from salt, burnt bitter. Finish is like flavor, good length, a bit boozy, and one is enough.

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Photo of RS3Sport
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: Perfect. The deepest opaque hues of brown, with a toffee tinged pillow of a head. Three solid fingers, laying down to a dense 3 cms of gorgeous foam. The lacing stays put to the last drop.

S: Dark fruit forward; more so than any stout I've tried. Dark prunes, raisins, and plums plunge quickly into dark chocolate, toffee, and Breyer's Vanilla. The nose mellows, as sweet milk chocolate and fermented sugars take a bow.

T: Bold sweet chocolate takes the lead, as roasted malts, boozy bursts, and a slight char populate the middle. The finish is dry and hopped up.

M: Medium-bodied Imperial Stout, with a dry boozy undertone, and a grassy hop finish.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12. oz. bottle purchased in Boise, shared with beer buddy in The Big Feb 2012.

One finger rolling Guinness like head medium brown, fast dissipation with uneven layer of head retained. Some chocolate in the nose, more nibs than dark, roast becomes more assertive once it warms, light citrus hops. The roast is more prevalent than chocolate and hops are muted at best. Mouthfeel medium, decent effervescence, ABV well hidden. A decent non-barrel aged RIS though lacks depth of flavor, drinkability helps overall score.

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Photo of IKR
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized medium beige head that faded fairly quickly.

Smell: Predominately coffee/roast malt notes. maybe a touch of brown sugar notes.

Taste: Primarily roasted malt notes for the most part, with maybe a hint of brown sugar from the nose. The beer finishes dry with some slight astringency. The alcohol presence is subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation for the style.

Overall: Not bad, especially considering the price but not a mind blower.

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Photo of Sparrow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a black with subtle brown hue. The mocha colored head thickens to a finger or two, and hangs around for a bit. The lacing is impressively thick and sticky.

Smell - Classic Imperial stout smells here. Alcohol and chocolate, overpowering a faint coffee aroma. Sweet caramel cuts through. Nice smelling beer.

Taste - Aggressive flavor, as is common with an imperial. A lot of chocolate and coffee dark roasted malt, brought in balance by sweet caramel notes.

Moutfeel - Thick, almost syrup-like body, with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is certainly on point for an imperial.

Overall - This is a solid Imperial Stout. Thick and aggressive. Mendocino should be proud.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours jet black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are bold with dark cocoa, coffee, and anise. Tastes are bold also: espresso, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and anise with a pungent hop finish leaving the palate rather dry and acidic, reminiscent of reduced balsamic vinegar. Alcohol is non-existent. Mouth-feel is full bodied, but the dry acidity takes away from the overall feel. Overall, this seems to be all over the place as far as qualities go. Has some strong points, but has some weaknesses also. Recommendable for a try, but there are better, more balanced RIS's out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black and a thick, cough syrup-cherry cola head on it 1.5" in depth, dense bubble structure, was so close to getting a perfect 5, it only needed a kickass lace job, instead, it was merely good. Aroma was roasty, a tad astringent. Was kinda expecting some dark fruit, chocolate or sweet aromas, but they weren't really there.

Taste, a substantial beer, the alcohol is there but isn't confrontational or oppressive, you can get through it pretty well. Really would think this could have a little more sugar or something sweet to help it along. I guess if you're looking for a 10% imperial stout for less than 10$ a 4pack, this is a good choice, and isn't going to have all kinds of confusing nuances for people. I mean, this is a way better deal than Darkness, it just doesn't have all the bells and whistles.

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Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77.6% out of 100 with 183 ratings
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