Imperial Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

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183 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by allboutbierge on 09-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
183
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9%
 
 
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9
Gots:
18
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Photo of kwkdmk
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 maketheheartglad
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, dark brown head of two fingers. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, hints of raisin, chocolate and light coffee. Taste starts of with a bit of chocolate raisins, cocoa powder, and roast, and char. Feels full bodied, chewy, rich and thick. Pleasantly drinkable, and all in all, I'm pleasantly surprised by how nice, tasty, and rich this is given my usual average opinion of Mendocino.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JWearda
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - pint glass poured from the bar tap

A - Jet black with a decent 1 finger brown head

S - Dark roasted malt. A bit of dark bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Really deep roasted notes on this one.

T - Very roasty. Tons of dark, rich malts. Some coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. A hint of toffee, molasses sweetness and some hops lurking around. Finishes pretty dry with a long bitter roasted malt and a bit of hops aftertaste.

M - Full bodied; thick and smooth. Mild carbonation.

O - Good drinkability for being 10% -- not boozy. Rich, thick, contemplating. An all around no thrills, but excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Broanoke
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of marley2112
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a thin mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S-dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, booze, and brown sugar

T-heavily roasted at first, then as it warms it opens up with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol.

M-A little thin for the style

D-very drinkable given its somewhat complex flavor

Overall, I was really impressed by this beer as I was not expecting much, but I must say I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut with medium beige head; excellent lacing

Smell: sweet; roasted malts; dried fruits; coffee; chocolate

Taste: Juicy malt on start; quickly hits with dried fruit and bitter grains; alcohol shows up in the mid; finishes slightly bitter, dry and full of chocolatey, bitter grains; coffee-like aftertaste. Not picking up much hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Creamy throughout with slightly viscous feel at the end

Remarks: Pretty excellent overall; a little bitter, but balanced pretty well throughout; complex profille

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Photo of HowlingTurkey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a muddy ebony black with a slight ruby hue and a medium cocoa brown head that bordered between average and large, which did recede down to a nice thick film creating some fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts, light floral hops and a meaty leathery yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (raisons and prunes) and just a hint of licorice.

The taste was a roasty bitter sweet with hints of chocolate and toffee early on, progressing with a mild hoppy bitterness, a touch of fruit, a bold coffee presence, a bit of licorice and a noticeable alcohol tinge right at the end. The flavor lasted a very long time following the swallow with a bitter roasty alcohol taste left lingering for quite a while longer.

Mouthfeel was full in body and dry in texture with a good strong carbonation, which is kind of unusual in a stout.

Overall this was a unique Imperial Stout with a bitter sweet fruitiness and a bold roastiness, which worked very well together along with the smooth alcohol flavor making this an enjoyable brew to sip on....

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkest of browns, with a thin lighter brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Body is rich with some carbonation. Taste is of coffee, and bittersweet chocolate up front with a malty fruit edge in the finish. really good!

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Photo of l1fted
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of gritz147
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dheacck11
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is super dark brown. Scant mocha head that fades to nothingness in seconds. no lacing to speak of.

Nose is malty and boozy, with lots of dark fruit and some coffee and caramel notes.

Flavor is really quite powerful. Lots of dark fruit with raisin, dried fig, and dried cherry leading off. Followed by rich and biting dark chocolate, with a hint of slightly stale coffee. Booze is palatable, but not overpowering.

Mouth feel is medium to full, leaves a nice thick coating afterwards.

A nice imperial stout. Definitely worth a shot if you see it around. Not as complex and balanced as some of the big hitters, but solid.

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Photo of mjgrady
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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