bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The deepest mahogany pour, with ruby hues to the fringes. Itís head is a 3-finger creamy-tan that reduces to a ring of suds that leaves light soapy lace down the glass. The nose is malty, with some dark fruity notes and coffee. Roasted coffee flavors, alongside toasted malt and some dark esters. Light herbal bitters grace the lingering finish. This feels more like a "black and tan" than a true porter, but appreciated nonetheless. I think itís a nice combination of styles, providing an easy quaff inside layers of complexity. The silky mouthfeel, medium body and superbly integrated carbonation levels integrate well. Tasty, and would make for a great sessionista!
matthewjk (1060) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$3.50 / 220z bomb - This is not offense, but not the best "black & tan" or blend that I have consumed. Has a pleasant bitter bite, but has some hop and malt balance issues. Palate is thin and quickly fades. Overall: an okay and affordable 220z.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is roasted and light malts with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts, cocoa, toffee and dark fruit.
DialSquare (4238) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from liquor loft. dark brown pour with medium tan head. aroma of pine, mint, caramel, dark fruits - nice. tastes are ashy harsh malts mixed with a lively fizzy carbonation. little one dimensional - but works ok that way.
drowland (7881) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma on this is old ale with caramel, toffee, a hint of water, and maybe some paper. The flavor is slightly sweet, minerally, paper, ash, watery, and generally not that awesome. Again disappointed by Mendocino.
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is like a fruity stout with a slightly hidden gingerbread smell, overall though the smell is subtle. Appearance reminds me of a very dark ale, but you can still see through the drink near the bottom; there is a very small head that does not cling to the glass at all once tilted. The flavor is strange, it is a little metallic near the very end and during the very beginning but the roasted malts and a mild hoppiness help to mitigate it. Unfortunately, I would say the the overall flavors are most similar to the ale side of the spectrum and the stout portion is disappointingly diluted. The feel in my mouth is a little off too; imagine skim milk, creamy but still pretty watery. Honestly Iím a little disappointed, as the beer appears to have very little body behind it but is still enjoyable.
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a rich tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-roasty. Taste is sweet medium malt-roasty/some chocolate, earthy hops. Medium body. Soft carbonation.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Eddie down at express liquor in PB.. Pours a very dark chocolate with red highlights when head up to the light..smells of toffee and I catch some sweetness maybe molassas and a bit of coffee as it slowly warms.. Very thin to the palate, I know it not a true porter but rather a blend but still very thin and honestly almost enough carbination to taste like a flat coca cola.. I taste very light licorice upfront w another flavor my palate cannot fully comprehend, possibly a roasted flavoring of some sort.. There is some syrupy sweetness on the finish and a light tartness.. All that being said, there is something I find very soothing with each sip and the balance between bitter and sweet is done pretty well.. Definitely a beer you sip and take your time.. Im not taking her home to meet the parents just yet, but shes worth a second date during the week..
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from bhensonb) Pours dark brownish/black with ruby highlights and a tan head that eventually dissipates to nothing. Aroma starts out kind of tart, with a berry-like character and additional smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Similar to a foreign stout in some respects. Further warming reveals some dark fruit, light smoke, beef jerky, and spent coffee grounds. Taste is simplistic, with dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, and coffee thatís been sitting out for too long. Also a bit of berry skin tartness in there too. Mouthfeel is really thin, and the carbonation is really high for the style. An ok beer, nothing all that offensive, but the mouthfeel could use some thickening. Thanks Bill!
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mendocino Black Eye Ale is just on the edge of brown and black. The big, fluffy, beige head has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a slightly sweet, roasty aroma, with tangy malt on the nose. There are notes of brown sugar and something slightly herbal. Itís medium bodied and smooth. The finish is a little scratchy and metallic. Itís a little sweet, a little bitter; good balance. It tastes roasty with notes of dark chocolate, licorice and black cherry. The rumbly, boozy finish makes it taste stronger than it is. Green bitterness provides the aftertaste. Itís reasonably complex; not for chugging.