danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from Sea Trader Liquor & Deli. The appearance is a deep black with a frothy dark brown head. Flavors and aromas are a very fruity with sweet dark fruits, especially dates and raisins. Some subtle chocolate and anise notes in there as well. Medium to full bodied with a decent creaminess to it. A real decent old style irs.
demmbonz (438) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant surprise. Nice imperial stout that smells and tastes all the right ways. Much much better than anticipated.
Chudwick (1717) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours black with dark beige head and good lacing. Nose is candy sugar and chocolate. Flavor is more chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, licorice and alcohol. Taste is sweet at first and ends bitterly. Smooth indeed and almost a dry finish. oily texture. my second brew from Mendocino I think I will for more!
jgb9348 (4440) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, jet black coloured body with almost no transparency at all, even when held up to a light. Oily glow on top with a shade of a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, meat, alcohol, pit fruits, coffee and a ton of sugars. Full-bodied; Strong velvety chocolate and roasted malt flavour with a dash of pepper, some toffee, but mostly a deep and pungent malt flavour with a lot of caramelised sugars. Aftertaste shows a strong sweetness with a ton of malt and anise bitterness. Overall, a decent beer, not a stellar Imperial Stout, but fits the bill almost exactly - a deep dark beer with plenty of body and even more roasted malt with the most amount of sugars tucked into a bottle. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 06-December-2011 for US$2.29 sampled at home in Washington on 29-March-2012.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Re-rating and replacing my original from 3/23/12. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter on 12/27/12.
Appearance is opaque near-black with a chocolate milk head (small bubbles). Lacing is mild, but present throughout the entire experience.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee; slight burnt notes, but nothing major. No hop presence detectable. Slight alcohol presence with a touch of hotness, but not overwhelming or unexpected. Taste is very balanced up front with lots of malt notes, primarily dark chocolate with a touch of mocha. The middle and finish are all burnt notes and strong, dark coffee. I dont get much bready character or caramel/toffee notes; the alcohol is present, slightly hot. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, fills the mouth and there is some chewiness to it. Low-to-no carbonation, despite the presence of a good head at the beginning. The Mendocino Imperial Stout is good and appropriate to style, but it lacks a certain character that is present in most other imperial stouts. Unfortunately, playing it safe isn’t something that I want in an imperial stout; I want a touch of experimentation, or I want to be blown away by a beer that excites me. This beer is neither, but it is helped by its smooth character and drinkability.
edgallow (1634) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz pours black with a deep tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Taste is malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Nice beer
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monkeychugg55 (818) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Almost black pour with cola highlights. Brown head that quickly dissapates. Roasty aroma with cacao, ash, and anise. The flavor is sweet and burnt, with coca, applejuice and chalkyness on the finish. Feels like I got something stuck in the back of my throat. Alcohol is pretry subdued.
haddon90 (1374) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a diminishing brown head. Light caramel notes with brown sugar and licorice. Good balance. Thick, strong taste. Sugary with some coffee notes. A lot more potent then I expected. Oats in the background. Pretty good.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, ash, chocolate, lots of roast. Flavor is a bit acrid and burned. Coffee and charcoal. The bitterness is a bit intense and the mouthfeel is a little thin.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured black with a creamy brown head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of molasses, roast, and light smoke. The flavor found roast, dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of smoke. Medium to full body and a coffee and roast aftertaste.