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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Imperial Stout is an impressive, ebony black beer with gorgeous ruby hued highlights. Brewed with several kinds of rich caramel and roasted malts, this robust, full-bodied stout is packed with sensuous chocolate and coffee flavors. The complex roastiness of this brew is interwoven with rich toffee, subtle dark fruit and a hint of anise to round off the malt experience. The intense maltiness is balanced with a floral hop flavor and the aroma from Cascade and Golding hops. With an immense original gravity of 23 Plato, this opulent beer finishes at 10% alcohol by volume. Imperial Stout is a lavish blend of sumptuous flavors, it is silky smooth and deceptively strong.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Aroma is of toffee, malt, vanilla and very faintly of alcohol. Poured a jet black with a tiny beige head. Taste is a smooth and creamy version of the smell with some coffee in there as well. Not bad at all.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Oh yeah. This is a good one. Good coffee and roasted flavors with just a hind of sweetness to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2211) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2012
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 decent except for some clashing high points from salt, burnt bitter. Finish is like flavor, good length, a bit boozy, and one is enough.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (515) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
A pleasant surprise. Nice imperial stout that smells and tastes all the right ways. Much much better than anticipated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2082) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2012
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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (1990) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2012
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monkeychugg55 (852) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011
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.


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