Mendocino Talon Barley Wine

Mendocino Talon Barley Wine

Rated 3.354 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Mendocino Brewing Company

Ukiah, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Talon has a rich amber color and a full robust body. Talon has been aged for over a year and has a traditional warming malt flavor with a delightful hop finish.

ID: 10014 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank6978
Overall Percentile85
Style Rank138 of 417
Style Percentile66.9
Lowest Score1.4
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.393
Weighted Score3.354
Standard Deviation0.623

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This beer surprised me somewhat as I was expecting it to be a bit darker and a bit sweeter. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavour taking malt to unsavoury levels. Lots of roasted nutty character in the aroma.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    If all the animals on the equator were capable of flattery, then Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en would fall on the same date. ..
    .. Has a great a rustic pine and sharp maple syrup aroma ..
    .. Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler in both time and space, to be where I have been....kashmir? .
    . silky sweet and hugely bittered .
    . We’re in barney...?...Rubble..??....Trouble!!
    needs a bit of age but hugely drinkable ..
    . help me mayonnaise!-Homer while entering ..
    . pours a red ruby colour, with a decent tan foam colour..
    .Anybody remember that scene in Miller’s Crossing when John Turturro begs for his life, Sure, "Look into your heart.", I cry every time. , What? ..
    .. A very nice barleywine, doesn’t take hostages, or prisoners, ..
    . Let me break it down for you like a fraction. ..
    .maybe a bit rough for some, but decent and better than most say, enjoyable at its peak....

    . I want the last check I write to bounce.

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 1.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 3

    Mendocino Talon Barley Wine 1.6 cheapdark Drank unswervingly from a 22 oz bomb. An uncouth muscular & soaring alky brew. Shoddier on the taste buds than I expected. Yellow clear and perhaps vaguely darker than a pale American lager. If there is any carbonation, it’s overshadowed by the alcohol. Wew, aroma is nearly all the enjoyment in this brew for me. Nasty ass kicken beer and on style; exactly what I think about the barley wine brew. Some of these barley wines are on par with cheap American gas station malt liquors. Near the bottom I’m getting a bit distracted. Way too strong.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Another winner from Mendocino. This one presents a deep reddish-brown cp;pr. Not much of a head on mine though. Soapy tannish-white settles quickly into a nice lacing. Smell is sugary and alcohol. The body is smooth and creamy making this a drinkable The alcohol comes through in the taste. Some floral hops and a lot of sweetness.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    one of the weaker (in flavor and body) barleywines i've had...especially american BW. overall it's still a barleywine, and it's got a decent sweet flavor and aroma of caramel and a touch of hops, but it's not all that great for a BW.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    I wasn't sure what kind of quality I was going to get here but for the price it was a no brainer. Reddish-brown color with a nice initial tan head and some spotty lacing. The aroma is the best part of this beer: pine, citrus, caramel, and a bit candy-like. The flavors I got were a bit different than that, lots of sweet caramel, maple, some plums and figs with some spicy light dry hopping in the finish. The alcohol isn't crazy hot but it's certainly there and makes the beer too sticky and sweet especially when the beer is a bit underhopped. For the most part I enjoyed this, however a bomber of this isn't the easiest to finish. About halfway through I was tired of it and it was rough going from there. Great price though, I just recommend sharing the bomber with someone else.

  • CYBERCAT 9564 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Aroma is fairly strong and fruity, rather like a cider, with some yeasty hints. Color is a rich, transparent deep brown with a creamy tan head. Flavor is well-rounded and fruity with a touch of sweetness and a hoppy undertone, as well as hints of caramel and smoke. The alcohol bite is strong, as with all barleywines, but not vicious. Texture has a good edge to it, and this barleywine goes down the hatch with fire and sass.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Caramel brown pour, no head or lacing. The aroma was hot alcohol and caramel. The flavor was similar with some brown sugar and a hint of vanilla with some mild odd flavored hopping or maybe it was a yeasty flavor. The alcohol was present and warming. Pretty good brew.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    An average barleywine. Poured a plain brown without much head and no lacing. Aroma was of brown sugar and something, where was the hop aroma. Flavor was brown sugar and a citrus?? hop in there, some pine as well. Expected more hops in this one.

  • MINGO51 678 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    This beer poured a light burgandy color and was topped off by a small light khaki colored head that left very little lace. Aroma was rich dark fruits, candi sugar, alcohol and sweet malts. The mouthfeel was smooth, full bodied, oily, and rich. The flavor starts off very sweet with plum, fig, and sugar, as the beer continued to warm alcohol, and sweet malts take over the flavor with the dark fruits falling into the background. For the great price this is deffinetly worth picking up.

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