Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged - Mission Brewery
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3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
Capped and wax sealed 22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. The pour is deep and dark with just a hint of ruby in the light. A thin cap of foam doesn't linger for long. Available to kick up a surface film through the pour and its associated aromas nonetheless. Deep mocha with a fresh pour.
Aroma of alcohol and chocolate spice imbued with a moderated blast of bourbon barrel. More oak than bourbon initially with the bourbon component becoming more prominent with warming. Pleasant and curious though a bit subtle. Needs a bit more carbonation to throw esters into volatile mode.
Taste of bourbon infused chocolate malt and a touch of spice. Creamy and moderate sweetness on the finish though still undercarbonated in my view, barrel aged or otherwise. Vinous on the finish as a result.
Overall hint of oak, light bourbon influence, undercarbonated, fairly well balanced, bit chewy, light to moderate complexity in malt structure. Decent but not world class.
01-06-2014 04:32:52 | More by HalfFull
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
chocolate bitterness, vanilla, cocoa. smell is much the same. smell is better than the taste, though. surprised by the three low ratings before me,, especially as the original, non barrel-aged, rates overall a 91.
some bourbon is coming though and this is a decent stout. dark cherries with roasted malt lie on top of a bed of slightly earthy bitterness. i'm not very familiar with this brewery and the ones I have tried from them have been C+ / B- range, if I remember correctly. I haven't tried the original to make the comparison, but this one is quite smooth. nice chocolate-milk froth on a more vigorous pour, the medium-creaminess lather holds a bit on the sides before breaking down and leaving the original high-water mark.
12-29-2013 21:12:01 | More by pkalix
Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mission Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.