Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged - Mission Brewery

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: n/a
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.25% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TheCrowsNest on 12-19-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 59
Photo of pkalix
4.31/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (731 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.72/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (967 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.72/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: nice head off white to mocha head body is rich and black looks like great lacing

S: Dark chocolate, more of a sharp Whiskey smell than bourbon, smells dry, leather, mail pouch tobacco if that makes sense to people who chewed it's sharp smelling

T: Dark chocolate on the taste not very sweet which is surprising the taste is not heavy with toffee vanilla like you would expect it's sharp and clean with a bourbon taste that is bam and gone and a little coffee it's actually amazing it's so clean

M: Medium to full it's not lush but the bit of dryness and cleanness of the finish is very appealing

O: This is a great stout that isn't crazy bourbon forward or crazy sweet, not that either of these characteristics are bad but it makes this beer interesting because you can really define the beer in which a lot of barrel aged beers get lost in their barrels. I can see where people are going to ding this beer for not being barrel forward or lush but that's what makes you stand up and go damn this is pretty good . (1,057 characters)

Photo of chakadrum
3.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewery on cask in a nice beer snifter. Great dark tan lacing as I sip. I wanted more bourbon barrel out of this. Supposedly aged for a long time in Four Roses barrels. Being on cask definitely is a factor in the mouthfeel but it is smooth and a little creamy. There is something a little odd in the smell. Seems to be missing something. (353 characters)

Photo of Original_Gravity
3/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. I don't get any bourbon smell or flavor, it just tastes like the base Dark Seas (which I like). I've read other reviews that claim that this has great bourbon flavor, not sure what's wrong with mine (or me). And at $20 for the bottle, I have to say I'm incredibly disappointed. (312 characters)

Photo of RobertClevenger
4.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz bottle poured into 2 large snifters

Pours a dark brown almost black with thick dark brown head that slowly subsides to thick lacing

Aromas of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate

Sweet Bourbon flavor is pretty forward, but not overpowering. Followed by dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt

Fairly viscous, medium to thick body. Holds flavor very nicely.

Overall an excellent beer especially with a year on it. I picked up two of this years with equal expectations. (497 characters)

Photo of Nathaniel4321
3.9/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall Good Beer. Cool malt hop balance, some complexity from the barrel aging. Lacks a tiny bit of the mouth feel I was looking for, but an excellent beer. (157 characters)

Photo of Jkashuk
2.36/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer. An imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels from a known San Diego brewery. Upon opening the smell was a bit harsh but had notes of the bourbon. When pouring it looked great with good viscosity. On my pallet the beer was flat tasting and bitter at the end. Maybe I got a bad bottle but overall I was very disappointed (349 characters)

Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mission Brewery
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