Dark Seas - Mission Brewery
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Reviews by CraftBeerTastic:
4.51/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Ba Review #262
Served On: 3/22/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.8%
Date/ Code: -
Ran into this at A.K.A. Frisco's in Frederick, MD ($12.00 / 4-pack).
Look: An aggressive pour formed a 1-finger of dirty tan head comprised of tight bubbles. A very black and viscous brew. Some sticky head lacing formed but the head dissipated quickly. Alcohol legs were all over the glass.
Smell: Strong roasted coffee and rich dark unsweetened chocolate. Some lactose or vanilla sweetness seemed to be lingering around. A hoppy herbal quality also came through in the nose. Some coconut.
Taste: First up was a coffee bitterness that was quickly overtaken by a sweet chocolate creaminess. The middle had a coffee and chocolate component blending together with unbelievable balance. Things seemed to fade quickly towards the end with a slightly bitter finish and sweet notes returning for the aftertaste. The 9.8% ABV was completely hidden with no dryness whatsoever. The mouth-feel was creamy, but a little thinner than the color and body suggested. Very drinkable with good balance.
This was a very enjoyable RIS from Mission. Almost as good as Founders BS except with slightly lower drinkability. Go out and get this!
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 17:37:47 | More by CraftBeerTastic
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a black body with good head on top of an aroma that has dark fruit for some reason, booziness to it, a thick aroma of roasted malts and a little bit of sweetness. The beer is chewey it's so thick but passes along smooth thanks to a little bit woodiness in it (swear I even get a touch of vanilla and bourbon). Mostly a balance of sweet malts like molasses and a roasted, even coffee esque dry malt base. Again, like aroma, I seem to pick up a little bit of figs and plums. This is a pretty good stout with interesting notes coming in from everywhere.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 17:13:05 | More by clayrock81
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.