Dark Seas - Mission Brewery
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Reviews by DarkerTheBetter:
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
With a hard pour from the growler into a tulip, a pale brown head rises and slowly sinks down to almost nothing leaving behind a few wisps of lace. The beer itself is an astonishingly dark brown. Little or no light sneaks through this one whatsoever.
Smells of crisp roasted grains, espresso and sour, overripe dark fruit. Very discouraging.
With a sip, this starts out surprisingly flavorless with just a distant ambiguous fruity sweetness, but after a moment a husky roastiness fades into view. The change up here is intriguing. I must say, this is about at the top of my tolerance for charred flavors. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not this is too much or just enough. I think this beer's saving grace is that the dry notes don't linger, tricking my palate into thinking I've just sipped a porter.
Feels really great with a delightful balance of viscosity and a trapped carbonation that artfully delivers and then retreats with the smokey notes rather than just exploding into a carbonated, charred fizz. The way this accentuates the flavor really carries a lot of weight. To top it off, it finishes smokey and clean. Kudos, Mission!
A bit startling in the nose at first, but the dynamism of the flavor, pushing the boundary of roasted barley without being a charred mess and an engaging mouthfeel make this a fine beer.
Serving type: growler
01-13-2012 22:10:39 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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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.