Dark Seas - Mission Brewery
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Reviews by Furlinator:
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours black with a 3/4 inch brown head.
Smell is of dark chocolate, coffee and faint dark fruit.
Taste follows the smell with dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is very thick. Almost chalky with low carbonation.
A delicious imperial stout.
09-21-2013 22:10:27 | More by Furlinator
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Black with a ruby red edge. Deep tan-reddish thin head with no staying power.
Deep bass notes of coffee, dark chocolate, black cherries, hazelnuts and kirsch.
On the palate, the coffee continues with bitter dark chocolate, chocolate covered cherries and some cola.
Rich mouthfeel with a port-like texture and a lingering finish. So rich that the beer finishes a little sweet. The carbonation is more pronounced on the palate than in the appearance. Alcohol here is well balanced against the texture of the beer.You know its there, but it manages not to be obtrusive.
08-14-2013 06:17:18 | More by Libationguy
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Excellent big chewy stout, dark as night pours with a chocolate tinted tan head...spent oil all the way. Big chugging bubbled carbonation, with chunky spanning lacing. Aroma has deep chocolate notes, dark bitter roasted malts, expressive with a bit of coffee like tones and ample hops in the back end mild citrus/herbs. Flavor is big upfront a bit of booze whacks you right in the kisser, but the chocolate creaminess/creamed coffee combo soothes the palate and it becomes a big dessert beer with bitterness from the herbal hops and dark roasted malts. Carbonation is ample pushes this big bruiser of a beer across the palate well no off flavors or lingering harshness, very drinkable big imperial stout. Overall I loved it up there with the best of the best in the imperial stouts, I like this and Black Out from Great Lakes just about equally.
06-13-2012 22:30:40 | More by WVbeergeek
4.19/5 rDev +2.7%
22oz bottle, 9.8% ABV. Wasn't it actually a Russian queen who was so fond of this style introduced by the English? An urban beer myth, maybe?
This beer pours a solid oily black abyss, no highlights, no way, with three fingers of densely foamy, bubbly, and kind of glistening chocolate milk head, which leaves some decent stretches of rock cliff profile painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells strongly of medium-dark cocoa, lightly toasted caramel malt, thick toffee, heavy dark fruit - dates and prunes - dry roast coffee beans, soft anise notes, an indistinct earthy hoppiness, and hints of warming alcohol. The taste is still big and chocolatey, the roasted malt leaning heavily in that direction, with some further caramel/toffee/treacle sweetness, semi-sour dried black orchard fruit, more charred, somewhat acrid cold coffee, lightly bitter leafy hops, and a bristling, but still as yet chained-up booze.
The carbonation is a little fizzy and frothy at first, but settles to a dull din soon enough, the body an unctuous, luscious medium-heavy weight, with a sateen creaminess, and smooth by acclimation. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, caramel, and lingering dark fruit well enmeshed, with random tics of smoke, coffee, and alcohol milling about.
A pretty stellar RIS, I wasn't quite expecting this after plodding my way through this brewer's hoppier offerings, so it's a genuinely pleasant surprise. Thick, oily, and chocolatey, with a plethora of sub-flavours underpinning it all. Good, good stuff - I'd like to have another go at this come winter (checking watch now...).
07-27-2013 00:42:05 | More by biboergosum
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.