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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

438 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%


Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011)
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Reviews by Greywulfken:
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: center-pour into a large snifter barely raised a head; oily black beer left a spattering of tiny motes as it went down

S: roasted dark chocolatey malts; espresso beans

T: bittersweet dark malt, hinting at cocoa, espresso; alcoholic undertones

M: fairly light for a stout, crisp on the tongue at first, then coating; drying, chalky

O: a good stout, but not one that distinguishes itself from the crowd

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 21:04:00 | More by Greywulfken
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-13-2014 13:07:52 | More by hmmmbeer10
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-13-2014 01:16:29 | More by reitzbrewing
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jkd03c

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-05-2014 14:58:31 | More by jkd03c
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-28-2014 15:15:19 | More by wolf_switzer
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Alron

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-26-2014 08:30:21 | More by Alron
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California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-22-2014 16:28:55 | More by ImperialStout
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-20-2014 17:35:38 | More by waddellc2
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with a half of a finger dark mocha head that fades rapidly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma is light with notes of dark chocolate and burnt malt with a slight booziness.

Taste follows the nose with dark bitter chocolate, burnt malt, burnt oak and a touch of alcohol.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning full body, very light carbonation, smooth yet dry with a slight bitter charcoal after taste and some alcohol warming.

Overall this is a very nice imperial stout would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 20:58:33 | More by dtivp
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-18-2014 05:54:53 | More by Beerbuddy21
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Boxus

California

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My second time having this on tap, around 1pm on St. Patrick's day. It's a wonderful RIS, very drinkable despite its double digit abv.

The pour is a nominal pitch black, with an almost maroon tan head, which dissipates with little lacing. Smell is a sea port at midnight, metal and driftwood with dark cherry and just a hint of pine.

Taste is fantastic, and very true to the name. I've always noticed an aquatic character in strong stouts, something mossy and salt-kissed. This beer dives deep, awash in exotic vegetation with a coastal pine finish. There is something metallic in the flavor, but it's that stout-metal that I love, and it gives me the feeling of being on a ship at midnight, just about to dock. The flavor is very dank, with an aftertaste of molasses that lays on a little thick. I would prefer this toned down slightly, but I do appreciate how the pungent flavors enhance the deep-sea sensation that is this beer's signature. Mouthfeel is rich and thick but it goes down very smoothly. Considering the abv, it is remarkably well balanced and drinkable. This is a distinct sort of imperial which I really enjoy and will return to again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 20:29:11 | More by Boxus
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BoonebreW420

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-17-2014 03:10:05 | More by BoonebreW420
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2014 03:09:01 | More by aquazr1
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-16-2014 18:10:46 | More by Lare453
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2014 03:46:05 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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sia478

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-03-2014 16:29:19 | More by sia478
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raydas

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-01-2014 22:11:33 | More by raydas
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clayrock81

Virginia

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
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-28-2014 01:58:41 | More by Jeffrey2310
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TomG2751

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

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DrewShalvoy

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gelasin

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-15-2014 04:01:28 | More by gelasin
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-13-2014 14:25:59 | More by jwat
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2014 16:38:50 | More by Burkbom23
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Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.