Dark Seas - Mission Brewery
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Reviews by Proteus93:
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: This beer is black. Stouts are black. There are only so many ways in which I can describe the way they look, and words like inky and obsidian are feeling overused... as are phrases such as "pitch-black," "black as night," and so forth. It does, however, have a nice, dark brown head that leaves a creamy and rather thick lacing on the glass. That wins it an extra notch on the appearance scale!
S: The aroma is a nice toffee and chocolate blend... more of a creamy milk chocolate, almost reminiscent of being in a candy store rather than that somewhat intense scent of bittersweet chocolate. There's almost a scent of smokiness in it... not like the rauch aroma, but a bit of a charred wood note. Quite nice.
T: A hop presence comes out a little more on the palate--one that I didn't pick up on (at least as much) in the aroma. This could be explained away in it being a bittering hop, rather than one of the more aromatic varietals, and it could also mean that I'm blowing sunshine out my ass. Along with it are some nice, traditional chocolate and coffee notes. While the coffee is perhaps a little more modest, the bitterness almost works with it to create a bit of a balance. Strangely, there's a sweet note that works in there as well, giving it a little bit of a milk stout quality, though there's not lactose thrown in here. This is a theme that I've now found with two Mission beers... a bit of sketchiness in balance. That said, I do still enjoy this one... just not beyond a 4 kind of like.
M + D: The body is pretty much appropriate to the style... I might have personally preferred it a little more chewy, but it works fairly well with the flavour profile. I'd say medium, verging on a heavy body, somewhat 'creamy.' This is a pretty pleasant stout, though I think the brewery might do well with a couple of tweaks to their hop selections.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2012 02:07:19 | More by Proteus93
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4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Perfection in a bottle.
Pours half a finger of head, pitch black and thick. The head is the darkest brown I've ever seen. Dissipates in about a minute, but leaves some light lacing around the glass.
Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and mystery. I want to drink it NOW!!!
Taste is complex yet you can pick apart the separate flavors. Much like the smell: chocolate, some dark dark roasted flavors, and the perfect balance of hops finishes it out and lingers in your mouth.
Mouthfeel is in the middle of the road, just the right thickness for this style.
This must be my favorite. Every time I see it in the store I buy it. Can't get enough of this beer!
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 03:50:15 | More by verge
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.