Dark Seas - Mission Brewery
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Reviews by Proteus93:
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
01-29-2012 02:07:19 | More by Proteus93
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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 498 ratings.