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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

503 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 24
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Florida

2/5  rDev -51%

08-10-2014 00:19:03 | More by JHendu
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

02-17-2013 09:31:19 | More by chippo33
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

bottle says 9.8, not 10.5 but oh well. This is a damn dark beer. Black as night with a thin mocha head.

Immediate bitter black coffee flavor on the tip of the tongue. Slightly astringent with an earthy/medicinal bitterness. Alcohol content is well hidden but coffee flavors dominate with some faint chocolate and caramel notes. Alot of sweetness upfront with the right amount of bitterness to balance. Although the beer is in no way offensive and is well balanced, for such a big style of beer, it's simple. No layers, just straight up simple flavors that dont go deep enough.

If you want a nice drunk off four beers with quaff-able flavor, than sure this beer will do it, but at the price theres better then this for the same price (Yeti) ahem (Yeti)

08-24-2012 00:34:35 | More by jtierney89
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mhbarber

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

11-07-2012 21:33:37 | More by mhbarber
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-09-2013 07:25:34 | More by ohiobeer29
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-13-2013 02:12:39 | More by timjim1327
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Yodo

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.5%

10-22-2012 05:50:52 | More by Yodo
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-18-2013 15:49:42 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Phelps

Arizona

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Enjoyed at World of Beer in a snifter.

Pitch black, as dark as the bottom of the ocean. One inch of thick cream like sea foam. Light, sandy tan.

Light aroma. A little anise, torched bread, dark chocolate. Bitter, black stuff.

Same deal here. Very black, with malts burnt to a crisp. A little acrid, with licorice, a touch of cocoa. Splashes of sweetness at the swallow and a touch of oatmeal as it warms.

Medium body. Smooth, with velvety carbonation. Only a hint of alcohol heat, but more than a hint of burnt bitterness.

Meh. Too light, too bitter and burnt for my tastes.

10-02-2012 07:08:34 | More by Phelps
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dorkinajeep

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-16-2012 20:47:42 | More by dorkinajeep
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themind

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%

Not a bad stout, I enjoyed it. Pours a dark small head and has a good mouth feel. First time trying a beer from this brewery and I would go back for seconds. Brew is worth a look. Notes of molasses make this stout a decent beer in the World of Stouts.

Bottom Line: I would not turn it down.

01-08-2013 01:43:36 | More by themind
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MaddMatt639

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%

Tasted on February 23, 2013:

A: A very dark brown, borderline black. Half an inch head that's a light brown/reddish color. No lacing and no long lasting retention.

S: A strong aroma of chocolate and a very slight hint of malt.

T: The chocolate notes are not as strong at first, but sneak up on you after a few seconds. Taste a sweetness, kind of like molasses and a slight bitterness in the end.

M: Somewhat of a heavy feeling. Not a long lasting taste, but I can feel the weight of the beer in my mouth.

O: Not a bad stout, but I was hoping for more. Enjoyed the aroma and taste, but not the aftertaste.

02-26-2013 03:24:41 | More by MaddMatt639
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. 9.8%.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a rich vibrant tan colour two finger head of excellent cream, great thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. Opaque. Very appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, cream, roasted barley, and hints of a fruit ester (looking at the label, I assume it's plum). A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, light roasted barley, vague chocolate, and out of place plum. Alcohol comes through. An imbalanced flavour profile. The cream is nice. It's built decently, but feels like a missed opportunity. After the appearance and aroma, I expected more. Not horribly complex or subtle. Pleasant to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick. Adequately carbonated. Complements the flavours decently. Should be coarser and more dry. Far too smooth and slick.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but the alcohol does come through. It's a decent imperial stout, but will get lost alongside the many better beers in the style. Nice try, Mission, but you gotta do better to run with the big dogs.

Good call on the small bottle size.

C+

04-28-2012 04:14:59 | More by kojevergas
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jkd03c

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

04-05-2014 14:58:31 | More by jkd03c
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-09-2012 06:53:08 | More by Rollzroyce21
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-21-2012 02:17:53 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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s4s

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

06-06-2012 02:06:49 | More by s4s
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a roasty note of coffee and a touch of alcohol. In the taste, roasty coffee to a big chocolate like presence, with an alcohol note. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small coffee and chocolate note in the aftertaste. Decent, but just about average, and a bit boozy.

07-13-2013 14:57:25 | More by OWSLEY069
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -15.7%

Served from a bottle into a pint glass

A: As pitch black as it's name suggests with a monk-like fringe of brown foam around the inside of the glass that remains throughout. No lacing

S: Highly roasted --> burnt grains, some bitter chocolate and a hint of cherry (they say plum on the bottle, but seems more like cherry to me), plus lots of alcohol -- even more than the 9.8 ABV would suggest. The force is strong in this one.

T: Bitter from the roasted grains and chocolate, but not unpleasantly so -- enough to nicely balance the malty/alcohol sweetness. Would prefer a more rounded finish, but overall, not bad at all.

M: Too syrupy for my taste, with no carbonation to speak of to wake up the tongue. I know it's an RIS, but this just coats your tongue and then .... stays there.

O: I'm less of a stout fancier than many here, so take this for what it's worth. There's nothing here that would prevent me from drinking another one of these, but nothing that would lead me on a mission to seek it out, either. I particularly would have liked a bit more carbonation to lighten things up a bit. I'd treat this as a "dessert" beer -- a nice last call to finish an evening, but never earlier than that.

03-13-2013 15:57:32 | More by LCB_Hostage
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -15.2%

A: Viscose, crude oil black pour produces a chocolate colored head of 2 finger statue. Head retntion is solid with a thick and creamy consistency. Lacing sticks well as a solid film coating and thick saturn like rings adore the vessel. The coloring shows some red velvet cake highlights when caught with light around the edges.

S: Nose is lacking a bit in strenght and complexity, some leather, burnt chocolate, cocoa and some milkiness. Mellow soft delivery.

T: Flavor faired much better then nose, roasted chocolate offering, coffee, marshmellow with some esspresso-laced alcohol tones. Burnt barley, burnt oak cask with a bit of alcohol solvent nature upon the swallow.

M: a bit full, creamy and viscose, with a little edginess in texture. Some roasty alcohol warmth.

O: Overall finish shows some solvent nature, may be batch to batch. Range of complexity is only modest in a strong field so a 3.5 overall feels about right here where there are so many bigger and better offering that make a much bolder statement.

12-10-2013 00:52:30 | More by beerthulhu
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

12oz bottle $2.99. Color is pitch black and the head is a little darker than most RIS, almost brown. Aroma is slightly malty, hints of some dark fruit. Flavor is malty, almost has a note of chocolate but then recedes into a plum or raisin like flavor backed by malts. Sort of reminds me of Stone IRS. Overall its not bad and the alcohol was well hidden. It is sort of thick, hevay and took me a little while to drink it.

04-18-2013 01:18:40 | More by ArrogantB
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

05-27-2013 01:18:47 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

09-07-2013 04:51:14 | More by ScaryEd
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RuinDees


3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-18-2014 05:31:49 | More by RuinDees
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

09-23-2013 00:01:57 | More by crobinso
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Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.