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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
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569 Ratings
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Tulip..

12oz bottle purchased mid-2013 with no bottle date so I'm assuming this is a little over a year old, maybe 2.

A-Pours like motor oil. Black I'm color with a nice sized mocha colored head from an aggressive pour. Very thin ring left around with a thin skin left atop. Nice lacing.

S-Dark bitter chocolate, molasses, anise, dark stone fruit, roast. Slight phenol kick to it as well.

T-Classic RIS taste. Big and roasted. Sweet on the front end with a bitter and roasty finish. Lots of anise and liquorice. I've read reviews where this was overly hoppy but I assure you those hops have subsided.

F-medium light bodied and oily and kind of juicy. A little watery with light carbonation.

O-Was not expecting this beer to be this solid. I'd imagine this beer still will age well. Had it by itself but this beer would stand side by side with lots of the sought after RIS's. It's mouthfeel is its downfall. If it were creamier and heavier it would be world class.

Photo of pererfromtheinternet
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spreetaper
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of serspecv
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pilsner style glass. Pours a thick, almost pitch black with a thin espresso colored head. Aroma isn't very apparent, yet has notes of toffee and dark chocolate. The toasted malt is robust and commanding before the earthy bitterness of hops come into the picture with subtle nuttiness followed by a sharp alcohol taste. Mouthful is really where this beer lacks, not feeling as rich as it tastes. Overall a great tasting imperial stout but not as heavy as something along the lines of Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy.

Photo of Hugh37
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HellAwaits
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lacks body and over hopped. Minimal retention. Slightly above average but doesn't live up to the hype.

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good beer

Photo of Dsimenson
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doom_deluise
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joecast
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dominated by chocolate but never overwhelming. As smooth as it can get.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskis
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of johlac66
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of SurferEric
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Solid stout but a little too sweet for my taste and the alcohol wasn't masked very well.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Alpha309
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of SeanMurray
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Better than expected. SUPER dark.

Photo of whatsajessica
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Josh_951
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.