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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011

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Photo of njnj2000
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Birmz
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSUNyikos31
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks nice. Dark chocolatey body. The head is dark brown with black highlights. The head melts from the side of the glass. I smell medium and dark roasted malts, lactose, and some chocolate. This smells nice. The taste has all of the characteristics of a RIS, but this one is richer, and heavy on the roast. Nice balance of sweetness and roast. There is some faint twang on the backend. I need more body and substance. The feel could use some work, but it isn't bad...

Overall - The smell is very nice. They did a good job with that. The taste is up there. Everything comes together well.

Photo of andrenaline
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I've really enjoyed everything from Mission that I've tried and I figured a ~10% stout would for sure be a winner.

A - Very dark brown color when poured but black in the glass. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Brown colored head with moderate lacing.

S - Sweet roasty aroma with chocolate, toffee, malt, and coffee tones mixing well. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out but it is relatively complex.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer and has complexity but is coasting on the chocolate/roasted notes that are very characteristic of a delicious stout. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some coffee tones that compliment. It is a powerful flavor that is very delicious.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but isn't as cloying as others too.

Overall, this is a delicious imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the chocolate side. I prefer the little thicker and boozier but this is a good middle ground between a barrel-aged and an export stout. I would definitely get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan and I look forward to trying the barrel-aged version in the future.

Glass- Snifter

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%

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Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.