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Dark Seas | Mission Brewery

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4.04
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by srandycarter on 12-08-2011

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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 666
Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours jet black with two fingers of espresso creama colored head. Very good head retention with lacing to boot.

S- big iced coffee and oily coffee bean on the front end. The middle has a touch of smoke with a soft roasted malt. Finishes with a plum dark fruit note.

T- soft roasted malt and iced coffee flavors on the front end. A touch sweetness comes in the middle with some dark fruit notes. Nice alcohol warmth and a hint of licorice on the finish. Lingering coffee in the aftertaste.

MF- pure velvet mouthfeel with a viscous full body and light soft carbonation.

D- nice and drinkable. A very solid RIS.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

With a hard pour from the growler into a tulip, a pale brown head rises and slowly sinks down to almost nothing leaving behind a few wisps of lace. The beer itself is an astonishingly dark brown. Little or no light sneaks through this one whatsoever.

Smells of crisp roasted grains, espresso and sour, overripe dark fruit. Very discouraging.

With a sip, this starts out surprisingly flavorless with just a distant ambiguous fruity sweetness, but after a moment a husky roastiness fades into view. The change up here is intriguing. I must say, this is about at the top of my tolerance for charred flavors. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not this is too much or just enough. I think this beer's saving grace is that the dry notes don't linger, tricking my palate into thinking I've just sipped a porter.

Feels really great with a delightful balance of viscosity and a trapped carbonation that artfully delivers and then retreats with the smokey notes rather than just exploding into a carbonated, charred fizz. The way this accentuates the flavor really carries a lot of weight. To top it off, it finishes smokey and clean. Kudos, Mission!

A bit startling in the nose at first, but the dynamism of the flavor, pushing the boundary of roasted barley without being a charred mess and an engaging mouthfeel make this a fine beer.

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Photo of Enish266
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Phileas Foggs, $3.50 for 10 oz during happy hour.

A - Black with mahogany colored head. 1/3 inch head with minimal lacing.

S - Toffee, roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate. Exactly what you would expect for a big imperial stout.

T - First taste is of bittersweet chocolate turning into a dry coffee bitterness on the mid-palate. Alcohol is not present at all and finish is smooth but not lingering.

M - Low carbonation that barely coats the mouth.

O - A tasty beer that would benefit from a touch more body. This is a one of the better beers I've had from Mission and I think it could be a good candidate for some type of barrel treatment.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pour black with a medium dark brown head. Fair retention but with great colour.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, molasses, and licorice, classic.

T: Big dark chocolate flavour which dominates the taste. Nice sweet malt flavour, with notes of brown sugar and a good amount of backing hops, Yeti-esque.

M: Full-bodied and smooth, creamy and delicate.

O: A nice unbarreled throwback American RIS. Well made and tasty.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/2011

On tap at Mission brewery.

A: Black with a massive light brown head. Lacing is all over the glass.

S: Rich dark chocolate and pronounced earthy coffee with faint nutty notes. Molasses is evident, as is a whisper of licorice. Dark fruit is evident and restrained.

T: Pronounced earthy coffee with a strong roasted profile. Dark chocolate is bittersweet and pervasive. There's a lower moderate bitterness with evident molasses.

M: Lower full body with medium carbonation. 

Overall: A good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.