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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

537 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 29
Gots: 59 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011)
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Photo of JesseCap_13
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: Poured midnight black with a tan one finger head which did not linger long

S: dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight hops very faint though.

T: The taste follows the nose with dark chocolate. Roasty malts, and very slight hint of a dark fruit for the sweetness, maybe plum?

M: Medium to full bodied. Alcohol content is definitely apparent however it is masked and blends very smoothly and is complimented by the dark chocolate notes. Low carbonation

Overall very tasty, a great sipper and a very good RIS, will definitely be having this again

JesseCap_13, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

eawolff99, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +10%

WritersBlock, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
5/5  rDev +22.2%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of quaybr
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pretty light brown head lingers for a while.

Smells of coffee and chocolate, slight alcohol.

Taste follows aroma to a t, becoming even more invitingly complex with dark fruit as it warms.

Perfectly carbonated, roasted and chocolate malts are carefully carried across the tongue by a thick body.

This is a great stout, staying true to the Russian Imperial style. They're not trying to do anything outlandish here, and what they got was an extremely well balanced ale. If you have a chance to try this, you really ought to.

quaybr, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

shand, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of AApparel
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

AApparel, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Poured slowly and got a one inch mocha head, that leaves behind some beautiful lace, and pours pitch black. Smell is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, anise, and vanilla. Taste is all about roasted coffee and chocolate, yes this is special. Body is big, perfect carbonation, a little dry, and goes down easy. Wow impressed with this beauty!

SawDog505, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

MikeCactusGordon, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Sturmthis, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Bunuelian, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of wr3ck00n
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

wr3ck00n, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of pinnser
4/5  rDev -2.2%

pinnser, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also lots of roasted/toasted notes and some bitter coffee.

Overall - Really good and fulfilling a great beer to sip. The bitterness lingers long after the sip is done. Wish I had picked up a few more of these for cellaring.

spinrsx, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +10%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev -2.2%

TheRougeBastard, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of redbeav
4/5  rDev -2.2%

redbeav, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of CrispyFL
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

CrispyFL, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of mdcflacal
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color that keeps most light from passing through except at the edges. Thin head. Coats the glass nicely.
Nice sweet malt and roast on the nose.
Good viscous mouthfeel.
Good balance of bitterness and residual sweetness. No hot alcohol.
Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I think it's an excellent representative of the style.

mdcflacal, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Joshpu
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured black with a brown one finger head which dissipated quickly.

S: Milk/dark chocolate, roasty malts, slight hops.

T: The taste follows the nose, except the chocolate tastes more like a dark chocolate. Roasty malts. The end has a slight charred note. As it warms I start to get more of the milk chocolate taste.

M: Medium to full bodied. The slight bitter note hangs around for a little, but the alcohol, which you can not taste, cleans the palate well.

Overall a very drinkable beer. A great example of an RIS.

Joshpu, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Ohiovania, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of jra173
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this stout is as dark as night and completely opaque. it was served in a 10oz glass at the brewery. Nice, two finger, khaki color head the seemed to last most of the way through the glass. left a nice lacing as it went. This is one of the best imperial stouts i have ever had. i bought a 22oz. to go and will save this one until winter. Next time in San Diego i will make sure to grab another one of these.

jra173, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Robbythecuban
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Robbythecuban, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Thads324
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting so long for this one
Pours jet black like the dirtiest emgine oil. Thin dark brown head that fizzles to the edges and sticks there. The deep dark head looks amazing, you can tell this is a big brew.
Aroma is sweet plums, a hint of roast and coffee. A bit of dark caramel. Mild but nice.

Flavor Starts with a bitter jolt of dark bittersweet chocolate. Espresso and cream flavors, finishing dry with mild bitterness of earth and oak. It's more chocolate than I anticipated, but still big and roasty as well. The caramel sweetness on the end brings everything together nicely! Warming and inviting for more.

Mouthfeel is heavy but smooth. No harshness from the roasted malt and while the alcohol is apparent, it's balanced in the flavor.

Clean, smooth, tasty and drinkable. I wish I had more.

Thads324, Oct 23, 2013
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.