Dark Seas - Mission Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
(From notes) Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. I was excited to review this one as Russian Imperial Stouts are one of my favorite kinds of beer!
A - 4.75 - Has about a finger of dark khaki/light brown head of light bubbles, beer is dark as night - black
S - 4.50 - Chocolate, toffee, coffee, espresso, vanilla, roastiness, oak
T - 4.25 - More roasted/coffee flavors in the taste as opposed to the aroma. Chocolate/dark chocolate/toffee/vanilla too, but not as much as the smell.
M - 4.75 - Nice, thick frothy beer, alcohol well covered. Leaves a nice chocolate/coffee/roasty aftertaste.
O - 4.50 - One of the better Russian Imperial Stouts. Outranks Old Raspy in my opinion. Up there with Stone Russian Imperial Stout. Not at the level of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy but still good. 9.99 a four pack makes it about spot on as far as price.
08-19-2013 21:06:33 | More by ISmith87
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured into a chalice, head is dark tan, color is black, thick, nothing coming through this brew.
Smell is all as expected from a big, dark stout such as this: great roast and chocolate notes, very solid bitterness but not fruity, and boozy - boy this brew packs some alcohol punch.
Taste is very big, lots of roasted malt and chocolate followed by some big booziness; subtle notes include light raisin or plum, some coffee and toast. Note the booziness is not offending just noticeable
Mouthfeel is spot on for a big RIS, lingering sweetness, good carbonation and solid bitterness to compensate.
Overall, a very solid RIS, great strong flavors, good lingering notes and nothing out of place. big on strength.
08-18-2013 00:51:12 | More by mvanaskie13
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Black with a ruby red edge. Deep tan-reddish thin head with no staying power.
Deep bass notes of coffee, dark chocolate, black cherries, hazelnuts and kirsch.
On the palate, the coffee continues with bitter dark chocolate, chocolate covered cherries and some cola.
Rich mouthfeel with a port-like texture and a lingering finish. So rich that the beer finishes a little sweet. The carbonation is more pronounced on the palate than in the appearance. Alcohol here is well balanced against the texture of the beer.You know its there, but it manages not to be obtrusive.
08-14-2013 06:17:18 | More by Libationguy
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Not bottled date that I could find. Abv says 9.8 on bottle, BA says 10.5 (?)
This one pours like motor oil, thick black, leaving a 'coffee with just a dash of cream" colored head. Head does not retain much at all, and no lacing whatsoever.
Took a sniff. Hello! This smells pretty good! Sweet, cocoa, toffee, plums, brandy, all swirled together in a suprisingly not overwhelming nose. Mouth starts watering. Thinking fruit cake, the good kind from the olde countrye.
Taste & mouth were just outstanding, all the flavors in the nose coming through. Felt delicious rolling over the tongue. Alcohol not overwhelming at all, just got that faint slow burn contented feeling. Mouth was medium, not thick, not thin, or syrupy.
Overall, A very nice RIS, and I must admit to being a bit surprised, since I have not cared much for other Mission beers. Well done. Mission Accomplished (apologies for dreadful pun) Looking forward to trying this one in December in front of a roaring fire. If it tastes this good on an August evening...
Without date stamping, no way of telling how old it is, purchased 2 weeks ago in Reading.
08-05-2013 01:30:40 | More by MikeWard
4.19/5 rDev +2.7%
22oz bottle, 9.8% ABV. Wasn't it actually a Russian queen who was so fond of this style introduced by the English? An urban beer myth, maybe?
This beer pours a solid oily black abyss, no highlights, no way, with three fingers of densely foamy, bubbly, and kind of glistening chocolate milk head, which leaves some decent stretches of rock cliff profile painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells strongly of medium-dark cocoa, lightly toasted caramel malt, thick toffee, heavy dark fruit - dates and prunes - dry roast coffee beans, soft anise notes, an indistinct earthy hoppiness, and hints of warming alcohol. The taste is still big and chocolatey, the roasted malt leaning heavily in that direction, with some further caramel/toffee/treacle sweetness, semi-sour dried black orchard fruit, more charred, somewhat acrid cold coffee, lightly bitter leafy hops, and a bristling, but still as yet chained-up booze.
The carbonation is a little fizzy and frothy at first, but settles to a dull din soon enough, the body an unctuous, luscious medium-heavy weight, with a sateen creaminess, and smooth by acclimation. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, caramel, and lingering dark fruit well enmeshed, with random tics of smoke, coffee, and alcohol milling about.
A pretty stellar RIS, I wasn't quite expecting this after plodding my way through this brewer's hoppier offerings, so it's a genuinely pleasant surprise. Thick, oily, and chocolatey, with a plethora of sub-flavours underpinning it all. Good, good stuff - I'd like to have another go at this come winter (checking watch now...).
07-27-2013 00:42:05 | More by biboergosum
3.81/5 rDev -6.6%
Drank from my Duvel tulip
A - Pours a deep murky Ebony colour with a tanned head that reduces to a film and laces.
S - Plenty of chocolate, small coffee and raosted malts.Nice
T - Caramel, coffee and chocolate backed up by some nice hpp notes. ABV is quite prominent.
M - A little bit watery. medium to full carbonation with low carbonation.
O - Lacks body and a little boozy. Other than that its worth a go
07-14-2013 08:52:58 | More by eric5bellies
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
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose along with some notes of coffee beans.
T: Flavors of roasted malts stand out in the taste, which also has notes of chocolate and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and rather dry with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Russian Imperial Stout is easy to drink but is complex enough to make it a peasant to sip. It masks its alcohol very well.
07-10-2013 03:07:08 | More by metter98
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.