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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

487 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 22
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-04-2013 02:01:38 | More by swetsastonic
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zillo043068

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

07-28-2013 23:04:41 | More by zillo043068
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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...).

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:42:05 | More by biboergosum
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Nobcefus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-22-2013 13:55:09 | More by Nobcefus
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mjh0527

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-22-2013 00:29:49 | More by mjh0527
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 08:52:58 | More by eric5bellies
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dwtyler

California

4/5  rDev -2%

07-14-2013 05:45:00 | More by dwtyler
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2013 22:29:34 | More by Bubbalito
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 14:57:25 | More by OWSLEY069
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-12-2013 23:05:35 | More by IanSpindler
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-12-2013 12:24:58 | More by schnarr84
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-12-2013 01:48:19 | More by Kmat10
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metter98

New York

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:07:08 | More by metter98
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%

07-08-2013 05:37:43 | More by MarkyMOD
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HuaJiao

Pennsylvania

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

A:Black. Super dark with a cocoa brown head.

S: Roasty and chocolaty. Enticing but not overbearing.

T: Excellent balance of the dark, roasted, chocolate and smokey imperial stout without crossing too far. It doesn't dry your mouth or bite too hard, but had tons of flavor to keep you coming back for more.

M: Rather light for such an intense beer.

Overall: Outstanding. Intense, delicious, savory, but doesn't leave you tired.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:45:03 | More by HuaJiao
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Kraig

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-05-2013 22:43:03 | More by Kraig
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 2/7/13

A very dark pour with the thinnest edge and some of the darker foams I've seen on a beer, it fizzles out quickly and leaves just a couple patches of lace but the seas are dark without doubt

S bakers chocolate and syrup, smoke, fudge, dark bruised fruit, chocolate covered raisins, coffee beans, faint cinnamon and licorice

T darker roast in the mouth with some char and burnt espresso's strong, chocolates very dark and the roasts intense, just a hint of booze but its well concealed for 10%

M thick and syrupy with enough carbonation to give it some life, just a little sticky on the lips with an intense coffee and bakers chocolate aftertaste

O if you like dark roast this one might be for you, big dark and thick with well concealed booze, pretty solid RIS that I've never heard of

This didn't pair well with the hottest day of the year but even dripping in sweat I enjoyed this big boy. I might wait for the snow but I could see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:36:40 | More by wordemupg
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Integritous

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-02-2013 01:50:04 | More by Integritous
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

07-01-2013 05:01:54 | More by mrebeka
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-01-2013 04:58:30 | More by ste5venla
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

06-30-2013 22:34:30 | More by vfgccp
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

06-30-2013 04:06:07 | More by JTomczak
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jbaakko

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-27-2013 13:18:59 | More by jbaakko
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

06-24-2013 08:27:45 | More by jaxon53
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pin

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-15-2013 23:23:19 | More by pin
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.