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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
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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ViragS

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-14-2014 02:15:32 | More by ViragS
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Brutaltruth

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Russian Imperial Stout from Mission Brewery. Thick reddish-brown head dissipating to a thin foamy layer with little lacing. Pitch black in color. Nose has chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and sweet delights. Rich and sumptuous, little to no hop bitterness, cocoa up front, sweet malts are not overpowering, light coating mouth feel with light roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and bitter chocolate. Aftertaste is light for such a dark stout. Fantastic beer from this brewery and would purchase again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 00:36:58 | More by Brutaltruth
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thomda11

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a growler at the brewery. I had had this in a 12oz bottle back before I moved to San Diego from Maryland, and I have to say that, while I enjoyed it from the bottle, it is much better from the tap. The appearance lives up to the name. The color is pitch black with a dark a brown head. The beer has a strong dark chocolate aroma that oddly enough reminds me of Hershey's Chocolate World in PA. The taste is strong, but smooth and possesses a medium to full body. The flavor is full of dark chocolate--as suggested by the aroma--as well as coffee and roasted barley. The coffee flavor lingers on the tongue and leaves a bit of a charcoal after-taste. The high alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't detract from the beer.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2014 04:12:27 | More by thomda11
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GatorCoop

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-07-2014 15:42:04 | More by GatorCoop
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hozersr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

06-04-2014 12:23:31 | More by hozersr
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

06-01-2014 17:21:59 | More by NJBeer265
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

05-24-2014 14:21:20 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-24-2014 02:23:30 | More by Latarnik
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Glanzman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-22-2014 19:38:54 | More by Glanzman
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-14-2014 16:55:57 | More by Dougwillhike
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

05-13-2014 23:54:59 | More by WoodBrew
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jcallover34

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-12-2014 03:13:50 | More by jcallover34
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ediaz

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

05-11-2014 01:13:34 | More by ediaz
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-30-2014 00:29:44 | More by Sspeer1
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PattyCakes227

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-29-2014 02:10:19 | More by PattyCakes227
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jpcarnegie

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-27-2014 04:59:11 | More by jpcarnegie
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of dark brown head on a black body.
The aroma is initially roasted malt and then cocoa.
The taste is rich and buttery. Chocolate and toasted malt mostly with some toffee in the background. Really nice.
The texture is super soft and smooth with low carbonation. Perfect.
A great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 02:05:44 | More by Fatehunter
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dwagner003

California

4/5  rDev -2%

04-24-2014 22:38:09 | More by dwagner003
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robotiks

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

04-24-2014 02:50:59 | More by robotiks
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4/5  rDev -2%

04-19-2014 08:10:08 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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hipboy221

California

4/5  rDev -2%

04-19-2014 07:03:49 | More by hipboy221
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rderedin

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-19-2014 00:44:53 | More by rderedin
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farrago

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours only a thin head but it does cover the surface, extremely dark brown colored bubbles, sizzles off swiftly, there’s a few lacing streaks of credible width, probably better than expected based on the head. The liquid is pure black, completely opaque, no way to even see if there’s any bubbles inside. The nose is a close to symmetrical split between bitter dark chocolate and coffee beans, good thrust as well in the raisin to plum fruit scents, touch of mint and vanilla bean, the roast is not overpowering which allows the strength of the sweet dessert like qualities to linger. Full-bodied, leverages its dryness to good effect, keeping it clean and well-paced. You do also get more roast here as a result, puts an aggressive charge into the coffee, chocolate, toffee, coconut flake flavors. The cherry, plum, fig fruit recedes some here, same for the flowers, mint and licorice. No citrus presence but there is a breadiness. Minimal burn from the alcohol, however, you feel the buzzing right off. Carbonation is average, takes awhile to even remember to gauge it. Long finish without going overboard trying to make an impression. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:25:49 | More by farrago
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

04-13-2014 13:07:52 | More by hmmmbeer10
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-13-2014 01:16:29 | More by reitzbrewing
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.