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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 50 | 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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Ratings: 498 | Reviews: 133 | Display Reviews Only:
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skriv

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-25-2013 22:49:36 | More by skriv
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

02-21-2013 02:18:07 | More by kbrown
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-20-2013 00:37:58 | More by AndrewMichael
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-18-2013 15:49:42 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Barbie

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

02-18-2013 02:58:12 | More by Barbie
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

02-17-2013 09:31:19 | More by chippo33
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jjchristiano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I really like this stout.
As dark chocolate in appearance as a stout gets.
Rich chocolate and molasses smell.
Taste is just as you would expect, no surprises.
mouthfeel is so smooth as it's rich and not a lot of carbonation
Did I say, I really like this stout.
At 10% alcohol its a nice sipper for my scotch snifter.
I was in San Diego last July and wish I would have known about this brewery.

02-17-2013 03:21:18 | More by jjchristiano
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

A: center-pour into a large snifter barely raised a head; oily black beer left a spattering of tiny motes as it went down

S: roasted dark chocolatey malts; espresso beans

T: bittersweet dark malt, hinting at cocoa, espresso; alcoholic undertones

M: fairly light for a stout, crisp on the tongue at first, then coating; drying, chalky

O: a good stout, but not one that distinguishes itself from the crowd

02-16-2013 21:04:00 | More by Greywulfken
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gwiedman1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-16-2013 20:03:37 | More by gwiedman1
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mfrogs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-15-2013 22:09:18 | More by mfrogs
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

02-12-2013 04:39:52 | More by BugTownPub
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garfscores

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-12-2013 02:33:25 | More by garfscores
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Goobastic

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-09-2013 00:08:14 | More by Goobastic
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%

Appearance- inky black with one finger of dark brown foam. It doesn't linger or lace.

Aroma- chocolate malt, dark and roasty, earthy some smokiness and cocoa. It smells like a chocolate malt.

Taste- Chocolate and coffee on the front (not bitter coffee) even a little meaty ?! some smoke and molasses, almost like a burnt sweet potato. A little dusty and some plum ( I don't get port like they say on the bottle). Hops balance out okay nothing specific.

Mouthfeel - alcohol warmth although the high 10% is cleverly hidden. full bodied but not sticky. A little sweet but not too heavy.

Overall- a tasty russian imperial from mission. A lot of their other offerings, i didnt care for, but this one is tasty! I would maybe bump up the IBU's slightly. Maybe more hops in the boil, not in aroma( this smells so good). I do suppose that this style does lend itself to be pretty sweet in the finish. Its good.

02-07-2013 04:40:38 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Bruin75

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

02-02-2013 19:55:00 | More by Bruin75
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GringoKid

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

01-31-2013 03:28:37 | More by GringoKid
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Zorro

California

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours like used motor oil. Damn dark colored beer Black beer with a small dark brown colored head.

Smells sweet with a strong Chocolate Aroma. Toasted bread and rum and some caramel and a little coffee.

Starts out sweet with a fairly strong charred malt taste. Chocolate and coffee. And that is about it. Tasty stuff but does lack complexity.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick, like full fat Eggnog thick!

Overall a damn tasty RIS. On the sweet side so if you like your RIS dry this isn't your best choice.

01-31-2013 03:06:59 | More by Zorro
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-28-2013 17:01:28 | More by mportnoy
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Haywire

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-26-2013 02:53:29 | More by Haywire
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 3.49. No bottling info. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours black with a dense half finger deep tan head that leaves wide swaths of lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet bakers cocoa, sugared dates and burnt caramel.

Taste is a mixture of dark chocolate, stone fruit, creamed medium roast coffee, burnt caramel, charred wood, mild vanilla, anise and a tickle of bitter pine sap towards the finish. There is a lottle booze but for the most part it is well blended behind the other flavors.

Creamy medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Bittersweet cocoa and pine finish.

A pretty nice take on the Russian imperial stout. Well balanced between the malty chocolate flavors and a decent bite of bitter pine.

01-23-2013 05:33:38 | More by ThickNStout
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-21-2013 00:44:38 | More by Mattyb79
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kaseydad

California

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%

Picked this up as a single....not sure of the scurvy within a sixer.

Pours a black ale with a nice sized beige foamy head. Very light lacing.

I am getting huge green olives in the aroma. No clue why. Some minor roastiness but again...green and now black olives. Dark chocolate. Dark fruits as it warms.

The taste makes up for the aroma. Roasted malt is big. Smokey and dark chocolate is present. Actually pretty darn good. Very flavorful. Long bitter aftertaste. Definitely a RIS on the bitter side so if you are looking for sweetness...this ain't it.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and silky.

Overall I was impressed with this offering. I think this is one of the better Mission Brews out there. The aroma threw me for a loop, but the taste is what we are all after anyways. Roasty and full bodied. And 10.5%. Couldn't ask for much more. Good stuff.

01-20-2013 23:57:46 | More by kaseydad
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NorCalYeti

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-19-2013 16:52:55 | More by NorCalYeti
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discdueler

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2013 03:57:04 | More by discdueler
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-13-2013 01:42:51 | More by oldedog
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.