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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-inky black with just a thin layer of dark tan head that quickly disappears to leave a ring around the edge

S-smell's very nice. Lots of roasted malt, black coffee, molasses, light dark fruit sweetness, and finishes with a bit of smoke

T-taste is similar to the smell, chocolate heavy with roasted malt, roasted coffee, and light brown sugar.

M-smooth and creamy, medium body, good carbonation

Overall I would definitely have this again, really nice chocolate and coffee flavors, smooth and creamy, and well hidden alcohol

Photo of MaddMatt639
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on February 23, 2013:

A: A very dark brown, borderline black. Half an inch head that's a light brown/reddish color. No lacing and no long lasting retention.

S: A strong aroma of chocolate and a very slight hint of malt.

T: The chocolate notes are not as strong at first, but sneak up on you after a few seconds. Taste a sweetness, kind of like molasses and a slight bitterness in the end.

M: Somewhat of a heavy feeling. Not a long lasting taste, but I can feel the weight of the beer in my mouth.

O: Not a bad stout, but I was hoping for more. Enjoyed the aroma and taste, but not the aftertaste.

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Stone IRS Snifter.

A: Pours black with dark khaki brown head. Head recedes quickly.

S: Chocolate, Roasted malts, slight hint of coffee.

T: Creamy chocolate. Roasted malt, very slight hint of coffee. Also slight lingering alcohol burn.

M: Thick, smooth and creamy. Very very slight bitter finish. Doesn't coat the mouth with stickiness.

O: Fantastic RIS, similar to Founders Imperial stout. Smooth, creamy and chocolatey. And a bargain for the $6.75 bomber price.

Photo of skriv
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

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

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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gwiedman1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mfrogs
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of garfscores
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zorro
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mattyb79
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.