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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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487 Ratings
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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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brystmar

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fully opaque, black body rests below frothy brown head and lace. Pretty good retention on the latter, not so much on the former. Dark chocolate roast and booze greet my nose, lacking the delicious complexity I was hoping for.

Dark roast, bitter baker's chocolate, strongly boozy. Flavors integrated better when cold; depth seems to suffer as the bitter alcoholic bite at the end strengthens when the beer warms. Regardless, its thick body pleases my palate.

Glad to tick this extra, but it's impossible to justify purchasing this beer when Founders' stouts adorn my local shelves.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:32:43 | More by brystmar
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-26-2012 00:24:29 | More by waiting4lunch
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a rich black color with a dark brown finger of frothy head. Strong retention and good lacing. The look is right on. Aroma is too, packing a lot of chocolate, roasty, charred malt, a hint of anise and coffee, subtle booziness. Everything you’d expect for the style if not an overwhelming bouquet.

The flavor follows the nose; there’s moderate sweetness and a pretty assertive chocolate presence, subtler anise, medium char/roastiness, a touch of coffee and booziness. Lightly hopped with a sticky, lip-smacking finish and a bit of lingering bitterness from both hops and roasted malt. The booze presence is there but it’s restrained, appropriate, and pleasantly warming.

Medium-full bodied, a little chewy, smooth and creamy carbonation. Excellent feel.

This is a really good non-barrel aged RIS and thankfully it’s in an affordable 12oz package. Definitely my favorite beer by Mission so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:36:37 | More by tobelerone
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-23-2012 01:32:52 | More by jakea
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

09-22-2012 00:33:02 | More by kbuzz
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-20-2012 21:18:08 | More by beerpadawan
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Harvey98

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-17-2012 20:03:49 | More by Harvey98
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JayDiddy


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

09-15-2012 02:47:20 | More by JayDiddy
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HopsintheSack

California

4/5  rDev -2%

09-14-2012 04:14:29 | More by HopsintheSack
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ozark123

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

09-10-2012 19:50:33 | More by ozark123
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Bottle says 9.8% ABV and not 10.5% listed here.

Pours pitch black and ultra viscous. A half finger of mocha foam struggles to break the surface of this beer. Aroma is full of dark roast malt, coffee, chocolate, plum.

First sip is chewy, roast malt sweetness, and firm bitter finish. Smooth alcohol burn. Surprisingly smooth for the ABV. Huge mouthfeel. This is a very well made RIS. Not overly hoppy but a decent amount of bittering.

All in all, a very nice RIS!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 02:24:27 | More by FickleBeast
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TehParabox


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark; So dark that I'm not sure if light even passes through. Has pretty nice dark brown head that fades slowly. doesn't leave lacing from what I know.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee or espresso, and dark chocolate. maybe a hint of vanilla extract. It's smell warns you that this is not for the weary traveler. the smell is distinct it might be overpowering to some. The coffee is the most present in this beer.

Taste: It's very good, if you love coffee or dark chocolate this is the way to go. The flavors are very dense but rich. Sweet and nice good roasted flavors accompanied by dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: the body isn't as thick as I expected, but it is really smooth.

overall: Not something for everyone but for stout drinkers this is a really good one to try. I'm quite impressed I can't say it's the best I've had but it's definitely great for what it is. It has a lot of good textures and it simply is what it is a very dark/sweet luscious tasting RIS. Don't know if I'm ready to take on another .. just yet. This one has gotten me by surprise not something to take easily. After a couple of tastes it turned out a lot better than I initially expected. I highly recommend this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 09:49:36 | More by TehParabox
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-07-2012 05:51:09 | More by ralphw56
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lion22

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

09-05-2012 15:43:47 | More by lion22
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Ralphs66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-04-2012 23:47:54 | More by Ralphs66
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BellyBrew

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-02-2012 22:56:54 | More by BellyBrew
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Dijeriduster

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Shared with friends.

A - Dark, hazy black beer with coffee brown head. Not as black as some RIS but clearly full of roasted grains.

S - Wonderful roasted coffee, dark chocolate nose. Even non beer drinkers love the smell.

T - Surprisingly smooth and chocolaty. Roasted flavors come thru large but not in charge - the acrid taste of some big stouts isn't present here as they've done a careful job to make this a highly quaffable RIS.

M - As close to a nitro pour as I've ever had from a beer. Its creamy and lusious.

O - A great RIS that is easy to find on store shelves throughout San Diego. A big beer but not one that leaves you fatigued like many big RIS. Finally Mission has a beer that is well balanced and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 17:08:01 | More by Dijeriduster
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle says 9.8, not 10.5 but oh well. This is a damn dark beer. Black as night with a thin mocha head.

Immediate bitter black coffee flavor on the tip of the tongue. Slightly astringent with an earthy/medicinal bitterness. Alcohol content is well hidden but coffee flavors dominate with some faint chocolate and caramel notes. Alot of sweetness upfront with the right amount of bitterness to balance. Although the beer is in no way offensive and is well balanced, for such a big style of beer, it's simple. No layers, just straight up simple flavors that dont go deep enough.

If you want a nice drunk off four beers with quaff-able flavor, than sure this beer will do it, but at the price theres better then this for the same price (Yeti) ahem (Yeti)

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:34:35 | More by jtierney89
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RandyKemka

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

08-23-2012 19:51:50 | More by RandyKemka
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

08-21-2012 19:53:33 | More by BeerHunter76
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev -2%

08-21-2012 03:26:58 | More by AlexM
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-21-2012 00:15:36 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-21-2012 00:02:34 | More by kjkinsey
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown, not quite black, with 2 fingers of rich dark mocha (almost milk chocolate looking) head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy froth, which throws up a rich cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass but doesn’t stick a whole lot. The aroma smells of smoky roast, green citrus, dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of molasses. That roasted coffee character and dark fruit really start to emerge as this warms.

The taste is similar, with a strong roasted and bitter hop profile up front, with sweeter notes of chocolate and toffee coming in off the sides, before this finishes with a zippy espresso finish. Dark fruit is fairly hidden at first but much like the nose, starts to emerge in a bit way as this warms. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and really opens up as this warms, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a chewy creaminess the rest of the way. The alcohol is handled pretty well here, mostly coming out as some underlying spicy warmth that adds a bit of an extra aggressiveness to this.

At first, this just seemed like a big American Stout, with a prominent roast and hop profile but then more dark fruit and even a touch of anise came out to play (after this really warmed up) to allow to this to come off as more of an Imperial Stout. This definitely could have used a bit more finesse but it overall wasn’t bad at all for the style at all. It just takes a little while to really get going.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 17:48:57 | More by Kegatron
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-19-2012 21:05:18 | More by iL0VEbeer
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.