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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 33
Gots: 64 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

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

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark black with two-finger, dark tan, creamy, fizzy head that lasted several minutes. Good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and chocolate. Less roasted than expected, but still good.

T: Light sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Somewhat smooth and nice a warm going down.

O: I liked that Great Divide Yeti better than this Russian Imperial stout, but this one is still good.

Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, dark black pour with a small tan head that receded to nearly nothing, leaving a few stray bubbles behind. Great aroma, toffee, chocolate, anise, licorice, touch of dark dried fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma, but not quite as good, dark chocolate, dark malts, toffee and Werther's candy, subtle red wine / brandy, and a bit of anise and hop spice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, on the heavier side of medium-bodied, with a bit of inevitable alcohol warmth. Quite the pleasant sipper overall, I'd say.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.8% ABV, no date.

A - Darker and thicker than used motor oil, this beer pours quietly into the snifter generating an almost red dark brown head which floats above the midnight beer briefly before capsizing into the abyss. Frothy waves of lace are left on the snifter.

S - Dry cocoa and heavily roasted chocolate malt slaughter the aroma with presence while chunks of alcohol-soaked raisin and plum follow through. Dark Seas has an interesting wood-paneled basement aroma though; dust, old funk, and dark-leaf tobacco in a humidor. Sweet molasses and brown sugar claim the last word and sweeten the aroma a tad.

T - Milk chocolate overcomes the molecules of dark, bitter chocolate chunk but cocoa still resounds, as do the dark fruit nuances of the aroma; raisin and plum. Dry, light wood caresses dryness along the beer's lingering finish which works well with the molasses component to it.

M - Don't look for it and you almost might forget this beer is carbonated. Small bubbles dance on the tongue if pause is given to see past the incredibly smooth, rich, and full-bodied beer. Roasted but balanced, this beer marries sweetness with acrid roast well for a great finish that lands a touch dry.

O - Mission, I'm glad you've decided to dock here in Wisconsin. Dark Seas is a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout that churns with rocky waves of malty depth for an incredible outcome of rather epic proportions. And the price is right which makes it that much better. I will be sure to secure more of this beer for the winter months.

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seriously, look at how spooky that label is! It was enough to intrigue me overall. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark, petrol-like slick into the glass, and even with help from the Duvel glass and slight aggressive pouring at the end, it doesn't produce too much of a head (about 1.5 fingers max). The head is milk-chocolate brown, and the beer is as black as an imperial stout can get. The alcohol leggings are massive on this thing, and it overall looks like an intimidating if not amazing looking drink.

The initial aroma is really powerful, consisting of an enormous alcohol smell, followed by smoked chocolate and coffee aromas that get quickly buried underneath it. With the alcohol being most predominant, I'm getting raspberry fruitiness, raisins, rum, and sweet smells that I usually don't find in even the most ridiculous imperial stouts. There's a lighter zest of hops way at the back, but not enough to be really noticeable. That alcohol is really freaking me out here. I do hope the flavor is a more balanced experience.

And with one sip - you don't want to *gulp* this - I'm instantly proven wrong. I can't even TASTE the alcohol here!! On the other hand, I get crisp, smoked malts that reminisce coffee grounds, vanilla, dark chocolate, but actually more subtle than you'd think. At front there's only a bit of coffee crispness, and the back is a little bit more full-bodied and coated with some hops. There's not much of an alcohol finish, but I must admit that this does it fact get substantially sweeter as it warms up. It took a while to finish this, even when splitting it with a friend. It's really thick, with a pudding like consistency, but the flavors aren't as explosive as I expected. At least it's not an alcoholic disaster, but I definitely expected more ridiculous amounts of chocolate and coffee beans here. It's very smooth and creamy, and definitely has dessert beer properties.

Interesting take on the RIS style, but probably not one I'd necessarily revisit again for being a bit too inconsistent with the aroma and flavors of what I personally enjoy in the style. Slightly too sweet and astringent at the finish. Complex, but not explosive enough. I definitely could have this in smaller quantities, but probably not half a bottle. It's a good one in the style, and I could probably bring myself to appreciate it again if I had it once more.

Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Looks like a melted dark chocolate bar with a creamy nougat on top that was a couple of shades lighter than the abyss below it. It didn't stick around long, though.

S: A tad disappointing on the nose: I didn't really get chocolate per se.... more like roasted barley. It just didn't have that deep, spicy component that I usually look for in RISs.

T: Tons of bitter chocolate on the taste though. Sure, it was a tad one-dimensional, but it still was tasty. It reminded me more of a milk stout than a RIS. It had that lactose sugar quality and bleached -out spice component.

M: Thick and creamy, and you peeps who love your Imperial Stouts more on the dessert side are going to love this. The prickly I got from the carbonation was absolutely perfect here.

O: I was a bit let down since I had heard so many great things. I will say that this one is an absolute bargain on the wallet, therefore, I see another round with this one in my future.

Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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

I poured this excellent beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a really black glass and had the darkest head I believe I have ever seen. The bubbles were very fine and the head creamy. The beer smelled really good with serious dark chocolate smells boiling out the top of the glass. The taste was wonderful. Burnt chocolate without being bitter and great lacing to boot. I will buy this again for sure.

Photo of wbumgarner
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of troysoy2
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pitch black, with a nice finger of light tan head. The retention isn't the best, though, and lacing is nearly non-existent.

Dark, dark roasty malt, a bit of anise, and maybe a whisper of vanilla on the nose.

The taste mirrors the smell, and boy is it roasty. A tad straightforward, but well executed, nonetheless. Slightly slick, decently thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, making for a drinkable, yet respecatable RIS.

Photo of Brushkanna
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark dark black body, someone wrote "pitch black", head is dark chocolate brown and comes back with a swirl of the glass
Smell - light smell with a little alcohol vapor wafting up, when does a smell on a stout really come up very much?
Taste - love this kind of dark toasted malty stout, more on the sweeter side, not bitter almost tastes like a it is made with lactose sugar
Mouth - great mouth, lasting chocolate coat in the mouth
Overall - I really like Imperial stouts like this, not to bitter but dark full flavored, give this one a try

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4/5  rDev -2%

Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.