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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 29
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

JAHMUR, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

martyl1000, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. Label says 9.8% abv

appears jet black in the glass, very dark brown head that fades to just a thin ring. great rich aroma of booze, chocolate, figs. Taste is similar, with bold flavors of dark chocolate, smoke, plum, raisin. body is thick, coats the mouth. low carbonation. could maybe be smoother.

overall - well executed RIS. Seems they maybe have used some Special B malt with the prominent dark fruit notes.

jmdrpi, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of brystmar
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.

brystmar, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

waiting4lunch, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jakea, Sep 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

kbuzz, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

beerpadawan, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Harvey98, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of JayDiddy
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

JayDiddy, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -2%

HopsintheSack, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ozark123, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of FickleBeast
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!

FickleBeast, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of 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!

TehParabox, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ralphw56, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

lion22, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Ralphs66, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BellyBrew, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Dijeriduster
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.

Dijeriduster, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
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)

jtierney89, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

RandyKemka, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

BeerHunter76, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

AlexM, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 21, 2012
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.