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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | 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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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-31-2012 02:50:19 | More by duceswild
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Black in color with low carbonation and very little in the way of head formation. Heavy on the roasted malt with lots of licorice and coffee, maybe some molasses, too. The flavor has a nice burnt sugar flavor to it as well as some toffee and molasses sweetness. Quite a bit of roast with a bit of coffee to break up the sweetness of the beer.

07-30-2012 21:46:42 | More by womencantsail
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chefdaddy18042

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

Fantastic aroma, everything you would want out of an RIS, chocolate, hint of licorice, and dark tones of malt. Poured your stereotypical dark grey head with bold bowling ball black body. The flavor was impeccable, covered the tongue with bitter chocolate and then finished boozy. Worth the price of the 4 pack, and from this kid, DEF case worthy!

07-28-2012 18:43:41 | More by chefdaddy18042
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours jet black, has a thick, viscous appearance, produces a finger of chocolate colored head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Roasted malt and figs, chocolate, some molasses and brown sugar.

T- Delicious blend of figs and raisins, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Finish is bitter from hops and roasty bitterness.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, thick feel, nice carbonation.

O- A great stout, very tasty and drinkable, a damn good value too for $6.50 for a bomber.

07-28-2012 09:59:36 | More by WillCarrera
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-27-2012 05:17:02 | More by ShemRahBoo
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-26-2012 03:52:07 | More by RMoeNay
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a black no real light getting through small coco head falls pretty quick to ring with some spotty lace.

Aroma is sweet chocolate malts with lots of fruits figs plums good dose of cherries. . Light roast and coffee notes underneath the nice sweet fruity notes.

Taste is big like smell nice sweet big malts, chocolate good fruit notes blend great with the sweetness. Some nice roast, good smoke notes lots of alcohol noted but blends so well that it is not a distraction. Finish is nice bitter hops, some licorice hints and lingering smoke.

Mouthfeel is nice not overly heavy for an Ipmy Stout but full enough with decent smooth carbonation.

Overall pretty nice brew not world class but enjoyable. Might just be in mode for a big beer but finding this one enjoyable tonight.

07-26-2012 02:34:27 | More by mntlover
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%

Dark Seas
Mission Brewery
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.50 %

LOOK: Pours a midnight black, with a dense light brown foam. Impenetrable by light, it would be difficult to sail on these dark seas. The foam leaves lace of sips gone by.

SMELL: Deeply roasted malts in the aroma, as well as chocolates, coffee, dark fruits and alcohol.

TASTE: Robustly malty, showcasing charcoal, coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. Dark fruits chime in with some date, raisin, and fig flavors. Vanilla comes through more as it warms, and alcohol is omnipresent but not distracting.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied , smooth, creamy feel. Delicious lingering stout flavor that sticks to the taste buds long after the pleasure of drinking.

OVERALL: A big bad stout that can stand up to the biggest and baddest of the style. Quite good.

07-25-2012 23:08:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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jeddis1

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

07-25-2012 01:19:20 | More by jeddis1
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Bluerabbitbell

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

07-24-2012 21:38:43 | More by Bluerabbitbell
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured out a beautiful black color, nice oily looking body with a dark brown colored head on top. The retention was very impressive on this beer. The lacing was good too. The smell of the beer is heavily roasted and almost has a burnt chocolate note to it. The hops slide in there a little bit as well. The taste of the beer is rich, roasted, chocolaty, some coffee in there too the bitterness of some intense hops sting the tongue in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, good carbonation to it also. Overall this is a pretty damn good RIS. I would drink this one again.

07-23-2012 02:05:17 | More by Knapp85
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-22-2012 16:47:24 | More by jpd7374
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The roastiness and sweetness on this one really helped to balance it out and make it quite easy to drink despite the alcohol content. While the alcohol flavor was present it definitely wasn't the dominate component by any means and rather added a nice level of flavor to an already solid backbone. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and I suggest you do the same given the chance.

07-19-2012 18:31:40 | More by thagr81us
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-16-2012 15:16:35 | More by brycevolk
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

07-14-2012 18:33:38 | More by Exiled
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rkasten1

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-07-2012 13:40:12 | More by rkasten1
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Krakistophales

California

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Pours jet black with a nice but rather small chocolate head that quickly disappears but leaves nice lacing

S: The usual bitter chocolate, roast, malt, slight smoke, caramel sweetness and hints of anise

T: Rather sweet and kinda fruity up front, almost full of dark berries mixed with really dark chocolate, but eventually giving way to hoppy bitterness, chocolate richness, and espresso-esque dryness.

O: This one is interesting. Kinda sweeter up front than most RISs, and seems to have more fizz than most as well. A nice offering.

07-04-2012 01:34:28 | More by Krakistophales
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AgentMunky

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. If this was actually only brewed once, then it's from January 2012. My bottle reads 9.8%.

A: A very dark brown, creamy, mocha head. A sinfully black body; utterly opaque. Heavy lacing.

S: Mmm. Chocolate, berries, dry-sweet malt, chocolate, distant roast, a touch of hops...pretty much everything I want in an imperial stout. However this nose comes only sometimes and every other sniff -- especially after my first sip -- comes boring, dry, and sterile.

T: Damn good. A deep milk chocolate base has just enough coffee bitterness to avoid sweetness and skip straight to roasted pleasantness. Gentle, soft, and alluring, it draws you in before treating you nice.

O: Delicious imperial stout. Must try. Will buy again.

06-27-2012 06:59:19 | More by AgentMunky
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

Excellent big chewy stout, dark as night pours with a chocolate tinted tan head...spent oil all the way. Big chugging bubbled carbonation, with chunky spanning lacing. Aroma has deep chocolate notes, dark bitter roasted malts, expressive with a bit of coffee like tones and ample hops in the back end mild citrus/herbs. Flavor is big upfront a bit of booze whacks you right in the kisser, but the chocolate creaminess/creamed coffee combo soothes the palate and it becomes a big dessert beer with bitterness from the herbal hops and dark roasted malts. Carbonation is ample pushes this big bruiser of a beer across the palate well no off flavors or lingering harshness, very drinkable big imperial stout. Overall I loved it up there with the best of the best in the imperial stouts, I like this and Black Out from Great Lakes just about equally.

06-13-2012 22:30:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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s4s

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

06-06-2012 02:06:49 | More by s4s
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glitchedmind

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-04-2012 05:15:16 | More by glitchedmind
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

Mission Dark Seas, 32-oz growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery for $7.99+tax. I first had this beer on tap at Pony Bar, NYC.

Appearance: Served in my Lost Abbey chalice/snifter, the Dark Seas pours thick and rich and black, with a by-the-book perfect one-finger head and good retention and lacing. Great-looking Imperial Stout, no doubt!

Smell: Damn, this is a good sniff! Roasty and bitter, a good hop base and great coffee around the nose. Sugar, some vanilla.

Taste: More coffee, dairy. Mostly sweet, thick chocolate and cookies. Sugar, some smoke and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Truly exceptional indeed!! This is all I want in an Imperial Stout. Rich, silky-milky, creamy, sweet-and-bitter... full flavor and body, great carbonation. Smooth, never burns despite the hefty ABV.

Overall: I love Imperial Stouts but I'm picky about them... they have to be "just right". Some of the more famous ones, like Stone IRS, don't always cut it for me. Mission Dark Seas strikes me as very close to perfect. Great looks, body, smell, taste and drinkability. A winner!

05-30-2012 03:27:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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MikeDre

California

4/5  rDev -2%

05-26-2012 21:34:29 | More by MikeDre
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-26-2012 01:12:46 | More by SocalKicks
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leantom

Indiana

5/5  rDev +22.5%

This beer simply blew my mind. I'll most certainly be getting it again (and again).

A: Very dark. This is to be expected, given that the opaqueness of RIS's is greater than any other beer style. The beer also had a very thick, dark head that accompanied the body.

S: Incredible. Smells very chocolatey, and I don't mean the dark, bitter, roasted malt kind of chocolatey. No, the beer smelled very sweet and creamy, which is different from many other RIS's I've had (see "Old Rasputin" and "Storm King" by North Coast and Victory, respectively).

T: Like the smell, the beer tasted excellent. Usually, beers of this style taste somewhat bitter and coffee-ish given the presence of dark, roasted malt. While this beer retained some of the coffe-ish taste found in other RIS's, it was not overwhelming, the predominate flavor being milk chocolate and cream. Very drinkable.

M: Very thick and creamy. The beer was rich in dark malt.

O: This is not a beer to be missed. Imperial Stout lovers, rejoice!

05-15-2012 09:13:46 | More by leantom
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.