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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: srandycarter on 12-08-2011)
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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Kegatron, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

iL0VEbeer, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4.5/5  rDev +10%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -2.2%

sbanacho, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of frozenjogurt
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

frozenjogurt, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of pavpav12
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

pavpav12, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +22.2%

CEDAMA, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Retsinis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Retsinis, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of alwaysplayin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

alwaysplayin, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

st9647v3, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours viscous and absolute in its blackness. Head is excellent. Mocha colored head is a finger's width and refuses to die. Head leaves thick clumps of lacing. Great.

S-Boozy Hershey's Syrup.Chocolate covered vanilla beans and burnt, charred and smoky aromas. Coffee is lighter. The chocolate and char reign supreme here.

T-Flavor is pleasant but almost too subdued. It does grow in intensity after the sip and is actually quite delicious. Heaps of chocolate syrup. Quite burnt and smoky. Light coffee and vanilla. Finishes with a semi-potent hoppy bitterness.

M-Lighter than I would have expected. Booze masked quite well but it warms the cheeks a bit. Body is lightly creamy with soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

O/D-A nice RIS. Not the biggest or the boldest, but it is pretty damn tasty. Not a bad deal either. Well above average. I enjoyed the stressed milk chocolate flavor. Success!

VelvetExtract, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

chefdaddy18042, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WillCarrera, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

RMoeNay, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mntlover, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Stinkypuss, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of jeddis1
4/5  rDev -2.2%

jeddis1, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Bluerabbitbell, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +10%

jpd7374, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

brycevolk, Jul 16, 2012
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.