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Dark Seas - Mission Brewery

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509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 27
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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Photo of thomda11
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Got this in a growler at the brewery. I had had this in a 12oz bottle back before I moved to San Diego from Maryland, and I have to say that, while I enjoyed it from the bottle, it is much better from the tap. The appearance lives up to the name. The color is pitch black with a dark a brown head. The beer has a strong dark chocolate aroma that oddly enough reminds me of Hershey's Chocolate World in PA. The taste is strong, but smooth and possesses a medium to full body. The flavor is full of dark chocolate--as suggested by the aroma--as well as coffee and roasted barley. The coffee flavor lingers on the tongue and leaves a bit of a charcoal after-taste. The high alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't detract from the beer.

thomda11, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

PattyCakes227, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jpcarnegie, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Pours a finger of dark brown head on a black body.
The aroma is initially roasted malt and then cocoa.
The taste is rich and buttery. Chocolate and toasted malt mostly with some toffee in the background. Really nice.
The texture is super soft and smooth with low carbonation. Perfect.
A great brew.

Fatehunter, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

dwagner003, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

robotiks, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

hipboy221, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rderedin, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -2%

Pours only a thin head but it does cover the surface, extremely dark brown colored bubbles, sizzles off swiftly, there’s a few lacing streaks of credible width, probably better than expected based on the head. The liquid is pure black, completely opaque, no way to even see if there’s any bubbles inside. The nose is a close to symmetrical split between bitter dark chocolate and coffee beans, good thrust as well in the raisin to plum fruit scents, touch of mint and vanilla bean, the roast is not overpowering which allows the strength of the sweet dessert like qualities to linger. Full-bodied, leverages its dryness to good effect, keeping it clean and well-paced. You do also get more roast here as a result, puts an aggressive charge into the coffee, chocolate, toffee, coconut flake flavors. The cherry, plum, fig fruit recedes some here, same for the flowers, mint and licorice. No citrus presence but there is a breadiness. Minimal burn from the alcohol, however, you feel the buzzing right off. Carbonation is average, takes awhile to even remember to gauge it. Long finish without going overboard trying to make an impression. Pretty good stuff.

farrago, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

wolf_switzer, Mar 28, 2014
Dark Seas from Mission Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.