Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheMarkE on 01-31-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a small khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Rum, brown sugar, dates, and figs form the aroma. Smells very sweet and a touch malty.

Flavor follows suit. Dark fruit underpinnings of muted cherry and raisin counter a boozy, sweet brown sugar backbone, which finishes nutty and a touch dry. Hints of chocolate surface.

Body is moderate, with carbonation and high alcohol heat.

Lacks complexity, overall. Very malt dominant, and too sweet for my liking. Alcohol is very evident.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter. I believe this beer has now had 2 months to age since its arrival at my Trader Joe's.

Starts with a dark brown body with slow, steady carbonation visible. The head is two fingers thick and frothy, persists well, and eventually settles into a thick layer of lace over the body.

Aromas of sweet dark malt and molasses and brown sugar are prominent on the nose, as are some fruity esthers that remind me of a Dubbel. I want to say there's some chocolate lurking underneath as well. I detect some booze, but it's not overbearing.

Lots of rich maltiness in this beer, with some date, fig and plum flavors. There's even a candy like flavor I'd associate with a Belgian, which all make me wonder if this beer is in fact a Belgian-style beer. It tastes very much like one. With continued sips, chocolatey flavors begin to emerge, as do a hint of hops.

While the label suggests this beer is an Imperial Brown Ale, I find that much about it is truly Belgian and thus falls in the category of some Belgian beer. It's highly effervescent, creamy and sweet from the heavy malt profile, and the hops are hardly evident in taste or feel. I do get some dry bitterness at the finish, but my mind was intent on attributing this to the heat.

I could use a little least booziness, but otherwise I'm very happy with this beer. It's tasty, diverse in flavors and sensations, and above all, CHEAP. I'll buy a couple more to age.

Photo of tgo
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, this offering is quite a departure from years past, which have been somewhat similar in nature. I would call this more of a Imperial Red Bitter than an Imperial Brown ale. That said all of the years in my experience have improved after 6+ months of cellar time and I suspect this years offering will improve as well! It is good fresh... slightly hoppy and yeasty on the nose. Quite a hop presense and bitterness on first sip settling down to a more balanced malt sweetness with hoppy aftertaste. The bitterness is always in the background in a good way. I am a fan of english bitters so this is right up my alley. It is a sipper for sure not because of the abv but because it does have a robust complexity that really needs to be savored to be fully enjoyed. The flavors really come out as it warms up. I am really looking forward to trying these in 6 months and 1 year!

Photo of Chiefy770
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a snifter. No freshness date. 2014 edition.

Presentation: Pitch dark brown body. Has a minor amber glow when held up to light. A fairly short light tan head forms and collapses quickly. Decent amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits (pears and plums). Toasted grains. Caramel.

Taste: Roasted malts up front. Caramel. The hops are sweet and tangy, nearing a bit metallic when the alcohol kicks in.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Not quite a full body but certainly is best enjoyed as a slow sipper.

Overall: The bottle calls this brew an "Imperial Brown Ale". Whatever you call it, it is not the worst. It does not compete well with the big dawgs of the strong ales but it is hard to ask for a better brew for such an affordable price.

Photo of alexrichman
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joes in SE Portland

A> Mission Street's 2014 Anniversary Ale pours out dark with a small head that has decent retention. Held to the light this beer illuminates a beautiful ruby red and has a bit of a haze. Pretty good looking beer.

S> Really muted aroma, what little that does come across to my nose is sweet malt with butterscotch and a hint of cocoa.

T> A lot of flavor here, but it's a bit jumbled. The malt plays the starring role in this brew, and it comes across as sweet and toasty with the strong butterscotch flavor and hits of cocoa and coffee. The hops hit at the front, mostly grassy/earthy flavors, that help balance the sweetness of the malt. The toastiness of the malts shines through on the finish which also helps balance the sweetness of this brew.

M> A little thin and overcarbonated, given this is an "Imperial Brown Ale" I expected a little more heft.

O> Mission Street's 2014 Anniversary Ale is not a great beer, but it's alright at it's price ($2.99/bomber). This reminds me of a slightly inferior version of AVBC's Winter Solstice Ale.

Photo of jadpsu
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ahh, an English Brown, my favorite style! A belated B'day gift from Athens!

Pours a medium to dark brown with a tan thin head that has very little retention and little side glass lace.
Aroma: roasted, toasty malts, sweet caramel and alcohol.
Taste: the toasty malts and caramel come across as drenged in booze. I prefer that beer with high ABV finds a way to hide the booze. This one dosn't do that. Would prefer this one to accompany a full dinner of steak or Bar-B-Q. Not a choice for quenching a thirst.

Photo of DJScroggins
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

cloudy brown, foamy tan head that dissipates rapidly, light lacing. appearance is best part of this beer.

sweet candyish nose. somewhere between butterscotch and caramel.

sweet throughout. butterscotch pronounced here. some slight piney bitterness on the back end. hops begin to emerge with repeated sips.

thin body. light carbonation. really not much here.

for an "imperial brown ale," not a lot of heft or powerful flavors. too consistently sweet for my taste. for 3 bucks a bomber at trader joe's, i can't complain. probably won't purchase again.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost like a cola. Quickly disappearing head, decent lacing.

Smell: Muted toffee, caramel, and booze.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, moderately bitter finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. They're calling it an "Imperial Brown Ale." Not as complex as last year's batch and too sweet, but still a good buy at $3 from Trader Joe's.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Great color ; a reddish brown with ruby and bronze highlights,but a weak soapy head that dissipated quickly.
S: Nose of caramel, black licorice, roasted coffee and some sweet milk chocolate.
T: Flavors of burnt sugar and sweet coffee, even an herbal hoppy finish are detected, but they're all muted and overshadowed by malt-liquor flavors. Cloying sweetness and boozy burn, cheapening what had the potential to be a decent tasting brown.
M: Mouthfeel is slippery and oily, with the carbonation coming at the end.
O: You get what you paid for. This was $2.49 at Trader Joe's; you can't expect much for that price. Good for cooking with or a cheap buzz, but not much else.

Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Trader Joe's in early February for $2.99.

Beer poured cola brown with a small white head.

Nose is sweet malts with a hint of roastiness.

Taste is sweet malts, dark fruits, with some hopping to try to balance things out but in the end there is a lingering sweetness. Finish is dry.

Overall this is not a great brew but not bad by any stretch. For $2.99 it is worthy of a shot.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is dark mahogany with crimson highlights. Small, soapy tan head. The aroma brings raisins, cookies, sweet malt, dark fruits. Sweet and malty. Dark malts with prominent fruit, finishing with alcohol sweetness. Ripe plums, a hint of cinnamon. A bit much. Lacking elegance and a refined character that would make a nearly 10% abv strong ale appealing after more than a few ounces. Eh...

Photo of MARichards
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Friend of mine gave me this beer to try. With friends like that...who needs other friends. I believe he thinks I am a beer snob. If that means I like good beer over populous beer then I have not deceived him.

The first thing I noticed was the dark brown bottle and unassuming label, but for a red sash with the words: 2014 ANNIVERSARY ALE. Generally, I don't prefer "anniversary" beers. It reminds me of soccer moms on Halloween: If it is OK to let your hair down on October 31, then I want it year around, or at least seasonal. Give me three months of ecstasy spread out over a year of bliss. Is that too much to ask? Anniversary beers are usually a product of the brewer letting his hair down. The next obvious thing was the sealed cap. This beer was meant to be aged perhaps...no, I think I'll have it now. Alcohol is 8.5. I thought of two things: It will be sweet and it would be a good beer to age.

I chilled it to 44 degrees and sampled it the next day. I tasted it alone then paired it with lemon pepper chicken with roasted peppers and saffron rice. Not the best pairing but it was leftovers for lunch. The chicken was overwhelmed but not innocuous. I can imagine this beer best with dark chocolate.

The color is very dark, not to the point of opaque. Same tint as the bottle but more red than orange. Liquid is clear and only observed with back light.

Aggressive pour achieves a thick tan foam that quickly dissipates to an immeasurable layer less than that of espresso. The carbonation is present but even when opening the bottle, I noticed a brief escape of gas almost sounding like a click. Did not notice vapor rising after opening. Lace did not cling.

The aroma reminded me of a familiar nose that I had recently experienced. I tried to remember rather than evaluate this sense. Dark rum. That's what it was.
Take away the burn of an 80 proof sipping rum, add roasted malt, and leave the sweet molasses and you have this beers personality.

Based on the brewers description, I expected more hops to balance out the sweetness. Although the hops are present as floral in the aroma, after swallowing, as you would expect the bitterness to appear, it is only in the cooked malt. It may be there and its craft may lie in subtlety. This beer is sweet but not to the point that you felt the need to brush your teeth afterward.

Overall, a quite drinkable ale. Forget about the claim that this is a brown ale blended with other styles. I would call it a strong ale. I would prefer more carbonation and just a touch more bitterness. This is not a must seek out brew but if your friend gives it to you, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Jan. 29, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 31, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel reddish brown semi-clear color with two fingers of calm tan head. Light-to-minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average-to-good retention.

Smelled toasty cookies, caramel, toffee, light roasted nuts, maple syrup, faint butterscotch and Rolos candy.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Caramel, toffee, sugary notes, light maple syrup, Rolos candy, faint butterscotch, wood and light roasted nuts.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Soft-to-average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A tasty beer and a fantastic value for $2.99. Not sure what I gave the 2013 version, but hopefully it was close.

Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2014 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.