Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011

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88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Firestone Walker's barleywine, imperial stout, and robust porter. No beers in this blend were barrel aged, nor is the final blend.

(Beer added by: MrOH on 03-18-2011)
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Reviews by whatthehull:
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted Apr. 5th 2011 - From notes

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A completely opaque rootbeer brown, one finger dark tan head and nice lacing

S - Very sweet, alcohol, Carmel, brown sugar, sweet floral hop, wheat, yeast, toasted oat, molasses and maybe a melon, like honeydew or cantaloupe?

T - Again very sweet, not over bearing just very sweet. Molasses, brown sugar, Carmel, charred oak, sweet hop, a bitter sweet chocolate note, barley, wheat and a bit of yeast

M - Long finish, sticky, slightly carbonated, turns from sweet to bitter and back again

D - Goes down so smooth. Very sweet, a bit bitter. Balance isn't perfect but a delightful beer. If you like brown, porters and sweet/strong beers you will like this beer

Final thought - $2.99, 8+ ABV, how can you go wrong?

More User Reviews:
Photo of 1Adam12
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium to big rich light brown head slowly dies off over a clear deep reddish brown ale.

Roasted molasses if there is such a thing is accented with caramel and light coffee malts aroma that follows through into the taste. The taste is full and rich of dark roasted malts bordering on coffee without the dreaded coffee taste. There is yet more of the roasted malts with hints of caramel, molasses in the light dryish aftertaste.

I really like beers like this, you almost want to taste the coffee yet the slight molasses is there but yet you don't taste the molasses because of a roasted caramel that comes through and around and around you go.

Very well done beer, I could seriously drink 3 or 4 of these every day.

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like many on here came across this on the rack at Trader Joes for $2.99/22 oz bottle. Certainly worth the investment. I poured this brew into a snifter and it poured a deep mahogany with a thin head that rapidly receded. The nose is of malt, hops, and some alcohol but not boozy. The taste is very smooth with malt and a subtle hppiness that lingers nicely and finishes with a very pleasant sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin but enjoyable as it coats the palate. The Anniversary Ale finishes very smoothly and is most certainly worth additional investments. A very nice brew to keep on hand. Enjoy!!!

Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a capped brown bomber picked up at Trader Joe's for a 50% premium to their regular brews. That made it a whopping $2.99. Pours a medium brown with a light tan cap and is a slightly hazed crimson in the light. Retention is a bit short, keeping a surface film and dropping some lace nonetheless.

Nose is predominantly of roasted malt and offers a bit of dry nutty chocolate spice. Light caramel and a hint of alcohol are present though not much to speak of. Overall rather clean and light yet without any strong influence. Nice earthy hop notes reveal themselves with warming and agitation.

Flavor is sweeter than the nose might suggest and slightly buttery viscous in the middle with some candied apple; yet finishes dry and with the nutty character shown on the nose. Feel is medium full, again finishing dry and spiced, and offering a moderate lingering caramel sweetness, yet not one that overwhelms.

Solid brew at a rock solid price indeed. Notably a 'blend of three incredible brews' as per the label. What 3 are surely a mystery.

Photo of IKR
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with red overtones with a modest light beige head.

Smell: Mild brown sugar and bready yeast notes.

Taste: Mild roasted malt notes, brown sugar and toffee notes. There is also some mild hop bitterness.The beer finishes fairly dry with the mild hop nod faint brown sugar notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: This is a fine example of a beer that eliminates any excuse not to drink craft based on price. This is a beer that can proudly hold it's place among craft beers and is priced as cheap or cheaper than BMC. `$3 for a 22 oz Bomber, it's definitely one of the best bang for the bucks I've run across.

Photo of UncleBuccs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of SFtaster
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle from Trader Joe's ($3/ea) into a tall chilled glass. Nice off-white head and deep, dark brown color after the pour. The aroma was light for such a dark brew, but not unpleasant.

The product listing calls this beer an 'Imperial Brown Ale' and that is an accurate description. The heavy malt profile covers any hint of alcohol - and at 8.5% ABV, that's quite an achievement. The hops hold their own against the sweet, herbal, and carmel notes that dominate this brew.

At this price, I'll buy a few more bottles to store for next year as this strong ale is likely to improve with time. A good value even when consumed now.

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a splash of chestnut highlights at the bottom of the glass. Small creamy beige head that rapidly slips down to a bubbly ring. Mild malty aroma - nutty sweetness, dried fruit, melon, caramel, faint licorice. Sweet, smooth malty flavor. Milk chocolate, tobacco, light vanilla bean, darker fruity esters...quite tasty. Medium-plus bodied with a slight warming in the throat. Pretty sweet overall, but well worth the $3 spent.

Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: have had this one around for 8 months or so, served in a unibroue branded tulip, deep, opaque mahogany brown in color, head light with only a thin ring retained

s: the nose features rich semisweet and milk chocolate, sweet toffee and brown sugar, lots of smooth roasts and a slight touch of char smoke, toasted dark bread, mild earthy hops, pleasantly complex - even some hints of bourbon and tobacco here

m: carbonation light-moderate, body moderate with a nice weight

t: lots of notched up brown ale flavors - rich chocolate coated toffee, dark fruit and brown sugars, sweet to begin, with drier, more intense roasts pushing in after the swallow as a chocolate sweetness continues to linger, a nice bitterness creeps slowly into the finish, earthy, with lots of lingering malt character, tobacco, the sugars are prominent but not tiring, alcohol presence light to moderate

o: a deal at $2.99 per bomber, rich and satisfying, more than would typically be expected for the price

Photo of El_Zilcho
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of optimistictour
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Advertised as an Imperial Brown Ale, I was intrigued by this decently priced offering at Trader Joe's. Looking dark as mud and boasting an 8.5% abv I couldn't resist trying something random and new.

Once in the glass it's revealed to be definitely brown - not black - without any hint of red shining through. A thin lacy head appears momentarily but dissipates. Still, there's something appealing about the color.

It smells like a brown ale with slight hints of fruit and nuts and a very minimal smoky/bitterness.

The taste reflects the smell, but gets more toward specifics: cashews and apples, maybe some plum. It's slightly sweet but not cloying or sticky at all, thankfully.

Mouthfeel is solid but not impressive. This goes down smooth - non-sticky indeed - and has a nice texture flowing over the tongue, but once it's down it's quickly forgotten and there's not much body to leave an impression.

I think this is a great beer at the price - under $3 for a bomber - being dark and flavorful with a hearty abv and an attractive look and smell... it's just nothing spectacular that I would go out of my way to recommend to friends. Pick one or two up while they last.

Photo of celldog
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew for $3. When you drink it it fills your mouth with wonderful fruit and porter flavors. The hokie fan is out to lunch to rate this beer where he did - but what do you expect for a Hokie fan. I am a fan of intense flavorful beers and this did not disappoint. I will definately buy 5 or 6 more and reward myself every few weeks with a 2011 bomber. If you live near a Trader Joe's do yourself a favor and pick up a few of these. If you are a Bud Light fan- beware, you can't handle this sophisticated brew.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a light tan head of about two fingers, drops fairly quickly to a bare wisp of foam. Some lacing is evident.

Aromas of dark fruit, dark malt, no hop aroma. Some light caramel.

Flavors of tobacco, caramel malt, dark fruit, rum raisins, no hop flavors. Mint. Some alcohol heat. Finish is long with alcohol, rum raisins through the fade.

Mouthfeel is huge, sticky, good level of carbonation, some alcohol warmth.

Nice complexity. Big flavor. Amazing for such an inexpensive brew. Can be had at Trader Joe's for about $4.

Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to deftim13 for this bottle. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours black with a very thin off-white head with no retention. Thin collar. There are some dark fruits and light chocolate. Moderate brown sugar. Faint sweetness in the body. Nothing really going on. Some chocolate. Medium body and a dry finish. Just okay.

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As others have noted, at only $2.99 a bottle at Trader Joe's this one caught my eye and just screamed at me to be put into my shopping cart. The Mission St. beers have always been enjoyable to me so I had high expectations for their "Anniversary Ale".

THE BODY is a dark brown, Pepsi color. The head...well, either that was a seriously bad pour or this beer has none. Very weird considering I don't usually have this problem when using my glassware. I swirled the beer around the glass for a few seconds and the best I could create was a very thin off-white head. There is a small amount of sediment left in the bottle.

THE SMELL is of hops, chocolate and lots of alcohol. There is a little raisin and banana in there too. The Anniversary Ale has a rich, winy aroma overall that I found quite nice.

THE TASTE is very nice with bittersweet hops and alcohol on the tongue and a deep, chocolaty aftertaste. It is a mild but sweet beer. There is a nice raisin flavor that mixes well with the roasted malt. The hops are mild and the chocolate flavors are dark. There is some yeasty, winyness to it also. Overall, I would describe this beer as tasting like a barleywine + a stout.

THE FEEL is surprisingly good. I found it to be pretty effervescent for a beer this dark. It has a sticky, wet finish.

CONCLUSION: This was the first "imperial brown ale" I've had so I have no point of reference but I can say that it tasted exactly the way I expected an "imperial brown ale" to taste. It is definitely a brown ale with all its simple, mild qualities. But it's much bigger than just that. Pretty good stuff. Well done, Steinhaus Brewing Co.!

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some light amber/reddish notes to it and a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Smells of chocolate and cocoa powder right away. A mild roasted aroma from the imperial stout and porter, and nice molasses, toffee, and caramel undertones.

T: Sweet chocolate with a touch of bittersweet cocoa/chocolate. Dark roasted malts with just a hint of coffee. Sweet molasses, toffee, and caramel is sort of the backbone of the beer, though.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Man, this was solid. I really liked this, especially for only $3 for a bomber.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Only slightly transparent brown in color with about 1 fingers worth of tan head.

Smell: There is a sweet nuttiness to the smell. It only has a slight toasted scent.

Taste: There is a toasted malty flavor that is not followed up by the usual roasted bitterness. The slight sweetness hangs around with a nut type flavor. While it might lack the variety in flavors it is pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems to stick around and not completely disappear.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of soughtbygod
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.