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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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5/5  rDev +26.3%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

KevSal, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 28, 2011
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4.64/5  rDev +17.2%

soughtbygod, Aug 19, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

celldog, Mar 29, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here it is, obtained at Trader Joes, a wonderful promise thrown into the cart without concern.

Poured into a 0.5 liter hefe glass.

Not much head, about 1/4' on a careless pour. head dissipated quickly.

Sediment in bottle surprise.

Drank a quarter cup in one draught to make room for the swished sediment.

Flavor impression immediate peaty scotch malt comes on strong. Alcohol is not diguised. Hops to the third row seating, with big heads of malt, smoke, and alcohol hiding the stage.

Served with a sun dried tomato quesedilla appetizer after a hard day of work.

A strong drink.

Delicious.

This is a great style of beer. A friend brew something similar, but not as strong at the Los Gatos Brewery. Distant bitter chocolate and burnt coffee in the mix from a porter.

Remark that the label says this is a blend. A strange thing to drink.

8.5% ABV!

Very good.

Sorcerer, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown to black with nice moderately foam tan head of the pour and small bubbles shortly seen streaming up, dark and brooding no light coming through this one

Smell- roasted malts, slight coffee espresso from the roasted malts, very nice malt tones with also hops mixed in a bit to, overall a very nice nose too

Taste- wow this one has a really nice enjoyable flavor, chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor with a slightly bitter finish just to keep the sweet malts in check, nice long finish on this beer, actually a really really enjoyable flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- moderate carbonation and medium weight

Drinkability- this beer is exceptionally and enjoyable and drinkable and whats even better its its 2.99 a bomber! this beer was one of my surprises of the year, just a really good solid ale at a steal of a price, really well done and worth seeking out, satisfyingly complex and thoroughly enjoyable

Stunner97, May 01, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another deal from Trader Joe's, labeled as an Imperial Brown Ale.

Pours about as brown as you can get without venturing into black, thin wisp of tan head. Pretty good lacing

Roast, toast and dark fruit on the nose. Bits and pieces of chocolate and toasted bread in between notes of fig, prune, currant, and raisin.

Flavor is the nose, plus. Very vinous in character. Very much like a Baltic porter without the heavier roast character.

For all the flavor, this is not an especially heavy beer. Coats the mouth but is not cloying.

Wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting, but it's damn good for what it is. Good job Firestone-Walker on this beer, and good job Trader Joe's for getting that contract.

MrOH, Mar 18, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

LXIXME, Jun 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

1Adam12, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

InfernoBoss, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

erwityk, Sep 11, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What?!!! Only $2.99! Are you out of your mind?!!! I'm just sayin'...you don't usually get good beer these days for less than $3/12oz. And here you get 22oz for less than $3 (unless you tack on the CRV). Go get some now!

A= Little head to speak of, lest you swirl the bad boy. Dark brown body, and light tan head.

S= Dark fruits and chocolaty coffee notes on the nose. A lot stronger than I expected from a brown ale. I guess that's what makes it "Imperial".

T= Less flavor than expected, but very pleasant none-the-less. Smokey dark chocolate and coffee notes with mild sweetness in the middle. It ends on a bitter note.

M= Light-medium mouthfeel. Not much carbonation, but I don't think I would want much here.

O= Darker than expected in all areas though lighter in mouthfeel. It is very drinkable if you don't let it get too warm. In other words...take big gulps, and keep the second one in the fridge. You can afford it!

nycwinter, Apr 03, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.!

MadeInOregon, Apr 05, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 31, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed by Firestone Walker for Trader Joe's. $2.99 for a bomber.

Pours a deep almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a tiny cap. No real lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, with some nutty notes - perhaps hazelnut. Very porter and barleywine like notes in the nose. Tastes of roasted caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, with a nutty finish after each sip. There is a definite alcohol burn in the throat with each drink. There is a very slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Good carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Overall, a very good beer for a ridiculously great price. I am sure I will be buying more of these for the cellar. I can seeing this beer only getting better with age.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 31, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i see the brewer, i see the anniversary, i see the way its sealed. i think firestone walker 14. i see the price ($2.99)/ i immediately get excited and throw a few in my cart. very excited to try this. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with some reddish highlights. id call it opaque. there is a finger and a half of khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while, and when it does it leaves behind a wall of lacing. still excited here.

S- the first thing i pick up on are roasted malts. nothing too dark, but definitely roasted. after that i get some milk and dark chocolate notes. a little bit of molasses and caramel sweetness. the alcohol seems very well hidden.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get some more of the dark and milk chocolate that i could smell. more sweetness form caramel and toffee. it has a very big brown ale feel to it. earthy hops and a touch of coffee at the end.

M- the body is on the fuller side of medium. the carbonation is just right. there is some minor warming from the alcohol.

O- while this isnt firestone walker 14, this is a solid brew. especially when you factor in the $2.99 bottle cost. im glad i have a few more. ill open them every so often to see what time does to it.

jwinship83, Apr 20, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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

blackie, Apr 09, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paired with epic chicken burrito...

A: Deep brown with slight ruby hues. Nice thick brownish head.

S: Sweet caramel malts and molasses. Brown sugar. Very decadent and sweet smelling.

T: Reminds me much of the Hebrew jewbelation series in its sweet robust player. Very sweet and malty, with a detectable hop flavoring at the close. Sweet, refreshing and tasty.

M: Excellent medium thick sugary mouthfeel. Perfect light effervescent carbonation keeps the sweetness in check a bit.

O: Overall this is a sweet yet very balanced ale. The sweetness could be overbearing but it is balanced by a nice carbonation, mouthfeel, and slight hop presence. This is a well balanced and tasty beer. I am impressed.

Avantyawn, May 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

JamnesCameron, Apr 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

UncleBuccs, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

dannycohen62, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

ithinkimasofa, Jan 11, 2012
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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.