Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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87
very good

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrOH on 03-18-2011

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.
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Photo of celldog
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Sorcerer
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (936 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of MrOH
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of nycwinter
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (928 characters)

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.11/5  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.! (1,637 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (985 characters)

Photo of Avantyawn
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Richie.

Pours dark chestnut that shows through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. There's a solid creamy head that recedes slowly to thick collar and swirl of bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is malty with caramel and roasted chocolate malts. Lots of nutty character as well and some earthy hops.

Taste has a bit of hops up front but the malts are the dominant aspect of this brew with roasted malts and brown sugar forming a solid backbone. The finish is slightly boozy with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and seriously creamy with strong carbonation and only a little alcohol burn.

For the price, this is a seriously good beer. Off the charts drinkable and complex enough to be a really solid beer. (753 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head that just barely crests the rim of the glass; te head leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted, dark coffee and raisins up front and picks up a browned, toasty, whole grain character through the middle that then finishes with fermented dried fruit notes and more roast grain burnt notes. Despite my noticing the roasted character in this beer, it is not overly strong or even on the level of a stout. The nose really has quite a bit of fruitiness to it and I am actually surprised that it doesn’t smell more distinctly of crystal malt (but it doesn’t really, so this must have been used pretty sparingly).

Slightly creamy textured up front, a touch of prickly carbonation adds some livliness as it slides across the tongue, but the finish sees the beer becoming quite creamy textured and smooth; the body actually has a decent viscosity to it, though I wouldn’t say it was overly heavy for a beer of this strength. The finish has some acrid roast malt character to it, just a touch, as well as a firm bitterness. There seems to be a bit of hop character here that contributes quite a bit of fruitiness to the flavor with the focus initially being on berry notes, but now that I know it is hops, a definite citrus hop character here as well; flavors of tangelo, grapefruit marmalade, blackberry-orange juice and currant jam are all noticeable hop contributed.

Speaking of which, when armed with this knowledge and I go back and smell the nose I am realizing that a lot of the fruit character in the nose is from citrusy hop notes. There are even some herbal aromatic notes here that contribute notes of pine. The bitterness in the finish can be almost raw at times, though it is never overly aggressive (at least from the hop head perspective). I had this beer once before when I just wanted a beer to drink, so I didn’t think about it too much, but hadn’t realized at the time how hoppy this beer actually was. The malt character provides a nice foil to the hop character (the latter seems to be the dominant character in this beer, though the malt certainly plays a significant role here); it provides a nice toasty, brown bread like character, in combination with the hops an almost spicy rye-like note and a fruit accentuating, caramelized malt character that contributes some nice level of crystal malt flavors to support the hops. This is quite a nice beer and I would love to buy a bunch of this to drink, the only problem is that this hop focused beer needs to be drunk fresh (at least for my tastes). (2,814 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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? (795 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Mom for bringing this back from CA for me-enjoyed in a tulip chilled, shared with my wife octopus87.

This is a very dark brown color bordering on black, translucent clarity and a thick smooth cap of tan which settles to about 1/4 inch and an atoll formation in the center. The bead is very fine and the lace sticks in spots. The smell is decent with some strong toffee/caramel aromas which come off sweet and slightly buttery with a slight vanilla from the wood. The feel is sweet but not quite cloying it has some girth and heft with a full round creamy texture and semi-sweet as it finishes with mild carbonation and slight alcohol presence throughout.

I enjoyed the first sip while it is cool it seems slightly fruity like dates or ripe banana, but it becomes more caramel and almost cocoa influenced as it warms with some toasted graininess and light brown sugar element. The alcohol is noticeable which holds it back a little, but there is a nice mild yeast flavor and mostly malt and wood flavors which bring out the vanilla character in this. I had no idea it was a FW blend of bw, porter and stout, but I enjoyed the way the malt presence unfolds and found the gentle tannic quality from the wood to add to the complexity slightly. I wood drink this again. I know the description says it was not barrel aged but there is definitely some wood flavor in this which is mild and enjoyable. I recommend this to anyone based on value for what you get I got this as a gift, but I was told it was reasonable. (1,525 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim last time I was at Trader Joe's. At $2.99 a bomber I thought...why not? And here we go...Poured into my Duvel snifter/tulip glass and I am met with a dirty dark brown colored ale and a nice beige colored foamy head that very quickly disappates. It does reappear if you swirl and you do pick up more aroma. The aroma is very pleasing. Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and some light orange. A lot going on here and it is good. The taste really surprised me. It is very chocolate oriented and suprisingly light bodied for the color. A nice nutty and roasty flavor is up front followed by some chocolate on the swallow and some smokiness on the aftertaste. Well done. Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by the offer. It states it is an Imperial Brown Ale but whatever it is....it is worthy at less than $3 a bomber...and 8.5% to boot. Will definitely head back to TJ's to pick up quite a few more to age and see what happens with this hidden gem. (998 characters)

Photo of wahmbush0614
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled the trigger on this while shopping at Trader Joe's. My theory was how bad can a 8.5 beer with a claimed Imperial Brown Ale for $3 be?

Surprised me for the depth of nose and taste. As stated the head disappears soon, but doesn't affect the beer. It has a slight drying/sweet ending that begs you to take another sip. It's a bit to sweet to have more than a bottle, but at $3 a bottle it is a steal. (405 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown, with a slight off-white head that stayed creamy throughout the session.

S: Malty for sure, but with an overwhelming hazelnut quality that slaps the nose hard. Brown sugar... check!

T: Sweet, with a substantial amount of brown sugar. I got a bit of plastic on the aftertaste of the first few sips... but then it subsided.

M: Nice and thick, but also syrupy and cloying. The booze was fairly well hidden in the candy madness, and the carbonation was low.

O: If they would just cut back on the sugar content a bit, I believe some of this would allow some of the nuttiness to shine through. Overall, this was a pretty good offering. (653 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber I picked up at Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe this beer was a very dark brown, almost black color but when it was held to sunlight it revelad ruby highlights. The head was a towering pile of tan foam. The retention was good and it left clumps of lacing. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, dark fruits and some chocolate. The flavors were good, I kept thinking “This beer was $3.99?” I tasted lots of caramel and toffee along with dates, figs, cocoa and behind that alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation appropriate. A total bargain for the quality. (601 characters)

Photo of HoopTime
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Sam's perfect pint glass, it has a rich, cola color with hints of ruby when held to a light. The tan head formed about 1/4 inch thick and quickly dissipated into a thin layer of lace on top.

S - Caramel, coffee and chocolate give way to a deep almost brandy scent. There is some fruit there – maybe dark red grape or plum in the nose. The malts definitely dominate the smell of this one.

T - Malty, with a oaky, coffee finish. This is sweet without being annoying. The hops are not real present in the nose or on the tongue, but there is enough to give it balance, just enough bitterness.

M - Medium body with enough carbonation to tickle your tongue. The carbonation, though mild, is deep, retaining its tingle as you roll the beer across your tongue.

D - At 8.6 abv, and with its strong taste and finish, this is no session guzzler. This is a sipping beer, at home with a strong rich food like tomato sauce and Italian sausage, or ribs. try it as a nightcap with a little well-aged sharp Canadian cheddar.

This is a nice cellarable beer. My only regret is that I didn't load up on this at $2.99 at Trader Joe's. This is a very good beer, forget the price. I will be interested in seeing how the other bottle of this I bought holds up a few months from now. (1,306 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a murky brown mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head, not much lacing.

Aroma is heavily malty up front. Toffee, caramel, rum-soaked fruit, and some aromatic hops in the background. Dominant aroma though is almost cloyingly sweet.

Taste is, not surprisingly, sweet and malty. Brown sugar, figs, booze, and a nice roasty quality. Bittering hops balance things out somewhat, but the fruity malt remains front and center.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating.

Overall this a slow sipper of a beer. Not sure I'd drink it again, even if I could. (565 characters)

Photo of NHalda
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, I'm a big fan of the Mission St. beers. Always grab them when I can't decide on anything else at Trader Joe's (as an employee and head of the beer section at my store I get a few quite a few chances here and there to purchase). Always consistent and their beers are made by Firestone Walker. This beer of course following the trend of Firestone blends. It is "40% high alc ESB, 20% IRS, and 40% robust porter with cascade hops."

A - pours a deep brown with a short lasting head. Still a good looking beer.

S - subtle but sweet with a hint of booze

T - continues on the nose, but with more focus on the sweetness. Labeling this thing as an imperial brown was pretty damn accurate. Similarities to a dubbel minus the Belgian yeast. Slightly roasty with a touch of choc/mocha at the back end.

M - thinner than expected. Improved with warmth.

For $2.99 I will definitely pick up a few more to keep around. I have been looking forward to this beer ever since in was only mentioned as a possibility, which may be the root of my slight disappointment, but it's still the best bottle I've bought for 3 buxxx. (1,117 characters)

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.