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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1%
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).

Gueuzedude, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
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
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +1%

bsuedekum, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

gford217, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of blackie
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
Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Exiled, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Chaney, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

wedge, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown with a lot of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is a all carbonation and goes away pretty fast.

S: Not a ton going on here. Some roasted malt and a little caramel sweetness.

T: This beer is a blend of a barleywine, stout and porter and I'm getting a lot of barleywine and a touch of stout, but not much porter. There's some initial malt sweetness upfront and then a bit of a roasted quality to it. A slight bit of hops on the finish that are a little out of place. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit on the syrupy side. Overall, not a bad beer and worth the $3.

notchucknorris, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +1%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

thekevlarkid, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

HalfFull, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
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
Photo of draheim
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

draheim, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
5/5  rDev +26.3%

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of InfernoBoss
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

InfernoBoss, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

JimGlonke, May 07, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mission St. 2011 Anniversary Ale

Pours a clear amber and settles a very dark amber-brown that is opaque at the center of the glass and lightens up around the edges. 2 fingers of cream colored head sit atop, leaving bubbly lacing atound the glass.

The nose offers a bit of roasty malt with some nutty aromas. The alcohol scent is emitted towards the end of each whiff.

The taste is quite surprising for $2.99 a bomber. Caramel malt is noticed and is combined with nuts and oats. There are some doppelbock qualities here. Very malty and sweet with zero hop presence. The malts are taking center stage here.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and pretty full-bodied. There is a small amount of carbonation and rightfully so.

Overall, impressive beer that is very reasonably priced, tasty, and easy to find. Oh yeah, pretty drinkable too despite the 8.5% ABV

ChugginOil, May 07, 2011
Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

carrollmel7, Mar 06, 2012
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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.