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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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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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 peacebone116


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from Trader Joe's in February (I believe), but did not have the occasion to enjoy it until 5/20/11. Poured from a 22-oz bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Dark brown body with tan to white head that slowly recedes to the sides of the glass leaving a white haze to swirl in the middle.

N: Not an intense smell, but a subtle scent of wet cereal & chocolate & coffee.

T/M: Sweet, creamy, cocoa up front with a light bitterness in the back. The body is thick with light prickliness on the tongue from the modest carbonation.

Not an overwhelmingly awesome beer, but a really tasty brew nonetheless. I have always really liked the the beers from Mission St. (especially for the price) and they were a constant staple for me during my late years of college and first years out. I will admit that I am swayed to give the beer better ratings after reading that it is a blend of FW's barley wine, imp. stout, & porter....but, I will stick to my original opinion of the beer. I hope they put this one out again, especially at the modest price (~$4) I got it for.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 15:01:12 | More by peacebone116
Photo of Trilogy31


3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a molasses brown with a thin khaki head with amber at the rim of the glass. The nose has very sweet roasted malts, a hint of hops, caramelized brown sugar and a touch of spice. The taste carries more of the same but feels a bit muddled and almost thin odd at this abv. Not a bad beer but i just found it to be boring.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:51:51 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:49:23 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:44:13 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of kaseydad


3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 21:11:35 | More by kaseydad
Photo of ChugginOil


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 21:26:56 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:11:18 | More by Stunner97
Photo of 619BeerLuvr


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

given to me by a friend, but he said he got it for $2.99 at trader joe's. lots of malty and caramel characteristics as an Imperial Brown Ale. slight hint of like a scotch ale almost, but without the over-alcoholy taste. had a nice kick at 8.5%. had it with marinated chicken and pasta on the side. would definitely drink it again at that price and would even bring it to a party with average beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:04:59 | More by 619BeerLuvr
Photo of gford217


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:27:31 | More by gford217
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into shaker.

This beer pours a deep dark copper to mahogany. Slightly yellow tinged head with minor lacing. Sweet smelling with hints of cherries and plums. Taste is much the same as smell. Minor component of fruits but mainly huge caramel and toffee malts. This sweetness causes the mouth to be sticky, medium. ABV is hidden well. Overall a decent beer. A touch too sweet but not bad! Drinkable strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 16:20:45 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of jwinship83


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 04:12:04 | More by jwinship83
Photo of AnPiobaire

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 00:08:52 | More by AnPiobaire
Photo of ruckus232


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 23:28:26 | More by ruckus232
Photo of HalfFull


3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 05:50:16 | More by HalfFull
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:11:22 | More by wedge
Photo of whatthehull


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 19:11:06 | More by whatthehull
Photo of notchucknorris


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:56:07 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of beermanbrian


3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with slight amber hue. Almost no head. Heavy carbonation level gives a constant heavy stream of bubbles. Nice malty smell but no complexity. Toasty maltyness with a heavy sugar sweetness. Again not much complexity. Overall an ok beer. For the price it is worth a try but it doesn't really stand up to the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:16:59 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of MadeInOregon


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:07:15 | More by MadeInOregon
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:35:10 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of nycwinter


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 23:24:48 | More by nycwinter
Photo of Sorcerer

United Kingdom (England)

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.


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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:17:15 | More by Sorcerer
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:08:37 | More by womencantsail
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 04:51:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:48:10 | More by Chaney
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.