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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012

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BA SCORE
83
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Drinkerofales on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of an strong brown, imperial stout and a porter.
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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for splitting this one with me. I believe he said he got it from Trader Joe's. Pours a burnt brown and ruby red hybrid mix with reasonable clarity, save for a bit of chill haze that takes over the middle. A small, off-white head recedes quickly into a ring and leaves no lacing behind.

This beer is listed on this site as an "American Strong Ale" but I was under the impression this was basically an "Imperial Brown Ale". Then I read that it was a blend of a strong brown, and imperial stout, and a porter. The mix must have been about 80/10/10, in favor of the brown ale, because this thing smells like almost nothing but an imperial brown. Pretty sweet and malty up front, though a bit more potent and commanding than most lower gravity browns. Light brown sugar, heavily toasted caramel, mild toffee, and a bit of nuttiness that lingers into the end. Very, very faint cocoa powder, but it's somewhat of a stretch. Virtually no hops, or at least none that come out in the aroma. It smells good, but the aroma is kind of straightforward and generic. I wasn't getting many imperial stout or porter notes.

Boozy caramel is the first thing I taste when I take a sip, and it would prove to be the most dominant flavor throughout the entire course of the bottle. The booze is certainly present, although it's controlled and tamed fairly well. Pretty sweet and sugar; candied dark fruits (plums and raisins) with heavier (darker) dates and prunes joining near the end. Lots of toffee and a heavy bready coating that lacquers the palate after only a few sips. The aftertaste has a heavy contribution of caramel malt, toasted so much that it's almost burnt. A little bit of nuttiness opens up as the beer warms, and it meshes nicely with the few dark fruit notes that survive into the finish. Silky mouth feel, thinner than expected with low carbonation.

Good to see some of the imperial stout and porter notes come out a little more in the taste, although they were still heavily sedated and this could have easily just been labeled as an Imperial Brown without any argument. Decent all around, nothing too special or lavish, but pretty good considering the price (under 4$ for a bomber). I would have it again just for that reason.

Photo of Guden
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown with one finger of cream colored head that refuses to fade. Looks like a decent American brown.

S- Luscious caramel is the first thing, deeper in the mix is burnt buttered popcorn, cherry soda and a touch of pine.

T- Again butter and caramel seem to dominate with cherry soda, raisins, pine and burnt toast also in the mix.

M- Thick and creamy with subdued carbonation. It fills the mouth and coats the tongue in a very inviting and invigorating way.

O- Have to say that I really enjoyed this one. Didn't know what to expect at all but was very nicely surprised. Seems like it would continue to age nicely, if only I had a few more.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a nutshell, tastes like an 'ale' doppelbock.

Similar dark fruit flavors. Rich mouthfeel. More bitterness and hop character than a german beer, but it remains in the background, subservient to the slightly roasty, raisin-y malts. Very good, but I'd knock it for the aroma, which is a little metallic.

Damn good for $2.99 at TJ's.

Photo of Auraan
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of the 2013 edition. Poured a rich dark brown with a nice half-finger of off-white head that stuck around but didn't leave a lot of lacing. Scents of chocolate, coffee and some sweet malt. Flavor is sweet malt, chocolate notes, slight coffee and some nutty notes on the finish. There is also a slight hint of alcohol and a slight bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too thick with a medium carbonation level. An excellent blend of a brown ale, an Imperial stout and a porter, with hints of all three. Firestone brewed up a good beer, slapped a different name on it and put it on Trader Joe's shelves for $3.

Photo of tastybeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Smoky, hazed over deep brown color, very light brown medium sized head, poor retention, and non-existent spotty lace.

S: Sweet cocoa, nutty liqueur, candied plums, raisins, maple syrup, a hint of vanilla, and sweetened lemon.

T: Bright and sweet flavors going in all sorts of directions. Reminds me of rock candy...and cola. The sweetness is steady throughout with bitterness weaving in and out, prickly carbonation. More nuts and liqueur and various candied fruits.

M: Really sticky, resiny sugars. Syrupy heavy texture yet thinnish in body.

This beer is confusing. Its heavy and thin, and scattered all over the place. Flavors are not working harmoniously together... I think next year I'll get two. One to try and one to age. Some more time resting might help this beer pull itself together. I don't hate it.

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice brown pour with a nice tan head. The head retention and lacing is minimal. The appearance is probably the best quality of the beer othe than the high ABV.

Smell is a sweet malty yet boozy smell. The taste aost Morris the smell.

The first thing to hit the taste bids is the malty sweet taste. Then comes the boozy taste. Not an overally complete beer. Mostly a rich malty taste with the high abv pushing though.

Overall, the beer is good/ average but considering the price and high abv makes it well worth the purchase.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with red tinge. The head is a light tan, 3 fingers thick with good retention, resulting in a decent, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Lots of sweet, sugary malt in the aroma, with notes of nuttiness and chocolate as well.

Taste - Follows the nose; sugary malt flavors. Very rich. Notes of coffee, chocolate and a touch of nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, but with a sticky, syrupy quality. Carbonation is a bit lacking.

Overall - They call this an imperial brown ale, and I can see why. Very rich with sugary qualities. Not my favorite characteristic in a brown. For me, it's good but not great.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A finder of fine cream-tan head and a deep brown body tinged with red. Some lace. Good retention.

Smell has some fruit: plums and sweet cherries, and a good malt presence. Pretty nice.

Body is full, rich and flavorful-- some of the fruit but a good chocolatey malt presence and faint hops to lend some balance. And it is pretty well balanced. Finishes pretty dry with just a touch of alcohol heat. Not bad, not bad at all. My only complaint would be a slight taste of carbonation, very (very) faintly metallic. Got kinda medicinal as it warmed up, so I'd say keep it cold.

Mouthfeel is a bit coarse and I think the carbonation is showing up in the taste, as I mentioned above.

Well I was expecting to be underwhelmed; the beer was relatively cheap and it just claimed to be "a blend of three incredible brews." Boy was I wrong. Well blended, well balanced, this ended up working really well, and I'd gladly buy another if I lived close to Trader Joes. Might even be worth cellaring for a year!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is a very dark ruby brown with light creamy head

some dark fruit, mainly raisin. touch of sweetness. hint of booze.

comes off as an imperial brown, however with some ashy roasted malt blended in. sweet raisin and maybe some light cherry. a hint of belgian yeast which really makes no sense considering what is in it. not bad but nothing really pops out.

nice moderate carbonation that kicks in towards the finish. fairly full body.

nothing over the top, but not bad. the price however is amazing at $3.50 for a 22oz.

Photo of HalfFull
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a globe glass. She opens with a firm pop and pours a deep brown, perhaps ruby in the light. And with a touch of haze. A half inch of tan foam surrenders a tad too swiftly but does keep a surface cap with some agitation.

Dry cocoa hits you initially on the aroma, followed by semi sweet bakers chocolate and a tad bit of roast and a bit of alcohol. Dry and coarse and with a light pine hop character. Malt notes are well imbued with a slightly ruddy caramel character, and fairly soft on the palate for an 8.5% brew.

Offers a nice dry and almost powdery feel vs. many a sweet interpretation of the 'style'. Quite drinkable and well balanced and seems like a better 'blend' than last year. Or perhaps I missed a step.

Bottom line: Intriguing and enjoyable and a pleasant and easy quaff. I'll be sticking a few in the cellar though the $2.99 price might kill my vacation budget. Or not...

Photo of Sharkophile
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy burgundy color with a big, frothy, off-white head that has good retention. Had half the glass with some spicy food, which was EXCELLENT.

S: Smell is a bit muted, with some fruity aromas, caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Mirrors the nose, but with more intensity and complexity. Lots of dark fruit and dark caramel (some butterscotch?) with a light, herbal hop, and a very nice dry, bitter-char flavor in the finish, which seems like the work of the porter component.

M: Pretty dense mouthfeel, with full body and good carbonation.

O: A very good beer that I would happily pick up again for $3.50 a bomber.

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark reddish brown, with a scant head of tan foam after a swirl. Initially there was a fingers width of foam and some sticky lacing.

Smells a little sweet, dried fruit and licorice. Mild roastiness, but not much. Husky grains.

Obscured flavors of licorice, light fruity hops, toasted grains. Medium bodied, pleasant to drink. Light carbonation, light and simple beery aftertaste. Pretty light and easy drinking for 8.5%, leave it to those crazy guys at Firestone Walker to blend this up.

Thanks Justin for this beer!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's, 01/19/12 stamped on bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch light tan head that didn't stay around for long. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like brown sugar, nuts, dark fruit, chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's some hops noticeable in the bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. All in all, I think this is a good overall brew. Pretty nice deal for just $3.49 a bomber.

Photo of omokoro
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this for $3.25, I thought it was the Vintage Ale, I just read the 2012 part. I poured it into bordeaux glass, it was almost black, with a thick two finger, off white head. There was a lot of visible carbonation. On the nose I mainly noticed malt sweetness, some pine, resin and a little citrus. This beer feels a little thin for the color, although there is a lot of carbonation. I found it to be rather sweet on the malt, with a good amount of alcohol on the backend. There are note of toast, chocolate, pine and a touch of vanilla. Overall, compared to the 2011 Vintage Ale this is found lacking, but perhaps it is an unfair comparison. I find myself a bit disappointed in this beer. I cannot see myself picking up another bottle from TJs.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looked like flat cola when I poured it, but it would up having a nice amount of carbonation.

S: dates, dark cherry

T: sweet up front, roasty aftertaste, dark chocolate, slightest bitterness but not unpleasant. It had a little booze reminding me of a rum and cherry coke.

It is at 8.5 % so the alcohol can sneak up on you. I really enjoyed it.

I’ll have another.

Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/ruby with a healthy mocha head, decent lacing. Smell is pretty clean - roasty milk chocolate, bit of hops, some caramel. The taste offers a lot of the same things. Cocoa, hard water, hops that cut through the caramel. Very easy to drink. Not at all the sort of beer that I associate with 'American Strong Ale.' This is just a big smooth brown ale.

Photo of wedge
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque, dark brown body with a small creamy head that settles to a bubbly ring and wispy coating on top. Dark fruit and caramel malt aromas...quite nutty with light brown sugar, dried fruit, toffee, and grape. A little too clean. Flavor is sugary malt - breadier than the aroma - featuring a surprising tanginess. Raisins, wood, cola, more nuts. Some heat and general harshness goes along with the general disjointed impression this is giving me. It tastes very young to me as it is right now. I wish I would have picked up a couple more to lay down for a while to see if it smooths out...especially at this price point. Oh well. Not great as it stands now, but I think there's potential for a nice, smooth strong ale with the benefit of some time in the dark. I liked last year's blend better.

Photo of JHausCaribe
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of the new 2013 Mission Street Anniversary Ale. After reading the reviews from the 2012 version it appears that the 2013 is a touch better. It's a sweet Imperial Brown Ale. For $3 a 22oz bomber and 8.5 ABV it's a great beer. I'm a hop head for sure but even though this beer is mellow on hops it's still there ... especially in the finish. What you get is a great blended strong Brown Ale (roasted and malty) with a bit more hops than you would normally find in this style. Not much head and not overwhelming to the nose but who cares ... this beer tastes great.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has lots of flavors of caramel malts along with notes of molasses, hints of toffee and fruity yeast plus a slight amount of bitterness. Bits of alcohol are also detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For an offering from Trader Joe's, I thought that this beer was rather complex and interesting as it seemed to exhibit properties of both a brown ale and a strong ale. The alcohol is also relatively well masked.

Photo of fx20736
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition bought from Trader Joe's on 3/23/13. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mug, served at room temp.

Dark Brown, almost black with a walnut shell tan head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

aroma: slightly underpowered but roasted malt, a touch of molasses and a light citrus hoppiness.

mouthfeel:soft but solid. good.

taste: toasted black malt, a touch of dark treacle with a slight kiss of citrus rind at the end.

notes: sort of a Dark IPA with some sweetness thrown in. not bad although it took me a while to get my head around this beer.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dubbed as a blend of 3 different Ales to make an 8.5% Imperial Brown Style Ale.

Notes from 02-23-12
22oz with pint glass

A: Pours a darker mahogany brown but with a real light thin edge that lightens the shade. Almost garnet looking overall. Thin dark khaki fizz. Leaves splashes of lace and seems low in retention.

S: Smells of real green earthy roast grains. Caramel nutty cereals. Some light alcohol notes.

T: Tastes of burnt caramel malts. Toast nutty grains and brown sugar. Low moderate bitterness with some pine and earth hop spice. Lightly warming with alcohol. Sugary but not sweet. All in all a pretty solid brown.

M: Nice light frothy mouthfeel. Not heavy by any means. Drying in the finish.

D: Interesting choice for an Anny Ale - a brown. Just mediocre enough not to interfere with Firestone's regular lineup. Overall this was a pretty nice blend and a well rounded brown. Nice nutty roast flavors.
I would purchase again

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Trader’s Joe. Pours brown with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. The body is medium and smooth. Bready and toasted malt, brown sugar, burnt coffee and dark fruit fill the mouth. The finish is long, mainly of burnt coffee. Nice, cold weather brew.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 4/29/12

01/19/12 printed on the bottle

Dark brown hue with shades of rust and watery ruby. One finger head doesn't hold as such, but leaves a patch of bubbles, as well as some collar retention and lace.

Baked dark bread takes up much of the aroma with a subtle, dry spice notion. Hints of something like black walnuts or mushroom. Herbal hop notes drift about. Overtones of orange peel. Mild dark fruits and suggestions of adjunct.

The taste has a bit more of a kick, likely due to the noticeable alcohol creeping in around the edges. As with the aroma, toasted bread is prominent; it has a pumpernickel bent to it. Hints of spice. There's a bit of a hoppy tickle, but it's woven in too much to stand out much.

The feel somewhere between medium and full. The body is smooth and carbonation is kept right in line on the lower side, so perhaps the overall feel seems more plump that it truly is.

My overall impression is that this is an ok beer. It's drinkable, an doesn't taste bad; it just fails to be remarkable. I'm a little hesitant to call this a great value but, at $3.50 for a bomber, it's an alright value in the format. It's decent for sipping on without too much thinking.

Photo of bierfreundlich
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly translucent brown, plum-rose hue with barely there off-white head.

S - Smells like dark malt, raisin bread, cinnamon, sweet caramel.

T - Tastes sweet with a roasted malt character, hints of browned butter and a lingering bitterness.

M - Lightly effervescent, viscous in quality, and spicy on the back of you throat.

O - A well-rounded, boozy brown ale with lots of character. Easy-drinking.

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Trader Joe's. $3 a bottle? Why not! Poured into Bruery tulip. Appearance in the glass is black even though it's labelled as an Imperial Brown Ale (though BA has it as an American Strong Ale). Good carbonation yields a nice head that quickly dies to a ring around the glass.

Smell is decent. Some dark roasted barley notes are very present. There's also a good amount of hoppiness. Taste is the same. Mild notes of chocolate but also hops. Tasty. Mouthfeel is decent. nothing spectacular.

Overall, it's a decent beer. It's nothing to get excited about, but for $3 for a quality 22oz bottle of beer, it's worth checking out. Cheers!

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.