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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of an strong brown, imperial stout and a porter.

(Beer added by: Drinkerofales on 02-25-2012)
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Reviews by tastybeer:
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 02:57:19 | More by tastybeer
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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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06-20-2013 02:17:36 | More by metter98
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Edition, consumed on 3/26/13, exactly 5 hours before an anniversary of my own. . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic-style imperial pint glass. Body is dark brown that shows some haziness and orangey-amber edges when backlit. Small khaki-colored head on top leaves some stray lacing.

S: What comes to mind is a homebrewed Brown Ale that I brewed some 15 years ago. Burnt caramel, brown sugar, molasses and a hint of char. Slight waft of booze.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, though the alcohol is pretty noticeable. Toasty malt, burnt bread, caramel malt and brown sugar all come to mind, along with a slight nuttiness toward the back of the sip. Booze warms the belly, and while it's noticed in the taste, isn't obnoxious or overwhelming. Tannic bitterness in the aftertaste provides a bit of balance.

M: A little lighter in heft than desired for a beer of this strength. Call it medium in weight, but a tad bit on the thinnish side. Carbonation is modestly prickly.

O: This is solid stuff, dollar for dollar (I think I paid $3.99 for this bomber, though I'm not 100% sure - it may have been $2.99). Not earth-shattering, but a really good beer that tastes like an Imperial Brown/Porter blend (I'm not getting any real stout characteristics). I would buy this again, which is probably the first time I've said that about any of the Trader Joe's beers.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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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.

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

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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