Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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4.36/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
03-24-2013 06:13:34 | More by Auraan
4.3/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
10-15-2012 03:09:05 | More by Guden
4.23/5 rDev +15.3%
A - Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate, sweet caramel and toffee malts, with some coffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, and dark fruit.
T - Starts off with some dark chocolate and sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through with some nuttiness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, sweet toffee malts, with a bit of dark fruit and coffee.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced. Good mix of flavors.
08-16-2012 03:33:08 | More by ngeunit1
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
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...
03-01-2012 07:20:31 | More by HalfFull
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
03-21-2012 04:37:53 | More by JupiterJesus
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a brownish-red amber with a foamy taupe head. Spicy raisin, oak, smoke, and dark-roasted coffee beans comprise the aroma. The mouthfeel is soft and coating. Very pleasant. Charred oak barrel flavor is present up front. The kind of smooth flavor one would expect from an aged upper shelf whiskey or bourbon. Some tart raisin in the middle. The beer finishes with a flavor of fine dark-roast coffee. This is an excellent beer, particularly for the price. Nice job with this one "Steinhaus," AKA...
05-14-2012 01:46:22 | More by DocJitsu
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
05-07-2012 00:38:13 | More by zaphodchak
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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