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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Auraan
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (722 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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... (921 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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... (501 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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! (997 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark brown with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots of lacing.

S - roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, and light alcohol.

T - light sweetness that's not overpowering, there's some hop bitterness and a bit of "alcohol warmth".

F - medium bodied, mild carbonation with a smooth feel.

O - it's pretty darn good but keep it under your hat! (402 characters)

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of bierfreundlich
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of JHausCaribe
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark brown body with a small soapy head with decent retention. Aromas are good but subdued in intensity; I get mainly toasty aromas with a suggestion of autumnal woodsiness. Taste is outstanding in its complexity and balance. Toasty flavors are dominant on the front on the mid-palates, with a roasted nuttiness and light earthy bitterness emerging just before sweeter cocoa and toffee notes shine through on the finish. A truly delicious beer. Medium-full body, austere flavor profile. My favorite of the Steinhaus lineup. (544 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought for $3.50 @ the princeton TJ's on a whim.

I've tried other mission street beers and wasn't too impressed. this one was pleasantly satisfying, price notwithstanding...

on the pour, there was less than a half inch of head which faded away fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

the nose comprised dominantly of roasted malts with slight hints of hops and cocoa.

the taste is where this shines. roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and verrry slight hint of hoppy fruitiness. also, at 8.5% abv, the alcohol remained in the background, which is impressive. mouthfeel is on the thin side, but there is sufficient carbonation along with a drying finish to make it very pleasant and satisfying. this would certainly be a great beer to go along with a hearty beef stew or pot roast.

all in all, very pleased. hoping that it doesn't run out of stock so i can pick up a bunch more on my next trip to TJs.

to me it's sort of a lighter oatmeal stout. (967 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a caramel-cola color with varying amounts of foam across shared servings. (First pour had very little, but the other two looked more hearty.) There’s a mellow but pleasing malt aroma and a sweet malty caramel flavor. Big but not cloying or syrupy. Not bad and certainly a steal for the price. (306 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than I thought it would be but not as good as some other brown ales. This bottle was a little over a year old when I cracked it open so I don't have anything fresh to compare it to. The caramel, sweet, dark fruit flavor that starts to come through in a brown ale was there but it was slightly watery and the mouthfeel was slightly thin. For the price, this beer is good but not great. (391 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer bills itself as an "Imperial Brown Ale". I doubt Trader Joe's is contract brewing a new style. The beer comes with a black shrink wrap top and a gold pull tab.*

The beer is opaque brown with red highlights. A large and dense light mocha head leaves some lacing and actually caps the beer with a 2mm head until finished.

Smell is of a little piney hop, and a note of astringency, at first. As it warms roasted malt appears.

Taste is of sweet caramel malt with a hint of nuttiness. A maple syrup finish that is gone too quickly to be cloying finishes the flavor.

The feel of the beer is smooth, and this feeling only increases as the beer warms. There is a syrupy viscosity that is present, but does not detract from the beer.

I liked the beer, and at 2.99 per, it's uh-mazing. Some good flavors and strange style make this something I will try every year. Can you age an "Imperial Brown"? If so, I just might try it. Then again, at this price, how can I not?

DOA

* The black shrink wrap top with gold pull tab reminded me of the Firestone Walker Ababcus and Double Jack bottles. I compared this beer and the Abacus while I had them both, and the size of the shrink wrap, and look are identical. As well, the placing of the label information, and even the fact that they are both brewed in Pasa Robles makes me think that Mission St. from Steinhaus may be a Firestone Walker brand contract beer. Edit: Thanks to topher78 for verifying that Steinhaus is owned by Firestone. (1,487 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.99 a bomber?!?!?! I'll take it!

Pours a dirty brown color with some cola views and a beige fluffy head. Aroma has nice dark fruits going on with some roasty characteristics. Some caramal and toffee too. Taste has good coffee notes with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather and more coffee on the aftertaste. Hoppy finish. The bubbles are present on the palate with the mouthfeel being adequate. The ABV sneaks up on you so be warned. Overall I am a fan of this for the price. You could do a helluva lot worse for $2.99. And it's actually pretty darn good. (567 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (2,244 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (533 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (821 characters)

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.