Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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2.58/5 rDev -29.7%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a Trader Joe's in San Diego. Expectations are fairly high; it was highly recommended to me by the cashier. I quite enjoyed Trader Joe's Vintage, but then that was brewed by Unibroue. I don't remember ever liking something from Mission St.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and average retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque extremely dark brown. No yeast particles are visible (but it's nontransparent).
Sm: Heavy tropical fruit and citrusy hops. Kumquat is dominant; I never thought I'd say that about a so-called imperial brown ale. Hops. Caramelized malt. I don't get any roast (as alleged by the label). Clean malts. A mild strength aroma.
T: Floral, tropical, and citrusy notes collide horribly with darker malts and caramelization. Wretchedly balanced, with flavours competing instead of cooperating. Some cream. Built incredibly poorly for an imperial brown ale; where are the nuts? No roast. Overly hoppy and bitter, with strange tropical notes. What were they thinking? Structurally imbalanced as well.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with an awful coarseness in the third act - exactly where it doesn't belong in a brown ale (if at all!).
Dr: Another disappointment from Mission St. Do they even make a good beer? Doesn't hide its ABV all that well. I'll finish this, but it isn't real drinkable. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. I wouldn't have it again, even on draught. A badly made imperial brown.
03-31-2012 06:10:12 | More by kojevergas
2.8/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
04-13-2012 02:37:48 | More by wedge
2.83/5 rDev -22.9%
A: Bery dark brown color with a thin light brown head.
S: I'm not getting much besides a ton of sweet malts. A little bit of booze in there as well.
T: Similar to the smell. Big sweet matinees with maybe a touch of coffee on the backend. Not really a huge fan. Way too one dimensional.
03-30-2012 01:02:46 | More by notchucknorris
2.88/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
05-22-2012 03:41:14 | More by Ryan011235
2.9/5 rDev -21%
Served from a 22oz bomber into Unibroue tulip.
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany/amber, with about a fingers worth of beige head that disipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing behind to speak of.
Smell: Lots of dark chocolate and caramel, and toffee notes. Also a slight roasted coffee smell is present.
Taste: You get a decent dosage of hop bitterness that soon fades into a sweet, malty, boozy mess throughout.
Mouthfeel: Very nice rich and creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Fairly unbalanced brew here, pretty much just a massive boozy malt bomb. Not bad for the price, I think it was $3.99 at Trader Joe's, but not really anthing I'd search out in the future.
04-16-2012 05:14:02 | More by RattleheadKV2
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
04-13-2012 02:57:19 | More by tastybeer
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
03-31-2012 04:20:03 | More by GetMeAnIPA
3.08/5 rDev -16.1%
App: creamy tan head with very good retention and lacing. Very dark brown with a ruby/amber glow.
Nose: Biscuity and piney.
Taste: Nice carbonation level, great mouthfeel for a brown ale. Carmel malt, graham cracker. Not much going on here.
Notes: Can't beat the price! The fact that it is a blend has turned me off to it. The label says it is an "Imperial Brown Ale". It is smooth, simple, and inexpensive.
02-26-2012 02:51:34 | More by travolta
3.1/5 rDev -15.5%
The beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. The head is a thick tan head. The head collapses to a half finger and leaves fingers all the way down the side.
The nutty toffee smell i get is nice, but not much is there. It smells damp. I get a slight chocolate alchohol note as well.
The malt backbone on this is more than I was expecting, it's sweet almost to the point of having some fruit breaking through. I get some spicy herbalness. The malt...it really comes through witha yeasty bread mouthfuls of flavor.
The creaminess of this beer is nice, the alcohol has a slight hint at the root of my jaw, there is a nice carbonation.
This is a great beer for the price. I think I was at $3.50 for a bomber. I'll see if my trader joes has anymore, as this would make a great goth beer to introduce people to something other than a macro. For the price this is great.
04-25-2012 00:50:41 | More by levon15
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
Picked up today @ Trader Joe's.
Bomber into snifter.
Pours a deep mahogany color with a red tint. There is less than a fingers worth of cream colored head. A bit of lacing.
The nose doesnt really bring much. Some anise, a tad bit of brown suagr/molasses, and some roasted malt. A touch of cocoa as well.
The taste is a bit more robust thankfully. Some sweetness balanced with roastiness is first noticed. Some milk chocolate and molasses linger.
The mouthfeel is strikingly thin for a combonation of 3 hefty styles. I do enjoy the carbonation levels.
Overall, decent brew but doesnt really make an impression on me. Definitely worth the $3-4 spent thought
03-02-2012 06:38:56 | More by ChugginOil
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Dark opaque russet or sienna brown. Quickly dissipating tan head, which is to be expected of the higher abv.
S: Malt and toffee, with hints of cocoa and coffee.
T: First notes of roasted barley, faint cherry, plum and crystal malts. Secondary flavors of cocoa, espresso, chocolate malt and hazelnut. Faint hints of walnut and amaretto.
M: Medium body and mid range carbonation. More sweet than bitter with a non dry finish.
O: Im not used to blends. In fact I was drawn to this beer by the fact that I dont think ive ever tried a blended beer. save a black and tan. It works for whiskey, why not beer. I was surprised by how sweet this beer turned out to be. It didnt seem underattenuated, just cloyingly sweet. They classify this as an imperial brown, but i'd say its more along the lines of a sweeter stout. I'd give this another go, but i'd let it warm up to just above 50 before trying it again, to allow the complexity to shine through.
04-14-2012 12:54:09 | More by rodney45
District of Columbia
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
22 oz bottle, TJ brand.
Pours a cloudy dark ruby brown with a frothy creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring and minimal lace. Robust, sweet nose of dark fruit, toffee, cocoa, coffee and roast malt. Full bodied with active, soft carbonation producing a creamy, smooth texture. Mild roast body with dark fruit, caramel, toffee and cocoa dominating. Dry, slightly ashy finish. Label calls this blend an imperial brown and that's accurate. I don't pick up much from the stout base, and the flavor is a little dumb and sweet, with a slight rubbing alcohol presence in the finish. Regardless, for the price and availability, I'd pick this up again if I'm in the mood.
04-16-2012 23:17:50 | More by yourefragile
3.45/5 rDev -6%
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
02-27-2012 18:48:27 | More by Nugganooch
3.45/5 rDev -6%
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!
04-09-2012 05:20:49 | More by UnknownKoger
3.45/5 rDev -6%
Pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.
Aromas are of cola, brown sugar, and coconut. Smells pretty good.
Taste is bitter up front, some dark malts, coconuts, light booze, and a general nuttiness. Finish has some alcohol warmth and a pine like hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is ok, but thin.
Overall, an interesting strong brown ale. Worth trying for the $3 price tag that Trader Joe's is charging. Might be interesting to age even though the mouthfeel is lacking,
04-08-2012 03:44:17 | More by flexabull
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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