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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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Reviews: 52
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 7.22%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wedge
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (287 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (666 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of levon15
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (879 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (411 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (661 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (942 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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! (647 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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, (472 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (951 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Ann Arbor.
Bottle into tulip.

A- Almost completely opaque black/brown pour with highlights around the edges. Two finger light beige head. Lacing is spotty.

S- Candied dark fruits, grain and floral hops. Slightly one dimensional.

T- Dark roasted malts, candied dark fruits, licorice and a touch of coffee and bakers chocolate.

M- Medium bodied, light on the carbonation, slightly creamy.

O- It's good, not great. Without trying the three base beers it's hard to pick them out. I get the stout and the rest just meld together. I guess that was the idea. (586 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (666 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt, some nutty aromas, and a brown sugar/caramel/toffee/molasses mixture. Taste is of roasty malt, toasted nuts, burnt sugar, and slight caramel/toffee on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I enjoyed last year's version of this one better. (647 characters)

Photo of omokoro
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, nutty brown with a finger of light khaki head. Light aroma of caramel, coffee, and mild pine.

Moderate carbonation and a generous, creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, cocoa, and toffee malts with dark fruit, hints of vanilla, and light earthy hops on the tail end.

Not much bitterness to balance the sweetness here, and there's a slight metallic quality to the aroma and finish, but overall this is a pretty solid brew. (427 characters)

Photo of Steasy66
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into snifter

A Deep brown, off white head with little retention
S Light malt aroma, not much else
T Malt, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, light hops
M Nice medium-light carbonation, good body
O Pretty good overall. It tastes like there is one really good beer in here blended with some blah, not bad at all, but nothing spectacular. For the price, a must try. (361 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1133rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 release
TJ's Chino Hills for $2.99

App- A solid garnet red with a backing brown color. A small 1/4-1/2 head a bit off white formed and was gone. Maybe a 1/16" of pond layer

Smell- A big malt flavors comes in 1st and then caramel notes with some citrus rind and has a touch of nuttiness. Missing the roast on it.

Taste- An off blend to me. 1/3 Amber with some crytal malts and fades to 1/3 Barleywine with some citrus and a small bitter note and lastly 1/3 Brown Ale with some smooth silky roasted nutty notes.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a light medium creamy carbonation level. A bit red amber and nutty cream flavors remain.

Drink- I had higher hopes for this one. Needed to be barrel aged or thicker to really take it to that next level. Hoping another year in the bottle will do oneders. (851 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite lovely in the tall Peroni glass. Dark ruby amber with a nice foam. Smooth and very rich. Well carbonated on the tongue.

Some nutty flavors, raisins, a little butterscotch. Toasted malt with some grape juice. Sweetness stays in the front, and it's pretty shy of hops. However, a balancing bitter twang comes for the ending along with some woodiness. Just a little aroma of fruit juice and caramel. A dark flavor to the aftertaste.

Should I ask Anniversary of what? The blending concept is pretty silly, but for the price they can do what they want for such a drinkable, strong ale. (588 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's. Think it was around 3.50 a bottle.
Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice chestnut color with 2 finger widths of frothy tan colored head that has some staying power, and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malt. Caramel, Light roasted coffee.

T- Kind of nutty. The caramel sweetness really comes out here. Some dark dried fruits. Raisins, prunes. Some mild hop bitterness.

M- Has a slight alcohol warming feeling, with medium body and some mild carbonation.

O- Can't beat it for 3.50 a bottle. Wondering how it will change with some age on it. (610 characters)

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