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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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DaveBlack
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish-brown beer with a nice 1 finger tan head that has a long retention and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

S: sweet molasses, caramel malts and biscuity yeast make up the bulk of this incredibly pleasant smelling brew's aroma.

T: Taste is very sweet, with lots of phenols, chocolaty malts, a slighty butterscotch flavor. The alcohol is only 8.5% but it really punches through the rest of the flavors.

M: a Moderately heavy body, very sticky in the back of the throat, and rich and creamy in the mouth.

O: This is a decent beer, but really nothing to write home about. My overall impression is that this beer is unfinished, it is an assault of flavors, but they don't all play that well together. It needs to mellow a bit, then it might be excellent, but for now it is pretty good. (792 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 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 TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with red tinge. The head is a light tan, 3 fingers thick with good retention, resulting in a decent, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Lots of sweet, sugary malt in the aroma, with notes of nuttiness and chocolate as well.

Taste - Follows the nose; sugary malt flavors. Very rich. Notes of coffee, chocolate and a touch of nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, but with a sticky, syrupy quality. Carbonation is a bit lacking.

Overall - They call this an imperial brown ale, and I can see why. Very rich with sugary qualities. Not my favorite characteristic in a brown. For me, it's good but not great. (650 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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