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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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