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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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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 120
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
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 wedge
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Photo of flexabull
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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,

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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 GetMeAnIPA
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of omokoro
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1133rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of HalfFull
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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...

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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