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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of an strong brown, imperial stout and a porter.

(Beer added by: Drinkerofales on 02-25-2012)
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  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.

TheSixthRing, May 01, 2012
Photo of Cane4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Cane4Beer, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of levon15
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

levon15, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jbakajust1
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

jbakajust1, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of buddyvelt
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

buddyvelt, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

kaseydad, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

korguy123, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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!

emerge077, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

yourefragile, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of RattleheadKV2
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

RattleheadKV2, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

yamar68, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -18.5%

mhaugo, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

rodney45, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

tastybeer, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of wedge
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

wedge, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of UnknownKoger
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

UnknownKoger, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

TicoCali, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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,

flexabull, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +8.7%

InfernoBoss, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of justinbrown
3/5  rDev -18.5%

justinbrown, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

creez, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jeanphony, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
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.


kojevergas, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

GetMeAnIPA, Mar 31, 2012
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.