Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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3.41/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a deep mahogany color in the tall Stella tulip. Quite handsome with the foam simmering down to a persistent cap with lots of tingle in the mouth, and plenty of lacing. Some nose of toffee and wood.
The flavor is a big Sugar Daddy with some hot alcohol. The body is thinner as you'd expect from the style, not unctuous like a Barley Wine. Burnt raisin toast is the other main flavor. The hops are on the earthy side, but fortunately they get lost in the general sweet maltiness and leave a trail of bitterness. This does get kind of old after some sipping. There is something like butter and bitter caramel in the back of the throat. Still, it's worth a late-night sip and the price is right.
07-11-2013 05:25:19 | More by mactrail
3.09/5 rDev -11%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours brown with a small creamy white head, fair head retention.
S: Heavy notes of malt, some date and prune, toffee.
T: Malt centered with notes of dried grape, molasses for sure, figgy. Caramel and nuts as well.
M: Medium to full-bodied, flabby feel, cloying at times, a bit syrupy, feels a bit underattenuated.
O: The price is very attractive at $2.99/bomber, but in the end, this is just average beer and not really my style.
04-12-2013 03:40:27 | More by Halcyondays
2.61/5 rDev -24.8%
Cost was $2.99 at Trader Joe's. 2013 vintage. 8.5% ABV confirmed. "Imperial Brown Ale." 650ml brown glass bottle with pull-slip papered over pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low given the brewery and the price.
Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head of nice cream, pretty decent thickness, and generally decent (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a rich dark caramel-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Uneven light lacing. Okay looking for the style. Nontransparent/nontranslucent.
Sm: Toasted malt, light raisin, generic floral hops, caramel, sticky licorice, and toffee. Roast is sorely missed. An average to mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: Biscuit malt, brown malt, caramel, light raisin. Generic floral hops. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Not all that well balanced. Has some nice toffee. Decently built. I'm not a big fan of it; it's pretty forgettable and mundane. Built strangely.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Okay body. Decent thickness. Carbonation is pretty good. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile. A bit syrupy.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. It's not bad for its price point, but there's just nothing interesting here. Hides its ABV okay. Rather mundane stuff. For a self-declared "Imperial Brown Ale", it's rather underwhelming. I wouldn't get this again - even at the seemingly good price. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. This one can be safely avoided.
03-31-2013 03:06:51 | More by kojevergas
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark reddish orange amber with a thin, very light tan head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Light aroma of dark and bready malt, molasses, a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor of dark fruit, melded light toasted and bready malt, nuts, faint chocolate. Finish is thin and slightly astringent. Medium bodied. This tastes pretty much as it is described on the label: a combination of several ales including a porter. Flavor is pleasant enough, but sweet, light and a bit muddled. A bit of alcohol bite in the finish. Totally fulfills its purpose as an inexpensive pleasant strong ale, but breaks no new ground.
04-20-2013 03:35:28 | More by LiquidAmber
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
I picked up a bottle of Steinhaus Brewing Company's Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 a couple months ago for $3.50 at Trader Joe's. I've heard that some of these Trader Joe's beers aren't that bad and for $3.50 a bomber I thought I would give it a chance, so let see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks ok, it's not that eye catching, but it still has a nice look to it and it had some nice information on it. It poured a nice slightly darker brown color that had some crimson hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but the lacing was a little weak.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like aroma followed by a good amount of malts that impart some grainy, bready, caramel and toffee like aromas. Up next comes a good amount of dark fruits that have a nice juicy aroma to them and raisins seems to stick out the most. Up next I get a lighter yeast like aroma with some nutty aromas in the background. The aroma is nice and well balanced, I like it.
T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, brown bread, caramel, and slight toffee like aroma followed by some dark fruits that have a nice juicy flavor to them with plums seems to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight yeast flavor followed by a nice nutty flavor that helps round off this beer. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with just a little bit of tartness taking it's place which threw me off a little and it had a malty and dark fruit like aftertaste. The taste was nice, it was pretty well balanced and I like the juicy dark fruit aspect.
M- Pretty smooth, well hidden alcohol, a little rich, creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer, it wasn't as heavy as I expected and I liked that.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and solid example of the style, it doesn't taste as big as most American Strong Ale's and it's a lot more subtle, but some of those signature flavors are still there and I don't think I would be able to tell that this beer was made of a blend of three different beers. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, the alcohol was well hidden and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a full bottle by myself and I wouldn't rule out having more than that since it's pretty damn smooth. What I liked the most about this beer was the dark fruit aspect, it had a nice juicy aspect to it that I don't get in many beers and I liked how the plum flavors stuck out. What i liked the least about this beer was the complexity, the flavors were nice, but I would have liked just a little more depth, maybe a little bit of smoked malts would have helped. I would buy this beer again, I enjoyed it and I think it's a great deal, it may be one of the best priced beers around and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good beer on a budget or fans of malt heavy beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't really what I expected, but I thought that made it unique and I can appreciate that. Good job guys, this is one solid beer and I have to give a hand to Trader Joes for offering a good beer at such a great price, I'll for sure be on the look out for more of their beers.
07-13-2013 03:50:43 | More by StoutHunter
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Bomber poured into a large wine glass, this years anny beer shows deep brown, clear and with ruby highllights. Nice cap of foam and decent retention follow. Dubbed an 'Imperial Brown Ale' this year and coming in at the same 8.5% as the last two years.
Some ruddy hops and notable caramel notes on the nose along with dried fruits; plum, raisan and a touch of alcohol as well. Touch of woodiness at times.
Flavor is somewhat sweet yet not in a singular way, offering a fairly complex delivery of malt flavors. Finishes with a grainy and spicy sweetness, bit of cinnamon and cherry diffused into the mix. Fairly long finish is pleasant enough. Nice feel and carbonation, bit of higher alcohols present. Overall more of a standard strong ale than an Imperial Brown and surely not too Red in flavor. A quandary of sorts, yet a decent one.
05-31-2013 05:35:41 | More by HalfFull
Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2013 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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