Black Mission | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Auburn color graham cracker aroma, spice and fig flavors, medium-rich body.

Added by BEERchitect on 06-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 42
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking hazy brown color with a soapy white head on top. There isn't much lacing or retention on this one. The smell is sweet with some dark malts and fermented fruit aromas. There is also a burnt sugar aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is quite nice, it's sweet and malty with a sugary feel to it, it's not bitter at all, similar to a Quad but not quite. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall I found this beer to be quite nice, Probably my favorite while visiting the brewpub. I would drink thins one again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a clear amber head. Nice lacing. Lots of molasses, maple, caramel, toffee and candy sugar in the aroma . Flavor is also heavy on the syrup and molasses with thick sweet caramel malts, candy sugar with darker fruit notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth. This one is pretty good but it's a little to sweet.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap in tulip glass at revolution. Apperance is deep purple brown color with red highlights and light passing through. Sticky white head forms and leaves considerable amount of lacing. Nose features fig, bubblegum, banana, and a bready finish. Taste strts sweet with dark fruits, this gives way to more bubblegum and grape character, the finish is dry with notes of graham cracker. Nice balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice unique offering from goose island!!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Goose Island chalice at Beer Bistro North.

No matter what, all I think of when I hear "black mission" is some sort of evil adventure... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of dark off-white foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, light fig, light caramel, clove, and light cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, but with the fig really taking charge now. It still blends in with the spices and whatnot, but it's definitely leading now, leaving my tongue ravished by fig after several sips. A few light blackberry notes weave their respective ways through the proceedings as well, but these are quite meek in the face of the spicy figs. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, an interesting beer, indeed, but one that's a bit too figgy (I know, I know, that was the point, but still...) to really achieve much in the way of greatness.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Goose Island branded chalice at the Beer Bistro in Chicago, IL

The body displays a dark amber color with ruby accents with a one finger fairly pillowy head. The dark fruit aroma is very easily discernable due to the copious amounts of mission figs using in the brewing. Other aromas include bread, toffee, and candi sugar. The dark rich taste of fig is immediately present, along with toffee, yeasty esters, a bit of citrus rind, and a bit of spice. The brew is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and displays some of the qualities of both a tripel and dubbel-style beer. Very tasty and original.

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Photo of hoody711
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Paddy Long's in Lincoln Park. Saw it on the menu with a bunch of stuff I'd had so had to go for it. Especially when I saw there was only 1 review for it. Second!

A - came out a beautiful rusty amber served in a tulip. Head was half a finger. Clarity was very nice. Little to no lacing as I drank. Very pretty beer though.

S - passed this bad boy around the table to try to figure out what we were smelling. The menu touted it as a beer that was brewed to try to taste like a Fig Newton. Sweet and sugary is definitely what I smelled most. There was also a background spice that I can't put my finger on. Other people smelled cinnamon (definitely not) and "beer." Sigh.

T - Followed smell for the most part. Malty and sweet, definitely fig-y. Pretty earthy as well, and that spice is still hanging out there, without an ID from me.

M - medium, nothing crazy. A little alcohol that hangs about for a while, but not as much as the fruity earthiness.

O - glad I tried this new one from Goose Island. Definitely not my favorite style, but it's good to branch out now and then. Worth a shot for those of you who like veggie/fruit beers. Probably won't buy again though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inspired by strongly flavored and earthy sweet fruit that your mom made you try but your adolescent palate couldn't handle- the Fig Newton. Now that I'm more mature and have developed a complexly refined palate- I'm still not keen on the sandwich candy, but Goose Island shows that the introduction of the black mission fig to a Belgian abbey-style ale can win over the most fickle palates.

With a ruby redish-brown hue and mild haze that reinforces the appearance of rust. the beer builds a dainty blanket of whitish foam that caps the beer like creme. Moderate retention and light lace regenerates with a gentle swirl of the glass for greater appreciation of aesthetics and aroma.

Those aromas are delicate and firm simultaneously as the pulp of fig sits prominently in center stage. A malty backdrop upholds the fruit with aromas of the crust of fresh baked bread, almost-caramel, almonds, and a candy sugar scent that's usually reserved for Belgian dubbel ales. The fruit sweetness is accented by delicate hop aromas of floral and perfume that reminds me of honey suckle.

Flavors aren't so delicate as the full flavor of baking breads, crusty sweetness, earthy almond taste, and candied kilned barley kernels. Shy of caramel, there's a lot of impressions of malt sugars, but without the associated sweetness. This dry malt characteristics bridges seamlessly into rich fig taste with an earthen rustic sweetness, nuts, sorghum, chocolate, and coffee. Soft peppercorn, dried orange peel, and cola nut leave lasting impressions as the fig sweetness fades and the dry crusted malt prepare for the finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's almost-dubbel, almost-vienna lager maltiness allows for lighter and more refreshing texture than the rich taste would suggest. Moderate carbonation allows the full effect of fruit to be felt, right before the cleansing of dry malt, minty alcohol warmth, and subtle hop dryness to carriage the palate through the finish. A linger of nuts and fruit extend into the next sip with ease.

Like many of Goose Island's Belgian-style ales, they enjoy a simpler palate that doesn't push the taste as boldly as authentic traditional Belgian-brewed examples. But the clean nature carries enough intrigue to appease the most staunch Belgian beer fan, yet finesse enough to introduce the uninitiated to the artistry of Belgian flavor. Their Mission Fig represents this Goose Island personality very well.

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Black Mission from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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