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Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mission Brewery

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3.9/5
Very Good
81 Ratings
Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States
missionbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheCrowsNest on 12-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,977
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
81
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
28
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped and wax sealed 22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. The pour is deep and dark with just a hint of ruby in the light. A thin cap of foam doesn't linger for long. Available to kick up a surface film through the pour and its associated aromas nonetheless. Deep mocha with a fresh pour.

Aroma of alcohol and chocolate spice imbued with a moderated blast of bourbon barrel. More oak than bourbon initially with the bourbon component becoming more prominent with warming. Pleasant and curious though a bit subtle. Needs a bit more carbonation to throw esters into volatile mode.

Taste of bourbon infused chocolate malt and a touch of spice. Creamy and moderate sweetness on the finish though still undercarbonated in my view, barrel aged or otherwise. Vinous on the finish as a result.

Overall hint of oak, light bourbon influence, undercarbonated, fairly well balanced, bit chewy, light to moderate complexity in malt structure. Decent but not world class.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: nice head off white to mocha head body is rich and black looks like great lacing

S: Dark chocolate, more of a sharp Whiskey smell than bourbon, smells dry, leather, mail pouch tobacco if that makes sense to people who chewed it's sharp smelling

T: Dark chocolate on the taste not very sweet which is surprising the taste is not heavy with toffee vanilla like you would expect it's sharp and clean with a bourbon taste that is bam and gone and a little coffee it's actually amazing it's so clean

M: Medium to full it's not lush but the bit of dryness and cleanness of the finish is very appealing

O: This is a great stout that isn't crazy bourbon forward or crazy sweet, not that either of these characteristics are bad but it makes this beer interesting because you can really define the beer in which a lot of barrel aged beers get lost in their barrels. I can see where people are going to ding this beer for not being barrel forward or lush but that's what makes you stand up and go damn this is pretty good .

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Photo of RobertClevenger
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz bottle poured into 2 large snifters

Pours a dark brown almost black with thick dark brown head that slowly subsides to thick lacing

Aromas of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate

Sweet Bourbon flavor is pretty forward, but not overpowering. Followed by dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt

Fairly viscous, medium to thick body. Holds flavor very nicely.

Overall an excellent beer especially with a year on it. I picked up two of this years with equal expectations.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Velunas
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sarge27
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A- The highest mark I gave it, looks good and dark with light lacing

S- Some dark roast, and vanilla, typical RIS but kinda muted

T- Pretty disappointed for a BBA at any price. Some decent RIS flavors of roast, vanilla, dark fruits and hardly any BBA detecting on the nose or palate.

F- Nice full feel and slickness that coats the tongue

O- Like I said, pretty disappointed in it as a BBA, decent flavor but as a BBA sourly lacking and wont ever buy it again in the BBA price.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle I held for a while. Poured into Carton Dubvariant glass. Little head, very dark, anything knocked down quickly by ABV. Bourbon barrel smell along with roasted malts. Taste is mostly bourbon and oak with roasted malts and vanilla on back end. ABV disguised reasonably well, but some warming. Medium to full-bodied, slow drinker. Balance is OK, but nothing to write home about. Flavors mellow and soft after aging, which I think brought this up to a decent standard vis a vis earlier reviews.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This hits all the right notes for a BA RIS - jet black, dark tan head, beautiful beer. The bourbon is pretty forward on the nose, so I was a bit leery, but my concerns were ill-founded, because the taste had the bourbon, but also loads of dark chocolate, cocoa, oak, and stone fruit.

I had low expectations when I got this, but it exceeded them, and left some money in the bank. I'd buy this again, especially in the winter in Minnesota. After the 8" of snow we received yesterday, this is helping me recover nicely.

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Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sblanton83
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of gkoz
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gshak
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankitall
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chuggernaut00
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jfstilling
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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