Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mission Brewery

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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:
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Added by TheCrowsNest on 12-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
28
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of NoneSoVile
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Velunas
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
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 kerry4porters
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Domvan
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Chuggernaut00
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobertClevenger
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of rawfish
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NateDyk47
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

chocolate bitterness, vanilla, cocoa. smell is much the same. smell is better than the taste, though. surprised by the three low ratings before me,, especially as the original, non barrel-aged, rates overall a 91.
some bourbon is coming though and this is a decent stout. dark cherries with roasted malt lie on top of a bed of slightly earthy bitterness. i'm not very familiar with this brewery and the ones I have tried from them have been C+ / B- range, if I remember correctly. I haven't tried the original to make the comparison, but this one is quite smooth. nice chocolate-milk froth on a more vigorous pour, the medium-creaminess lather holds a bit on the sides before breaking down and leaving the original high-water mark.

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Photo of gkoz
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sarge27
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of thereal_adam
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of SurferEric
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The regular Dark Seas was a little too boozy for me, but the bourbon barrels seem to have done a nice job smoothing out the rough edges.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 jfstilling
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gshak
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gaesori
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mission Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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