Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mission Brewery

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Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TheCrowsNest on 12-19-2013

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Jkashuk
2.36/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer. An imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels from a known San Diego brewery. Upon opening the smell was a bit harsh but had notes of the bourbon. When pouring it looked great with good viscosity. On my pallet the beer was flat tasting and bitter at the end. Maybe I got a bad bottle but overall I was very disappointed

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Photo of Original_Gravity
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. I don't get any bourbon smell or flavor, it just tastes like the base Dark Seas (which I like). I've read other reviews that claim that this has great bourbon flavor, not sure what's wrong with mine (or me). And at $20 for the bottle, I have to say I'm incredibly disappointed.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 DragonsMilk
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Don't waste your money! This is a good beer but....

Tastes exactly like Stone RIS which is a great beer but Stone RIS is $6.99 and this was $21.99

Didn't deliver in the Bourbon department, had no influence that I could detect.

Overpriced Overrated

(I edited my initial taste from 4 to 3.25 because I couldn't detect the bourbon influence and this is a bourbon barrel RIS not a standard RIS)

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Photo of chakadrum
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewery on cask in a nice beer snifter. Great dark tan lacing as I sip. I wanted more bourbon barrel out of this. Supposedly aged for a long time in Four Roses barrels. Being on cask definitely is a factor in the mouthfeel but it is smooth and a little creamy. There is something a little odd in the smell. Seems to be missing something.

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Photo of craftbeerasian
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of carlso_aw
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesMantooth
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Waxed top bomber.

Pretty thin headed fizzy pour.

Smells like charred chocolate malt with a hint of sweetness.

Very strong tobacco flavor. Also a lot of ashy/charred taste and cocoa powder. A touch of vanilla. No bourbon at all. My brother even said "I thought this was barrel aged". I even checked the bottle again. Literally nothing.

The body and carbonation borders on sucking. Very fizzy and prickly. Almost like there is something wrong with it.

Not a bad tasting beer overall, but nothing that stands out, and very disappointing from a bourbon barrel perspective.

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Photo of nvbrew
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcerv-ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. A glaring omission of bourbon on the palate and in the aroma. Brownish red with small head. Burnt biscuit, roasted grain, cola flavor, some heat. Overall a decent stout but comes up short for a BBA stout. Maybe longer aging would help.

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Photo of ltito8080
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All oak barrel, no bourbon.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccg
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It doesn't look barrel-aged, but it does look like a decent stout. Not much lacing, but the head retention is pretty good. Plenty oily looking with a layer of tiny bubbles clinging to the surface.
Unfortunately, it doesn't follow up with much of interest to smell. At first, there was a generic grain scent, and then it started turning into olives.
A bit of a generic stout flavor upfront with a bit of bitterness on the end. It gets a little bit of chocolate and vanilla going in the middle as it starts to warm up. Still not a whole lot of evidence of the barrel-aging.
Mouthfeel is OK, but it's rather thin for a stout, let alone a barrel-aged stout.
Overall, I'm sorry to say, this beer was a letdown. It not _bad_; it just doesn't stand out at all in what has become a crowded field. I'd be less upset if I hadn't paid the BBA price and dealt with the annoying waxed bomber.

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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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Photo of Sam-VW
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of deNerval
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Idrankitall
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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