Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mission Brewery

Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel AgedDark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
75%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 80 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:
#10,421
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
80
Liked:
60
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
28
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of BeerOps
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/19/2017

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.59/5  rDev +17.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 80 ratings
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