Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

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Dark Seas Russian Imperial StoutDark Seas Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by srandycarter on 12-08-2011

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Photo of Korymiller
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BerryKumquat
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate, a hint of a burnt quality (always present), a good amount of coffee, lots of roasted malt, some dark fruit (plums, in particular), and wood. This is one of those extremely well-balanced flavors. It's not overly aggressive, but rather quite focused. Very tasty stuff.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink RIS. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of samEBC
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with a thumb + of caramel colored head. Meh head retention & lacing

S: Dark chocolate & coffee

T: Follows the nose, some woody dryness, vanilla, & a touch of coconut up front. Plenty of coffee, dryness, a little char as this warms. Finishes dry with charred grain, coffee, a little woody hop & Baker's Chocolate, a little booze creeping at the edges

MF: Medium body, very slight carbonation

A solid RIS that commands respect & sipping

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Photo of YungAnejo
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up the 4 pack of 12oz for $2.99 on a blowout at work, bottled 094/ 16, poured into brandy snifter.

Hard pour produces a half inch of light khaki head, medium retention for awhile until turning to a small cm thin collar, solid black body, no lacing

Aroma is oak and lotsss of grape/plum, hints of cherry and pomegranate are in their too, swirling agitation brings out sweet malt milk chocolate, slight booze is noticeable

Taste pretty much follow the nose straight through, not very bitter or roasty, I’d say it falls well inline with its catergory, very reminiscent of a red wine.

Feel is heavy, thick and oily, very smooth with no alcohol burn present, long semi-dry finish

Overall for the couple bucks I spent it’s definitely worth the try, a big smooth flavorful representation of the style, I think those couple years really helped the abv hide

Definitely need to change that labeling tho gotta be honest it looks kinda sketchy, wouldn’t have took it for anymore then I paid

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Photo of donaldgarner
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nordavinden
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatBeerMakesMeCry
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head to speak of, but doesn't taste under carbonated. Delicious chocolate notes. Great aroma. I can't taste any alcoholic flavor, which is impressive for a 9.8% ABV. Bottle in Del Mar.

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Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dave_ackbar
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, with a nice burgundy tan head.
Smells smoky with a hint of dark coffee
Taste, I let it get to a little bit about room temp and it was terrific.
Feel is slightly acidic but smooth
Overall I would purchase it again.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocoalte, and some hops. Tastes of very darkly roasted and slightly burnt (in a good way) malts, dark bitter chocolate, mild hops, and dark coffee. Medium-heavy in body and medium in carbonation. Overall this is an incredible RIS from a brewery I haven't heard much of. Excited to try more of their products.

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drahodo
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just continuing to wade through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody as beers come to the surface for drinking and reviewing. I am back on an Odds & Sods kick, clearing out some loosey goosey bottles before embarking on the next long brewery horizontal. What will it be? That would be telling!

From the bottle: "The ancient legends that abound about the Russian Imperial Stouts of yore are filled with tempestuous romance, sinful thievery and scurvy, too. So highly regarded was this historic recipe, the Russian Kings tried to keep it all to themselves. They failed. Today we bring you our own dastardly dark version, with a rich and roasty aroma, notes of plum and port and a velvety texture so luscious it just might make a grown man weep."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. I am really coming to embrace a vigorous in-glass swirl since it is much less likely to bungle things up. This action raised just under two fingers of foamy, deep-brown head with moderate retention that left some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was bready and chocolaty, like chocolate cake batter or really dark chocolate brownies. Liquefied dessert! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was as they mentioned, with plum and port, but also with leather, dark chocolate and rich coffee. This was true to my initial thoughts of liquid dessert, although it would work well with cheesecake and coffee. Finish was semi-dry with just enough sweetness to keep it from being outright dry. This would definitely be worth trying if you have not had it before.

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Photo of nstygles
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kirock
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice black appearance and a somewhat subdued smell of smokiness and perhaps some fruity nuances.

It's a smoky chocolate flavor with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Bold yet smooth. Medium carbonation seems to help this feel balanced. Maybe it isn't for everyone but I rather enjoy it.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zythophile
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is black with a little bit of medium brown fine head.

The smell is burnt molasses and olive oil. There's a slight bit of vanilla.

Smokiness dominates the taste. There are some dark fruits in there like raisins and prunes. Black licorice, as well. And I get some alcohol taste. Charcoal. (Haven't used that one on anything but a wine.) There's some bitterness in the middle, but it doesn't dominate. Basically, overall it has a lot of nice supporting flavors, but nothing really carries it. Maybe smoke is the point.

The feel is a little thin for the type, and the smokiness is about all there is for the aftertaste.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 22oz of this from Mission Brewery last weekend, tried it on tap beforehand and it seemed pleasant enough for a full review at home. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout Glass. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Dark black with faint ruby edges, great two finger tan head with excellent retention and spectacular lacing.

S: Rich aromas of wood smoke, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, sherry and even some leafy hop.

T: Follows the nose closely however the sherry and wood smoke notes fall off a bit, the molasses and chocolate is mellowed nicely by the vanilla. Leafy hop is still present. Complex and balanced nicely. Could be a touch more bitter.

F: Very smooth for 9.8%, creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Medium body.

O: An excellent beer by Mission, competes with their Shipwrecked DIPA.

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Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout from Mission Brewery
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