Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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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Ratings:
696
Reviews:
167
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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Reviews by Proteus93:
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is black. Stouts are black. There are only so many ways in which I can describe the way they look, and words like inky and obsidian are feeling overused... as are phrases such as "pitch-black," "black as night," and so forth. It does, however, have a nice, dark brown head that leaves a creamy and rather thick lacing on the glass. That wins it an extra notch on the appearance scale!

S: The aroma is a nice toffee and chocolate blend... more of a creamy milk chocolate, almost reminiscent of being in a candy store rather than that somewhat intense scent of bittersweet chocolate. There's almost a scent of smokiness in it... not like the rauch aroma, but a bit of a charred wood note. Quite nice.

T: A hop presence comes out a little more on the palate--one that I didn't pick up on (at least as much) in the aroma. This could be explained away in it being a bittering hop, rather than one of the more aromatic varietals, and it could also mean that I'm blowing sunshine out my ass. Along with it are some nice, traditional chocolate and coffee notes. While the coffee is perhaps a little more modest, the bitterness almost works with it to create a bit of a balance. Strangely, there's a sweet note that works in there as well, giving it a little bit of a milk stout quality, though there's not lactose thrown in here. This is a theme that I've now found with two Mission beers... a bit of sketchiness in balance. That said, I do still enjoy this one... just not beyond a 4 kind of like.

M + D: The body is pretty much appropriate to the style... I might have personally preferred it a little more chewy, but it works fairly well with the flavour profile. I'd say medium, verging on a heavy body, somewhat 'creamy.' This is a pretty pleasant stout, though I think the brewery might do well with a couple of tweaks to their hop selections.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, opaque with a reddish-brown head that is gone as quickly as it came. Perfect for a big stout. The smell is dark chocolate, molasses, and a hint of smoke. Taste is heavy char, some coffee that I wasn't expecting, chocolate, and a very dry bitterness that I'm not a big fan of. Full bodied and thick, it's a sipper. But I prefer my stouts with a little softer finish and a touch sweeter.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Pitch black body with brown edges, creamy persistent beige head. Looks thick while being served.
S- Vanilla, roasted beans, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.
T- Bitter coffee, espresso. Dark chocolate. Booze. Burnt milk candy. Everything combines for a bitter taste all throughout.
F- Rich, full, velvety. Palatable carbonation.
O- Even, though this is very good. I cant take the strong bitter taste for too long. It is a bit too much.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep dark brown under a 2” creamy dark tan persistent foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: alcohol, dark fruit, dark malts, cocoa.T: Big bitter espresso flavors layered with bitter dark chocolate.
F: Thick, chewy, extremely soft creamy carbonation
O: Very creamy and towards the dry side for a Russian Imperial Stout but in a good way - like an espresso with a shot of dark chocolate

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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