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Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

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Dark Seas Russian Imperial StoutDark Seas Russian Imperial Stout
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4.08/5
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703 Ratings
Dark Seas Russian Imperial StoutDark Seas Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by srandycarter on 12-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,508
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
703
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
121
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 170
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Surprisingly translucent coffee brown with a tan head; strands of lacing hang around; just can't get over the color since i was expecting something more like engine oil

Smell: Roast, ash and chocolate; peanuts, too

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with chocolate and peanut tones underneath; the beer develops an ashen taste, after the swallow, along with a tobacco bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite disappointed in this beer; not only does it lack the full body I expect with the style, the flavor profile is just unpleasant

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in trade from solidfunk, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid black with a good sized tan head that persists. Roasty chocolate with a bit of earth and licorice and just a touch of dark fruit. Pretty tasty stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whiskey_slurpee
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of dblipajunkie
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black color, nice looking head that dissipates quickly
S- chocolate, coffee mostly
T- chocolate, coffee mostly, very good
M- full bodied
D- very good. Definitely getting more of it, very good stout!

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

Pours a black opaque with little to no head. Extremly robust and an almost peanut butter Like taste. Burnt toffee and a bitter dryness to the finish. Different than others of the style, but solid nonetheless. I think of peanuts and chocolate all the way with this one!

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Photo of dtm426
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of glinnebur
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

L: Extremely dark brown, almost black. A small layer of mocha foam which dissipates quickly.

S: Strong chocolate/cocoa aromas, nutty (peanuts), raisin and other dark fruits. A tiny bit of booziness.

T: Very toasty and nutty (has an almost peanut butter-like taste). Moderate sweetness with strong notes of dark fruits. Cocoa is much less detectable than in the aroma. Overall pretty delicious.

F: Medium-full bodied. Moderate amount of moderate-high intensity carbonation. Very slight bitterness.

O: This is quite a good beer. I really like the nuttiness. It's something I've never experienced in such a strong stout.

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Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 703 ratings
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