Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

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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

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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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43
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4
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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -5.2%
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 -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -1%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glinnebur
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mchegash
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of OldManMetal
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark Seas lives up to its name: it is an impenetrably black, effervescent beer that is devoid of highlights except for a fleeting glimmer of mahogany at its base; the thin, brief-lived creamy brown head leaves fair bands of lacing. The nose is medium-strong and dark: toffee and dark cocoa with hints of bitter coffee and black-strap molasses, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. The palate is a dark, bitterish, seamless blend of fairly rich dark chocolate, toffee and a bit of lighter milk chocolate, over a significant boozy undertow. The finish is a fair hit of alcohol and bitterish toffee, and is slightly astringent; the linger is a mild chocolate/grassy bitterness that lasts for a good while. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the full body, and the texture is thick, creamy/sticky and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. A solid RIS (if a bit restrained flavorwise) with a great mouthfeel. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

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Photo of williahd
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Excellent imperial stout. Excellet chocolatey head, crisp coffee/licorice smell. Rich and robust flavor. Think delicious texture. Very good! Bevmo, Oakland, May 2016

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Rogerlb
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm with that other guy. This RIS is more roasty malt and coffee than some of the other RIS options. Old Rasputin for example has a sweeter fruit that makes it closer to barley soda pop (no wonder it's so popular). Mission lays in the burnt coffee and caramel, therefore feels more like a "russian imperial" to me. You know, dark and aggressive and a bit off-putting.

Pours dark as it should, head is all but inconsequential, disappearing as soon as it can. The ring of foam that remains is a light brown/tan, very attractive looking detail on your glass. Smell is roast and vanilla and some plum/dark fruit. Sweet booze. Could be great...

Taste goes more of the baker's chocolate variety, bitter espresso coffee, that rotten fruit suggested by the aroma; I get the sensation of coffee on the burner too long with charcoal. Interesting. I guess that's what they call "chewy."

Get some char, slight hoppiness, even citrus, caramel deep in there giving us some body, some plums that have been boiled down to mush. It's kinda a mess. Complex and heavy, certainly not nearly as easy drinking as some of the more popular RISs (OR or Stone's IRS) which tend more to some fruit in the char.

Bitter roast and boiled plum is my takeaway. Feels boozy as well. Aftertaste has traces of hoppy resin stickiness and bitter and fruit. Burnt coffee with port. Note that the 12oz bottles I've had seem much more nuanced and sweet than the 22oz bottles. They for some reason tend towards roast burnt taste the 3 or 4 times I've had this that way. I prefer this in 12oz bottles, although I can't imagine it's a different recipe.

Once it warms, the roast turns to ash and mellows out. Do you have the patience? The ratings above, overall 3.5, is for the burnt (too burnt) bitter espresso bombers. Burnt variant on RIS with heavy roast forward than other imperial stouts.

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Photo of Majorwolfe
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout from Mission Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 696 ratings.
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