Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

Dark Seas Russian Imperial StoutDark Seas Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
88.4%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 698 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:
#2,416
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
698
Liked:
617
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
119
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 698 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

 406 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a deep black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lots of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel and some char. Quite nice.

T- There's a great sweetness to this that I'm really digging. Reminds me of chocolate ice cream. On top of that are note of vanilla, more caramel and brown sugar. The char isn't as prevalent as it is in the nose. So smooth for the ABV.

M- Creamy and thick with medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is the first Mission beer I've had. The only reason I bought it was because it's the first beer I've seen available to me by them that has a really good score. Makes me curious to try more of their offerings.

 891 characters

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of glf60
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BreweryRun
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of riTLce
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Herky21
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of yankeej13
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is an oily, jet black coloring, with a fizzle of short-lived, dark brown head that quickly settles out into a halo. Aromas of booze, molasses, port wine, plums and dates, roasted notes, as well as some bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Flavors are extremely rich and bold forward, with a blast of old world fruit rich and sweet riding on a bitter and roasted coffee backbone. Wow! Molasses richness and booze highlights ribbon throughout the palate, and a warmth builds as you drink. The body is slick and smooth, with a softness to it that increases the drinkability. Roasted and boozy aftertaste heavy on the sweet notes of plum and molasses, with some woody notes in there, too. Slick, lingering rich finish, with that warmth continuing to build. Beast of a beer.

 814 characters

Photo of killcore
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DonaldHeverly
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Wldmanimal
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of Gregg03
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Pours black w little head or lacing. Poured from bottle. This is a very smooth Russian Imperial Stout, and surprisingly drinkable.

132 characters

Photo of rkarimi
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blaze5445
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mcloud2
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of MissBaker
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of SarahMarquis
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of kfirestone
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%

Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 88.4% out of 100 with 698 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.