Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

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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:
698
Reviews:
168
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style that I usually favor, but I also know of a number of excellent examples of the style, so Mission's had to live up to comparison with those. It does pretty well, and has some unique qualities.

It pours a jet black slightly foamy affair with brown foam and lace. Pretty. The aroma is a mildly boozy, hoppy, malty smell - just right.

The taste is really nicely balanced except for a booziness. I think they did well to not overcompensate (over flavor) to cover the alcohol. I think it is easier and more pleasant to drink this way. The aftertaste also is a bit boozy, but nicely bitter and malty as well.

Overall, this single was a well spent three bucks. Highly recommended as a change of pace. This might age OK too - at least for a half year or so.

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Photo of Charliechu
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I was very impress With Mission for brewery this one . I over looked it a hundred times but not anymore . Personally I thought this beer should be drank at room temp since the aroma and flavor comes out much more . Very solid RIS. Strong notes of chocolate , coffee and a very bit of plum .

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours a jet black with a thin mocha cap which shows light retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is dry and shows light roast and a hint of chocolate malt. More dry chocolate with a spin and warming yields greater depth to the smell with a touch of cinnamon. Taste follows to a degree and reveals a bit of fruity malt depth and subsequent residual sweetness that the dry aroma doesn't show. Subtle and chewy but not cloying, nice chocolate spice coarseness on the finish.

A relatively dry and clean RIS that offers only moderate depth yet nothing to complain about either.

Edit: fresh bomber: Enhanced pour with more retention and enhanced aroma vs. older suspect bottle Still dry and a bit fruity on on the finish. Good but not earth shattering either. But then, that would be catastrophic in a bad way, so I guess that's good..

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3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isn't the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind.

S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And that's not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesn't have the depth of other imperial stouts, but what's here works quite well.

T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me). Just like with the nose, it isn't the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, it's still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style.

M: It's not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, it's quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isn't much booze to be felt on the palate.

O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, I'd have no trouble drinking this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Viscose, crude oil black pour produces a chocolate colored head of 2 finger statue. Head retntion is solid with a thick and creamy consistency. Lacing sticks well as a solid film coating and thick saturn like rings adore the vessel. The coloring shows some red velvet cake highlights when caught with light around the edges.

S: Nose is lacking a bit in strenght and complexity, some leather, burnt chocolate, cocoa and some milkiness. Mellow soft delivery.

T: Flavor faired much better then nose, roasted chocolate offering, coffee, marshmellow with some esspresso-laced alcohol tones. Burnt barley, burnt oak cask with a bit of alcohol solvent nature upon the swallow.

M: a bit full, creamy and viscose, with a little edginess in texture. Some roasty alcohol warmth.

O: Overall finish shows some solvent nature, may be batch to batch. Range of complexity is only modest in a strong field so a 3.5 overall feels about right here where there are so many bigger and better offering that make a much bolder statement.

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Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout from Mission Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 698 ratings.
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