Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout | Mission Brewery

Dark Seas Russian Imperial StoutDark Seas Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
88.4%
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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:
#2,419
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
698
Liked:
617
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
119
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 698 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Labeled 9.8% ABV.

Appearance - Inky jet black. Really black. Medium mocha head. Settles to just a thin collar. Very leggy.

Smell - Not a strong aroma. A bit metallic. Very roasty. Chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Extremely roasty. Coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Minimal carbonation. Low sweetness, although I think the sugars are covered by roasted malt.

Overall - Simple, but really tasty. Intense roasted malts, but I still put it away pretty easily. Too easily.

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Photo of twax
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Appearance - Pours a Coca Cola type darkness and glow in the light. Very little head, less than one finger. Carbonation Is bubbly.

S - Very balanced breathe of many aspects, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, fruits, figs, barley, molasses. Smells like a fantastic stout.

T - Big roasted malts up front, toffee, slight chocolate, there's this break in the sip which reminded me of an "Eye In A Storm". After the roasted notes, you get a slight taste from the ABV. Then ends with this sweet and dryness and that is very inviting for another sip.

M - Glad I got this on a cold night. Very heavy in the body, dryness from the roastedness. Mild to medium carbonation.

O - This is a great stout. For being an Imperial/Double, it's very drinkable as if it were a lightered bodied stout. The taste is inviting, very comforting for this fine cold day. I really enjoyed this and wouldn't mind this in a 4pck... Adds variety when deciding between Old Rasputin.

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Photo of WolfStOner
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: deep roasted grains and malts, burnt caramel, cocoa nibs and coffee beans. Appearance: thick black with a crimson tint and decent lace. Taste: Thick, syrupy chocolate, molasses, toasted sugar, toffee and grains. Overall, a really thick and rich imperial stout with heavy dark chocolate and fudge overtones. Very good.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MNPikey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JesseCap_13
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: Poured midnight black with a tan one finger head which did not linger long

S: dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight hops very faint though.

T: The taste follows the nose with dark chocolate. Roasty malts, and very slight hint of a dark fruit for the sweetness, maybe plum?

M: Medium to full bodied. Alcohol content is definitely apparent however it is masked and blends very smoothly and is complimented by the dark chocolate notes. Low carbonation

Overall very tasty, a great sipper and a very good RIS, will definitely be having this again

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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of quaybr
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pretty light brown head lingers for a while.

Smells of coffee and chocolate, slight alcohol.

Taste follows aroma to a t, becoming even more invitingly complex with dark fruit as it warms.

Perfectly carbonated, roasted and chocolate malts are carefully carried across the tongue by a thick body.

This is a great stout, staying true to the Russian Imperial style. They're not trying to do anything outlandish here, and what they got was an extremely well balanced ale. If you have a chance to try this, you really ought to.

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Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AApparel
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Poured slowly and got a one inch mocha head, that leaves behind some beautiful lace, and pours pitch black. Smell is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, anise, and vanilla. Taste is all about roasted coffee and chocolate, yes this is special. Body is big, perfect carbonation, a little dry, and goes down easy. Wow impressed with this beauty!

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wr3ck00n
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pinnser
4/5  rDev -2%

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