Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Firestone Walker's barleywine, imperial stout, and robust porter. No beers in this blend were barrel aged, nor is the final blend.

Added by MrOH on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of vtfan77
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark, murky brown with a touch of garnet. The head is small but it has good retention and sticks around for a while.

S- Rich caramel and toffee with a hint of cocoa powder. There's also an earthy, mineral note (from the hops?) that adds a nice complexity.

T- Starts out very sweet, perhaps too sweet; it's almost a bit artificial-tasting. It's big on the caramel and sweet bread notes, flavors which dominate to the point of being cloying. An earthy bitterness comes through at times but clashes with the sweetness rather than complementing it. Alcohol is evident throughout.

M- Fairly thick and syrupy with a low level of carbonation. Appropriate for a beer of its strength.

Well, it's not terrible, but it's not great either. The flavor is a major flaw; it's too sweet and the flavors don't meld well. I was encouraged by the aroma, but the taste simply fell flat. I can't really complain because it was only 2.99 for the bomber; however, I won't be getting it again, even at that price. I think that's rather telling.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a molasses brown with a thin khaki head with amber at the rim of the glass. The nose has very sweet roasted malts, a hint of hops, caramelized brown sugar and a touch of spice. The taste carries more of the same but feels a bit muddled and almost thin odd at this abv. Not a bad beer but i just found it to be boring.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to deftim13 for this bottle. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours black with a very thin off-white head with no retention. Thin collar. There are some dark fruits and light chocolate. Moderate brown sugar. Faint sweetness in the body. Nothing really going on. Some chocolate. Medium body and a dry finish. Just okay.

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Photo of SFtaster
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle from Trader Joe's ($3/ea) into a tall chilled glass. Nice off-white head and deep, dark brown color after the pour. The aroma was light for such a dark brew, but not unpleasant.

The product listing calls this beer an 'Imperial Brown Ale' and that is an accurate description. The heavy malt profile covers any hint of alcohol - and at 8.5% ABV, that's quite an achievement. The hops hold their own against the sweet, herbal, and carmel notes that dominate this brew.

At this price, I'll buy a few more bottles to store for next year as this strong ale is likely to improve with time. A good value even when consumed now.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into shaker.

This beer pours a deep dark copper to mahogany. Slightly yellow tinged head with minor lacing. Sweet smelling with hints of cherries and plums. Taste is much the same as smell. Minor component of fruits but mainly huge caramel and toffee malts. This sweetness causes the mouth to be sticky, medium. ABV is hidden well. Overall a decent beer. A touch too sweet but not bad! Drinkable strong ale.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown with a lot of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is a all carbonation and goes away pretty fast.

S: Not a ton going on here. Some roasted malt and a little caramel sweetness.

T: This beer is a blend of a barleywine, stout and porter and I'm getting a lot of barleywine and a touch of stout, but not much porter. There's some initial malt sweetness upfront and then a bit of a roasted quality to it. A slight bit of hops on the finish that are a little out of place. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit on the syrupy side. Overall, not a bad beer and worth the $3.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with slight amber hue. Almost no head. Heavy carbonation level gives a constant heavy stream of bubbles. Nice malty smell but no complexity. Toasty maltyness with a heavy sugar sweetness. Again not much complexity. Overall an ok beer. For the price it is worth a try but it doesn't really stand up to the big boys.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from Trader Joe's in February (I believe), but did not have the occasion to enjoy it until 5/20/11. Poured from a 22-oz bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Dark brown body with tan to white head that slowly recedes to the sides of the glass leaving a white haze to swirl in the middle.

N: Not an intense smell, but a subtle scent of wet cereal & chocolate & coffee.

T/M: Sweet, creamy, cocoa up front with a light bitterness in the back. The body is thick with light prickliness on the tongue from the modest carbonation.

Not an overwhelmingly awesome beer, but a really tasty brew nonetheless. I have always really liked the the beers from Mission St. (especially for the price) and they were a constant staple for me during my late years of college and first years out. I will admit that I am swayed to give the beer better ratings after reading that it is a blend of FW's barley wine, imp. stout, & porter....but, I will stick to my original opinion of the beer. I hope they put this one out again, especially at the modest price (~$4) I got it for.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours very dark brown with a nice big head and a bit of lacing.

nose is all molasses, chocolate and brown sugar malts with just a hint of coffee, but smells comforting and delicious liked baking dessert.

taste...yes indeed its really sweet, but this is seriously nice stuff - like lightened baked molasses syrup with a bit of dried fruit in there, finishes with a nice hint of mocha too.

feel is really sticky, and doesn't have a pleasant finish to it.

overall this is a 3.5 - a B+ beer...but damn, for $2.99 at trader joes, its a hell of a deal!

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Photo of IKR
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with red overtones with a modest light beige head.

Smell: Mild brown sugar and bready yeast notes.

Taste: Mild roasted malt notes, brown sugar and toffee notes. There is also some mild hop bitterness.The beer finishes fairly dry with the mild hop nod faint brown sugar notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: This is a fine example of a beer that eliminates any excuse not to drink craft based on price. This is a beer that can proudly hold it's place among craft beers and is priced as cheap or cheaper than BMC. `$3 for a 22 oz Bomber, it's definitely one of the best bang for the bucks I've run across.

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Photo of optimistictour
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Advertised as an Imperial Brown Ale, I was intrigued by this decently priced offering at Trader Joe's. Looking dark as mud and boasting an 8.5% abv I couldn't resist trying something random and new.

Once in the glass it's revealed to be definitely brown - not black - without any hint of red shining through. A thin lacy head appears momentarily but dissipates. Still, there's something appealing about the color.

It smells like a brown ale with slight hints of fruit and nuts and a very minimal smoky/bitterness.

The taste reflects the smell, but gets more toward specifics: cashews and apples, maybe some plum. It's slightly sweet but not cloying or sticky at all, thankfully.

Mouthfeel is solid but not impressive. This goes down smooth - non-sticky indeed - and has a nice texture flowing over the tongue, but once it's down it's quickly forgotten and there's not much body to leave an impression.

I think this is a great beer at the price - under $3 for a bomber - being dark and flavorful with a hearty abv and an attractive look and smell... it's just nothing spectacular that I would go out of my way to recommend to friends. Pick one or two up while they last.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mission St. 2011 Anniversary Ale

Pours a clear amber and settles a very dark amber-brown that is opaque at the center of the glass and lightens up around the edges. 2 fingers of cream colored head sit atop, leaving bubbly lacing atound the glass.

The nose offers a bit of roasty malt with some nutty aromas. The alcohol scent is emitted towards the end of each whiff.

The taste is quite surprising for $2.99 a bomber. Caramel malt is noticed and is combined with nuts and oats. There are some doppelbock qualities here. Very malty and sweet with zero hop presence. The malts are taking center stage here.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and pretty full-bodied. There is a small amount of carbonation and rightfully so.

Overall, impressive beer that is very reasonably priced, tasty, and easy to find. Oh yeah, pretty drinkable too despite the 8.5% ABV

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like many on here came across this on the rack at Trader Joes for $2.99/22 oz bottle. Certainly worth the investment. I poured this brew into a snifter and it poured a deep mahogany with a thin head that rapidly receded. The nose is of malt, hops, and some alcohol but not boozy. The taste is very smooth with malt and a subtle hppiness that lingers nicely and finishes with a very pleasant sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin but enjoyable as it coats the palate. The Anniversary Ale finishes very smoothly and is most certainly worth additional investments. A very nice brew to keep on hand. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a splash of chestnut highlights at the bottom of the glass. Small creamy beige head that rapidly slips down to a bubbly ring. Mild malty aroma - nutty sweetness, dried fruit, melon, caramel, faint licorice. Sweet, smooth malty flavor. Milk chocolate, tobacco, light vanilla bean, darker fruity esters...quite tasty. Medium-plus bodied with a slight warming in the throat. Pretty sweet overall, but well worth the $3 spent.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Only slightly transparent brown in color with about 1 fingers worth of tan head.

Smell: There is a sweet nuttiness to the smell. It only has a slight toasted scent.

Taste: There is a toasted malty flavor that is not followed up by the usual roasted bitterness. The slight sweetness hangs around with a nut type flavor. While it might lack the variety in flavors it is pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems to stick around and not completely disappear.

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Photo of NHalda
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, I'm a big fan of the Mission St. beers. Always grab them when I can't decide on anything else at Trader Joe's (as an employee and head of the beer section at my store I get a few quite a few chances here and there to purchase). Always consistent and their beers are made by Firestone Walker. This beer of course following the trend of Firestone blends. It is "40% high alc ESB, 20% IRS, and 40% robust porter with cascade hops."

A - pours a deep brown with a short lasting head. Still a good looking beer.

S - subtle but sweet with a hint of booze

T - continues on the nose, but with more focus on the sweetness. Labeling this thing as an imperial brown was pretty damn accurate. Similarities to a dubbel minus the Belgian yeast. Slightly roasty with a touch of choc/mocha at the back end.

M - thinner than expected. Improved with warmth.

For $2.99 I will definitely pick up a few more to keep around. I have been looking forward to this beer ever since in was only mentioned as a possibility, which may be the root of my slight disappointment, but it's still the best bottle I've bought for 3 buxxx.

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Photo of 619BeerLuvr
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

given to me by a friend, but he said he got it for $2.99 at trader joe's. lots of malty and caramel characteristics as an Imperial Brown Ale. slight hint of like a scotch ale almost, but without the over-alcoholy taste. had a nice kick at 8.5%. had it with marinated chicken and pasta on the side. would definitely drink it again at that price and would even bring it to a party with average beer drinkers.

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Photo of draheim
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a murky brown mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head, not much lacing.

Aroma is heavily malty up front. Toffee, caramel, rum-soaked fruit, and some aromatic hops in the background. Dominant aroma though is almost cloyingly sweet.

Taste is, not surprisingly, sweet and malty. Brown sugar, figs, booze, and a nice roasty quality. Bittering hops balance things out somewhat, but the fruity malt remains front and center.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating.

Overall this a slow sipper of a beer. Not sure I'd drink it again, even if I could.

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Photo of wahmbush0614
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled the trigger on this while shopping at Trader Joe's. My theory was how bad can a 8.5 beer with a claimed Imperial Brown Ale for $3 be?

Surprised me for the depth of nose and taste. As stated the head disappears soon, but doesn't affect the beer. It has a slight drying/sweet ending that begs you to take another sip. It's a bit to sweet to have more than a bottle, but at $3 a bottle it is a steal.

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Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown, with a slight off-white head that stayed creamy throughout the session.

S: Malty for sure, but with an overwhelming hazelnut quality that slaps the nose hard. Brown sugar... check!

T: Sweet, with a substantial amount of brown sugar. I got a bit of plastic on the aftertaste of the first few sips... but then it subsided.

M: Nice and thick, but also syrupy and cloying. The booze was fairly well hidden in the candy madness, and the carbonation was low.

O: If they would just cut back on the sugar content a bit, I believe some of this would allow some of the nuttiness to shine through. Overall, this was a pretty good offering.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber I picked up at Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe this beer was a very dark brown, almost black color but when it was held to sunlight it revelad ruby highlights. The head was a towering pile of tan foam. The retention was good and it left clumps of lacing. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, dark fruits and some chocolate. The flavors were good, I kept thinking “This beer was $3.99?” I tasted lots of caramel and toffee along with dates, figs, cocoa and behind that alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation appropriate. A total bargain for the quality.

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Photo of HoopTime
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Sam's perfect pint glass, it has a rich, cola color with hints of ruby when held to a light. The tan head formed about 1/4 inch thick and quickly dissipated into a thin layer of lace on top.

S - Caramel, coffee and chocolate give way to a deep almost brandy scent. There is some fruit there – maybe dark red grape or plum in the nose. The malts definitely dominate the smell of this one.

T - Malty, with a oaky, coffee finish. This is sweet without being annoying. The hops are not real present in the nose or on the tongue, but there is enough to give it balance, just enough bitterness.

M - Medium body with enough carbonation to tickle your tongue. The carbonation, though mild, is deep, retaining its tingle as you roll the beer across your tongue.

D - At 8.6 abv, and with its strong taste and finish, this is no session guzzler. This is a sipping beer, at home with a strong rich food like tomato sauce and Italian sausage, or ribs. try it as a nightcap with a little well-aged sharp Canadian cheddar.

This is a nice cellarable beer. My only regret is that I didn't load up on this at $2.99 at Trader Joe's. This is a very good beer, forget the price. I will be interested in seeing how the other bottle of this I bought holds up a few months from now.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a capped brown bomber picked up at Trader Joe's for a 50% premium to their regular brews. That made it a whopping $2.99. Pours a medium brown with a light tan cap and is a slightly hazed crimson in the light. Retention is a bit short, keeping a surface film and dropping some lace nonetheless.

Nose is predominantly of roasted malt and offers a bit of dry nutty chocolate spice. Light caramel and a hint of alcohol are present though not much to speak of. Overall rather clean and light yet without any strong influence. Nice earthy hop notes reveal themselves with warming and agitation.

Flavor is sweeter than the nose might suggest and slightly buttery viscous in the middle with some candied apple; yet finishes dry and with the nutty character shown on the nose. Feel is medium full, again finishing dry and spiced, and offering a moderate lingering caramel sweetness, yet not one that overwhelms.

Solid brew at a rock solid price indeed. Notably a 'blend of three incredible brews' as per the label. What 3 are surely a mystery.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim last time I was at Trader Joe's. At $2.99 a bomber I thought...why not? And here we go...Poured into my Duvel snifter/tulip glass and I am met with a dirty dark brown colored ale and a nice beige colored foamy head that very quickly disappates. It does reappear if you swirl and you do pick up more aroma. The aroma is very pleasing. Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and some light orange. A lot going on here and it is good. The taste really surprised me. It is very chocolate oriented and suprisingly light bodied for the color. A nice nutty and roasty flavor is up front followed by some chocolate on the swallow and some smokiness on the aftertaste. Well done. Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by the offer. It states it is an Imperial Brown Ale but whatever it is....it is worthy at less than $3 a bomber...and 8.5% to boot. Will definitely head back to TJ's to pick up quite a few more to age and see what happens with this hidden gem.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Mom for bringing this back from CA for me-enjoyed in a tulip chilled, shared with my wife octopus87.

This is a very dark brown color bordering on black, translucent clarity and a thick smooth cap of tan which settles to about 1/4 inch and an atoll formation in the center. The bead is very fine and the lace sticks in spots. The smell is decent with some strong toffee/caramel aromas which come off sweet and slightly buttery with a slight vanilla from the wood. The feel is sweet but not quite cloying it has some girth and heft with a full round creamy texture and semi-sweet as it finishes with mild carbonation and slight alcohol presence throughout.

I enjoyed the first sip while it is cool it seems slightly fruity like dates or ripe banana, but it becomes more caramel and almost cocoa influenced as it warms with some toasted graininess and light brown sugar element. The alcohol is noticeable which holds it back a little, but there is a nice mild yeast flavor and mostly malt and wood flavors which bring out the vanilla character in this. I had no idea it was a FW blend of bw, porter and stout, but I enjoyed the way the malt presence unfolds and found the gentle tannic quality from the wood to add to the complexity slightly. I wood drink this again. I know the description says it was not barrel aged but there is definitely some wood flavor in this which is mild and enjoyable. I recommend this to anyone based on value for what you get I got this as a gift, but I was told it was reasonable.

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