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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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head that just barely crests the rim of the glass; te head leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted, dark coffee and raisins up front and picks up a browned, toasty, whole grain character through the middle that then finishes with fermented dried fruit notes and more roast grain burnt notes. Despite my noticing the roasted character in this beer, it is not overly strong or even on the level of a stout. The nose really has quite a bit of fruitiness to it and I am actually surprised that it doesn’t smell more distinctly of crystal malt (but it doesn’t really, so this must have been used pretty sparingly).

Slightly creamy textured up front, a touch of prickly carbonation adds some livliness as it slides across the tongue, but the finish sees the beer becoming quite creamy textured and smooth; the body actually has a decent viscosity to it, though I wouldn’t say it was overly heavy for a beer of this strength. The finish has some acrid roast malt character to it, just a touch, as well as a firm bitterness. There seems to be a bit of hop character here that contributes quite a bit of fruitiness to the flavor with the focus initially being on berry notes, but now that I know it is hops, a definite citrus hop character here as well; flavors of tangelo, grapefruit marmalade, blackberry-orange juice and currant jam are all noticeable hop contributed.

Speaking of which, when armed with this knowledge and I go back and smell the nose I am realizing that a lot of the fruit character in the nose is from citrusy hop notes. There are even some herbal aromatic notes here that contribute notes of pine. The bitterness in the finish can be almost raw at times, though it is never overly aggressive (at least from the hop head perspective). I had this beer once before when I just wanted a beer to drink, so I didn’t think about it too much, but hadn’t realized at the time how hoppy this beer actually was. The malt character provides a nice foil to the hop character (the latter seems to be the dominant character in this beer, though the malt certainly plays a significant role here); it provides a nice toasty, brown bread like character, in combination with the hops an almost spicy rye-like note and a fruit accentuating, caramelized malt character that contributes some nice level of crystal malt flavors to support the hops. This is quite a nice beer and I would love to buy a bunch of this to drink, the only problem is that this hop focused beer needs to be drunk fresh (at least for my tastes).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of HoopTime
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 peacebone116
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Trilogy31
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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 LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium to big rich light brown head slowly dies off over a clear deep reddish brown ale.

Roasted molasses if there is such a thing is accented with caramel and light coffee malts aroma that follows through into the taste. The taste is full and rich of dark roasted malts bordering on coffee without the dreaded coffee taste. There is yet more of the roasted malts with hints of caramel, molasses in the light dryish aftertaste.

I really like beers like this, you almost want to taste the coffee yet the slight molasses is there but yet you don't taste the molasses because of a roasted caramel that comes through and around and around you go.

Very well done beer, I could seriously drink 3 or 4 of these every day.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paired with epic chicken burrito...

A: Deep brown with slight ruby hues. Nice thick brownish head.

S: Sweet caramel malts and molasses. Brown sugar. Very decadent and sweet smelling.

T: Reminds me much of the Hebrew jewbelation series in its sweet robust player. Very sweet and malty, with a detectable hop flavoring at the close. Sweet, refreshing and tasty.

M: Excellent medium thick sugary mouthfeel. Perfect light effervescent carbonation keeps the sweetness in check a bit.

O: Overall this is a sweet yet very balanced ale. The sweetness could be overbearing but it is balanced by a nice carbonation, mouthfeel, and slight hop presence. This is a well balanced and tasty beer. I am impressed.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 Stunner97
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown to black with nice moderately foam tan head of the pour and small bubbles shortly seen streaming up, dark and brooding no light coming through this one

Smell- roasted malts, slight coffee espresso from the roasted malts, very nice malt tones with also hops mixed in a bit to, overall a very nice nose too

Taste- wow this one has a really nice enjoyable flavor, chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor with a slightly bitter finish just to keep the sweet malts in check, nice long finish on this beer, actually a really really enjoyable flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- moderate carbonation and medium weight

Drinkability- this beer is exceptionally and enjoyable and drinkable and whats even better its its 2.99 a bomber! this beer was one of my surprises of the year, just a really good solid ale at a steal of a price, really well done and worth seeking out, satisfyingly complex and thoroughly enjoyable

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Photo of 619BeerLuvr
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 gford217
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Richie.

Pours dark chestnut that shows through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. There's a solid creamy head that recedes slowly to thick collar and swirl of bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is malty with caramel and roasted chocolate malts. Lots of nutty character as well and some earthy hops.

Taste has a bit of hops up front but the malts are the dominant aspect of this brew with roasted malts and brown sugar forming a solid backbone. The finish is slightly boozy with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and seriously creamy with strong carbonation and only a little alcohol burn.

For the price, this is a seriously good beer. Off the charts drinkable and complex enough to be a really solid beer.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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 jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i see the brewer, i see the anniversary, i see the way its sealed. i think firestone walker 14. i see the price ($2.99)/ i immediately get excited and throw a few in my cart. very excited to try this. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with some reddish highlights. id call it opaque. there is a finger and a half of khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while, and when it does it leaves behind a wall of lacing. still excited here.

S- the first thing i pick up on are roasted malts. nothing too dark, but definitely roasted. after that i get some milk and dark chocolate notes. a little bit of molasses and caramel sweetness. the alcohol seems very well hidden.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get some more of the dark and milk chocolate that i could smell. more sweetness form caramel and toffee. it has a very big brown ale feel to it. earthy hops and a touch of coffee at the end.

M- the body is on the fuller side of medium. the carbonation is just right. there is some minor warming from the alcohol.

O- while this isnt firestone walker 14, this is a solid brew. especially when you factor in the $2.99 bottle cost. im glad i have a few more. ill open them every so often to see what time does to it.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 wedge
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 whatthehull
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted Apr. 5th 2011 - From notes

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A completely opaque rootbeer brown, one finger dark tan head and nice lacing

S - Very sweet, alcohol, Carmel, brown sugar, sweet floral hop, wheat, yeast, toasted oat, molasses and maybe a melon, like honeydew or cantaloupe?

T - Again very sweet, not over bearing just very sweet. Molasses, brown sugar, Carmel, charred oak, sweet hop, a bitter sweet chocolate note, barley, wheat and a bit of yeast

M - Long finish, sticky, slightly carbonated, turns from sweet to bitter and back again

D - Goes down so smooth. Very sweet, a bit bitter. Balance isn't perfect but a delightful beer. If you like brown, porters and sweet/strong beers you will like this beer

Final thought - $2.99, 8+ ABV, how can you go wrong?

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 -7.1%
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 MadeInOregon
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As others have noted, at only $2.99 a bottle at Trader Joe's this one caught my eye and just screamed at me to be put into my shopping cart. The Mission St. beers have always been enjoyable to me so I had high expectations for their "Anniversary Ale".

THE BODY is a dark brown, Pepsi color. The head...well, either that was a seriously bad pour or this beer has none. Very weird considering I don't usually have this problem when using my glassware. I swirled the beer around the glass for a few seconds and the best I could create was a very thin off-white head. There is a small amount of sediment left in the bottle.

THE SMELL is of hops, chocolate and lots of alcohol. There is a little raisin and banana in there too. The Anniversary Ale has a rich, winy aroma overall that I found quite nice.

THE TASTE is very nice with bittersweet hops and alcohol on the tongue and a deep, chocolaty aftertaste. It is a mild but sweet beer. There is a nice raisin flavor that mixes well with the roasted malt. The hops are mild and the chocolate flavors are dark. There is some yeasty, winyness to it also. Overall, I would describe this beer as tasting like a barleywine + a stout.

THE FEEL is surprisingly good. I found it to be pretty effervescent for a beer this dark. It has a sticky, wet finish.

CONCLUSION: This was the first "imperial brown ale" I've had so I have no point of reference but I can say that it tasted exactly the way I expected an "imperial brown ale" to taste. It is definitely a brown ale with all its simple, mild qualities. But it's much bigger than just that. Pretty good stuff. Well done, Steinhaus Brewing Co.!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a light tan head of about two fingers, drops fairly quickly to a bare wisp of foam. Some lacing is evident.

Aromas of dark fruit, dark malt, no hop aroma. Some light caramel.

Flavors of tobacco, caramel malt, dark fruit, rum raisins, no hop flavors. Mint. Some alcohol heat. Finish is long with alcohol, rum raisins through the fade.

Mouthfeel is huge, sticky, good level of carbonation, some alcohol warmth.

Nice complexity. Big flavor. Amazing for such an inexpensive brew. Can be had at Trader Joe's for about $4.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What?!!! Only $2.99! Are you out of your mind?!!! I'm just sayin'...you don't usually get good beer these days for less than $3/12oz. And here you get 22oz for less than $3 (unless you tack on the CRV). Go get some now!

A= Little head to speak of, lest you swirl the bad boy. Dark brown body, and light tan head.

S= Dark fruits and chocolaty coffee notes on the nose. A lot stronger than I expected from a brown ale. I guess that's what makes it "Imperial".

T= Less flavor than expected, but very pleasant none-the-less. Smokey dark chocolate and coffee notes with mild sweetness in the middle. It ends on a bitter note.

M= Light-medium mouthfeel. Not much carbonation, but I don't think I would want much here.

O= Darker than expected in all areas though lighter in mouthfeel. It is very drinkable if you don't let it get too warm. In other words...take big gulps, and keep the second one in the fridge. You can afford it!

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2011 from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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