Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012 | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012Mission St. Anniversary Ale 2012

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 an strong brown, imperial stout and a porter.

Added by Drinkerofales on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite lovely in the tall Peroni glass. Dark ruby amber with a nice foam. Smooth and very rich. Well carbonated on the tongue.

Some nutty flavors, raisins, a little butterscotch. Toasted malt with some grape juice. Sweetness stays in the front, and it's pretty shy of hops. However, a balancing bitter twang comes for the ending along with some woodiness. Just a little aroma of fruit juice and caramel. A dark flavor to the aftertaste.

Should I ask Anniversary of what? The blending concept is pretty silly, but for the price they can do what they want for such a drinkable, strong ale.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Trader’s Joe. Pours brown with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. The body is medium and smooth. Bready and toasted malt, brown sugar, burnt coffee and dark fruit fill the mouth. The finish is long, mainly of burnt coffee. Nice, cold weather brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought for $3.50 @ the princeton TJ's on a whim.

I've tried other mission street beers and wasn't too impressed. this one was pleasantly satisfying, price notwithstanding...

on the pour, there was less than a half inch of head which faded away fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

the nose comprised dominantly of roasted malts with slight hints of hops and cocoa.

the taste is where this shines. roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and verrry slight hint of hoppy fruitiness. also, at 8.5% abv, the alcohol remained in the background, which is impressive. mouthfeel is on the thin side, but there is sufficient carbonation along with a drying finish to make it very pleasant and satisfying. this would certainly be a great beer to go along with a hearty beef stew or pot roast.

all in all, very pleased. hoping that it doesn't run out of stock so i can pick up a bunch more on my next trip to TJs.

to me it's sort of a lighter oatmeal stout.

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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up today @ Trader Joe's.

Bomber into snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a red tint. There is less than a fingers worth of cream colored head. A bit of lacing.

The nose doesnt really bring much. Some anise, a tad bit of brown suagr/molasses, and some roasted malt. A touch of cocoa as well.

The taste is a bit more robust thankfully. Some sweetness balanced with roastiness is first noticed. Some milk chocolate and molasses linger.

The mouthfeel is strikingly thin for a combonation of 3 hefty styles. I do enjoy the carbonation levels.

Overall, decent brew but doesnt really make an impression on me. Definitely worth the $3-4 spent thought

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Photo of HalfFull
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a globe glass. She opens with a firm pop and pours a deep brown, perhaps ruby in the light. And with a touch of haze. A half inch of tan foam surrenders a tad too swiftly but does keep a surface cap with some agitation.

Dry cocoa hits you initially on the aroma, followed by semi sweet bakers chocolate and a tad bit of roast and a bit of alcohol. Dry and coarse and with a light pine hop character. Malt notes are well imbued with a slightly ruddy caramel character, and fairly soft on the palate for an 8.5% brew.

Offers a nice dry and almost powdery feel vs. many a sweet interpretation of the 'style'. Quite drinkable and well balanced and seems like a better 'blend' than last year. Or perhaps I missed a step.

Bottom line: Intriguing and enjoyable and a pleasant and easy quaff. I'll be sticking a few in the cellar though the $2.99 price might kill my vacation budget. Or not...

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a caramel-cola color with varying amounts of foam across shared servings. (First pour had very little, but the other two looked more hearty.) There’s a mellow but pleasing malt aroma and a sweet malty caramel flavor. Big but not cloying or syrupy. Not bad and certainly a steal for the price.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is a very dark ruby brown with light creamy head

some dark fruit, mainly raisin. touch of sweetness. hint of booze.

comes off as an imperial brown, however with some ashy roasted malt blended in. sweet raisin and maybe some light cherry. a hint of belgian yeast which really makes no sense considering what is in it. not bad but nothing really pops out.

nice moderate carbonation that kicks in towards the finish. fairly full body.

nothing over the top, but not bad. the price however is amazing at $3.50 for a 22oz.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dubbed as a blend of 3 different Ales to make an 8.5% Imperial Brown Style Ale.

Notes from 02-23-12
22oz with pint glass

A: Pours a darker mahogany brown but with a real light thin edge that lightens the shade. Almost garnet looking overall. Thin dark khaki fizz. Leaves splashes of lace and seems low in retention.

S: Smells of real green earthy roast grains. Caramel nutty cereals. Some light alcohol notes.

T: Tastes of burnt caramel malts. Toast nutty grains and brown sugar. Low moderate bitterness with some pine and earth hop spice. Lightly warming with alcohol. Sugary but not sweet. All in all a pretty solid brown.

M: Nice light frothy mouthfeel. Not heavy by any means. Drying in the finish.

D: Interesting choice for an Anny Ale - a brown. Just mediocre enough not to interfere with Firestone's regular lineup. Overall this was a pretty nice blend and a well rounded brown. Nice nutty roast flavors.
I would purchase again

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3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: creamy tan head with very good retention and lacing. Very dark brown with a ruby/amber glow.

Nose: Biscuity and piney.

Taste: Nice carbonation level, great mouthfeel for a brown ale. Carmel malt, graham cracker. Not much going on here.

Notes: Can't beat the price! The fact that it is a blend has turned me off to it. The label says it is an "Imperial Brown Ale". It is smooth, simple, and inexpensive.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer bills itself as an "Imperial Brown Ale". I doubt Trader Joe's is contract brewing a new style. The beer comes with a black shrink wrap top and a gold pull tab.*

The beer is opaque brown with red highlights. A large and dense light mocha head leaves some lacing and actually caps the beer with a 2mm head until finished.

Smell is of a little piney hop, and a note of astringency, at first. As it warms roasted malt appears.

Taste is of sweet caramel malt with a hint of nuttiness. A maple syrup finish that is gone too quickly to be cloying finishes the flavor.

The feel of the beer is smooth, and this feeling only increases as the beer warms. There is a syrupy viscosity that is present, but does not detract from the beer.

I liked the beer, and at 2.99 per, it's uh-mazing. Some good flavors and strange style make this something I will try every year. Can you age an "Imperial Brown"? If so, I just might try it. Then again, at this price, how can I not?


* The black shrink wrap top with gold pull tab reminded me of the Firestone Walker Ababcus and Double Jack bottles. I compared this beer and the Abacus while I had them both, and the size of the shrink wrap, and look are identical. As well, the placing of the label information, and even the fact that they are both brewed in Pasa Robles makes me think that Mission St. from Steinhaus may be a Firestone Walker brand contract beer. Edit: Thanks to topher78 for verifying that Steinhaus is owned by Firestone.

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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 121 ratings