VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some chocolate on the nose, molasses, slight alcohol. Deep brown with amber hues, small off white head. Chocolate flavored cotton candy sweetness, alcohol presence is clear, but not hot, moderate hop bitterness, mild hop flavor, no hop aroma. Mild carbonation, full rich silky body, rich mouth feel, alcohol warmth is welcoming, finishes with just a hint of roastiness and licorice. Very complex and satisfying beer, love the idea of blending beers...
trapped (602) - TURKEY - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown with reddish hue, light caramel aroma, caramel-roasted malt taste, medium carbonation, medium finish with alcohol aftertaste. Strong for a brown ale, reminded me of bourbon barrel aged ales.
LearninBeer (333) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aromas is caramel and a touch hops. Pours a dark reddish brown with a mostly diminishing light brown head. The taste is sweet, then a little bitter/sour. the body is medium/light, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish long. Overall a very nice beer.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma of light molasses, dried fruits, brown sugar.
The flavor is sweet following the molasses and fruits that came to the nose.
Fruity with lots of body.
Jeffjuergens (10) - - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This year’s Mission St. Anniversary Ale showcases complex malt flavors with roasty notes layered in and medium hop character. It is a blend of three incredible brews carefully blended for maximum aroma and flavor. We affectionately call this brew an Imperial Brown Ale.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours with a deep amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up firm levels of prunes, raisins, brown sugar and date notes. Smells of sweet dark fruity esters. The taste is similar with brown sugar, a dash of burnt brown sugar and then a big load of sweet dark fruity esters like prunes, raisins and dates as well as a thin ring of black strap molasses. This is pretty big on the fruity side.
UDBeernut (1474) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours plum amber, minimal head. sweetness, burnt sugar, plums, cherry. sliky body.
asedzie (585) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown. Nose is soft caramelly malts and light herbal hops. Quite malt forward with rich caramel flavors rounded out by mild notes of roasted coffee and some sweet residual sugariness which borders on cloying and simplistic and draws away from the potential complexity of this brew i.e. lacks the kind of burbon or sherry depth that characterizes the best strong beers. Finish has nicely assertive hop bitterness. A big beer that feels raw, but is an interesting take on a strong brown ale.
Beir30 (16) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
good color, great head, aroma decent after pour. almost porter tasting but better. the best mission by far
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Despite it being a blend of three brews, this didn’t seem all that complex. Still, it was tasty, and that’s what really matters. It had a bubbly, clear mahogany body with a tan head and some uneven lacing. The aroma was rich and malty, not too sweet, with floral and citrus scents. It tasted of lightly roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit, a mild bitterness, and a splash of alcohol. Nice.
zizzybalubba (1315) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s, Virginia Beach, VA. Pours the expected dark brown given the description on the bottle. Little is detected from the aroma other than some ripe banana and graham cracker. The flavor is a bit more complex featuring chocolate, roasted coffee, black licorice, toffee, graham cracker, brown sugar, and light floral hops. The warmth is greater than expected given the ABV is only 8.5%. Finishes bold with bitter chocolate and espresso lingering on the palate even though the carbonation removes some of what would be a more overwhelming bitterness. A really good beer and certainly a great price.