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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

VitaminR's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2011
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. 2012 vintage. Burnt brown color with hints of ruby-red. Decent clarity. Small, off-white fading head on top. This is a "blend" of a strong brown ale, an imperial stout, & a porter, but the nose is decidedly a brown ale. Sweet, toasted malt sugars, burnt grains, toasted nuts, caramel, papery toffee, faint cocoa powder, a touch of brown sugar, a bit of staleness in the back. Flavor is similarly heavy-handed towards the brown ale with a bit more alcohol. Boozy caramel, candied dark fruits, plums, dates, toffee, heavily toasted bread, burnt malt sugars, nuts, & a warming alcohol finish. Mouth feel is pretty thin. Decent, but nothing I’d want a full bomber of, on any occasion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFtaster (60) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
2011 vintage 22 oz bottle. Bought at Trader Joe’s downtown SF at the end of the year 4 years ago. It was cheap - I think that they cost $2.99 each at the time, so I bought at least four bottles. Recently, I tumbled onto a couple old bombers while cleaning out the back of my ’storage’ area. I wiped off the dust and immediately saw that this was a 4 year old bottle of strong ale. I figured that this was the best type of beer to hold up from ageing, so I put one in the cooler for ’the boys’ to check out later that evening during the game. Sure enough, the ale held up well after that duration. The malts had been mellowed by the hops to give a rich, complex flavor profile. We tasted rich caramel, coffee, and toffee notes. The color is dark as night. This brew would make a great after dinner drink to go with a rich desert. After a few sips of straight-up ale at 8.5% ABV, a few of us decided to cut the dark flavors with a some lager. I can report that Full Sail Session lager (red label) works very well. Nice to know that I have another bottle in the cellar to enjoy later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2015
(22oz bomber 2013 vintage) clear rich caramel, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of olive, brine, corn, medium hoppy. Weird. Taste of corn, old hops, burnt caramel, old and a touch oxidized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbomb (217) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2014
2014 bottle - I tend more toward the lighter end of the beer spectrum these days, but for what this is, there seems to be some nicely concentrated nuances - aroma has heavy maltedness, wood, honeycomb, raisin, fig, bread and caramel - flavor has about the same, a tad sweet and flabby, but very forward dark fruit and brown sugar with wood and darker caramel background - nice faintly peat like palate with a twinge of bitterness - pretty decent stuff...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
22oz bottle - This rating is for the 2012 Anniversary bottle, but I’m not sure about the subtle differences from 2011, so I’ll put the rating here until otherwise suggested to move it. A malt-forward aroma, with clean notes of chocolate, toffee, light alcohol and just a touch of coffee/roast. Flavor also match the flavor with a strong malt profile...chocolate, caramel, light alcohol, and earthy hops. It kind of blurs the lines of a strong ale and a brown ale. Really tasty, and for $3 a bomber...makes it even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7854) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"2012 basically the same beer. Probably the cheapest good bomber at 2.99 I’ve ever had. Strong roasted malt and chocolate nose, with some coffee, caramel & hops in the flavor as well. Nicely balanced. Good for a "strong ale" great as a brown."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Dark brown. Thick lace. Licorice. A tad of mold in finish. Nice brown but an american strong?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (5580) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Light brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma is light dried fruit and roasted malt. Flavor is light chocolate malt and sweet maltiness a touch o bitter. Medium body with ok carbonation. Ok beer not so special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JUL 30, 2014
22 oz bottle is 2014 Vintage. Pours a clear dark brown with maroon hues when backlit, with minimal lacing and edge head. Aroma is dark fruits and sweet malt. Flavor is malt and dark fruits, with prominent and unbalanced forward alcohol in the finish. Sweet bread yeast finish. Thin to medium bodied, best in small amounts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (3089) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2014
The beer is dark mahogany with crimson highlights. Small, soapy tan head. The aroma brings raisins, cookies, sweet malt, dark fruits. Sweet and malty. Dark malts with prominent fruit, finishing with alcohol sweetness. Ripe plums, a hint of cinnamon. A bit much. Lacking elegance and a refined character that would make a nearly 10% abv strong ale appealing after more than a few ounces. Eh...

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