Mortality Stout - ReaperAle
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Reviews by Ego:
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
nice brownish head, one finger, holds relatively well, opaque color, no light is passing through this mother.. the head settles in and settles down. looks like what a stout should, damnit. great lacing btw...
I have to say the reviewer below me was dead on about the smell.. SOY sauce. not that I mind, I f'n love the shit... but underneath there is some chocolate, um.. make that more coffee with chocolate in it, so a roasted late.. or some other fancy crap... it makes you work to really detect the smell so I cant go nuts over it, it's better than average.
bitter chocolate bordering on burnt taste, I like this (reminds me of starbucks..), the bitterness is really on the burnt eand of roast here, a little thin in the mouth but the super burned taste really grabs me and lingers like the fat chick at the bar around 3am, licorice notes mixed in the aftertaste provide an interesting finish, this is very tasty, hella better than the other reaper stuff I have had. the mouthfeel almost comes off as too light but as you sip on it seems to be "right" to balance the harsh (but good) burnt flavor of choc/coffee. leaves a fantastic bitter/burnt flavor lingering for some time.
by far the best reaper beer I have tried, this one hits it in the most important categories, I will buy this again. Will it supplant Old Raspy or Storm King? hmm.... probably not but it is damn close and definitely a shade different from both of those. good stuff.
11-13-2005 05:53:17 | More by Ego
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4.15/5 rDev +15%
Appearance This poured dark as night with a blackish-white head that left pits and Saturn rings (or is that Belgian Saturn rings) all up in my Chimay glass.
Smell The big, burnt malt comes out even when cold. You got huge coffee grounds, coffee beans, and a smattering of brown sugar in this nose.
Taste The flavor is milder than the nose, but its a tasty brew regardless. The strong coffee gives way to a grainier malt and the brown sugars turn to raw. There is some very light fruiting in here, too, like citrus flavors but without the acidity.
Mouthfeel This is a solid medium-bodied and incredibly smooth. The stouts strong point IMO is the wonderful feeling that you get around your cheeks. Its almost like a light, furry kind of peach fuzz feeling. Quite nice.
Drinkability A lot of ADSs are just too big to enjoy more than one, but Id like to session this on-tap for a few hours.
08-31-2006 03:28:32 | More by RoyalT
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
I picked this up last summer and only got around to drinking it Super Bowl Sunday. I don't know if the wait had any effect on it, but first pour was very heady: A three-finger pour yeilded a thick, cocoa-colored head to the top of the glass. It settled pretty quickly and yielded an amazing smell or roasted chocolate. The brew itself was midnight-black, but not thick. First sip brought a coffee taste and a strong roasted malt flavor. It was definitely not boozy and is smooth on the tongue; very easy to drink. However, the roastiness forces you to slow down an enjoy. Easily shot up to one of my most favorite stouts.
02-06-2007 15:15:30 | More by StoutHearted
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
22 oz bottle, purchased 11/30/06. Pours a dark black with red highlights. It has a creamy brown head that dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is chocolate and grainy malts with notes of tar, vanilla and alcohol.
The flavor is charred chocolate and anise with a little slightly sour fruitiness. As it warms, a lot of sweet lactic vanilla comes out - a little too much. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.
Overall, a nice stout. It's a little too sweet for me, it needs a little more roast or bitterness IMO.
04-02-2007 05:15:33 | More by Beaver13
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
Black with a lasting tan head. Some creamy and caramel aromas, as well as some cocoa and roasty aromas. Roasty, bitter, licorice, and still a little bit of hops in the taste. Medium carbonation and higher than medium body. Good beer as it was, probably even better when fresh.
12-28-2008 01:01:22 | More by badbeer
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell is lots of roasty malt, with a little dark fruit. Flavor is more roasted malt, with a strong roasted aftertaste. There is a little bit of chocolate in the taste as well. Not a very complex beer, but enjoyable none the less. Recommended.
11-04-2009 03:36:50 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +10.8%
I bought this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. No date, but with this, it won't really matter. "Do You Dare?" on the label. Well, Duh!
Pours an opaque brownish/black with a one finger head of brown foam. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.
Aroma is chocolate and molasses, very fruity, with faint floral hops and notes of dates and currants.
The first flavor is chocolate, pretty sweet, followed by molasses and roasted barley. This actually dries out during the swig. There are also flavors of dark dried fruits, like currants and prunes. The aftertaste is long and roasty, drying as it lasts.
Mouthfeel starts out sweet, but quickly turns to the dry side, with soft to medium carbonation. Nevertheless, it's lip-smackingly sweet, with a semi-sweet finish.
This is kind of like Yeti divided by two. It's more thin, not as sweet, and not as rich. Overall, though, it's pretty damn good, and one I would gladly have again.
10-17-2005 12:40:27 | More by jakester
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Really good stout. Very dark. Poured creamy-thick. Bittersweet coffee taste with some chocolate and honey/toffee flavor. While it poured thick, it was unusually light-feeling in my mouth and had a smooth, dry finish, almost like a dry/Irish stout. Definitely will have another.
12-16-2008 18:55:39 | More by magictrokini
3.9/5 rDev +8%
Pours an almost opaque black with faint reddish highlights. Creamy tan head leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is roasted malts. Body is thinner than I would have expected. This is a tasty beer, but I was hoping for more body and complexity. I wouldn't buy this again but it is enjoyable.
12-26-2006 02:28:29 | More by Dizzy
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Used oil back fills the glass with a tan half finger head that melts to a small lacing.
Aromas of chocolate, cappuccino, touch of vanilla.
Taste of coffee and chocolate....rich dark chocolate....sweet dark chocolate....wonderful. It really would be nice if there was a little more or more assertive hops in the brew, but that is just me. I like the hops in the end of the taste.
Aftertaste is much like finishing a chocolate espresso...alcohol warmth going down with the chocolate coffee staying in the mouth.
Hmmm...this is a yummy after dinner desert and I am going to enjoy the entire 22 oz. very, very slowly.
09-25-2006 02:29:59 | More by IntriqKen
2.73/5 rDev -24.4%
ReaperAle- Mortality Stout
A- Dark deep brackish brown/black with a small flimsy head.
S- Sweet cocoa powder and creamy coffee.
T- Very sweet sugary malt with touches of chocolate and coffee.
M- Just too sweet. Slight dry chalky finish.
Overall- Not impressed. The overly sweet malt dominates. I say avoid this 1.
11-10-2008 20:50:22 | More by NJpadreFan
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pretty opaque and no light getting through. The head stays pretty charged up, and it's extremely thick. And there's a good amount of clumpy lacing around the glass as I drink.
Smell: There's some coffee-like aromas, some chocolate, a bit of hops, and that may be about it. All of it unfortunately is pretty subdued.
Taste: The lack of fullness doesn't help actually someone balanced brew. That said, the balance doesn't invite much of the flavors to come through. Can it be balanced without being discernible really? It's not like drinking water or anything, but this is pretty weak. There's a combination between slightly roasted malt, chocolate, and slightly bitter hops. Nothing's out of whack, just fairly bland as far as the style's concerned.
Mouthfeel: A little astringent and not as full or as creamy as I'd like. The astringency seems to come from the odd carbonation levels. Not spritzy but a bit too much maybe.
Drinkability: A decent crack at the style, but there's much more flavor to many others that I've had. This almost seems like a lighter version of the style, though. And I don't mean that in a derogatory way necessarily, it's just I wish it was more amped up. However, I'm glad I tried it and I enjoyed it for the most part.
05-31-2006 22:28:03 | More by asabreed
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
A full, foamy, dark-tan head is raised during the pour. It rest shortly over an opaque black/brown body before dropping to a thin collar that leaves spotty lace. The nose is rich with deep roasted (slightly burnt) malts and an almost vinous fruitiness. The body is medium/light, and a very fine and moderate carbonation lends to an exceptionally soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor displays a mildly complex combination of mildly sweet (caramel, dark chocolate), slightly tart, and deeply roasted malt. It finishes quite dry (due in part to its low pH from the dark malts), but not overly bitter, with some residual bittersweet chocolate and a touch of burnt caramel. Enjoyable, but not outstanding. This beer is a bit of an enigma. It resembles a dry stout, and yet it's alcohol content is way too high. It borders on being an Imperial stout, but doesn't offer the body. Regardless, it's interesting and enjoyable; and probably worth trying.
03-24-2003 19:46:17 | More by NeroFiddled
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Mortality Stout pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It's almost opaque, but a few burgundy highlights are noted at the edges with backlighting. A light tan head tops it off. It's rather modest and rises to just under a finger in depth. Retention was short and lacing was very light and spotty. For the style...very average.
The nose is a little on the weak side, but is pretty good. It's full of roasted and chocolate malts. There's a bit of charred scent. Roasted coffee is definitely noted, and is rather strong in the mix. I'm a coffee fan, so no foul here. There's a hint of dark fruit. It smells mostly like raisin or plum. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. More strength would be good, but it's far from bad.
The flavor is above average, but isn't great. A bittersweet, dark chocolate flavor is noted initially. It blends well with roasted malts. It does have a charred flavor to it that's not altogether bad. Roasted coffee is very much in the mix. I think it adds nice depth. Dark fruit is noted. It has a bit of a tangy flavor to it. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Alcohol is blended well and goes mostly unnoticed. It finishes with a roasty, tangy taste.
Mortality Stout has a medium body. Carbonation is active but doesn't interfere with the feel. It's alright, but it needs more body. As it is, it's not very smooth. Not bad though. Drinkability is rather average. The flavor's alright, but isn't great by any stretch. It goes down relatively easy for a stout. But, I'm not overly enjoying it. A bomber is way more than enough.
This is my first ReaperAle beer. It's alright, but I'm far from blown away. It's above average, but it needs a little more of everything to really stand out. More aromatics, a stronger flavor, and more body. It's not a total disaster and is probably worth a try. Go for the single bomber though.
08-21-2010 03:46:22 | More by prototypic
4.18/5 rDev +15.8%
Pours mahogany black with a 2 fingers deep mocha head. good lacing & head retention
S: Chocalte & roasted grain & then a hint of iron
T: Roasted malt & chocalate up front. Dryness follows & a long with some herbal/piney hop bite. Finishes dry & roasty, with a hint of licorice & choclate
MF: Medium bodied & subtlly carbonated. There is a rich silky feel as it warms& finds a good balance as it warms
Drinks pretty easy, but not a super stout, but pretty close. I guess I'm destined to like every other beer I get from this brewery. This one I like!
10-09-2006 02:44:13 | More by russpowell
2.78/5 rDev -23%
22 oz bottle, no date coding whatsoever. Into the Shorts imperial pint glass...
A - Very dark brown body with two and a half fingers of rich brown fluffy head. Some retention, no lacing.
S - Hops show up well in the aroma, adding grass and spice. Sweet chocolate, toffee, coffee, peppercorn and hazelnut really give this beer a beautiful aroma. Further aeration produces more twang and citrus notes that detract from the initial wonderful aroma.
T - One can tell that there are a lot of things going right in this beer. Roasty, chocolatey, nutty with some toffee notes. Citrus hops are very present right from the start. The major problem here in that there is a TON of homebrew-esque twang. The twang really dominates, and makes this hard to enjoy.
M - Mouthfeel is quite smooth, silky, with a mid-full body and little carbonation.
D - I bet this beer would be great on tap. A lot of really good features in this beer, but everything is dominated by the twang. Infected bottle? Flaw in the bottling procedure? Needed more conditioning time? I don't know, but this was a drain pour.
04-03-2009 02:32:31 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
S = Caramel, roasted coffee, and a hint of chocolate.
T = Caramel upfront, roasted coffee flavor in the middle, and a faint chocolate taste near the end. The finish was clean with no bitterness.
MF = Slightly thin, carbonation low, and very smooth.
Overall, this was a very solid, easy to drink stout. It wasn't spectacular by no means, but I really enjoyed this one.
11-01-2008 00:41:20 | More by Riverwarrior
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
Purchased at Spirits Unlimited, Lakewood, New Jersey.
Pours black as the dead of night with little lacing and a very dark head; smells faintly like coffee and coffee notes begin in the taste, but there is also a dry dark fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and this is a very drinkable beer for its ABV.
11-12-2009 19:25:25 | More by tjd112
2.45/5 rDev -32.1%
22 oz. Thick black pour, just a little dark tan head. Very roast aroma, mostly coffee, some malt. Taste, oh boy, quite a bit of sourness reigning over everything. Sour grape acidity. There is some roast malt and chocolate under there. After the tart fades a little mocha and espresso finish. Medium bodied. Drinkability, terrible. Drank about 6oz of the 22 oz.
Hope I had a bad bottle.
11-09-2009 03:46:28 | More by Bung
4/5 rDev +10.8%
A: Poured a dark, almost black color with a moderate size light tan head that had good retention and lacing.
S: dark roasted grains, fresh black coffee beans with a slight charred woodiness.
T: For flavor there was bitter coffee, burnt chocolate, dark dried fruit with a touch of smokiness. There was also some dried pine a nice burnt aftertaste.
M: The mouthful was medium bodied with creamy dark roasted chocolate hints come through nicely.
D: A nice hearty drink, fulfilling after one bomber that should leave you satisfied.
04-03-2008 00:43:43 | More by beerthulhu
2.53/5 rDev -29.9%
A: Very dark black with a nice fluffy head, which is now gone.
S: Roasted coffee, maybe some dark chocolate and molasses.
T: Oh.. oh god.. whoa! tart tart tart.. with a little bit of coffee aftertaste.. It grows on you the longer you drink it, but drinking it is the first problem.. That is a little funk.. tastes nothing like it looks like or smells like, and that is not a good thing.
M: Lots and lots of carbonation..
D: Pass. A little too far down the funk road for me, and out of style as well.
08-12-2009 01:26:27 | More by Beejay
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
Thick oily black body poured vigorously settles into the chalice creating an inch and a half of carmel colored foamy head. Leaves sstrong lace as it fades. Nose is rich thick and chalked full of browny like chocolatey sweetness, which is a lovely experience all its own. As it enters the mouth you get a beer that is smooth and balanced with tones of bitter chocolate, rich burnt malt and well represented mineral based. A nice even sweetness is there throughout the palate helping to complete this very tasty brew. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with a toasty darkness coating the tongue. Alchol is completely well hidden. A very good and exceptionally drinkable brew.
04-04-2008 19:58:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.5% ABV, no date.
A - Pours rich and thick with a completely death-black color and minimal cascading before the dark tan head settles at three fingers. Moderate to low retention with moderately thick lacing.
S - A hint of lactose sweetness hides behind the scythe that is bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and heavily roasted malts. A touch of vanilla and molasses with a little bit of oak. A great nose to open this beer with!
T - Rich roasted malts dominate the palate with some roasted coffee and a chunky chocolate bit. A touch of hops appears on the finish only top assist in bitterness. A great stout taste though.
M - Rich and full-bodied with a soft, smooth texture and moderately carbonated finish. No alcohol presence but the finish does feature a well-balanced dry bitterness.
D - This one doesn't really need to be split but sharing it with a friend is always nice. And to answer the label's question, "Do you dare?" Yes I do. It's a great stout!
10-02-2010 13:35:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured into a Stone IRS glass.
Jet black, fluffy mocha head, looked a bit more carbonated than most stouts. Looks nice and yummy.
Smells of sweet cream and milk, with bittersweet chocolate and a hint of espresso.
Taste is sweet like hot chocolate then moves to a roasted coffee taste with a tiny bit of bitterness. Tastes like a mix of coffee beans and piny hops. Complex enough, not the best but definitely an above average stout.
It's a little thin for the style, medium bodied at best. A tad too crisp. Doesn't take away too much from the brew as a whole, but would have liked to have seen a bit more depth to the feel.
Overall, this is a more than decent brew, and the first goes down pleasantly, and tasty, but I think 1 is good. I'll probably drink one of these once or twice every month or so.
05-30-2010 23:30:43 | More by EgadBananas
Mortality Stout from ReaperAle
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.