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Mortality Stout - ReaperAle

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Mortality StoutMortality Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of scruffwhor
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown head about one finger thick that slowly recedes to nothing. Black hued beer with just a thin ring of brown highlight. Heavy roasted malts give mixed aromas of coffee and chocolate. This mixes with a tart cherry aroma. Starts out with some roasted, tart,ad vinuous fruits. Through the middle to the finish, the roasted malt comes through with an eventual, tart chocolate finish. The only bitterness in this beer is in atouch of alcohol in the palate. thats about it. Was not expecting a somewhat puckering stout.

scruffwhor, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split with dkachur and CrellMoset

A: Black, with a touch of a browny for some reason. Tan head, fairly creamy.

S: Rich chocolate and roasted notes with some hints of astringency.

T + M: Nuttiness... But the nut flavour seems a bit rancid. Thin, fortunately when it comes to the taste. Some old spent coffee on the finish. Not great.

D: Not very good, unfortunately. Some strange off flavours.

Proteus93, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BearsSox
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a DT tulip glass.

Appearance - Not much head from a somewhat aggressive pour, but the color is wonderful: an opaque brown-black with a medium body.

Smell - At first, unimpressive. After the beer warmed, I got notes of maduro cigar, some sweet alcohol (not unlike a bourbon or a malbec), and some faint plum. Some developing molasses aroma. Nice.

Taste - I get some faint cedary hops up front, and then some woody, slightly smoky malt character. The sweetness is kept to a minimum; although there is a bit of tanginess through most of the taste. A slight bit of peat at the back.

Mouthfeel - Not very heavy, nor does it really coat the mouth. Good, medium body that doesn't smother the tongue. Seems to have a higher degree of fine carbonation than some exports stouts.

Drinkability - My bomber says 7.5% abv, a little less than listed above, and it seems that way. Alcohol is there, but pretty moderate. Not a huge beer; a session stout?

All in all, an enjoyable beverage, but nothing spectacular.

BearsSox, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of jsp2
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black with a thin brown foam. Smells of intense sourness with coffee and roasted barley going on in the background. Very sour on the pallete, nice malty stout flavors going on but clashing with the inappropriate sourness. Low carbonation and good mouthfeel. Reasonably light enough to drink for the style.

There seems to be an intense and somewhat inappropriate sourness that I associate with red wine that is too old, like a vinegar. It is not that offensive, just way too pronounced. I think it would be pleasant if it were more subtle, as I enjoy sour beers very much.

jsp2, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
1.55/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. into a tulip/ no freshness date

P: Muddy brown from the bottle, sits black in the glass. 1 fingered head is light brown, bubbly & frothy with good retention. Leaves webs of lace behind.

A: EEEEWWWW! What in the world is that smell? It's like rotten cheese sitting on top of some roasted malts and chocolate. Plugging my nose as it take a sip...

T: Oh my god, it tastes the same! Rotten cheese, soured milk, and some metallic along with roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee. I don't know what the hell is going on with this beer. The flavors underneath the funk have potential, but that sourness is overpowering and disgusting.

M & D: Light-bodied like a lager, bubbly and fizzy with way too much carbonation. Drinkability? 2 sips and down the drain she goes!

Notes: I always handwrite my reviews, then enter them into the computer when I have the time. I didn't plan on posting this, as I figured that I must have gotten a bad bottle. But, after reading some other reviews that said the same thing, I decided to go ahead with it. Just plain awful!

sweetbrew82, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark black brown colored body, with a small tannish head. Woody chocolaty coffee aroma. Very chocolaty smelling, maybe milk chocolate. Very carbonated, chocolate flavor. Cleanish aftertaste. Watery-ish taste. Nice chocolate taste, a little roasted coffeeness. Has a dry taste, somewhat dusty. Pretty tasty.

jujubeast6000, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of badbeer
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding label! This stout stands on its own. It isn't an outstanding stout but it stands...out there. It has a caramel and malt vinegar aroma. Just a tad to much roast in the body. This may sound bad, but it isn't. It is a drinkable midrange stout.

LittleBreeze, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of charlzm
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Consumed 11/21/08.

Pours virtually black with a cola-like two finger tan head that's not really sticky enough to provide anything but the most perfunctory lacing. Some bubbles spotted rising along sides of glass.

Aromatic beer, this: rich but somewhat light roasted coffee and chocolate waft into the nose, accompanied by a slight metallic tinge.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, with little carbonation in evidence.

Flavor is off - sourness, which is certainly acceptable in a stout in small amounts, seems to be the primary flavor component. Some mocha and the aforementioned aroma components show up as well.

This beer is probably spoiled, but I don't know what they were shooting for, so maybe not...? Definitely undrinkable. Drain pour.

charlzm, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and the aforementioned proteus, my portion poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a fast-fading part-offwhite, part-tan head

Aroma: Tons of chocolate, but unfortunately also tons of paint. Sort of a latexy, plasticy paint note. Earthy, dirty malt notes, too. A sort of sour, foul milky lactose note

Taste: Nuttiness, tons of sour, roasted astringencies, dark malts, bitter chocolate. A few distinct sour notes, perhaps citrus. Bad walnuts is what this tastes like. Sour, funky, ugh.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, mild carbonation, medium body. Nothing offensive here, but nothing too impressive either.

Drinkability: This is one funky, sour, with way too many malted, roasted astringencies. This one was rough, really rough, and I can't recommend it to anyone.

CrellMoset, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Riverwarrior, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of mcallister
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Deep brown color with a large tan head. Lacks in depth but the beautiful head makes up for it.

Nose is odd on this one. Musty powdered cocoa, even nestle quick, mushrooms, unmalted barley and chalk. Maybe some caramel and vanilla.

Better than the nose suggested. Some nice roastiness, with a hint of smoke, that same powdery cocoa and even leaving a chalky mouthfeel. Finish is stale and unappeasing. Caramel shows through more with a big dose of barley. A pretty lackluster beer.

mcallister, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark brown, almost ruby red. It poured with a thin, light tan head with decent retention and a little lace.

s: Clean, moderately roasted malts that smell a bit like lactic chocolate. A little smoke and some slightly sour nuttiness as well.

t: I'm not familiar with this style. It almost tasted to me like an imperial dry stout. I couldn't taste much more than lactic, slightly smoky, mildly chocolatey, roasted grains. The alcohol was nowhere to be found.

m: Average body and moderately creamy carbonation.

d: Thanks to Gueuzedude for the extra from his LIF. My first of this style was pretty good, but with all the other stout options out there...

DIM, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black, really damn dark beer to go along with the dark label. Tan head is pretty attractive, with a nice, lush appearance, good stick, and a darker than tan color.

An interesting and unique nose that puts the espresso/coffee bean aroma ahead of the other roast flavors. There's also some dark chocolate, only a bare hint of hopping.

Clearly the malt took a real beating in the ReaperAle kiln: this is more reminiscent of drinking actual coffee than probably any beer I've ever had. There's some anise here, along with most of the nose flavors. There's a lot of carbonation, which actually steals some of the more potent flavors away from the palate. The mouthfeel is just a bit too thin for style.

Not bad, very close to great.

BretSikkink, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black, with a firm tan head, good retention and lacing.

S: Light, but roasted malts and toast are there.

T: Taste has a mild roast and burnt sugar character, but there is definitely a sweet point to this brew, residual sugars are cleary evident. Light lactic acidity and milk chocolate notes as well.

M: Medium-bodied, not thick, has a lightness about it that works well on a hot solstice day.

D: This is a really good stout, creamy and smooth, I could easily have another one.

Halcyondays, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of efisch
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 ozer at Hi Time in Costa Mesa this weekend. Big fan of this "in the wind" brewery.

http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1403327

Posted a review of Sleighor also.

Pours a beautiful Root Beer brownish red with a thick dark head. Very happy with this beer. Not as rich as I remember but very delicious. Mild chocolaty taste with a wonderful smokey odor. Nice clean finish for a stout. I'm generally not a stout gut but this milder version works for me. Hurry back ReaperAle!

efisch, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost jet black with a very active, brown, half inch of foam. The foam quickly settles to a ring but that disappears later on.

Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, chocolate malts, cherries, wood, and a bit of vanilla. The roasted profile seems like this one is a few months old (I’ve had this one at least 4 months). The aroma settles to a subtle chocolate bouquet with hints of berries, dates and figs. There’s also some notes of warm milk as the beer comes to room temp. Maybe some hints of sweetened or flavored coffee.

Tastes of bitter-sweet chocolate, nuts and a bit of seltzer water. Some dry chocolate oatmeal flavor and a bit of raisins.

Taste is quite thin and a bit too carbonated in the finish. This one smells a bit better than it tastes. An average stout.

seaoflament, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the more drinkable stouts I've had.

Not a lot of coffee here, mostly rich chocolate and some smoky aftertaste. Pours an inky black. Haven't seen this before, but was quite reasonable for the quality (about 3.25).

Pretty drinkable for a stout, also, particularly considering the high ABV.

Overlord, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of denjen
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dennis: This beer was a gift, and as such I'll have no complaints about price or anything like that. From the get go this bottle had me sold, I wanted to love it simply because of the ballsy wording and label art, but all that happened was that I ended up feeling let down sorta. This is a good solid stout, good coloring, hints of coffee and chocolate, with just a little bit of a funky bitterness at the end (kind of reminded me of a milk stout, but was probably the 7.5% alcohol), but beyond that there's nothing much to it. I had hoped for a lot more malt backbone, and some bold hops to really crank the intensity up to 11, but in the end I was left slightly unfulfilled, and wishing I had just had a Czar or Storm King.
Jen: I was expecting a lot more out of this stout, but I don't hate it either. It starts off with a light aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is of mocha, roasted malts and a slight burntness to it. The chalkiness, IMO, is almost overwhelming anything great this beer could have been, so instead it is just good. For 7.5% it is fairly easy to drink, but leaves a sourness in your mouth afterwards. I wish with a name like this, it would have been better!

denjen, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours black (as would be expected) with 1/2 an inch of dark tan head. There's tons of carbonation, but the head disappears so quickly that this ends up looking pretty plain and average.

Smell: Very powerful aroma, I could smell it from yards... cinnamon, coffee, chocolate and caramel all sit on the nose. Surprisingly I picked up no hop aroma.

Taste: Bready cracker comes out first with a little alcohol, then some classic american hoppage with an aftertaste of coffee. There isn't a whole lot of taste compared to the abundance of aroma, but as it warms it also acquires a slight buttery caramel nature, and some fruity esters (metallic strawberry) on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slick, and light bodied than expected (kinda watery). There's some slight bitterness, but that's not as intense as I expected either.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to down, but not interesting enough to invest in regularly.

dbalsock, Jun 17, 2007
Mortality Stout from ReaperAle
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.