Mortification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 74
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: largadeer on 02-11-2009

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Reviews by Gobzilla:
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a half finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of dark fruit is noticeable upfront in the nose with nice belgian yeast sweetness, slight candi sugar, booze is present and hints of brown sugar. The belgian yeast character was more apparent on the palate alongside dark fruit accents, welll balanced booze that was not overwhelming, subtlt brown and candi sugar but with mild spice. The brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which has a sweet, yeasty, dark fruity, slightly boozy and sticky finish. Finally got to tick this beer after some years of chasing. Yeeahh!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery during the PtY frenzy. Growler to go gave me the opportunity to enjoy it in a more subdued setting - like at home under dreary Seattle skies that refuse to go away. A CofC nightmare.
Pours dark tastes smooth masking the alcohol content. Unlike many reviewers, I thoroughly enjoy this beer.
Difficult to pick out individual flavors but suffice it to say it is delicately balanced with no cloy. Totally drinkable considering the ABV.
Can't wait until next year to repeat the cycle but now I have my own RR growler to refill.

Photo of deebo
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at RR. 1 of my favorite styles so of course had to save room for a full pour of this one.

A-Lacks the thick tan head of most quads. This 1 is much weaker with a foam that quickly breaks down. Color is dark brown but transparent.

S-Weak notes of sweet malts, not nearly as complex as the good Belgians.

T-Definitely a subdued quad. Notes of raisin and other sweet malts. Not much else really there. Missing the yeast fruity esters here.

M-Alcohol is a little more evident than the greats. Fairly thin body.

O-A decent quad but is missing the complexity of my Belgian favorites like St. Bernardus and the alcohol is clearly present. Yet to find a good American version of this style.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated dark fruits - plums and figs - with solid malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugary malt flavors are joined shortly by dark fruits before ending with just a touch of sweetness. The booze is noticeable but not as strong as the ABV would indicate.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass and could have a few more. This goes down very easily.

Overall this isn't as complex as some of the world-class quads, but the flavors all work very well together. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/20 @ Russian River. Pours cloudy caramel with a small than head that quickly fades into lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, candied sugar, cocoa,and caramel. Taste is similar with a slight vineous quality. Vineous and caramel finish with some alcohol. Medium carbonation with a medium thick mothfeel.

Photo of Corkpuller
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer approaches perfection - and easily the best Quad I've had.

I'm not even going to try to describe it, but the balance and complexity are ridiculous. The finish is super long, spicy and classy. Would drink this at every opportunity.

An awesome beer. My favorite RR.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tick on the Russian River –tion Quest that I started quite awhile back! Big thanks goes out to estocker for sending me this one a LONG time back! Shared this one at aasher’s wedding reception with as many people in the wedding party as I could find! Served from growler into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a ruby red-brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet mat, fruit, banana, bread, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. As far as quadruples go, this was a fairly solid one. All the proper flavors and aromas going on in all the right intensities. There was absolutely no sign of the alcohol in this one at all. This was definitely a scary aspect as I’m sure the right person could crush a 64 oz growler without a problem. I’m just glad I had help that all seemed to enjoy it as well. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

Photo of nataku00
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a goblet at the brew pub. Beer is a muddy brown, a bit of red highlights on the edges when held up to light, with no head. Swirling the beer in the glass force a half a finger's worth of off white foamy head but it quickly dissipates.

Nose is strong, but a bit one dimensional, just boozy dark fruits, rum soaked figs and raisins showing up.

Tastes follows the nose, lots of boozy dark fruits, that borders on unpleasant after a few sips.

Medium body with low carbonation levels makes the beer a bit slick on the tongue, finishing sweet and boozy on the tongue. Definitely a sipper, though the one dimension flavor profile is a bit disappointing.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Toronado. I believe this was 11% ABV, but may be wrong on that.

A: Side by side with Benediction, the dubbel. Surprisingly, this is the paler of the two, and also much clearer. Amber hued with brown highlights, dark but very clear. The half-inch of head settled fairly fast, eventually reducing to just a ring.

S: Fruity (fig and date) with a big malty backbone. Esters are present but on the reserved side. Little bit of roastiness and yeasty spice.

T&M: Huge maltiness but not overly sweet; Russian River brews their Belgians on the dry side, something that I really appreciate. Figgy fruit, notes of date, graham cracker and just a touch of licorice. Medium body. Finishes semi-dry, almost crisp. Deceptively drinkable, there's absolutely no trace of the high ABV.

Photo of MoustacheHero
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beast of a beer from Russian River.

a: Brownish amber colour with a fragile, soft head.

s: A very strong aroma; sweet with fruity esters similar to dehydrated fruit.

t: Very strong alcohol flavor that is sweet with a dry finish. Lots of fruity esters present.

m: A very heavy mouth feel while still smooth. This is a mouth coating beer.

d: I want to drink this beer a lot, but one and I'm done!

Photo of Jemonster
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A deep root beer color and opacity. Thin white head. S: Rich toffee, hops, coffee and sugar. T: Toffee, raisin, some sourness and hops. It's on the sweeter side. M: Full and round, smooth. O: Pretty awesome beer on tap at Russian River. High ABV makes it hard to drink more than one.

Photo of rand
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes, 01/29/11

From Tap to chimay chalice at o'brien's russian river weekend

Pours a dark ruby-red in color, forming a foamy one-inch head in the Chimay glass. The head's trail completely covers the glass is completely covered.

Smells of toasted bread, sweet, suggesting toffee. Candied fruit, figs, along with strong alcohol volatiles round the nose.

The taste follows with sweet malty notes up front, raisins and buttery figs. Really bready. Slightly bitter hops join alcohol spice (although subdued for 11%). Just a touch of grape-like tart toward the finish. Long sweet finish.

Oily slick, mouthfeel, full bodied and rich but never wee sticky. I'm drinking this way too fast for the alcohol, the beer is amazingly balanced. This is crafted as well as any Belgian quad.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a mahogany-colored beer with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down the sides of the glass. Not quite as much as I'd normally like to see from a quad, but given the fact that this is a quad from a growler, I'll give it a break there. The nose contains a good amount of dark fruits--mostly raisins and prunes--along with some caramel notes and some toasted bread. The flavor hits along the same lines, focusing on the dark fruits and mild bread character, and then finishes with a bit of dry bitterness. Pretty good, but not the sort of complexity I expect from a quad and, especially, from Russian River. Feel is medium with lower levels of carbonation and a dry finish, which I quite enjoyed. Definitely drinkable for the style--it blew me away when I found out this was 10.5%, though I suppose I should have suspected something in that range.

Photo of Bubba83
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a 3oz sample at the 2009 Toronado Barleywine Festival. Even though this isn't a barleywine, it was still somehow in the competition? I'm not complaining.

Sort of a cola colored concoction, maybe a little darker, with some purple and dark reds. Thin rim of fairly vibrant white head with a tiny little bit of lacing.

Smells musty and a little bit cheesy at first, which seems odd. Plum is there too with some roastyness and smokeyness, but the whole thing seems like it has been barbecued, I'm confused, but it does smell nice.

It doesn't taste much like the smell. Starts of sweet and caramel-like, with some dark fruits driving in hard toward the center, then follows with some roasty malt and finally some alcohol and even feint apples int he finish. A little mustyness is present all the way through. Interesting is an understatement.

Mouthfeel is always at a very high standard with RR beers and this guy is no different. Pretty smooth, yet lively and not too heavy.

Outstanding drinkability. Pretty dang easy to quaff really. No alcohol heat is present at all, sort of just like liquid candy... At 11% that's no small feat. Nice all around Quad but a little odd...

Photo of womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always welcome a new Russian River tick.

A: The pour is a bit light for a quad. It appears to be a dark amber sort of color with a creamy, off-white head.

S: It has the requisite sweetness to begin with. A nice caramel and brown sugar sort of aroma with a fair amount of yeastiness. A mild spice ester profile and maybe even a bit of grape must.

T: Starts out with dark fruit flavors such as plums, red grapes, and cherries. Some toffee, caramel, and molasses are present, which provide some sweetness. However, this has some different flavors that I wasn't quite anticipating. I pick up a fair amount of toasted malt flavor and a sourness that seems to pick up the more I drink.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being middle of the road (usually I like my Quads a bit more effervescent).

D: This was quite different. I enjoyed it, but it's not exactly what I was anticipating. Still worth trying out, of course, and the complexity of it kept me interested.

Photo of fezmeister
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Served as part of a full flight of tasters at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa. Guessing it would be large, heavy, and malty, I left it until later in the flight to allow to warm a bit and open all the way. This may have been a mistake, my personal tastes considered. A rich dark mahogany color and nose full of cherries and malt led me to take in a hopeful, healthy mouthful. Unfortunately, that first sip was all I drank, as this beer was simply, well, mortifying to my palate. Big and fruity, but cavity-inducingly sweet, my word. This much sugar would need a truckload of hops to balance the flavor. As a result, the drinkability is dismal, suffering a terrible cloying factor. Worth trying, but I can't picture even a sweet beer afficionado getting all the way through a snifter of this.

On a positive note, nice mellow Belgian yeast flavor with no musty aftertaste.

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark copper amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose in this beer is pretty interesting, with an aroma profile of burnt toast, rootbeer, light sweet malt and underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet, somewhat boozy/hot quad style beer. It's dominated by flavors of cherry and rootbeer, but again, there is also considerable, underlying spice as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly sweet, slightly hot, spice filled finish. Drinkability was OK, but the alcohol was pretty noticeable in this beer, which detracted just a bit.

A solid beer, but not one of the better efforts I've had from RR. That probably speaks more to my expectations when it comes to trying new RR beers, rather than any actual flaws in Mortification.

Photo of beermeSD
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Tornado SD. Great coming off the tap, but it's heavy and should be enjoyed without the Mac N' Cheese plate served there. Reminded me a lot of traditional winter beers with a dark color, fruity smell and flavoring, and heavy feel to it. Definitely worth a second go the next time I'm there.

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during their Pliny the Younger release event. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high due to the brewery - which is a favourite from the Americas, and the style - which is one of my favourites.

A: Pours a half finger head of good thickness, nice cream, and abysmal retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Candi sugar, vanilla, plums, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Plums, candi sugar, some vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Balanced and full bodied, with delightful complex layering. It's good, but far from the best quad I've had. Very well done for an American quad. Well built all around, and very nicely balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours quite well. Could use more cream. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. A lovely little quad, but not the best I've had - even amongst American quads.

B

Photo of notchucknorris
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: A nice, complex aroma. Some hints of dark fruit along with some dark caramel and a touch of light hops.

T: Dark fruits upfront with some bready malt, toasted rye and a touch of earthy hops on the finish. Maybe the best American quad I've had to date, but it has nothing on the complexities found in some of the better Belgian quads.

Photo of scottfrie
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Served a dark raisin with a very dense and fuzzy head that faded into a thin and long lasting film/collar. A great network of thin lacing was left down the glass.
S: Light notes of booze, grape skins, dark fruits, and lightly tart scents. Fruit dominates.
T: I get flavors of grapes, raisins, plums, dark fruits, juniper, pepper, coriander and a hint of cinnamon. There is a light tartness that boarders on sour. Hops come through in the finish along with a touch of mint. The aftertaste has that sour fruit skin sensation as well and is a little off putting.
M: Thick full body, very fluffy carbonation.
O: Strange quad, strange beer, and not my favorite from the brewery. Not what I was expecting in a quad, but not a terrible beer in and of itself.

Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Toronado in the City.

A - Dark amber pour with maybe one finger of head mahogany-white head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S/T - Dark fruit, brown sugar, dark belgian sugars, oak, and slight grapefruit.

M - Well balanced, with a full mouthfeel, but slightly malt dominated of course. Slightly dry finish, with a light amount of alcohol.

D - This was excellent. Rarely disappointed from RRs offerings.

Photo of litheum94
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RR.

Dark brown with some garnet around the edges. Tan head leaves a tiny cover.

Belgian yeast and candi. Figs and some licorice. Very earthy and full of fruity esters.

Raspberry sweetness and Belgian candi. Bitter licorice root. Sweet, boozy tones, with flavors of toffee and figs.

A very good quad, though not as good as I remember the first batch being. Still, it's very tasty.

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bottleworks in Seattle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, thick off white head forms, settles to a thin ring, lots of chunky lace sticks to the glass, looks nice. Smell is neat, a touch funky, sour fruit, cherries, wine, caramel, spice, very malty, wood, raisin, alcohol, pretty neat mix of quad fruitiness and some RR funk. Taste is similar, light chocolate and dark fruit, raisin, lightly sour, cherries, big alcohol, sherry, wood, more fruit, some candi sweetness, a touch astringent in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some heat going down. Carbonation is a bit low for the style, and alcohol is in your face, but pretty cool stuff.

Photo of HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/04/2010

On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale 2010

A:  Dark copper with a head. That's all you need know. 

S: Prunes, figs, plums, bready malt. Earthy hops. Belgian yeast. Quite Belgian in character when it warms, especially yeast-wise.

T: Prunes, figs, bready malt, Belgian yeast. Some alcohol flavor. Booze is a bit strong, but it's a high ABV so not out of place. 

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation and a sticky, dry mouthfeel with alcohol warming. 

Overall: Good quad. 

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Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.