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Mortification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Mortification
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90
outstanding

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 68
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: largadeer on 02-11-2009)
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Reviews by MoustacheHero:
Photo of MoustacheHero
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

MoustacheHero, Mar 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

NWer, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +23.2%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of deebo
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

deebo, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Swonkie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Swonkie, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of iSrALE
4/5  rDev -1.5%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

glid02, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of RomanW70
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

RomanW70, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of emilylee
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

emilylee, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Corkpuller
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

Corkpuller, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Leftofthedial, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

thagr81us, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

trodersark, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Diomede, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Devi0us, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +23.2%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -1.5%

n2185, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of nataku00
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

nataku00, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

largadeer, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Sixofsigmas
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Sixofsigmas, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

danwho, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

KevSal, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of N17shelfside
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

N17shelfside, Jul 27, 2013
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Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.