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Mortification - Russian River Brewing Company

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90
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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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and spices. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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 drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Growler shared by Thorpe, every brewery makes a bad beer, unfortunately for Russian River, this is it for them. Completely underwhelming piece of trash beer. I won't be going out of my way for this one ever again.

Beer served in a Russian River wine glass because I can. Beer is brown and clear with low carbonation, almost no head, no lacing.

Aroma is sickingly sweet, like malt syrup disolved in water.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet on lead off. The beer unfolds to reveal almost no interesting yeast character and an overly bitter finish. Not pleasant.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

From 03/05/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a reddish, brown murky color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, bready malts, dark fruit, spices, and alcohol.

t - Tastes of raisins, bready malts, alcohol, spices, and figs.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - A pretty nice quad from Russian River. Lots of dark fruits and bready malts, and it had a great mouthfeel. Would have again.

mdfb79, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

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

kojevergas, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

Another great beer from Russian River. Pours like an Amontillado in color, with a huge creamy head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some nice lacing. Impressive for a growler. Smells soft, vinous, of red fruit, and brambly; followed by the slightest hint of sour cherry. Tastes as fantastic as usual. Vinous, complex, tannic, brambly, smooth, and very well hidden alcohol. Delicious!

Georgiabeer, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

drewone, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Got a growler of this and shared it with a bunch of heads at Capone's 2011 PTY event. Then I used the remains to get drunk late at night at the crib.

A- A loud pop from the lovely RR growler, Mortification comes oozing out a bark brown color with some hazy specks of red on the edge. Alot of foam for a 10 percenter, off white/beige in color, leaves a cap and some streaks.

S- Malt forward would be the smell and Im surprised that Im not drowned out by candi sugar sweetness. Some dark fruits and caramel/biscuit malt, hops don't make a dent and the alcohol is hidden very well.

T- I was really surprised by this one, a very balanced quad without the signature Belgian candi sugar addition, which kills alot of quads for me. I like Vinnies vision for this style. Dark fruit, plum, caramel that is not overstated, morning biscuit and bread, a box of chocolates but no werthers. Balanced and not overly sweet, SWEET!

M- A smooth quad that leaves a lasting impression for a nice while. Semi coating and not hot at all. Medium bodied with present carb that does not bite, or bark for that matter.

D- Another solid take on a style by the RR crew. I don't see why this is not rated higher, it's more drinkable than most authentic Belgians in the same vain. I don't want to sound like a RR fanboy, but they can do no wrong.

BARFLYB, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a hazy shade of brown, with little activity in the way of carbonation. The head is undersized, thin, and wispy, generating virtually no lacing upon the tulip glass.

The aroma is of sweet malts, dark fruits, particularly raisins.

In both the nose and flavor, I find myself missing the yeasty, bready character associated with the style. The beer has a prominent raisin and sweetened malt taste, with additional notes of caramels soaked in alcohol.

The beer is pretty smooth, given the double digit abv. Carbonation wasn't an issue as I thought it would be, based on the appearance.

Underwhelming. A mediocre beer from what is possibly the best brewery in the country. Not nearly in the same league with the great Belgian quads like Rochefort, Chimay, Westvleteren, St. Bernardus Abt 12, etc.

Huhzubendah, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -1.5%

wrightst, May 24, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

John_M, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Viggo, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

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. 

HopHead84, Dec 08, 2010
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 ccrida
4/5  rDev -1.5%

On draught at the Toranado, I thought this would be fitting for my first beer here. Served in a tulip, Mortification is a dark reddish brown with a small white collar, leaving no lace.

Smell is malty, raisin and caramel, Special B in the hizouse! Not much in the way of esters, just some light peppery spice. I kept waiting for it to open up, and it never really did much...on the other hand, I drank it fast, couldn't be helped!

Taste is really rich, woa! Raisin puree maybe, strong but clean alcohol, malty. While this is super smooth, it's pretty simple for the style. I'll take well made over kitchen sink any day though, and reckon a bottle of this would develop nicely....

Mouthfeel is really creamy, with a light body.

Drinkability is pretty dangerous, wow is this one smooth quad. While you can taste the booze, it's not relaly hot or anything, and overall, really dangerous!!

ccrida, Mar 24, 2009
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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
Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Big thanks to a very generous trader for this growler, shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, clear brownish amber with a big creamy beige head that sticks to the glass on the way down and remains a cap for the duration. The lacing is good and overall I was surprised at how light this one looked.

The aroma is fairly subdued but opens up a little more as it warms. Either way, it's on the sweeter side of things with lots of dark fruits and some caramel malts and candi sugar to compliment things.

The taste is a bigger version of the aroma with a huge fruity sweetness from figs, raisins and candi sugar. There is a sturdy caramel malt backbone that gives way to a slightly dry and wine-like finish that has a hint of alcohol burn as it goes down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with lots of carbonation, especially from a growler.

This is one of the more drinkable quads I've tasted as it's on the lighter side of things and with a noticeably vinous quality to things. Another terrific brew from Russian River.

gford217, Mar 21, 2009
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Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.