Mortification - Russian River Brewing Company
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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!!
03-24-2009 00:01:23 | More by ccrida
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Good, but a bit of a disappointment. Russian River makes a quad seems like some kind of dream beer description to me. Unfortunately, I found this beer good but disappointing as a quad and as a Russian River beer. It's still quite good, of course. Mortification pours a deep garnet with little head and a bit lacing. The aroma is fairly mild with some bananas, some plums, some spice and a whiff of sour cherries. The sour comes through a touch in the flavor, but it's almost as though the brewery saw a bit of cross-pollination from the sour barrels rather than they were really going for a lightly sour quad. It's fairly dry, especially for a quad. It actually reminds me of a dry barleywine mixed with a tripel, for some reason. The flavors don't punch as much as I would like, but then again, the dryness is a nice contrast to more normal pitfall of a cloyingly sweet quad. Another nice upside to the beer is that it hides the abv almost entirely. I'm pretty shocked to see it listed here as 11% abv. This was my second time tasting this beer and I'm still confused by it.
08-18-2009 04:01:09 | More by popery
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
On Tap Toronado SD, Lots of carbination with a swirl, all the way till the end. Great aroma, woody, some sweet raisiny-ness and with a nice finish, minerals and acidity keep it from being too sweet. Winter warmer great for a cold night, nice quad / barley wine and easy to drink for the style.
02-19-2009 23:40:13 | More by paytoplay
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
a: amber color, little head, decent lacing
s: sweet -- dark fruits including raisins, sweet caramel and a hint of citrus and alcohol
t: a tame quad, definite malty sweet with raisin flavor but not overly sweet. first thought was not sweet enough, but actually a pretty decent balance with some slight alcohol in the finish
m: carbonation was just a bit on the low side, but nice heavy mouthfeel makes for a good drink
d: fairly easy to drink, didn't knock my socks off right away but i quickly grew into it comfortably; would buy if they bottled it
04-22-2009 04:10:34 | More by belgbeerdrinker
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Draft at Toronado's Barleywine Festival 2009.
A: Translucent amber. The head has very light retention, and it quickly settles to a ring. Some lacing down the glass.
S: Strong dark fruit aromas: fig, date, plums. Caramel malt, and a nice Belgian yeast nose.
T: The dark fruits dominate the taste, giving it an initial flavor of figs, dates, and plums. A little breadiness in the mid-taste, with caramel malt providing a strong, sweet backbone. The remarkable thing is that the finish is quite dry.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Well-masked ABV.
D: I'd like to have this again. I could definitely have a couple of pints.
02-16-2009 04:44:23 | More by Arbitrator
4.1/5 rDev +1%
On-tap at Russian River.
A: Dark brown with a little lacing that stuck around the whole time
S: Belgain Candi sugar, plums, fig and some raisins. A very nice malt backbone to hold it all together.
T: Tasted almost exactly what I thought it might form the scent! It's a Quad!
M: Very nice, hard to pick-up the 11%!
D: For not being a style I like alot, I liked this beer!
02-23-2009 21:24:01 | More by madtowndmb1
4.1/5 rDev +1%
A nice pour from a growler thanks to onix1agr.
A- a nice hiss when the cap is popped, that's a good sign being that this was a hassle to finally get. A finger or so of tan head from an aggressive pour that held for a bit before settling and leaving a thin ring. Rather clear red brown in color with amber red highlights.
S- bready and sweet with a nice light spice to it. Some dark fruits, figs, raisins, bits of cherry.
T- soooo nice. Opens up with dark bread, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits with dates and dried cherries. Background spices that lean towards the fall variety. Flavors are well balanced and very complimentary, they flow into each other super smoothly.
M- on the fuller side of medium but not heavy. There's a bit of slip to it. Carb was solid considering the long trip this took. Just about right for the style. Very smooth with almost no heat on the palate just a nice warming in the belly.
O- well rr never let's me down and I had reservation about this one from jump street. A nice quad and one that is super drinkable even fresh. I'd like to see what a bottle of this would do with some time down.
04-03-2011 20:04:35 | More by oglmcdgl
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.
03-20-2009 20:37:30 | More by RomanW70
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!
03-08-2011 05:33:57 | More by MoustacheHero
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
At the source. Crystal clear, rich deep red stained mahogany. Lighter in color than most quads. Served with minor head, nice lacing.
Aroma is unmistakable, thick and heavy. The dark fruits include a hint of black cherry and a touch of sour for good measure.
Taste is sweet, hint of a barleywine. Nice flavor evolution from tip of the tongue to the quietly lingering aftertaste, delicious. While the hop taste is significant for a quad it is relatively minor but of particular note for this style of brew. The alcohol is very restrained, I would not have minded it if it had been more forward. Mouthfeel is viscous without becoming cloying.
One of those brews that I really enjoy yet want to like it even more!
12-23-2010 23:44:31 | More by impending
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.
03-22-2009 03:35:25 | More by glid02
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.
04-03-2011 18:41:35 | More by BARFLYB
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09, reviewed from notes on my cell phone
A-Medium to dark brown color, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stays around a few minutes, some lacing
S-Floral hops, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, roasted nuts, dark fruits, candied sugar, and red grapes
T-Starts off with a bitter hop welcome, some sweet malt in the middle that is mostly caramel, more sugar is present later on when it warms, finish is dry and bitter with hoppiness, nicely balanced, get a lot of raisins and toffee later on, also a little alcohol burn
M-Dry, sweet, nutty, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, taste lingered a long time
D-Could have drank another glass of this, strength is not very hidden, can also be filling, hops do help provide balance against all that sugar, malt, and fruit, decent drinkability
I was really hoping this would make it there and I am glad it did, it was actually the only Russian River brew on draft, got quite lucky with this one, would not quite call this quad, it reminded me more of a barleywine especially with its hop profile, I would like to have this again, recommended
04-02-2009 19:38:17 | More by Floydster
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
On tap at RR
A- Golden with fairly high carb, this is a quad.
S- Yeasty, bready and very belgian, i was very interested to try this as it replaced the barleywine that i really like and i had heard that it was kind of a blend of the two, not the case this is a quad straight up.
T- outstanding, i would put this up with any other quad out there.
M- Good, nothing out of the ordinary here.
D- Very good, I could drink several of these but the ABV is dangerous to most.
Overall, i tried it because it was there, good but not something i will quest after but that is just my personal preferance.
03-28-2009 20:25:23 | More by JWD
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.
Pours a very dark, yet clear, ruby-red color. Has a big light tan head with good retention. Aroma is light, but has hints of malt and some smokeyness. Nice malty flavor with hints of cherries (not sour), chocolate, and smoke. Smooth and medium-bodied. Strong ABV, but no real taste of alcohol.
01-30-2011 22:54:00 | More by mithrascruor
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
On tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA on 7/21/09.
A - Really pretty ruby/copper-colored body with burgundy and royal purple hues and a thin alabaster head that receded into a thin ring of retention, leaving attractive lacing around the glass. Head flared up with each swirl of the glass.
S - Dark fruit reminiscent of raisins, currants and plums with a prevalent boozy presence. Slight waft of magic marker. Pretty strong, pungent nose with slight sour and oaky notes around the edges.
T - Again, the flavor is heavy on dark fruit and alcohol, although the latter isn't too heavy for a Quad weighing in at 11%. An array of dark fruits akin to raisins, currants, prunes, dates and black cherries come to mind. A slight oaky, sour character emerges in the backend, followed by an earthy hop tinge in the finish. Overall, the dark fruit character dominates the flavor.
M - Medium to full bodied with a very thick, syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Hint of sweetness with warm alcohol notes and just a tinge of sourness on the palate.
D - Glad to get another "tion" brew from Russian River under my belt, and a rare one to boot! While I don't have a whole lot of Quad experience, I found this one to be pretty damn good.
08-24-2009 00:36:30 | More by ffejherb
Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.