Mortality Stout | ReaperAle

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Mortality StoutMortality Stout

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California, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 124
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fills my glass with a deep, dense black, with a dark tan head that hugs the rim.

Smells very earthy. Lots of roasted malt character, coffee, and some caramel notes. Actually reminds me of soil. Yes, I know that's weird.

Taste is very full, cocoa, dark roasted malts, coffee, and some bitter hops are present. Slightly sour, but not acidic, which is good. I'm getting a bit of saltiness; almost like they used some ocean water or something in the brew... it finishes dry and bitter, with a strong coffee-malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is heavy, but creamy. Nice to drink, but a bit rich.

Mortality Stout... bit conflicted on how to rate this. It's not bad at all, but I felt the saltiness and sheer earthy character detracted from it a bit. No where near as easy to drink as say, Rogue's Shakespeare, but if you like heavy stouts that aren't quite Imperial, give this a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured dark as night with a blackish-white head that left pits and Saturn rings (or is that “Belgian Saturn rings”) all up in my Chimay glass.

Smell – The big, burnt malt comes out even when cold. You got huge coffee grounds, coffee beans, and a smattering of brown sugar in this nose.

Taste – The flavor is milder than the nose, but it’s a tasty brew regardless. The strong coffee gives way to a grainier malt and the brown sugars turn to raw. There is some very light fruiting in here, too, like citrus flavors but without the acidity.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied and incredibly smooth. The stout’s strong point IMO is the wonderful feeling that you get around your cheeks. It’s almost like a light, furry kind of peach fuzz feeling. Quite nice.

Drinkability – A lot of ADSs are just too big to enjoy more than one, but I’d like to session this on-tap for a few hours.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up last summer and only got around to drinking it Super Bowl Sunday. I don't know if the wait had any effect on it, but first pour was very heady: A three-finger pour yeilded a thick, cocoa-colored head to the top of the glass. It settled pretty quickly and yielded an amazing smell or roasted chocolate. The brew itself was midnight-black, but not thick. First sip brought a coffee taste and a strong roasted malt flavor. It was definitely not boozy and is smooth on the tongue; very easy to drink. However, the roastiness forces you to slow down an enjoy. Easily shot up to one of my most favorite stouts.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 11/30/06. Pours a dark black with red highlights. It has a creamy brown head that dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate and grainy malts with notes of tar, vanilla and alcohol.

The flavor is charred chocolate and anise with a little slightly sour fruitiness. As it warms, a lot of sweet lactic vanilla comes out - a little too much. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, a nice stout. It's a little too sweet for me, it needs a little more roast or bitterness IMO.

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Photo of badbeer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell is lots of roasty malt, with a little dark fruit. Flavor is more roasted malt, with a strong roasted aftertaste. There is a little bit of chocolate in the taste as well. Not a very complex beer, but enjoyable none the less. Recommended.

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Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. No date, but with this, it won't really matter. "Do You Dare?" on the label. Well, Duh!

Pours an opaque brownish/black with a one finger head of brown foam. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and molasses, very fruity, with faint floral hops and notes of dates and currants.

The first flavor is chocolate, pretty sweet, followed by molasses and roasted barley. This actually dries out during the swig. There are also flavors of dark dried fruits, like currants and prunes. The aftertaste is long and roasty, drying as it lasts.

Mouthfeel starts out sweet, but quickly turns to the dry side, with soft to medium carbonation. Nevertheless, it's lip-smackingly sweet, with a semi-sweet finish.

This is kind of like Yeti divided by two. It's more thin, not as sweet, and not as rich. Overall, though, it's pretty damn good, and one I would gladly have again.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque black with faint reddish highlights. Creamy tan head leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is roasted malts. Body is thinner than I would have expected. This is a tasty beer, but I was hoping for more body and complexity. I wouldn't buy this again but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used oil back fills the glass with a tan half finger head that melts to a small lacing.
Aromas of chocolate, cappuccino, touch of vanilla.
Taste of coffee and dark chocolate....sweet dark chocolate....wonderful. It really would be nice if there was a little more or more assertive hops in the brew, but that is just me. I like the hops in the end of the taste.
Aftertaste is much like finishing a chocolate espresso...alcohol warmth going down with the chocolate coffee staying in the mouth.
Hmmm...this is a yummy after dinner desert and I am going to enjoy the entire 22 oz. very, very slowly.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty opaque and no light getting through. The head stays pretty charged up, and it's extremely thick. And there's a good amount of clumpy lacing around the glass as I drink.

Smell: There's some coffee-like aromas, some chocolate, a bit of hops, and that may be about it. All of it unfortunately is pretty subdued.

Taste: The lack of fullness doesn't help actually someone balanced brew. That said, the balance doesn't invite much of the flavors to come through. Can it be balanced without being discernible really? It's not like drinking water or anything, but this is pretty weak. There's a combination between slightly roasted malt, chocolate, and slightly bitter hops. Nothing's out of whack, just fairly bland as far as the style's concerned.

Mouthfeel: A little astringent and not as full or as creamy as I'd like. The astringency seems to come from the odd carbonation levels. Not spritzy but a bit too much maybe.

Drinkability: A decent crack at the style, but there's much more flavor to many others that I've had. This almost seems like a lighter version of the style, though. And I don't mean that in a derogatory way necessarily, it's just I wish it was more amped up. However, I'm glad I tried it and I enjoyed it for the most part.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A full, foamy, dark-tan head is raised during the pour. It rest shortly over an opaque black/brown body before dropping to a thin collar that leaves spotty lace. The nose is rich with deep roasted (slightly burnt) malts and an almost vinous fruitiness. The body is medium/light, and a very fine and moderate carbonation lends to an exceptionally soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor displays a mildly complex combination of mildly sweet (caramel, dark chocolate), slightly tart, and deeply roasted malt. It finishes quite dry (due in part to its low pH from the dark malts), but not overly bitter, with some residual bittersweet chocolate and a touch of burnt caramel. Enjoyable, but not outstanding. This beer is a bit of an enigma. It resembles a dry stout, and yet it's alcohol content is way too high. It borders on being an Imperial stout, but doesn't offer the body. Regardless, it's interesting and enjoyable; and probably worth trying.

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Photo of prototypic
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mortality Stout pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It's almost opaque, but a few burgundy highlights are noted at the edges with backlighting. A light tan head tops it off. It's rather modest and rises to just under a finger in depth. Retention was short and lacing was very light and spotty. For the style...very average.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is pretty good. It's full of roasted and chocolate malts. There's a bit of charred scent. Roasted coffee is definitely noted, and is rather strong in the mix. I'm a coffee fan, so no foul here. There's a hint of dark fruit. It smells mostly like raisin or plum. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. More strength would be good, but it's far from bad.

The flavor is above average, but isn't great. A bittersweet, dark chocolate flavor is noted initially. It blends well with roasted malts. It does have a charred flavor to it that's not altogether bad. Roasted coffee is very much in the mix. I think it adds nice depth. Dark fruit is noted. It has a bit of a tangy flavor to it. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Alcohol is blended well and goes mostly unnoticed. It finishes with a roasty, tangy taste.

Mortality Stout has a medium body. Carbonation is active but doesn't interfere with the feel. It's alright, but it needs more body. As it is, it's not very smooth. Not bad though. Drinkability is rather average. The flavor's alright, but isn't great by any stretch. It goes down relatively easy for a stout. But, I'm not overly enjoying it. A bomber is way more than enough.

This is my first ReaperAle beer. It's alright, but I'm far from blown away. It's above average, but it needs a little more of everything to really stand out. More aromatics, a stronger flavor, and more body. It's not a total disaster and is probably worth a try. Go for the single bomber though.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany black with a 2 fingers deep mocha head. good lacing & head retention

S: Chocalte & roasted grain & then a hint of iron

T: Roasted malt & chocalate up front. Dryness follows & a long with some herbal/piney hop bite. Finishes dry & roasty, with a hint of licorice & choclate

MF: Medium bodied & subtlly carbonated. There is a rich silky feel as it warms& finds a good balance as it warms

Drinks pretty easy, but not a super stout, but pretty close. I guess I'm destined to like every other beer I get from this brewery. This one I like!

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of tjd112
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Spirits Unlimited, Lakewood, New Jersey.

Pours black as the dead of night with little lacing and a very dark head; smells faintly like coffee and coffee notes begin in the taste, but there is also a dry dark fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and this is a very drinkable beer for its ABV.

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Photo of Bung
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22 oz. Thick black pour, just a little dark tan head. Very roast aroma, mostly coffee, some malt. Taste, oh boy, quite a bit of sourness reigning over everything. Sour grape acidity. There is some roast malt and chocolate under there. After the tart fades a little mocha and espresso finish. Medium bodied. Drinkability, terrible. Drank about 6oz of the 22 oz.

Hope I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Very dark black with a nice fluffy head, which is now gone.

S: Roasted coffee, maybe some dark chocolate and molasses.

T: Oh.. oh god.. whoa! tart tart tart.. with a little bit of coffee aftertaste.. It grows on you the longer you drink it, but drinking it is the first problem.. That is a little funk.. tastes nothing like it looks like or smells like, and that is not a good thing.

M: Lots and lots of carbonation..

D: Pass. A little too far down the funk road for me, and out of style as well.

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4.49/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.5% ABV, no date.

A - Pours rich and thick with a completely death-black color and minimal cascading before the dark tan head settles at three fingers. Moderate to low retention with moderately thick lacing.

S - A hint of lactose sweetness hides behind the scythe that is bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and heavily roasted malts. A touch of vanilla and molasses with a little bit of oak. A great nose to open this beer with!

T - Rich roasted malts dominate the palate with some roasted coffee and a chunky chocolate bit. A touch of hops appears on the finish only top assist in bitterness. A great stout taste though.

M - Rich and full-bodied with a soft, smooth texture and moderately carbonated finish. No alcohol presence but the finish does feature a well-balanced dry bitterness.

D - This one doesn't really need to be split but sharing it with a friend is always nice. And to answer the label's question, "Do you dare?" Yes I do. It's a great stout!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone IRS glass.

Jet black, fluffy mocha head, looked a bit more carbonated than most stouts. Looks nice and yummy.

Smells of sweet cream and milk, with bittersweet chocolate and a hint of espresso.

Taste is sweet like hot chocolate then moves to a roasted coffee taste with a tiny bit of bitterness. Tastes like a mix of coffee beans and piny hops. Complex enough, not the best but definitely an above average stout.

It's a little thin for the style, medium bodied at best. A tad too crisp. Doesn't take away too much from the brew as a whole, but would have liked to have seen a bit more depth to the feel.

Overall, this is a more than decent brew, and the first goes down pleasantly, and tasty, but I think 1 is good. I'll probably drink one of these once or twice every month or so.

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Mortality Stout from ReaperAle
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 140 ratings