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
Photo of ronniebruner
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! Now this is a great stout! Definitely one of the better stouts I have had in a long time! The beer is BLACK! Deep black, thick, almost chewy thick.. pours like molasses, but all of these adjectives I use lovingly! This beer is smooth and heavy, it definitely has some weight behind it and is definitely a new favorite of mine! The only negative thing I can and will say about this brew is that I should have tried it sooner! If you love stouts like me, do not pass this up! This is top notch stuff!

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Photo of efisch
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 ozer at Hi Time in Costa Mesa this weekend. Big fan of this "in the wind" brewery.

Posted a review of Sleighor also.

Pours a beautiful Root Beer brownish red with a thick dark head. Very happy with this beer. Not as rich as I remember but very delicious. Mild chocolaty taste with a wonderful smokey odor. Nice clean finish for a stout. I'm generally not a stout gut but this milder version works for me. Hurry back ReaperAle!

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a bomber.

Pours with a creamy brown head that thins slowly to islands atop the dark brown brew. The aroma is rich with chocolate and molasses. The aroma is so full that you can smell it clearly across a dinner table, let alone with the glass up to your nose. The flavor has a little bit of hops up front then after that it is a thick chocolatey melange. There's a sour roasty flavors stashed in the chocolate too. Very well done.

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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 JamesS
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Got a few of these in a couple of trades.) Poured an awesome midnight black with fantastic thick head and great lacing. Very nice thick and deep scent, with sweet malts, roasted grains, and a nice bit of earthy hops in the back. Great flavor, with great roasted grains, a nice hint of coffee and chocolate, and a nice earthy hoppiness at the end to mellow it out. It went down great, with little hint of its higher ABV. Looking forward to having another at Halloween.

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Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of BeerdedEric
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body. Brown head that seems to dissipate somewhat quickly.

Roasted Malts up front and then some hoppiness. Chocalate is dominant, toffee and hazelnut is pretty noticeable. As I give it a swirl I notice little bit of a mustiness. Smells really good, though.

Really nice taste. This tastes like a Oatmeal Stout. Chocalate, toffee, hazelnut and oats. Coffee is there but not overdone like some stouts.

Medium body. Smooth, tiny bit of carbonation. Feels really nice in the mouth.

I could drink another one, if I had a another one. Really tasty, easy to drink and no booze taste.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. The color was dark black and it had a tan head. I smelled some coffee mixed in with burnt malts. Overall it was a really appetizing aroma. The flavor was pretty much the same as the smell, coffee and a little chocolate and some burnt malts.

I think the viscosity could have been higher, it seemed a little watery for the style to me. But otherwise it was a really good stout.

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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 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 sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in the Secret Halloween '10 BIF. Thanks to Devilsaint78 for this one.

A-Pours a very dark brown, some hints of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Foamy mocha head has great retention but no real lacing.

S-Lots and lots of chocolate. Yummy. A bit of roast underneath.

T-Very, very nice. Right on for the style. Mild sweetness with a lot of nice prominent roasty bitterness. A lactic note in the finish with some sweet creaminess finishes this one off nicely.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, with some nice richness.

D-Yes, please. Not familiar with the beer or brewery before I got this but I would seek it out again. A very good export stout.


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Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet-black beer with a tan head that doesn't really last long enough.

Smell is sweet and chocolate with a fairly strong charred coffee scent like Starbucks coffee. Not all that complex, possibly a trace of citrus hop in the smell.

Taste is sharp acid hit and chocolate in the first sip with a long lasting bitter after taste. Fairly sweet for a stout there is a good amount of chocolate taste to this. Tasty stout here that I could see calling a milk stout. I was going to say that this had a trace of ash taste but after the third sip that disappeared and didn't comeback.

Mouthfeel is this and somewhat milky in the mouth.

Tasty stout that is nearly in the same class as 8-Ball Stout. Tasty and nearly great there are a few minor rough edges here mostly it goes slightly to burned in taste. I recommend that you give this a try if you like 8-Ball stout.

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Photo of baiser
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, thick, syrupy black, with a dark brown head, good retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and slight alcohol. Taste was full of burnt chocolate, roasted flavours and charcoal. Finishes pretty dry and bitter. Some acidity, but otherwise very pleasant. Quite a delicious stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black. The beer isn't a complete light-sucker, but it's close. The big, creamy crown is double mochacchino brown, a shade darker than the heads on most stouts. Waiting for the foam to deflate is trying my patience. It's been several minutes since the pour and it doesn't appear to have budged. The appearance is as sinister as the name.

The nose consists of roasted black malt on top of roasted black malt. More specifically, it's a menacing combination of crushed espresso beans, dark chocolate and anise, in roughly that order. The amazing thing is that I'm still sniffing the beer through a two finger disk of foam. This is amazingly powerful stuff. I don't pick up much in the way of hops; surprising for a ReaperAle ale.

Mortality Stout loses a little something in the translation from nose to palate. It's still mega malty with a flavor that could only have been arrrived at by roasting barley to within an inch of its life. There's an initial burst of bittersweetness that tastes like a delicious fusion of coffee liqueur, chocolate syrup, blackstrap molasses and British-grade black licorice. Rather than pillaging my taste buds like it should, it's content to give them a firm rap and glide away.

I'm picking nits here, but although this is a fantastic stout, replete with rich, dark flavors, it isn't the flesh-rending beast it could be. Citric hops are more noticeable on the palate than they are in the nose, but aren't as prominent as they are in the other offerings from this brewery. As is often the case, they come out to play on the finish and linger longer than the other members of the flavor profile.

The body/mouthfeel is, most likely, the reason the flavor isn't able to dig in with the expected amount of ferocity. It's far from light, but when compared to other American double stouts, it's on the lighter end of the spectrum. It is, however, exceptionally smooth and rounded, even if I'm not tempted to use words like silky or luxuriant. If Reaper would only give this beer a badass mouthfeel, it'd be a stout to be reckoned with.

Mortality Stout is yet another good beer from a brewery that I believe is underrated. I love the death/skulls/Grim Reaper motif since it takes the Stone gargoyle one step further. It's far from a gimmick, though, since these guys brew quality beer after quality beer, no matter the style. The label asks 'Do You Dare?' If you want a good, solid, intensely drinkable stout, the correct answer is 'Hell Yeah'.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a great dark tan head which is quite creamy. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass as well.

Smell: Great warm roasted malt aroma, with a light hint of toffee. Really wonderful.

Taste: Roasted malts with a light bitterness that seems to come with the toffee and/or coffee flavor. Alcohol is also present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth. Full-bodied and viscous feel.

Drinkability: The alcohol kicks in fairly shortly, but it's still drinkable. Just not good for having many of these at once.

A nice, strong stout. Not an everyday type of beer, but nevertheless an enjoyable one. Very strong, but not over-the-top. Great for lovers of this type of beer. I'll be sure to get this again at some point.

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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 jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a sweet caramel. Starts with a chocolate/coffee flavor and finishes with a nice malt/hop balance. $3.99 for a 22 oz bottle; found at Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY. Label says this is brewed and bottled by Bayhawk Ales Inc. Irvine, Ca.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to beerFMAndy for this beer. Poured from a bottle into my pint glass.

A: Pitch black, four fingers of mocha hued head. Great cascade action. Solid retention. Thick lace rings.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, roast malt, coffee with cream, hint of campfire. Great nose.

T: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, bitter hop bite, light smokiness

M: Smooth low carbonated medium body.

D: Very nice beer. Easy drinker for sure. I would pick this up again if given the chance.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the Reaper Redemption Red label caught my eye in the Store, I picked up the bottle of Mortality Stout next to it at the same time as well. After having tried the Red first – I am glad I did. This is an altogether much better beer and really does have the balls to have a Grim Reaper on the label.
Again, this was served from a 1 Pint 6 fl.oz. Bottle which had a similar ‘generic’ style label to the Redemption Red, with just a background color and name change.
It poured well, a deep black color, with a reminiscent consistency of the black gloss paint that I used to paint my back door with at home in the UK. Head is comprised of medium sized bubbles, which form a very deep brown color, that that appears to grade to a lighter tan as you reach towards the surface. Eventually the heads stops fighting and collapses to a tight ¼” collar, that eventually disperses completely later on. An Incredibly black beer that is totally opaque and very demonic looking. The nose immediately reminded me of burnt car tyres, screeching rubber and the smell of a newly unpacked rubber inner tube for my Racing Bike when I was a child. Erm, weird. Introduction is roast malt and caramel with the warmth of roast chestnuts. Advertised at 7.75%, which is a decent strength. Drinks fine regardless of this; in fact, unless you look at the Bottle you would not know this. The finish is a beautiful coffee-bitter one, with hints of roast malt and some sweetness as well as dark chocolate, but overall quite a dry termination.
A much better beer than the Red, and this one I will definitely purchase again. I thoroughly enjoyed this Stout. Very nice.
Mortality Stout – Long May it Live!!!

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this stout poured almost black with dark brown foam. The smell was of roasted malts and coffee. But, the taste was of coffee like the aroma, but, the roasted malts had a slight burnt flavor to it. The burnt flavor was not overpowering, but still took away what great beer this could have been. Well balanced with the sweet/bitterness, but, that burnt taste in the finish was just a slight turnoff.

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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 lackenhauser
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark black in color-very "clean" looking considering the color. Nice, tight tan head on top. Rather slight aroma-sort of chocolatey/raiseny thing going on but you really have to get your nose right down in it and whiff to get anything. Great roasted and chocolate flavors. Big hunk of roasted malt goodness. Some very well done coffee and espresso like characteristics. A nice, sublte sweetness in the backround which I really like in a stout. Mouthfeel is good-could use a bump in body for my liking. Very, very enjoyable beer. Thank you sir may I have another?

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Photo of bamadog
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this back in July in Blacksburg, VA at the Beer Cellar. Split the bottle with beerman207. Review is from notes taken on 2/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is near black and starts with a creamy dark tan head that is 1 and 1/2 fingers deep; head fades slowly to a full, thin and even skim; body is entirely opaque with the exception of a couple of darker mahogany highlights at the surface; tan spots and washes of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wow -- much better than I thought it would be! Smells milky and creamy and there is chocolate and an almost roasty mocha-like quality (you know, it reminds me of mocha flavored ice cream); the smell is quite robust and becomes a little smokey as it continues to warm.

Taste: Doesn't necessarily match the smell 100%, but pretty close and it is quite solid. Nice burnt roastiness and a smooth creamy cocoa/mocha flavor; smokiness comes across quite strong at first but mellows out towards the end of each swig and allows the creamy cocoa/mocha flavors to linger.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin, not necessarly off-style, but not my cup o' tea as I prefer my stouts to be a little thicker, export or not. Carbonation is soft and smooth and creamy; a thin coating is left behind and really holds the roasty mocha flavors in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very nice smell and the flavors are quite nice; I do wish the body was a bit thicker; the ABV is pretty do-able for a stout (7.75%) so I could get through a couple glasses in a night, but probably not much more than that.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle, no freshness date, into a pint glass.

Poured very dark brown, color of dark roast coffee with a fluffy khaki head that started off 1" or so thick with a hard pour, and hung around for half of my first glass. REALLY attractive stout.

Smell is a little hoppy, which I loved, but also very roasty/toasted malt, and all in all, lighter and more refreshing than the beer would suggest, but still great roasted malt there reminding you it's a double stout.

Tastes great, all dark roast coffee/espresso, and charcoal toastedness, with almost a dark fruit/plum kind of thing you'd normally find in a Belgian in the very finish along with the faintly detected alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little slick and thin for a double stout, substantial, but this fall evening in PA, I was kind of looking forward to a big fat chewy stout that would fill me up.

Superbly drinkable beer for the style. Some people may say it's not really a double stout because of the slightly less overbearing taste as opposed to something like Old Rasputin (which I love) and the somewhat low abv, but I think both of these combine to make one of the most drinkable double/impy stouts out there.

Great beer, will buy this again throughout the winter, and probably even when it's warmer.

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