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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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with a significant tan head that hangs around and deposits shards of lace around the glass

Smell: Roasted coffee and a slightly burnt character

Taste: Starts with a solid dark chocolate flavor that becomes rather bitter, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter coffee flavors emerge and provide for a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice flavors and easy to drink; a terrific dry stout, but the abv is too high for the style; as a Double, it is lacking

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin dark brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a strong dark fruit flavor, then some background flavors of coffee and milk chocolate come in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, a decent beer overall but there are certainly better alternatives within the style.

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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 jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I bought this for the label. I bought it when Halloween was approaching, and couldn't help but be taken in by the skulls and raven. "Do You Dare?" written in red...Sure- I dare...but, about the beer...

Pours jet black with a thin, light brown head that is fairly well-retained.

The smell is on thin side, some burnt coffee and chocolate hints. Not bad for what is there, but could use more strength.

The taste is of burnt, bitter coffee - American coffee, not espresso. Chocolate sweetness mixed in, along with just a touch of smokiness. The bitterness that was noticeable at first becomes hidden under sweetness. As it warms, dark fruitiness is hinted at, but remains just a mere suggestion. Not much else to say about this - mild coffee and chocolate with just hints of dark fruits. Alcohol is well-covered.

There is a silky smoothness to it. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

It's easy to drink. Fairly uncomplicated for style. When I drank this, I assumed it was a stout. This is not an Imperial. As a stout, it's not bad at all, but as a double stout it falls short. (I was shocked to see it categorized as such.)

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Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

08/31/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reaper pint glass.

Appearance- Very deep black pour with a 1/2 inch off white head and average lace.

Smell- Very dark malt and coffee bean scents.

Taste- Wow, I'm getting to try some dark ass stouts of recent. This one tastes like your sloshing around some charcoal in your mouth along with the malt. Super dark and roasted with a fairly big coffee flavor as well. Possibly some dark chocolate, but the malt takes over everything in this beer.

Mouthfeel- Damn, most of these great dark stouts are a bit overcarbonated. As the case with this one. Almsot tastes a bit fizzy. It makes the mouthfeel which should be fuller, taste kinda watery.

Drinkability- In most cases, I would like to try this on tap if I ever found it. Or maybe let a bottle age a bit. Taste is very good, by the fizz needs to calm down a bit.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had a taste of Reaper Ale beers at a west coast brewfest a few years ago, but now it has made its way east to Jersey.

Appearance: this one pours a menacing dark black color with a super thick 3" tan head.

Smell: the nose picks up strong roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: the flavor overall is a little softer than some other double stouts, but still packs a nice punch. Roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, pumpernickel bread, and coffee tones are rouned out with some decent bitterness, slight dryness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. The moutfeel is smooth at the start. The finish is also smooth and has a short roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer overall, nicely drinkable.

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

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, not much lacing afterwards though.

S - Scents of malts and caramel.

T - The taste is malty with a coffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A very nice stout from Reaper, highly recommend.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich malt scent that is high in chocolate and roasted malts. It's sweet and creamy with a dry, earthy black patent malt aroma; some warm alcohol notes. The taste is decent. It has a very dry and earthy flavor that goes down slow and finishes sweet with a chocolate aftertaste. It's creamy on the way down, but they overdid the patent malt content. This is way too "black" tasting. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. I wish they would back down on the patent malt and add some more chocolate and crystal malts. The earthiness is too much for me.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first aroma that strikes me from this beer is the smell of an old doorway (why I don't know but it just is), after this I get an aroma of roast malt. This beer is a bit oily in character. It has a roast flavor that dominates the flavor profile. This beer is mostly easy drinking, it could be better if it had more of a malty body to it. This is definitely not a bad beer but it is lacking some oomph.

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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 Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black, with a firm tan head, good retention and lacing.

S: Light, but roasted malts and toast are there.

T: Taste has a mild roast and burnt sugar character, but there is definitely a sweet point to this brew, residual sugars are cleary evident. Light lactic acidity and milk chocolate notes as well.

M: Medium-bodied, not thick, has a lightness about it that works well on a hot solstice day.

D: This is a really good stout, creamy and smooth, I could easily have another one.

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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 weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a thick, murky black with a 3 finger creamy dark tan head that stays around for a moment. Some lacing sticks to the side of the glass.
Smell is of some dark & milk chocolate, vanilla, and ripe dark fruit.
Taste is of well blended chocolaty malts with some dark fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy, and sweetly bitter. There is a bit of a grittiness that seems to get gummed up at the back of the mouth but otherwise, it's decent.
Drinkability is good. Other than the slightly gummy mouthfeel, she seems like a winner. ABV isn't really that noticable.

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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 scruffwhor
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown head about one finger thick that slowly recedes to nothing. Black hued beer with just a thin ring of brown highlight. Heavy roasted malts give mixed aromas of coffee and chocolate. This mixes with a tart cherry aroma. Starts out with some roasted, tart,ad vinuous fruits. Through the middle to the finish, the roasted malt comes through with an eventual, tart chocolate finish. The only bitterness in this beer is in atouch of alcohol in the palate. thats about it. Was not expecting a somewhat puckering stout.

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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 champ103
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. Just the slightest amount of ruby/brown shows around the edges of the glass. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: A very light aroma, but all the good stuff is there. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Some smoke and black liquorish linger. I just wish it was bigger.
T: Similar to the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Just like the nose, a bit to reserved.
M/D: A full body and good carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. The alcohol is strong and makes this more of a sipping beer. The prickly heat really takes away from the drinkability.

Not bad, I just wish it had more bold roasted flavor that I love so much with stouts. Still, worth a try.

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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 Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer in the glass an ebony color with a meaningful in size chocolate head that is creamy in texture and after its demise the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet chocolate with coffee and deep roasted grain aromas; start is sweet and the malt presence adequate with the top rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pronounced hop spiciness, delightful acidity, bittersweet chocolate dry and a beer that is much better on draught than the bottled version it appears that Reaper Ales have succumbed to the weaker is better mentality to appeal to the masses, nay I say, the masses be damned!

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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 jera1350
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi-viscous as it's poured. Black color with a thick tan head of fluff. No lacing on the glass however.

Rich chocolatey malt that has a slight sour character to it.

Quite chocolatey with toasty malt and a generous portion of smoked malt. The slight sourness is in the taste as well. A little bit of spicy hops. Slightly watered down taste.

Just feels a little too thin and light for the style. Very dry finish.

Drinks well enough and is a pretty good beer for the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber without a freshness date, but shouldn't be a problem as this one recently arrived in Tx. Fairly cool label with the whole skull and raven thing going on, only slightly over-the-top and garishly goth. Says "Do You Dare?" Why yes...yes I do. Pour is about as nice as it gets. Black color with very little highlighting. Light brown head is creamy, dense and long lasting. Lacing is pretty nice too.

Nose is a bit on the fruity side for an export stout...strawberries, plums and blackberries. Powdered baking cocoa with a little bit of sweetness and some yeasty dough round out the aroma here. Not bad, but not great either.

Taste is pretty thin, even approaching watery with coffee and cola-esque malt flavors leading the way. Some slight astringency, and the ABV is not very well disguised. Light fruits like some cantaloupe and strawberries are in there and is not very tasty in this style of stout. An acrid bitterness lingers long on the palate and pretty sure it is not from hops. This beer is not one of the better foreign export stouts I have had. I wont have too much trouble finishing the bomber but this is not one I will be purchasing again.

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