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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours pitch black with a brown low head that lasts to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate, caramel and coffee with dark fruit aromas in the background.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee again with the dark fruit flavor in the back. The bitterness of the grains and hops are well balanced with the malt, but the beer is a little one dimensional.

The finish was dry with pleasant dark chocolate and coffee flavors lasting well into the aftertaste. The body was full but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less.

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out opaque, forming a modest soapy dark tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma reminds me of the red ale at once...that funky sourness (like musty cardboard from a box of comics stored in your basement for 20 years), lots of delectable french roast coffee, burnt chocolate, charcoal, vanilla, and a touch of black walnut. Mouthfeel is below average, with a medium body...light for what I was expecting. Taste begins with that same funky sourness, like chewing on aluminum foil, followed by a bit of chocolate and black patent malts with medium black patent astringency, some slightly sweet amber malts, an odd orange-peel acidity, a medium herbal bitterness, and ending in a brief, yet clean, roasted and sour finish.

An interesting stout, but not something I would care to have again. I wouldn't refuse it if it were free, but these guys have some problems with quality control. Somebody must have throw in some Brett. on the weekend and messed up their pipes. Despite this, it's not bad as a beer in general, but definitely falls short of the mark for the style.

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Photo of arizcards
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled some of this at the Peoria Spring Hop Festival at the end of April and I liked it enough to pick up a bomber at AJ's recently.
Appearance is a black as night brew initially pouring a beauiful tan head that was reduced to nothing virtually. Smell is of toasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is more of the same with a dry hop finish but it is leaving an odd acidic aftertaste on my palate. Nice full mouthfeel and a nice play on balancing the ingridients. Overall drinkability is OK but the aftertaste of this brew will not have me seeking this out again.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle.

Pours a deep dark black. A heavy tan head and very nice lacing follow this stout down the glass. The scents are confusing. Right off there is a musty spoiled leather smell. Some toasted malts but not much else.

The flavors improve some. A smooth cappucino flavor. Decent bitter bread and some dark fruit. There is also an unpleasant mossy flavor. For the most part the flavors are nice but a few tastes expose themselves that are undesireable.

It is full bodied and stong on the palate. Some chalkiness but a fairly easy drinker.

Overall this is not a favorite stout of mine.

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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 aaronh
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with mahogany highlights around the edges. Topped by a voluminous tan head that lasts a long time and can be brought back up by swirling the glass. The aroma is strong roasted notes and a decent bit of hops. The initial taste is a nice roasted flavor with a decent amount of sweetness. Strong chocolate flavors as well, with a decent amount of hop bitterness on the finish, but then a slightly tart sharpness slips in. The sweetness is enough to make me think this is a milk stout of some sort, but the tartness is wrong. The mouthfeel is also a bit thin and watery. Drinkability is poor due to the odd finish and the unimpressive mouthfeel. Four of us tried this, two thought it was decent and two of us didn't care for it at all.

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Photo of Brent
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful black coffee pour with a gigantic mocha colored head that slowly settled into a thin blanket. Aroma is a delighful malty roastedness. Creamy mouthfeel, a quick flash of roasted malt and then, whoa! An acidic sour slam dunk on the tongue. Waaay out of whack for the dry Irish flavor profile, which is what I think they were going for. Not undrinkable, but I'm not going back for more.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really cool imagery, but the beer doesn't quite live up to it. Pours a thick black color with a medium beige head. Fairly thick lacing. Aroma of bitter coffee and dark malt. Medium bodied and fairly dry, this isn't the easiest Stout to drink. Very bitter roasted coffee flavor with an acidic aspect that does not mellow at all throughout the glass. Overall it is unbalanced on the sharp side. The finish is in line with the rest of the experience, being bitter with a little bit of roasty malt. There are many better Stouts out there.

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Photo of clvand0
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours very dark - barley wine dark. It pours with a small dark tan head that doesn't hang around for long and the aroma is full of chocolate and coffee - very pleasing. The aroma gave me high hopes, but the flavor did not back it up. The taste is very dry and the chocolate and coffee are not highly detectable and it is almost a little sour. It's not a bad beer, but I can't say that I'll have another one anytime soon.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black in color, with a creamy, moderate sized dark tan head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice lace down the glass. An imposing-looking stout. Aroma is roasty, chocolately, malt dominated with a hint of cherry and alcohol. Flavor is more of the same, much what'd you expect from a high-ish ABV stout, but once again, I note a certain tartness in the background which I seem to find in all Bayhawk beers. This tartness fits in better here (or at least is better obscured) than in their porter, but it is still distracting, and has a lightening effect on the body which doesn't seem appropriate. Not a beer I would recommend.

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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 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 mickeymac
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head that disappears pretty quickly. The smell is chocolate with just a bit of coffee. The taste is quite nice, again with chocolate and coffee bringing things home. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel appropriate for the style. All in all, a good stout.

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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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