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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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 140
Photo of skeetermoses
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice roasted flavor not bad, okay I think this beer is one of the more true locals, I do graphic design for a living and believe the label for the beer was made by the guys that created the beer or perhaps they have a friend who made it, really!!! papyrus for the mortality stout font....I personally think papyrus should be outlawed along with the fajita font... It seems every grandma or antique shopper uses these damned fonts...sorry for going on a rant....I happen to be a design snob, but I also am a beer snob, sort of, and while reaper ale has a generic trying too hard design, they do have a high quality beer.

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

This very dark black beer features a airy, bubbly half-inch of foam on top that slowly dissipates. The aroma is lightly roasted, moderately chocolate. To taste, it has a good expresso flavor, not sweet, balanced by toasty malt and moderate bitterness. Silky, smooth mouthfeel.

The only non-hop-driven beer I've had from this brewery, and a pretty good stout.

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

Nose is creamy and full of chocolate with soft malty sweet-smelling-ness and soft sour fruitiness. Smells pretty good.

Pours jet black with moderate brown head. Looks good.

Dark malt and sour/tart grape-like fruit as typical of Stout. Solid notes of roast: chocolate, coffee, soft wood. Soft sour/tartness. Good bit of roasted malt. Soft sweetness. Finishes slightly bitter/dry. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

An okay Stout. This seems like an example of marketing over substance... C'mon, who uses the Papyrus font still? Seriously? Tisk tisk and shame on them. Not worth the trouble.

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Photo of Freethyhops
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle split between two. my portion into a hobgoblin impy pint.

Thanks goes out to naproxen for the chance to review this one.

A- pours black. no light coming through. a creamy 1 1/2 finger head is produced but reduces to a light film withing a couple minutes.

S- not much going on here. pretty much a robust american stout aka "export stout" aromas. spot on for the style but I can't put anything towards exceptional here.

T- waaaayyyy too dry and watery for my taste. it almost has even a sour quality. this reminds me of guiness draught in a bottle which I can drink, but it's actually a little offensive. worse than water.

M- as I said earlier. just way too thin. I didn't see this coming from the pour and smell but it's gone way downhill from there.

D- I couldn't finish my 12oz's poured in my glass. I have a certain distaste for dry stouts but I expect a little more robust flavors from an export stout.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown 22oz bottle as pictured. No dates.

A: Dark brown, almost black with dark tan head. Nice and thick when poured but quickly disappears with no lacing.

S: Typical roasted grain with a bit of heavy alcohol scent and bitter/sweet fruity smell. I can't describe exactly what it is. Almost a spoiled smell.

T&M: Fairly smooth. Not milky. Light carbonation. Roasted dark grain taste that fades to a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor with little or no bitterness.

Decent stout. I am not a fan of stouts but tried this in a 'beer of the month' selection and it is good.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears a deep brown color with about an inch of fluffy tan foam. Nose and flavor are of roasted grains, bittersweet cocoa, caramel, bitter and pungent bad coffee, dark toast. Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

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Photo of JRed
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours opaque with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cream, and some notes of chocolate. Taste is very subtle: slight chocolate with a dry finish and rather boring in flavor. Light carbonation in this medium-bodied brew. This is not quite what I look for in a stout. It was drinkable but not very enjoyable.

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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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Photo of srandycarter
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with almost no head nor lace. It's very subdued in smell, earthy with some cocoa undertones. The taste is very lacking for this level of beer, IMO. Not near enough sweetness, lots of sour. Thin, even the mouth is thin. Not very drinkable at all.

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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 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 Proteus93
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split with dkachur and CrellMoset

A: Black, with a touch of a browny for some reason. Tan head, fairly creamy.

S: Rich chocolate and roasted notes with some hints of astringency.

T + M: Nuttiness... But the nut flavour seems a bit rancid. Thin, fortunately when it comes to the taste. Some old spent coffee on the finish. Not great.

D: Not very good, unfortunately. Some strange off flavours.

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Photo of BearsSox
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a DT tulip glass.

Appearance - Not much head from a somewhat aggressive pour, but the color is wonderful: an opaque brown-black with a medium body.

Smell - At first, unimpressive. After the beer warmed, I got notes of maduro cigar, some sweet alcohol (not unlike a bourbon or a malbec), and some faint plum. Some developing molasses aroma. Nice.

Taste - I get some faint cedary hops up front, and then some woody, slightly smoky malt character. The sweetness is kept to a minimum; although there is a bit of tanginess through most of the taste. A slight bit of peat at the back.

Mouthfeel - Not very heavy, nor does it really coat the mouth. Good, medium body that doesn't smother the tongue. Seems to have a higher degree of fine carbonation than some exports stouts.

Drinkability - My bomber says 7.5% abv, a little less than listed above, and it seems that way. Alcohol is there, but pretty moderate. Not a huge beer; a session stout?

All in all, an enjoyable beverage, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jsp2
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black with a thin brown foam. Smells of intense sourness with coffee and roasted barley going on in the background. Very sour on the pallete, nice malty stout flavors going on but clashing with the inappropriate sourness. Low carbonation and good mouthfeel. Reasonably light enough to drink for the style.

There seems to be an intense and somewhat inappropriate sourness that I associate with red wine that is too old, like a vinegar. It is not that offensive, just way too pronounced. I think it would be pleasant if it were more subtle, as I enjoy sour beers very much.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
1.6/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. into a tulip/ no freshness date

P: Muddy brown from the bottle, sits black in the glass. 1 fingered head is light brown, bubbly & frothy with good retention. Leaves webs of lace behind.

A: EEEEWWWW! What in the world is that smell? It's like rotten cheese sitting on top of some roasted malts and chocolate. Plugging my nose as it take a sip...

T: Oh my god, it tastes the same! Rotten cheese, soured milk, and some metallic along with roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee. I don't know what the hell is going on with this beer. The flavors underneath the funk have potential, but that sourness is overpowering and disgusting.

M & D: Light-bodied like a lager, bubbly and fizzy with way too much carbonation. Drinkability? 2 sips and down the drain she goes!

Notes: I always handwrite my reviews, then enter them into the computer when I have the time. I didn't plan on posting this, as I figured that I must have gotten a bad bottle. But, after reading some other reviews that said the same thing, I decided to go ahead with it. Just plain awful!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark black brown colored body, with a small tannish head. Woody chocolaty coffee aroma. Very chocolaty smelling, maybe milk chocolate. Very carbonated, chocolate flavor. Cleanish aftertaste. Watery-ish taste. Nice chocolate taste, a little roasted coffeeness. Has a dry taste, somewhat dusty. Pretty tasty.

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

Outstanding label! This stout stands on its own. It isn't an outstanding stout but it stands...out there. It has a caramel and malt vinegar aroma. Just a tad to much roast in the body. This may sound bad, but it isn't. It is a drinkable midrange stout.

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Photo of charlzm
2.29/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Consumed 11/21/08.

Pours virtually black with a cola-like two finger tan head that's not really sticky enough to provide anything but the most perfunctory lacing. Some bubbles spotted rising along sides of glass.

Aromatic beer, this: rich but somewhat light roasted coffee and chocolate waft into the nose, accompanied by a slight metallic tinge.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, with little carbonation in evidence.

Flavor is off - sourness, which is certainly acceptable in a stout in small amounts, seems to be the primary flavor component. Some mocha and the aforementioned aroma components show up as well.

This beer is probably spoiled, but I don't know what they were shooting for, so maybe not...? Definitely undrinkable. Drain pour.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and the aforementioned proteus, my portion poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a fast-fading part-offwhite, part-tan head

Aroma: Tons of chocolate, but unfortunately also tons of paint. Sort of a latexy, plasticy paint note. Earthy, dirty malt notes, too. A sort of sour, foul milky lactose note

Taste: Nuttiness, tons of sour, roasted astringencies, dark malts, bitter chocolate. A few distinct sour notes, perhaps citrus. Bad walnuts is what this tastes like. Sour, funky, ugh.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, mild carbonation, medium body. Nothing offensive here, but nothing too impressive either.

Drinkability: This is one funky, sour, with way too many malted, roasted astringencies. This one was rough, really rough, and I can't recommend it to anyone.

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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 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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Mortality Stout from ReaperAle
3.62 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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