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 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 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 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 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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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Canada pint glass...

A - Pours black with a three finger head. Poured this one kind of agressive on the second pint, and had a half pint full of head. Lol.. Might want to give this one a good easy pour....

S - Never to good picking things out from the pour, but i definitely get a smell of some kind of dark fruit. Can't really pinpoint exactly what it is though...

T - Not to bad. Most up front taste for me is dark chocolate. Tatse a hint of coffee, and maybe raisins. Beer finishes with a burnt taste. Not a big fan of the burnt after taste.

M - Decent body, and carbonation. Definitely medium bodied...

D - Probably won't be one of the beers on my regular rotation, i could see myself buying this if I was out and they had this on tap. Probably won't be buying again in the store though. I tend to perfer more heavy stouts. All in all, i'm gald i tried this one though...


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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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Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a snifter

A - Pours very dark, however not very thick. A light amount of amber highlights. Head formation is light, mocha in color. Breaks down quickly to a film.

S - A yeast note combined with a lactose sweetness. Seems like a milk stout at times. Chocolate and other bittersweet flavors are present.

T - Starts off with a bit of chocolate, but then is immediately overtaken by an almost sour milkiness. Almost could be confused with something from applejuice. MId-stream gets more chocolate notes - turns over into more of those acidic light chocolate notes in the finish.

M - Moderate to thin beer body. Carbonation bite is light. Leaves behind a light acidic film.

D - These flavors are too whacky for me to find this to be a long session beer. ABV is high, but manageable. Not filling.

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Photo of briman
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black, basically opaque save a hint of a ruby note just along the edges. Very large dark tan head retains well.

Aroma has some light roasted grain, dark chocolate, and what seems to be licorice coming through with maybe a hint of a dark fruit.

Flavor has roasted malts, some coffee, and dark chocolate. Finishes dry, with a slightly grainy finish settling into a moderate bitterness that has a burnt grain character.

Medium-full body, with moderate-to-high carbonation. Smooth, with a creamy texture. A little drying to the palate.

Overall a good example of a foreign/export stout. My main complaint is that the aroma just doesn't show much in terms of the roasted grains. Other than a light dusting of roast, I get mostly licorice and a little fruit. Also, the carbonation bites a little, but this is actually considered appropriate for style. Worth trying, but maybe a cut below top of the line.

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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 Sweasty
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mortality Stout sports another nicely evil label. The Raven eerily perched atop a human skull compliments the bottle's contents quite well.

Mortality pours a shade lighter than pitch black. Its topped off by two fingers of thick khaki head. It takes some time for it dissipate. Eventually the head settles to a ring, leaving plenty of lace down the glass.

Moving onto the aroma, we get a nice mix of stout qualities. Black coffee notes make an appearance upfront. Plenty of Roast comes into play as well. And not to be outdone is plenty of chocolate notes as well. Behind the roast hints of molasses and liquorish round things out.

The taste is where things fall a bit short. The chocolate in the aroma is more pronounced. Plenty of coffee notes as well. Some sour roast malt twang shows up as well. Beneath the roast light hints of dark fruits show up. Molasses and liquorish round out the the lightish finish. The flavors wash over the tongue and disappear in a near flash. The flavors in this stout don't linger around like a good stout should.

Mortality stout falls short in the mouthfeel department. The body isn't light per se, rather light for an export stout. Its the lightish body that doesn't allow the flavor to really pop.

Overall this is a decent sipper. It lacks the punch of a great stout. Even so it still quenched my thirst on this dreary winter day.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather vigorous pour into an oversized snifter yields a pitch black beer with a large, fairly porous tan head of about two fingers in size. The head recedes in a fashion similar to sodas; quickly. Hardly any lacing and the foaminess turns into a small film on top of the glass.

Aroma is metallic and slightly sour. Some roastiness but not overdone in this department. Kind of an "oceanfront" smell as well. I dont know how else to describe it but it seems a bit salty and marshy with some chocolate in it as well.

Salty as it hits the tongue and then turns roasty. A nice roast malt flavor lends nicely to this one. Slight bit of fruitiness as the hop bitterness lends a hand as well. Really, extremely dry on the finish; clean.

I guess this beer is pretty good. I kind of flip-flopped during the consumption but overall I was pleased. Roasty, slightly fruity, salty, thin on the mouthfeel, and quite dry. Enjoyable.

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Photo of phillipzayas
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deathly dark. haha. Ok, seriously. Very nice color with a tan/brown head that stays throughout.

S - HOLY ROASTY. mmm. I think Carafa might be a grain they use in this one. It also has a slight sour milky like aroma, but it isn't a milk stout. haha. I would say a low diacetyl aroma, maybe. No hop aroma which is good for this style of beer. I like the roasty aroma, but can't get past that sour milky after aroma which is really weird and unique.

T - Spot on. Very sharp and roasty. I like it alot. No real ester profile at all. High bitterness at the end due to the bittering hops, but no hop flavor really or hop aroma. Pretty filling.

M - Slightly dry mouthfeel, but not really dry. Great carbonation level and decent weight on it.

D - Not too bad. Definitely a slow drinking beer. I'd recommend something like a heavy dark chocolate to go with this one. For meats, I'd say something like corned beef and cabbage (paying homage to the Irish who designed this style). Might go nicely with some duck or venison actually.

Overall this was a pretty fair beer. Get ready for some intensity of the roasted character. Overally I'd like it. I think I would have given it a better score if it wasn't for that soury aroma in the nose character. It thows it off and makes you think of soured milk before you drink it. However, once you can get past it, the flavor is very nice.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really dig the creepy fanged skull crow-perch on the label as it looks even meaner than the mascot for Motorhead. It seems the designer tapped to decorate this bomber bottle was some sort of a D&D-playing horror-movie-loving heavy-metal head... hell yeah! But beauty IS only skin-deep, right? So what's in the package?

"Mortality Stout?" Pretty ominous-sounding nomenclature if you ask me, but a brisk pour does indeed yield a rather menacing-looking brew. In my Duvel tulip, the libation in question is a light-sucking ebony hue with a huge 4-finger deep cap of puddinglike mocha-colored foam atop. It takes quite a while for the fine-bubbled crown to recede, and a dense web of fluffy lacing remains clinging to the sides of my glass.

The aroma is loaded with charred barley and a winey note of burnt fruit. Rich dark chocolate bars sprinkled with crushed star anise are drizzled with a smattering of overdone caramel.

The taste is rife with notes of dark roasted coffee beans and an unsweetened brick of bakers' chocolate at the forefront. A midly-sweet toffee note is smothered in a blanket of pleasantly ashy, bittering char that dries the finish to smoking, smoldering dustiness. As the drink tempers a bit, black licorice, dark chocolate and a mellowing note of overcooked caramel become more noticeable, sweetening the proceedings without ever eclipsing the dark roastiness that pervades throughout.

The drink leans more toward medium in a medium-fullish body with an additional lightening-up of fine carbonation. An easy drinker.

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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 Spineypanda
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Smoky. Almost like charred wood smoky.

Has a dark non-see-through appearance, and a nice caramel colored head that lasts for some time with good lacing.

Smells...really weird like alcohol or some sort of fermented citrus.

Tastes smoky as hell. Maybe even something other than the malts were smoked to give it this flavor. A very strange flavor indeed.

If you are looking to try something out of the ordinary, this is it.

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