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 mcallister
2.29/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Deep brown color with a large tan head. Lacks in depth but the beautiful head makes up for it.

Nose is odd on this one. Musty powdered cocoa, even nestle quick, mushrooms, unmalted barley and chalk. Maybe some caramel and vanilla.

Better than the nose suggested. Some nice roastiness, with a hint of smoke, that same powdery cocoa and even leaving a chalky mouthfeel. Finish is stale and unappeasing. Caramel shows through more with a big dose of barley. A pretty lackluster beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark brown, almost ruby red. It poured with a thin, light tan head with decent retention and a little lace.

s: Clean, moderately roasted malts that smell a bit like lactic chocolate. A little smoke and some slightly sour nuttiness as well.

t: I'm not familiar with this style. It almost tasted to me like an imperial dry stout. I couldn't taste much more than lactic, slightly smoky, mildly chocolatey, roasted grains. The alcohol was nowhere to be found.

m: Average body and moderately creamy carbonation.

d: Thanks to Gueuzedude for the extra from his LIF. My first of this style was pretty good, but with all the other stout options out there...

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black, really damn dark beer to go along with the dark label. Tan head is pretty attractive, with a nice, lush appearance, good stick, and a darker than tan color.

An interesting and unique nose that puts the espresso/coffee bean aroma ahead of the other roast flavors. There's also some dark chocolate, only a bare hint of hopping.

Clearly the malt took a real beating in the ReaperAle kiln: this is more reminiscent of drinking actual coffee than probably any beer I've ever had. There's some anise here, along with most of the nose flavors. There's a lot of carbonation, which actually steals some of the more potent flavors away from the palate. The mouthfeel is just a bit too thin for style.

Not bad, very close to great.

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

Pours almost jet black with a very active, brown, half inch of foam. The foam quickly settles to a ring but that disappears later on.

Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, chocolate malts, cherries, wood, and a bit of vanilla. The roasted profile seems like this one is a few months old (I’ve had this one at least 4 months). The aroma settles to a subtle chocolate bouquet with hints of berries, dates and figs. There’s also some notes of warm milk as the beer comes to room temp. Maybe some hints of sweetened or flavored coffee.

Tastes of bitter-sweet chocolate, nuts and a bit of seltzer water. Some dry chocolate oatmeal flavor and a bit of raisins.

Taste is quite thin and a bit too carbonated in the finish. This one smells a bit better than it tastes. An average stout.

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Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the more drinkable stouts I've had.

Not a lot of coffee here, mostly rich chocolate and some smoky aftertaste. Pours an inky black. Haven't seen this before, but was quite reasonable for the quality (about 3.25).

Pretty drinkable for a stout, also, particularly considering the high ABV.

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Photo of denjen
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dennis: This beer was a gift, and as such I'll have no complaints about price or anything like that. From the get go this bottle had me sold, I wanted to love it simply because of the ballsy wording and label art, but all that happened was that I ended up feeling let down sorta. This is a good solid stout, good coloring, hints of coffee and chocolate, with just a little bit of a funky bitterness at the end (kind of reminded me of a milk stout, but was probably the 7.5% alcohol), but beyond that there's nothing much to it. I had hoped for a lot more malt backbone, and some bold hops to really crank the intensity up to 11, but in the end I was left slightly unfulfilled, and wishing I had just had a Czar or Storm King.
Jen: I was expecting a lot more out of this stout, but I don't hate it either. It starts off with a light aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is of mocha, roasted malts and a slight burntness to it. The chalkiness, IMO, is almost overwhelming anything great this beer could have been, so instead it is just good. For 7.5% it is fairly easy to drink, but leaves a sourness in your mouth afterwards. I wish with a name like this, it would have been better!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours black (as would be expected) with 1/2 an inch of dark tan head. There's tons of carbonation, but the head disappears so quickly that this ends up looking pretty plain and average.

Smell: Very powerful aroma, I could smell it from yards... cinnamon, coffee, chocolate and caramel all sit on the nose. Surprisingly I picked up no hop aroma.

Taste: Bready cracker comes out first with a little alcohol, then some classic american hoppage with an aftertaste of coffee. There isn't a whole lot of taste compared to the abundance of aroma, but as it warms it also acquires a slight buttery caramel nature, and some fruity esters (metallic strawberry) on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slick, and light bodied than expected (kinda watery). There's some slight bitterness, but that's not as intense as I expected either.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to down, but not interesting enough to invest in regularly.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 11/30/06. Pours a dark black with red highlights. It has a creamy brown head that dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate and grainy malts with notes of tar, vanilla and alcohol.

The flavor is charred chocolate and anise with a little slightly sour fruitiness. As it warms, a lot of sweet lactic vanilla comes out - a little too much. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, a nice stout. It's a little too sweet for me, it needs a little more roast or bitterness IMO.

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

22oz. brown bomber pours a nearly black, dark brown ale that yields a finger of cocoa tan head. The head settles quickly to a ring and not much lace.

Smells of roasted chesnut, bakers chocolate, sweet molassas, fig, plum and whiff of alcohol. These come out as it warms, not much aroma when first poured.

It starts off sweet and roasty, dark fruits, molassas and chocolate that finally winds down to a bittery cocoa finish. Good tasting stout, plain and simple. A medium full body that is well balanced and a good amount of alcohol that's fairly well hidden.

An easy drinker for the style that's certainly worth a try if you can find it...not a problem here in SD.

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

Pours an almost opaque black with faint reddish highlights. Creamy tan head leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is roasted malts. Body is thinner than I would have expected. This is a tasty beer, but I was hoping for more body and complexity. I wouldn't buy this again but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a stemmed glass at room temp. the beer pours a pitch black color with thin tan surface layer of foam.
Aroma is fairly mild with a bit of bakers chocolate and roasted malt. First sip reveals an average to lite body and fine carbonation.
Flavor is close to nose with some chocolate and roasted malt but again the flavor is fairly mild. The ABV is extremely well hidden especially considering how mild the flavor is. Easy drinker, good beer, not as much flavor as I had hoped for but good beer nonetheless.

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

Poured into tumble at 50 degrees. Beer was very opaque, in fact it was tar black.
Not much head which was a shame. Smell was coffee and taste had that thick coffee chocolate hit. It was a decent stout but something was not quite excellent about it. It seemed harsh maybe because of the high alc. %. I will not purchase again.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Smell is toffee, faint chocolate, some light nuts

Taste overall is good. Malty, nutty, and lightly chocolately. This beer confuses me for several reasons. This brewery's DIPA was just awful, and this beer misses the mark for the style completely. Yet, this is a good tasting beer. If they labeled this beer as a "stout", I would give it "5" across the board. Not sure what to make of this one but it is damn tasty, even if it is mis-labeled.

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

Absolutely opaque, not a hint of light shines through. Dark head, two fingers, exceptional head and leaves exceptional lacing.

Smell: Good bit of chocolate, cafe mocha perhaps. I think there's a hint of hops in there too, but in the background. As it warms, roasty/burnt aromas come out a bit.

Taste: Lots and lots of chocolate character. Some dark fruit becomes apparent once the glass has warmed up a bit. The alcohol is well-hidden. Aftertaste seems a little watery, actually, without more of a hop presence to give it bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seemed a little high at first, but halfway through the bomber was just perfect. A little thinner than I might have expected from the color of the head.

Drinkability: Good. Thanks to intriqken for the opportunity to try this one!

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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 dauss
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bomber, no freshness date or anything. 7.5% ABV

Appearance: Beautiful black beer with a large dark tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Loads of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. No aroma of the 7.5% ABV.

Taste: starts off with a sweet malt with notes of brown sugar. Then comes the cocoa and chocolate flavor. The beer is rather tame for an american double stout. Alcohol warmth not noticeable.

Notes: Mouthfeel isn't very full and neither is the body. I would say a shade under medium. Considering that this is a double stout, you could drink lots of it. Very drinkable, but I wish it had more bitterness. The chocolate flavor is good, but there's just something missing from this beer to be very good.

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