Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Imperial Stout
Sound Brewery

Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Imperial StoutMortal Kombat X Scorpion Imperial Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
28
From:
Sound Brewery
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Imperial StoutMortal Kombat X Scorpion Imperial Stout
Notes: A unique blend for great Imperial Stout brings both fire and ice into your glass. The fiery Southwest chilies and cooling Madagascar vanilla bean pair nicely with the exotic notes produced by their own yeast strain.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared bomber bottle.
Clear bit very dark red brown with a decent beige head and vary good lacing.
Moderate chili heat and lots of chocolate flavor. Well balanced.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled January 2017. Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, and thick dark tan head. The head lasted average length of time, with some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet with strong caramel aromas. Some smokey and roasted aromas, along with a little chocolate.

Taste: Full-bodied with strong pepper spiciness and chocolate flavor, as well as alcohol. Some bite from the hops, and sweetness like caramel flavor. Also some coffee flavor. Over the chocolate flavor and spiciness dominate.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, which confirms the 8.0% on the bottle. Also very smooth.

Overall: Interesting imperial stout. Best if you enjoy a combination strong spiciness, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Cool label...Creamy,dark khaki head,with small to medium bubbles.Beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.Jet black in color,with no light coming through the glass.Pretty heavy carbonation for an imperial stout.

On the nose I get mostly coffee,and cocoa.I also get some slight hints of vanilla,roasted malts,and I can just barely pick up the chili peppers.

On the palate I get coffee beans,and cocoa nibs.I also get some vanilla and chili peppers in the after taste.Getting some roasted malts as well.In the aftertaste you get a pretty good dose of spicy / hot on your tongue...Nothing outrageous though.

The feel is medium bodied,with a medium dry ,warming finish.Quite a bit of fizzle on the way down,from the carbonation.
1/4 of the way through the bottle I started getting heartburn,and feeling gassy...Too much chili pepper.

This is a decent imperial stout,better than I thought it would be anyway.I personally think the chili peppers come out a little too much in the palate,and warming effects.It looks smells and tastes good,but 1/4 of the way into the bomber,I can already tell it is going to do a number on my stomach....Still a decent imperial stout.

*UPDATE*
Not even halfway into the bomber I started getting indigestion.Looks smells and tastes good...But not worth the after affects in my opinion.
Kind of a shame...This would be a damn good stout,if it weren't for the after affects.Everything is fine,except for the stomach feel.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Cocoa-powder colored, half-finger head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing; just a few tiny spots here and there.

Smell - Chocolatey as all getup, with lesser vanilla character. A hint of chili pepper spice lurks dangerously below.

Taste - Woefully underwhelming after such a strong impression on the nose. Watered-down milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness before the back end hits with a blast of chili pepper heat that bites at the back of the throat. The aftertaste does ring with vanilla battling the pepper heat, but the front-end of this beer is all but missing completely.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Watery texture. Goes down easy enough, but terribly thin for the style.

Overall - Where's the 'stout' in this stout? Drinks closer to a spicy regular porter, not an imperial stout. No depth in the chocolate or roasted malt at all. I really wanted to like this, but the lack of 'beef' is too hard to overlook. A shame. The spice is on point. I guess it's cool to buy for the novelty of it, but don't expect much.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger khaki head that dissipates slowly to patches and good lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chili, light cocoa. Flavor is somewhat subdued dark toasted malt, cocoa, mild but distinctive chili pepper, a hint of vanilla. Finishes smooth with residual malt and light chili. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A kind of laid back imperial stout considering its formidable label and association. Redeemed by an overall pleasant smoothness and consistent malt flavor throughout into the lingering finish. Good flavor, but left me wishing for a bit more robustness. The chili, on the other hand was nicely handled, making finishing a few glasses a pleasant experience. I find it odd that most beers associated with legendary warriors, Klingons and metal bands are often so laid back, if not staid. A nice stout and scored as if it wasn't supposed to sting like a scorpion.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.
A - Pours black with a one inch white/tan head.
S - Aroma is more coffee than anything else.
T - The flavor is coffee, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Definite chili bite on the finish.
M - Average carbonation. Creamy but not as thick as I had hoped. The chili bite stays for awhile.
O - Pretty good stout, a bit better than I expected.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Stout black - moderately creamy camel-beige head that dwindles down into small rocky formations of chunky bubbly formations and some very elegant crocheted lacing.

Aromatics: Relatively mild, not real pungency in any of the scents but there are your typical stout aromas - plums and dates, dark roasted malts, you can smell the vanilla but any indication of the chilies is not present in the aroma.

Taste: Rich dark coffee - so natural you can almost taste the actual bean. If you have ever had chocolate coated coffee beans then you you’ll know what I mean. The cacao notes are very dark but with a mild bitter, you can taste the vanilla sweetness underneath and though the heat from the chilies is more prominent in the heat you can discern the distinctive spicy pepper flavour.

Feel: Firm middleweight. There is a decent smooth creaminess even though the carbonation is still providing an ample tickle on the palate. And of course - there is a delightful chili heat that drops at the back of the throat and likes to linger there, warm and content. Of the finish which is clean and dry, the lingering heat is this is the only indication that you even had a sip. I think it is a great feel.

Overall: The awesomeness of Scorpion and Mortal Kombat aside, this is actually a really good stout. It has a good creaminess and great balance of dark rich bitters and sweeteners. I love the theme - matching the flavour to the character, like many other beers I have enjoyed that involved pop-culture nostalgia, Sound Brewery did a great job of bringing that character to life in a beer form

Pairing : Of course I’m going to play my XBOX 360 version of Mortal Kombat - even though Sub Zero is my favourite character, I am playing with Scorpion for this session. And for sound added flair I put on my Mexican Death Metal mix for background music (mostly my the band Brujeria). For munchies - I made a plate of nachos using Doritos guacamole and habanero chips with red chili pepper jack cheese, spiced ground beef, jalapeños, red onion, and pineapple with a split dish side of fresh ingredient sweet pico de gallo, and guacamole with roasted jalapeño. Really playing off the sweet and heat combo as much as possible. Made this the most enjoyable gaming session I’ve had this year (not that amazing if you consider this is probably only the third time I pulled out the XBOX this year - lol). I don’t care what the critics of this series say - I say if you set the mood and match the flavours this is a kick ass brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, chili pepper, vanilla, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aroma with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla/chili spice, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, chili pepper, vanilla, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, chili pepper, vanilla, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla/chili spice, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and pepper spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness; lightly increasing through the glass. Warming pepper heat increases through the glass as well; but never overwhelming. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice spiced imperial stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla/chili spice, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on; despite the moderate pepper spice and building heat. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first of the Mortal Kombat X trio of beers. I've had mixed experience with "hot" beers, and am of a rare few that genuinely enjoy Stone's Crime and Punishment beers. With that in mind, I think the Scorpion Imperial Stout is a fine hot stout. If anything, the flavor matches the theme of the beer wonderfully - but will ultimately turn off many drinkers when combining one of the most iconic video-game characters with an extremely disliked beer style.

Scorpion lacks complexity, and runs a consistent dark and hot palette. I won't seek out another bomber, but am glad to have enjoyed another competent fiery beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery, ostensibly as an ode to the tenth version of this video game franchise. Made with 'Southwest' chilies and Madagascar vanilla beans.

This beer pours a solid black, with slim basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves a bit of random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of bready and lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, woodsy, but still sweet vanilla, some subtle earthy chili heat, a hint of Scandihoovian licorice nibs, and a bit of leafy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness. The taste is rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, a lesser cocoa powder thing, faint ashy notes, a growing green chili spiciness, still oaky vanilla pods, and more leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed floral hop bitters.

The bubbles are pretty restrained in their plain and plebeian frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and smooth, but for that lurking green spice essence. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, and vanilla still jousting with a persistent chili gullet-burner.

Overall, this is a fairly well-made big Yankee stout, with some foreign (vanilla) and apparently domestic (chilies) adjuncts not exactly shy about their involvement here. Challenging to drink, but in a good way, y'know, the yin and yang of sweet and spicy always at the ready.

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Photo of K-Dog
1.84/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Let me start by saying I actually like alot of the hot spiced beers. I even thought indra kunindra was pretty good. This however was just plain aweful. Like drinking liquid fire. First sip and my throat was burning. Way too hot. Drank about a third of a glass and poured the rest down the drain. Gave me gas all night and felt like I was farting fire out my ass. Just tore up my stomach. Avoid this at all costs. Will be tring the sub zero ipa next and hopefully it will be much better than this one was.

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Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Imperial Stout from Sound Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 28 ratings