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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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94
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2,017 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 295
Gots: 689 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Cellarable for 10+ years.

Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Food pairing: We like Mephistopheles’ Stout with chocolate (60% cocoa or more), chocolate lava cake, flourless chocolate cake, tiramisu or traditional fruit cake made with rum-soaked fruits.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,017 | Reviews: 853
Photo of Teen-o
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 release, batch 9
Really boozy in the beginning with a sweet aftertaste. Good stuff!

Photo of blues_fever
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely boozy, but it was sooo good on tap.

Photo of neenerzig
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this a few years ago at The Party Source in Newport, KY just across the river from Cincinnati. This bottle is from batch # 3, bottled in November 2007 with an ABV of 16.00%. Poured into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown color that has no interest in letting in any light, just a very slight hint of deep amber ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a tan, 1/4 inch thick head when first poured that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Just a very slight hint of lacing. Aromas of toasted, sweet caramel maltyness is heavily present along with strong cocoa hints and some fairly subtle coffee notes that is followed by other hints of molasses, vanilla and anise. And of course some alcohol. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had, that's for sure. Maybe the best! Has a nice, sweet, toasted, strong caramel malt flavor upfront that gives way to chocolate and coffee notes that are followed by the aforementioned notes of vanilla, anise, and molasses. Rounds out with some alcohol, but the alcohol note itself is not overpowering in the least. It is extremely well woven into the fabric of the flavor profile of this beer. Sweetness along with the spice hints are all that are here taste wise, and in this case that is an absolutely wonderful thing. No hint of hops of bitterness at all, but I guess that should not really be a surprise since this beer is about 7 1/2 years old. Has a very smooth, thick, sticky, chewy, slightly oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. This is a beer best sipped slowly, as it really needs to sit and warm up for all the complexities and subtleties to become known. I drank mine over the course of about an hour. To use the quote that my friend Passow once said about a different fantastic beer we enjoyed together, "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." Once again no disagreement here, as this beer is fantastic! Get it if you can!

Eric

Photo of DahWag
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 10, Nov '14
Malty nose, coffee/graham/cedar palate, heavy bitterness masks alcohol well.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black like motor oil with a brown head that leaves lacing on the sides.
S - Smell is sweet and boozy.
T - Flavor is a little chocolate, a little carame and booze.
M - Thick and chewy with low carbonation.
O - This is a big boozy stout. A slow sipper for sure. I was a little disappointed as the alcohol tended to dominate everything. Might by another one and lay it down for a couple years.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours an oily, jet black color straight out of the bottle. Forms a nice 2 finger, extremely dark tan colored head with an aggressive pour. Decent head potential, medium/low head retention. No lacing.
S - 4.25 - A ton of roasty malt, medium sweet chocolate, light coffee and an herbal, medicinal, star-anise / licorice property to its aroma.
T - 3.75 - Very very sweet, almost cloyingly so...but not quite. SUPER sweet malt upfront which mellows a bit into medium sweet chocolate and finally ends on a much needed, bitter coffee ending. While the finish helps balance the sweetness, this is by no means a balanced beer.
F - 5 - Extremely thick, viscous and oily bodied mouthfeel. Very creamy.
O - 4 - A very good stout, but definitely one to be sipped on quite slowly and on the coldest of days. Could be improved by what I would surmise as, less, if not no use of turbinado sugar.

Photo of tillmac62
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 333/14, 17.1% ABV

Pours black as a witch's heart. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of chocolate over alcohol. As it warms, notes of molasses, vanilla and anise arise.

Rich full body with a texture that defines creamy. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence present in the finish.

The flavor profile can be summed up in one word...intense. Sip about a quarter of it to let your palate adjust to the alcohol, then you can savor this remarkable uber imperial stout. You first experience a wave of rich chocolate over an equally rich heavy malt base that screams molasses (with caramel notes) and vanilla. The middle accentuates the vanilla and malt before the alcohol lends its spicy heat as if from a hellish caldron. The finish produces the only bitterness, which is slight, a final wave of rich molasses like sweetness and lingers with a somewhat astringent alcohol burn at the back of the throat. This devil will light you up!!

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exxon Valdez got nothin on this beast. Rumor has it this beer was influenced by the blob from "The Raft" on Creepshow 2.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 2013 bottle opened in Mar 2015

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a nice creamy brown head and a medium lacing.

Smell – Heavy malt, molasses, anice, barley, and a hint of espresso. Very Nice! There is also some raisin notes.

Taste – Similar to the smell, but better! A perfect mix of malt, anice, and espresso, with vanilla. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel – Creamy, nicely carbonated, velvety, and smooth. The bottle says this is 15.4%abv, but it feels like only 12%. Very nice!

Drinkability – Very easy drinking, especially for 15.4%.

Photo of kudsak
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid. Pours dark. Fairly hoppy/ bitter for a Ris

Photo of CraigP83
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is big and boozy. Subtle winter spices on the nose, drinks very hot.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but a little hot for me. Sweet and boozy. Quite syrupy

Photo of tclipse
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Far too boozy and sweet for my liking.

Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better as it warms. Lots of licorice, chocolate, roasted malt and yeast come through.

Photo of barhoc11
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing is rough around the edges right now but I like it for this brutal cold day. Was bottled in November 2014, I will see what some age does to this with my other bottle.

Photo of CigarsandGuns
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a stout should be. Heavy, clean with a lingering taste one cannot get enough of.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I had needed to sit a bit, the spicy Belgian yeast was a nice touch but the alcohol was a bit too hot.

Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black body, very dark and a bit foreboding even. Half finger offwhite head that sticks around a bit more than expected for such a large beer. No lacing.

S- Rich dark chocolate, earth, cocoa, licorice. A little bit of dark fruit. A fair amount of booze, but not as much as I would expect. Smells very tasty; the chocolate and booze are pretty intense.

F- Chocolate, cocoa are the predominant flavours along with a moderate alcohol bite that is nevertheless not altogether unpleasant. Some roast coffee, small amount of roasty flavours, dark fruit. Nice complexity although more roast would be nice.

M- Thick bodied, not syrupy but definitely substantial. The heat on the backend makes it a sipper and definitely encourages sharing the 12oz bottle.

O- A majorly high gravity beer that imparts plenty of flavours and a bit of booze that actually works reasonably well as a whole. The booze adds a layer of flavour to a big, complex and bold base beer.

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2014: Very hot in terms of alcohol.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Young bottle; packaged November 2014. This batch is listed as 17.1% ABV. This evil bitch pours thick and disturbingly dark. Head is a thin-yet-dense formation of level, brown froth. Milder lacing. Smell is different. It seems to have a bit of hops to it. Pine hops. Dark malt, dark bread. I could venture to say it smells like the 'go-to' coffee and chocolate but I'm not certain it actually does. Dark fruit. Not very impressed with the aroma. The flavor is better. It tastes more traditionally Stout-like. could it use some age? Yes. I find the alcohol dominates the experience more than the specific flavors. Really leaves a lot of heat on the back of the tongue and in the cheeks. However, I schelled out $11 for this bottle knowing how much of a monster it would be so I will not complain from here on out. Syrupy dark malt. Almost like dark malt extract. Burnt malt. Bitter cocoa and roast. Almost tastes bourbon barreled. Finishes hot and stiff. Thick bodied...no shit! Carbonation is low enough to make me nervous that it would hold up to much aging. I will sip this beer with determination and probably die in my sleep due to its evil powers.

Photo of Rick_Ryan
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic stout. Great flavor, and the high abv does not overwhelm the beer.

Photo of Kimchi270
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5oz pour on tapPours a deep deep pitch black with a creamy tan head. This is a beautiful beer.
Head sticks around and graces he

Photo of Jahjehwa
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014, 17.1 abv. Very original, I really like the absence of sweetness here. Passing the obvious. It's like a burnt, unsweetened raw molasses. Nice heavy coating on glass. Nice throat heat from the alcohol. Don't mind the buzz as well. Don't bother sharing, enjoy!

Photo of briancathy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milky smooth with a great taste

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 2014 bottle, batch number 10.

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Engine oil spits out of the bottle into my glass and produces a thick, chewy mocha-colored head that requires a few waits before I can get the whole bottle into the snifter. Sticky lace runs around the glass while the head persists for an eternity.

Mephistopheles smells as big as that name is long. As the head was chewy, this beers smells like such, thick with caramel and molasses, booze, chocolate and vanilla. It is very hot actually, so I'm curious as to how that will play out on the palate.

Surprisingly booze doesn't overwhelm the taste here, although it is very much apparent. Chocolate abounds and interplays with vanilla and a spiciness that seems to be half booze and half hops.

Somehow this brew retains a creamy and smooth quality in spite of the booze and many a sip seem pretty tame until a wallop of heat works in. The finish lingers wet like a shot of alcohol, but with some cocoa sprinkled on top. That's interesting.

If it's not obvious already, this beer can use some aging. I picked up another bottle and I'll revisit in a couple of years. By then, I think the stout qualities will shine on their own and be quite enjoyable.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.