Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Adamdc:
3.63/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
'Bottled in Jan. '06 Batch 1---12 fl. oz.---O.G. 1.142---15.1 ABV
I started to tremble when I read the above---O.G. 1.142 Wow!
A: As expected a gurgling jet black pour with a few millimeters of tan head that settle against the snifter (hoping to escape, I would imagine). Note----something 'leaped' out of the bottle and into my glass. A clump of sediment or maybe...Beelzebub himself!
S: Soy sauce, molasses, prunes, dates, raisin, currants, dark chocolate, booze. It's all there
T: This is a very 'sweet' beer. In fact, there is some alcohol (15% worth) but the overall sweetness actually masks the alcohol. I'm getting a very sweet soy sauce, with lots of dark fruit and molasses. This is definitely more dark fruit than roasty chocolate.
M: This is definitely full-bodied. No perceived carbonation to speak of. Just very, very full. I wouldn't say 'thick' but def full!
D: How drinkable is a 15.1% beer? Well----I'm really nursing this thing. This is definitely a sipper.
I must say, I had a 'fresher' Meph a year ago and really enjoyed it. This 'older' version definitely has a lot going on but this is defnitely more of a sipper than the fresher version. The sweetness detracts from it a bit but I like the overall complexity. I must add that this is the oldest beer that I've had -- 4 years 2 months old. I must add that despite my 'B' rating of this beer, I really like these 'big', 'challenging' beers. Would I want to have one of these again, tomorrow night? No, but these are fun to have from time to time.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2010 03:54:43 | More by Adamdc
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Originally posted 12/19/09... lost from the server, and now re-posted.
Mephistopheles' Stout: "Bottled in Nov 2007 Batch 3"
Two years old.
Wow, just when I thought that a stout couldn't get any darker or more chocolatey and deeply caramelish, I come across Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout and it knocks me backwards. Stunning! It reminds me in many ways of Samuel Adam's Triple Bock in that it's super-rich, but somehow not overdone! It just is what it is. There's alcohol for sure, 16% by volume, but it doesn't seem like it as it's not brimming or drenched in alcohol, and it doesn't seem hot (well a little, but there are no higher alcohols). Nor is it too malty or full; and there's a really beautiful fruitiness to it that helps to round out and polish the edge of alcohol (think berries, figs, prune, and maybe even some cherry). It's rich and complex, but at the same time it's neither too rich nor too complex - and that gives it a certain amount of drinkability once you ascertain that it's a large, intensely flavored sipping beer. But what about the density of flavor? Well, that changes as you progress through the glass, but there are notes of dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, brown sugar, deep caramel, golden caramel, wort, berries, cherries, soft melon, alcohol, and raisins/figs/prunes.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 00:28:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.