Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Mephistopheles’ Stout. 2008 Bottle. Into Duvel glass on Dec 11, 2011.
Dense opaque black with creamy head, that fades to thin covering.
Very malty. Get notes of candy sugar and dark fruits ( esp raisons). Hint of roasted malt.
Initially get sweet dark fruits, then it changes into candy sugar and roastiness, with detectable bitterness of the hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness, and mild thick rich roasted malt presence. Taste is a lot less sweet than the nose would suggest.
I imagine that the age has mellowed out some of the hotness of alcohol, but there still a quite detectable warmth to the alcohol. This lends to a full-body flavor
Moderate thickness with mild carbonation. Lacking a little bit of creaminess.
Very full bodies and rich stout. Intense flavours. Overall quite good, but given high alcohol content and thickness it is definitely a sipper. Has good aging potential.
Recommend to try.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2011 01:02:58 | More by EnemyWithin
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.