Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by EricMichael:
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
NOTE: Bottled in Dec 2010 - Batch 6
ABV: 15.95 %
Poured from bottle into snifter
appearance - This stout comes out as a rich mahogany reminding me of an English antique. As it settles in the glass it turns pitch black. I wouldn't say the dense (opaque) black that many stouts have, but a black that just pulls you and all light in -- abyssal. Poured with one finger of head that hung around while I warmed it in my hands.
smell - Toasted fruit, massive dark chocolate malt and potent alchohol - some masked hops. I really enjoyed the scent and had high hopes for what was to come.
taste & mouthfeel - Extremely potent from start to finish. Very dark chocolate bitterness that I find enjoyable. I feel like a half of a shot of espresso was added. A touch of cinnamon. Lots of alcohol. I feel like the alchohol flash was too much and took away from the other flavors that could have shined. There was also a metallic aftertaste from the dark chocolate? from the alchohol? maybe a combination of the two? Not sure, but I didn't like the feel.
overall - An impressive stout with a lot to offer and that a lot will love. The aftertaste was a little much for me, but the smell and initial taste were great. Maybe some aging would have served this brew better.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 00:47:07 | More by EricMichael
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 1,644 ratings.