Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by EricMichael:
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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
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