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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 247
Gots: 531 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled in November, 2007, batch 3. Reviewed from notes taken on September 16th 2010 (about a week ago).

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Pours a solid black. Leaves a fair amount of lacing but it doesn't last very long--huge legs, however.

Smell: From the bottle: raisin and coffee. In the glass: Deep, deep raisin (well aged English barleywine deep), chocolate cake, and a hint of coffee. The raisin note goes so deep it sort of vacillates between raisin and banana (I never noticed the similarity between the two, actually). Some fudge brownie notes. Faint hint of solvent, as well as sourdough bread and banana bread. All of these aromas work very well together.

Taste: Thankfully, very much like the aroma, with a long, hot but complex finish. The chocolate and raisin keep on giving in the aftertaste, eventually giving way to fig and plum. There's a good amount of heat from the start. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors coat the mouth while the finish goes on and on.

This beer delivers a barrage of huge, clear flavors coexisting with a big alcohol burn. It's equal parts chocolate (chocolate cake, chocolate covered espresso beans, fudge brownies) and dark fruit (raisin, fig, plum), with additional hints of coffee and roasted flavors.

It tastes like a better version of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and I *love* (not like--*love*) Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full bodied, with more carbonation than expected, but not too much. Hot. Some tannic character, especially in the finish.

Drinkability: The ABV necessitates that you sip, but it delivers so well and so long that this is no problem. This beer is exactly what it should be. I would guess it would be amazing with 10+ years on it.

When I started drinking this beer, I was watching television. I missed the last 10 minutes of the show I was watching because this beer commanded 100% of my attention. The beer is simply excellent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my nightcap beer the other night and I have to say it did the trick,poured into a brandy snifter pitch black no light could break thru here a thinner beige colored head atop.Deep darf fruit in the nose and slightly nutty like a good port more than anything alcohol is very prevelant as well with noticeable molasses/brown sugar as well.Great full bodied almost chewey mouthfeel great for sipping,I go back to the port example for this beer on the palate as well very sweet up front with big raisin and prune flavors along with some sweet alcohol with an onslaught of nutty terrine-like flavors in the finish.A great sipper with alot of character be careful with this devil though it packs a punch.

Photo of Shawnadams330
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

A: Dark brown, basically black. A small beige head settles kind of fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: The smell is loaded with aromas of dark chocolate and cocoa. Lots of coffee and roasted malts as well. The alcohol is very noticeable and with deep breaths I pick up lots of piercing and slightly medicinal alcohol fumes. After a while, hints of wet blanket appear, a result from the cellaring I guess and I suspect that further cellaring wouldn't do this any good.

T: The taste is sweet at first with aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and espresso. The acidity you sometimes get from roasted malts is kept at bay. Notes of dark fruits, prunes and licorice. The alcohol becomes present already in the mouth and increases in strength toward the finish. There are some bitter flavors in the finish, but most of all there is a powerful taste of sweet and basically burning alcohol with notes of raisins and wood. The finish is very long and the taste of alcohol sticks around for ever in the mouth.

M: Full bodied with a somewhat creamy texture.

D: I don't think this one completely manages to pull of what it tries to achieve. A 16% ABV imperial stout is risky business and lots of things can go wrong with such a brew, and this one holds up reasonably well. But although well integrated, the alcohol gets a little to prominent and basically eradicates any possible subtleties to appear, so complexity gets a little low. But it's still fairly balanced and other than the overly powerful alcohol, I enjoyed it.

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of AdamToomey
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been on a bit of an imperial stout journey lately and when I found this beer at Wine World in North Augusta, SC, I was definitely stoked to try it.

Bottled Dec 2009, Batch 5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees. The appearance is on par with some of the better imperial stouts I've tried (Ten Fidy): black, pure black, with a minimal 1/4 inch tan head that fades quickly into a minimal layer on the surface. Moderate lacing.

S: The nose of this beer is its' best quality hands down. You are hit first with a big bag of roasted chocolate malt followed by a distinct caramel and raisin aroma. You will keep coming back for more. In fact, this beer is impossible to sip without first taking a nice long whiff. Outstanding.

T: The roasted chocolate characteristics really shine through with this beer, accompanied by a nice palatable smokiness and intense alcohol burn with the roasted chocolate lingering on the palate. Honestly, from the aroma I was expecting a more complex flavor profile but this is pretty standard: chocolate, smoke, alcohol. Definitely a sipper (and a sharer) as I did not find the alcohol characteristics hidden by any means....which may be a plus depending on your tastes.

M: Rich, succulent, chewy, thick etc. etc. Definitely a great sipper.

O: Overall this beer was a mixed bag for me. The taste was pretty subpar when comparing it to other top rated imperial stouts. It is by no means a bad tasting beer; however, there are better tasting imperial stouts out there. In addition, I did not find the alcohol burn very pleasant in the flavor profile but I cannot hold that against the beer...more of a self-discovery. While the taste was lacking in desired complexity, the aroma of this beer is very addicting. I simply wish the taste completely lived up to the smell. That being said, I would try it again just so I could smell it (kind of weird...I know).

Photo of brownbeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 2008. Slayed in the name of Dio. The liquid pours as black as the bowels of hell. Whiffs of bread, chocolate, peanut butter, nouget. snickers bar, if you will. A heat comes out in the taste. I cry for magic. Molasses and bready notes lift me up. Nice beer. Like a rainbow in the dark. I look forward to tasting a bottle of this that's five years old or more.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has gorgeous looks, but is it worth the $12 I paid for it?

Like it said, it looks great. I was shocked by how dark it was, even for a stout, with a deep chocolate-colored head that fluffed up to about an inch. The smell was very fragrant (but keep sniffing too long and all you'll get is alcohol fumes), but has a sticky sweetness that may turn some stout lovers off before the first sip. The sweetness follows through in the taste, but not in a fruity way. Rather, it conveys a similar sweetness that whiskey does, and with the same punch to the taste buds. This slows down the drinkabilty and forces you to sip slowly. It's not a thick beer, but the high alcohol content can make it difficult to grasp different flavors. A lasting impression of syrupy molasses sweetness will not put it on many people's favorites list, but thankfully it's not terribly annoying for those willing to stick it out.

In answer to my earlier question: The 16% alcohol content may warrant a $10 price tag, but $12 is kind of pushing it for a tiny bottle that looks better than it tastes. I'll pay those extra two dollars the next time when the beer delivers more than molasses.

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle-Batch 2 bottled in 2006

A-Black with no ruby edges. Does not have motor oil like thickness. Small tannish head that dissipated quickly
S-I poured this and could smell the booze while it sat on the counter. Boozy, roasted coffee/chocolate, caramel sweetness, some soy sauce/meaty scents.
T-Hot alcohol on first sip which gives a metallic/copper flavor, roasted malt with some soy sauce like tang, black licorice, underlying fruity/caramel reminiscent of barleywine, few hops but bitter ending. Alot of flavor but not sure how well it all blends together. Kind of salty metallic flavor lingers in mouth that is not so pleasant for me.
M-Creamy in mouth, full body,very coating
D-Big flavors but alcohol is so prevelant, it would be hard to drink more than one-even one. Appropriate that it's named after a demon.

Photo of Clonies720
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, oily black. No light shines through this beer. 1 finger chocolately head forms and dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell: Dark fruits like figs/dates/prunes, and an aroma reminiscent of wine grapes. I'm also detecting chocolate, roasty malts, and black liquorice/star anise.

Taste: Huge, intense flavors that are coming at me all at once. I'll try to interpret them all individually... It starts off very sweet, and kind of toes the line at being "cloy", which means it is sickeningly sweet. Then I taste almost like a chocolate, cherry flavor with a boozy, almost double espresso kick in the finish. Slight hints of vanilla, plum, and a dash of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: FULL-BODIED. Carbonation is medium-high, but seems to fit the beer fairly well, despite the high alcohol content. VERY chewy. This is a beer that I like to say "you can practically eat it".

Overall: This is a life-changing beer. The sweetness is borderline too much, but the complex flavors that take over after the initial sweetness make it worth the enjoyment.

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

No that's not a typo, Batch #3 bottled in November 2007 is indeed 16-percent ABV, which without a doubt is pushing the envelope.

Three fingers of brown head rise from a steady pour down the side of the glass, and the bubbles have a tough time getting through the viscous liquid to form their head. Black, there is no light when looking at this beer ... just black. Aromas of a charred raisin bagel, alcohol-soaked Bing cherries, light molasses, vague licorice root and vanilla, clean solvent and vinous alcohol, espresso and baker's chocolate all come to mind. Creamy and a little syrupy with a semi-smooth carbonation. Dense flavor profile slowly unfolds with each sip and each degree it warms up. Choco-goodness seems the strongest out of the bunch, molasses, charcoal, molten chocolate cake flavors blanket the taste buds. Hops are mellow and drop a little bit of flavor. Alcohol dials in quite cleanly for its size and the faint solvent flavor is a little spicy, but a vinous character really shows the complexity. Peppery sweet chocolate finish.

Chocolate wine? An extremely enjoyable sipper. Seriously, it tastes like chocolate wine if there is such a thing. Don't just buy one bottle, this is one gem that could be consumed now and cellared.

Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a unbelievable beer! Poured motor oil black with a nice dark chocolate head and great lace on the glass. The smell was big with toasted malts, molassis, plums and a touch of hops. The taste was very big with good sweetness in the beginning, a bit of alchohol flavor in the middle and a nice slightly bitter finish leaving you wanting for more. This will taste great if aged and I bet it would taste great as part of an Imperial Stout Float with some nice vanilla bean ice cream! Try it now!

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely phenomenal beer.
Poured into a tulip glass, it was a midnight black color with a thick tan head. There was plenty of lace.
Very boozy aroma, but in no way intrusive. Sweet, fruity, chocolatey. Roasted malt.
I can't do justice to a description of the taste of this beer. Strong alcohol, espresso, chocolate, cherry, peppery. All these flavors merged in an exemplary fashion.
This was a rich, rewarding beer, one to sip and savor. Excellent.

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on Jan 2006. Pours an opaque black with brown highlights with a creamy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is musty, sweet, slightly sour fruitiness and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is a big burst of extremely sweet candy-like sugar that dominates. There's some slight sharp alcohol (but it is rather well hidden by all the sweetness), and also some dark fruits. A little roasted bitterness tries to pop its head out at the end, but is quickly smothered by sugars. As it warms, more alcohol and anise comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, this definitely didn't live up to the hype. It's drinkable but way too out of balance with all the sugary sweetness. Way too much for me.

Photo of muffguy4beer
2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a half inch dark tan head. Strong lacing.

Smell: Smokey, roasted barley. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Very pungent smell.

Taste: Alcohol is very noticeable. Not very balanced at all. Bitter chocolate, coffee. Finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy syrup.

Drinkability: Totally unbalanced therefore pretty undrinkable. I had to sip my way through half of a bottle and i don't think i would have enjoyed the other half. It seems that they were brewing big just for the sake of brewing big.

Photo of StoutFox
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at brewery in snifter
Appearance: God Awful Black, dark brown head
Aroma: Sweet, Woody, a bit grainy, really not much aroma,
Taste: Sweet, flavors of caramel, then then it hits you with so many flavors; toasted grains, smokey, molasses, hops, etc. and finishes back on the Caramel flavors
Complexity: one of if not the most complex beers, very good!!
Overall: I have had this beer on tap at the brewery and in the bottle and aged 2 years and though its always amazing when I had it on tap that was when it really drove this beer home for me.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. Me and a friend splitting a bottle. Smells extremely roasty and alcohol is detected. Tons of ripe dark fruit flavors and anise, cocoa, burnt flavors all over the palette, This is a true sipper beer and pushes the envelope on what beer actually is. Cognac of beers right here.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, nice looking graghics on label, "brewed in Jan '06, batch #1" Pours jet black, thick darkest shade of tan head and some semi-sticky thick lacing. Bold nose of dark coffee, chocolate milk shake and roasted grains. Thick and creamy brew, over the top flavors of more coffee, malted chocolate milk and loads of smooth roasted goodness, drying late in the long finish. Stout lovers/big beer lovers rejoice. World class dessert beer/night capper. Aging potential obvious, dangerously drinkable

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5, bottled in December 2009.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and some black molasses. The flavor is very boozy. I get a lot of heavily roasted malt as well as some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and black strap molasses. Everything you look for in a big, boozy stout is present in this beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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