Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.75/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2010 03:57:34 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance is a deep dark brown with a finger of tan head that enjoyed some good retention and left nice thick lace behind. Roasted malts abound in both the nose and the flavor profile. The finish is a touch too astringent and puts a damper on an otherwise exceptional offering. There is a slight alcohol presence, but considering the ABV, it is very mild and unobtrusive.
Serving type: on-tap
02-22-2014 19:13:03 | More by 57md
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz 2011 vintage into a snifter.
dark, thick black pour with a slight beige head. smell is actually quite subdued..slight sweetness perhaps. the taste starts out a tad sweet...and is incredibly smooth. this is almost like a cross between a stout and barleywine. ABV not really apparent either. but you feel it quick. very malty on the finish. dark fruits...big big beer. full bodied. mild carbonation.
overall an interesting and very tasty hybrid beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 02:49:15 | More by Axnjxn
5/5 rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had to try this one out. At $8.75 a bottle I figure it must be good right? Ok, I've been burned using that logic before, but as a spoiler alert, this one was spot on. I've now reached my benchmark for stouts. Holyfuckingmotherofgod, this beer rocks! First of all, I poured this one into one of my Chimay goblets and the first thing I noticed is how this looks like the hell-spawn of motor oil and expresso with a rich, light brown head. So far, so good. Next is the deep aroma of, what? Deep, dark decadence? Don't care, I've got to taste this... I get hit with an overpowering mixture of flavors that my humble palate is incapable of describing, followed by the fumes of alcohol that run rampant through this brew. I have to finish this review so that I can savor what's left. Drink this. God commands it. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 03:12:29 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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