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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,641 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 220
Gots: 483 | FT: 23
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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Phatz

Pennsylvania

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

Batch 2
16.03% ABV

I was expecting to love this beer. A huge impressive stout. Well... I must say it is a little too big. It felt burnt and hot and a bit rough. I did enjoy it tremendously but it did not blow WWS out of the water or anything so yes it is awesome though it is not my new favorite beer.

Appearance: Pours black with a brown head that fades to cap a that lasts for a while. by the end of the beer it had spread to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Very dark. Burntness. Molasses. Carmel chocolate plum and alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malts molasses, cocoa espresso bitter sherry / port like alcohol. lots of hot alcohol. It is a sipping beer.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally sweet with sugar and alcohol from beginning top end.

Drinkability: This beer is not one that I found very refreshing. It is flavorful and *Extreme* but ... I guess the setting needs to be right. I'll try it again. It is HUGE!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 07:58:46 | More by Phatz
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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.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.