Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled: Nov. 2011 - Batch No. 7; Poured in a snifter.
A - One inch of khaki/mocha colored, frothy head with nice retention; Sinister, pitch black in color; Some lacing left around the glass, though had I consumed this faster, I'm sure there would have been much more left behind
S - Not as robust as I was expecting, but still a nice collection of aromas; Notes of sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, tobacco, rich chocolate cake, and dark fruits reminiscent of plums and figs; Hops lightly contribute to the smell as well; A bit of alcohol is present, but it works well with the overall aroma
T - Pretty complex with a nice balance of rich, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, thick molasses, sweet caramel, earthy tobacco, and dark fruits; Flavor is sweet, but is offset somewhat by a touch of bitterness; Some alcohol can be tasted, but it meshes well with the other flavors
M - Low carbonation, but prickly; Full bodied; Very smooth and more than thick enough to have a chewy-like quality; The finish brings a good dose of peppery heat, which is the only real indicator that this brew has an ABV north of 16%
O - This is one beast of a brew that I'm glad I got to try. I really enjoyed the depth of flavors and aromas in this beer and, as a result, struggled to drink this one as slow as I did. I realize that completely concealing the alcohol in this type of beer is nearly impossible, but Avery did a nice job of allowing the alcohol to work with the other aromas/flavors while still keeping it in check. A memorable brew for sure, I wouldn't mind having this one again down the line, both fresh and aged.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2012 18:47:46 | More by TechTriumph
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
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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