Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
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:
4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 00:28:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.