Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
3.55/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Bottled in Nov 2006 - Batch 2
[OG 1.148, Alcohol 16.03% by Volume]
Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with silver backed thin red foil on the neck which has a large silver letter A set against a black circular brewery stamp. This foil covers the upper 2 of the neck, as well as the black and gold Avery logod crown cap. Another Avery dark black satanic label with a horned devil definitely fits the bill. Cost $7.99. Owe, hurts the pocket, and kidneys too.
Appearance: Dark brown, like a brooding out of control head from a warm bottle of Cola which rises in a cold glass, the foaming kopf fills my Stone RIS goblet. It soon settles down and finishes revealing an intense silk woven head which is composed of a fine delicate tapestry. Jet black body is hard to penetrate; the viscous alcohol clings to the glass walls and provides a solvent that enables the lacing to rejoin the main body of the beer easily.
Smell: Intense odors of dark chocolate locked into a high octane jet fuel nose. Dark fruits, more specifically those dark skinned cherries with prunes and caramel too. The alcohol is like an elephant hiding behind a lamppost, hard to miss.
Taste: That jet fuel feel soon provides a vehicle for the dark chocolates and caramel. Melting brown sugar and dark hardwoods fill the middle with a hefty dollop of malts. The finish has an after-burn which produces the blue diamonds and heats up the back end to a temperature hotter than most can handle. Burnt liquorice and caramel are heavy on the palate, so are dark fruits molasses and roasted prunes. The tastes start nicely but the finish is just too damned hot to make this an enjoyable offering in the long term.
Mouthfeel: Gosh this is hard, harsh and a bit of a nutcase. Only a lot of time could ever temper the demonic nature of this hot brew. It certainly has smoked malt and dark chocolate background which helps put the scorching burn down a little. But that fiery trait runs from the middle and starts a bush fire in your throat at the death; its all a bit too much.
Drinkability: This is one that needs to be gently sipped; actually a few slices of cold meat and aged hard Irish cheddar help to temper the heat in the back end. The 12 ounce soon looks insurmountable and it is fair to say that this will be your last drink of the night for sure.
Overall: Absolutely massive. A huge beer that bruises with punches yet comforts with a crushing bear hug. Harsh and far from refined, yet it exhibits some balance, but at 16.03% this is everything you expect but with some low key refinement that will improve with time. I bet Michael Schumacher would be proud of this ..Ill wager my farts smell of burnt rubber tomorrow. Ill be offering donuts at work in the morning but not the ones with sugar and jelly.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2006 07:17:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Black. Dark brown head that goes away quickly. Bottle has a great label and is trimmed with red foil.
Smell: Chocolate and Coffee. The alcohol makes its presence know as well.
Taste: Boozy. Wonderful chocolate flavor with some sweetness. I pick up more of the coffee as well as some bitterness on the finish. The Alcohol is in your face on the fist taste, but fades a bit once your palate becomes more accustomed to it.
Mouthfeel: Full. Maybe a bit oily.
Overall: Terrific Beer! Although a bit upfront with the alcohol, the flavor makes this one a definite must try.
12 oz bottle
Release Dec. 2013 Batch No.9 (15.4% Alc/Vol)
Served in an Oversized Wine Glass
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 19:43:32 | More by priwen
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This beer is a beast! the monster clocks in at 15.5% ABV and it hides it pretty well. The beer is thick as motor oil, has a subtle roasty taste combined with cocoa and maybe molasses. If you are a stout lover you have to visit this beer. Avery has done an outstanding job with this mega brew!
Bottom Line: Darn good stout!
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 00:01:38 | More by themind
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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