Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). $10 (wow!). Batch 7, Nov 2011. Served in my trusty $2 snifter from Goodwill.
Pitch black with half a finger quickly vanishing capucino head. Chestnut tinged edge. Every time it looks like there'll be a tiny bit of lacing, it slides back down into the murk.
Huge aroma. Starts with nice roasted malt smell. Also some dark fruit and molasses. There also seems to be some piney hops there. And of course booze, but not near as much as I expect from over 16% abv.
Whoa. Huge booze bite early on. But as it warms there is SO much more. Creamy chocolate, bitter expresso, cherries, wood, vanilla, smoke, raisins... the list goes on. As it warms up it goes through pretty much every flavor you could ask for in a stout. Terrifically comex.
Now this is what I'm looking for in a big beer. Huge viscous body with a light carbonation tingle. Coats the tongue with creamy stout flavor- and I love it.
I've never had another stout like this one. Yes, it has a hefty price tag and it definately does kick ya in the pants with the alcohol (both in taste and after-effects) but it's completely worth it. I hope to find more to go with the one I have to age for a few years... it's gonna be phenomenal. If you love a big stout and have a couple hours to spend enjoying a well done stout as it warms up, you really need to give Mephistopheles a try.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2012 05:29:22 | More by ThickNStout
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4.31/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle with red foil label bottled in 12/2009. Picked up years ago who knows where? Poured slightly chilled into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.
Appearance: Pours a couple fingers of thick cappuccino like head. Body the color of black coffee. Very thick strands of lacing and a film hang about when the beer settles. Surprising retention for a beer of this strength.
Aroma: Sweet, nutty dark chocolate, caramel, and dried cherries. Imagine a dark chocolate candy bar with nuts and raisins. There’s a bit of port like sweetness to it as well with a bit of oxidation.
Taste: Strong floral alcohol is the first thing you notice, singeing your nose hairs and warming your cheeks. I can only imagine that his would have been unpleasant when fresh but now it’s a warming, almost spirit like bite. More of that nutty, rich chocolate with the dried cherries/raisins and a port wine sweetness/heat at the end.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel. Thick and decadent. Not boozy but certainly warming.
Overall: An ageing success! A very appealing looking beer; I really enjoyed tilting the glass and watching the thick, molasses consistency like lacing crawl down the glass. A very inviting nose of nutty chocolate and port wine which followed through to the taste. Very creamy mouthfeel which just settles in your mouth. As mentioned, this was probably way too strong fresh, but now it’s like some liquor infused brownie or something. I wholeheartedly recommend grabbing a few bottles of this next time you see it around and saving them for a future date. I bet this beer could even go another year before it starts to go downhill.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 04:57:19 | More by CowsandBeer
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.