Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by beerphilosopher:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
My sample is from batch #2, brewed in November of 2006. This devilish brew pours an opaque black, as if straight from the abyss. Virtually no light, no color hues show through ... a monumental head of chocolate brown emerges from the pour, threatening to overtake the tulip glass I've poured into and leaves a streaky lacing behind. The nose is quite warm with dark roasted malts, black strap mollases, coffee grounds, and smoke. The palate is almost shockingly sweet up front, then yielding to an incredibly full malty character that is so thick you'd swear it was a syrup rather than a beer. Following the cloyingly sweet beginning, a smoky dry element arises from within the blackened soul of this beast and hints at a unique burnt finish that is oddly dry. The bittering hops do their job in keeping this substance from being overwhelming in it's thick, black sweetness. The 16.03% ABV is well hidden, although you can tell this is not your average imperial stout. As my wife put it upon tasting this beer, "this is an imperial stout on steroids." One of the strongest, most complex imperial stouts I've sampled, hands down. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than a single 12oz bottle at any given sitting, partly because of the sinister ABV and partly because it is just so incredibly thick and sweet. This beer leaves you thirsting for a sip of water as if you've been parched by hell's own flame. Not just an "extreme beer" - this beer from the fine folks at Avery is an incredibly well-crafted and complex treat with a truly devilish appeal.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2008 03:13:10 | More by beerphilosopher
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4.38/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle at ChurchKey in DC. Batch 9, 2013. From notes.
A - Poured black with one finger of deep mocha brown head. Small rings of lace and a film of retention. The head was the darkest dark brown you can think of.
S - Chocolate, roast, sugar, a bit restrained. It opened up later and gave off much more intense sweet dark fruit notes as well as bread and more intense sugar and chocolate.
T - Got excited when I tasted this one. Some booze, lot's of rich sweet notes with chocolate and dark fruit, whiskey notes, spirits, booze. The booze was never rough or harsh, but added a pleasant dimension to the flavour.
M - Good carbonation, full body, sweet and boozy finish.
O/D - A lovely, intense, and complex stout. Took me about an hour to an hour and a half to finish and it was a real pleasure to sip and pick out all the flavours. It worked well and the sweetness was something that I enjoyed a fair bit. Great stuff.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 18:18:30 | More by tbeckett
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
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