Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by chilly460:
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours black with a finger of cocoa colored head, dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Whoa, plenty of warm booze hits up front. Get some dark fruit here, currants, with dark chocolate as well. Overall effect is of candied fruit, quite sweet.
T: Lots of prickly warmth up front, a rugged burn like you'd get from a brandy. Some sweet and roast flavors come in secondary to the booze. Mild chocolate as well. Finishes with more warmth, and got some earthy hops as well.
M: A thicker, sticky feel to this beer. Decent amount of carbonation which kept it from being syrupy.
O: Pretty interesting brew, the booze is the main player on this one, but it is fairly warming and makes for something unique.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2012 02:10:11 | More by chilly460
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.