Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.13/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE 2008 15.92%ABV:
Pours an almost black color. Very dark. Creamy, one-finger head of milk chocolate colored foam. Head dissipates to a thin film somewhat quickly. Lacing is spotty, but oily and slick, so it doesn't stay long.
Dark fruits rolled in coffee grounds. The coffee scent is quite prominent, in this one. A light dusting of cocoa powder. Good roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Slight booziness.
Big roasted coffee notes dominate the taste, also. Bittersweet chocolates, slightly balanced with hints of vanilla. Dark fruits dusted in candi sugars. Booziness and alcohol warmth.
Good full body, as expected. Carbonation seems a little bit off, though. Not quite creamy enough and nowhere near smooth enough. Has an undesired sharpness to it.
This one needs a year or two of age on it, I think. It's still a bit young. A little too sharp and a little too hot.
VINTAGE 2007 16.00%ABV:
Total black appearance. Almost three-fingers of espresso-foam form the head. Retention is great. Lacing is in a solid ring and fairly sticky.
Molasses. Over-ripened dark fruits. Candi sugars and toffee. Licorice. Charred oak. Mild hints of coffee and dark chocolate.
Huge dark fruits. Roasted caramel. Undertones of coffee/espresso. Milk chocolate and a tiny touch of dark chocolate. Mild booziness in the taste and a mild alcohol warmth, in the throat and belly.
Still full-bodied. Carbonation is better in this one than in the 2008. Very smooth and almost creamy. Almost silky.
This 2007 is drinking very well, right now. I imagine it still has a way to go though, before it peaks. I still have a couple bottles downstairs that I will check in with, in another 6 months to a year.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2009 20:38:15 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance is a deep dark brown with a finger of tan head that enjoyed some good retention and left nice thick lace behind. Roasted malts abound in both the nose and the flavor profile. The finish is a touch too astringent and puts a damper on an otherwise exceptional offering. There is a slight alcohol presence, but considering the ABV, it is very mild and unobtrusive.
Serving type: on-tap
02-22-2014 19:13:03 | More by 57md
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz 2011 vintage into a snifter.
dark, thick black pour with a slight beige head. smell is actually quite subdued..slight sweetness perhaps. the taste starts out a tad sweet...and is incredibly smooth. this is almost like a cross between a stout and barleywine. ABV not really apparent either. but you feel it quick. very malty on the finish. dark fruits...big big beer. full bodied. mild carbonation.
overall an interesting and very tasty hybrid beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 02:49:15 | More by Axnjxn
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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