Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
thanks to JAHMUR for tossing this one my way at Rosso, much appreciated. been holding this for the right night and something about tonight seemed right for it.
Batch 3, November 2007 (bottle says 16%)
a - opened the bottle and filled my firestone walker mini snifter. very silky black. at first there was a very thin dark tan head that ran for cover leaving just a silky oily brew waiting to be consumed. glass swirls brought the head back but it never hung out for the party.
s - WOWIE ZOWIE! deep roasted dark chocolate. has an alcohol briskness that mentholates my nose. a touch of rubber or peat. not sweet or cloying at all.
t - again very dark roasted chocolate, but this is burnt tasting and charred. there is also a bitter coffee thing going on.
m - very smooth with a subtle alcohol
o - i haven't had this fresh...so it is hard to say what time has done to this brew (4 years ain't a lifetime, but it also is far from "fresh"), but it is pretty excellent. the booze is a bit warming, but this is quite the brew for the power. dfh, take note...
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2011 01:07:36 | More by cosmicevan
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.