Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by denjen:
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Dennis: There are some who would day that the name mephistopheles means "He who shuns the light", and certainly no better name exists for this brew. Aroma wise this beer won't wow you, but once you actually decide to take a sip watch out. Of course with 15.1% alcohol you can expect a powerful punch, but there isn't much that can prepare you for the wonderful power of this beer. Extremly, deeply sweet, it's hard to place the hops that supposedly add bitterness to this brew (107 IBU), but the expected tastes of rum, dark chocolate, and espresso beans are there. The price kills the value, but the quality comes only second to the beast...which is oh so appropriate.
Jen: You better tuck your skirt in if you want to try this one on for size. It pours like molasses that has been slightly heated, and has the color of a long pull of espresso. The smell is very deceptive and does not prepare you for what you about to endeavor upon. At first sip, all I could do was smack my lips...they were covered in a sugary taste, like eating maple-sugar candy. I then realized that the sweetness reminded me of chocolate covered espresso beans. That bit of sweetness followed by a roasty, nutty coffee flavor. There is also a mild resemblance to dark chocolate rum cordials. I think that I will be sipping on this for a while. This is a must have, especially if you have been following the demon series. Sip, don't swallow and enjoy the ride!
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2006 15:21:46 | More by denjen
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.