Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by fritts211:
2.7/5 rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Just picked this up from the Binny's in Downtown Chicago. Pours a thick, motor oil black, not much of a head to speak of, half-finger with an autumn brown head, poured into a tulip glass.
A- Beautiful appearance, jet black, small brown head that I knocked off a point for. Otherwise, looks dark, beautiful, and dangerous, just as advertised.
S- Overwhelming alcohol, butter rum, molasses, faint raisin and chocolate
T- Not a fan. A lot of strong alcohol, soy, a bit of molasses, hints of dark fruit, and not much chocolate. Roast, but not enough for a good dry aftertaste. A bit like a barley wine, which I despise. Too much alcohol and soy for me.
M- Thick, but not as full as I would like. It is syrupy, but without the creamy, thick mouthfeel I like.
O- I'm sure that a lot of people would love this beer, but it isn't for me. Aging might do this well, but fresh it was a bit strong. It had a strong alcohol presence, and tasted a bit like teriyaki sauce. Sometimes those flavors arise naturally, but it was a bit overwhelming at this stage. I would not get this again. That being said, if you are set on a bottle, give it a couple of months at least in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2012 03:58:51 | More by fritts211
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.