Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Was thrilled to pick up a bottle of this stuff. Poured into a tulip glass and looks as black and opaque as motor oil. Has a creamy caramel colored head that fades quickly to a thin caramel colored layer, fades to a light ring.
Smells of caramel toffee, toasted molasses, chocolate, faint coffee grinds, and traces of a bourbon-like vanilla.
This beer is incredibly complex, deep, and rich with layer after layer hitting the palate - WOW! Tastes of woody, oaky vanilla bourbon/rum character, black licorice, far underneath the other flavors lies some caramel chocolate-like cherries, finishes with the expected warming in the throat from the 16% ABV (as expected). This beer has 107 IBU's which is pretty darn high for a stout, the bitterness comes through at the very end to keep all the sugars in check, finishes almost bittersweet in taste.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, heavy, big bodied, deep, rich, slightly sticky, and complex. This is a slow sipper, I'm 1/3 of the way through the bottle and it's already kicking my butt. There's a few other "big boy stouts" out there that's in the same ballpark as this and any day, this beer can hold its own against them. This is really well brewed and a real treat for any stout lover, highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2010 03:45:26 | More by jzeilinger
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.