Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by kagent777:
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Trade to Sonofalime to get this bottle, thanks man! This was bottled in Dec 2010, batch six, and poured into my CCB snifter. This beer is barely below room temp, maybe high 50's. The bottle says 15.95 ABV on this batch.
Appearance: Solid black with a thickish pour. A nice mocha head sits atop this 2 1/4 year old beer. lacing does not stick much, but I can see alcohol legs.
Smell: Deep roast and strong dark fruits. Char and tar. One odd smell I cannot quite identify.
Taste: Deep roast dominates. Some cocoa and caramel notes along with the dark cherries and prunes. Leather and tobacco in the finish. Slight alcohol in the taste, but Avery did a good job of hiding it in something this big. The bittersweet finish goes on forever.
Mouthfeel: On the thick side, but not too viscous. To get to 15.95 %ABV from an SG of 1.135 you have to ferment down to 1.014. This is no mean feat and also reduces the mouthfeel a bit. The flavors are huge and velvety, while the carbonation is maybe 2 volumes, at the most.
Overall: I am glad that I have another bottle of this one to try after a few more years. I like this as a solid example of an extreme beer. I would love to have easy access to Avery.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 03:39:43 | More by kagent777
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 1,642 ratings.