Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by kernalklink:
3.08/5 rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
This brew poured a syrupy black, with a very attractive tan head, smooth and silky. Aromas were of roasted malts, molasses, candi sugar and green apple skins. Incredibly sweet taste- caramel malts, some roasted flavor and a big hit of currants and dried fruits. Gritty dry mouthfeel is somewhat unappetizing, but the alcohol is hidden very well despite the huge ABV with only a small burn to the throat. There is a slight herbal bitterness on the finish which helps counteract the extremely sweet brew. Definately and sipper.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2007 20:59:00 | More by kernalklink
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4.31/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle with red foil label bottled in 12/2009. Picked up years ago who knows where? Poured slightly chilled into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.
Appearance: Pours a couple fingers of thick cappuccino like head. Body the color of black coffee. Very thick strands of lacing and a film hang about when the beer settles. Surprising retention for a beer of this strength.
Aroma: Sweet, nutty dark chocolate, caramel, and dried cherries. Imagine a dark chocolate candy bar with nuts and raisins. There’s a bit of port like sweetness to it as well with a bit of oxidation.
Taste: Strong floral alcohol is the first thing you notice, singeing your nose hairs and warming your cheeks. I can only imagine that his would have been unpleasant when fresh but now it’s a warming, almost spirit like bite. More of that nutty, rich chocolate with the dried cherries/raisins and a port wine sweetness/heat at the end.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel. Thick and decadent. Not boozy but certainly warming.
Overall: An ageing success! A very appealing looking beer; I really enjoyed tilting the glass and watching the thick, molasses consistency like lacing crawl down the glass. A very inviting nose of nutty chocolate and port wine which followed through to the taste. Very creamy mouthfeel which just settles in your mouth. As mentioned, this was probably way too strong fresh, but now it’s like some liquor infused brownie or something. I wholeheartedly recommend grabbing a few bottles of this next time you see it around and saving them for a future date. I bet this beer could even go another year before it starts to go downhill.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 04:57:19 | More by CowsandBeer
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.