Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by mothman:
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled Nov. 2006. 16.03% abv
Poured into Bruery snifter.
Pours 1/4 of tan head. Decent retention with some nice lace. Very surprising. Color is a dark molasses brown, nearing black.
Aroma: wow, just wow is all I have to say. If I had to quote something for this beer, it would be this... "and boom goes the dynamite." Massive malts. I think I am getting a buzz from smelling it. Licorice, molasses, dried cherry, booze, English malt. Massive. Wow.
Taste: massive beer with a lot of malt, cherries, molasses, toffee, and licorice. Booze is present but not too much heat. Huge English malt. Very bready. Thick. Crazy buzz.
Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, thick, smooth. This is a massive beer. One of the biggest beers I have had. Decent carbonation for the age. I am surprised that it isn't oxidized at all.
Overall, for a beer that is over 3 years old, it is pretty decent. This beer doesn't f**k around. It is in your face big. Just smelling the beer made me a little light headed. It is good, but splitting it with my home dog Peter was a great idea. Give it a try if you can with some years on it.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2010 04:48:05 | More by mothman
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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.