Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!
Batch 5, bottled in December 2009.
A - Pours black as the devil itself with some chocolate brown highlights on the edges. A one finger head, tan in color, rises from the abyss and lingers a little, but quickly disappears to cause mischief in other parts unknown. There's some lacing here, but mainly just scattered islands of foam. There are some sleek alcohol legs, however.
S - The nose is potent and foreboding. There's aromas of bitter chocolate and roast, however, these are fairly faint and the two big components in this bouquet are anise in the form of black licorice and astringent alcohol. It smells every bit as alcoholic as it boasts, and it also has a bit of char to it as well.
T - After my first sip I can almost feel the alcohol streaming out of my mouth, its that potent. The chocolate and coffee kind of fall off here to leave most of the taste to the licorice. About halfway through the alcohol comes through strongly and it pretty much dominates the flavor from then on out. This pretty much redefines a sipper, and its a struggle to drink more than a tiny mouthful at a time.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Leaves a thick coating on the palate and it has a very long, licorice and alcoholic finish.
D - Drinkability is low. This was a tough one to get through and the alcohol isn't shy in the least. Really glad I got to try this as it's quite an extreme beer, but you could pretty much get the same effect by dropping a shot of vodka into a stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2011 04:11:55 | More by nhindian
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