Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by rallison:
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Jet black with a 2 finger light brown head that actually lasts for a bit - how is that possible for a 16% stout??
S: Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso, cocoa, rum and some alcohol - although not nearly as much alcohol as I would have expected.
T: Mmmm, very nice. Lots of dark chocolate, with tons of plums, dark fruits and rum! Also has a lot of port-like characteristics - as another reviewer pointed out, this drinks in some ways like a red wine. Some hops back there too, but the main bite is from some warming alcohol. Interestingly though, the alcohol finally doesn't detract from the beer, as is the case with many of Avery's extreme beers. This one is nice and warming, but I wouldn't call it too hot (the Beast comes to mind when it comes to way too hot beers). This makes Old Rasputin taste like a Guinness.
M: Thick, thick and thick. Just enough carbonation to keep it lively.
D: I've got to give it points here. For 16%, this is pretty drinkable.
I was hesitant to buy this based on my experience with The Beast and Samael's, but I'm glad I ended up getting it. This is one solid beer. Like your Imperial Stouts strong enough that you can eat it with a fork? This is the beer for you. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2007 06:05:22 | More by rallison
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.