Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweemzander:
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled in Nov. 2008 Batch #4
(A)- Poured thick and black as night. Produced a good 1+finger light brown head that dissipated after a minute or so. Its leaving behind a light film of lacing here and there around the inside of the glass.
(S)- Dark and burnt roasted malts that carry behind it a subtle raisin, brown sugar, and cocoa depth. Some molasses and light coffee coming through as it warms up, plus some amazing flour dusted cinnamon bread on the finish about 15 minutes after the initial pour.
(T)- Big roasted malts with a rather potent boozy burn but is not overly harsh or overpowering. A bready nuance combined with a dense chocolate and raisin foundation. The finish has a molasses and caramel characteristic.
(M)- Delicate and complex, yet rather massive in both alcohol and roasted malts. Has the perfect carbonation level for the style. Sweet, yet slightly bitter. The ridiculous 15.9%abv really lets its presence known, but does provide a nice warming sensation as it goes down and warm you up, especially since I was drinking this outside on a chilly dark night.
(D)- A seriously potent stout that kicks you to the ground without saying its sorry. A great winter warmer on those cold days. A definite sipper though in order to enjoy its nuances and character. It took me about the better part of 3 hours to consume the whole bottle!
Although potent, I was actually expecting this to be even stronger than it was; the label design made this a very intimidating beer to finally pop open! Also, I bet this could age for many years to come; drink one now, let a few to sit for special occasions.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2009 20:10:36 | More by sweemzander
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 1,644 ratings.