Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 836
Hads: 2,050
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 299
Gots: 711 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Cellarable for 10+ years.

Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Food pairing: We like Mephistopheles’ Stout with chocolate (60% cocoa or more), chocolate lava cake, flourless chocolate cake, tiramisu or traditional fruit cake made with rum-soaked fruits.
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Reviews: 836 | Hads: 2,050
Photo of pzrhsau
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure black color with a slight lace of head but really not much clear carbonation going on. This is a Batch 3 from Nov. 2007.
S: The scent starts out with raisins and plums and finishes with a warming chocolate sensation.
T: The beer has a nice dark fruit flavor that blends into a mix of chocolate and coffee. This settles into a nice warming sensation where you get a nice roasted malt flavor.
D/M: Very rich black imperial stout with a lot of punch but also a lot of flavor. Just prepare for it because it really hits you. (528 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle dated December 2010. I have cellared this brew for 3 years. Finally cracking it open!

A - Pitch black. Black as black can be. Slight head retention and no lacing.

S - A ton going on here. Chocolate, booze, coffee, bitter hops, and sugar cane. Wow..potent!

T - Chocolate, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and slightly bitter hops. The tastes lingers in your mouth for literally minutes. Alcohol is so well hidden its dangerous. But you feel it right away! Drink it like wine or you will pay the price. Amazing beer!

M - Full bodied and warms in your mouth. Medium carbonation. Awesome

O - An incredible sipper. Split it with someone special and enjoy! (660 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 bottle: This one pours an inky, thick, dark brown color. There is a finger of a light brown head on it. A bit of alcohol is the first thing that hits the nose. After that I get molasses, chocolate, rum, and some dark fruits also. Taste has a bit of alcohol to it. Somewhat sweet taste. Notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits. Silky feel on the tongue. Very Nice! (381 characters)

Photo of pvo
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, given the alcohol content. I've been having some of Dogfish Head's limited beers recently, and with all of those have found the alcohol overwhelming. This is an example of a strong stout that is still predominantly a stout, rather than some sort of gimmick.

I will look forward to having this again, but it's still a step below Weyerbacher's Tiny, Bell's Black Note, or Haandbryggeriet's Dark Force. Not to take anything away from it, but that's where it stands in my book. (482 characters)

Photo of cfhjimmyb
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark as the Devil's @nu$. Intense chocolate and roasted malt nose. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel breaks way to prominent licorice flavor and then the heat of the ABV takes over. I would liken it to taking your favorite Russian Imperial and dropping an ounce of Maker's in to it. (279 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woot! Review number 666! Kind of a milestone, so I figured I should at least pick something with a relative name, so Mephistopheles' Stout it is. Bottled in November 2007, Batch 3 -- review is from notes taken on 3/30/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is black, pitch black and I should say I would expect nothing less from a stout with this name; starts with a fair 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than a creamy ring around the surface and a very scant wisp of skim on the surface that keeps swirling around; body is entirely opaque as it should be;

Smell: Wow - very robust smell -- lots of everything one would expect in a beer like this: lots of chocolate (some very sweet, some more bittersweet) and it's pretty reminiscent of syrup; bit of a vanilla scent that is reminiscent of the syrup in a chocolate covered-cherry, as well as the cherry itself; bit of a butterscotch/caramel flavor; bit of a meaty/woody scent; definitely some alcohol too and just a touch of some roasty espresso... Really good...

Taste: Jesus, just like the smell -- very robust burst of flavors: tons of the syrupy chocolate (both sweet and bittersweet) and it is well blended with more of the roasty coffee-like presence than the nose would suggest is present and it is very reminiscent of a chocolate-covered cherry as mentioned above (sticky and vanilla sweet syrup included); presence of caramel and alcohol (almost like bourbon), but I have to say that for being labeled as a 16% ABV, the alcohol is fairly well masked; smokey presence that reminds me a bit of charred wood and burnt meat... this beer is fairly epic.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and smooth -- carbonation is basically a non-factor as the body is really that viscous; bit of a tingle on the tongue and gums from the larger ABV; a thick and fairly dry sticky coating is left all over the mouth; belly is left especially warm from the ABV, and it is indeed reminiscent of sipping on a decent bourbon.

Overall: A great stout with amazing flavors -- I would say that this particular bottle rivals the '10 Dark Lord, and is therefore likely better than '09, and the best part about it is that it seems to available all the time. Price point is a bit high for a 12 oz. bottle ($9) and the ABV is too high for too much, but well worth trying and is great on a chilly night. (2,373 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It's appropriate, and a great coincidence, that Black Sabbath's 'Heaven And Hell' appeared during an iTunes album shuffle just as I was about to pop the top on this monster. My first in-person meeting with Mephistopheles was last year at NYC's Ginger Man. A good friend and I found him to be a bold and boisterous character, yet sophisticated and alluring. It was an amazing meeting, and it capped the end of a legendary day.

My second meeting is with this Nov. 2006 incarnation. Poured into a Lucifer snifter (also a coincidence--it's the only snifter I own). The appearance is truly exceptional: toasty, billowy brown head sitting on top of abyss-black depths; the visible carbonation marches up in formation relatively slowly, scuttling up the sides of the glass like fire-ants hurrying toward something dreadful. It's beeee-yooootiful.

The aroma is alive with dark fruits, melted chocolate, steamed milk, toffee taffy (ever had it?), and chocolate licorice whips. At 16.03%, I expected some nostril-flaring, but so far this guy remains in-check despite an already huge ego.

Flavor is absolutely insane. Incredible. Perfect. No really. You want depth? It's here. A slow sip makes the flavors ride out a long time. First there's gooey chocolate, then bourbon-soaked blueberries, then the best maple syrup you've ever tasted. Next is a sweet candy flare-up followed by an infernally wonderful glow from the alcohol. Finishes with burnt graham cracker and roasted marshmallow.

Served with just the tiniest chill on, the liquid rolls over the tongue with a sensual glide, cherry-sweet, slightly sticky, mouth-coating. Some would say if feels "sinfully" good. Some would call it "heavenly". I would call it "5 out of 5, as good as it gets".

Ok, let's get down to earth and strip away the supernatural bullshit: this beer is amazing. Its drinkability is merely "good", due to the high alcohol and its bold, unsubtle characteristics. Not an every day. How can anyone bitch about the price? It's so worth it. If you love stouts of any kind...if you're not afraid of a big beer and a little buzz...indulge thyself. (2,114 characters)

Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma: Big roasted black malts, raisins, figs, dates, cocoa and roasted caramel. Appearance: Pitch black with a fast dissipating two finger foam and nice lacing. Taste: Intense notes of thick, dark chocolate, massive complexity, toffee, burnt caramel, thick, oily, roasted coffee, roasted barley, bourbon and plums. Overall, very thick and agressive booze that lies in the finish and a continuous dark chocolate bar/fudge that stays on the palate. Very good stuff, very thick, very boozy but still that booze is pretty well blended with the malty flavors. A+ rating. (566 characters)

Photo of Spica66
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in December, 2009, Batch 5. O.G. 1.135 16.83% ABV.

A: Thick, dark black pour. Wonderful brown fuzzy head. Excellent carbonation.

S: I smell STOUT!! Roasted barley, coffee, slightly malt-caramel. Wow, I can not wait!!

T: Fabulous! This is the way a stout should taste. Deep dark and roasty. Alcohol is there around the edged of your tongue, but does not burn at all. I am amazed!!

M: With this level of carbonation, I expected it to be too bubbly, but it is matched perfectly to the thickness of the beer. The alcohol actually adds to the excitement on your tongue instead of detracting from it.

D: I NEVER thought that I would give a 17% ABV beer a 5 for drinkability, but this deserves it. (703 characters)

Photo of NitroGen
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle, 16.03 % alc/vol

A: Black oil pours with an intense 1finger head that lowered and after a very long time lowers to a scant cover.

S: Raisins, anise dark and dark roasted espresso.

T: Effervescence is gone but a warm spread of creamy and fruity dark roasted grain, raisins and a hint of licorice with the alcohol heat to keep the flavors going long after it’s gone.

M: I applaud the alchemists that brewed this potent, intense myriad of flavors. Closest to a Utopia, in a good way, that I have yet tasted.

D: Woa Nelly! Need to sit down, relax and take your time to enjoy this savory brew! Definitely will buy more to share and experience with other stout lovers as this is not for the timid or feint of heart.
but it comes (763 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: As dark as Satan's magic, a thick black darkness with a dark khaki head to it, everything about this just proclaims obscure undoing. The head takes forever to subside and the murky depths below allow no light to pass through, not even at the edges or bottom. Oil.

S: theres the expected coffee and toffee but also a tiramisu smell or a rye bread in there as well, complex in the overlapping smells, not in the variety.

T: The heat from the alcohol hits first and is very apparent, along with aggressive bitterness and a burnt wood smokiness, next a coffee and toffee finish rounds out the taste. Very aggressive in every aspect, it's like getting your ass beat by a series of different martial arts in a matter of seconds. The middle cherry chocolate dryness is aggressive and some have called it "chocolate robitussin" but i dont think the medicinal quality is that overstated, the alcohol is the first to come but the coffee and cherry start pounding on your tongue just as hard. its over in 5 seconds but with serious residual taste.

M: It coats like cough syrup, if you drank this at 8 am, it would be with you almost until lunchtime, also if you drnak this at 8 am you have issues that I cant wrap my head around. Very thick, chewy, like liquid chocolate that you can just feel making residence in your gumline like those mucinex characters, only brown, and with presspots of coffee. really over the top.

D: In some respects, very drinkable, its a warming, thorough drink that hits so many notes youd appreciate it regardless, however, anyone who has more than 2 of these is a liar, or has demons that we cant comprehend. Just too much, too fast. I can't hang with stouts of this calibur.

Narrative: The threadbare pallor of the bone throne was welcoming, and cool to the touch. "The vassals are ready my liege" he spoke through baited smoky breath, thick with mist. "SEND THEM IN" proclaimed the necromancer as he wet his undead throat with a...ok I just...I can't
"you can't what?"
"Just keep with the script"
He exhaled, knowing he true intent, a soul as black as murky depths, the production assistant with hatred flowing through his veins, encouraged and strenthened with every fetched latte, piercing darkness with every pejorative hurled his way. "I just..the script"
"OH YOU JUST? WHY DONT YOU JUST STICK TO YOUR JOB" the director ejaculated with scarring epithets. "SOON MY DARK MASTER SOON" he clutched an amethyst pendant and embraced the darkening of his soul. (2,485 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Midnight black with half an inch of brown head, which has remained now for several minutes. LOTS of lacing on the glass.

S: A malty caramel scent. Some toasted essences in there too.

T: An overwhelming punch in the face of toffee, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted malt, and in-your-face stout-essence. It is extremely smooth, the alcohol is there but it's masked almost effortlessly by the other flavors.

M: Smooth, silky and creamy.

D: I will drink every last drop of this one, and probably stumble back to the kitchen for my effort. Definitely a sipper. (609 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a nice surpirse, to say the least. The Liberty Gastropub in Charlotte grabbed a hold of what they said was the only keg in North Carolina. Don't think it's even available for the public. But anyway . . . had this with a Bitter Chocolate Torte with Burnt Caramel
Ice Cream & Flaky Sea Salt. what a combination. Could not even tell how strong of a stout this really is. Very creamy and chocolately, one of my top favorites ever for the style. Worth getting your hands on. (479 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from Jan 2006, Batch 1. It pours a dark brown/black color with a nice creamy tan head and good lacing. The beer smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. When it comes to flavor, this definitely has a lot! It tastes like licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, maple/molasses, dark fruit and caramel. There's also some alcohol taste to it as well, but it's not strong as I thought it would be for a beer with an ABV this high. It starts off sweet and has a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, chewy and thick. The drinkability is pretty good too. It's definitely a sipping beer, but it was so good I drank this a little faster than I should have. This is one of the best beers I've had, too bad I have to go out of state to buy more. (770 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). $10 (wow!). Batch 7, Nov 2011. Served in my trusty $2 snifter from Goodwill. 

Pitch black with half a finger quickly vanishing capucino head. Chestnut tinged edge. Every time it looks like there'll be a tiny bit of lacing, it slides back down into the murk.  

Huge aroma. Starts with nice roasted malt smell. Also some dark fruit and molasses. There also seems to be some piney hops there. And of course booze, but not near as much as I expect from over 16% abv. 

Whoa. Huge booze bite early on. But as it warms there is SO much more. Creamy chocolate, bitter expresso, cherries, wood, vanilla, smoke, raisins... the list goes on. As it warms up it goes through pretty much every flavor you could ask for in a stout. Terrifically comex. 

Now this is what I'm looking for in a big beer. Huge viscous body with a light carbonation tingle. Coats the tongue with creamy stout flavor- and I love it. 

I've never had another stout like this one. Yes, it has a hefty price tag and it definately does kick ya in the pants with the alcohol (both in taste and after-effects) but it's completely worth it. I hope to find more to go with the one I have to age for a few years... it's gonna be phenomenal. If you love a big stout and have a couple hours to spend enjoying a well done stout as it warms up, you really need to give Mephistopheles a try.  (1,397 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours blackish brown from the bottle into a Mustang snifter. A bit of chocolate brown foam rims the glass. The aroma of cocoa, coffee, and toasted cinnamon is so enticing that I get lost in the moment. The taste reminds me of rich chocolate cake. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, a touch of nuttiness and the booze is so warming. It's certainly there, but it doesn't taste like 17-plus abv. The mouth is thick and creamy, like liquid velvet. I love stouts, and this is one of the best I've had. (500 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap, I assume the newest vintage.

black black black, like used motor oil, with dark tan head. good head retention and lacing for such a strong beer. big bold aromas - espresso, dark fruit, molasses.

Taste is also huge and complex, and improves as the beer warms. roasty, dark bitter cocoa, coffee, dark rum. boozy. thick body, soft carbonation.

overall, one of my favorite beers, if you can get an aged bottle, it's a must try for big stout lovers. (464 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black satiny curve of delicious deep, dark malignity. Head is a full and creamy head of biscuit brown, filtering out with some wonderful cascading in the glass. Some lacing, the head is extremely fine. It looks deep, heavy, rich, malicious and captivatingly evil.

Lots of wonderful boozy, dark and sweet aromas. Certainly noticeable hints of roasted coconut, smoke, roasted almonds, even spit roasted meat. It's all so deliciously deep and dark and complicated. Very complex, and utterly delectable.

Very full and sensual flavours on the palate, huge notes of rich roasted malts, sweet deep toasty flavours of smoked chocolate, and again piquant notes of roasted meat. It fits together so well that you don't notice the oddities on the palate, they add some fascinating notes of interest, while still caressing your palate with the warm, smooth, silky touch of sweet roasty goodness. Absolutely phenomenally delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, silky and amazing.

An incredibly complex and lusciously delicious treat. Very flavoursome, rich and complicated. It sticks itself in your face, but then caresses it gently. Wonderful. (1,148 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a finger of dark tan head.

S- You get some nice roasty notes but there is a lot of alcohol present on the nose.

T- Full of complex flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, plum, raisins, smoke, molasses, vanilla, a touch of heat from the almost 17% abv.

M- Full bodied and very creamy.

O- Another delicious offering from Avery. I thought that they did a great job of creating a nice, slow sipping, crazy high alcohol stout. Definitely wait until it warms up a bit and it grows even more complex. (561 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey, 6 oz pour, 2008 (~16% ABV)

A: Pitch black, about 2 fingers of tight mocha brown head that sticks around a while.

S: TONS of chocolate, roasted, earthy coffee, caramel. A little wood quality, rum, dark fruits. Boozy, like rum soaked chocolate cake with red wine.

T: 3 years aged, still pretty darned hot and boozy, but holy flavor! Rum, chocolate, anise, huge roasted malts, dark fruit/vinous finish with dry bakers chocolate. Unbelievable chocolate aftertaste. Espresso upfront and comes back in the finish. There's also a touch of wood and char in there. The finish is boozy, but in a 'rum soaked mocha cake drizzled with a port reduction' kind of way Easily the most intense beer I've ever had. Sure it's hot, but it's also unbelievably tasty, powerful, and complex.

M: As this as it gets, not as smooth as I'd like due to the decent burn on the back of the throat and alcohol popping it's head up everywhere. Fairly dry finish with just a little sweetness. Lots of burn on the finish.

O: This has got to have the best aftertaste ever. Very vinous, chocolate, coffee, everything I love in a stout, and the definition of "go big/bold or go home". The only knock is heat, but I have no problem getting past that. It would be straight 5's if not for the heat. (1,309 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Bottled 11.2006.

Pours a syrupy, deep maple during the pour, and settles as an opaque oil. Creamy coffee-colored head that looks like snowdrifts as it settles. Spotted and thin lacing with a decent hold.

Intensely rich chocolate and mocha aromas. Notes of vanilla, peat, and oak. Strong, cutting notes of bourbon. Dark, aged fruity esters: plum, cherry, fig, grape. Hefty dose of rough, floral hop aromas.

Intensely rich and smooth, milk chocolate, toffee with rounded, dark fruit flavors. Liquid, peat-smoke joined by a complex wave of alcohol. At mid-sip, the 100+ IBU's show through with a muddy, earthen profile. The finish is a wonderful mix of hazlenut, mocha, caramel, and toffee.

Full bodied; creamy, with a spot of roughness in the middle. The alcohol certainly gives the finish a sharp slickness.

Obviously this is a unique brew due to the abv, but the flavor profiles are fantastic as well. A must have in stock for extreme drinkers. (994 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever since getting into craft beer, I have always had my eye on this brew but couldn't see plunking down $8.99 for one single 12 oz beer. I have had in my hand only to put it down at least a dozen times. With an awesome break from work, there's only one way to celebrate such awesomeness - crack open a $9.00 BEER!

Nov 2007 edition still chilling on the shelf - batch 3.

A: Pours out like motor oil, a bit chunky and little head developing until I tip the glass to heavily pour into my tulip. Some lace left behind and a nice brown skim on the top f the glass.

S: Smell is chocolate, malt, coffee, charred marshmallow, some booze (but not cheap booze), and whopper candy. Wow. This thing smells amazing

T: Taste is cocoa, malt, smoke, bread, dark fruit, figs, hershey's syrup, amazing.

M: Wow, the texfture is slick and thick with a burn that just nails your throat and lingers in between sips. this isn't for the faint hearted but man is it a wild ride! Great carbonation for this beer - it really complements the burning the beer gives.

D: Ok...for 17% - this beer is smoother than most I've had in the 10-11% range. Does it burn? Yup. Is it awesome - yup. Will I ever have it again? Fresh - hell no. With three years of age or more? - YES!

Great offering from Avery - highly recommend (1,294 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this a few years ago at The Party Source in Newport, KY just across the river from Cincinnati. This bottle is from batch # 3, bottled in November 2007 with an ABV of 16.00%. Poured into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown color that has no interest in letting in any light, just a very slight hint of deep amber ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a tan, 1/4 inch thick head when first poured that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Just a very slight hint of lacing. Aromas of toasted, sweet caramel maltyness is heavily present along with strong cocoa hints and some fairly subtle coffee notes that is followed by other hints of molasses, vanilla and anise. And of course some alcohol. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had, that's for sure. Maybe the best! Has a nice, sweet, toasted, strong caramel malt flavor upfront that gives way to chocolate and coffee notes that are followed by the aforementioned notes of vanilla, anise, and molasses. Rounds out with some alcohol, but the alcohol note itself is not overpowering in the least. It is extremely well woven into the fabric of the flavor profile of this beer. Sweetness along with the spice hints are all that are here taste wise, and in this case that is an absolutely wonderful thing. No hint of hops of bitterness at all, but I guess that should not really be a surprise since this beer is about 7 1/2 years old. Has a very smooth, thick, sticky, chewy, slightly oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. This is a beer best sipped slowly, as it really needs to sit and warm up for all the complexities and subtleties to become known. I drank mine over the course of about an hour. To use the quote that my friend Passow once said about a different fantastic beer we enjoyed together, "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." Once again no disagreement here, as this beer is fantastic! Get it if you can!

Eric (2,072 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cute lil pygmy snifter. Impenetrable void black. Whispery snap crackly mocha-shaded head. Too adorable.

Mellow roasty and bitter chocolate aroma. Even the alcohol fogging up off the surface is mellow. Hints of sugary dried fruits.

Ooh baby. Charcoal, dark chocolate, and mild espresso - expertly balanced and none too bold. Touches of licorice and black cherry (could be my imagination).

Velvety soft and silky smooth. No sting or warm rush from what can be detected of the alcohol. Amazing. How'd they do it?

Couldn't pass this up at $4! (line-clearing event, thank heavens!) This is a work of art. Tough to tell this is 15+% - so dangerous, so good. Honestly, this is an all-weather beer. Skillfully rendered. (730 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark black as night, decent tan head quickly disapates away to thing lacing along the rim of the glass, very beautiful color,

Smell- dark espresso, chocolate, raisins, very nice sweet roasted malts, slight hop, very rich smell

Taste- very rich flavor, lots and lots and lots chocolate flavor, slight rum and raisons, also a very substansial and enjoyable bitter hop presence on the finish, Overally very rich and complex with a very long and lingering finish

Mouthfeel- heavy big and bold, thick yet very smooth,

Drinkability- Extremely enjoyable and drinkable, one of the finest stouts I have come along, but one that you have to spend some time drinking just so big and powerful, the flavors are so complex and so strong, you have to continue to slowly sip and savor, if your a fan of stouts one to try, and im very proud again of averys fine crafted beers, (876 characters)

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.