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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,703
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 234
Gots: 504 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Batch 5, 2009

Pours think and syrupy with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is sweet with traces of chocolate and raisins.

The mouthfeel is very syrupy with a good amount of carbonation.

On the first sip, the high ABV makes it's presence known upfront, with chocolate, coffee, and fruit coming next. The taste does not linger (no cloying sweetness here), finishing rather cleanly for a beer this big.

Another great brew from the guys at Avery. I may go ahead and buy a few of these to set aside and age.

104bob, Oct 26, 2010
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appearance: The pour into my snifter gives a 2/3" deep mocha colored head. After receding gradually, a ring around the glass and an island of bubbles are al lthat remain. Great head for such a monster beer. The beer is practically black, save for some brown coming through on the edges.

smell: Hot chocolate spiked with dark booze? Very interesting and pretty complex, with a bold ethanol presence that pricks the inner nostrils. Rich chocolate aromas, roasted barley, and dark sugar syrups dominate...even smells a little creamy. Almost a vinous chocolate liquor. Obvious notes of port wine.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low and smooth, and the body about as full as can be...coating the tonge for awhile after the sip.

taste: Where to begin? It seems futile, given my limited beer-verbal abilities, to try and describe this thing accurately. Port wine, cocoa-heavy milk chocolate, roasted grain, booze, concentrated dark fruits. A moderate bitterness lingers for awhile with some roast and a sugary sweetness on the lips.

drinkability: pretty drinkable, considering...would make a nice dessert beer. A sipper by design. It might seem easy to rate this one lower in both smell and taste, given its unapologetic brashness, but it's just too interesting...and that's what I look for these days.

12 oz. bottle, thanks to BeerBeing on the final leg of No BS BiF. Bottled in Jan 2006, Batch 1...right around 1 year old.

blackie, Jan 16, 2007
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The beer emerges from the 12-ounce brown bottle a soot black, the head Bunyanesque, the color a nice deep tan, the consistency thick and creamy, after its slow demise, the lace forms a glutinous blanket to obfuscate the glass. Ah that smell, toasted and roasted grain, sweet molasses, rich malt, a real foretoken of things to come, start is cotton candy sweet, the malt profile thick, the top full. Finish is merciful in its acidity; the hops mingle nicely with the 15.10 percent ABV, but a good thing to cut the sweetness, a belly warmer, and another hit for Avery.

Gusler, Mar 22, 2006
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Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with a very little head but an almost oily residue on the swirl.

Smell: Deep, alcoholic coffee and molasses and dark rummy malt... really stunning nose.

Mouthfeel: Huge full body, syrupy... this stuff stains the glass black... slick and muted carbonation.

Taste: Roasty and pruny and malty, chocolately and smoothyly burnt, rummy in a coffee and molassess way.

Drinkability: Sip, savor, linger, repeat... this is not one to go into lightly. Defintetly one to try at least once.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.