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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,641 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 220
Gots: 483 | FT: 22
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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cbl2

New York

2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

9/4/2006 $7.50 12 oz. 15.10% Bottled in January 2006, Batch 1. O.G. 1.142.

Appearance:

Pours a relatively thin pitch black with a thin film of tan/brown head on top that settles rapidly, leaving a modicum of lace.

Aroma:

Dank and musty, like old books coupled with sweet burnt caramel, cherry liquor and alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Relatively chewy mouthfeel is overlaid upon some smoke, burnt sugar cherry cordials and loads of intense hot alcohol, which makes this especially difficult to get down. My least favorite of the Avery angels, more of a chore than an experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 20:53:58 | More by cbl2
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated December 2009 (Batch 5) 16.83% from Whole Foods served in Westmalle chalice.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a thick black body with garnet highlights around the rim of the glass. Tan head minimal (expected) and dissipates quickly.

Smell (4.5): My Favorite quality of the beer. Dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, licorice, grain, and booze. Incredible!

Taste (2.0): Not as pronounced as it hits the tongue. Light flavors of chocolate, coffee and other flavors I cannot pin-point. After a half a second, huge flavors push through, intensified by the large warming presence of alcohol. Primarily soy sauce and black licorice, mellowing into more undertones of chocolate, coffee, grain, and subtle dark fruits.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Great chewiness here. Not as thick as I would have imagined. The hero here is the alcohol, a sipper for sure.

Overall (3.0): Not sure I would seek this out again. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for something this big.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:10:52 | More by Kopfschuss
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a pitch black color, shiny, with an enormous brown head, made up of loose bubbles that slowly pop as the head subsides, leaving a little bit of lacing here and there. The smell seems nice, sweet and syrupy. There's a strong roasted note, some fruity esters - plums, etc., and quite a bit of the dark cane sugar smell. There's also a burnt kind of note, perhaps from the huge alcohol, perhaps from the roasted malts. The beer itself tastes upfront of some sweetness, just a bit of a roasted flavor, then the turmoil comes. The elements seem to be there, but just not in the right balance. I'm hit with a huge fruity alcohol burn, just barely helped out with a bit of a chocolate flavor. It finishes just a bit oily, with a kind of burn roasted taste. The alcohol seems like just a little too much, and all of the effort that went into getting the alcohol seems a little too intense. I wonder what a bit more of a subdued version of this would be like. Probably pretty good, but this isn't about counterfactuals. The mouthfeel is of course dominated by the burning, there's a kind of full taste, but this makes me cringe from time to time. Of course, this one is a monster to finish on your own, even one bottle. It's like a battle filled with flinching, fleeting moments of joy, and a massive effort to swallow it. I probably wouldn't purchase it again unless I was convinced that the recipe was eased up, or if it were quite a few years old. But I'd recommend it to any interested in huge beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:00:12 | More by taylorhamrick
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Floydster

California

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for seven dollars about a year ago, second batach that was bottled in 2006, split among four of my friends, poured into a flute glass

A-Oily black with no light going through, miniscule 1/4 inch bubbly tan head that disappeared almost immediately, no lacing either

S-Pretty nasty at times with lots of soy sauce, salty accents, fermented maple syrup, burned malt and barley, toffee, coffee, dark fruit, and lots of dark cocoa

T-Skeptical about the taste after orginally smelling the brew, lots of booze from the beginning, roasted accents in the middle, finishes with a hot syrupy chocolate taste, lots of fruit later on, got pretty hard to drink once it warmed, lots of toffee later on, also some faint coffee causing a dry feel in the aftertaste, too much alcohol present for me, some more time in the cellar might havbe helped this be more mellow

M-Boozy, spicy, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied but expected it to be much thicker, not muich carbonation, flavor lingered a long time and was overwhelming at times

D-Could not drink one bottle of this, two or three ounces is enough, too strong at sixteen percent alcohol, not smooth, hard to get down, heavy on the stomach

Will age any bottles of this in the future for an even longer period of time, unique beer that packs a serious punch, not quite sure the money is worth it for one small bottle, would try older batches, recommended to try

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 22:49:58 | More by Floydster
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Bobikel

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a thick black oily sludge with a 1/2" chocolate colored head. Lacing is very good. Retention is very good.

Smell - Roasted barley, coffee dominate the nose. A little chocolate, and some earthyness creep through.

Taste - Roasted bitterness is the first flavour you taste. Which is quickly followed be a sweetened chocolate flavour. Alchohol warms down the throat and in the belly. No noticible hops. Also a slight cidery flavour.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbed, thick and viscous, it slides down the throat more like sushi than a liquid, I wonder what the T.G. was on this monster.

Drinkability - This is a sipper, and probably best left to one bottle sessions, prefferably on a cold night.

Overall - A slightly dissapointing stout. Imereal or otherwise. Just to sweet. Needs more hops, or more blackened barley.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 00:41:59 | More by Bobikel
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.99/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark and thick with a large mocha head. Wasn’t expecting all this head with a BA. Very nice. Aroma of chocolate and astrongent booze. Wet dog and vomit on the nose. Not big on the smell here. Very alcohol forward. Sweet booze and dark fruits finish with chocolate and more booze. Very warm going down, as expected. A bit thin and syrupy at te same time. Low carbonation. Just not my thing. This series from Avery seems to be high alcohol just for the sake of it. They just don’t balance. This, Samaels, and The Beast are just booze bombs. Not terrible, but I just don’t get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 20:51:02 | More by BMMillsy
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-04-2012 02:13:00 | More by IdrinkGas
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comicblunder89

Florida

3/5  rDev -28.2%

03-06-2014 04:08:20 | More by comicblunder89
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one’s from November of ‘06, batch #2.

This beer pours a dark black with a sandy tan head that stuck around for a while.

Smells of corn syrup, powdered sugar, marshmallow, over-ripe plumb and caramel with a slight roasty character. Sweet, sweet and more sweet.

Tastes of sugary sweetness that fades into an awkward smoky dryness that falls into an oaky hop ash and burnt coffee. Finishes cleanly with a load of carbon. The emphasis on the sour oak seems out of place and the charred coffee makes it all the worse.

Feels medium bodied and syrupy with a nice thickening foam of bubbles.

Maybe I don’t understand this one, but it just seemed awkward.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 02:20:45 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.2%

12-21-2011 01:10:28 | More by bigfnjoe
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-19-2012 04:26:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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Cariadmum

Virginia

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-13-2012 14:29:57 | More by Cariadmum
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -28.2%

04-27-2012 01:19:45 | More by jk3
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BrewMonkey

California

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, Nov 2007 Batch 3

Pours black as night, near oily, little to no head whatsoever from a straight aggressive pour into a Duvel glass. What head develops from swirling is thick and dark brown to milk chocolate.

Aroma- Most suprisingly to me the aroma is very muted. Everything you notice is very much on the light side even trapped in a snifter style glass. Aroma increases as it warms with forward notes of choco-malt, some alcohol, burnt toffee, some kind of fruit I can't pinpoint right now. Prunes maybe?

Flavor - Wow! And not in a good way. Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor is almost oppressively intense. Quite nearly kills the taste buds with heavy roasted qualities, chocolate, toffee. Finishes with a warm alcohol heat and almost tannic coffee, slick on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, reminds me of eating a chocolate flavored nutritional bar. Really suprising and not impressed based on the reviews I saw here.

Overall - Not anywhere remotely close to "drinkable" on any scale other than a few nips. If I brought 3 bottles of this to a party I could easily imagine coming home with two of them. The over the top roasted/choco malt profile is as biting and thick as you would get from a heavy malt backed barleywine. Not my thing. Wife concurs. If you really love bitter roasted and chocolate malts, you might like this. For me, I'll take something more balanced.

Followup edit: This beer does mellow a bit and become more drinkable as it warms, but still does not really seem balanced. Just ends up very one dimensional, like chewing on a handful of chocolate malt washed down with pain.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 04:15:21 | More by BrewMonkey
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-16-2012 00:52:27 | More by RedHaze
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chooch5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.2%

12-17-2013 03:14:13 | More by chooch5
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-20-2012 22:48:16 | More by irishgreensoda
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benbjb

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.2%

12-06-2012 08:08:15 | More by benbjb
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pest

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-02-2012 07:30:07 | More by pest
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substanceD

Missouri

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-24-2012 04:51:56 | More by substanceD
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dubmax

Kansas

3/5  rDev -28.2%

06-10-2012 06:36:39 | More by dubmax
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-24-2011 00:35:34 | More by djrn2
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-29-2011 01:19:27 | More by DeutschesBier
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-21-2011 17:46:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-25-2012 01:30:52 | More by rderedin
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.