Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 250
Gots: 541 | FT: 28
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of EgadBananas
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottled Nov. 2007, Batch 3

This looks Fantastic. Very thick, black, with a dark tan fingers of head. This is what an Impy stout should look like.

I had to take a few minutes on the smell. It's definitely boozy. The alcohol hits you up front, which would be expected. At 16%, you have to expect it (I'm not sure why the description and others are saying it's 15.1%, the bottle clearly states 16%).
Alcohol aside, there's lot's of dark fruits that come through. Tart red grapes, plums, and figs. Past the booze and fruits, theres the malts , chocolate and coffee roastiness. To bad it couldnt be reversed.

There is a lot of alcohol in the taste...almost too much, but it gets tolerable after several sips. Maybe I'm just getting drunk...
Theres also those fruits in the taste, and behind it all, the chocolate, coffee, and roastiness. It's just a tad unbalanced in the end.

The feel is good, medium to full bodied.

With the ABV, and the way it shows, you'd be a fool to have more than one.

I don't regret picking this up, even though I don't think it was really worth the $10. This has been on my "to try" list for a long time, and I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle-Batch 2 bottled in 2006

A-Black with no ruby edges. Does not have motor oil like thickness. Small tannish head that dissipated quickly
S-I poured this and could smell the booze while it sat on the counter. Boozy, roasted coffee/chocolate, caramel sweetness, some soy sauce/meaty scents.
T-Hot alcohol on first sip which gives a metallic/copper flavor, roasted malt with some soy sauce like tang, black licorice, underlying fruity/caramel reminiscent of barleywine, few hops but bitter ending. Alot of flavor but not sure how well it all blends together. Kind of salty metallic flavor lingers in mouth that is not so pleasant for me.
M-Creamy in mouth, full body,very coating
D-Big flavors but alcohol is so prevelant, it would be hard to drink more than one-even one. Appropriate that it's named after a demon.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. 08 vintage. Shared at the "12 oz beers only" tasting. From notes.

A: Pours a pitch black with no light penetration. Three fingers of dirty brown head, which recedes into a film on the top. No lacing down the glass.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malt / char dominates the nose, with light aromas of brown sugar and vanilla. Milder still are hints of dark fruit, such as figs and plums. LOTS of booze still, despite two years of aging.

T: The sweetness of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses hits the mouth first. The mid-taste sees these flavors lighten and round out with figs, plums, and espresso. Unlike a fresh bottle, anise is starting to develop. Much like a fresh bottle, the finish is a painful alcohol burn, which warms the mouth and throat on the way down. It forces this to become a sipper instead of a drinker. Roasted malt in the aftertaste. Actually a fairly decent flavor despite the booziness.

M: Thick and velvety, if slightly too carbonated for the style. ABV is not well-masked, and after having Black Tuesday (a smoother beverage at a higher ABV), I can't be as forgiving.

D: A decent imperial stout. For the ABV I expected deeper, more complex flavor. Right now it's an average-tasting stout that functions more as a booze delivery vehicle. Could be decent if you wait x number of years, or you could just spend less and get a better-drinking beer immediately. But that would make too much sense...

Photo of cbl2
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
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.


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


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


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.

Photo of Kopfschuss
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
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

Photo of Bobikel
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of BrewMonkey
3/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.