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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,644 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,644
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 219
Gots: 485 | 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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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 2008 Batch #4 (abv 15.92%)

A - thick, black, and inky, with half a finger of spakly mocha colored head

S - dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee beans, and an sharp alcohol twangm slight nutty characteristic

T - chocolate explodes huge and rich, coffee smaller but still offers its support, the alcohol notes become stronger and offers a warming sensation throughout the aftertaste that fades ever so slowly, i think i discern some anise/licorice as well

M&D - smooth, like liquid velvet, it almost rolls down your gullet, the alcohol is not hidden well (not necessarily a bad thing) which can turn some off, and with that ABV not a session brew, but a fine stout from a fine brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:09:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
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timbro81

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 2007 batch 3. Pitch black beer topped with an intimidating dark tan head. Smells of burned goodness, booze, cinnamon, deep dark fruit, raisins and plums and such. Taste is big. Deep dark smokey velvetey motor oil. tingles the tongue with alcohol. A complex beer with dark soul of its own. A slow sipping monster of a beer, its only downfall which really isn't one at all. Not for the faint of heart. This beer got the better of me, be careful.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 07:19:14 | More by timbro81
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: bottle for Chicone's poured into a pint glass cold, sipped slowly to warm.

A: Very dark black, truly opaque with a thick light brown head that remained a 1/4 inch thick after 10 min. Pretty in the glass.

S: Alcohol is clearly present by not overwhelming in spite of the 16% billing, chocolate, dark fruits, strong spicy hop blended well=all big, bold, and balanced.

T: Sweet, maybe a little cloying, but not bad. Notes of sherry, hot, oak???, chocolate, and burnt raisin. Spicyness in the nose doesn't hit until the after taste and lingers with the malt.

M, D: Thick and chewy, but smooth in spite of being big.

Overall. A very good beer that is bold and fun. A malty monster with that's a little hot but really a good time with the bitter kick on the way down--almost like it's fighting you, as the name would imply.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 02:22:49 | More by FightingEntropy
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just noticed a Bottled in Nov 2007 date on the bottle. Batch #3..

Pours with a luxurious tan head that is lively and forms from the bottom up.. Shows decent retention then settles to a dark tan cap on the brew. Lacing is everywhere. Beer is thick and black.. Right near the top you can see a touch of brown.. but really it is the stereotype motor oil.

Aroma is really nice. Slightly sweet. Really fruity with some chocolate and cinnamon. Dark roasted notes for sure.

Flavor is a bit sweeter than I had anticipated. Starts with a bit of spice. Real nice. Espresso first, then chocolate... some sweetness in the middle and a sense of the alcohol. After a while you can taste the layered malt flavors. Some black licorice as well.

The mouth feel is silky and syrup like. Big in your mouth and a sipper for sure.

Slow drinker, but you do want more. I like this one. This is a beer that I'd like to pull out and share with a buddy. Slow and savor.

EDIT.... After I wrote and posted this I looked at the label and realized it's 16+% ABV... OMG... Really well hidden for something that big!!!

Nice Imp Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:15:02 | More by Reagan1984
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006. Batch 1. Satanic black with no highlights whatsoever. One smooth pour allowed the entire beer to enter the snifter, creating one finger of brown sugar colored cream in the process. It's a devilishly good look.

It's amazing that no alcohol is noted in the nose, although this beast has been confined to the bottle for just over four years. Roasted malt is dominant, as is a generous amount of molasses and medium-dark fruit. If the aroma is any indication, this should be amazing beer.

Mephistopheles' is the third and final member of the Avery 'Demons Of Ale' series to enter my glass. It isn't as good as The Beast Grand Cru and Samael's Ale, but it's a wonderful sipper that will have most big beer lovers comparing it to heaven rather than hades.

This massive Imperial stout tastes like chocolate-coffee liqueur, a comparison that I made for at least one of the offerings mentioned above. That isn't surprising for a big beer that weighs in at more than 30-proof. Still, the alcohol isn't the least bit hot. Warming? Oh yes.

Specifics include raisins, sticky dates, chocolate syrup, blackstrap molasses, anise seed and a large splash of grappa. The first two members of that list are especially prominent and give the beer a boozy fruity quality that makes it taste like a BSDA with steroid rage. Imperial stout doesn't really fit.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's less lusciously full than expected, but still has a chewy quality that is all kinds of enjoyable. The carbonation still has some sting, which helps rather than hurts. Little jabs with the pitchfork, most likely.

Mephistopheles' Stout is almost as delicious and as drinkable as the other Demons Of Ale. On another day, it might have gotten 4.5s across the board. Give the devil his due and buy a single. It isn't like you have to sell him your soul.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 15:34:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Nowhereman529

Florida

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very smooth and very dark color from the bottle, about as dark as I've ever seen a stout pour. No head, just a few brown bubbles on top.

S: Smell is sweet and darkly malty. I'm pretty sure that I detect some coffee in there and of course dark chocolate. Additionally, there seems to be a caramel undertone that is probably lending the sweetness to the smell.

T: This is very sweet upfront and quite malty as well. There is definitely chocolate involved in the flavor as well as some alcohol shining through, but not as much as I would expect for a 16% abv beer. It finishes off with a bit of bitterness and coffee. I hate to say it, but it's almost too sweet.

M: Very smooth and velvety, this is definitely a nice heavy bodied stout. They got the mouthfeel just about right on this one.

D: Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer. I have to mark it down a point for being overly sweet, but I'll be darned if I didn't thoroughly enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:54:45 | More by Nowhereman529
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katan

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a goblet

A - The definition of dark - opaque to the extreme. Very thick, black, viscous. A medium amount of mocha colored head. Well retained.

S - Bongo amounts of roasted barley, burnt, almost woodlike char. Maybe even a little bit smokey - very edgy.

T - Starts off smooth, sweet, chocolate, perhaps a little bit of maltose. Raisins, marmite, prunes as well - very complex. Mid-stream gets some yeast notes, where I finally get to notice the belgian notes. Brings on strong amounts of bittersweet chocolate, smooth. Finishes with more of a burnt flavor, with lots of retained hotness.

M - Moderate body, moderate to low carbonation - more meant to convey creaminess than balance. Extremely hot, alcohol just burns the mouth. Cloying sweetness.

O/D - This beer is over the top in just about every way. ABV is scary - is this a bottle of merlot? The solid texture and body of this beer makes it a total sipper - almost meant to be shared even in its 12oz form.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:12:35 | More by katan
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More_betterness

California

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Oily and viscous pitch black body with a mocha colored head. Moderate rentention and a sparse amount of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, and hazelnut coffee upfront. A dark cherry note rounds out the aroma. Amazingly, no booze to speak of. A year in the cellar was definitely helpful.

T: Dark fruit, and a lingering roasted/ashy malt are most prominent. Slight sherry oxidation note. Heavily roasted raw espresso bean finisher lingers about the palate for minutes between sips. Only slight boozines for 15.4%. Again, think cellaring this beast was the way to go.

M: Thick, viscous, and lingering forever. Appropriately low carbonation.

Great stout overall, and about as balanced as a beer of this ABV can be after sitting on it for a year. Was definitely a little rougher around the edges when I had a fresh bottle. Not mind blowing in any aspect, but just a solid representation of a high ABV stout. That being said this is absolutely screaming for a bourbon barrel. Hopefully we see that sometime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 16:59:57 | More by More_betterness
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark beer. In fact almost no light passes through the glass but you can see a little ruby like colors on the sides if you hold it up to the light and look real hard. It has a reddish head that rises about a half inch up from the pool of black liquid. The scent is nothing spectacular, it has a little of everything in it but its mostly smells like a fine wine. The taste reminds me more of a belgian ale then a stout. The high abv seems to thin out the liquid and calm the stout-y-ness. The flavors blend well but are masked a little by the high abv. Before you get to the warm feeling left over from this beer you get hints of chocolate, fruityness and even some spice. This beer is exceptionally easy to drink. Good thing its expensive at the local bar.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 01:37:46 | More by jbphoto88
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DrewZ926

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 2006 bottle into ithaca beer tulip

a- jet black and syrupy body with about an inch of khaki head that recedes slowly

s- very rich smell, bold roasty body, lots of maple syrup, burnt molasses, dark chocolate, faint bitterness like dried fruit.

t- so smooth and creamy, subtly sweet, picking up barely any heat, just a little bit warming afterwards. lots of bittersweet chocolate and espresso beans.

m- again, like a milkshake, flavors get even more complex as i let it warm to room temp

d- drinks like a session beer, the age clearly did this guy well. pretty sweet and chewy though, so it's a sipper in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:36:19 | More by DrewZ926
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scottoale

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12fl.oz. bottled in Nov. 2007, batch 3. Pours a pitch black-brown with a 1/2" of coffee brown head. The head eventually disappears, leaving no lace behind.

While still chilled, the smell is rich chocolate and coffee...very rich. As it warms it takes a super alcoholic turn that nearly burns the nose. It definetly smells as strong as it is, simply put.

Hot sweet malty intro, with a bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee flavor that lasts for some time. It finishes hot and sweet with a molassas syrupy mouthfeel. Very warming with a thick, yet vaporous body...this stuff is made for heavyweights = BIG beer.

Very tasty and very strong...not for the faint hearted

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 08:22:34 | More by scottoale
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CHickman

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5, bottled Dec. 2009-16.83% ABV; pours pitch black/brown in color, like tar oil, with a very creamy and foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing clinging to the glass after each sip; the head bubbled up like an oil pit.

Smells like dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, rum, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, syrup and/or molasses, brown sugar and alcohol; wow, this is sweet and very strong, with a dominating roasted chocolate aroma that reeks of alcohol. The sweet fruit like cherry, plum, dates and figs barely budge and almost smell like a merlot; very boozy nose that let’s you know 16.83% ABV is not a joke – this beer is as ominous smelling as the devil picture on the bottle.

Tastes very sweet and roasted, with dark fruits like plum, dates and figs, raisins, chocolate, rum, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, syrup and/or molasses, cough syrup, licorice, brown sugar, Coca cola, herbs or tea leafs, floral hops, very light lemon and alcohol, I mean big alcohol heat like a single malt scotch. This is imperial in every way, and while the menacing alcohol bite gives a good buzz, this is still a very tasty beer that is very complex and full of flavor. This is a great sipper that gives off different notes as it warms and actually gets more enjoyable with each sip (perhaps that 16%+ ABV kicked in…). The lingering taste is a combo of rum, chocolate and red wine and I’m sure it would pair quite well with desert.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a creamy, buttery feel on the tongue, very low carbonation that fizzles as it slides down and then starts to burn as it went down my throat; this is a heavy beer with a huge alcohol wallop that is always present, but not offensive. Considering the strength of this beer, the drinkability was good, but give yourself time to drink this beer as it’s a very slow sipper. Overall this was really good, and bordering on great, especially if you are into super strong beers. I highly recommend this beer for those that enjoy this niche of brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:25:29 | More by CHickman
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After this brewery left Indiana, this has been one of the only one of their beers I could really find. Maybe the price tag scared people off ($10 per 12-oz. bottle), but I’ve heard it’s worth it. At any rate, I’m ready for a baller stout tonight. Hit it!

Brewed three-and-a-half years ago (Batch 4, “Bottled in NOV 2008”). Let’s check out the age on this beast.

A: Pitch black with an inch-high head, chunky with a multitude of dark tan bubbles. A moment or two passes before it settles to a paper-thin film. Very light spots of lacing leave oily imprints before sliding back down.

S: Pungent, spicy! Buttery chocolate, raisin, dark alcohol, and sweet toffee. They balance nicely with the caramel, vanilla, and warm brown sugar scents – notes that are normally overbearing in a beer like this. Malts are actually pretty grainy, too, with full wheaty textures of fruit and bread. Pepper, chile spice, woody bourbon, smoke, and a hickory aroma (like bacon, almost) – great zest. A big, chocolaty, spicy nose.

T: Bold and intense, like the nose – tobacco smoke, chile pepper, bourbon, light pine hops, and bittersweet dark chocolate bring spice and heat to the front. Malts are thick and delicious: mocha, a combination of burnt and toasted grains, raisin/craisin/plum, vanilla, chicory, molasses, and cookie dough. Spicy, rich, thick. Boozy at the finish, with a little bit of maple syrup and hickory on the aftertaste. I feel like I’m getting smacked in the face with darkness. Mephistopheles, you evil bastard…you delicious, evil bastard.

M: Hot and astringent, pairing with the palate for a smooth stickiness. It’s stripping the enamel off my teeth, I swear. Lighter than some 10% beers I’ve had...

O: My lord, this is World Wide Stout with even more heat. It’s almost a dollar an ounce, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t worth every penny. You want the extreme of stouts? Grab one of these…you won’t be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:41:13 | More by BarryMFBurton
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sweemzander

Illinois

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
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in November 07 - consumed on 10/15/11
Shared with RealMikeT

A - Poured out a viscous, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. Short retention but it left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, chocolate, molasses and some vanilla.

T - At nearly 4 years of age this was very smooth. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and burnt molasses dominate the flavor profile. The booziness is present but understated.

M - It was soft, smooth and had an alcohol warmth. It was full bodied and had a fairly dry finish.

O - I've had samples of fresher versions, but at 4 years it was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 15:15:02 | More by zeff80
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an alcohol filled aroma that also boasts of chocolate and black malts. It's got a lovely chocolate/coffee scent; very nice. The taste is really good. It's quite strong and very complex. It has a smooth coffee-like flavor that goes down slow and easy and finishes warm and sweet. It has a great roasted character as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, despite the elevated abv.. It's smooth and flavorful, but also a slow sipper. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:47:38 | More by WesWes
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Rich, oily and black. A little red light gets through at the bottom, but it is generally black. The head got a bit too big by the end of the pour, but the lacing is solid.

SMELL: Smoky and roasty. Not much else, other than a bit of coffee aroma gets through.

TASTE: Nothing like the smell. This beer is rich and complex. It starts out with chocolate and dark fruit, a very sweet and delicious beer. The sweetness eventually gives way to the 107 IBUs in this thing and coffee along with a hop bite take over towards the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Absolutely perfect for a big, imperial stout. Pours like motor oil and it has a big, full-bodied, rich feel.

OVERALL: Avery went after taste on this beer and nailed it. The look and aroma are nothing to write home about, but the taste and mouthfeel make this beer a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 09:01:01 | More by StoneTSR
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timmlimestone

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the dark lord of stout beers. C'mon, how dark can you get.

Appearance - Exceptional due to the deepest darkest pour. Great oil slick of a glass.

Smell - Good only because it sis not overpower me. I thought if it where the dark overlord of stout beers, that it would at least kick me one.

Taste - Very good. This is a stout stout stout.

Mouthfeel - Thick alcoholic

Drinkability - Very drinkable in small amounts.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 03:21:15 | More by timmlimestone
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOOM! Got this bottle at Surdyk's in Minneapolis a month or so ago. Poured with a medium tan head and no lace. Aroma was heavy with dark bread dough, malt, molasses, and dark, ripe fruit. Color is opaque black on black. Flavor is a slammer - with all of the aroma components plus a bit of roastiness, big sweet - bitter - sweet alternations and a real strong booziness. Really tastes like it has been spiked with some booze - hard to say which. Body is good and so is carbonation. Very strong alcohol finish with a little bittersweet highlight. Not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 23:59:03 | More by drpimento
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Botled in January 2006, Batch One. Original Gravity 1.142.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with only very faint, dark brown highlights at the top of the brew. Head was great for such a strong stout. The retention was excellent and an awesome tan color. The retention gradually receded to a thick, constant foam.

Smell- Very chocolatye sweet. Almost like those European chocolate bars that have whole bits of fruit int them. Hints of licorice, vanilla, and coffee.

Taste- Starts out like maple syrup, very sugary milk chocolate, and coffee. The middle gives hints of the cascade hops. But after that, the finish is bittersweet, but with a definet lean towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel- Pretty swet and chocolatey with a name such as Mephistopheles. I was expecting amore sharp cantrast bewtween sweet nd bitter with more leanings towards the bitter side. But this was a good beer to enjoy slowly and let all the super sweet chocolates warm on your tongue with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 04:17:13 | More by scruffwhor
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown,almost black. Slightly opaque. Poured a 2 finger chocolae head that dissipated quickly to some floating patches. Lacing sheeted down the glass.

S: Big dark toasted malt flavors; molasses, chocolate, and burnt toast. Also vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very intense; chocolate, licorice, molasses, coffee, vanilla. An assault of rich flavors. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and and creamy. Alcohol burn at the end.

D: Big stout - even for double. ABV will catch up to you, but a nice sipper. As I've seen others do, I pland to buy a couple more bottles and add to my stash.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:03:08 | More by Haybeerman
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another colossal stout from avery. this one is famous for a reason. pours inky black with a coffee brown lacey head 2 inches tall but fading out before long. smells like licorice, alcohol, cocoa, and espresso. the flavor holds all of those flavors and more. wood, vanilla, and a sugary sweetness all present themselves in turn. the taste is constantly evolving, seemlessly moving from one intense sensation to the next. finally a really strong alcoholic sweetness overtakes everything as it fades out. feel is a bit sludgey, but how could it not be? overwhelmingly full bodied, moderate carbonation. a good beer to share with your lady if you are lucky enough to have one that enjoys imperial stouts!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:37:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdubzfrumpdubz

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

For the record, I have been looking at this beer on the shelf for about a year before I decided to spend the $8 for this mysterious 12 oz. However, Avery rarely does me wrong, so here we are...

Pours like motor oil, black like Darklord or Bourbon County, but a bigger head....nice and brown that doesnt last long.

Smells like alcohol, chocolate and molasses....ALOT of alcohol, but I knew what I was getting into since they warn you on the label...16% ... wow

taste is complex...again, chocolate, molasses, I almost want to say blueberry sweetness, but after the burn I realize it is the alcohol. Alot of alcohol sweetness....really intense. To be honest, I am currently eating olives to quell the intensity...would that be considered irony?

I guess I would call the mouthfeel "exciting" ... or maybe more "marauding"....I mean after all, we talking about the devil here. This one certainly has the body to accomodate the complexity, but the alcohol is still so apparent...

Considering the alcohol content, this is the epitomy of a sipper....I am actually regretting not enjoying this with a friend....now that I realize the calibur of this beer, I will not scoff at the pricetag.

Overall, a very good beer...I will certainly buy one or two and let them sit in the cellar for AT LEAST a year, probably 2

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 06:27:24 | More by mdubzfrumpdubz
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

A- black brew with a 1 finger tan head, that holds decently and settles to a tiny ring and leaves films of lace

S- roasted malts, earthy, nutty, black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, subtle alcohol

T- overall sweet, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, big sweet toffee character, alcohol sneaks around, roasted hints at finish, sweet coffee and toffee aftertaste.

M- syrupy full body, hop feel at finish, somewhat sticky in the after

D- a sipping brew, ages tremendously well, quite a treat. I don't think a could handle it very often. Intense brew, must try

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:39:53 | More by tonistruth
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aerozeppl

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

November 2006 Batch 2 16.03% ABV

A: Jet black with no light getting , through. Poured with only a slight coating of off white head. Quickly dissipated.

S: This is a huge nose. Big alcohol right up front.Chocolate, rum, figs, burned sugar,toffee, coffee. Basically everything you have ever smelled in a stout at once. Really nice nose.

T: The oak is really strong right up front. Booze is there as well. Chocolate and toffee.Quite a few raisins as well.

M: It is full bodied but not at thick as the smell and flavor would make you think.

D: Been drinking this for an hour now and I am through less than 4 oz. This is a sipper that demands your respect. Much better than this was a year ago. The avery demons demand cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

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