Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 250
Gots: 541 | FT: 28
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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 mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had really never had this one till last night. I have had it pass through my hands several times, but last night I said screw it and went for it. Served at all almost room temp and in a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

Vintage 2006

The pour was near perfect, dark as night with a huge head of tan on top that reached a height of around two inches before settling down and dropping just tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass and really coating it quite nicely. Aroma is massively complex, vanilla and boozy notes are dominant at first before giving way to a nice aroma of licorice and dark fruits which collide with oak notes and deep, resonant sweetness. Really very well done. Even with a few years on it it still maintains some hotness, but it is still nicely drinkable. Rich licorice and chocolate is blinded at times by hot bourbon notes, but it still works very well and the bottle lasted a good two hours as I sipped away contently.

Overall this huge beers are in leagues of their own normally, and though this seemed a bit hotter then alot of them I still felt it worked fairly well. Not bad from avery at all.

Photo of buschbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Bottled November 2007, batch 3. 16.00%ABV
Served in snifter.

A - This beer is very dark. There is no light getting through this one. I got about a half inch of mud colored head.

S - Dark roasted malt.

T - Obviously lots of roasted malt but it seems to leave a burnt aftertaste.

M - Very thick and viscous.

D - I thought it was good enough to try again. The price tag is kind of prohibitive of a budget though.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a Reidel shiraz O-glass. Bottled Nov. 2006 Batch 2

A = Black liquid, dark mocha brown head of about 2 fingers which slowly dissipated leaving very small amount of lacing on glass.

S = Bittersweet chocolate and espresso americano coffee, slight alcohol sensation.

T = Tart bitter chocolate on front of tongue, then bittersweet espresso with slight taste of maple syrup, roasted-burnt grains, all followed by a very bitter finish that dwells in the back of the mouth. Very good but with maybe not quite enough sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, carbonation may be just slightly more than I expected from the style, slight but not unpleasant stinging on the tongue. Alcohol is apparent but not unpleasant.

D = I will definitely have this again but it is a sipping beer.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a goblet.

A: pours inky black, opaque, no highlights, can't shine a light through it. Looks like motor oil as it pours. Lets you know it's a big stout. Very little head, although of a stark dark brown color, that dissipates quickly but no matter.

S: chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, alcohol, roast, caramel, molasses

T: immediate impression is strength, has a chocolatey flavor that dominates but some cherry-like fruit flavors also evident. Bourbon-like. Alcohol is there throughout the flavor profile but never burns. The beer finishes in a sweet, cherry-like effervescent close, with a mixed-roast and cherry aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

M: definitely on the heavy side, not as viscous as oil but more viscous for the average beer and definitely what I expected. coats the mouth which accents the aftertaste. Although not an effervescent beer, the finish somehow sparkles.

D: At this abv this is not a highly drinkable beer. that does not mean it isn't enjoyable. It would be a good way to finish the day. I paired with a canoli; the beer complements the cream and cinnamon flavors well.

Photo of Fenris244
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one finger tam head, great retention, the lace keeps clinging to glass and leave a good amount of residue, I always like it when beers do that

The coffee aroma is very strong and is almost the only thing I can smell, toffee, chocolate and licorice are certainly playing second to the onslaught of coffee, that being said I find the coffee to be pleasant ant the other aromas are a great accent. Caramel aroma is also pleasant and was only apperant after the beer warmed for bit.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are very strong, great coffee like bitterness follows, this stout is like a hammer to me, it's not that complex but full of a flavor punch nonetheless, the alcohol is well masked despite being above 16% and the strong flavor I think help to mask the power of this brew

Mouthfeel is almost syrupy but the amount of carbonation in my bottle is a nice contrast to the heavy flavors of the beer, it's certainly a sipping beer but at such a high abv I wouldn't expect much else.

Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strong dark black with a thick muddy/ chocolate head which settles to a thin but solid layer with little to no lacing.

Strong caramel/ toffee nose, slight burnt smell, malty/ nutty.

Very rich, strong alcohol, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, slight bitter notes.

Full, creamy but bitter, medium carbonation.

Strong, delicious but not a drink to have regularly.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. The label notes that this is Batch 5, bottled in December of 2009. ABV is listed as 16.83%. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours as black as the devil's soul, inky and opaque. Some deep brown highlights show up around the edges when held to the light, but other than that it's a black abyss. Shows off a huge cocoa-colored head that falls away slowly to a thin crown, leaving behind but a spectral coating of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose is equally full of darkness: dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruity notes of prune and raisin, accompanied by a big whiff of boozy alcohol as the brew warms to room temperature.

Body is full but not chewy; there is a light level of carbonation but it serves to lift the mouthfeel a little more toward the heavens than it would otherwise reach. Roastiness carries over from the aroma onto the palate, mingling with some sweet malt and bittersweet dark chocolate up front, moving into a dry and roasty-bitter middle; the huge alcohol presence really takes foot toward the back, intensifying the dryness and carrying well into the finish that combines all of the aforementioned characteristics and leaves them lingering on the back of the tongue. The alcohol warms and even burns a little on its way down, wafting into the nasal passages as it dies away.

Once the alcohol disappears, the semi-sweet dark chocolate character that is left behind begs for an accompanying dessert. Enormous alcoholic presence aside, this is one solid and well-built Imperial Stout. At lower temperatures the alcohol is, understandably, more well-hidden, giving this brew an even greater deviousness; even with the warmth, though, this makes a splendid nightcap, but perhaps one that should be shared.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Midnight oil looking with a some of the best lacing for such a heavy ABV. Does leave some decent lacing as well.

A nice heavy aroma of malts, some chocolate, and heavy coffee finish.

Taste is nice.It doesn't scold the palate but does turn things up a notch in the warmth department. A roasted malt touching at first with a nice mocha like taste barging in second. This is the calm before the storm. A heavy and unforgiving anise finish.

Smooth ... yes. It pours from the bottle and coats the palate like a fine oil. Fuller than full body and extremely slick and silk texture.

All an all I was surprised at this one very expensive beer but seemed to be very basic in ingredients. Just a whopping ABV.

Photo of jsapunor
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured inky black into a snifter leaving about two fingers of head that bubbled away quickly.

The smell is malt, cherries, coffee and alcohol, most definitely alcohol. The taste follows the nose but is more complex with coffee, liquorice, cherry, some molasses and most definitely alcohol on the back end. It is thick and syrup like with lots of alcohol burn in the finish.

This is a terrific and unique double imperial stout. It demands to be sipped because of the insanely high ABV but sipping is the only way to go with a brew this special with so much to offer by way of flavors.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours as dark as the being that graces the bottle. Evil, with a thin dark tan head.

S: I get a lot of booze in the nose, whiskey-like, with a hint of sweetness.

T: At first, the alcohol is overwhelming. As you sip on it, other flavors come to the forefront. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and molasses are all present. There's an alcohol bite to every sip, but it fades as you continue to drink.

M: Smooth ,thick, with little carbonation.

D: This is a sipper. Not something you could throw down easy, it's a challenge to drink this beast. But patience yields some great flavors. A strong stout, and quite enjoyable with the right approach.

Photo of LevitatedEep
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12 oz bottle with a friend. Poured into my Chimay glass.

A - Pitch black with decent lacing and small head.

S - Smells of black licorice, alcohol, figs, nice and danky. Very strong smells here.

T - Long burning bitterness and alcohol taste, very smoky but surprisingly smooth going down. The bitterness will not go away. A very delicious sipper.

M - Burns the tongue as soon as you taste it...very little or no carbonation.

D - Very slow sipper that you gotta split with a friend or 2....no way you could drink a lot of this in one session.

Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer in one of my first trades which was with Schmittymack back at DLD 09. This is batch 1 bottled in January 2006 with a listed ABV of 15.1%. Appearance is dark black with almost no head or light passage. Not quite as viscous on the appearance as I'd expect for a 15+ abv brew. Nose starts with heavy amounts of dark fruits and molasses. Figs, brown sugar, plums, and dark cherries join forces to make for a very sweet smell. Roasted malts come in towards the end along with cocoa which rounds out this massive aroma. The taste starts with a very sweet malty presence with much of the dark fruit characters that I detected on the nose. Molasses and brown sugar dominate the mid palate with a rush of roast on the finish. This brew has aged into a very complex sweet imperial stout. My last experience with this beer (fresh) was over the top boozy. This cellared version, while still boozy and big, is much more complex. Mouthfeel is smooth and big with light carbonation. Overall, this beer is in the realm of Dark Lord and World Wide Stout in terms of its high abv and residual sweetness. The age has been nice to this brew as I find it much more enjoyable than when its fresh.

Photo of mmcave
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this in Ohio I believe, batch 2 bottled Nov. 2006, minor contradiction on bottle from its description on this BA page and Avery website, bottle says 16.3 Abv and OG 1.148 where on the latter says 15.10 Abv OG 1.145. Any how chilled and poured this bad mother into nonic. Inky black body, completely opaque with nesqicky creamy chocolate head a centimeter off the surface. Hardened sugary lacing thin, but it already has very good hold. Smells of dry roast coffee, with in that notes of chocolate, hints of anise and a lingering nuttiness. There is a sugar sweetness that sort of cuts this richness aiding in complexity. Alcohol is present although not overbearing. Along with this sort of a mild fruitiness, I’m not sure what exactly the rich coffee nuttiness, sort of makes it hard to get a good hold on, but enticing all the same.
The taste comes off at first as a sweetened coffee flavor, but then it goes a little further in terms of bitterness. What at first seems to be simply a bitter dark chocolate coffee, becomes more bitter and the earthiness of the hops them selves become apparent, which on this brew I can’t decide if I like or not, all the same it is very interesting. Behind this there are notes of rich nutty, roasted, sherried, caramelized fruits. Starts rich and sweet and the bitterness becomes apparent toward the mid section some sweetness and then as stated, by Avery its self sweet, rich, bitter "double espresso" finish. There is absolute alcohol warmth on this demon of a beer. I have to say weather you like Avery's demon serious or not they have been totally fun to try. And I will undoubtedly try them year after year. This is a very interesting beer one that absolutely deserves a chance to warm up and be drunk while thinking on its enormity.

Photo of DantheMan75
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I have had this one bottle around for a while! It is dated November 2006.

It is pretty mellow, considering how strong it claims to be. It kicks some pitudie, though. Serious bidness.

This was an evening of small but excessive indulgences, and this beauty fell right into that. I had a Dogfish Head Pal Santo that wasn't aged, then an Old Brooklyn (whatever, their superale barleywine), and now this. And my wife wants me to watch some TV. Sure, honey. I'll be right there. Add the couple shots or tequila...

Anyway, this is pretty skunky. I have no idea what I paid for it (a couple years ago?) but it may have been more than it was worth. Still, a quality effort, and something I would be proud to serve to brave guests (if I had any more or any guests).

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this '07 bottle -poured chilled into a taster allowed to warm gently.

A deep brown almost black color with crimson hues in the background. A small light cream head crowns the stout and leaves no lace clinging. The smell is woody and slightly oxidized with notes of vanilla and sherry with a subtle raisin tinge and sweet dried fruit element. The feel has smooth consistency with semi-sweet feel and moderate alcohol warming for the abv. The slight bitterness compliments the roasted and sweet textures.

The flavor has a dry flavor up front of concentrated sugar and mild acidic hop with a mild alcohol and bits of toast with a mild coffee element and more wood in the semi-dry finish. A stout that was incredible as it warms with lots of subtle from the time in the cellar, nicely balanced and incredibly smooth for a 16%+ stout!

Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid, still, black color. Doesn't quite look like motor oil when pouring, but still thick. Nice small but dense dark tan/orange/brown head.

Smell: Good aroma of roasted malts with some toffee and sugar. Surprisingly, no alcohol.

Taste: Not very complex, but good. There's strongly roasted malts and a bit of caramel sweetness - though hardly overpowering... just enough to add some balance. It is pretty much the same at the finish and the aftertaste. Sometimes there's a hint of spices that I can't quite place. Of course there is some alcohol in the taste, but it doesn't stand on its own and is pretty low in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied (a bit lighter than I anticipated) with a little bit of carbonation tingle, and quite smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely one to sip, but I am seriously amazed that the alcohol isn't right out in front here - very well done!

As someone who cannot stand Samichlaus and other beers exceeding the 13% mark, I wasn't expecting much here. Instead, I am pleasantly surprised! The alcohol flavor is kept at bay, and it isn't either too sweet or too bitter. Definitely the strongest beer I've ever had (alcohol-wise). While not the most interesting beer, taste-wise, for this style it is definitely enjoyable and I will get again.

Photo of tavernseeker
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of both barley wines and stouts. This is like a mix of the two.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a brown head that has very little lacing and fades to just a brown ring.

Smell: Very dark. Raisins, dried plums and other dark dried fruits. Molasses, caramel, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malts (almost burnt), molasses, and chocolate, with just a hint of hops. This brew is defiantly high in alcohol but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy sweet. The alcohol makes it a great sipper.

Drinkability: This beer BIG. Make a night of just one and really enjoy it. It's a very complex beer and the flavors change and mellow as it warms up. (though the alcohol doesn't)

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It wouldn't matter if you were E.T. himself - there is no chance of seeing a finger - even a glowing one - on the other side of Mephistopheles Stout. I mean, all stouts are one shade or another of black but few are this invincibly black. This looks thick as tar; I think the walls in my house are thinner than this. And its thin halo is impressive considering the 15.92% ABV.

Likewise, even for a style with no shortage of luxuriant offerings, few are quite this burly and upholstered. The combination of clumps of melted dark chocolate, licorice puree, week-old espresso and all the ooey-gooey fudge known to man is decadent enough to mask nearly all of its titanic amount of alcohol.

The character of the oak barrel is easily perceivable in the taste; never mind vanilla or bourbon notes, the beer's bittersweet flavours are grounded in good old dry, splintering wood. The beer has all the qualities of a high-caliber RIS but also has the stiff reward of a shot of grappa. Notes of cream and burnt sugar are made more welcome with warmth.

I get the impression there's more flavour in there... buried somewhere beneath about 30 proof worth of booze. It's not that the alcohol is tasted outright - it's not - but there's no doubt more of that chocolaty, espresso-like flavour could be better appreciated if the alcohol percentage didn't start with the number 1. But I wouldn't want that distinguishing ouzo character compromised, it goes with the coffee-crusted blackcurrants.

I can't think of a better candidate for the cellar. This November 2008 (Batch 4) vintage has held up fantastically to this point (exactly 2 years since entering the bottle). Furthermore, I can think of only a few other beers that are as formidable, as grandiose, as sensual and as devilishly intoxicating as this that I'd want to serve to guests after dinner.

A beer with this much alcohol could probably be considered a fire hazard; if this doesn't get you drunk you don't know how to do it. That being said, it is undoubtedly a most gratifying, exquisite, knockout of a tipple that might be better described as a digestif and it's likely one of the more absorbing beers you'll try from Avery, or any American brewer for that matter.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

VINTAGE 2008 15.92%ABV:
Pours an almost black color. Very dark. Creamy, one-finger head of milk chocolate colored foam. Head dissipates to a thin film somewhat quickly. Lacing is spotty, but oily and slick, so it doesn't stay long.
A=3.5

Dark fruits rolled in coffee grounds. The coffee scent is quite prominent, in this one. A light dusting of cocoa powder. Good roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Slight booziness.
S=4.0

Big roasted coffee notes dominate the taste, also. Bittersweet chocolates, slightly balanced with hints of vanilla. Dark fruits dusted in candi sugars. Booziness and alcohol warmth.
T=3.5

Good full body, as expected. Carbonation seems a little bit off, though. Not quite creamy enough and nowhere near smooth enough. Has an undesired sharpness to it.
M=3.5

This one needs a year or two of age on it, I think. It's still a bit young. A little too sharp and a little too hot.
D=3.5
GRADE=3.6 (B)

VINTAGE 2007 16.00%ABV:
Total black appearance. Almost three-fingers of espresso-foam form the head. Retention is great. Lacing is in a solid ring and fairly sticky.

Molasses. Over-ripened dark fruits. Candi sugars and toffee. Licorice. Charred oak. Mild hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Huge dark fruits. Roasted caramel. Undertones of coffee/espresso. Milk chocolate and a tiny touch of dark chocolate. Mild booziness in the taste and a mild alcohol warmth, in the throat and belly.

Still full-bodied. Carbonation is better in this one than in the 2008. Very smooth and almost creamy. Almost silky.

This 2007 is drinking very well, right now. I imagine it still has a way to go though, before it peaks. I still have a couple bottles downstairs that I will check in with, in another 6 months to a year.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 bottle ive sat on for a while.

The look is good, it pours oily but it isn't totally black, it is more like a very dark brown with a decent head and some lacing.

The smell is a wall of deep stout flavors: soy sauce, lots of toasted barley, dark chocolate, charcuterie fruit jelly (dark fruit), and alcohol esters. Interesting but not supremely appetizing.

The flavor is very rich and explores the aromas in more detail with nice stone fruits, big barley flavors, plums, alcohol flavors that are not overly hot which is nice, toasted dark bread is the main thing I taste. This is nice and deep in flavor, not super roasted but not overly sweet either, it finds a nice super dark malt balance with the alcohol.

The feel is oily, it is maybe more carbonated than I like and is sort of thin for a huge ris. A little hot on the end.

Overall a nice beer, I feel like I might have even been able to sit this down longer....

Photo of micromaniac129
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours quite a dark black color. It is probably the darkest I've seen to date. As dark black as it is the head color is pretty light being a darker beige. Lingering lace dot the glass.

Being a recent purchase and not cellared, there is a considerable amount of alcohol in the nose. After getting passed that one can smell dark roasted malts, candied fruits and sweet sugars.

On my first sip I got mostly a big dose of alcohol, which I was expecting. As it warmed the alcohol presence faded with more roasted malts and sweetness coming into view. I get some cocoa nibs in there too.

It feels rough on the palate and has a dry bitter finish not to mention a big warm alcohol finish.

This is a pretty good not everyday beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I love Avery's big beers. Many people find them too hot and I have to agree...they ARE hot..but very complex and ones to be enjoyed over an hour rather than just drunk like a simple stout or lager.

This one poured very dark but not quite black...lots of red hues showed through in the light. Small head as to be expected that melted to a faint ring.

Aromas are burnt, toasted dark malts, brown sugar, definite dark, dark candied fruits, and alcohol...hot alcohol.

Tongue first tasted burnt dark chocolate malt..then a softening from dark prunes, dark raisins, and other dark fruits....dark, dark brown sugar but not overly sweet. Bitter hops actually do make their presence known after awhile but seem to get lost in the very hot alcohol that finishes the swallow.

Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and creamy for style and aftertaste is mostly of the burnt, dark chocolate malts.

A very impressive sipper and while $8 for 12 oz may sound exorbitant, considering this is a 12 oz'r that can last you the late night, it's a bargain.
***
UPDATE: Dec, 14th, 2007
Damn this is good stuff.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=Pours deep dark brown/black with a dark brown head that starts at one finger and dissipates quickly

S=Roasted malts and alcohol

T=starts with a bitter coffee bite and finishes smoother with chocolates

M=nice early sharp tingle that smoothes away

D=sweet, high ABV both lend to one and done status for me, but keep in the style pretty well

Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer is very nice overall.

thick and dark as motor oil, with a toasty and malty smell that has what seems like carmalized deep and dark fruits to the aroma.

upon each swirl a nice caramel colored head appears that quickly dissolves, and the carbonation is minimal at best.

the high abv lingers in the mouth and even coats the teeth with a dark malty coating that can be unpleasant at times.

the beer overall is very intersting take, not to mention mine was a 2008 november batch so im trying 14 months afte the fact. i dont believe the distributor mis-handled the brew either.

overall i would not drink more then maybe 2 bottles in a sitting, but its worth the price and i thought very pleasant overall.

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