Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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94
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2,035 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,035
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 298
Gots: 705 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Cellarable for 10+ years.

Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Food pairing: We like Mephistopheles’ Stout with chocolate (60% cocoa or more), chocolate lava cake, flourless chocolate cake, tiramisu or traditional fruit cake made with rum-soaked fruits.
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Ratings: 2,035 | Reviews: 859
Photo of Briesch
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Great tasting beer. Super complex with tastes of espresso, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Drinks fairly easily for such a high ABV.

Photo of imstimpy
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't speak highly enough about this beer.

It pours inky black, with colourful brown head. The smell is wonderful with chocolate, espresso, licorice, and some dark fruit.

I first had this beer bottled in 2010 and couldn't leave it in the fridge to age more than a few months. When young, it is sharp and a bit boozy. Let it age a year and the booze falls back to lets the flavors thrive. Two years in and it becomes quite complex. At three years the raisons come forward and the complexity flattens. Ranging from fresh on tap to three years fridge aged, my favorite is at two years.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Batch 3 So So Soooo nice.

Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A ring of light brown foam clings desperately to the glass to avoid being pulled into the impenetrable depths below. A thin layer of cocoa hovers over the glass, with subtle hints of apple brandy and rhum agricole lurking just under the surface. This beer starts slow but eventually opens up into a long, lovely finish reminiscent of cookie dough. The high ABV is definitely in evidence, but doesn't overwhelm.

It's hard to believe this isn't barrel-aged, given the various liquor notes that are present. Nonetheless, I'm thankful it isn't, because that's what keeps it out in a semi-reasonable price range; Meph can hold its own against Uncle Jacob and Avery's other top-end offerings.

Nov 2014 batch (17.1% ABV).

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Big, rich, and delicious!

Photo of spoony
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle (November 2014 Release, Batch 10) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated May 24, 2015.

A-The beer pours heavily into the glass. It is black and still. The short head of brown foam fades steadily to a few patches of foam and then to a collar. A sheen of boozy alcohol sits atop the beer.

S-The aroma is big and aggressive. I get wisps of smoke and alcohol that warm my nostrils. The alcohol is lightly fruity and medicinal. Underneath is a heavily roasted mixture of coffee and espresso, some blueberry, fudge brownie, and caramelized grains.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Big flavors of roasted coffee, bitter espresso, chocolate syrup, caramelized grains, toasted marshmallow, macerated cherries, and blueberry. The alcohol is strong but well integrated.

M-The heft is medium with a little kick of prickly carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish.

O-This is a pretty damn good beer. It drinks almost like a port at 17.whatever percent alcohol for this batch and the flavors are as complex as a dessert wine. If you like big and bold stouts, you could a lot worse than this one.

Photo of Teen-o
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 release, batch 9
Really boozy in the beginning with a sweet aftertaste. Good stuff!

Photo of blues_fever
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely boozy, but it was sooo good on tap.

Photo of neenerzig
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this a few years ago at The Party Source in Newport, KY just across the river from Cincinnati. This bottle is from batch # 3, bottled in November 2007 with an ABV of 16.00%. Poured into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown color that has no interest in letting in any light, just a very slight hint of deep amber ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a tan, 1/4 inch thick head when first poured that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Just a very slight hint of lacing. Aromas of toasted, sweet caramel maltyness is heavily present along with strong cocoa hints and some fairly subtle coffee notes that is followed by other hints of molasses, vanilla and anise. And of course some alcohol. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had, that's for sure. Maybe the best! Has a nice, sweet, toasted, strong caramel malt flavor upfront that gives way to chocolate and coffee notes that are followed by the aforementioned notes of vanilla, anise, and molasses. Rounds out with some alcohol, but the alcohol note itself is not overpowering in the least. It is extremely well woven into the fabric of the flavor profile of this beer. Sweetness along with the spice hints are all that are here taste wise, and in this case that is an absolutely wonderful thing. No hint of hops of bitterness at all, but I guess that should not really be a surprise since this beer is about 7 1/2 years old. Has a very smooth, thick, sticky, chewy, slightly oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. This is a beer best sipped slowly, as it really needs to sit and warm up for all the complexities and subtleties to become known. I drank mine over the course of about an hour. To use the quote that my friend Passow once said about a different fantastic beer we enjoyed together, "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." Once again no disagreement here, as this beer is fantastic! Get it if you can!

Eric

Photo of DahWag
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 10, Nov '14
Malty nose, coffee/graham/cedar palate, heavy bitterness masks alcohol well.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black like motor oil with a brown head that leaves lacing on the sides.
S - Smell is sweet and boozy.
T - Flavor is a little chocolate, a little carame and booze.
M - Thick and chewy with low carbonation.
O - This is a big boozy stout. A slow sipper for sure. I was a little disappointed as the alcohol tended to dominate everything. Might by another one and lay it down for a couple years.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours an oily, jet black color straight out of the bottle. Forms a nice 2 finger, extremely dark tan colored head with an aggressive pour. Decent head potential, medium/low head retention. No lacing.
S - 4.25 - A ton of roasty malt, medium sweet chocolate, light coffee and an herbal, medicinal, star-anise / licorice property to its aroma.
T - 3.75 - Very very sweet, almost cloyingly so...but not quite. SUPER sweet malt upfront which mellows a bit into medium sweet chocolate and finally ends on a much needed, bitter coffee ending. While the finish helps balance the sweetness, this is by no means a balanced beer.
F - 5 - Extremely thick, viscous and oily bodied mouthfeel. Very creamy.
O - 4 - A very good stout, but definitely one to be sipped on quite slowly and on the coldest of days. Could be improved by what I would surmise as, less, if not no use of turbinado sugar.

Photo of tillmac62
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 333/14, 17.1% ABV

Pours black as a witch's heart. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of chocolate over alcohol. As it warms, notes of molasses, vanilla and anise arise.

Rich full body with a texture that defines creamy. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence present in the finish.

The flavor profile can be summed up in one word...intense. Sip about a quarter of it to let your palate adjust to the alcohol, then you can savor this remarkable uber imperial stout. You first experience a wave of rich chocolate over an equally rich heavy malt base that screams molasses (with caramel notes) and vanilla. The middle accentuates the vanilla and malt before the alcohol lends its spicy heat as if from a hellish caldron. The finish produces the only bitterness, which is slight, a final wave of rich molasses like sweetness and lingers with a somewhat astringent alcohol burn at the back of the throat. This devil will light you up!!

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exxon Valdez got nothin on this beast. Rumor has it this beer was influenced by the blob from "The Raft" on Creepshow 2.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 2013 bottle opened in Mar 2015

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a nice creamy brown head and a medium lacing.

Smell – Heavy malt, molasses, anice, barley, and a hint of espresso. Very Nice! There is also some raisin notes.

Taste – Similar to the smell, but better! A perfect mix of malt, anice, and espresso, with vanilla. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel – Creamy, nicely carbonated, velvety, and smooth. The bottle says this is 15.4%abv, but it feels like only 12%. Very nice!

Drinkability – Very easy drinking, especially for 15.4%.

Photo of kudsak
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid. Pours dark. Fairly hoppy/ bitter for a Ris

Photo of CraigP83
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is big and boozy. Subtle winter spices on the nose, drinks very hot.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but a little hot for me. Sweet and boozy. Quite syrupy

Photo of tclipse
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Far too boozy and sweet for my liking.

Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better as it warms. Lots of licorice, chocolate, roasted malt and yeast come through.

Photo of barhoc11
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing is rough around the edges right now but I like it for this brutal cold day. Was bottled in November 2014, I will see what some age does to this with my other bottle.

Photo of CigarsandGuns
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a stout should be. Heavy, clean with a lingering taste one cannot get enough of.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I had needed to sit a bit, the spicy Belgian yeast was a nice touch but the alcohol was a bit too hot.

Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black body, very dark and a bit foreboding even. Half finger offwhite head that sticks around a bit more than expected for such a large beer. No lacing.

S- Rich dark chocolate, earth, cocoa, licorice. A little bit of dark fruit. A fair amount of booze, but not as much as I would expect. Smells very tasty; the chocolate and booze are pretty intense.

F- Chocolate, cocoa are the predominant flavours along with a moderate alcohol bite that is nevertheless not altogether unpleasant. Some roast coffee, small amount of roasty flavours, dark fruit. Nice complexity although more roast would be nice.

M- Thick bodied, not syrupy but definitely substantial. The heat on the backend makes it a sipper and definitely encourages sharing the 12oz bottle.

O- A majorly high gravity beer that imparts plenty of flavours and a bit of booze that actually works reasonably well as a whole. The booze adds a layer of flavour to a big, complex and bold base beer.

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2014: Very hot in terms of alcohol.

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