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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 1559
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.19%

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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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep dark brown with a finger of tan head that enjoyed some good retention and left nice thick lace behind. Roasted malts abound in both the nose and the flavor profile. The finish is a touch too astringent and puts a damper on an otherwise exceptional offering. There is a slight alcohol presence, but considering the ABV, it is very mild and unobtrusive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 19:13:03 | More by 57md
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a pitch black colored beer with a tiny brown head floating atop. The small, film like head persists for quite some time with it eventually fading leaving a good deal of lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the glass the thick and viscous nature of the brew can be seen, with it clinging to the sides of the glass taking quite some time to find its way back to the bottom where gravity wants it to be.

Smell – The aroma is big and bold with a strong sweet showing. Roasted and burnt malts with coffee and dark chocolate smells make for the rich dark base. The heavy sweetness is a mix of raisin, prune, caramel, and some vanilla. These dark and sweet smells combined with a strong boozy presence to give a very warming smell.

Taste – The taste begins big and sweet with lots of roasted malt and some sweet chocolate, dark fruits of raisin and prune, along with some flavors caramel. Vanilla is present up front as well melding well with the sweet cocoa roasted malt. A roasted coffee flavor as well as some char and more woody hop flavors come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. As these tastes come, some of the sweetness fade a bit. Toward the end of the taste some flavors of smoke and alcohol come to the tongue. Along with these, the taste bitters quite a bit more as some bitter hop and more bitter coffee come to the tongue. The combination of all the flavors end up leaving a very roasty and slightly more bitter coffee, cocoa and hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather thick and chewy with a carbonation level that was rather average. The thickness coated the mouth bathing the tongue in all the intensely sweet, roasty, and even moderately bitter flavors of the brew. The average carbonation level made it rather more drinkable for a 15 + abv. beer with the combo of body and carbonation making for a nice feeling brew.

Overall – Another nice big series brew by Avery. Huge on the sweet and roasted flavors with a decent bitterness and a great feel. Quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 01:19:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Varga Bar on 8/3/12, served in a snifter. 2011 vintage keg.

Pour: Completely pitch black. I mean midnight. Dang. Finger and a half of khaki head that sticks around.

Smell: Rum soaked raisons, figs, and plums. Some chocolate roastiness. Booze.

Taste: Really deep roasted chocolate malts, with lots of dark fruits. Some chocolate cherry too.

Mouthfeel: So heavy, and quite boozy. Not as boozy and the 2010 bottle I had. Velvety.

Overall: Really, really enjoyed this my second time having. I look forward to seeking this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 21:50:55 | More by cfrances33
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a mocha head. An aroma of chocolate and some coffee with some alcohol hiding underneath. Big flavors of rich chocolate cake, coffee, cocoa, roast, and a warming alcohol. Medium body with a little carbonation and not quite as thick and creamy as I might have preferred. Overall, wow this is a big beer. Lot of big flavors going on here and the abv reminds you that this is a beer that must be respected.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 21:41:17 | More by denver10
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5


I can't believe this sucker has a head! Half an inch and tan in color. Still sitting after two minutes. The beer sits a devilish brown-black, but more black than anything. 4.5

Nose full of charred malts, charred oak, espresso, rip-roaring booze, and Heath Bar. 4.0

Taste is huge malty goodness. Espresso, butter rum, oak, roast bitterness, raisin, and peaty smoke. Booze is huge and the piney hops are spicy in the finish. This is a throat-burner, but pretty damn tasty. Impressive! 4.5

Richly thick and decently smooth. Giant chew and coat, a beer that gets stuck in your teeth. However, boozy as hell and carefully sippable. 3.0

Hell of a draft to start out with at two in the afternoon. I need a sandwich. And, fast. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 18:34:23 | More by thecheapies
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Served in a 5.5 oz snifter...

A - Pours as black as black can get. Opaque with a small, brownish head that recedes quickly with little lacing.

S - Rich chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, rich coffee and some ashy aromas as well. There is definitely some alcohol coming out. It doesn;t detract from the aroma, but it lets you know what you're in for.

T - Rich and sweet with flavors of rich, bitter chocolate and fudge. Rich coffee and espresso come next along with some heavily roasted malts. Some dark fruits and a slight flavor of licorice comes through as well. Alcohol definitely comes out on this one.

M - Full bodied and rich. There is a moderate carbonation, presumably from it being on tap. Alcohol heat is certainly there.

O - Really a big, rich, bold stout; and one I was happy to try on tap. Another sipper that took some time to get through. Quite rich, but I would go back again given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 20:56:15 | More by KAP1356
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours black and not nearly as thick as a beer this strong and dark would seem. Barely a layer of tan bubbles form on top.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee bean and alcohol; alcohol is actually quite pungent.

T/M: Very thick on the tongue, lowly carbonated, with strong coffee lingering from start to finish and on afterwards. Bitter chocolate and some nuttiness round out the finish with a touch of alcohol burn.

It's great if you like the bourbon barrel aged type of stouts, strong, dark and delicious.


Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 03:39:42 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-27 in Norristown, PA at Capone's; served in a 5.5 oz snifter

A - Dense black with 1/2-finger brown head and little lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Not real powerful but nice.

T - Initially sweet and rich dark chocolate, toasted brown bread, fig/raisin, expresso, chalk, vinous, lots of oak, alcohol. Mildly astringent and a nice helping of bitterness from the roast and hops.

M - Heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Syrupy and surprisingly bubbly.

O - Quite enjoyable and it got more complex as it continued to warm. I really like it although not quite as much as Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout or Firestone Walker's Parabola.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 11:42:03 | More by Tucquan
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured into a 5.5oz snifter. Impenetrable black with a lovely chocolate head that retained well and left very nice lacing. Had an aroma of dark/roasty malts, coffee and bitter cocoa. Tasted roasty with bitterness from dark cocoa taste and coffee. Alcohol burn is felt, but the ABV is blended well into this one, just as it is with Mephaddict.

Mouthfeel is full, bitter, dry and warming on the palate from the ABV. Unfortunately not nearly as smooth as Mephaddict, but still a delicious brew. Only got one of these and I think that was enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 01:39:57 | More by MsRif
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ?
Seems I've have this before and just never reviewed it. This review is from a recent tasting at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a little 5.5oz. snifter, a dark brown-black, seemingly impervious to light, with a creamy tan head that reduced to a ringlet, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma of roast, dark malts, coffee, and ash. Taste thick with roastiness, dark malts, cocoa bitterness, oily licorice, notes of coffee, dark fruits, citrus pith. Alcohol is definitely present, though felt more than tasted. Full-bodied, roasty, pretty smooth, but would probably benefit from aging to take some of the bitter/roasty edge off, much like the Mephaddict. Nice and drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 08:34:33 | More by Rifugium
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and syrupy. Jet Black. Thick brown head.

S: Chocolate, malts, booze, coffee, more jops fresh on tap. Very excited to try this... bartender said it was tapped 2 days ago.

T: Lots of booze with a chocolaty bitter aftertaste. Hops come through a lot more - I like this one better fresh.

F: Very thick and rich. Burns soo good.

D: I've had this with a couple years on it and now fresh... I'll go fresh anyday. The booze mellows very slowly and the hop loss is not worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 21:04:28 | More by DNICE555
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4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap, I assume the newest vintage.

black black black, like used motor oil, with dark tan head. good head retention and lacing for such a strong beer. big bold aromas - espresso, dark fruit, molasses.

Taste is also huge and complex, and improves as the beer warms. roasty, dark bitter cocoa, coffee, dark rum. boozy. thick body, soft carbonation.

overall, one of my favorite beers, if you can get an aged bottle, it's a must try for big stout lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 02:36:05 | More by jmdrpi
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3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 (brewed 10/2/10, 16% ABV) and 2011 (brewed 11/12/11 15.1% ABV) side-by-side at Churchkey in DC for the Avery Tap Takeover. 2010 was $6.50 for a 4oz pour, 2011 was $6.


A: This had a way better head than 2011, brown pour with small lacing and good retention. 4

S: Balanced aroma. Booze, chocolate, coffee. The coffee is really the focal point, which surprises me considering the age. 4.5

T: The taste is a continuation of the smell. Just a ton of coffee on the backend. Chocolate beforehand and booze. So much coffee, how did they manage to keep it fresh? 4.5

MF: Heavy body, creamy, dry finish, and a bit boozy. 4

O: I really enjoyed this a lot more than the fresh 2011 vintage. It's better in basically every aspect. Very tasty 4.5


A: Black pour with less head than the 2010. Head is brown and is without lacing. 3.5

S: Boozy, nearly medicinal smell. Chocolate and not a lot of coffee. Very sweet, bordering on strange, smell. Amazed at the difference a year does to the aroma. 3.5

T: Ton of booze on the taste, way too much. The coffee on the finish tries to balance it out, but it falls short. The chocolate and balance needs some time to develop. 3.5

MF: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy and full of alcohol. 4

O: Not as good as 2010. To unbalanced and all over the place. I will say, however, that for 16% ABV it wasn't bad. 3

I'll keep the overall review as the fresh vintage, as that is how the brewery released the beer. However, I highly recommend aging this monster.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 18:10:42 | More by russwbeck
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 on tap at the Meddlesome Moth

Pours a solid black with ruby notes and a tan head that lingers.

Smells of roast, chocolate, plum, cherry, alcohol, and some sherry notes. Quite a nice nose if not a bit boozy.

Tastes of roasted malt and dark fruit up front with a warm alcohol sweetness in the middle and ends on a lingering coffee note that lasts and lasts. Fantastic, complex, stout with notes of sherry and oxidation that work well. Surprisingly well balanced with the high alcohol.

Full body with lower carbonation are right on for the style.

This is an amazingly complex stout with a nice dark fruit, roast flavor. The alcohol mellows nicely with age, and I can't think of a much better, easily-ish available imperial stout. As good as some of the super hyped stouts I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 14:19:50 | More by TenHornsProud
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a good mocha head, especially considering the ABV. A few legs on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward some pretty strong characteristics. Lots of chocolate, booze, dark fruits, and some coffee. Roast there as well. The flavors combines everything pretty well; my only complaint would be that there is simply too much booze, and this really takes over in the feel. Overall, however, a really solid high-ABV stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 22:11:41 | More by Thorpe429
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New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey, 6 oz pour, 2008 (~16% ABV)

A: Pitch black, about 2 fingers of tight mocha brown head that sticks around a while.

S: TONS of chocolate, roasted, earthy coffee, caramel. A little wood quality, rum, dark fruits. Boozy, like rum soaked chocolate cake with red wine.

T: 3 years aged, still pretty darned hot and boozy, but holy flavor! Rum, chocolate, anise, huge roasted malts, dark fruit/vinous finish with dry bakers chocolate. Unbelievable chocolate aftertaste. Espresso upfront and comes back in the finish. There's also a touch of wood and char in there. The finish is boozy, but in a 'rum soaked mocha cake drizzled with a port reduction' kind of way Easily the most intense beer I've ever had. Sure it's hot, but it's also unbelievably tasty, powerful, and complex.

M: As this as it gets, not as smooth as I'd like due to the decent burn on the back of the throat and alcohol popping it's head up everywhere. Fairly dry finish with just a little sweetness. Lots of burn on the finish.

O: This has got to have the best aftertaste ever. Very vinous, chocolate, coffee, everything I love in a stout, and the definition of "go big/bold or go home". The only knock is heat, but I have no problem getting past that. It would be straight 5's if not for the heat.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 14:34:09 | More by Satchboogie
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 release on-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bready malts, some chocolate, a little coffee and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate up front. There’s a rich roasted malt character and touches of dark fruit and smoke in the background. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent strong stout to sip on for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 19:45:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Armsby Abbey 4/16
2008 version
served in a snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a two finger of light brown head that sticks around for a while. Ringlet sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is light chocolate, and caramel. A lot of sweetness.

T: Taste is surprising after the nose. Bitter chocolate and charred malts come barreling through. Dark fruits - raisin and plum really make a presence. Then... a smokiness. Not campfire smoke but a delicate smoke balance that really enhances the dark fruit flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp but smooth.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick (though a few years age will do that), and a decent representation of style. Not sure I could have a fresh bottle of this, but the age makes it a nice one to sip on.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 13:36:49 | More by Jayli
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Avery Mephistopheles on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover" celebration.

Appearance: Served in an eight-ounce glass, this beer comes with two fingers of super frothy head and tons of bubbles. Beautiful creamy head, coffee color. Great retention, almost the full head remains throughout. Good (but not incredible) lacing. Color appears black throughout, with few nuances.

Smell: Barrel/dump wood aroma. Some bourbon and vanilla. Subtle, almost underwhelming considering the ABV and hefty overall.

Taste: So different from the bottled version! Smooth, harshness is not here. Oak/wood. Chocolate, some bourbon/hard liquor. Dry, pungent/prickly finish. Some light vanilla around the mouth. At the end of the sip, I was reminded of Ferrero Rocher, the sweet-and-crunchy chocolates from my childhood in Europe.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but also hot and burning. Sweet and chocolaty at the end, with full body, full flavor and medium, perfect carbonation. Boozy at times, but kept in check.

Overall: Super drinkable on tap! The booze is well controlled, and eight ounces help. Not as fully flavored as the bottle, but it wins in drinkability and freshness. A gorgeous brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 01:56:59 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar, my first time to the spot. very cool place. Avery event debuting their new pilsener.

Black is beautiful, my heart cheers me on, I order this 1st. No sense mucking around. A small crown of brown foam sit lightly atop the meaty body. Some alcohol aroma, definite malt sweetness, some roast, some chocolate. Beastly. The flavor is exceptionally well integrated, not sure the age on this batch, but it is outstanding. Starts with roasty sweetness and chocolate, the alcohol burn begins several seconds after the swallow is consummated. Egads! Delicious, the sweet, sweet burn. An outstanding beverage from the fine folks at Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 19:17:30 | More by dragonWhale
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mephistopheles, of course, is one of many names for the devil. The beer, a strong imperial stout, is a prince of darkness itself, allowing just enough light to escape to make it appear slightly brown in the glass. This stout gives a taste like it's high in alcohol, maybe 9% by taste. Not surprising, the deceiver is at work here. There is a strong malt aroma and taste, with sweetness first. A chocolatey goodness that can turn a sinner. There's no real hint of hops, as the alcohol gives the beer its bittering balance. Ah, yes, the alcohol. Mephistopheles checks in at 15.1% ABV, the strongest beer I have had yet, but it didn't feel like it. I typically don't like imperials because of the alcohol, and much prefer any that can hide it. This beer balances both realms. I found it to be quite angelic.
Drink Beer, Be Happy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 02:33:31 | More by wrightst
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4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cute lil pygmy snifter. Impenetrable void black. Whispery snap crackly mocha-shaded head. Too adorable.

Mellow roasty and bitter chocolate aroma. Even the alcohol fogging up off the surface is mellow. Hints of sugary dried fruits.

Ooh baby. Charcoal, dark chocolate, and mild espresso - expertly balanced and none too bold. Touches of licorice and black cherry (could be my imagination).

Velvety soft and silky smooth. No sting or warm rush from what can be detected of the alcohol. Amazing. How'd they do it?

Couldn't pass this up at $4! (line-clearing event, thank heavens!) This is a work of art. Tough to tell this is 15+% - so dangerous, so good. Honestly, this is an all-weather beer. Skillfully rendered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 03:01:39 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter.

A: Pours an oily deep black with caped off with one finger of a mocha head with decent retention.

S: A pleasant aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, molasses, burnt sugar, and roasted malt. The potent bourbon element was lacking from this version.

T: A rich and complex flavor hits the palate consisting of a bitter yet sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, espresso, slightly burnt sugar, and molasses. There is a pleasant degree of a warming alcohol especially in the finish to round out this intense stout. As with the smell, the bourbon element found in the bottled version is nowhere to be found.

M: A full-bodied Imperial stout with a thick, creamy, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Mild, yet appropriate carbonation add to a very nice full and slightly sticky feel.

D: Good drinakbilty that is only hindered by the intense flavors and slight booziness, but the high abv. will catch up to you eventually.

Overall this beer on-tap was certainly solid but not at all what I remembered the bottled version to be.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 14:30:19 | More by Lunch
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at world of beer. Poured into a oversized goblet.

A- pours a vicious black motor oil. There is a tan two finger head that quickly fades to a small ring. Moderate lacing left.

S- roasted malts, lots of booze, licorice, molasses, and dark fruits.

T- the nose is right on here. Lots of roasted malts and big licorice. The alcohol is def prevelant in a big way. Dark chocolate and molasses blended together. There is a prune or raisan aspect also present. A pretty complex brew. I'm actually impressed that I still get all these flavors since it's sooo hot.

M- a very thick and chewy. Leaves a solid burn on the way down.

D- this was a massive pour it was def more than 16 oz. I shared it with fellow BA mrstevens and we had no problem drinking it between the two of us. However, I believe I'd have had a hard time drinking this beast by myself. The abv is huge and it would def limit me in partaking in more than one. Even a 12 oz pour would have been a slow sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 04:34:13 | More by urwithdave
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good (frothy) head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a promient aroma of vanilla and licorise, coupled with some light coffee and dark chocolate. This beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet and boozy. Flavors do replicate the nose pretty well, and once again the most promient flavors I get are sweet licorise and dark chocolate. There is also a fair amout of hoppy bitterness in this beer, which helps to counter the sweetness somewhat. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this beer, and it comes as no surprise to learn the abv. is in the 16% range. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, drawn out finish. The beer almost tastes a bit tannic, which makes me think it would likely age well. Drinkability is OK, considering the abv., but the sweet licorise and noticeable alcohol make this very much a sipper.

An interesting beer, though I cannot imagine consuming an entire bomber of this stuff. This is definitely one to share with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 14:12:00 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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