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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 859
Hads: 2,147
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 322
Gots: 794 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of anon
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2015. ABV listed at 17.1%. Jet black and opaque on the pour. Zero light penetration with a small tan/khaki colour crown, dwindling down with light traces of lace and a glassy sheen on the surface of this hefty looking stout.

Strong molasses and dark barley licks on the nostrils, some decent pungency of sweetness with a presence in the back end of dark roasted coffee bean, vanilla and charred grains.

Again a strong wave of sweetness up front with the bulk of it being molasses and caramel, with hints of cherry and vanilla. The sweet kick is followed with a bitterness with notes of cacao, truffle, coffee, chicory root, espresso, oats, barley, grain, earth and char.

Silky smooth, big bodied, easy drinking and tasty, the high ABV nearly undetectable, making this brew a lethal one. This one is on the sweeter side, I would have loved there to be a larger presence of bitterness to round it out even better, but it is still excellent and complex. A long, proper aging of this would do wonders to really bring out the complexity and depth.

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Photo of zac16125
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
Vintage 2015

A: Opaque black, 1+ fingers width of tan colored head dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Super roasty, some tobacco/leather, a bit of coffee bitterness, charred oak. Some sweetness but not near as much as most super high ABV beers. Very nice aroma. 4.25

T: Good amount of sweetness, moreso than the aroma, roasty char, balancing booze, non distinct bitterness. Decent amount of fusel ethanol, but thats to be expected in the ABV range. Could benefit from more sweetness to balance the alcohol and bitter, but still quite good. 4

M/D: Fuller bodied but not thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is very noticeable and its got some heat doing down. 3.5

O: A big and boozy beer no doubt. Could be thicker and sweeter to support the ABV. Definitely doesn’t live up to some of the other mega-ABV stouts likes the Bruery Day series or even DFS WWS, I still enjoyed it quite a bit though. 3.75

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Photo of DaverCS
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with 1 finger of a tan head. Crazy amounts of lacing and alcohol legs.

Aroma is of burnt coffee, espresso, oatmeal, a generic fruitiness (perhaps a burnt orange and dried cherries).

Taste is dominated by burnt coffee and smoke. Tons of cigar/tobacco smoke. I feel as if I just finished a drag on a cigar after each sip. Heavily roasted malts creates a rather dry bitterness that lingers slightly. I will say that the alcohol is surprisingly subdued. Definitely present but not dominating.

Overall, I don’t care for this beer. Way too much smoke and roasted notes for me. It becomes unbalanced and only one noted. Nice viscosity though. I see this pairing well with a wood fire grilled elk steak or sausage. It gets a 79.5/100.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Black body with thin head that disappears on this 2012
S: Roasted malts, semi-sweetness
T: Roasty, rainsy, chocolate
F: Oily
O: Solid beer, nothing incredible but I would be happy to see it on the shelves in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Midnight black pour, small off-white/tan head and no lacing. Dark fruits, coffee, alcohol, anise and dark chocolate make up the aroma. Flavor of rum, espresso beans, licorice, and some vanilla. Medium to full feel on the palate with sweetness cloying to the palate. Quite the brew here; thick, creamy, smooth, and very drinkable for 17%! Overall, a fantastic Imperial Stout that is a warm sipper on a cold night.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

Black liquid , pencil thick dense brown foam cap , good lacings

Aroma of roasted coffee, earthiness, , licorice, sweetness

Taste of roast coffee, licorice notes, suds up, syrupy and thick, Feel the alcohol which lingers,

Good stout

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased December 2013, aged since. Poured into Guinness stout glass.

L: Very dark, no light coming through it. Less than 1 finger light tan head on pour, but to my surprise the retention is very strong, lasts a long time with heavy lacing.

S: Mostly coffee, cocoa, rum, cherries and other dark pit fruits. A little alcohol, as you might expect.

T: Sweet, but short of cloying. Big strong coffee taste, with dark cocoa, rum, cherries. Very little alcohol, surprisingly and thankfully.

F: Full-bodied, syrupy, but still reasonably drinkable, but not meant to be pounded. No carbonation, really. Alcohol prevents finish from being cloying but doesn't dry coffee taste out too quickly. Not sure if aging helped since I did not try unaged.

O: Maybe 2013 was a better year than others, but I think BA reviewers are underrating this. It is absolutely top-notch amongst all I've tasted, right up there with KBS and BCS.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Vintage 2008.

A: Black as black gets with a sheen like a black opal. Minimal head retention shouldn't come as a shock considering the strength and age. Thin, wispy lacing.

S: Fudgey and rich. Flourless dark chocolate torte. Dense chocolate truffles and semi-sweet dark chocolate. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Fleeting roast and just the slightest suggestion of soot. Blackstrap molasses and dark rum. Vinous notes similar to a big chocolatey cab-sauv. Rum raisin. Anise. Slight cardboard oxidation. A deep and intoxicating nose.

T: Rum and blackstrap molasses up front. Sticky sweetness. Burnt sugar. Soot. French roast coffee. Dense chocolate truffles and double chocolate cake. Spicy alcohols and strong vinous notes come into focus middle to end. Lots of dark fruit. Dose of anise and perhaps even some black pepper. Endless finish is redolent of double espresso.

M: Thick in body. Sticky and syrupy. Still some fine, prickling carbonation on the tongue. Big and soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Intoxicating and ridiculously complex. Time is a friend to this one. It has aged perfectly. The alcohols render this beer pretty much undrinkable fresh. It really benefits from an extended aging to round everything out. There aren't many beers I would confidently cellar for 5+ years, but this is definitely one. It now drinks like a fine liqueur, and is meant to be sipped and pondered.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black color. Fine tan lacing, good persistence.

Smells like coffee and malty, bittersweet chocolate. Just lovely.

Taste is fairly awesome - molasses, licorice, just a little sweeter than I prefer.

Mouthfeel is damned near perfect. Rich, very fine carbonation. Tastes more like 12% than 16.8%. Others could learn from this. (DFH WW Stout, I'm looking at you...)

Finish is lovely - licorice, plums, blackberry - this is the bomb - really well integrated. Sooooper complex.

I kinda wish it had less alcohol so that I could enjoy more of it in a sitting, but c'est la vie.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small head, coffee black, persistent thin ring of bubbles.

Dark bitter chocolate nose with a hint of cherry.

Flavor of merlot barrel, and a hint of red grape in this very boozy, super richly roasted stout. However, as opposed to other brews, the booze here is somehow less offensive, tolerable, incorporated well...for the first couple of sips. It builds and builds, as is often the case, to an extremely formidable, if too potent heat.

Very complex and challenging beer, I like it, but need a healthier, harder day working out in the cold with no other beers on the docket to really enjoy this to its fullest.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 edition in 12 oz. bottle. I wasn't sure what to expect and I'm not sure what I had, but it was very interesting and didn't feel like I was drinking something @ 17.1% abv.

Very dark, but didn't pou as think as I thought it would. Body started to show as it warmed up. I didn't smell- or reallt taste - the chocolate, but the dark fruits were present and really seemed to evolve as I worked my way through this sipper.

I enjoyed the experience and might pick up another bottle to cellar for a year or two.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 10/2015 release into a snifter, black as coal with no light able to penetrate through. Slight amber head dissipates fairly rapidly. Good lacing, good mouth-feel, a little hot and boozy at first. Improves even more as it breathes in the snifter. Definitely a sipper. I purchased 8 of these so I will cellar 4 or 5 and update as this great stout ages. I do put it a notch below Avery's Uncle Jacobs but right there with Bourbon County Brand Stout.

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Photo of Donco
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Stone tulip glass.
10/15 vintage.

This is very consistent with Avery's "big beers". High ABV but flavorful and a cold weather sipper for sure!
Smell is dark fruits, almonds, deep, dark chocolate and coffee...and more dark fruits.
Taste follows the smell: Hard to hide 17% ABV with it's tummy-warming qualities. But the sweetness is cut with a good measure of bitterness on the back end. A well-brewed and pretty balanced big beer.
I would categorize this as similar to World Wide Stout in many ways. Bought two bottles....one that I drank now, and one to cellar for at least one year to see how it develops.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at avery in a 5 oz snifter glass
pours amber brown with a small tan head
smell of coffee chocolate smoky and boozy
taste very much same as smell boozy coffee chocolate and smoke
feel dry and low carbonation not too thick
overall another winner but like uncle jacobs not something i would drink regularly due to the ultra high abv special occasion or night ender for me for sure

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has one hell of a punch! The look matches the smell. I could easily mistake it for a cup of coffee. Non-existent head with a deep brown, opaque body. The smell is predominantly coffee while the taste is a little over-powered by the alcohol. I am definitely planning on aging another bottle to see what it changes.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice heavy stout that isn't out of hand pricey at the abv
Great and smooth flavor that doesn't have the booziness other beers do at the %
Great flavor of Belgian Chocolates and hints of coffee great stout and the Belgian Yeast does not detract from it

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Photo of BWood
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch from November 17.1% abv.

Dark dark beer with no head. But not like there would be much at 17%. I smell the chocolate hidden behind the booze. This beer definitely has a bite. But it's what I've come to love from Avery.

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Photo of mabermud
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Ultra dark brown body, opaque. Mocha colored head that is darker mocha around the edges. The head is fine, dense, and attractive. Clingy and slow melting curtains. Very good looking legs slowly streaming down the sides of the glass. Classy appearance.
Smell: I love the lactose smell. Dark milk chocolate-cake, roasted malts, vanilla, faded mushy coffee grounds, and a wandering booze aroma. I also smell volcano cake. This smells like it is going to be rich...
Taste: The taste is described above. Sweetness. Throw in some wet wood and a touch of root. This taste fades after my palate gets used to the beer. The beer has the unfinished sugar taste.
Feel: This has some heat. This creates warmth below the chin, mainly in the esophagus. This has a syrupy body, low level of carbonation, and is creamy in the box.

Overall - Excellent alcohol kick, I enjoy the brain stun. This is overwhelming beer. Over the top, but good to go.

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Photo of VT9091
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black. Thick and rich and Choco-lick - well - more like drinkable crude oil. If Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy is motor oil (and I love Ten Fidy) this is boozey crude. Goes with chocolate, almonds, and gear boxes. Loved it. Five 'Fives.'

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Photo of SGerrard
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go-to stout whether I'm sitting in a chair by the fire or on the back porch in mid-summer. Dark black, viscous with raisins, anise, and dark cherries. Lovely!

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 bottles nov 2008. I will say that this beer has aged beautifully. The usual hot alcohol in high abv Avery beers is nonexistent here. The thick viscous feel really stands out, especially as the beer warms. Both nose and taste is of bitter dark chocolate and the finish ends with dark malts anise and dark roast coffee along with some raisin. I am also getting a bit of vanilla all the way through this beer. Overall this beer is very good, but it is a little too sweet. If you can age this beer do it you will be much much more satisfied!

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Photo of pagriley
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle shared with 2 people

L - pours pitch black. surprisingly for such a big beer 1 inch of dark mocha head
S - Soy sauce and dark roasted malts hidden behind a waft of big boozy heat
T - Hot up front, but complex with smoke, bitter dark chocolate and booze
F - ok body, but a touch thin.

Overall a very well made and commendably big beer - I would pick one up again

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Photo of beersnobraven
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured into a Grand Marnier snifter

A: Black, black, black! Poured thick and viscous and actually had a decent amount of head for such a big beer, although it disappeared pretty fast, leaving just a few evil looking bubbles. Definitely living up to the name appearance-wise.

S: Wow! I think I got a buzz just from smelling this baby. I'm getting notes of bitter dark chocolate, as well as dark fruits like raisins dates, and plums. Smells almost (almost!) quad-like. Really powerful aroma!

T: Pretty similar to the aroma. Actually a lot hopper than I was expecting, although definitely not in a bad way (and I'm not usually a fan of hoppy beers). Alcohol is definitely present, although not nearly as much as I would've expected in a beer this big. Tastes more like it's 9 to 12 percent rather than the 15.whatever percent it actually is. Aftertaste is actually pretty dry, with hints of an almost woody character even though I know this beer wasn't barrel-aged.

M: Again, hefty, but not as big as I would have expected. Pretty much perfect. Not too thick, not too thin (for the style at least).

O: Definitely a big beer, although it's very drinkable. Can still be a lot to handle and is definitely something you'd want to nurse over an hour or two. But don't let the name and the high ABV scare you off; this is a seriously delicious and oddly-drinkable offering from Avery.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is too predominantly coffee and just not that tasty. I did not pick up any chocolate flavors.I will age the other two I purchased for a year and see how they fare.

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Photo of imstimpy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.