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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
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1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1560
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark black with a small head. Alcohol is in the aroma like a hard drink. Average mouthfeel and above-average stout taste,but very bitter really with sugar in the finish. A bit of coffee, chocolate and roast. I would take a lot of other stouts before this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 06:25:36 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Bottled 11/2012. Batch 8.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with quite an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's very boozy and needs time to settle down.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:17:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:02:59 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 - bottled Nov 2007

Appearance: Pours a mysterious black with an unsurprisingly modest mocha head that manages to leave lots of dashes around the chalice despite a quick decline to a ringlet

Smell: Rich, almost tar-like roasted aroma, with dark fruit and licorice, but there is a dramatic grapefruity bitterness in there as well

Taste: After an initial flirtation with all the usual big stout flavors (espresso, dark fruit, licorice) plus oddly enough, cherries, this one turns incredibly bitter by mid-palate; the alcohol joins the fray after the swallow and, after it settles down, the flavor is very bitter but also very roasted, with an espresso character in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and lots of warmth in the aftertaste

Drinkability: Despite a year of aging, this beer remains aggressive and should be cellared for some time to come; best suited for a nightcap at room temperature

Note: I tried Batch 4 within six months of bottling and it was almost undrinkable; this is clearly a beer that needs several years to settle down and reach its full complexity

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:25:49 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2 (Batch #1 – Bottled January 2006 Drank February 2007): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light coffee and sweet malt. Taste is totally dominated by sugar with some light coffee and some light warming alcohol. This is definitely a sipper and not something I would drink too often as it is way too sweet for my personal taste, with way too much pure sugar (à la cane sugar). Alcohol had probably time to disappear a bit after one year of cellaring. Overall, an interesting takes on the style and better then some other Avery’s big bees.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 20:57:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Just call it heaven in a bottle. Expecting an over-bearing, alcoholic monster that I'd have to choke down, this was a tremendous surprise. Serious flavors and aromas jump out of the onyx-black brew. Big aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolated, ripe fruits, sherry, and oh yea, malt. The roasted malt comes through with a silkiness in flavor and feel. Coffee flavors remain mellow, yet strong. Sherry and soy sauced decorate the fringes. Cherries, dates, figs, plumbs, and a hint of vanilla liven the beer a lot. Sweet and strong alcohols compliment the brew from sip to finish without becomming overly harsh. Thick, robust, full, and rich. Also smoother, rounder, and more balanced than expected. I'll love to have one in a year or so to compare.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 14:01:20 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured jet black with a finger sized tan head that quickly faded away leaving yet only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are prominent aromas of alcohol and bourbon in the nose, which are so strong that they are noticeable as soon as the bottle is opened. THere are also hints of dark fruits in the smell.
T: Flavors of alcohol, bourbon, burnt malts and coffee really stand out in the taste, which becomes more complex as the beer warms up and also has some notes of brown sugar, chocolate, licorice and raisins. A strong amount of bitterness from the hops is present, most promiently in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth, rather dry and a little sticky on the palate. There are a lot of warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped very slowly; I would try this again if it was a cold winter night and all I wanted was a single sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:14:55 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black, viscous body with a creamy-looking, beige head.

Smell: Dark malt aroma of roasted grain and burnt sorghum. Hints of dark fruits and soy sauce.

Taste: Severely sweet with only a hint of chocolate. Some hop bitterness and an ashen roastiness struggle to get around the candylike sweetness. The glaringly unbalanced finish is sweet and burning, with the alcohol being very apparent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Syrupy texture.

Drinkability: Well, I guess you could say, it doesn't get any SWEETER (or more alcoholic) than this!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 18:56:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my nightcap beer the other night and I have to say it did the trick,poured into a brandy snifter pitch black no light could break thru here a thinner beige colored head atop.Deep darf fruit in the nose and slightly nutty like a good port more than anything alcohol is very prevelant as well with noticeable molasses/brown sugar as well.Great full bodied almost chewey mouthfeel great for sipping,I go back to the port example for this beer on the palate as well very sweet up front with big raisin and prune flavors along with some sweet alcohol with an onslaught of nutty terrine-like flavors in the finish.A great sipper with alot of character be careful with this devil though it packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 22:32:32 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Okay, I know I've had this before, but I can't remember anything about it. Let's see how things go this time... It pours a very dark sienna topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises a ton of roasted malts, charred pretzel, and some light smoke. Whoa now. It's almost too much. Almost. The taste walks the same line, though the roast is not quite as dizzominant, some molasses and cedar are added to the mix, and a small boozy kick comes in at the end. The body is pretty hefty, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty chewy feel. Overall, this stout would be pretty nice were it not so overblown. I'll leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:20:28 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lookin' to combine dessert with a nightcap - that dubious proposition brings me here...

This beer pours a total black, no light escapes from its edges, not for a lack of trying. It gives up one skinny finger of soapy beige head, which leaves a solid wall of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is lightly roasted caramel malt, stewed black fruit - prunes, raisins, and a soft, but insistent, and persistent, booziness. It tastes of roasted chocolate malt, more sozzled black fruit, molasses, baker's chocolate, a bit of bitter coffee, some mild zingy hops, and an overarching alcohol warming. The carbonation is quite low, and the body smooth, dense, slick, a bit oily, and heavy. It finishes quite sweet, with an increasing dry hop essence, but still overwhelmingly malty.

The booze, while strong, is quite even, and mostly well integrated, and it hangs around this beer like a dark storm cloud, changing the feel of the air, and of your senses. Definitely a sipper, and a devilishly good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 23:46:41 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. 12 ounce bottle, shared with BA earthman, courtesy of him.

Appearance, black as sin itself, with a fine roasted espresso cap.

Aroma spills out into the atmosphere, booze blended with coffee and motor oil.
Let's add a messy mix of plums, raisins, rusted molasses, treacle, anise underneath, snips of chocolate. Quite a ferrago indeed.

Taste is thick and slick and slightly bitter, huge, sinful, decadent, rich beyond all recognition...enormous mouthfeel...molasses up the wazoo...fantastic stuff, immense ...unbelievable...unique...nothing like it.

and then, boom! boom! comes the alcohol!

This is the imperial stout pushed beyond all limits. Wonder why it's not as beloved as Dark Lord? Not as thick? Not as rare? Too strong? No parties in the parking lot?

A succulent dish, despite the price, not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 09:47:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

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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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov. 2006 Batch 2, 16.03%

Cellared for a few years, I expected a layer of compacted sediment but there was none strangely. Poured into a tulip jet black, a huge billowing head of chocolatey mocha foam on top. Striated rings of lacing made for a nice looking RIS.

Big chocolatey aroma, some malted milk, chocolate milkshake, sweet booze. Oxidation is minimal. Pretty rich and silky smooth. Some slight tingle from the alcohol, but otherwise well integrated. Rich dark chocolate, mild fruity raisin/currant, and bitter char. Packs a punch for sure. A good late winter/early spring sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:15:03 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on Nov 06, batch 2

Pours Jet black with 2" milk chocolate colored head. A little bit of lacing & a hint of film

S: Slight hints of iron & a little bit of raisins

T: Baker's choclate, a little iron ,some raisins & alcohol warming up front. Dryness follows along with more alcohol burn. A little bit leather & a some bitter chocolate. Finishes cakey, dry with more chocolate & little burnt coffee

MF: Rich bodied, low carbonation. Starts becoming chewy as this warms up

Drinks pretty good for the abv, but a real fire-side sipper. Not as smooth as xxx from bristols but still a good one to lay down (thought I would this one, but there you go).

Again, where's the tripple stout category? This beer will always suffer when compared to stuff in the 9-11% abv range IMO

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 05:07:37 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared on Christmas by Huhzubendah, November 2008 vintage. Thanks! I've never gotten around to a lot of Avery beers, after this one I'm thinking I may have to finally try some of these.

Beer is dark black, oily looking, thin head breaks quickly and halos around the edges of the glass, no real lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, raisins, malts, syrup, a little roast, mild alcohol, interesting.

This beer is what World Wide Stout wishes it could be. Maybe because I'm drinking a 3 year old bottle but there is no signs of heat, or alcohol at all. The beer is sweet, smooth, coats your mouth with delicious goodness. The finish is mildly roast and a little dry but I enjoy this beer a lot. Definitely need to try more high alcohol avery beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 15:19:24 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5, bottled in December 2009.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and some black molasses. The flavor is very boozy. I get a lot of heavily roasted malt as well as some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and black strap molasses. Everything you look for in a big, boozy stout is present in this beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 23:11:00 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #4 bottled in Nov 2008. Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Pitch black solid color with creamy dark head that slowly disappears.

N: Nose has lots of dark chocolate malts, some coffee, alcohol, and pure darkness.

T: Taste starts very sweet, lots of dark dark chocolate, a little coffee, lots of alcohol, I mean a huge alcohol taste this sucker is almost lethal at 15.92% alc, creamy stout like flavor, I almost get a coca cola like sugar syrup, some roasted malts and charred brown sugar

M: Mouth is very thick and leaves a thick layer of syrup as it coats the whole mouth, as well as some alcohol burn, yes burn like a bourbon burn, a get a hint of oats as well

F: The finish starts sweet but dries quickly as the alcohol evaporates. It has a huge lingering bitterness that comes from the dark stouty malts, the alcohol overwhelms again as it evaporates off the tongue and leaves a creamy residue

Final thoughts: Well, I think they got the name right with Mephistopheles', its very thick dark chocolate malted milk ball beer with enough alcohol to disinfect the gaping holes it burns in your tongue. Despite the drawbacks its still an interesting experience. It also destroys any chance of tasting anything else for a while. This might be good to share even thought it's a 12ozer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:18:18 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled January 2006, Sampled March 2006
Pours with a rich, creamy-chocolate brown colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. The beer is simply midnight black in color. An interesting aroma; initially I get notes of dates and alcohol. There is a rich, malty, almost salty note; a sort of umami kind of notes that could perhaps evoke thoughts of soy sauce, though not really. When you go in for a good, long draught of the aroma your nose gets just a bit singed by hot alcohol notes. There are some hints of chocolate aromatics here, a definite roast-acidity & I have a feeling this is a bit too cold right now.

Thick, almost syrupy, no it definitely is syrupy. It is quite sweet, almost in a sugar-like fashion (as opposed to the richer malt derived sweetness found in many strong beers). The finish has a certain, almost astringent, and lightly hot alcoholic note, that is not really all that detracting, in fact it is almost needed to cut thought the sweetness. Definitely rich and decadent, in fact it is a malt bomb up front, it is not until the middle that a detracting, sugary sweetness takes hold. The finish has a lingering roast bitterness, as well as a hop derived bitterness. My impression up to this point is that this beer is too sweet, and that it seems like filtration has robbed this beer of a lot of complexity.

I am really surprise at how subtle the roast character is; it is definitely here, but is completely dominated by the sweetness. There is a touch of coffee ice-cream here, perhaps some chalky roasted malt, and a bit of burnt acidity in the finish. Put another way, there is a ton of roast character here, it just plays second fiddle to the sweet notes. Fairly drinkable for all its concentrated flavors and thickness, though I certainly won't be pounding this any time soon. In the end this beer ends up being a bit too cloying, after the first 4oz it becomes a chore, even a 12oz bottle of this is too much. I think there is some potential here; I can actually see this getting quite a bit better with age, what complexity this beer currently lacks, will be added to and made better by some years of aging and subtle oxidation. Even though this is filtered, with the alcohol this beer will age for quite some time; perhaps I will sample this vintage again in 5 years or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 05:19:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The really is a monster of a brew. The pour of the beer is a deep black color with a light brown head. There isn't much lacing but the head stuck around from start to finish. The smell is boozey, chocolatey, and has some old leather aromas on the nose. The taste has a rich chocolatey flavor mixed with a heavily roasted flavor with a alcohol burn. There's even a sweet caramel flavor too. The mouthfeel is smooth, it's got a light carbonation to it. It's drinkable for the massive abv this has. Overall this is a killer brew, it's really worth trying if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:20:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottled in November 2007, poured into a snifter:

Pours black with a thin, brown head that almost immediately becomes a small patch. Vanishing lace slides down glass at first, then just leaves (don't know the word, but wine leaves it on the glass). Wasn't expecting much of a head retention at this level anyway.

The smell is of roasted molasses, dark fruits (esp. raisins), brown sugar and raw alcohol.

The taste of sweet, peppery alcohol runs the show here. It is accompanied by molasses, raisins beoming prunes as it progresses, brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee/caramel. A sweet one indeed. Is this a sweet liqueur or a beer? A beer - there is an underlying citric/resiny tone, though very subtle. It remains sweet and hot. It finishes sticky and sweet. (Grab the flavors in the first half, as this can take a quick toll on the palate.) Nice maltiness - quite complex.

Medium to full- bodied, with syrupy stickiness and alcohol giving the impression of it being fuller than it is.

The complexities and variations (at times) of the maltiness keep it sippable, though at a slow, slow rate. It gave me the craving for some good chocolate, though it gave me the craving for bed even more. An interesting sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 13:55:12 | More by jwc215
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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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