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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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841 Reviews
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Reviews: 841
Hads: 2,061
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 301
Gots: 721 | FT: 45
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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Reviews: 841 | Hads: 2,061
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another colossal stout from avery. this one is famous for a reason. pours inky black with a coffee brown lacey head 2 inches tall but fading out before long. smells like licorice, alcohol, cocoa, and espresso. the flavor holds all of those flavors and more. wood, vanilla, and a sugary sweetness all present themselves in turn. the taste is constantly evolving, seemlessly moving from one intense sensation to the next. finally a really strong alcoholic sweetness overtakes everything as it fades out. feel is a bit sludgey, but how could it not be? overwhelmingly full bodied, moderate carbonation. a good beer to share with your lady if you are lucky enough to have one that enjoys imperial stouts! (700 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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, tobacco, 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 (1,123 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

November 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Black and syrupy with a modest tan-colored head. Even the appearance is somewhat imposing.

Smell - Chocolate and raisins, burnt toast, molasses and sharp alcohol. Pretty punchy stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel - Intensely roasty and bitter with a sweet, boozy backbone. The body is ridiculously thick and syrupt. I was expecting cloying sweetness, and I more or less got it, though there's a ton of acrid burnt grain to balance it. The flavor hints at fruit, but it's dominated by a bittersweet molasses and burnt toast character. The finish is on the sweet side, with a lingering note of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The presence of alcohol is both felt and tasted; this is the only beer I can recall trying where I actually felt a slight burn as it was going down.

Notes - Decent, but overly sweet, syrupy and boozy. (854 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,839 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
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! (580 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jan 06 bottle.

A - One finger of medium brown head on top of a black, opaque body. The foam slowly settles to a thick, creamy film and leaves moderate lace.

S - Strong toffee malt with chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes of black cherry and plum.

T - Big, sweet, fruity notes of plum with dark caramel and toffee malt. Cherries and spice in the middle; clove, cinnamon, and star anise. Thick, boozy finish with almonds, chocolate, plums and cola. Some lingering smoke on the palate with a raisiny sweetness that I imagine precisely mimics the aftertaste from downing a shot of molasses.

M - Thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, sticky finish.

D - This is big and sweet. I wish I had a newer bottle to compare this to (not that I would or could drink two of these), as I am not sure what the aging has contributed. The alcohol is well concealed with no harsh hotness or burn. While it smells quite nice and the flavor shows a lot of depth at first, the malt is more than a little cloying and finishes with a sherry like note that may or may not be oxidation. In the end the very sweet, fruity malt and lack of hops, or anything else, to balance make this a bit hard to drink. It has more caramel and toffee than roasted character and kind of comes off more like an Double Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout. (1,330 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle reviewed blind. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a finger of cocoa colored head. The head sticks around just enough to leave a ring around the edge of the glass. Looks like we have ourselves an imperial stout. 4

Smell: Holy alcohol batman! This one is hot. Roast and some dark fruit, perhaps some dark chocolate. This beer is sweet, but the dominant smell is really the alcohol. Warms you up just smelling it. 3.5

Taste: Quite hot just like the smell. Not nearly as sweet and full flavored as I would have expected given how high I assume the abv is. Sweet and roasty right off the bad. Mild chocolate and some maple, but that all gets covered up by the heat from the alcohol. The finish is hot and quite bitter with some roast and rather strong hops that I didn't expect. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it could use some more sweetness. 3

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and sticks to your tongue. There is a high amount of carbonation. The tingle from the carbonation combines with the alcohol to burn the tongue a bit. The finish is slightly dry. 3.5

Overall: I think this one could use some age. Really harsh in all aspects. The burn is intense, and the bitterness in the finish is a bit too much. I think I'd pass on this beer fresh in the future. 2.5 (1,323 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally posted 12/19/09... lost from the server, and now re-posted.

Mephistopheles' Stout: "Bottled in Nov 2007 Batch 3"
Two years old.

Wow, just when I thought that a stout couldn't get any darker or more chocolatey and deeply caramelish, I come across Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout and it knocks me backwards. Stunning! It reminds me in many ways of Samuel Adam's Triple Bock in that it's super-rich, but somehow not overdone! It just is what it is. There's alcohol for sure, 16% by volume, but it doesn't seem like it as it's not brimming or drenched in alcohol, and it doesn't seem hot (well a little, but there are no higher alcohols). Nor is it too malty or full; and there's a really beautiful fruitiness to it that helps to round out and polish the edge of alcohol (think berries, figs, prune, and maybe even some cherry). It's rich and complex, but at the same time it's neither too rich nor too complex - and that gives it a certain amount of drinkability once you ascertain that it's a large, intensely flavored sipping beer. But what about the density of flavor? Well, that changes as you progress through the glass, but there are notes of dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, brown sugar, deep caramel, golden caramel, wort, berries, cherries, soft melon, alcohol, and raisins/figs/prunes. (1,300 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (870 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an impenetrable black with a tan head. Even without putting my nose to the glass I am already getting some strong fragrances. Let's dive in. Eek. So strong. Had to pull away before going back again. The most overpowering scent I get is that of wet, mineral rich dirt. Beyond that a super sweet edge. Strong malts. Flavor is massively sweet for a stout. Just way too much sugar here. Molasses. Even molasses type character over the tongue. Licorice. I am getting licorice on the end. I will say that the warmer it gets the better it gets, but still. Feel is thick and syrupy. Drinkability is low. If you buy this, absolutely do not drink it immediately. This monster needs to age for some time. I am thinking one to three years would mellow this puppy out quite a bit. By then it might be calm enough to provide a more enjoyable experience. The analogy of a puppy really comes to mind. Sure it can be fun when it is wee little. But when they are older and more mature is when they are really the best companions. I personally think we might be rushing too quick to drink this one and review it. This and all of Avery's other high ABVers. (1,142 characters)

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.