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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,806 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 247
Gots: 532 | FT: 29
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of ypsifly
2.4/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottled in January '06, batch #1. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn.

Black under two fingers of light brown. Rather noisy as the alcohol seems to chew down the head but it's taking it's time to do so. For such a high abv, the head is showing good retention with the webby lacework of a beer that has half the abv.

The nose is sweet and alcoholic with some coffee, burnt caramel and smoke in the back. Big and bold and it's nice to smell something other than alcohol.

Alcohol dominates the taste. Big jolt upfront paired with a cloying sweetness. The roasted flavors come through in the finish and aftertaste. Roasted espresso, caramel, and something close to teriyaki mixed with BBQ sauce. Fucking weird. To sweet, like it was dosed with the orange syrup that is used in Italian ices or even half a shot of Triple Sec. My taste buds are numbed by the third sip. This beer is all over the place and way off balance.

After the burn, the mouth is very oily with plenty of slick residuals. Too much syrup. If I buy another I will get a post hole digger and bury it in the yard for ten years before drinking this again.

What started off as a fun ride took a turn for the worse and went horribly wrong. A example of when not to do an extreme beer.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled in 2006 (batch 2) let's see what some age has done to this one.

A: Pours a thick velvety black with a coffee and creme one inch head. Jet black on this one, the only thing I see is my reflection in the glass. The head fades down into wispy rings after a few minutes and leaves some decent lacing down the sides as well, again impressive as I was not expecting this.

S: Can pick the chocolate on this one as it comes out of the bottle, very strong woody tones, dark alcoholic fruit and the chocolate hinted at as it was coming out of the bottle. Very decadent smell and not at all boozy for as high as the ABV is.

T/MF: Pretty damn strong carbonation profile for a beer this size, not at all like the world wide stout that is comparable in weight. Strong boozy woody character greets the tongue as well as the heat that one would expect from a beer this size. The carbonation really does its job in making this beer extra palatable. Behind the woodiness is a prune and raisin covered in bitter bakers chocolate. The finish is very sticky and quite bitter, coats the tongue in a huge amount of hop oil. A well balanced beer for one this size.

D: This is a slow drinker to be sure and seems to have aged quite well even on the store shelves I bought this from. Very sippable but the alcohol profile is just high enough to let you know that you should take it easy when drinking this. An excellent pairing with some Godiva truffles.

Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Lunch
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: December 2010. Batch: 6

Poured pitch black with a fingers width of tan head that hung around and laced nicely. The Smell is Strong of malted barley with some Dark fruits.. raisins, fig, licorice, and caramel. Taste is sweet brown sugar, raisins, dates, roasted barley and caramel. With a strong bitter presence similar to black coffee in taste. A bit syrupy but I didn't hate it. A Nice warming feeling going down, incredibly easy to drink and something I'll be picking up again.

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of aorloski
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of walleye
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in March. shared with bieristgut in florida. poured black, with a brown head. aroma, wow, dark fruits come out first than a big hit of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, some vanilla, coffee, malts. flavor another wow the caramel and malts come out than the alcohol, dark cherries, plums, almost port like. good beer

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.8/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep black with a medium tan head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lace. Beer is filtered from what I observe.

S - A little faint for me but there is a robust aroma of chocolate, toasted malts, and slight sugars. Very heavy smelling.

T - Not quite a traditional stout to me because there is a very big bitter flavor, but not like IPA bitter. Tastes as if there was a bunch of coffee or candied sugar added to offset the large malty/sweet flavor. Also there's tons of booze in this one that makes it very difficult to drink.

M/D - Big 'ol body with great carbonation. Finishes way too sweet alcoholic and makes it a tough sipper. Nice foamy/dense texture complimented by a pretty evident alcohol presence.

It's a good beer I just think the flavor profile is a little off to me and that the beer has way too much alcohol for my palate. Sorry Avery, not that good in my book

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Jet black color with a 2-finger tan head. Not much retention or lacing, but that doesn’t surprise me with a beer of this magnitude.

S – Chocolate, coffee, plenty of dark fruits like plums and figs, molasses, and definitely some alcohol.

T – Follows the nose nearly exactly. Starts off sweet with chocolate, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, and molasses. Roasted coffee bitterness shows up at the finish and pairs well with the slight astringency of the alcohol.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation for the style, a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter roasty finish. Sweet dark fruit flavors linger nicely and mesh well with the heat from the alcohol. Really nice mouthfeel and the perfect amount of heat for a very high-ABV beer.

O – This is a really nice sipper of a stout. I was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable this was given the ABV. It seems like Avery has made a career doing this kind of thing. As long as they keep making them, I’ll keep getting them.

Photo of DaveHS
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4 (2008) poured into a white wine glass.

A-Pours coal black with an aggressive dark khaki head that sits for a long time. Eventually it receeds, leaving a small cap of foam and light, soapy lacing.

S-Wow, I can smell it from 3 feet away! Fruity, sweet, boozy. Like a broke-ass Dark Lord. This is gonna be a malt bomb.

T/M-A hell of a lot better than I expected, given the 15.92%ABV. This is pretty smooth. There's a well balanced smoky roastiness that's growing on me with every sip. Thin and sharp, but the ABV doesn't get in the way as much as it could. The body is soft at first, but becomes sharp and a bit hot mid palate, carrying through to the finish.

D-The best of Avery's strong beers. Wouldn't touch this one fresh, though. Give it at least 2 years.

Photo of rkarimi
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 7, Nov. 2011 Release

A - Pours like all stouts, has a brown one finger head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the glass.

S - Roasted malts and huge dark chocolate notes.

T - Bitter chocolate up front along with some roasted malts. Finishes with black coffee notes and a lingering sweetness. ABV is extreme in this beer. Not a discernible alcohol taste but a definite warming as you swallow.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style. Not thick and chewy like I was expecting.

O - Pretty impressive how they were able to let the flavors shine through and not let the alcohol take over.

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of halo3one
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 2 series... Pours almost black with almost no head whatsoever. lacing is present, but carbonation is very slight. The smell is almost overly sweet, with hints of dried fruits and candi sugar, along with mollases. The flavor is overly fruity and sweet, with just a hint of roasty character. It's almost like it's Bell's Cherry stout gone bad. The alc. is definitely present as well. The mouthfeel is thin, as if it was cut with something, which I didn't expect for this style. I wouldn't pour it out, but I woldn't drink another. Perhaps this bottle had oxidized...

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle dated December 2010. I have cellared this brew for 3 years. Finally cracking it open!

A - Pitch black. Black as black can be. Slight head retention and no lacing.

S - A ton going on here. Chocolate, booze, coffee, bitter hops, and sugar cane. Wow..potent!

T - Chocolate, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and slightly bitter hops. The tastes lingers in your mouth for literally minutes. Alcohol is so well hidden its dangerous. But you feel it right away! Drink it like wine or you will pay the price. Amazing beer!

M - Full bodied and warms in your mouth. Medium carbonation. Awesome

O - An incredible sipper. Split it with someone special and enjoy!

Photo of AOShabaz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of carln26
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black on color and topped by a long lasting chunky tan head. The head leaves a drape of lace on the side of the glass as it recedes. The aroma has some chocolate covered cherry, and a ton of sherry (is this oak aged?). Just a touch of citrus hops. More chocolate covered cherry in the flavor. Loads of this. Very sweet, with a bit of roast malt on the finish. The mouth feel starts very smooth. You don’t detect the alcohol at first, but it really comes on strong late. Not the typical Impy Stout. Very interesting though. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of dtivp
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a midnight black with a nice dark tan head, good retention and some lacing.
Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol.
The first thing that hits you is the strong alcohol and then you taste the bitter chocolate, raisins and dark roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel is thick syrupy, heavy body with moderate carbonation and a strong alcohol burn. You feel the 16.9% abv.
This is a nice imperial stout dominated by the strong alcohol, this is a sipper and I wouldn't mind aging a bottle or two and see what a year does to this stout.

Photo of RedHaze
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Whew! I made the mistake of choosing this for my last beer of the night. Smells and tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and burnt sugar. Beguiling. In the future I will have to share this with two other people if I'm drinking other beers that night. I couldn't finish it, but in honor of its serious pedigree I have saved it for making a reduction to pour on ice cream.

Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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