Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 836
Hads: 2,049
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 299
Gots: 712 | FT: 46
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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (2,113 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8, Bottled Nov, 2012
ABV: somewhere in the 15% plus neighborhood.
Opened and let sit for a full hour before pouring.

Dark molasses with a nearly confluent mocha sheet. Smells of sweet malts, roasted coffee, graham cracker, cocoa, dates, some leather and a hint of banana. Flavor is robust with malts, a hint of salinity and plenty of cocoa, leather, alcohol (but not in a bad way), candy sugar, molasses and coffee. Full bodied, but thinner than I expected, low carb overall smooth body with a nice warm finish. A really drinkable beer for the ABV, and surprisingly tasty as I don't recall this being so yummy. Would go well with a hot brownie w/vanilla ice cream - just before developing profound Beetus. (712 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.99/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark and thick with a large mocha head. Wasn’t expecting all this head with a BA. Very nice. Aroma of chocolate and astrongent booze. Wet dog and vomit on the nose. Not big on the smell here. Very alcohol forward. Sweet booze and dark fruits finish with chocolate and more booze. Very warm going down, as expected. A bit thin and syrupy at te same time. Low carbonation. Just not my thing. This series from Avery seems to be high alcohol just for the sake of it. They just don’t balance. This, Samaels, and The Beast are just booze bombs. Not terrible, but I just don’t get it. (589 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Annual release. November 2012. Batch No. 8

Vigorous pour into snifter. Under sunlight a chocolate brown with a fluffy mocha head that lasts awhile. Morphs into a jet black hole. I had 'clouds in my coffee' the entire session.

Burnt malt aroma, alcohol, cocoa powder and dark fruit.

Abrasive alcohol upfront, charred wood and hop. Double check the 16.2 ABV notation on label...wowwy! Alcohol wanes and dark fruits of raisin and fig covered in cocoa coat the palate. Some chocolate covered espresso bean.

Mild creaminess and good carbonation lift hops off the palate for the dry finish. Hop resins offer relief from the 'boozinous'.

Huge, bold and dark. I find the high ABV distracting from total character. Loads of booze, roast and chocolate. Right now I find this to be a challenging beer to sample. I'm confident this devil will age with grace and forgiveness. (869 characters)

Photo of tykechandler
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch 4 (nov. 2008), from bottle into tulip glass.

pours black as night, little brown head. smells like booze and brulee'd apple, maybe malted chocolate. mouthfeel is like 2% milk but fizzy, really nice actually. holy. fuck. one tiny sip and my tongue exploded with flavor, front to back. chocolate, then fig newton, then booze, then roasted caramel, then back to figs for a super looong finish. this beer is some fucking serious fucking shit. wow. overall, this is just incredible. one of the best beer experiences i've had. sipping on this shit for the next 2 hours. seek out at all costs. (592 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into my tulip glass. There was minimal foam that went away really quickly. This beer is extremely dark.

Off the top I get sticky, sweet aroma. You can smell toffee and coffee. This beer is extremely rich smelling (which explains how I sipped this for an 80 minute documentary).

The flavors really coat my mouth. The thick/viscous ale really stands out. You get a ton of alcohol quality to this one. The strength stands out in each sip.

I know this beer is expensive, but I think it is well worth it. This sipper will last through three pale or IPA pours. I recommend picking up two bottles and aging one. This beer will only get better with age. (669 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 Kevin73
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer gets high marks because of its high ABV. But in truth there are better stouts out there. Pours a typical opaque dark rustic brown with tan head that disappears quickly with very little lacing. Dark chocolate, grape and curry... seriously that's what I smell... permeate the nose and do not entirely play well together. The rest is okay but not world class. Taste begins with a satisfying rush of intensity from the alcohol. Fortunately I didn't taste the awkward spices that I could very clearly smell. The flavor blended quickly into mocha, grilled fruit, and very light but noticeable hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel was good. Nice, thick. This is a beer you can really chew on. In the end most of my complaining is wiped away by the fact that this in in fact a fairly well balanced stout. Not going to deny it, the taste is actually pretty good, but just not as good as some others, granted with far lower ABVs. You can tell on I'm kind of on the fence about this. I apologize for the wavering review. Bottom line, it's worth try, if the pocketbook can afford it ($9 a 12oz bottle at my store, eee-ouch). (1,135 characters)

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

I've had this before but I wanted to review a fresh batch. This bottle fits the bill, batch 8 - November 2012.

A: Pours midnight black with a big and dense very dark brown head. Almost matches the beer for a few moments. Fades very very slowly but oddly enough seems to lack any real lacing to stick to the glass. Just little tendrils here and there. Awesome head retention, however. One of the darkest heads I've seen on any beer.

S: Big, big, big, HUGE roasted malt notes. Loads of milk chocolate primarily with a bit of char. Quite sweet and creamy but oddly enough not super boozy. Not unlike sniffing alcoholic brownie batter. Wonderful aroma.

T: Again, huge roasted malt. Wonderfully sweet and creamy chocolate up front with a bit of char, carries into the middle nicely with some caramel sweetness too. Sweetness starts to fade in the middle leaving a bitter baker's chocolate and a more acrid (but subdued) char along with a strong earthiness. Long lingering baker's chocolate in the aftertaste with that earthiness carrying along with it. Fairly sharp and boozy but no where near what I would expect for a fresh 16.2% beer. It tastes about as strong as a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (10%)

M: Heavy, thick, viscous.

O: Wonderful huge IS. I really thought this would be a booze bomb being so fresh but man it surprised me. Huge chocolate and roasted malt aspect is really at the forefront of this one. Well-hidden alcohol despite the huge ABV. Can't wait to break out an aged version, I bet it's divine (or demonic, perhaps) (1,541 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008,2010, and 2012 Vintages, poured from bottles during a vertical beer tasting. Epic!

Appearance: Tar black, with a brown head that dissipates minimally but leaves huge lacing. Giant lacing. Lack of bubbles present in older vintages.

Smell: Soy sauce, alcohol, dark chocolate, faint smell of burnt coffee. The hops disappear entirely within a few years.


2008: Flat, with soy, dark chocolate, burnt barley, dark rye bread, burnt sugar, very sweet.

2010: Less flat, less soy sauce, more chocolate and dark roasted barley. Faint hops.

2012: Good carbonation, less boozy, minimal soy sauce, roasted barley, burnt sugar, fugel hops.

Mouthfeel changed from very flat and syrupy and medicinal to far more carbonated, with more spicy booze flavor in newer years. (773 characters)

Photo of Brandywine
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Appearance: 2 and a half fingers of a mocha head with tight bubbles. Pitch black. No light around the rim. Tons and tons of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and cane sugar. Some roasted notes as well.

Taste: Bakers chocolate, rich coffee with cream. There's a little oakiness and some roasted quality but the rich cocoa and coffee really come through. The alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant. Starts sweet and finishes with some bitterness. There's a subtle but non-descript dark fruit quality.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full. Not as a thick as I would have thought. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise. It's well balanced between the rich and sweet and the high ABV. Going to grab a few bottles to age. (766 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of purdueflyguy
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5 2009 picked up last week at a liquor store couldn't believe they had it.

Appearance pours near motor oil black very little head dissipated quickly just a few bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Smell booze a little sweet vanilla slight coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste sweet dark chocolate and coffee. Finishing to a dry coffee. A little oxidation I'm guessing because it sat on a shelf at a liquor store for 3 years and got a lot of light I dunno. But still very good.

Mouthfeel silky smooth yet warming pleasure.

A very good beer but probably could have benefitted from proper cellaring. (607 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3, November 2007, 16.00% abv. Foil topped 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a black that allows some light to shine through the edges exposing a dark brown/red body. Thin edging of light mocha foam. Swirling creates insane alcohol legs that stick around forever and stain the glass dark yellow. Lacing is minimal and retention nonexistent.

S - Starts off with super bitter and over roasted coffee beans. Its like getting pelted with a cup of a gas stations attempt at an espresso. After that nasal assault there is some sweet vanilla, charcoal, soy sauce, and red wine notes. Seemingly all over the place and just confusing. I feel like there is so much happening in here, but I don't have the will power to find it all. Alcohol finally burns the nose on the finish. Not great.

T - An improvement. Coffee and milk chocolate lead into acridic red wine and vanilla. A touch of savory soy and cigarette ash rounds it out. Alcohol is warming but not super noticeable. Mouth feel is thin to medium with plent of carbonation still kicking around.

O - The aroma was pretty offensive but the taste was actually pretty nice for a 5 year old 16% monster of a stout. Worth the try for sure. (1,195 characters)

Photo of kilik693
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of the November 2008 batch 5 in fall 2011. I aged it for a year and tried it in November 2012. I drank it out of a standard pint glass (unfortunately).

It poured a beautiful coffee color on the side of the glass, collecting into an absolutely black liquid in the glass. The head was remarkably small, a few shades lighter than a caramel color. It dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

It smelled of roasted hops and a hint of molasses.

It tasted fairly heavily of chocolate, roasted coffee and a light hint of hops. It was absolutely delicious.

It ages extremely well, and the aging mellows out the flavors quite nicely.

If you ever get a chance to pick up one of these I would recommend it whole heartedly. This is the type of beer that you only get to try a few times. I picked up one of two bottles they got into my local liquor store, and I will guarantee that if I get the chance I will be picking another one up. (954 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch, been sitting in the store for two years. Poured into a CCB snifter glass
A completely opaque black color. A small tan head that dissipates and leaves a small layer on top of the beer. Some nice lacing.
Dark chocolate, some dark dried fruits, coffee. A nice roasty scent, almost burnt. A bit of sweet molasses.
Some incredibly powerful flavors. Dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of alcohol on the finish, but surprisingly not overpowering. Extremely thick and heavy in the mouth and light carbonation. The texture is almost syrupy, but manages to be quite smooth still.

I haven't had this fresh, but I would be interested in seeing what it's like, because what I got here is surprisingly smooth and mellow for such a monster of a beer. This is delicious. (801 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled November 2008. Batch 4. O.G. 1.133. ABV 15.92%.

A: Opaque red-dark with a touch of mocha head.

S: Boozy as hell. The nose alone is intoxicating, and goes straight to your head. Astringent enough that nothing else survives.

T: Fantastic! The strength doesn't show on the maintaste. There is a touch of dryish and bitter malt, roasted, I'm sure. "Bittersweet rapture," indeed. Big fruit, sweet sugars, and a swirl of other flavors. The aftertaste is dauntingly strong (I considered adding a splash of water, a la whisk{e}y) and lingering (chocolate, berry, and booze).

M: Uninspiring, though competent.

O: Overall, excellent. The past four years have done it proud. Recommended and superlative. Would have again and again...and again...which is a dangerous recommendation, I suppose. Delectable. (865 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from batch no# 5 2009

A/ pours a nice black with Hal a finger if dark chocolaty head, nice retention, slowly dissapates To a film, small amounts of spotty lacing.

S: right of the bat I get loads I chocolate with a hint of dark fruits, rasins and prunes.... More chocolaty then anything though... Then as the brew warms I start getting a charred smokiness and some wood like character. You can deffinatly smell a bi of heat coming of it from the alcohol, but from what i remember from when it was originaly released, it seems to have mellowed of considerably.

T: much like the nose, lists of chocolate with a him if dark fruit, I feel like the charred character from the Jose deffinatly steps it up a notch from the aroma, giving a charcole note, which I'm not all to found of, not as sweet as I expected for the abv.

M: heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation, Deffintky a sipper, booze kicks in on the end particuarly as this beer warms....

O: not a bad beer, bit far from my favorite. It pushes the abv limit for sure, but it just isn't all that great flavor wise IMO. It has calmed down nicley from three years ago when I First tried it, but I'm still not a huge fan. (1,198 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly aggressively poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated November 2011, Batch #7 into an Avery Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a abyss-like deep black with a three finger dark beige to brown head. Good retention that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it recedes. Deep dark chocolate, black cherry, some roasted malt, and alcohol on the nose. Opens with deep mixed dark fruit, joined by roasted grain, charred chocolate biscuits, booziness and phenol alcohol. Finishes with rich notes of bakers chocolate and a touch of hop bitterness and notes of roasted chocolate malt. Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation smooth, with a hint of syrup. One of the ultimate high abv American Imperial/Double Stout sippers that cellars incredibly well. (743 characters)

Photo of AdamHart22
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the fridge into a tulip glass. The first 1/2 was cold, but the second had been out for about 30 minutes at room temperature before poured.

A - Black hole. You don't get a head unless you hard pour it, which results in a thin, brown cap. negative on the lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate and molasses.

T - Huge. All kinds of flavors at once. Honestly its over the top. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and molasses at the end. So much going on that it gets muddled.

M - Coats your mouth in that syrupy imperial stout goodness. Begs to be sipped.. it took me slightly over an hour to drink the 12oz single.

O - Glad that I tried it, but I won't be rushing back for it again. There are other imperial stouts, notably DF World Wide Stout, that are at a similar price point and taste better. (793 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec 2010, batch # 6.

A- Hard pour produces a big gray, brown head. But it bubbles and fizzes down rather quickly. No lacing, and no cap. The brew is motor oil black.

S- Heavy smells of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze too. Some heavy roast, coffee, and a little smoke. There's an underlying vanilla, and some phenolic character from the booze.

T- Initial tastes of dark fruits. Plum, black cherry, and then heavy chocolate. Chocolate covered fruits. A bit of coffee. Insane warming from the alcohol. Borders on overbearing but makes it out. almost like a liquor.

M- Medium bodied stout. Low carbed. A definite sipper by the alc content.

O- Feels more like a cordial then a beer really. It's not as extreme as black magic, but one is drinkable. Nothing to seek out but worth having. (807 characters)

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated December 2009 (Batch 5) 16.83% from Whole Foods served in Westmalle chalice.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a thick black body with garnet highlights around the rim of the glass. Tan head minimal (expected) and dissipates quickly.

Smell (4.5): My Favorite quality of the beer. Dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, licorice, grain, and booze. Incredible!

Taste (2.0): Not as pronounced as it hits the tongue. Light flavors of chocolate, coffee and other flavors I cannot pin-point. After a half a second, huge flavors push through, intensified by the large warming presence of alcohol. Primarily soy sauce and black licorice, mellowing into more undertones of chocolate, coffee, grain, and subtle dark fruits.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Great chewiness here. Not as thick as I would have imagined. The hero here is the alcohol, a sipper for sure.

Overall (3.0): Not sure I would seek this out again. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for something this big. (964 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black brew with a solid ring of tan bubbles on top but plenty of lacing to follow. The aroma offers deep licorice and intriguing vegetable with lush chocolate overtones and cigar-like complements. Just an awesome and intense symphony of scents! The palate brings more of the same with a licorice liqueur, minty molasses, citrus hop mixed in with thick juniper...delicious. This is big league stuff with a heavy body and viscous feel with light carbonation to add a "tingly" touch. I never even thought about the alcohol level here, it just wasn't an issue when you're busy enjoying the complex beauty of the flavor, but clearly this is a brew to be savored fairly slowly, and a "no doubt about it" WOW! (712 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4, bottled in November 2008. So it's been aging.

It's completely black. There are no hints of anything else, unless there is some darker color than black. Light has no chance. The head is thin and fleeting and that's the only thing holding in back from being a 5. It's light brown, but has no retention, and honestly, didn't start with much.

Lots of darkness happening in the nose. Smoke and roasty things, coffee, chocolate, licorice. I like them all, but a bit much on the licorice. Oh, did I mention alcohol. Yeah, it's very present.

Simply too manly for me. I like the dark and stouts and chocolate and coffee and the like, I even like licorice. But the alcohol taste is just too much for me. I don't drink wine or spirits because I don't like such a strong flavor of alcohol. Granted, with 15.92% ABV, it's going to be strong, but this was just too much for me.

Very thick feel. It just coats the tongue with charcoal and syrup. Full bodied, as you can imagine. Syrupy sweet, bitter, and lots of heat from the alcohol. Not sure there were any hops, I can't feel most of my mouth right now.

It's something everyone should try. It's hard to drink and I consider it more of a niche drink than anything. I've had Wide World Stout and had an easier time drinking it than this. All that said, it's not a bad beer, it's actually quite good. Just over the top for my liking. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Fitwitchik
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7

Poured into a half pint glass as this beauty was to be shared.

Thick black motor oil with tan head with a beautiful ivory lace.

Smell of cocoa with sweet maple.

Taste smooth sweetness then distinct bitterness of burnt dark cocoa. Alcohol burn on the back of the throat reminds me happily that I LOVE high gravity brews especially stouts. Paired this with a Smoked NY Sharp Cheddar

Looking forward to laying down my second bottle. (442 characters)

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.