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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 239
Gots: 507 | FT: 25
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.

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Photo of feylure
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov 2008, Batch 4

I like stouts. I like high ABV brews. I like demonic, red-eyed and horned guys on my beer. This beer is a win!

Looks like an imperial stout. Dark, thick, slightly brown around the edges, and it has more carbonation than I would have expected.

Smell is roasty, chocolatey, malty. Sort of like a deep sweet aroma.

Taste is intense. Starts off with a toffee like sweetness, followed by a dark chocolate + thick caramel that are heightened with the carbonation. It's a full bodied drink at this point, then the tail leaves a little dry with notes of smokey, dark chocolate.

I like this beer. It's well balanced and complex, so I definitely see myself buying it again!

feylure, May 07, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: As dark as Satan's magic, a thick black darkness with a dark khaki head to it, everything about this just proclaims obscure undoing. The head takes forever to subside and the murky depths below allow no light to pass through, not even at the edges or bottom. Oil.

S: theres the expected coffee and toffee but also a tiramisu smell or a rye bread in there as well, complex in the overlapping smells, not in the variety.

T: The heat from the alcohol hits first and is very apparent, along with aggressive bitterness and a burnt wood smokiness, next a coffee and toffee finish rounds out the taste. Very aggressive in every aspect, it's like getting your ass beat by a series of different martial arts in a matter of seconds. The middle cherry chocolate dryness is aggressive and some have called it "chocolate robitussin" but i dont think the medicinal quality is that overstated, the alcohol is the first to come but the coffee and cherry start pounding on your tongue just as hard. its over in 5 seconds but with serious residual taste.

M: It coats like cough syrup, if you drank this at 8 am, it would be with you almost until lunchtime, also if you drnak this at 8 am you have issues that I cant wrap my head around. Very thick, chewy, like liquid chocolate that you can just feel making residence in your gumline like those mucinex characters, only brown, and with presspots of coffee. really over the top.

D: In some respects, very drinkable, its a warming, thorough drink that hits so many notes youd appreciate it regardless, however, anyone who has more than 2 of these is a liar, or has demons that we cant comprehend. Just too much, too fast. I can't hang with stouts of this calibur.

Narrative: The threadbare pallor of the bone throne was welcoming, and cool to the touch. "The vassals are ready my liege" he spoke through baited smoky breath, thick with mist. "SEND THEM IN" proclaimed the necromancer as he wet his undead throat with a...ok I just...I can't
"you can't what?"
"Just keep with the script"
He exhaled, knowing he true intent, a soul as black as murky depths, the production assistant with hatred flowing through his veins, encouraged and strenthened with every fetched latte, piercing darkness with every pejorative hurled his way. "I just..the script"
"OH YOU JUST? WHY DONT YOU JUST STICK TO YOUR JOB" the director ejaculated with scarring epithets. "SOON MY DARK MASTER SOON" he clutched an amethyst pendant and embraced the darkening of his soul.

SubpoenaDeuces, May 04, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey, 6 oz pour, 2008 (~16% ABV)

A: Pitch black, about 2 fingers of tight mocha brown head that sticks around a while.

S: TONS of chocolate, roasted, earthy coffee, caramel. A little wood quality, rum, dark fruits. Boozy, like rum soaked chocolate cake with red wine.

T: 3 years aged, still pretty darned hot and boozy, but holy flavor! Rum, chocolate, anise, huge roasted malts, dark fruit/vinous finish with dry bakers chocolate. Unbelievable chocolate aftertaste. Espresso upfront and comes back in the finish. There's also a touch of wood and char in there. The finish is boozy, but in a 'rum soaked mocha cake drizzled with a port reduction' kind of way Easily the most intense beer I've ever had. Sure it's hot, but it's also unbelievably tasty, powerful, and complex.

M: As this as it gets, not as smooth as I'd like due to the decent burn on the back of the throat and alcohol popping it's head up everywhere. Fairly dry finish with just a little sweetness. Lots of burn on the finish.

O: This has got to have the best aftertaste ever. Very vinous, chocolate, coffee, everything I love in a stout, and the definition of "go big/bold or go home". The only knock is heat, but I have no problem getting past that. It would be straight 5's if not for the heat.

Satchboogie, May 01, 2011
Photo of jar2574
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 ounce bottle for $8. Hope it's good. Label says it is 16.83% alcohol and that it was bottled in December 2009. So I hope it ages well.

It pours completely black. You can hold it up right next to a bright light bulb and no light gets through. Very cool. It is as dark as you can get. There is a thin purplish/tannish head. Lacing is pretty good down the sides at first but eventually fades away.

You can smell dark fruits, sugars, and roasted malts. And alcohol.

For obvious reasons, this one should be treated as a sipper. But for such a high alcohol content it goes down remarkably easy. I'm glad I only bought one bottle - this beer could get you in some trouble.

A lot of complexity in the flavor. Figs, plums, and dark fruit flavors dominate. You also get a sense of licorice flavor. And some roasted malts.

The alcohol is not completely hidden (but how could it be at almost 17%?). But this beer does a much better job of hiding it behind enjoyable flavors than most Imperial Stouts.

I'm not always a fan of the style, but this is one of the best American Double / Imperial Stout I've ever had. Perhaps the 1.5 years of aging helped.

jar2574, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as hell, no light getting through this beer, and thick as motor oil. A nice medium dark head, big alcohol feet on the glass sides.

S: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, big roasted malts, Espresso, and some bitterness.

T: Main flavor is chocolate here, big boozyness comes with the taste. I get some espresso on the back end with a lingering sweetness.

M: Thick and juicy! This is one full-bodied beer, with nice moderately-low carbonation.

D: Just one please, and I'll sip it over the course of an evening.

tlazaroff, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Armsby Abbey 4/16
2008 version
served in a snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a two finger of light brown head that sticks around for a while. Ringlet sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is light chocolate, and caramel. A lot of sweetness.

T: Taste is surprising after the nose. Bitter chocolate and charred malts come barreling through. Dark fruits - raisin and plum really make a presence. Then... a smokiness. Not campfire smoke but a delicate smoke balance that really enhances the dark fruit flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp but smooth.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick (though a few years age will do that), and a decent representation of style. Not sure I could have a fresh bottle of this, but the age makes it a nice one to sip on.

Jayli, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had an 06 and 09 last night and did a side by side drinking. The 06 was outstanding. The 09 was not. I've also had this years which I think is also pretty damn good. Not sure what was wrong with the 09, I think the batch just had something go wrong in it or something. Not sure.

claytong, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a North Coast pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head. There is a good amount of head retention, but not much lacing to be had...

S - Coffee, dark fruits, some roastiness, and alcohol...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, molasses, plums and various other dark fruits. Ends with some heat, but for the abv, this one is smooth. Was expecting a much bigger alcohol burn. Tasty...

M - Medium/full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. Highly drinkable...

O - Surprised how good this one turned out to be. Was half expecting an alcohol infused mess. Looking foward to trying this one again with a little age on it...


comfortablynumb1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this brew in honor of the birth of my first child on 4-10-11

Picked this up at Capone's Bottle Shop, the ABV on this brew states 16.4% though the ABV for review says 15.1%

Black as night, this brew is super dark. This brew couldn't get any more opaque. It poured with a huge, thick, dark brown head, which has some great retention. Not to much lacing however, but this is expected with such a high ABV brew.

From the crack of the top on this brew, I can tell I am in for an amazing brew. Before you even pour this brew you get a punch of rich, dark chocolate and a strong boozy aroma. Its huge. As it warms, this stout has strong coffee/espresso aroma, as well as some notes of what I can detect as a black liqourice. This brew has a huge character, it actually tingles the nose.

I can't even begin to express how big of stout this is. The malt profile of this brew is in the front with some great choclate flavors. Once this flavor hits you, a rush of cocoa, coffee and great alcohol punch hits the palate. Its got a smokey flavor as well. The roasted flavors of this brew, make it even more complex then I ever though. This is a man's stout, and a sure sipper. It is a belly warmer from start to finish. This is one amazing stout.

The mouthful on this brew is down right amazing. There is a low carbonation to this brew, making it super slick, almost buttery as it hits the mough. Its thick and delicious.

The drink on this brew is not for the faint of heart. I will have to say its an amazing stout. Many times I would take away points on a brew that has such a harsh ABV, but that would be taking to much away from such a great brew. This is a great brew to enjoy on a cold day, for it will warm your body from top to bottom. This is probably one of the best representations of the sytle, I have had to date. I will be sure to try some of the other limited brews by Avery Brewing Company.

mattgreger, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!

Batch 5, bottled in December 2009.

A - Pours black as the devil itself with some chocolate brown highlights on the edges. A one finger head, tan in color, rises from the abyss and lingers a little, but quickly disappears to cause mischief in other parts unknown. There's some lacing here, but mainly just scattered islands of foam. There are some sleek alcohol legs, however.

S - The nose is potent and foreboding. There's aromas of bitter chocolate and roast, however, these are fairly faint and the two big components in this bouquet are anise in the form of black licorice and astringent alcohol. It smells every bit as alcoholic as it boasts, and it also has a bit of char to it as well.

T - After my first sip I can almost feel the alcohol streaming out of my mouth, its that potent. The chocolate and coffee kind of fall off here to leave most of the taste to the licorice. About halfway through the alcohol comes through strongly and it pretty much dominates the flavor from then on out. This pretty much redefines a sipper, and its a struggle to drink more than a tiny mouthful at a time.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Leaves a thick coating on the palate and it has a very long, licorice and alcoholic finish.

D - Drinkability is low. This was a tough one to get through and the alcohol isn't shy in the least. Really glad I got to try this as it's quite an extreme beer, but you could pretty much get the same effect by dropping a shot of vodka into a stout.

nhindian, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BigE90
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5

A: Pours a good viscous black, you can smell the chocolate and alcohol as it is poured. Barely 1/2 finger head that is gone in seconds.

S: Not very evident while sitting. Takes a swirl to really get anything of note to come to surface.

T: Very good! This has some substance to it as it stays on the tongue a bit and melts off. No apparent hops bitterness but the alcohol is present but warming. Surprisingly not overpowering considering the label says 15.95% Definitely the taste of chocolate hanging around here.

M: Again this is great for a stout! You know you are drinking something special. Leaves the mouth warming with alcohol tingle for sure.

O: Best stout I have had in a while. Deep rich and dark and thick like a stout should be. This is a definite sipper and buy again.

BigE90, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of d4114
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5 bottled Dec. 09 4-2-11
A- Black with a 1/2 finger of brown head; Has good head and carbonation.

S- Woo! malty, sweet, chocolate, alcohol, strong!

T- Strong grain flavor; Actually bitter not very sweet; Can't tell the alcohol is even near what it is; Bitter at the front, middle is chocolaty, then left with a tobacco grainy taste.

M- It coats your mouth but its not the thickest beer I've had. Nice for what it is.

O- Crazy beer; has huge tobacco and leather on the taste; You can taste the alcohol but it doesn't take over the beer; When it does warm up to room temperature you start getting the alcohol coming out a lot more.

d4114, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of tomfneph
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 2009 batch 5 poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bought at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY for about $9.50.
Pour was inky black, opaque, with a thin caramel brown head that dissipated quickly. The nose was predominantly chocolate and sour cherries, actually quite vinous. The first taste is espresso, chocolate, and dried fruit. Raisins, figs, and sour cherries predominate. The initial mouthfeel is smooth and full. The finish is a peppery astringent bitterness that is a little surprising for an imperial stout. This is a more Belgian than American stout. To be honest I prefer Founders KBS, Deschutes Abyss, or Ballast Point Victory at Sea, which are more creamy and less vinous. That said this beer covers the alcohol well and delivers a memorable buzz. I hope I get a chance to try it on tap. I will definitely buy a couple of bottles to cellar, I believe it will improve with age.

tomfneph, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of bamadog
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woot! Review number 666! Kind of a milestone, so I figured I should at least pick something with a relative name, so Mephistopheles' Stout it is. Bottled in November 2007, Batch 3 -- review is from notes taken on 3/30/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is black, pitch black and I should say I would expect nothing less from a stout with this name; starts with a fair 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than a creamy ring around the surface and a very scant wisp of skim on the surface that keeps swirling around; body is entirely opaque as it should be;

Smell: Wow - very robust smell -- lots of everything one would expect in a beer like this: lots of chocolate (some very sweet, some more bittersweet) and it's pretty reminiscent of syrup; bit of a vanilla scent that is reminiscent of the syrup in a chocolate covered-cherry, as well as the cherry itself; bit of a butterscotch/caramel flavor; bit of a meaty/woody scent; definitely some alcohol too and just a touch of some roasty espresso... Really good...

Taste: Jesus, just like the smell -- very robust burst of flavors: tons of the syrupy chocolate (both sweet and bittersweet) and it is well blended with more of the roasty coffee-like presence than the nose would suggest is present and it is very reminiscent of a chocolate-covered cherry as mentioned above (sticky and vanilla sweet syrup included); presence of caramel and alcohol (almost like bourbon), but I have to say that for being labeled as a 16% ABV, the alcohol is fairly well masked; smokey presence that reminds me a bit of charred wood and burnt meat... this beer is fairly epic.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and smooth -- carbonation is basically a non-factor as the body is really that viscous; bit of a tingle on the tongue and gums from the larger ABV; a thick and fairly dry sticky coating is left all over the mouth; belly is left especially warm from the ABV, and it is indeed reminiscent of sipping on a decent bourbon.

Overall: A great stout with amazing flavors -- I would say that this particular bottle rivals the '10 Dark Lord, and is therefore likely better than '09, and the best part about it is that it seems to available all the time. Price point is a bit high for a 12 oz. bottle ($9) and the ABV is too high for too much, but well worth trying and is great on a chilly night.

bamadog, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of davesway10
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade with drummermattie02. Thanks Matt. Bottled in Dec 2009, Batch 5, 16.83% ABV. I must say I really am impressed with this beer. With the High ABV I really wasn't sure what to expect. This beer is Disturbingly drinkable, the alcohol is present but not mind-blowingly so. Very smooth, Lots of Chocolate, molasses, maybe a little coffee. Unlike other big stouts I've had, this one had a nice thick head. Not an easy score, but i'll search this one out again.

davesway10, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Nov. 2008, batch 4.

A: Pours with a billowy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of lace around the glass. Perhaps the darkest beer I have ever seen, with not a hint of light around the edges even when help up to the light.

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, and prunes stand out up front. Hints of sweet coffee. Not boozy at all.

T: Molasses, raisins and prunes. Some bitter coffee and dark chocolate notes. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and a little boozy burn.

M: Body is about right for a beer of this magnitude. Right in the middle of the road, with some prickly carbonation.

O: Exceptionally drinkable for something coming in at 15 percent. If you haven't had it, it's worth a shot.

aggiearcher13, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle int a snifter

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, brown, foamy head. Medium carbonation. Settles pretty quickly leaving just a smattering of foam on the surface and a ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S: Dark roasted malt. Strong note of caramel and molasses, more subtle woody tone.

T: Strong, biting malty tone accentuated with a pungent woody flavor, and a slight hint of molasses.

M: Strong alcohol profile, sweet and pungent, with a dry finish. Hefty and robust body. Thick and syrupy feel. Has a bit of a cardboard lingering aftertaste though. A little 'brassy'.

D: Sip and enjoy this one.

Atmosphere is really good here. Appearance is dark and intimidating, with a decent enough head. Nose is really great. A lot going on in there. Malt, sweet tones of molasses, with a nice woody foundation. Taste is a combination of heavy malt, balanced well with sweet and pungent flavors. Heavy body and a syrupy feel. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle pours into a lost abbey stemware glass

dark ruby-black, small fizzy brown head, little lacing.
Nose is a kick in the sinuses: coffee, black cherries, anise, smoke, wood, maple, bitter dark chocolate, fig, blackberry, slight caramel on the back end. I just buried my nose in this beer until it warmed a bit.
Taste is dark chocolate covered cherries soaked in fine bourbon; more smoke and coffee.
The alcohol is present, but you wouldn't think it's near 17%. Very satisfying.

beerpirates, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Avery Mephistopheles on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover" celebration.

Appearance: Served in an eight-ounce glass, this beer comes with two fingers of super frothy head and tons of bubbles. Beautiful creamy head, coffee color. Great retention, almost the full head remains throughout. Good (but not incredible) lacing. Color appears black throughout, with few nuances.

Smell: Barrel/dump wood aroma. Some bourbon and vanilla. Subtle, almost underwhelming considering the ABV and hefty overall.

Taste: So different from the bottled version! Smooth, harshness is not here. Oak/wood. Chocolate, some bourbon/hard liquor. Dry, pungent/prickly finish. Some light vanilla around the mouth. At the end of the sip, I was reminded of Ferrero Rocher, the sweet-and-crunchy chocolates from my childhood in Europe.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but also hot and burning. Sweet and chocolaty at the end, with full body, full flavor and medium, perfect carbonation. Boozy at times, but kept in check.

Overall: Super drinkable on tap! The booze is well controlled, and eight ounces help. Not as fully flavored as the bottle, but it wins in drinkability and freshness. A gorgeous brew.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar, my first time to the spot. very cool place. Avery event debuting their new pilsener.

Black is beautiful, my heart cheers me on, I order this 1st. No sense mucking around. A small crown of brown foam sit lightly atop the meaty body. Some alcohol aroma, definite malt sweetness, some roast, some chocolate. Beastly. The flavor is exceptionally well integrated, not sure the age on this batch, but it is outstanding. Starts with roasty sweetness and chocolate, the alcohol burn begins several seconds after the swallow is consummated. Egads! Delicious, the sweet, sweet burn. An outstanding beverage from the fine folks at Avery.

dragonWhale, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Otesanek
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 2, November of 2006, consumed 3.20.11 into a 22oz dogfish snifter. Abv listed as 16.03%, OG 1.148

Pours out flat black with a 3/4" chocolate-milk head. Shows amber where thin. Head falls to a solid ring with a wispy cap. Aroma is very powerful but one dimensional, chocolate chocolate chocolate. Super rich expensive cocoa powder, dry and dusty but unmistakable chocolate. Hints of a meatiness, perhaps a little yeast autolysis since the bottle is five years old, very nice though. Maybe a touch of raisins or other dark dried fruit, but that's really really trying. No sign of any alcohol. The flavor brings some warming brandy-booze, chocolate covered red/dark fruits, maybe even a touch of very sweet blueberry. There's a touch of tang at the sides of the tongue, and a finish of roasty nuts, hazelnuts I think. The mouthfeel on this thing is great, super smooth, very easy to put down, leaves the tongue tingling slightly. Thankfully doesn't finish overly sticky, the palate finishes cleaner than expected for a beer of this... heft. The drinkablity on this monster is terrifying. It drinks easier than a wine of its strength, and it also drinks easier than a beer a third its strength, absolutely no suggestion of its impressive abv. Overall, a surprisingly straight forward and easily quaffed beer given it's advanced age and gigantic alcohol content.

Otesanek, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of tetu
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Avery.

Poured it into my wine glass, all I could think of was that it looked like syrup or oil going in there. Black, no light was getting through this glass. Formed a nice foamy head, slowly dissipated but could bring it back with strong swirling.

Smelled like spicy chocolate, there was something else strong in the mix but I couldn't place it.

Taste was dominated by chocolate that balanced the alcohol, and also had a roasted malt and coffee flavor to it. As it warmed the alcohol came out more. It was like drinking a wine in texture and feel: low carbonation, alcohal spice, good body (much lighter than the pour indicated).

Was very surprised at how easy it was to drink despite it being >30 proof (This has been said over and over about this beer, but it is because it's very true).

Great beer for sipping around the fire on a cool night.

I have two more bottles, one for sharing with the wife after our baby comes, and the second for storing in the cellar.

Great beer, would suggest it to anyone who likes the style and then some.

tetu, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of hahahaweee
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

looks-poured into a tulip glass a dark brown-black, lighter than I expected. Very little head which died to nothing quite quickly with no lacing.

smell-IF you really dive in you get some cherry and plum but of course as an imperial stout the darker notes are far more pronounced. I smell some Smokey wood, chocolate and coffee notes but what really has killed this for me is that is reeks of pork (kind of like cheap bacon).

feel-The mouth feel is smooth with a nice tingle that I quite like and hides the amount of alcohol surprisingly well.

time- the booze/alcohol notes seem to come out more so halfway through with the bacon notes dying down.

comments-I have been wanting to try this beer for years and its been aged for 2 years itself and am pretty damn disappointed. It's not that its terrible, but at $8.99 a 12oz bottle i expected more. Oh and to make things clear I LOVE bacon... just not so much in my beer though I could see it going very well with BBQ. Also, why is abv set to 15.10%? my bottles says 16.83%

hahahaweee, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of mdr4669
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Dec. 2009, Served March 17, 2011.

Appearance: Black as night, with about a finger of creamy white head, and nice fluid lacing.

Smell: Smokey, bourbon, chocolate, they're all noticeable. Along with the scent of aged wood.

Taste: Smokey and smooth, the booze is more noticeable in the taste than the smell.

MF: Very rich, very creamy, works very well with the high ABV, the finishing kick snaps to the back of your mouth and just sticks there.

Drinkability: Excellent, glad to have kicked off St. Patricks Day with this one.

mdr4669, Mar 17, 2011
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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