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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 262
Gots: 600 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of StonePhil
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Kirch
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glass: Avery 16 oz. Strong Ale English Style Pint Glass
Aging Notes: May 2010 vertical tasting of 2007, 2008, 2009
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 12*16.8/8 = 25.2

A: Inky blackness, reminiscent of motor oil. No light gets through this one. The head pours a rich, syrupy brown with uniform bubbles, and this attenuates over a few minutes to a thin layer across the top and a ring around the glass. Nice lacing as the beers are consumed.

S: Consistent between years. Heavy aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and toffee. Some alcohol comes through (as expected with a ~16% ale).

T: INTENSE. Commensurate with the smell. No off fermentation flavors. Heavily roasted, nice hop bitterness, dark, malty, rich. 2007 aged well, but was slightly out of balance (hard to pinpoint exactly how). 2008 was definitely the best vintage, well balanced, blanketing the alcohol. 2009 was markedly more alcoholic tasting (compare to the ABVs listed to verify), and this was off-putting. Consistency in this regard would have merited a 5 in taste,

M: Thick, almost a little chalky. Light carbonation goes well with the style and nicely avoids shielding the rich components of the beer.

O: Outstanding, especially the 2008, and even more so with dessert.

Photo of ZPB
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled November 2011 shared with dad and brother over Christmas.

Poured black motor oil coal. No foam...none sticking to the glass either.

Smell is boozy. Not much else...booze.

Significant espresso flavor. Not sweet at all...finishes bitter which is good. Lots of alcohol. I really don't get much other than the hot alcohol.

Slightly carbed with a bitter finish. Very dry.

Overall this was a beer I was thankful I could try but would not buy again. Was really boozy.

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mephistopheles’ Stout. 2008 Bottle. Into Duvel glass on Dec 11, 2011.

Appearance: 4
Dense opaque black with creamy head, that fades to thin covering.

Aroma: 4
Very malty. Get notes of candy sugar and dark fruits ( esp raisons). Hint of roasted malt.

Taste: 4
Initially get sweet dark fruits, then it changes into candy sugar and roastiness, with detectable bitterness of the hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness, and mild thick rich roasted malt presence. Taste is a lot less sweet than the nose would suggest.

I imagine that the age has mellowed out some of the hotness of alcohol, but there still a quite detectable warmth to the alcohol. This lends to a full-body flavor

Mouthfeel 3.5
Moderate thickness with mild carbonation. Lacking a little bit of creaminess.

Overall 4
Very full bodies and rich stout. Intense flavours. Overall quite good, but given high alcohol content and thickness it is definitely a sipper. Has good aging potential.
Recommend to try.

Photo of Lee45102
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mugsy62388
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Nov 2008 vintage

The beer is black with a quarter inch of beige head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma brings oak, malt, roast, subtle alcohol. The flavor is rich and full. Lots of oak and roast. Warming alcohol in the finish, but the beer is surprisingly gentle for the extremely high abv. At just over three years old, this has matured gracefully. I highly recommend cellaring and patience, giving this beer the time to mellow and develop, as it is quite a bit better with some years spent in the cellar.

Photo of PlinytheFarter
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you come across this label and not be intrigued. I was a tad hesitant though when I saw the name Avery. I haven't particularly enjoyed too many of their brews I've tried. When I saw that this MF'er was 16.43% I knew I had to try it. If not just for the specificity of that ABV.

It kind of felt like i was pouring out a demons soul. The blackness of this beer cascading over the torn blood red wrapper on the edge of the bottle prepared me for the beast I was about to unleash on my palate. There was a small amount of dark brown foam but it quickly faded to bubbles, almost as if the gravity of this beer was pulling in those trying to escape.

It smelled like booze.

After admiring the label and darkness of this monster I finally put glass to lips and took a taste. I was immediately hit with a punch of alcohol hotness. This would normally turn me off, but this time I embraced it. I actually enjoyed it. The alcohol then did an unexpected trick and slowly started to fade away into the roasty tasty I was hoping for. This taste was not very pronounced like some other stouts but it kept evolving slowly over my warmed palate. It changed from a roast, almost but not quite coffee taste into a full on smokey finish. I was impressed with what I had just experienced and continued on. I poured this fairly cold for a stout, so I figured I would finish it off after letting it warm a bit. This was a mistake... the hotness that I enjoyed became to pronounced. I plan on getting another bottle to age and take off some of that alcohol, but I recommend trying it fresh for those who have not yet. It's a fun experience just drink it colder than you would a normal stout. Sounds strange I know but you will get all the great stout tastes when its chilled without as much booze. After I put some years on it I will drink it less cold for sure.. at that point it should be fantastic.

Overall. Drink Beer.

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Jparkanzky
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of plfahey
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle (2008 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black hole and totally impermeable to light.Thin cap of moderately dark brown foam which has decent retention. Shows some legs due to high alcohol content.

Aroma-Burnt toast, brown bread crusts, chocolate liqueur, and a healthy dose of caramel. Rich booze, pepper, and chocolate lava cake. Background notes of burnt toffee, blackstrap molasses, and raisins. As it warms, candied plums and black licorice emerge. Don't take this wrong way, but this beer smells like sex with luscious, boozy brownie batter. Devastatingly awesome.

Flavor-Substantially different than the aroma, but still intense and awesome. Molten chocolate lava cake with fudgy, boozy chocolate liqueur. Substantial roast flavor with hints of espresso. Some peppery spice and substantial booze. Caramel is much lighter here and the dried fruit is almost entirely absent. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish blends with warming alcohol to dry out all that gooey malt sweetness. Decadent and awesome.

Mouthfeel-Viscous and chewy with moderately low carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth. No longer hot, as the age has helped to tame the alcohol.

Delicious, decadent, and awesome. Ive had this young several times and it's a bit too intense, with heavy hopping, syruppy body, and hot alcohol. However, at three years out, it's really starting to hit it's stride. It's awesome, and it will only continue to get better.

Photo of MsRif
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured into a 5.5oz snifter. Impenetrable black with a lovely chocolate head that retained well and left very nice lacing. Had an aroma of dark/roasty malts, coffee and bitter cocoa. Tasted roasty with bitterness from dark cocoa taste and coffee. Alcohol burn is felt, but the ABV is blended well into this one, just as it is with Mephaddict.

Mouthfeel is full, bitter, dry and warming on the palate from the ABV. Unfortunately not nearly as smooth as Mephaddict, but still a delicious brew. Only got one of these and I think that was enough for me.

Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

First had: ?
Seems I've have this before and just never reviewed it. This review is from a recent tasting at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a little 5.5oz. snifter, a dark brown-black, seemingly impervious to light, with a creamy tan head that reduced to a ringlet, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma of roast, dark malts, coffee, and ash. Taste thick with roastiness, dark malts, cocoa bitterness, oily licorice, notes of coffee, dark fruits, citrus pith. Alcohol is definitely present, though felt more than tasted. Full-bodied, roasty, pretty smooth, but would probably benefit from aging to take some of the bitter/roasty edge off, much like the Mephaddict. Nice and drinkable overall.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jtk
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Thingus
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review, 2011 bottle into tulip glass...

This is not my first experience with this monster however it is my first solo attempt... I have shared a 2007 vintage recently as well as a 2011 bottle at a recent tasting get together... I felt the 2007 felt faded as compared to the 2011 and wanted to open one of my '11 bottles for the review as a result... All notes are for '11 bottle.

Appearance; poured into a 16 ounce tulip, two fingers worth of oak colored head which faded fairly quickly into a "bullseye" shaped ring of lace with a dot in the center... Moderate lace on the sides of the glass, beer is a solid black and even when held to light I can't see through it. In smaller portions it didn't appear this dark.

Smell; I get a ton of coffee on the nose of this, hints of toast and soy sauce and surprisngly no alchohol... The lack of alcohol is consistent with both of my previous experiences with this beer.

Taste; taste is in line with smell, although I can't taste any soy sauce... Hints of maple and smoke and a touch of vanilla and chocolate accompany the dominating coffee flavor quite nicely... Not a hint of the alcohol monster I know to be lurking in this brew until the finish, when a touch of booziness shows up for a moment and then disappears... Goes down smooth with no warming or afterburn...

Mouthfeel; quite smooth given the ABV in this beer, a very slight carbonation, not overwhelming by any means, but nicely compliments the taste of the beer. I don't think it's overly syrupy or viscous by any stretch but I've been really doing a number with some super thick beers lately (Labyrinth, Utopias, Black Tuesday are standouts) so I think that is a big part of why Mephistopheles doesn't seem so thick to me.

Overall; my final impressions on this beer are outstanding. I feel like the content may lure some people in for the novelty of it however on its own merit this beer isn't a sideshow freak, but rather a monster beer jammed and locked into a tiny bottle. I can see how some would be overwhelmed with the content or reputation of this beer however I think that this would be an extremely solid beer even without those. I will say that the age on the 07 really numbed this brew down for me... I far prefer the liveliness and more in your face flavors within the 11 version and will likely track down several more bottles to drink fresh. I've only got one left and I enjoy this beer quite a lot!!

Photo of DNICE555
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and syrupy. Jet Black. Thick brown head.

S: Chocolate, malts, booze, coffee, more jops fresh on tap. Very excited to try this... bartender said it was tapped 2 days ago.

T: Lots of booze with a chocolaty bitter aftertaste. Hops come through a lot more - I like this one better fresh.

F: Very thick and rich. Burns soo good.

D: I've had this with a couple years on it and now fresh... I'll go fresh anyday. The booze mellows very slowly and the hop loss is not worth it.

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kenzak
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap, I assume the newest vintage.

black black black, like used motor oil, with dark tan head. good head retention and lacing for such a strong beer. big bold aromas - espresso, dark fruit, molasses.

Taste is also huge and complex, and improves as the beer warms. roasty, dark bitter cocoa, coffee, dark rum. boozy. thick body, soft carbonation.

overall, one of my favorite beers, if you can get an aged bottle, it's a must try for big stout lovers.

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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