1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,940 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,940
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 280
Gots: 638 | FT: 39
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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mephistopheles' Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,940 | Reviews: 839 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Frozenmoses
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a finger of dark tan head.

S- You get some nice roasty notes but there is a lot of alcohol present on the nose.

T- Full of complex flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, plum, raisins, smoke, molasses, vanilla, a touch of heat from the almost 17% abv.

M- Full bodied and very creamy.

O- Another delicious offering from Avery. I thought that they did a great job of creating a nice, slow sipping, crazy high alcohol stout. Definitely wait until it warms up a bit and it grows even more complex.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A- An incredible looking beer, pours black as the pit itself, topped with a big creamy coffee colored head.

S- Big roasted, charred malt aroma with coffee and chocolate, dark fruit, anise.

T- More huge malts, loads of chocolate, alcohol is pretty noticeable, contributes a layer of dark fruits and warming booze.

M- Full bodied, thick creamy and also pretty syrupy feel.

O- A terrifying beer, the flavors are huge and aggressive. It's approaching harshness, and is definitely a sipper, but is a tasty beer nonetheless.

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
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

Photo of BierBliss
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of will1256
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StringSmoke
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I don't care for stouts because of the burnt espresso taste. However, I did NOT get that from this fine Avery beer.

After a giant amount of malt, avery told me they used amylase and pitched the yeast 4 or more times to get this to taste non-sweet at nearly 17% abv. Also it has the most hops of any beer that Avery has ever brewed. The reason? This beer just swallows them up, causing the need to add a whole bunch just to be able to taste them.

A very nicely balanced stout (for the abv) with caramelized dark fruit and a heavy chocolate espresso finish without a burnt after taste. Medium carbonation. One fine sipping masterpiece!

Photo of KarlSpackler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jtthegreat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the bottle to open during a family function this weekend.

Opened the bottle and poured a small amount into a balloon glass. The look was black with a dark caramel colored head. There was no lacing in the glass because of the amount poured but the stout coated the sides of the glass with a chocolate brown layer of liquid that dissipated slowly back into the bottom of the glass.

The smell was a lot of alcohol just escaping the freshly poured liquid which mellowed a bit and was replaced my molasses and wood. The first taste was unsweetened cocoa with a slightly bitter finish. Realizing it needed to warm a bit I waited a few minutes for it to warm to room temperature and sipped again to reveal chocolate, black coffee, rum soaked raisins and a slightly bitter sweet finish.

The mouthfeel is thick but not too heavy with a nice carbonation to it. This is a stout on the outer edge on my palette but enjoyable and a good slow sipper.

On a side note I ate a piece of chocolate and followed it immediately with a sip of the stout and got a tart black cherry taste on the middle of the tongue. I would recommend this with dark chocolate or a chocolate mousse to make for a fantastic experience.

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of n2pux
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of pushstartnow13
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of blakelive784
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep jet black color with a creamy, dark brown 3 finger. Retention is amazingly good considering the extremely high ABV.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, full cream, plum and some roasty/smokiness over the roasted barley foundation. The abv doesn't come through at all. A relatively strong and inviting aroma.

T - Coffee, cream, dark chocolate, plum, sugar, smoke and roast, all meddle over the full roasty, malty foundation. It's incredibly complex, with many subtle flavors working for it. The sweet but reserved ethanol and roast aftertaste linger. The abv shows where it needs to.

M - Full bodied, and silky smooth. A bit coarse but nearly ideal for the style.

D - This one hides its abv extraordinarily well. The high quality of the beer makes it extremely drinkable.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of mjaggers
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of whatthehull
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - deep dark black/brown very sludgy, almost two finger brown head and some nice lacing

S - so much wood in the nose, nice booze note, chocolate, some nice coffee, very nice malts, lots of roadted everything, tons of sugar, vanilla and a bready yeast

T - lots of sugar, chocolate, nice coffee, vanilla, molasses, very boozy, soil, earth, there is a pine/citrus hop note that is actually quite nice, tons of toasted malts and more amazing booze

M - full bodied, huge, low acidity, medium balance, nice complexity and long finish

D - not for most, huge everything! The booze and sugar are out of control but still very tasty. As high an abv as it is, it is still very, very drinkable and deslicious

Final thought - $8 a pop and 17% abv, wow, Avery has done it again! Love their strong beers

Photo of aliving1
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of pest
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade with Not Your Dads Beer. Thanks Marc!

Its actually a very beautiful beer. Absolutely pitch black. For 17%, the head is huge (and caramel colored).

I actually didnt get any booze or alcohol at all. Roasted, smoked malt is dominant. Smells sweet, like black caramel if that makes sense. As the beer warmed, from the cellar temp i poured it at, the booze came out to play.

Taste is full of smoked, roasted malt. Exceptionally dry and full of dry grains. Dark dried fruits are there somewhat, but that 17% alcohol is warming. Notes of caramel malt, but still dominated by dryness and a pervading warming alcohol effect. Slightly sweet, which is a nice compliment to the smoke from the malt. Some oak or red wine aging would do wonders for this thing.

Very full body, the booze makes it the ideal sipper.

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,940 ratings.