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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,670 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 226
Gots: 495 | FT: 24
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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STEG

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

2006 Vintage Batch 2 16.03% abv

Poured black as the background of BA into a southern tier imperial glass, tan fluffy fine bubbled head rose quickly and fell jest as fast leaving a nice topping of bubble.

The nose is huge you get booze, chocolate, light coffee, dark raisin notes as well.

Taste has burnt, sugar, booze, light coffee and bittersweet chocolate. What a monster! Black coffee bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation, and a prominent but not by any means overwhelming presence.

Not exactly sessionable but it makes you marvel at stouts like black albert with nearly as much alcohol that can hide it as well as they do.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:06:40 | More by STEG
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

09/08/10- Had a 2006 (Batch 2) 12 oz bottle of this courtesy a generous trader.
A: Pitch black with a tan head that died to a film and collar.
S: Rum vanilla, chocolate, caramel (strong), less banana, cocoa powder.
T: Harsh, sticky, cocoa powder, whiskey. caramel, some bananas.
M: Sticky, frothy.
D: Bad, really a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 17:30:53 | More by ne0m00re
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mjurney

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in December 2009.
Batch 5.

Appearance:
Pitch black. Head looks pretty creamy, lacing looks pretty nice on the glass.

Smell:
Dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Brown sugar up front, a little sweet, molasses. Dark fruit, dried prune, maybe a little raisin. There some dark chocolate and roasted malts, just a dash of hickory smoke. Black pepper in the middle, a little spicy, very warming from the alcohol. Smooth finish with a little roasty aftertaste. Body is thick and slight syrupy. There's almost no carbonation.

Drinkability:
For 16.8% ABV, it's pretty drinkable, but it's a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:11:41 | More by mjurney
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

No that's not a typo, Batch #3 bottled in November 2007 is indeed 16-percent ABV, which without a doubt is pushing the envelope.

Three fingers of brown head rise from a steady pour down the side of the glass, and the bubbles have a tough time getting through the viscous liquid to form their head. Black, there is no light when looking at this beer ... just black. Aromas of a charred raisin bagel, alcohol-soaked Bing cherries, light molasses, vague licorice root and vanilla, clean solvent and vinous alcohol, espresso and baker's chocolate all come to mind. Creamy and a little syrupy with a semi-smooth carbonation. Dense flavor profile slowly unfolds with each sip and each degree it warms up. Choco-goodness seems the strongest out of the bunch, molasses, charcoal, molten chocolate cake flavors blanket the taste buds. Hops are mellow and drop a little bit of flavor. Alcohol dials in quite cleanly for its size and the faint solvent flavor is a little spicy, but a vinous character really shows the complexity. Peppery sweet chocolate finish.

Chocolate wine? An extremely enjoyable sipper. Seriously, it tastes like chocolate wine if there is such a thing. Don't just buy one bottle, this is one gem that could be consumed now and cellared.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:41:46 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Drinks over Dearborne in Chicago on our recent baseball trip. Thanks for the chat Mike!

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Batch 5 from December 2009. Drunk in September 2010.

Note II: Drunk right before Dogfish Head World Wide Stout.

APPEARANCE: Pour not as thick as expected. Produces a 1+ finger, medium looking mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Noisy head too. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a wisp with lots of carbonation decorating the top of the brew. Lots! A swirling wisp and a ring remain, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Too much carbonation for the style.

SMELL: Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and boozy notes. Some rum, oak, and dark cherries in there as well. Smells barrel aged and quite big. Bold aromas.

TASTE: Still too young and harsh. Had to go "whoa!" on the first sip. Roasted and burnt or charred malts, but they're soon overtaken by a blast of booze. Spicy rum and whisky combination. Oak shows up again with some dark cherries on the finish, but booze is everywhere. Aftertaste is bold with some bitter chocolate, oak, and boozy flavors. Lots of heat after the swallow. Got better as it sat in the glass, but still too boozy. More stout flavored than its Deleware and Scottish colleagues, but the booze flavors are less complex than WWS.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, a little too light and airy on the palate, with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Semi-creamy on the palate, but not creamy enough, rough going down with a decent burn at the finish. Lots of heat. Finishes slightly mouth-coating. Smoothens out and becomes slightly creamier as it sits, but is still harsher than needed.

OVERALL: Just too boozy to be enjoyable. A booze bomb. There are some nice flavors under the alcohol, but this one needs a few years of aging to allow the booze to mellow out. I'd love to try an aged bottle, but fresh, this one is tough going. That said, it was a little more "stout flavored" than its Deleware counterpart and way better than BrewDog's Tokyo. Neither, however, were nearly as enjoyable as Mikkeller's Black, which was a beauty.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 15:27:19 | More by Jeffo
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a snifter. I've had this a number of times and finally decided to add a review. This is a fresh-ish batch, from Dec 09.

A - Black as night, no light whatsoever getting through this bad boy. Some stouts like to talk about used motor oil, but this one really lives up to that kind of claim. About a finger of head, which is more than I expected given the very high ABV. No lacing. Gentle swirling produces nothing more than a thin cap.

S - Typical of the style -- raisins, figs, prunes, mostly dark fruit. Molasses and caramelized sugar, and almost a whisper of hops lingering in the background. Plenty of booziness in the nose.

T - The booze smacks you in the face right off. I get lots of dark fruit, as in the nose, backed with some roasty coffee and caramel. Some toffee as well, and the beer is very sweet. Long dry brandy-like finish. Personally, I have a soft spot in my heart for boozy beers, so it's a plus for me. But I can see where some may find it detrimental.

M - Thick and syrupy, just the way I like my Impy Stouts. The used motor oil thing again. And it has a dry finish but it's looong. My mouth tingles as if I was drinking single malt scotch straight up. I love it.

D - Well, c'mon. Anyone that tells you that a ~17% beer has a high drinkability rating is confused at best.

O - Every now and then I get an urge to drink this one. I always enjoy it to a point, then the ABV just smacks me down. But I'll probably continue to do it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 15:34:36 | More by djmichaelk
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russellaaron69

West Virginia

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

Poured a deep black that allows no light to pass through. A solid two fingers of coffee colored head that left behind very little lacing. Smell was mainly alcohol with a sweet coffee and chocolate backbone (this bottle hasn't been aged at all). Taste was amazingly smooth for the ABV. I picked up a lot of roasted coffee and dark fruit (raisins and dates) with just a hint of chocolate. The alcohol picks up after swallowed and gives a very pleasant warmth. Mouthfeel is full and robust. Drinkability is great you can tell its a high ABV beer but not that its almost 17%.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 05:51:07 | More by russellaaron69
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david131

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 2009. Batch 5.

A- Absolutely black. Pitch black. Just the slightest bit of light coming through on the edges. The beer appears surprisingly carbonated with a rather creamy looking brown head that settles to a splotchy covering.

S- Fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, and some alcohol. Surprisingly faint for the ABV.

T- Fruit, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and a strong alcohol presence on the end. Overall, this is not as sweet or roasty as I expected for a beer of this stature.

M- Smooth body, but a strong alcohol presence makes this a pretty astringent on the finish.

D- Overall, this could most definitely use some time to blend and cool down. The alcohol is painfully apparent. It is not nearly as strongly flavored as its Delaware counterpart, but to each their own.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 05:24:22 | More by david131
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DanielRP

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Batch 3, bottled 2007-11, served at 2010-08. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark, nowhere near see-through. Brown to light-brown head, leaving its mark on the glass.

Smell: Dark, heavy smell speaking of prune and a bit of smoke. What is expected of a heavy stout, deluxe!

Taste: The alcohol is tasted at first, and felt when the aftertaste kicks in and you feel the warmth in your throat, a noticeable difference from eg. regular 10% stouts. It leaves a remarkably noticeable flavour of nuts after some time, hazelnuts I would say. Below the nuts there is a touch of coffee. The taste comes a bit below the strong sensation of the mouthfeel, so one has to seek it a bit more than usual. One can isolate some roasted flavours that don't feel as they come forth very strong in the mouth, it's probably a sensation that is connected to the strong alcohol running through.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, not at all flat. Good (perfect?) carbonation for this type of beer. The high alcohol percentage is felt in my tongue and palate, making them go a tad numb after a while.

Drinkability: 16%. Half a bottle later I am feeling it. But I never got tired of drinking it, even after I finished it, I could have taken more. Obviously you won't drink many in a (fruitful) night, but it is a pleasure to drink.

A strong beer, in many aspects. I already feel eager to drink more bottles. The price is a bit hefty though, but I guess it's connected to the alcohol percentage in some way. I will, however, certainly get more bottles if/when I get the opportunity again. Avery really shows off that they can make top-class beer when they have the ambition to do so.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:44:32 | More by DanielRP
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IKR

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into a tulip glass (ABV 16.84%).

A: Midnight black with half an inch of light brown head, which dissipated quickly into a small ring of bubbles. Noticeable lacing on the glass.

S: A malty coffee aroma with a bit of toffee/caramel smell. Upfront alcohol aroma.

T: Pure stout flavor consisting of roasted malts, toffee and dark sugar elements. The stout elements come across very nicely but the alcohol is very noticeable.

M: Good body, low carbonation but definitely in line with the style, with a dry finish.

D: Very good combination of flavors but the alcohol is very noticeable. Take your time with this one.

Personally when I review big beers, if I'm primed (1-2 beers) before I start, I notice the alcohol taste and smell a lot less than if it's the first beer. There are those special big beers that hide their alcohol content even if they are the first or only beer. This was not one of them. An excellent beer but I would have to be in a serious drinking frame of mind before I try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 20:11:03 | More by IKR
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured jet black with a finger sized tan head that quickly faded away leaving yet only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are prominent aromas of alcohol and bourbon in the nose, which are so strong that they are noticeable as soon as the bottle is opened. THere are also hints of dark fruits in the smell.
T: Flavors of alcohol, bourbon, burnt malts and coffee really stand out in the taste, which becomes more complex as the beer warms up and also has some notes of brown sugar, chocolate, licorice and raisins. A strong amount of bitterness from the hops is present, most promiently in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth, rather dry and a little sticky on the palate. There are a lot of warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped very slowly; I would try this again if it was a cold winter night and all I wanted was a single sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:14:55 | More by metter98
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socon67

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a December 2009 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark. Did I say very? Also to note, pour this guy correctly or you will not get the proper head.

S: I can get a smell of whisky, and coffee. This is a true Imperial Stout in every sense.

T: Surprisingly the whopping ABV does not overwhelm the taste. Too many stouts mess that up. Props to Avery for making this diabolical brew smooth given the style.

M: This is silky smooth goodness in a glass. I was pleasantly surprised.

D: It is *very* drinkable when you consider the ABV. But one is enough at a time, so I cannot give a 5 to something I am taking my time sipping.

I enjoyed this alot. I would not seek this out specifically, but it does make me want to try other Avery beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:13:01 | More by socon67
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Spica66

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in December, 2009, Batch 5. O.G. 1.135 16.83% ABV.

A: Thick, dark black pour. Wonderful brown fuzzy head. Excellent carbonation.

S: I smell STOUT!! Roasted barley, coffee, slightly malt-caramel. Wow, I can not wait!!

T: Fabulous! This is the way a stout should taste. Deep dark and roasty. Alcohol is there around the edged of your tongue, but does not burn at all. I am amazed!!

M: With this level of carbonation, I expected it to be too bubbly, but it is matched perfectly to the thickness of the beer. The alcohol actually adds to the excitement on your tongue instead of detracting from it.

D: I NEVER thought that I would give a 17% ABV beer a 5 for drinkability, but this deserves it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:04:25 | More by Spica66
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RobertTh3Texian

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fucking insane beer. Dark as the dark lord himself and more malt hop and yeast than you can imagine. Like I said dark opaque and a dark tan almost mocha head. The smell is ridiculous. Tons of malt and you can smell the acl. Taste is huge. Tons of malt again and a bit of the hops in the back. The only reason I gave this a 4 on drink-ability is that it is too damn big. You can make it through a whole bottle yourself, but be a buddy and share it. Definatly a beer that you need to try if you have never had it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 03:38:28 | More by RobertTh3Texian
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nickydel

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I was feeling quite drunk after finishing my 12oz. Poured a little to gingerly, not much of a head to speak of, but my mistake. Black as the night. The smell and taste reek of alcohol, and it was honestly too much for me. Under the boozyness were some great and complex flavors, but kinda hard to enjoy. Glad I tried it, no way will I buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:15:59 | More by nickydel
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evilkalla

Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Midnight black with half an inch of brown head, which has remained now for several minutes. LOTS of lacing on the glass.

S: A malty caramel scent. Some toasted essences in there too.

T: An overwhelming punch in the face of toffee, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted malt, and in-your-face stout-essence. It is extremely smooth, the alcohol is there but it's masked almost effortlessly by the other flavors.

M: Smooth, silky and creamy.

D: I will drink every last drop of this one, and probably stumble back to the kitchen for my effort. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:16:49 | More by evilkalla
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ronniebruner

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

At 16%, this is a specialty beer only. I wouldnt recommend downing 6 of these! The taste is as strong as you would think for a high gravity beer such as this. Better bought as a novelty, or possibly as a collector, but keep the number of bottles to 2 or less. A VERY strong taste that remains in your mouth. Not bitter, not sweet, just a lot of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:02:38 | More by ronniebruner
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larryi86

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle dated DEC 2009 Batch 5 poured into a snifter.

A- Black with a small tan head that disappears quickly.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of dark fruits and alcohol.

T- Hits everywhere and well balanced. All everything in the smell, besides the alcohol, comes through nicely. There is also a nice hint of coffee.

M- Very smooth and rich.

D- Very easy to drink for almost 17% ABV (bottle says 16.84%), the only alcohol burn I got was a little when it was almost to my stomach. Due to the amount of alcohol I would not drink more than one at a time. Being half the price of WWS I think I will be buying this more and more.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:56:11 | More by larryi86
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scottfrie

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split with a friend. Poured into Delirium Tremens glass. Bottled 2008, batch 4.

A: Pours a velvet black with a thin dark chocolate head that quickly disappeared into nothingness leaving no lace.
S: Dark cherries, dark chocolate, camp fire, coffee, charcoal, graham crackers, roasted malt and alcohol.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt flavor. A lot more of the cherry comes through as well. Very roasted and full. Notes of molasses as well. Alcohol warms the throat as it goes down but isn't overpowering. It's actually quite pleasant. Doesn't feel like 16%.
M: Full body, low carbonation, soft mouthfeel, and low alcohol burn. Huge bold flavor.
D: I was amazed by the power of this beer. I've had The Beast, and liked it, but didn't love it. This one I love. One of the best imperial stouts I've had. I can't wait to crack open my Samael sometime soon and complete the trilogy.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 01:33:45 | More by scottfrie
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one is black in the glass with about an inch and a half of brown head

S - Bitter cocoa, malts, alcohol

T - Big, bold, and fantastic. Dark chocolate, coffee, and black cherry

M - Really lingers in the mouth, a little sting from the high alcohol, but not a negative thing to me

D - Well balanced beer, amazing imperial stout, but at the high ABV could be dangerous to have more than one

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 17:56:17 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Dec 2007. Batch #2 bottled Nov 2006.

Thick caramel colored head. As black as an evil clown's heart (wait, aren't they all evil?). Smells of raisins, dates, alcohol and vanilla. Starts with a hint of brimstone, smoky and treacley. Like sweet concentrated alcoholic espresso. Cherry cordials. Dried dates and figs that have been soaked in ethanol. Heavy body, mouthfeel like 2% milk. Warming (imagine that).

Surprisingly drinkable considering the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:48:32 | More by htomsirveaux
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown out of the bottle, black in the glass, with a 2 finger brown head with nice retention. The aroma has roasted malt, dark fruit, booze, and molasses.

The taste has a lot of booze, molasses, raisins, dates, chocolate, and roasted malt. There is a lot of alcohol heat with this beer. Too much in my opinion. The alcohol is not disguised at all, it is out front.

Full bodied, syrupy, hot with alcohol, chewy, with decent carbonation. If not for the alcohol burn, this would be a lot better, and would get a much higher score. Thankfully this is only a 12 oz. bottle. The abv on the bottle states 16.83%. I believe it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:27:24 | More by hardy008
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.9/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottled Nov. 2007, Batch 3

This looks Fantastic. Very thick, black, with a dark tan fingers of head. This is what an Impy stout should look like.

I had to take a few minutes on the smell. It's definitely boozy. The alcohol hits you up front, which would be expected. At 16%, you have to expect it (I'm not sure why the description and others are saying it's 15.1%, the bottle clearly states 16%).
Alcohol aside, there's lot's of dark fruits that come through. Tart red grapes, plums, and figs. Past the booze and fruits, theres the malts , chocolate and coffee roastiness. To bad it couldnt be reversed.

There is a lot of alcohol in the taste...almost too much, but it gets tolerable after several sips. Maybe I'm just getting drunk...
Theres also those fruits in the taste, and behind it all, the chocolate, coffee, and roastiness. It's just a tad unbalanced in the end.

The feel is good, medium to full bodied.

With the ABV, and the way it shows, you'd be a fool to have more than one.

I don't regret picking this up, even though I don't think it was really worth the $10. This has been on my "to try" list for a long time, and I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:21:38 | More by EgadBananas
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wrightst

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mephistopheles, of course, is one of many names for the devil. The beer, a strong imperial stout, is a prince of darkness itself, allowing just enough light to escape to make it appear slightly brown in the glass. This stout gives a taste like it's high in alcohol, maybe 9% by taste. Not surprising, the deceiver is at work here. There is a strong malt aroma and taste, with sweetness first. A chocolatey goodness that can turn a sinner. There's no real hint of hops, as the alcohol gives the beer its bittering balance. Ah, yes, the alcohol. Mephistopheles checks in at 15.1% ABV, the strongest beer I have had yet, but it didn't feel like it. I typically don't like imperials because of the alcohol, and much prefer any that can hide it. This beer balances both realms. I found it to be quite angelic.
Drink Beer, Be Happy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 02:33:31 | More by wrightst
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Nerudamann

Oregon

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

Look - dark black with tan-colored, finger's worth of foam. Good carbonation, hard to see through the pitch black color though.

Smell - Chocolate, licorice (maybe), molasses.

Taste - sweetness at first, probably from the the cane sugar used in the brewing, then there's a bite at the back of the throat on the soft palate. Followed next by a certain tartness, and then a very Chocolaty coffee bean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - kind of like drinking a cold, but very black coffee, but I mean that in a good way.

Drinkability - Very good imperial stout, but maybe a bit too much to handle for more than one a night.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:24:10 | More by Nerudamann
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.