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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 220
Gots: 483 | FT: 23
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of hdofu


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

Another ads, and got to say not a bad one at that. It pours as black as sin, with a thin tan head. Smell is malt and cough syrup. Taste is more complicated having a burnt toast, malt and chocolate sensation going on all at the same time. This beer is pretty thick and complicated with the bubbles. Its devilishly drinkable at 32 proof (concealing its alcohol like the devil hides the sin).

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:11:11 | More by hdofu
Photo of jampics2


3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the pour Cookie.

Batch 2, November 2006 bottling. Enjoyed Jan 2010.

Looks amazing. Jet black with a mocah head.

Smells of molasses, cherry, and we cat food.

Not too hot, surprisingly. Sweet, cloying cherry fruit, leather, roasted malt, bitter finish. A wild ride for sure.

Satisfying, chewy mouthfeel.

Slow sipper, happy to have tried it but one to split more than 3 ways IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 15:57:11 | More by jampics2
Photo of jzeilinger


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was thrilled to pick up a bottle of this stuff. Poured into a tulip glass and looks as black and opaque as motor oil. Has a creamy caramel colored head that fades quickly to a thin caramel colored layer, fades to a light ring.

Smells of caramel toffee, toasted molasses, chocolate, faint coffee grinds, and traces of a bourbon-like vanilla.

This beer is incredibly complex, deep, and rich with layer after layer hitting the palate - WOW! Tastes of woody, oaky vanilla bourbon/rum character, black licorice, far underneath the other flavors lies some caramel chocolate-like cherries, finishes with the expected warming in the throat from the 16% ABV (as expected). This beer has 107 IBU's which is pretty darn high for a stout, the bitterness comes through at the very end to keep all the sugars in check, finishes almost bittersweet in taste.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, heavy, big bodied, deep, rich, slightly sticky, and complex. This is a slow sipper, I'm 1/3 of the way through the bottle and it's already kicking my butt. There's a few other "big boy stouts" out there that's in the same ballpark as this and any day, this beer can hold its own against them. This is really well brewed and a real treat for any stout lover, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 03:45:26 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4 12oz picked up a while back at Brewforia... Cheers to Rick for getting these new treats in. Poured into my Delirium goblet while entering in a few reviews from the weekend RIS tasting.

3 finger head... great retention surprisingly... big drapes of lite brown lacing.

Nose is cocoa... toffee... plummy esters... molasses... tawny port... no where nearly as sweet smelling as I was expecting.

Woah.. there is the sweetness.. the alcohol cuts through the thick maltiness pretty quickly leaving a long lingering melange of deep cocoa.. dark raisins.. sorta burnt caramel... molasses essence with a bit of char.... lite coffee.... acidity from the dark grains helps get rid of the sugars .. the body is thick but not as much as I was expecting.... lite small bubble carbonation is always there to clean things away leaving an easy :30 finish of raisins and coffee

Whew... There is ALOT left in my glass.... This is going to take a long while... Cool to have these locally finally.. I will buy them when I can afford them and cellar them for at least a couple of years before I open one again.


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 08:27:04 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer is very nice overall.

thick and dark as motor oil, with a toasty and malty smell that has what seems like carmalized deep and dark fruits to the aroma.

upon each swirl a nice caramel colored head appears that quickly dissolves, and the carbonation is minimal at best.

the high abv lingers in the mouth and even coats the teeth with a dark malty coating that can be unpleasant at times.

the beer overall is very intersting take, not to mention mine was a 2008 november batch so im trying 14 months afte the fact. i dont believe the distributor mis-handled the brew either.

overall i would not drink more then maybe 2 bottles in a sitting, but its worth the price and i thought very pleasant overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:10:31 | More by PhiGDeltaBrewman
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3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Typical dark black with a very thin head that left quickly

S- Dark fruits with a nice earthy, smokey aroma

T- Very earthy and smokey with a subtle chocolate flavor

M- Thick and syrupy and kind of sticky but oily at the end with a bit of a bite

D- One at a time due to the very high ABV and bite throughout

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 00:51:17 | More by wangbruins
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick DARK black, from a 12oz bottle with red foil on neck...into my Corsedonk snifter. Very large brown head, creamy and frothy. Woa the booze aroma is hitting me already. Lacing is very sticky and nice and long lasting on glass.

Aroma is very strong of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Actually picking up some dark overripe fruits too...raisins? Dates? Reminds me of Dark Lord. Again, wow the booze is strong...obviously!

Very sweet and warming. Lot's of sweet chocolate. Warming booze trail down the throat and into the stomach. Wow this is tasty! Big raisin flavor. Booze/bourbon is very inviting...and yummy!

Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Very good Stout!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 17:23:26 | More by ShadesOfGray
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage. For my 200th review.

Pours into my snifter a thick black, there is a surprisingly large head that takes a mightly long tme to dissipate and leaves some speckled lacing. The head is dark tan.

Smell is chocolate decadence. There is hints of dark bready malts, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, and caramel.

This one is a sipper but it isn't too cloying or overly alcoholic. It tastes much more roasty but the molasses and chocolate are there in a big way on the palate. The alcohol is persistent and noticeable but that is expected with this abv. The alcohol and sweetness never become obscene.

The mouthfeel and drinkablity aren't bad for the abv but they are a bit weak style-wise.

Overall this massive beer is alright, pretty good, it is something decadent to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 23:15:16 | More by crossovert
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brace yourself. This beer is a tough one to tackle. I do not recommend it for any rookie. I'm fairly new to the craft beer game and this is by far the most challenging beer.

A - Midnight black. Pours like soy sauce with a small khaki head.

S - almond, strong alcohol, some chocolate

T - instant hint of chocolate followed by a bitter coffee and soy sauce followed by a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

M - soft, similar to Kahlua

D - Tough. Take your time. It might give you a feeling like you are shooting whiskey.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 23:57:18 | More by WWWade
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours *black* as death. Medium brown head that starts relatively massive. A bit of lacing.

Some thick dark chocolate and raisins dominate the aroma, but there's hints of coffee, wood, vanilla, and bourbon.

Dark chocolate, burnt wood, and heavy alcohol flavors dominate the palate. Some dark fruits, coffee, and licorice are present, and the finish is a strong dose of bourbon.

Fairly thick and chalky on the tongue, with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low on this one mainly because its so massive. For bourbon lovers, this is an amazing beer, as it encompasses the good part of that flavor while blending it with some tasty chocolate and coffee flavors. This is the 3rd time I've revisited this one, and it still blows away the Beast no matter which vintage it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 09:59:12 | More by sevopie
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had really never had this one till last night. I have had it pass through my hands several times, but last night I said screw it and went for it. Served at all almost room temp and in a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

Vintage 2006

The pour was near perfect, dark as night with a huge head of tan on top that reached a height of around two inches before settling down and dropping just tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass and really coating it quite nicely. Aroma is massively complex, vanilla and boozy notes are dominant at first before giving way to a nice aroma of licorice and dark fruits which collide with oak notes and deep, resonant sweetness. Really very well done. Even with a few years on it it still maintains some hotness, but it is still nicely drinkable. Rich licorice and chocolate is blinded at times by hot bourbon notes, but it still works very well and the bottle lasted a good two hours as I sipped away contently.

Overall this huge beers are in leagues of their own normally, and though this seemed a bit hotter then alot of them I still felt it worked fairly well. Not bad from avery at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:02:59 | More by mikesgroove
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a small Brussels glass. Very dark (with a bit of mahogany in the light around the edges), with a thin head and nice lacing.

S: Dominated by raisins, but also coffe and chocolate. Very nice

T: As you would expect, a very robust beer. Not overpowering on the alcohol, but it's there. It has a nice bite. Lots of chocolate. Some hops. Oddly, starts with a hop bite, then alternates between bite an sweet a few times throughout the sip. Ends with some alcohol heat. Nice winter beer. Like an bourbon aged stout/porter on sterioids. Outstanding. Very rich and complex.

M: Not as thick as some imperial stouts, but holds it's own. Very nice.

D:- Outstanding. Surely not a session. But, a great one. Complex, robust, powerful. One of my favorite beers that I've tried in quite a while. Great warming beer for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:26:17 | More by ATGHomebrewer
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this vintage 2006 bottle on 12/17/09. Batch 1... YEAH!

A - Poured black as the lungs of hell with a toasty burnt marshmallow head that diminished to a patchy film and thin ring, thus depositing stringy lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Very aromatic nose with chocolate and leather notes as well as a hint of soy sauce that eventually became more obvious as the liquid warmed up. A slight waft of alcohol also emerged, but was quite subtle for this 16% ABV demon!

T - Cornucopia of flavor bursting through here, with a complex blend of tangy soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit reminiscent of black cherry and raisin. Flavor is even more complex than the aroma suggested. Finishes with a slight leathery character with some alcohol tang and licorice notes.

M - Full bodied with a very slick, oily texture resulting in a viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation is very restrained. Finishes with moderate alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - One of the most complex RIS's I've ever had, without a doubt. This bottle certainly aged quite gracefully. Thanks Dan!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 19:36:50 | More by ffejherb
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, almost like oil, nice tan head. Smells of strong chocolate, some tobacco, coffee, caramel. Tastes of rich caramel and toffee like malt, with a very rich earthy tobacco like undertone. A subtle dark fruitness subsides throughout. A nice pronounced bitterness leads to a big wave of coffee roastiness. A good full body, alcohol present, but pretty hidden.

A surprisingly good beer, better than i expected considering how alcoholic this is. The caramel can be a little much, luckily theres a nice roastiness that brings it together. Definitely a sipper

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 07:40:54 | More by bum732
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle.

A black-brown body reveals a creamy chocolate colored head the dissipates quickly with few remnants. Aroma is lively with roasted coffee and charred wood, with alcohol ethers peeking through. Taste is roasty and delicious. Yummy roasty flavors abound surrounded by molasses and maple syrup. Thick, syrupy and sticky. Dry finish. Fantastic.

Notes: The alcohol is unbelievable blended at 16%. I like to call these double imperial stouts, but this feels like a standard imperial at 2 years old, with an persistent rolling roastyness throughout that is just great.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:52:53 | More by TheDoorman
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Big big thanks to Philip for being the generous guy he is, and hooking me up with this! Wow, great stuff. Opaque motor oil pour, topped with a medium sized mochachino head. Good retention present, and there's some pretty lacing. The nose is a huge kick of anise infused booze, stirred with dark chocolate, espresso beans and some fig. Indeed! The flavours in thisguy are so huge, that you HAVE to sip it. This one small bottle is plenty for 3 people. Flavours are caramalized fig, tripple espresso bean, dark bitter chocolate, with booze and dark rum. Wow, this is good, great, grand. Thanks so much to Philip for hooking me up.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 15:49:21 | More by mrmanning
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beast pours out like a thick black motor oil with a dark brown head

the smell is very strong of roasted coffee and malts as well as hints of anise and a pretty good booze note

the taste is amazing! this beer tastes like a bourbon barrel beer thanks to its alcohol level and has a nice coffee flavor that was picked up in the smell. there is bittersweet chocolate and a caramely sweetness to it but overall there is an astringent character to the taste from the heavy amounts of black malts in this brew

this thing finishes like its going to take the world over. a huge full bodied beer with a strong but not overpowering alcohol presence and a nice dry finish. this beer was amazing in my book, a huge strong dark beer that was frankly amazing. i wouldn't hesitate to get another of these guys!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 15:44:09 | More by Brandt
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black. Very small tan head.

Smell - Sweet, chocolate and raisin.

Taste - very dark rosted coffee flavor, bitter and some raisin, but hints of sweetness. very noticable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and rich, with carbonation.

Drinkability - great for a cold winter night. not for the faint-of-heart.

Overall a very neat beer. Recommended for those that enjoy a strong beer. Great for sipping. Wouldn't have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:33:59 | More by ajbick
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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark black as night, decent tan head quickly disapates away to thing lacing along the rim of the glass, very beautiful color,

Smell- dark espresso, chocolate, raisins, very nice sweet roasted malts, slight hop, very rich smell

Taste- very rich flavor, lots and lots and lots chocolate flavor, slight rum and raisons, also a very substansial and enjoyable bitter hop presence on the finish, Overally very rich and complex with a very long and lingering finish

Mouthfeel- heavy big and bold, thick yet very smooth,

Drinkability- Extremely enjoyable and drinkable, one of the finest stouts I have come along, but one that you have to spend some time drinking just so big and powerful, the flavors are so complex and so strong, you have to continue to slowly sip and savor, if your a fan of stouts one to try, and im very proud again of averys fine crafted beers,

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 05:49:03 | More by Stunner97
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Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

pours black black black with a thin head that disappears quickly. little to no lacing. aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee and alcohol, although not as much as i was expecting considering the abv. let's see how it tastes - oh, THERE'S the booze. this is just way too much. the booze and burnt coffee flavors are overwhelming. this is a sipper, but not in a good scotch kind of way. the alcohol is very warming in the throat, so keep this one in mind if you're looking for a beer that will take an hour to drink, this is for you. to me it just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary booze.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:48:16 | More by coachdonovan
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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle: November 2008 batch.

Poured into a Chimay chalice: dark impenetrable pitch black with half an inch of head that dissipates quickly. This looks a lot fizzier than I expected. Smell is sweet and intense. Loads of molasses, dark chocolate, brown sugar, raisins, and espresso fill this one. Taste is sweet but has a hot biting alcohol presence.. this is pretty intense and about as a slow a sipper as they come. More dark chocolate, raisins, and molasses are present but alcohol is the dominating presence here. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected... pretty well carbonated.

I think ABV is a little too high on this one for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 02:12:45 | More by webmanspidey
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is black as a coal miners taint. fluffy dark tan head quickly dissipating and moderate lacing.

a heaaaavy aroma of alcohol, coffee and licorice, roasty too.

deep roasty, coffee flavor, and a sort of woody (mahogany?) taste. oh yeah and booozeee. sort of a sweet finish though.

mouthfeel is really hard to judge but there is moderate carbonation and sort of a creamy body.

if it werent for the excessive alcohol, honestly this would just be a nice clean smooth stout, could be very drinkable. but its not.

this is a fun beer, reaally potent wouldn't have more than one. maybe two if you really got some cajones.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:42:19 | More by ryanonline
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOOM! Got this bottle at Surdyk's in Minneapolis a month or so ago. Poured with a medium tan head and no lace. Aroma was heavy with dark bread dough, malt, molasses, and dark, ripe fruit. Color is opaque black on black. Flavor is a slammer - with all of the aroma components plus a bit of roastiness, big sweet - bitter - sweet alternations and a real strong booziness. Really tastes like it has been spiked with some booze - hard to say which. Body is good and so is carbonation. Very strong alcohol finish with a little bittersweet highlight. Not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 23:59:03 | More by drpimento
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonsreeb85 sent me this in our trade. Thanks!

Batch 4, bottled November 2008. This baby is just about a year old.

A- Pours a flat black color with a creamy coffee colored head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S- Nice deep roasted malt aroma with a big whiff of alcohol. Some burnt coffee bean aromas as well.

T- First taste is pretty boozy. Still even after a year this brew has got some serious Ummph! A few more sips reveal a dark roasted malt flavor with some bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. A spicy hop bitterness lingers in the finish giving a nice balance.

M- Full bodied with decent carbonation. The initial taste is rough and edgy with booze but the aftertaste is quite sweet and chocolaty. Very nice flavor.

D- This brew certainly has some muscle. A tongue smasher to be sure. Nice flavor and smell but still a bit too hot. This feels like it could certainly age for an extended period of time.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:17:01 | More by projectflam86
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 2008 Batch #4 (abv 15.92%)

A - thick, black, and inky, with half a finger of spakly mocha colored head

S - dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee beans, and an sharp alcohol twangm slight nutty characteristic

T - chocolate explodes huge and rich, coffee smaller but still offers its support, the alcohol notes become stronger and offers a warming sensation throughout the aftertaste that fades ever so slowly, i think i discern some anise/licorice as well

M&D - smooth, like liquid velvet, it almost rolls down your gullet, the alcohol is not hidden well (not necessarily a bad thing) which can turn some off, and with that ABV not a session brew, but a fine stout from a fine brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:09:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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