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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 278
Gots: 636 | FT: 37
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov. 2007 Batch #3
12 oz. bottled poured into globe.

Densely opaque black. No light whatsoever passing through. Name certainly makes sense. Very little head, but thin dark caramel colored lace remains.

Strong sweet aromas. Chocolate dominates. Dark fruits. Hints of licorice, espresso.

Full bodied understates it. Syrupy, but not at all unpleasant, as a bit of alcohol heat cuts through it. Although head was lacking, nicely carbonated for its ABV. Keeps it from being overly cloying, even at 16%.  Sweetness dominates, as in the aroma. Rich chocolate, with burnt sugar, raisins, and coffee like finish.  Plenty of bitterness to balance all that residual sugar. Some coming from the roasted malt. I'm not picking up much hop presence. Perhaps because its 4 years old at this point. Awesome.

I had one of these same vintages 2 years ago and I must say this is better. Seems to have mellowed nicely. really wish I had more, but I suppose I'll stock up on future vintages and start over again. A very unique experience. Worth snagging several bottles a year. The perfect vertical taster for years to come.

Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#100 review Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, with vigor. Pours so black, with a 4 inch mocha head with beautiful lacing, that slowly settles into bubbles. Smell is EXPRESSO, with smoked chocolate, and a touch of booze. Taste is all of that, maybe a little more boozey tickle than the smell. Roasty,Toasty, and I dig it the mosty. Mouthfeel is as good as any, with plenty of carbonation for its gigantic abv. Love the chewy body, perfect. I had 2 ozs last year at Extreme Beer Fest, with a tarnished palate and was impressed. Now having 12 OZS for my 100th review and it still amazes. Beer is almost a year old and holy s---, it still may get better with more time. I chose the perfect beer for my 100, totally in awe ....

Photo of Marty30
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kort27 for this. Poured into A Harpoon hundred barrel series glass.55 degrees. Dec. 2009 batch 5.

A. Typical Imperial Stout black colored body. A one finger mocha head. Huge alchohol legs, no lacing as expected.

S. I get lots of alchohol in the nose,along with big chocolate and cocoa.

T. Some big chocolate notes,with roasted malts and dark fruits like plum,raison,figs. and A good deal of alchohol.

M. Medium heavy feel coats the palate. But the alchohol kind of cleans it up. Good alchohol burn as this goes down.

Overall a real tasty RIS but it is still and always going to be hot. I really enjoyed it.

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

2010 on tap at the Meddlesome Moth

Pours a solid black with ruby notes and a tan head that lingers.

Smells of roast, chocolate, plum, cherry, alcohol, and some sherry notes. Quite a nice nose if not a bit boozy.

Tastes of roasted malt and dark fruit up front with a warm alcohol sweetness in the middle and ends on a lingering coffee note that lasts and lasts. Fantastic, complex, stout with notes of sherry and oxidation that work well. Surprisingly well balanced with the high alcohol.

Full body with lower carbonation are right on for the style.

This is an amazingly complex stout with a nice dark fruit, roast flavor. The alcohol mellows nicely with age, and I can't think of a much better, easily-ish available imperial stout. As good as some of the super hyped stouts I've had.

Photo of dtlyons11
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/09 vintage consumed almost 2 years later

A- very dark, black even. Some lacing but not long lasting

S- this is what sets this one apart for me. The alcohol is definately there, but there is so much more. Its like sticking your nose in a batch of bread dough, sweetness, raisins and currants maybe. The alcohol warms with even touching the tougue.

T- very good, but could use a touch more time here. Complex but manageable. True this the smell the yeast, raisins and rum are up front. If it is a touch too cool there may may be a hint of likeble charcoal in there. Really, quite good.

M- this would be the real up side of another year. At 2 years, the alcohol was contesting a smoothness that would be the perfect complement to this great brew.

Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Avery Tulip. Batch 5 from 2009.

A - Pours a darkest black with a thin mocha head that settles to a thin ring and slight haze.
S - Big aromas of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, molasses, raisins, and booze. Whew!
T - More dark flavors of bitter chocolate, raisins, coffee, malt, and a touch more booze. This actually reminds me of a boozy Raisinet, which is OK in my book!
M - Big, full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, with good, "prickly" carbonation. Touch of alcohol burn, but not a deal-breaker.
O - Intense and dark, this is definitely my favorite of the Demons of Ale series,

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

Had been wanting to try this one for some time, but was having difficulty finding due to Avery pulling out of Indiana. Stumbled upon it at one of my favorite shops, and swiped it up immediately.

That said, after getting it home, it took a bit of deliberation before opening this one. The reputation, the label, and the ~16 ABV is a bit intimidating...

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Bottle is dated 12/2010

Aroma: Rich malted milk, molasses, hot chocolate, dark fruity esters, and some booze. This one smells sweeter and richer as it warms.

Appearance: Pitch black body with just a bit of brown visible where the beer meets the glass. Dark tan one-finger head.

Flavor: Woah!!! Veeery rich 1/2-baked fudge browie up front. The malt, alcohol, and hops are blended EXCEPTIONALLY well. The alcohol does not come-off as being harsh, but, rather is accompanied by the dark fruity notes that I mentioned above in the aroma. Definitely a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with medium-low, creamy carbonation. The alcohol, again, is pretty warming, but is not ever hot or harsh. Warmth lingers in the mouth and throat long after swallowing.

Overall: Definitely one of the finest imperial stouts I've had. Not a session beer by any means whatsoever, but can really be savored in moderation. If you are able to get a bottle, it's a great one to split w/ a friend!

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

12oz serving. Batch 6 poured into a snifter.

A - Pours an evil black with a 1 finger espresso head that leaves sticky patches of lacing.

S - Bold chocolate and espresso, robust roasted malts, boozy vanilla vapors, caramelized sugar.

T - Intense roasted bittersweet chocolate, cocoa dusted dates and raisins, woody hop bitterness, toasted brown sugar, anise seeds, warming alcohol and espresso on the finish. Hints of bacon come out as it warms.

M - Full body, a bit syrupy, low to medium carbonation.

Intense sweet flavors that are balanced by a robust roast character and hints of bitterness. Very complex malt and dark fruit flavors.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in November 07 - consumed on 10/15/11
Shared with RealMikeT

A - Poured out a viscous, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. Short retention but it left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, chocolate, molasses and some vanilla.

T - At nearly 4 years of age this was very smooth. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and burnt molasses dominate the flavor profile. The booziness is present but understated.

M - It was soft, smooth and had an alcohol warmth. It was full bodied and had a fairly dry finish.

O - I've had samples of fresher versions, but at 4 years it was fantastic.

Photo of mikehblack
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle Batch 5. Bottled in Dec. 2009

A- Pours black as hell. Half-finger's worth of espresso head. Settles down quick with plenty of alcohol lingering on the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts soaked in alcohol. Some sweet cocoa.

T- Dark chocolate bitterness. Tons of booze. Roasted espresso on the back end. Finding a little bit of dark cherry notes.

M- So much alcohol. It's thick and coating my entire mouth. Fairly low carbonation but it's enough to make it very drinkable. The 16.83% ABV warms generously on the way down.

O- This is an extreme and exciting beer. I love the power behind it, but it could use several years more to tame that immense ABV.

Photo of deepsearch
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in December, 2009 - Batch 5

16.83% ABV
1.135 OG

A-A beautiful, opaque, deep-black center framed by a rich, dark brown around the edges. Thin, quickly dissipating, tan-brown head.

S-Dark, robust chocolate comes through immediately. Roasted coffee. Mild hints of burnt caramel.

T-Extremely pleasant booziness that seems to amplify rather than mask the flavors. Everything that the nose would lead you to expect is there for you to taste but is more intense. I could sip on this for hours. Key word is sip. Large sips, of course.

M-Thick and syrupy with low carbonation. This sticks to the inside of your mouth like watered down molasses.

I've been abnormally partial to chewy, boozy stouts lately, so my praise might be inflated somewhat. Ultimately though, I can't see this disappointing anybody. I'm curious to try and age it (though I've heard this is somewhat of a gamble) but definitely wouldn't mind having it immediately post-purchase again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. Batch 6 bottled in DEC 2010.

Appearance: Pours a oily pitch black. Decent sized four finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Rich dark caramel malts and toffee with hints of chocolate and coffee. Some good hints of dark fruits including raisins, figs, and plums. Also some oak chips, molasses, and a pretty noticeable aroma of booze.

Taste: Strong mix of dark roasted caramel malts with lots of dark chocolate and some coffee. This is followed by the dark fruits. Plums, raisins, figs, and black cherry. Hints of molasses, oak, and brown sugar. A little heat from the alcohol but considerably less than I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full bodied, and creamy. Carbonation is fairly low. Alcohol heat is there but pretty well masked for being around 16%.

Overall: A great imperial stout. Very complex mix of chocolate and dark fruits. It also does a very good job of masking the booze in the taste.

Photo of jamescain
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into a sniffer, thanks to pwsoilder for sharing this one.

Appearance: Pours thick and black with a tan head about a centimeter thick that lingers and fades into a ring around the glass.

Aroma: Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and roasted notes with a little kick from the alcohol.

Taste: Big chocolate and roasted notes with coffee, vanilla and some burnt sugar. My only problem is that this beer is still boozy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a sweet and boozy finish.

Overall: Even though this beer is a few years old I definitely feel that it could hold up longer.

Photo of JayS2629
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


It pours Gotham City dark with a big, creamy, fat head of mocha that has pretty decent retention for such a big beer. The head fades slowly into a thin, creamy film and leaves sticky thin walls of sea foam lacing.

The aroma is intense,complex, intoxicating and inviting. Rich, dark chocolates, roasted malt, notes of coffee, toffee, and caramel fade into a complex arrangement of dark fruit; raisins, dates, figs, and overripe plums. Notes of sweet tobacco with hints of vanilla oak with aa boozy phenol finish.

Again intense,rich, and complex. Full of flavors and all are complimentary. Follows the nose. Bold cocoa, coffee, and rich dark chocolates. Caramel and dark toffee melts into a bouquet of sweet tobacco and dark fruits; chocolate covered black cherry, black currants, raisins, fig and plum. Faint notes of vanilla. Burnt sugar, licorice, and honey notes fade into a roasty, espresso finish with a big boozy bite at the end. Earthy hops hide way back in the dark.

Big, rich, sticky, thick, chewy, smooth, intense, warming, velvety body. Nice low carbonation and quite intense boozy burn finish. Finish a bit too hot for me.

Bit big for me, but enjoyable. A definite slow sipper. Complex, interesting, decadent and RICH! Love the complimentary complex flavors that go from roasty, to dessert-like sweet, to dark fruit, to earthy, to hot. Its the hot finish that cuts an otherwise smooth, lucious treat. Intense and delicious, but a again...a defnite, rich, sipper.

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After about four years of cellaring, the 2007 edition of Mephistopheles' Stout pours a jet black with a thin, lingering tan mousse. Looks nice.

S: Imposing aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and tawny port fill the nose. This is a seriously aromatic beer!

T: Opens silky and smooth with notes of dark chocolate, toffee, fudge, oily truffles, port, figs, raisins, vanilla bean, candy sugar, and coffee underscored by burnt toast flavors contributed by the dark malts. The finish is smooth and lingering with a huge swirl of dark fruit, port, and chocolate. Very little in the way of an alcohol burn.

M: Full-bodied and initially off-dry, though it dries out a bit toward the finish. Very luxurious.

O: I have never sampled this beer fresh, so I can't comment on any of the newer bottlings, but after acquiring some age, this one is a knockout. Very well done.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to JAHMUR for tossing this one my way at Rosso, much appreciated. been holding this for the right night and something about tonight seemed right for it.

Batch 3, November 2007 (bottle says 16%)

a - opened the bottle and filled my firestone walker mini snifter. very silky black. at first there was a very thin dark tan head that ran for cover leaving just a silky oily brew waiting to be consumed. glass swirls brought the head back but it never hung out for the party.

s - WOWIE ZOWIE! deep roasted dark chocolate. has an alcohol briskness that mentholates my nose. a touch of rubber or peat. not sweet or cloying at all.

t - again very dark roasted chocolate, but this is burnt tasting and charred. there is also a bitter coffee thing going on.

m - very smooth with a subtle alcohol

o - i haven't had this fresh...so it is hard to say what time has done to this brew (4 years ain't a lifetime, but it also is far from "fresh"), but it is pretty excellent. the booze is a bit warming, but this is quite the brew for the power. dfh, take note...

Photo of degowop
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had Batch 4 (November 2008) on September 26, 2011-Poured cold from fridge, head thin and dissipating; allowed to sit and warm for fifteen minutes, head quickly returns when aerated; roasty, almost burnt, initial taste, smooth and warming; taste of chocolate grows as it warms; poured second half of bottle and nice, thin brown head; extremely smooth and warming, chocolate dissipates but so does roast, though it may be the abv catching up; enjoyed thoroughly.

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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