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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 235
Gots: 503 | 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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Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

ATGHomebrewer, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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

bum732, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

TheDoorman, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

mrmanning, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Brandt
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

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!

Brandt, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of ajbick
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

ajbick, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

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,

Stunner97, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of coachdonovan
2.65/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

coachdonovan, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

webmanspidey, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

ryanonline, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

drpimento, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

projectflam86, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.18/5  rDev 0%

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

sinstaineddemon, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of ReDave
4.18/5  rDev 0%

Pours pitch black, dark dark.

Nice rich brown head some lacing.

Aroma fruity malty, not real strong, but present.

Nice complex flavor. This is a 2007 batch, had sit for several months at my place...
some chocolate and coffee. Heavy stout, some alcohol, fruit.

This is pretty smooth good stuff. A little pricey, but I'd get it again.

ReDave, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

Batch 4 bottle (dated November 2008) poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Wow, that is thick! And opaque. It looks like dark matter (you know, from outer space), and feels like lead. No joke. A dark brown foamy head crawled up to the surface shortly after the pour, and then sizzled its way down to a creamy halo. Beer leaves an oily film on the walls of the glass along with spotty lacing.

Smell: Burnt sugar, roasted malt, sweet wood - hickory?, red berries, chocolate creme, and just plain old grains. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I'm impressed.

Taste: Very roasty and very sweet. The finish is quite dry and alcoholic, but it's not nearly as bad as I expected. Once again, this beer masks the alcohol pretty well. As for the flavor profile, I get molasses and roasted malt, followed by charred wood, spicy hops, and alcohol. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, sugary, prickly, heavy, and warm. A true sipper. Finishes very dry with a touch of smoke and lingers for a long time.

Drinkability: For such a big beer, this is damn drinkable! I sat around for a long time watching baseball and doing homework as my buzz slowly built. This is a very well-crafted big beer that I'll likely be buying again.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled in Nov. 2008 Batch #4

(A)- Poured thick and black as night. Produced a good 1+finger light brown head that dissipated after a minute or so. Its leaving behind a light film of lacing here and there around the inside of the glass.

(S)- Dark and burnt roasted malts that carry behind it a subtle raisin, brown sugar, and cocoa depth. Some molasses and light coffee coming through as it warms up, plus some amazing flour dusted cinnamon bread on the finish about 15 minutes after the initial pour.

(T)- Big roasted malts with a rather potent boozy burn but is not overly harsh or overpowering. A bready nuance combined with a dense chocolate and raisin foundation. The finish has a molasses and caramel characteristic.

(M)- Delicate and complex, yet rather massive in both alcohol and roasted malts. Has the perfect carbonation level for the style. Sweet, yet slightly bitter. The ridiculous 15.9%abv really lets its presence known, but does provide a nice warming sensation as it goes down and warm you up, especially since I was drinking this outside on a chilly dark night.

(D)- A seriously potent stout that kicks you to the ground without saying its sorry. A great winter warmer on those cold days. A definite sipper though in order to enjoy its nuances and character. It took me about the better part of 3 hours to consume the whole bottle!
Although potent, I was actually expecting this to be even stronger than it was; the label design made this a very intimidating beer to finally pop open! Also, I bet this could age for many years to come; drink one now, let a few to sit for special occasions.

sweemzander, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%

Jan 06 bottle.

A - One finger of medium brown head on top of a black, opaque body. The foam slowly settles to a thick, creamy film and leaves moderate lace.

S - Strong toffee malt with chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes of black cherry and plum.

T - Big, sweet, fruity notes of plum with dark caramel and toffee malt. Cherries and spice in the middle; clove, cinnamon, and star anise. Thick, boozy finish with almonds, chocolate, plums and cola. Some lingering smoke on the palate with a raisiny sweetness that I imagine precisely mimics the aftertaste from downing a shot of molasses.

M - Thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, sticky finish.

D - This is big and sweet. I wish I had a newer bottle to compare this to (not that I would or could drink two of these), as I am not sure what the aging has contributed. The alcohol is well concealed with no harsh hotness or burn. While it smells quite nice and the flavor shows a lot of depth at first, the malt is more than a little cloying and finishes with a sherry like note that may or may not be oxidation. In the end the very sweet, fruity malt and lack of hops, or anything else, to balance make this a bit hard to drink. It has more caramel and toffee than roasted character and kind of comes off more like an Double Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout.

nickfl, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a frothy brown head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a fair amount of of heat form the alcohol

T - The taste of this beer started like a syrupy mix of roasted malts, brown sugar, and molasses, raisins, and some toffee, but a sizable blast of heat kind of made you wonder whether this was a beer or not

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to full body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As a beer, I had to take off points for the burn that alcohol produced, good beers that I have had no matter how high still were able to hide the heat, but this one did not

cvfish, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of jdklks
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%

this one pours not nearly as black as expected or desired. it looks more like a porter with a light brown head that begins impressively but fades into a thin ring lacing the glass. the smell is largely of alcohol and roasted malts, the latter of which resemble hazelnut.

the flavor is big up front and all the way through with alcohol. the roasted malts bring to mind coffee and hazelnut, and they shine through the middle, only to fade into an unpleasant smokey bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. the alcohol is domineering throughout, which limits the potential complexity that might be provided by the other flavors. perhaps some sweet dark fruits up front, like cherries and plum, but similar to the smell, the flavor ultimately consists of alcohol and roasted malts.

the mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter than expected (as was the appearance), but it is still nice and thick. the alcohol burn on the palate doesn't add too much here, like it does to really well-made imperial stouts. the drinkability is next to nothing, not because of the high abv, but because of the disappointing everthing about this beer.

another disappointing effort from Avery... when will i learn my lesson?

jdklks, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Completely opaque except at the very edge of the glass with beautiful lacing on the head. Some wonderful dark fruit aromas. A surprising funkiness in the smell that works pretty well. The taste is vinous, almost dessert wine in flavor. Dates, juicy grapes, plums, and other dark fruits emerge. It reminds me a little of Drak Lord. Not your normal Impy Stout, but delicious, and 14%, make sure to drink this when you have nothing to do the next day.

SirSketch, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

A- Filmy, tan head with an array of different sized bubbles rests on top of a pitch black body with very slow-moving carbonation

S- Sweet and dark, with smells of chocolate cake, honey, and a cloud of alcohol carries the smell of a light, flowery perfume.

T- The taste is massive and leaves your tongue a bit stunned with a sting of alcohol. Bitter-sweet, mint-chocolate flavor.

M- Decadently thick with a silky carbonation slowly caressing your tongue.

D- The alcohol is a monster, but it is sold in 12oz bottles. Use a bottle capper if you got one.

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured a dark brown, nearly black, with a modest head that rapidly dissipated to a collar. The aroma was alcohol and sweet, black coffee. The taste was dominated by booze, which shouldn't be a surprise since the ABV was over 16. There is vanilla too, but any coffee is overwhelmed by the other flavors. Mouth feel was full bodied with just a little carbonation. Drinkability was not so good. The high ABV combined with the boozy taste almost makes you want to drink out of a shot glass. Taken as a beer, Meph is a little overwhelming. This is one that goes beyond being a sipper, but if used as a liqueur, can be wickedly satisfying.

kegger22, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Shango42
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Serving type-2006 bottle poured into tulip snifter.
A-Thick black and brooding pour, cocoa head with good retention. Nice lacing. A serious look to it.
S-Coffee, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, dark pitted fruits, toasty roasted malt, some sweetness. Inviting.
T-Sweet, thick, malty front, almost bites with sweetness. Surprising since the chocolate in the nose was almost bitter. Coffee and bourbon undertones. Burnt and roasted malt backbone is absolutely huge! Toffee and chocolate of course. Alcohol finish is still sweet and warming. This is delicious and gets better with every complex sip.
M-Thick sweetness. Only for siping. Very low carbonation - almost non-existant.
D-Wow! So sweet, so big, so delicious. I want another, but my liver may not allow it. I now have the remorse that follows when you drink a really good aged beer and realize you don't have another one to have again in the future.

Shango42, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a thick, viscous, oily dark brown, not quite black but damn near black. Absolutely no transparency at all when you hold this one up to the light. The one finger of dark cocoa-hued head is marginally alcohol-retarded, fading to a thin but persistent sheen and a spongy foam collar fairly quickly, but there are a few eruptions of glittery lacing that desperately cling to the sides of the glass. Not a bad start.

Aroma: The first thing that's surprising is the paucity of alcohol in the nose. A lot of metallic notes are slightly odd but not exactly offputting, nor are a few char and smoky notes, but a hint of rubber might be. Dark, toasty malts - baker's chocolate, toast, earth - and a handful of fruity notes - both light (berries) and heavier (raisins) -

Taste: Rum-soaked raisins dipped in dutch process baker's cocoa and rolled in light licorice. A slew of lighter, sweeter notes - caramel, dark toffee - and heavier, blacker notes - char, smoke, ash - do a fair job between the both of them of covering up the alcohol. The heat is present largely in the finish, and more as a prickle - albeit an intense prickle - than as a chemically or ethanol-ish note. The remainder of the overtones are yeasty in origin, fruity mostly - cherries, tons of vinous notes, apricots, peaches, a slight backing tartness. It's quite a combination, and a lot seems to be muddled, lost in translation, buried.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, but with a surprising amount of balancing carbonation (which made itself evident in the head formation and surprising retention earlier), and that slight "lift" actually does a great deal to keep this one from being what I would have to describe as "cloying." As it stands, it's just syrupy.

Drinkability: Nothing is drinkable at 16%+ - hell, nothing is drinkable at 12%+ - and this one's a little muddled, but I wouldn't say it was bad. It has a few good characteristics - a relatively complex array of notes, for instance - but plenty of bad ones too (the heat, oh the heat!). Wouldn't see myself trying this one again, though it is a good example of a "say you had it once" beer.

CrellMoset, Sep 04, 2009
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.