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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,935 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 279
Gots: 636 | FT: 39
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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 elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 4, bottled Nov 2008. Enjoyed at about 2 1/2 years old. Served at cellar temperature. Big long-time want of mine, glad to finally crack one open!

Pours black with a one finger brown head that is very active and dissipates quickly. Doesn’t leave much lacing at all and holds a ring and wispy cap.

Aroma is literally a punch in the nose. First whiff knocks my head back, "wow!". There is a lot of alcohol in the aroma as well as semi-sweet chocolate chips, strong dark fruits including raisins, figs, cherries, plums and dates, some anise, some coffee, some more chocolate and another hefty dose of booze. An aroma so powerful it’ll singe your nose hairs!

Flavor is dark fruits such as black currants, raisins, cherries, plums, figs, dates, etc, also some chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, caramel and anise. Oh...and the heat! Even after 2.5 years this is still very hot...couldn’t imagine how this must be fresh and frankly I don’t want to know! While I may seem to be harping on the alcohol, I fully expected it going in being this is 16% ABV, although hoped for a little less since this has had some time to mellow.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, but with some bite on the finish.

A monstrous beer, no doubt. I need to pick up a couple of more to forget about for another 2 1/2 years, if not longer. One to sip, savor, and most importantly, cellar.

Photo of phishisphunk
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Batch 3 vintage. I have this one sitting in the cellar for a while and thought I would crack into a high ABV beer this evening. I chilled this one in the freezer in anticipation that I would be spending sometime with it through the evening. Served in a snifter

A: Pretty standard looking stout. Pitch black with some lighter hues around the edge with an inviting but short lived mocha colored head. A vigorous pour left little head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: The initial aroma is chalked full of dates and plums. The alcohol is also pretty prevalent in the nose as well.

T: The taste takes a pretty big U-turn from the nose. Initially I was taken aback by how well this beer has held up over 4 years. The beginning flavors are distinctly roasty with dry cocoa powder flavoring following up the finish. But It's not really that simple. The strong ABV lingers on the finish and long after. Mid-palate reveals a mild tartness camouflaged by the initial strong roast profile and the burning finish. There are definitely hints of charred, burnt malts, chocolate, marshmallow. Call it complex if you want. This is a big beer, and thankfully doesn't fill convoluted. Fairly well integrated.

M: Moderately carbonated. Not over or under in any way. Whats there works well with the beer.

O: Certainly one to seek out if you're a fan of larger ABV beers and definitely one that will hold up well over time if you're into cellaring. I like this one, but not enough to kill a 12oz by myself. Best split 2 ways. I can feel the alcohol burning a pit in my stomach. Enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of sidetracked
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/2010, batch 6. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Head lingers as a thin film. Some lacing from the initial pour.

Smell is sweet dark fruits, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, and some bitter roasted malts. As it settles more molasses and soy sauce come out.

Upfront taste echoes the predominant smell of sweet dark dried fruits, licorice, molasses. Sweet molasses and roasty malt middle. Sweetness tones down a bit at the finish. Lingering molasses sweetness.

Full bodied and syrupy. Moderate carbonation helps the drinkability. Little alcohol heat throughout with more at the finish.

Very sweet stout, but not cloying. Alcohol is present but well integrated. Nice to try, but not something I could drink all the time.

4/15/2011

Photo of jtingue
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated December 2009 (batch 5) poured into a snifter

Appearance- Thick very dark red-tinted brown in color. A small head is created upon the pour which quickly dissipates into a thin line of bubbles around the glass. Slight lacing which dissipates quickly.

Smell- Excellent, and almost overpowering but in a good way. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee dominate the nose. The slight burn of alcohol is also present. Very sweet throughout.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Right off the bas the beer is very thick and very sweet. The most prominent flavor is that of dark molasses. There is a slight espresso like bitterness, although it is also similar to a dark chocolate. The sweetness lingers, slowly transitioning to a strong warming feeling from the 16.83% alcohol.

This is just a huge beer. It seems like it needs some more age on it than it already has, as the alcohol seems to dominate the taste of the beer.

Photo of chocosushi
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 2010 batch

Father's day present to myself. Holla.

A ~ Black as motor oil with a cocoa powder head that has some intense tan highlighting. After is dissipates, it leaves an uninviting tan whirlpool of an Abyss. Holy shit...

S ~ Amazing, like a dinner in a glass. Port wine, Well-done Strip steak, and black pepper...this evolving into prunes and stale raisins. It just doesn't quit as I'm left with cinnamon stick and alcohol.

T ~ Rich black coffee, chocolate covered mesquite chips, and potting soil on that first cold sip. More flavors come as I fully absorb this one: Rich black coffee, smoked oak, Darjeeling, and dark chocolate. Goddamn.
As it warms some flavors I didn't expect in this stout are present:
Campfire, Prune juice, crushed cloves, wet tobacco, tree bark, and vanilla bean. Pretty aggressive experience on the palette.

M ~ Robust & Roasty do not even begin to describe this beer...You have ABV and cocoa flavors on the throat while the dried fruit flavors hang out on the tongue. Just beautiful.

D ~ I will not be drinking another beer. This is pure evil in a bottle released in a glass; straight up satanic syrup. A very sinister experience, one I would like to cellar so those campfire flavors to come through more.
Recommended but sip slow to stay in the clear.

The Beast is next!
Cheers.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. 2009 Bottling. Reviewed 6/19/2011

Poured out into a goblet....very dark black with tan one finger head...

Smells dark and inviting, some hints of chocolate and coffee with slight fruit undertones.

Taste...wow. You can tell it is a high ABV beer (16.83% for batch 5), but it works. Some raisin/plum/fig/dark fruits on the front, cocoa throughout and definite coffee on the back. Smooth despite the booziness.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, lingering a little on the tongue and cheeks.

Absolutely a fantastic beer. Pricey but worth it. And definitely a savoring beer.

Photo of moosemoose
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

A: Black w/ brown head, half inch to an inch thick.

S: Licorice (good), caramel, dark fruits, alcohol

T: Great malty, coffee taste with the warmth of almost 17% ABV.

M: Coats your mouth with dark fruit and chocolate. Awesome.

O: Pricy, but worth it. Very tasty, very high alcohol content.

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

Batch 5, bottled Dec. 2009-16.83% ABV; pours pitch black/brown in color, like tar oil, with a very creamy and foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing clinging to the glass after each sip; the head bubbled up like an oil pit.

Smells like dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, rum, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, syrup and/or molasses, brown sugar and alcohol; wow, this is sweet and very strong, with a dominating roasted chocolate aroma that reeks of alcohol. The sweet fruit like cherry, plum, dates and figs barely budge and almost smell like a merlot; very boozy nose that let’s you know 16.83% ABV is not a joke – this beer is as ominous smelling as the devil picture on the bottle.

Tastes very sweet and roasted, with dark fruits like plum, dates and figs, raisins, chocolate, rum, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, syrup and/or molasses, cough syrup, licorice, brown sugar, Coca cola, herbs or tea leafs, floral hops, very light lemon and alcohol, I mean big alcohol heat like a single malt scotch. This is imperial in every way, and while the menacing alcohol bite gives a good buzz, this is still a very tasty beer that is very complex and full of flavor. This is a great sipper that gives off different notes as it warms and actually gets more enjoyable with each sip (perhaps that 16%+ ABV kicked in…). The lingering taste is a combo of rum, chocolate and red wine and I’m sure it would pair quite well with desert.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a creamy, buttery feel on the tongue, very low carbonation that fizzles as it slides down and then starts to burn as it went down my throat; this is a heavy beer with a huge alcohol wallop that is always present, but not offensive. Considering the strength of this beer, the drinkability was good, but give yourself time to drink this beer as it’s a very slow sipper. Overall this was really good, and bordering on great, especially if you are into super strong beers. I highly recommend this beer for those that enjoy this niche of brew.

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

Nov. 2008 vintage.
A- Oily black body with a one inch khaki brown head.

S- Chocolate malt, coffee, licorice, some slight booze.

T- The heat has definitely mellowed out this into a chocolatey cake mix with lots of licorice character to the palette.

M- Slick and oily.

O- A strong desert beer that paired great with cheesecake, I imagine it would go awesome with a chocolate molten cake. The drawback to this brew is obviously its abv, if you can handle it definitely pick it up.

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The really is a monster of a brew. The pour of the beer is a deep black color with a light brown head. There isn't much lacing but the head stuck around from start to finish. The smell is boozey, chocolatey, and has some old leather aromas on the nose. The taste has a rich chocolatey flavor mixed with a heavily roasted flavor with a alcohol burn. There's even a sweet caramel flavor too. The mouthfeel is smooth, it's got a light carbonation to it. It's drinkable for the massive abv this has. Overall this is a killer brew, it's really worth trying if you see it around.

Photo of haddon
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

grabbed a growler of this from The Lodge on the first night of our vacation (what was I thinking!?)

pours as black and devious as the demon that appears on the bottle. nice mocha brown head with ample lacing down glass

on the nose: coffee, toasted almonds, dark fruits, chocolate malts and a hint of hops

it starts nice with bitter cocoa, amaretto, roasted malts, and then... crap! there is a wave of hot alcohol that is so sweet and warm it feels like the waves from the ocean outside our window are smacking me right in the face! I was kind of expecting this with a 15% abv, but damn!

full body with a real heavy feel and low carbonation. like drinking the night.

overall, this is an experience to be had but kind of wish I didn't buy a whole growler. oh well, I'm on vacation and it looks like I'm getting tanked tonight!

Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: thick ONYX body, 2 finger tan head, nice lacing

S: chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, caramel, smoked barrel, hint of plum/ripe fruits

T: POW! sweet chocolate, great malt body, light plummy quality, huge boozy warmth, coffee, roasted nuttiness.

M: heavy, chewy, smooth

O: WOW, MAMA! Sip this delicious beast and might
be best to share with a worthy friend.
Very good beer, but only for once in a while.

AMAZING, SEEK THIS OUT!

Photo of WankelEngine
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
Batch 6: December 2010

A: Pours with a tiny tan head that disappears quickly with ever so slight lacing. The color is incredibly dark brown (read black) and completely opaque, even around the edges.

S: The smell dark and alcoholic. I can smell coffee, sweet malt, toffee, chocolate and raisins. There is also a fairly strong scent of alcohol.

T: Wow! This is a potent beer. This beer opens up with a strong espresso flavor with notes of mocha and smoke. This transitions to a dry dark chocolate flavor. In the background there is an earthy pine taste. This, combined with the dark chocolate, contribute a fantastically complex bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness. There is some warm fruit flavors here like raisins and plums. The aftertaste consists primarily of a smoky oak flavor and is relatively mild compared to the bold taste.

M: More carbonated than I would have expected. Oily and slick.

O: All around this beer is pretty good, but it really excels in taste. I’ve rarely had some a complex and interesting drink that was also so drinkable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a good mocha head, especially considering the ABV. A few legs on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward some pretty strong characteristics. Lots of chocolate, booze, dark fruits, and some coffee. Roast there as well. The flavors combines everything pretty well; my only complaint would be that there is simply too much booze, and this really takes over in the feel. Overall, however, a really solid high-ABV stout.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 - Bottled November 2007

A - Pitch black, even around the edges, no red hues in this one. Minimal head, but that's expected for 16%. Light tan colored head that dissipates to a ring of similarly colored bubbles around the edges.

S - Deep roasted malts and dark fruits dominate the aroma. Slight alcohol scent coming through, but I wouldn't assume any higher than 9% from the amount coming off of this. Chocolate/Vanilla is strong as well with coffee distinctly in the back. Figs and dark cherries are the dominant fruits. I almost get a lactose-like aroma from this.

T - Dark fruits are completely gone with the taste, but the malts pick up the slack big time. Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, all three of those are neck and neck dominating the flavor. A nice smooth roast-y flavor follows them up. There's still hints of the alcohol but still nowhere near what it should be.

M - Thick syrupy consistency, just coats your mouth and sticks there. Very heavy body. I spoke too soon about the dark fruits. The finish hints at dark cherries and figs but ultimately ends with a creamy chocolate aftertaste that stays around forever.

O - 3+ years aging seems to be a great time to have this one. Very well balanced, alcohol isn't noticable, complex aromas and flavors that make sure to bring new things to the beer on every sip. If I can find another store selling 3 year aged bottles at 1/4 cost because they thought they went bad, I'll buy a lot more, hah.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5, bottled in December 2009.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and some black molasses. The flavor is very boozy. I get a lot of heavily roasted malt as well as some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and black strap molasses. Everything you look for in a big, boozy stout is present in this beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of feylure
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov 2008, Batch 4

I like stouts. I like high ABV brews. I like demonic, red-eyed and horned guys on my beer. This beer is a win!

Looks like an imperial stout. Dark, thick, slightly brown around the edges, and it has more carbonation than I would have expected.

Smell is roasty, chocolatey, malty. Sort of like a deep sweet aroma.

Taste is intense. Starts off with a toffee like sweetness, followed by a dark chocolate + thick caramel that are heightened with the carbonation. It's a full bodied drink at this point, then the tail leaves a little dry with notes of smokey, dark chocolate.

I like this beer. It's well balanced and complex, so I definitely see myself buying it again!

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: As dark as Satan's magic, a thick black darkness with a dark khaki head to it, everything about this just proclaims obscure undoing. The head takes forever to subside and the murky depths below allow no light to pass through, not even at the edges or bottom. Oil.

S: theres the expected coffee and toffee but also a tiramisu smell or a rye bread in there as well, complex in the overlapping smells, not in the variety.

T: The heat from the alcohol hits first and is very apparent, along with aggressive bitterness and a burnt wood smokiness, next a coffee and toffee finish rounds out the taste. Very aggressive in every aspect, it's like getting your ass beat by a series of different martial arts in a matter of seconds. The middle cherry chocolate dryness is aggressive and some have called it "chocolate robitussin" but i dont think the medicinal quality is that overstated, the alcohol is the first to come but the coffee and cherry start pounding on your tongue just as hard. its over in 5 seconds but with serious residual taste.

M: It coats like cough syrup, if you drank this at 8 am, it would be with you almost until lunchtime, also if you drnak this at 8 am you have issues that I cant wrap my head around. Very thick, chewy, like liquid chocolate that you can just feel making residence in your gumline like those mucinex characters, only brown, and with presspots of coffee. really over the top.

D: In some respects, very drinkable, its a warming, thorough drink that hits so many notes youd appreciate it regardless, however, anyone who has more than 2 of these is a liar, or has demons that we cant comprehend. Just too much, too fast. I can't hang with stouts of this calibur.

Narrative: The threadbare pallor of the bone throne was welcoming, and cool to the touch. "The vassals are ready my liege" he spoke through baited smoky breath, thick with mist. "SEND THEM IN" proclaimed the necromancer as he wet his undead throat with a...ok I just...I can't
"you can't what?"
"Just keep with the script"
He exhaled, knowing he true intent, a soul as black as murky depths, the production assistant with hatred flowing through his veins, encouraged and strenthened with every fetched latte, piercing darkness with every pejorative hurled his way. "I just..the script"
"OH YOU JUST? WHY DONT YOU JUST STICK TO YOUR JOB" the director ejaculated with scarring epithets. "SOON MY DARK MASTER SOON" he clutched an amethyst pendant and embraced the darkening of his soul.

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

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey, 6 oz pour, 2008 (~16% ABV)

A: Pitch black, about 2 fingers of tight mocha brown head that sticks around a while.

S: TONS of chocolate, roasted, earthy coffee, caramel. A little wood quality, rum, dark fruits. Boozy, like rum soaked chocolate cake with red wine.

T: 3 years aged, still pretty darned hot and boozy, but holy flavor! Rum, chocolate, anise, huge roasted malts, dark fruit/vinous finish with dry bakers chocolate. Unbelievable chocolate aftertaste. Espresso upfront and comes back in the finish. There's also a touch of wood and char in there. The finish is boozy, but in a 'rum soaked mocha cake drizzled with a port reduction' kind of way Easily the most intense beer I've ever had. Sure it's hot, but it's also unbelievably tasty, powerful, and complex.

M: As this as it gets, not as smooth as I'd like due to the decent burn on the back of the throat and alcohol popping it's head up everywhere. Fairly dry finish with just a little sweetness. Lots of burn on the finish.

O: This has got to have the best aftertaste ever. Very vinous, chocolate, coffee, everything I love in a stout, and the definition of "go big/bold or go home". The only knock is heat, but I have no problem getting past that. It would be straight 5's if not for the heat.

Photo of jar2574
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 ounce bottle for $8. Hope it's good. Label says it is 16.83% alcohol and that it was bottled in December 2009. So I hope it ages well.

It pours completely black. You can hold it up right next to a bright light bulb and no light gets through. Very cool. It is as dark as you can get. There is a thin purplish/tannish head. Lacing is pretty good down the sides at first but eventually fades away.

You can smell dark fruits, sugars, and roasted malts. And alcohol.

For obvious reasons, this one should be treated as a sipper. But for such a high alcohol content it goes down remarkably easy. I'm glad I only bought one bottle - this beer could get you in some trouble.

A lot of complexity in the flavor. Figs, plums, and dark fruit flavors dominate. You also get a sense of licorice flavor. And some roasted malts.

The alcohol is not completely hidden (but how could it be at almost 17%?). But this beer does a much better job of hiding it behind enjoyable flavors than most Imperial Stouts.

I'm not always a fan of the style, but this is one of the best American Double / Imperial Stout I've ever had. Perhaps the 1.5 years of aging helped.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as hell, no light getting through this beer, and thick as motor oil. A nice medium dark head, big alcohol feet on the glass sides.

S: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, big roasted malts, Espresso, and some bitterness.

T: Main flavor is chocolate here, big boozyness comes with the taste. I get some espresso on the back end with a lingering sweetness.

M: Thick and juicy! This is one full-bodied beer, with nice moderately-low carbonation.

D: Just one please, and I'll sip it over the course of an evening.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 release on-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bready malts, some chocolate, a little coffee and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate up front. There’s a rich roasted malt character and touches of dark fruit and smoke in the background. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent strong stout to sip on for a while.

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

Had at Armsby Abbey 4/16
2008 version
served in a snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a two finger of light brown head that sticks around for a while. Ringlet sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is light chocolate, and caramel. A lot of sweetness.

T: Taste is surprising after the nose. Bitter chocolate and charred malts come barreling through. Dark fruits - raisin and plum really make a presence. Then... a smokiness. Not campfire smoke but a delicate smoke balance that really enhances the dark fruit flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp but smooth.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick (though a few years age will do that), and a decent representation of style. Not sure I could have a fresh bottle of this, but the age makes it a nice one to sip on.

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

Had an 06 and 09 last night and did a side by side drinking. The 06 was outstanding. The 09 was not. I've also had this years which I think is also pretty damn good. Not sure what was wrong with the 09, I think the batch just had something go wrong in it or something. Not sure.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a North Coast pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head. There is a good amount of head retention, but not much lacing to be had...

S - Coffee, dark fruits, some roastiness, and alcohol...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, molasses, plums and various other dark fruits. Ends with some heat, but for the abv, this one is smooth. Was expecting a much bigger alcohol burn. Tasty...

M - Medium/full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. Highly drinkable...

O - Surprised how good this one turned out to be. Was half expecting an alcohol infused mess. Looking foward to trying this one again with a little age on it...

Cheers...

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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