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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 242
Gots: 515 | FT: 25
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 SirSketch
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

A: Dark brown, basically black. A small beige head settles kind of fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: The smell is loaded with aromas of dark chocolate and cocoa. Lots of coffee and roasted malts as well. The alcohol is very noticeable and with deep breaths I pick up lots of piercing and slightly medicinal alcohol fumes. After a while, hints of wet blanket appear, a result from the cellaring I guess and I suspect that further cellaring wouldn't do this any good.

T: The taste is sweet at first with aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and espresso. The acidity you sometimes get from roasted malts is kept at bay. Notes of dark fruits, prunes and licorice. The alcohol becomes present already in the mouth and increases in strength toward the finish. There are some bitter flavors in the finish, but most of all there is a powerful taste of sweet and basically burning alcohol with notes of raisins and wood. The finish is very long and the taste of alcohol sticks around for ever in the mouth.

M: Full bodied with a somewhat creamy texture.

D: I don't think this one completely manages to pull of what it tries to achieve. A 16% ABV imperial stout is risky business and lots of things can go wrong with such a brew, and this one holds up reasonably well. But although well integrated, the alcohol gets a little to prominent and basically eradicates any possible subtleties to appear, so complexity gets a little low. But it's still fairly balanced and other than the overly powerful alcohol, I enjoyed it.

ricke, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of haningj2
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites.

Great looking beer. Pitch black like the heart of Satan's right hand man. Typical imperial stout. Pours thick, looks thick...it is thick. Small head, little lacing, viscosity of motor oil.

Smells absolutely fantastic. This beer is somewhere around 16% alc. From you the beginning, it burns your nostrils. You can feel Mephistopheles himself in the bottle. Smells like hot magma from the gates of Hades. Brimstone is hinted with dark dried fruits, molasses and sin.

I could literally drink this beer all day long. Very complex and changes as it warms. You get much more sweeter notes than expected. Quite a burn, but smooth one at that, when swallowed. Aftertastes of black cherries, some chocolate, sugars, perhaps some pine. The dried fruits REALLY start to churn out when warmer. Breathtakingly delicious.

Mouthfeel is commonly overlooked, but this beer demands respect. Oily, slick and liquid tar. Sounds bad, feels great. Its a liquid demon orgy in a bottle and all hell breaks loose when drinking.

I wish I could rate above 5 for drinkability. This stout could easily be enjoyed for 2 hours. Its hard to find drinkability as good as this beer.

Overall, nobody could ever imagine sin being this good. This is near perfection. Highly recommend.

haningj2, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, 2007 Version,

A: Pours black with a soft tan head, good lace and head retention.

S: Smell is strong, heavy amounts of roast, coffee and chocolate.

T: Major mix of coffee and molasses, black malt and dark chocolate. Even at 2 years old though, the beer is still quite young, rough around the edges, definitely has some heat on the back end. Probably needs a couple more years to get really good.

M: The mouthfeel is outstanding. Thick, rich and creamy, full-bodied.

D: It's always interesting to try these really big stouts, defintely a sipper for me in the end.

Halcyondays, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 version purchased from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours black with a surprisingly large 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet and smooth roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and booze-soaked maraschino cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet roasted malt flavors up front with good amounts of dark chocolate and medium to dark fruit flavors. The alcohol is lurking in the background but never really overtakes anything. The ending tries to be bitter but there's too much sweetness to allow it to be too much so.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation, however I would have liked a bit more thickness.

Drinkability is amazing for a beer with such a high ABV. I finished my glass without a problem and for better or for worse could have a few more.

Overall this is an intensely flavorful beer with a profile that manages to blend together very nicely. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black satiny curve of delicious deep, dark malignity. Head is a full and creamy head of biscuit brown, filtering out with some wonderful cascading in the glass. Some lacing, the head is extremely fine. It looks deep, heavy, rich, malicious and captivatingly evil.

Lots of wonderful boozy, dark and sweet aromas. Certainly noticeable hints of roasted coconut, smoke, roasted almonds, even spit roasted meat. It's all so deliciously deep and dark and complicated. Very complex, and utterly delectable.

Very full and sensual flavours on the palate, huge notes of rich roasted malts, sweet deep toasty flavours of smoked chocolate, and again piquant notes of roasted meat. It fits together so well that you don't notice the oddities on the palate, they add some fascinating notes of interest, while still caressing your palate with the warm, smooth, silky touch of sweet roasty goodness. Absolutely phenomenally delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, silky and amazing.

An incredibly complex and lusciously delicious treat. Very flavoursome, rich and complicated. It sticks itself in your face, but then caresses it gently. Wonderful.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black but with a brown glimmer at the bottom of the glass. Enormous mocha head, but I'm the only one from the three sharing this bottle who got any head. Sinks slowly, retains as a pleasant cloud, lacing is nice, a little slippery, but overall that's a shit-hot looking beer.

Nose is very burnt and dark with a strong resiny character, almost metho-esque with lathes of strong wood smoke, very burnt character. Impressively so, though, very potent - just black and dark and sour and carbon-based. Great nose.

Taste is...holy shit! That'll add a body's worth of hair to your chest. One sip explodes with flavour in your mouth. Burnt, dark, soldering roastedness that descends into an intense, biting alcohol all the way through the back, and finishes fiery and hot, so acrid and smoky and sizzles all the way down. It has the most bizarre afterburn long after the finish, still burning as it goes down. All of this would make me hate it if not for the fact that the taste for the most part is exquisite and deliciously sweet, with dark chocolate, oak and smoke flavours all through it.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich and that burn is unbelievably stimulating. This is a red hot stab in the guts of a beer. I love it, what an experience. It's painful and explosive but a magnificent treat nonetheless. A fine monument to brewing.

laituegonflable, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #4 bottled in Nov 2008. Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Pitch black solid color with creamy dark head that slowly disappears.

N: Nose has lots of dark chocolate malts, some coffee, alcohol, and pure darkness.

T: Taste starts very sweet, lots of dark dark chocolate, a little coffee, lots of alcohol, I mean a huge alcohol taste this sucker is almost lethal at 15.92% alc, creamy stout like flavor, I almost get a coca cola like sugar syrup, some roasted malts and charred brown sugar

M: Mouth is very thick and leaves a thick layer of syrup as it coats the whole mouth, as well as some alcohol burn, yes burn like a bourbon burn, a get a hint of oats as well

F: The finish starts sweet but dries quickly as the alcohol evaporates. It has a huge lingering bitterness that comes from the dark stouty malts, the alcohol overwhelms again as it evaporates off the tongue and leaves a creamy residue

Final thoughts: Well, I think they got the name right with Mephistopheles', its very thick dark chocolate malted milk ball beer with enough alcohol to disinfect the gaping holes it burns in your tongue. Despite the drawbacks its still an interesting experience. It also destroys any chance of tasting anything else for a while. This might be good to share even thought it's a 12ozer.

jlindros, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of thequeen711
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chocolate brown, with a big tan head. 2007 version is a chocolatey, caramel. coffee nose,(as most stouts are) and the sip is true nirvana! There's something truly special about this brew. A slow, savory swallow to get to the alcohol content without a hitch. Smooth as ice, and the aftertaste is begging for another sip. I would vote this brew top 25 in the World!

thequeen711, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of david18
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this almost as much as the worldwide stout but with a couple of minor flaws. The flavor, mouthfeel, warmth and color are all great. It's a little more alcoholly than other great stouts and the malt character is not as pronounced as it should be. However, this is one of the best and a great pick any time.

david18, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 2 series... Pours almost black with almost no head whatsoever. lacing is present, but carbonation is very slight. The smell is almost overly sweet, with hints of dried fruits and candi sugar, along with mollases. The flavor is overly fruity and sweet, with just a hint of roasty character. It's almost like it's Bell's Cherry stout gone bad. The alc. is definitely present as well. The mouthfeel is thin, as if it was cut with something, which I didn't expect for this style. I wouldn't pour it out, but I woldn't drink another. Perhaps this bottle had oxidized...

WYVYRN527, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Bottled Nov 2008
Batch 4

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of coffee and booze, with some molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and a lot of alcohol.

T- The taste features a lot of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee flavors, cocoa and a big warming effect in the finish from the high ABV.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a big ass beer and definitely shoud be a sipper. This is not a beer I would want to drink every night, but I did enjoy it for what it is and think it would be a fantastic beer to age.

cjgator3, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A continues growing head reaches nearly three fingers of milk chocolate brown head and fades to a rocky cloud. Body is absolute blackness and almost sludge thick. Nose has tones of bourbon and malty sweet chocolate with a bit of smoke in the background. The alcohol is wrapped in anise on the nose also. I am shocked a bit as I take first sip as the first thing I notice is a dark sour bitter feel on the front of the tongue. Dark fruit is soaked in alcohol almost like rum soaked fruit. The darkness hangs onto the tongue along with the sour bitter feel that leads into the mouthfeel. Alcohol is hot and I am not sure it would mellow as this is aged from Nov. 2007. Decent drinkability for a stout this rough.

SPLITGRIN, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 1 bottled January 2006. Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Unibroue chalice. Beer was completely black in color with a two-finger, espresso colored head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma was raisins, prunes and other dark fruit, molasses, boozy rum, vanilla, licorice and chocolate. Very complex.

Huge flavor. Starts off very sweet with molasses and raisins. Moves to a very bitter taste and finishes with notes of chocolate and coffee.

This one has to be consumed at cellar temperature to get all of the flavors out. Very enjoyable and still aging well. I have another bottle from this batch that I will hang onto for a few more years. Still very hot, which reduces drinkability.

Great beer that can be aged for a long time.

drumrboy22, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great one from xpimptastikx!
Poured into a snifter.

A- One of the biggest heads Ive seen on a beer of this style. It also has some of the best head retention in its class.
The head is a dark khaki. Its very pillowy and once it retreats it leaves a ring around the edge and an island in the middle.
The body is black as night. Its darker in the glass than it was on the pour. It poured thinner than I hoped it would.

S- The smell is a complicated mix of licorice, coffee, chocolate dark fruits and lots of alcohol. Swirling in a snifter brings out some roasty/smokiness.

T- Consume at own risk. In a good way. Huge notes of very warming alcohol lie behind coffee, bittersweet bakers cocoa, roasted malts, licorice and dark fruits. The finish is very warm and dry. This RIS definitely leans towards bitter rather than sweet.

M- Low carbonation. Full bodied but not as viscous as I was hoping. For me the body is really whats helping the heavy alcohol levels go down with out much drama.

D- Wow. Take this one slow. Quite enjoyable but in small doses.

MbpBugeye, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a perfect pint.

pours dark as the oil that fuels the devil's hellfire. has a nice frothy head, thin, but whipped of a milk chocolate color.

smells of rich coffee and chocolate. loaded with malts and molasses and a touch of dark fruits. tastes rich, very rich. everything seems double roasted, but still sweet. This thing feels awesome! its lick a coffee/chocolate milk shake. thick and silky. its a pretty strong flavor. I wish i had some chocolate cake or capachino cheese cake to eat with it. This is a great beer but be warned, it'll kick you in the face with the devil's wrath.

Anthony1, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2006, Batch #2 - Purchased for $2.99 in Connecticut from RayMcCukser - thanks Ray!

Appearance: Huge tan billowing head sits atop a sea of motor oil black liquid. Very opaque - but beatiful in the same sense. This head comes with excellent retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: I can sense I am in for a doozy. I get dark espresso, black liqourice, rich dark chocolate and some alcohol. What a huge aroma! I felt like my noise hairs got singed once I took a whiff. Very big in the aroma department as it should be with a stout of this type of character.

Taste: Holy crap this is a huge stout. Chocolate flavors burst behind a toasted malt profile, a bit buttery and reserved. Coffee bean, bits of cocoa, and a nice representation of alcohol are enough to satisfy this palete. Very smokey in the same note, I get lots of dark ester notes in this finish that really cap off one of the best stouts I've had the pleasure of trieing. Not for the faint at heart, as this one really warms up your stomach after a couple of sips. This is the type of beer you can turn your non-beer drinking, "hard alcohol" friend into actually liking beer. Big bodied, bold and exciting.

Mouthfeel: Extra slick while rolling on the tongue, low carbonation here, thick and juicy. This one could sit on your tongue all day and still stay in tact.

Drinkability: I was lucky enough to get this for only $2.99 in Connecticut, I may have to stock these up now and keep them for the winter like a squarell saving nuts. I couldn't even imagine enjoying this beer on a cold winter night in front of the fire, it would probably be pure ecstacy. But even in the dead of summer, this is hands down the best stout I've had the pleasure of having. The dynamics of this beer supercede anything I've had, the dark roasty flavors paired with the high ABV and slick mouthfeel make this my new go-to stout. If your lucky enough to get this as cheap as I did (Samael's & Grand Cru were only $2.99 as well.. go figure!) don't think twice. Even if it's $10.99 - this is a stout that's worth all the money!

thespaceman, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on November 2008, Batch 4. Bought in San Francisco at Healthy Spirits.

The appearance of this one is straight black. There is absolutely no light coming through, nothing. Surprisingly it came with a one finger head that was cocoa brown. The bottle is classy and it better be for how much I paid for it.

The smell was nothing special. Smells like some sweet cocoa, with a bit of alcoholic tinge. Also has a hint of dark fruit sweetness.

I love Russian Imperial Stouts. They are so good. This little bastard is a complex brew. There are very strong hints of cocoa, not chocolate but a bitter cooking cocoa. There is bitterness all around. I also get a plumb sweetness, and with that sweetness follows a nice smooth mouthfeel. I get a load of malt in this one, really really nice. Just to let you know, this is a slow sip brew. There is the alcoholic taste that is not bad in this one. I get a hint of sweet caramel, also some brown sugar. The more this one warms up the more characteristics I am starting to get. I am receiving some hop bitterness towards the end also, and with 102 IBU's, there is no doubt the hop characteristics are showing.

The mouthfeel is great as well as the drinkability. This is a tall tall order. I am going to say that if I had this on every night in Winter, I would never go cold. The alcoholic taste does the palate well, but does not really distract from the tastes. The drinkability is good, but not exceptional. If I could get my hands on six of these, (total cost of around $65.00) I would want one every week, but not more than one in a week. This is a great great brew, and made up for the false hype around Maharaja IPA.
Will try and seek this one out again.
J

Jmoore50, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I retrieved this bottle as part of a trade many states and over 6 months ago. I recently found that my local BevMo has decided to stock it so it was time for me to crack my bottle to determine wether or not this was a new go to stout.

A- 98% black with a 2% brown hue. Light brown head with good lacing to start that fades over time.

S- Smells HOT! Anise, coffee, toffee, vanilla ice cream, and leather. I can taste the aroma on the back of my throat.

T- It strangely burns the back of my throat and coats the roof of my mouth with a nutty flavor and oily texture. A deffinate "swisher", this really brings out the broad nature of the brew. Very hot and keeps the heat throughout. Has a strangely hoppy end. Lots of anise and nutty cocoa.

M- completes the package, nice thickness without being too sticky.

I got through 70% of this glass and wondered why my typing got rough and my brain loose. I took another look at the bottle and realized, "holy cr@p", its 16%....!!! I guess this won't be a daily drinker, but it's nice to have around for visitors that want to taste a really extensive stout with lots of flavor and depth.

macktbone, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whew. Had a bottle of this last night split between a good friend and poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Holy cow, I've never seen a beer look quite like this, and then I realized: I haven't really ever had a beer like this. Black with a slight brownish hue in light, with a thin brown head that leaves a really nice lacing clinging to the side. Definitely not your average, typical brew.

Smell: Huge notes of coffee and malt, with only the slightest hint of hops, but mainly malty and toffee coffee. The nose isn't overly powerful for a beer this big, but still smells big.

Taste: Hits really quickly and fades just as fast, but with a huge coffee and malt upfront smack and reminds me or drinking a cappuccino in many ways. Coffee, malt, toffee, and smoky, and oh yeah, alcohol hits big throughout it all.

Mouthfeel: Wouldn't say it's fantastic, but it's actually a solid palate-cleanser. Coats a bit of oil-like resin, but creamy and thick as well.

Drinkability: For a 16, it's high, but damn, I don't think I could drink too much of this in a sitting. I split the 12oz bottle and was feeling it afterward, but man what a big beer that doesn't ever seem to quit.

nomomentwasted, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Mayhem976
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black in color unable to pass light, has a nice dark brown head, minor lacing, and looks very syurpy.

S- Heavy malt smell, you get allot a bitter chocolate and a little bit of hops as well.

T- Heavy chocolate and coffee flavor, you get allot of malt on the palate as well, very rich! Somewhat sweet but not too sweet.

M- Heavy, you get an ultra rich velvet feeling, once again your throat, mouth, and stomach will get a slight warm feeling from the alcohol.

D- Super high on the occasional stouts, couldn't drink this everyday but for that special occasion it would be high on my list.

Mayhem976, Jul 01, 2009
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.