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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,740 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 243
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 ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
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
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.