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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,669 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 224
Gots: 492 | FT: 22
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 Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jetg Black, like used motor oil. Brown creamy head that lasts. beautiful beer

Smell: More malty than roasty in the aroma. smells tempting

Taste: extreme Hop flavor and aroma dominate with a wonderful chocolately roasted background. Slightly acrid from the roasted malts but not as much as would be expected by a 16% ABV beer. Alcohol is always present from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sweet, this one is thick and heavy like a milkshake. Fits the flavors well. Excellent. A little heat from the alcohol keep this one from a 5.0

Drinkability: Excellent winter Imperial stout. Will be buying again. Very happy with this purchase even at the extremely high pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 01:50:33 | More by Squelch
Photo of Boto


4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 bottle: This one pours an inky, thick, dark brown color. There is a finger of a light brown head on it. A bit of alcohol is the first thing that hits the nose. After that I get molasses, chocolate, rum, and some dark fruits also. Taste has a bit of alcohol to it. Somewhat sweet taste. Notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits. Silky feel on the tongue. Very Nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 21:53:18 | More by Boto
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black ink color. Not light gets through. A one finger tan head forms with an aggressive pour, but it recedes to a very thin ring quickly. No lace.
S: Some dry coco powder and coffee. Dark fruits of plums and raisins. A warm booze character.
T: Dark roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee. Dark fruits, and warm booze again.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation side. Creamy, and a bit dry. For such high alcohol this is not hard to drink. Alcohol is definitely present, but does not overpower. I am surprised at how easy this is to drink considering the monstrous ABV. A good sipping beer for the winter months.

This is an interesting example of an imperial stout. Something I would like to age for a couple of years and see what happens. If you are interested in the style I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 01:05:58 | More by champ103
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle marked Batch 4 into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a thin, dark brown head that settles in atop the beer.

S - Dark, bitter roasted coffee is mostly what I'm getting in the aroma. Maybe a little chocolate.

T - Strong with a smooth finish. Espresso and dark chocolate, dark dark dark maltiness.

M - Medium to thick, dry, mild carbonation.

D - Powerful, to say the least, but is well balance by a smooth ans satisfying finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 19:16:55 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
2008, 15.92%

Pours a pitch black color, small tan head. Nice welcoming nose of roasted malt and subtle alcohol heat. An insanely big stout, chock full of quality roasted malt, a subtle hop bitterness and an extra large (but surprisingly tame) alcohol bite. Not too much going on here, you go into this stout expecting, basically, exactly what you get. An ass-kicker. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:54:53 | More by ATPete
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New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very nice deep black with an exceptionally large head that stays. There's a bit of lacing but it falls quickly.

Not too strong of a nose, there a tad of malt mostly covered by toasty coffee smell. But it's not overly apparent and doesn't really affect the beer.

First taste is strong coffee, toasted chocolate, but also a bit of sweet dark berry in here somewhere. Almost like drinking a smore, but with a plum instead of a marshmallow. This is some seriously good stuff for a stout, but it's incredibly hard to drink thanks to a very present alcohol texture and throat burn. Though it does warm the belly nice.

The mouth feel is nice and creamy until the swallow, strongly astringent alcohol bite.

This is the ideal winter beer. It's incredibly hard to drink, but it warms the belly and the body and will definitely take away the bad memories of shoveling the driveway and cleaning the snow off of the car. Unless you live in a tropical climate, but in that case, why are you drinking a stout anyway?

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 00:43:24 | More by Vendetta
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2008. Sampled two days after arrival from distributor. ABV 15.92%.

Pours almost black in color with a finger of rich brown head. The head drops to a ring in a few moments, but hard to expect more from 16%... no lacing.

The aroma is predominantly of roast and booze, with some hints of dark fruits thrown in for good measure. There is a tinge of burnt sugar in there as well, and along with it an overwhelming sugary-sweet note that balances the intense roast pretty well. Smells like a "black patent port" if you can imagine such a thing. The coming warmth of alcohol is hinted at in the spicy alcohol aroma.

Flavor combines all of the elements from the nose, in a sort of bipolar way. At first cloyingly sweet and roasty, then ridiculous earthy hopping and straight grain alcohol flavors in the finish. It's not quite as hot as a shot of everclear, but as close as I've experienced in a beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and silky, with relatively low carbonation. Finish is both intensely astringent from the roasted grain/earthy hops, and almost burningly alcoholic. Were it not for those two elements, the mouthfeel would be like oil.

This beer fails to be very drinkable. An interesting specimen and certainly worth a try, this offering will probably mellow a good bit with age. I may grab a couple to cellar for a few years. Some oxidation would probably do it good. As it is, it's far too intense, in all the wrong ways: like taking shots of jagermeister or nyquil. Do yourself a favor and be patient with this one. :-)

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 19:28:09 | More by khiasmus
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the granddaddy of beer. It pours almost deep black with a dark brown two finger head. The nose is espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of yeast and citrus. The tasted is very full body thick kinda creamy/ velvety, With chocolate, coffee, caramelized malts, and hints of hops on the end. It finishes and stays on your palate a bit longer

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:42:20 | More by colts9016
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Batch 2" Black pour with a deep brown head and ruby accents around. Dark fruit, roast/burnt malt, alcohol aromas. There is a lot in this one, really attacks the taste buds. Some roast malt and coffee, bakers chocolate. More plum and port wine, with some barrel like characteristics. Long lingering with some alcohol burn in the finish. Split the first bottle, not sure I could drink an entire one myself. An impressive offering from Avery, of which I've been pleased with many of lately.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:48:07 | More by Bung
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 - bottled Nov 2007

Appearance: Pours a mysterious black with an unsurprisingly modest mocha head that manages to leave lots of dashes around the chalice despite a quick decline to a ringlet

Smell: Rich, almost tar-like roasted aroma, with dark fruit and licorice, but there is a dramatic grapefruity bitterness in there as well

Taste: After an initial flirtation with all the usual big stout flavors (espresso, dark fruit, licorice) plus oddly enough, cherries, this one turns incredibly bitter by mid-palate; the alcohol joins the fray after the swallow and, after it settles down, the flavor is very bitter but also very roasted, with an espresso character in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and lots of warmth in the aftertaste

Drinkability: Despite a year of aging, this beer remains aggressive and should be cellared for some time to come; best suited for a nightcap at room temperature

Note: I tried Batch 4 within six months of bottling and it was almost undrinkable; this is clearly a beer that needs several years to settle down and reach its full complexity

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:25:49 | More by brentk56
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally tried this beer as Ive always wanted to but always walked away from the $9 price tag. Served at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark black with ruby red head which disipates quickly. You can definetly smell the alcohol in it, along with slight chocolate and toasted malt hues. The 16% alcohol is definetly present in the taste. Avery good sipping stout for a cold night. Followed this one up with a Storm King to compare it with one of my favorite stouts, and whoa! All the things I loved in the Storm King were gone. It takes a strong stout to make the Storm King taste like a Guiness. Bottom line, it was well worth the $9 and I will be buying more to cellar and bring out for those cold late nights where all I want is a nightcap after work.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 15:30:28 | More by ericlawton007
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a stocky brown head. Dense aroma of coffee, anise, and roasty malt. The flavor does not follow through. The sweet licorice overpowers the coffee and malt flavors. The fruitiness comes out in the back, but it only masks more of the malt and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is masked quite well, this just needs more balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:31:44 | More by magictrokini
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/ black color with a dark coffee brown foam head. Hints of caramel, chocolate, and alcohol in the aroma. Sweet chocolate/ roasted coffee, toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and dark fruit taste makes this one of the tastier imperial stouts I've had. Very strong though. Definately a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 07:32:41 | More by corby112
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/26/08. 2006 vintage. Pours dark black with a surprisingly thick beautiful dark tan/reddish head. Aroma of light fruits- apple and pear. Tastes initially of dark fruits (more apple, pear, fig, prune, raisin), alcohol, and I got some sweet carmelly nougat in the swallow. Very thick and sweet and heavy. I thought it was very good for the high alcohol content, but the sweetness/heaviness was still a bit much for me. 8/5/7/4/15 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 00:36:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a really black concotion with less than a finger of brown suds. Lacing lots around the glass.
Smell is strong caramel and malt and alcohol.
I get a chickory smoke and fruityness like a grape or dark cherry.
Taste is a sour mix of dark cherry and chocolate cordial with lots of sugary malt to finish it off. Then a sourness hits before the dry coffee taste brushes the palate.
Mouthfeel is sticky sweet and leaves the mouth wanting water.
Drinkability is not that good here because of the abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 01:16:04 | More by peabody
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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very chocolaty, with burnt malt, molasses, grapes, and coffee. The appearance is so dark brown that it's almost black.The head is is large and tan. The flavor is like the aroma with lots of alcohol. The palate is super thick. This beer is quite strong. It's truly a demon in strength which is what does it in for me. Nice flavors but the alcohol is too hot and needs to be dialed down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 21:34:00 | More by nick76
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black with a very dark tan head. The head doesn't stick around very long, but leaves a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S- Really smokey on the nose. Dark, roasty coffee notes come through with tons of malt and roasted barley. Hints of cherries and burned barley come through as well.

T- The burned flavor comes through a little more in the taste, but the coffee and malts still come through. Hints of dark fruit and cherries are noted. Very sweet with alcohol.

M- Medium body and smooth alcohol.

D- Given the alcohol content, this is very drinkable. When trying this fresh, it was slightly hot, but the cherries were more pronounced. After one year, the burned barley flavor came as a shock, but this is still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 21:13:57 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of cnally


3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

evil looking bottle.

pitch black coloring with a huge tan head. head doesn't go away easy either. menacing.

scents of raisins, woodsy smells, alcohol burn.

smoky, coffee, nutty, woodsy, lasting smoke. the alcohol flavor is huge.

sticky and heavy feel.

massive stout, very good for what it is but it is too much for me to take it seriously.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 02:01:14 | More by cnally
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle labeled bottled on Jan 2006, Batch 1.

Poured a dark, dark, black color with an averaged sized than head. Aromas of strong chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, anise, and molasses. Tastes of chocolate, licorice, coffee, anise, and some caramel. Stronger alcohol kick in the finish (but I wouldn't have guessed it was over 15%). On the sweeter side.

Notes from 2/17/06

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:46:19 | More by hopdog
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with red foil on top. Bottled Nov 2007 Batch 3. Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Pours an absolutely impenetrable pitch black with about a half finger of dark brown head that lingers only briefly. Nice aroma, lots of molasses and dark brown sugar. Some very dark coffee, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is pretty good, sweet with lots of molasses and dark brown sugar and a dose of caramel. Really not a whole lot of roastyness here. There is a moderate bitterness that is completely overwhelmed by the other flavors. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Mouthfeel is pretty good, full, syrpuy body with low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. This beer does an excellent job of hiding its impressive alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 23:57:19 | More by mnj21655
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New Jersey

1.98/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

this one came from batch 3 in Nov 07 drank one year later

A: inky black with just less than half an inch of almost amber foam which lingers for a minute or two

S: allspice, coffee, prunes and alcohol

T: Hot on the palate even when chilled. Very unbalanced with overbearing, unrefined brandy presence, obfuscating any subtleties which may be present. There is a roasted, bitter, espresso and currant flavor that rolls off the palate at the end of each sip

M: Syrupy and slick

D: punishing
4 or 5 sips was all I could take

I had to drink a glass of white wine to cleanse myself after I poured out the remaining 2/3 bottle of this

very appropriate name but definitely a novelty brew to me

truly living up to the image it projects may be its greatest accomplishment

true evil

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 04:17:26 | More by eddiebo
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 2006 Batch 2

Pours a solid black with a stingy mocha head that disappears quickly. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol. I could smell every bit of the 16% I was about to ingest. Tastes like it smells, but adds some figs, dried fruits and more alcohol, definitely a sipper. Creamy mouthfeel. Thick body. Low carbonation. Not something I could drink everyday, but would make a great sipper on a cold snowy New England night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:56:09 | More by johnnnniee
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/28/2008 (bottled Nov 2006, batch 2):

Cool looking bottle (as most of Avery's are). Pours a thick, viscous, pitch black body. Brown head, average & creamy, lasting, some lacing. Molasses and dark fruit aroma right off the bat. Inhaling deeper, some smoke, soy sauce. Some musk. A lot of scents here. Some brown sugar. Creamy fizzy dusty mouthfeel, very warming. Ashtray-like. Not overly powerful, not alcoholy. Some chocolate, some alcohol as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 05:22:08 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of PorterLambic


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a cocoa brown head, 1 1/2" high that drops to 1/2" within 60 seconds. Some lace.
Smell is roasted malt, smoke, oak, whiskey, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla. Great complexity.
Whoa, Nelly! Lots of whiskey/alcohol up front. Afterwards, all the smell shows up and hops comes in late, mostly in the aftertaste. Hint of port, too.
Warming throughout. Full body, light effervescence, fairly smooth and a bit chewy.
A good sipping beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 21:47:35 | More by PorterLambic
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I oppose the devil, so I shall put him in my belly and piss him out. Let's do it....

Blacker than black. Smallish brown head. Looks like congealed black jello.

Powerful scent. Raisin? Fig? Some dark fruits in there. Maybe dark chocolate.

Powerful taste as well. This sucker is bursting with flavor. Really, its got everything in here. Including alcohol. This isn't a beer, this is an experience.

Thick, viscous, and in your face. Callin you a girl. Aptly named. The booze is fairly mellow in the mouth but big and burning down the ole throat hole and into the belly. Liquid hell. I think I just got a fever.

Overall: truly unholy

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:38:09 | More by PatronWizard
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