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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,718 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 236
Gots: 505 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of BrewMonkey
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, Nov 2007 Batch 3

Pours black as night, near oily, little to no head whatsoever from a straight aggressive pour into a Duvel glass. What head develops from swirling is thick and dark brown to milk chocolate.

Aroma- Most suprisingly to me the aroma is very muted. Everything you notice is very much on the light side even trapped in a snifter style glass. Aroma increases as it warms with forward notes of choco-malt, some alcohol, burnt toffee, some kind of fruit I can't pinpoint right now. Prunes maybe?

Flavor - Wow! And not in a good way. Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor is almost oppressively intense. Quite nearly kills the taste buds with heavy roasted qualities, chocolate, toffee. Finishes with a warm alcohol heat and almost tannic coffee, slick on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, reminds me of eating a chocolate flavored nutritional bar. Really suprising and not impressed based on the reviews I saw here.

Overall - Not anywhere remotely close to "drinkable" on any scale other than a few nips. If I brought 3 bottles of this to a party I could easily imagine coming home with two of them. The over the top roasted/choco malt profile is as biting and thick as you would get from a heavy malt backed barleywine. Not my thing. Wife concurs. If you really love bitter roasted and chocolate malts, you might like this. For me, I'll take something more balanced.

Followup edit: This beer does mellow a bit and become more drinkable as it warms, but still does not really seem balanced. Just ends up very one dimensional, like chewing on a handful of chocolate malt washed down with pain.

BrewMonkey, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of lifeboyq
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ohhh... I'm excited. I love these high ABV novelty beers...and if its anything like The Beast comparatively within the style as novelty grand cru is to novelty stout, I'll be a fan. Pours of dirty motor oil black with a tan head that holds up surprisingly well for a beer of this ABV although not REALLY well. Wow, an alcoholic taste, slightly biter roasted malts. The malt bill is slightly hidden by the too many hops which tells me this beer would probably age well and I'll def. put a couple away. Despite the over hopped profile its really pretty interesting albeit not very complex. Fun stuff and will be interesting to revisit and age. Roar!

lifeboyq, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Med
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Wonderful color for a stout. Mephistopheles is an appropriate name for such a black beer. Head was dissapointing with only a slight dark tan head showing from an aggressive pour.

S - Very nice chocolate tones. Not as forward as I would expect for such a big beer but manages not to to be bitter like many similarly dark stouts.

T - This is very good. The alcohol is well hidden in the roasted malts versus an only slightly bigger beer like World Wide Stout. Bitter finish is nice after the slightly sweet chocolate notes.

M - Yowsa. This is VERY full bodied. Oily, leaving a nice coating of dark malty goodness. Very soft carbonation, but it's not missed.Lovely

D - Most beers have a moment where they fall down, and this is where this one does. I can't imagine having more than one of these in an evening.

Med, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in November 07 from Batch 3.

Rich darkly-roasted malt, a bit off fresh hop fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Chocolate and a little espresso to the malt.

Black at night with a small, dark brown head that ran away pretty quickly. That's okay, even in baldness it looks daunting.

Oh wow, that's quite an effect. Attack: some of the rich malt comes into focus just before being blasted into submission by alcohol; it then subsides to a little more malt and a lot of hop bitterness. A few more sips and the malt gains strength giving me absolutely luscious, velvet-smooth malt flavor and body in the chocolate/espresso/syrup-sweet range. The malt trace in the finish is very bittersweet chocolate. The interplay between the alcohol (as mostly a sensation along the top-of-the-mouth, nose, and throat) and the malt is quite cool - and invigorating. The hops have taken backseat and I'd almost think they left, 'cept for some bitterness, tartness, and some light floral/fruit/perfume. Maybe they're hiding under the alcohol.

All-in-all: this is one alcoholic brew, with a heavy malt profile. This is one of the few beers I've had that really commands me to sip it, rather than drink it. Actually, it's kind of hard to drink despite its incredible taste. I enjoy the feeling of the alcohol heat in my mouth and nose, but the hot flavor just reminds me, a little, of, like vodka, or something. The malt is amazing. The hops are kind of lacking.

Fun to try, hard to buy.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12fl.oz. bottled in Nov. 2007, batch 3. Pours a pitch black-brown with a 1/2" of coffee brown head. The head eventually disappears, leaving no lace behind.

While still chilled, the smell is rich chocolate and coffee...very rich. As it warms it takes a super alcoholic turn that nearly burns the nose. It definetly smells as strong as it is, simply put.

Hot sweet malty intro, with a bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee flavor that lasts for some time. It finishes hot and sweet with a molassas syrupy mouthfeel. Very warming with a thick, yet vaporous body...this stuff is made for heavyweights = BIG beer.

Very tasty and very strong...not for the faint hearted

scottoale, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hope this beer is as mean as it looks sitting on the shelf, because I'm looking for a fight. Ok, let's tangle. A soul black as night is topped with a quickly thinning dark tan head. Raisins, nuts, burnt wood and dark chocolates assault the nose in an orchestration of complex and robust aromas. A subtle earthy gravity keeps things grounded.

This monster smells like a stout and looks like a stout, but does it taste like a stout? Yes it does. Many beers with this level of alcohol do not seem to taste like their more innocuous brethren. The alcohol heat is at the forefront of the first sip, followed by big malts and a hoppy bitterness that mixes well. After the initial shock, some caramel and syrupy sweetness circumspectly peek their heads out to see what the hell is all the commotion.

The active carbonation keeps things interesting as the bout continues. The mouth-feel is substantial. This is the kind of beer you buy a drink for after all the hullabaloo is over, and it's very likely you might become friends for life.

stephens101, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 07/11/07.

Batch 2 - November 2006. 16.03% ABV.

Astonishing.

Pours thick and oily with a decent head. Scents of chocolate and coffee. Black as night.

From the first sip, you know this one is not to be taken lightly. YOU MUST LET THIS BEER WARM UP! A full Nelson on the palate with plums and raisins, roasty malt lurking behind well-balanced bitterness and similarly subtle alcohol warmth.

As the beer warmed slightly, its flavor changed and improved with every few degrees. "Crafty shape shifter", indeed!

One of the best beers I have ever had, and probably ought to be the last of the evening.

charlzm, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an alcohol filled aroma that also boasts of chocolate and black malts. It's got a lovely chocolate/coffee scent; very nice. The taste is really good. It's quite strong and very complex. It has a smooth coffee-like flavor that goes down slow and easy and finishes warm and sweet. It has a great roasted character as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, despite the elevated abv.. It's smooth and flavorful, but also a slow sipper. Well done!

WesWes, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

A- black brew with a 1 finger tan head, that holds decently and settles to a tiny ring and leaves films of lace

S- roasted malts, earthy, nutty, black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, subtle alcohol

T- overall sweet, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, big sweet toffee character, alcohol sneaks around, roasted hints at finish, sweet coffee and toffee aftertaste.

M- syrupy full body, hop feel at finish, somewhat sticky in the after

D- a sipping brew, ages tremendously well, quite a treat. I don't think a could handle it very often. Intense brew, must try

tonistruth, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of tronester
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super think pitch black motor oil consistency, with a medium brown head. Smells of alcohol, vanilla and roasted barley. Taste is intense. molasses, coffee, and earthy hops hit you in the face. Mouthfeel is super thick (probably thicker than any other beer I've had), carbonation levels are low. Unfortunatly the downside of this beer is drinkability. It's a great sipping beer, but it would be very difficult to drink the entire 12oz bottle by myself. I split the beer, and for me thats the best way to enjoy it.

tronester, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of ksbrainard
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and thick. There's a surprisingly "large" head that is very dense with small bubbles, and it sticks around for a while. Finally after about a half an hour, it's totally gone.

Smell: I can hardly smell anything at first. A subtle chocolate-caramel-raisin smell. As the bubbles subside, a very burnt smell comes through, like that stuff that lives on the inside of your grill, but then it fades. Next up is a whiff of dark rich thick fruity syrup. So far, an appealing and complex aroma, if subtle (somehow). The darkest chocolate of all comes through after that. At first, alcohol barely manages to show through, but eventually as the beer warms up, that's all that there is in the nose.

Taste: It is big and roasty, but that is quickly overtaken with a fruity flavor, almost like a Barley Wine. A Black Barley Wine. Alcohol warmth kicks in right away, to nobody's surprise. Hops and roast provide a balance to each other, in their collaboration for an intense bitterness. That sweetness, though, it is almost like red graps. The finish drops off quickly, but remains at that low level for quite some time. You really feel like you're indulging in something that should be forbidden.

Mouthfeel: Big and thick - almost granular feeling. This is almost solid, as opposed to liquid. It is only somewhat sticky, though. It is surprisingly unoppressive, while completely full.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This beer is a unique experience. It is not a great value - if you want an intensely Stout experience, you'll get a better value with Avery's The Czar (keeping it in the family). But this beer is an experience for all lovers of black beer to have at some point in their lives. I would recommend sharing it with two or three friends over the richest dark chocolate dessert you can get your hands on. It would also probably make a great ice cream topping when mixed in equal parts with hot fudge.

ksbrainard, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the jet black oil pours into my glass a very thick, dark tan head rises and few inches and sticks around for a while. The head resides after a few minutes of drinking and leaves minimal lace (I'm starting to suspect that it is this glass and not the beer that isn't conducive to lace for some reason...anyone else experience this?). The smell is intensely of caramel, chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, dark fruits, and alcohol. The taste is complex...burnt dark chocolate and strong coffee, roasted malts, cherries, prunes, figs, and other dark fruits...this is incredible. This beer overloads your senses in the best way possible...it is not as complex as some other imperial stouts/ Russian Imperial Stouts but it hits you harder than the others...and that is what makes this beer incredible. It has a very full body with a creamy texture that is complimented nicely by the mild carbonation. Towards the finish, the alcohol burn really kicks in, which is usually not one of my favorite things but in this case, it is so well balanced with all the other sweet flavors that it works magnificently.

Oh man, this beer is awesome...I think the 16% ABV slowly took effect on my during my review, haha.

Douglas14, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2.38/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $8.99... This is the last of three beers that I've sampled from Avery's "Big Beer" series, and as with Samael's and The Beast, this one was way too intense and over-the-top to be an enjoyable brew... Nice engine-oil, jet-black appearance led to a nose replete with roasted malts, licorice, brandy, and alcohol... the taste was more than extreme, with a strong burst of sweet candy, rum, brandy, liquor, and powerful alcohol... way too intense and sweet to be perceived as an enjoyable and drinkable brew... I should have learned my lesson from Avery's other two big beers before I shelled out $8.99 for this one... the taste was loaded with a strong, cloying liquor essence and the alcohol burned my throat and tongue... really wouldn't recommend this one... Can't say I'd vouch for this one...

dsa7783, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a Reidel shiraz O-glass. Bottled Nov. 2006 Batch 2

A = Black liquid, dark mocha brown head of about 2 fingers which slowly dissipated leaving very small amount of lacing on glass.

S = Bittersweet chocolate and espresso americano coffee, slight alcohol sensation.

T = Tart bitter chocolate on front of tongue, then bittersweet espresso with slight taste of maple syrup, roasted-burnt grains, all followed by a very bitter finish that dwells in the back of the mouth. Very good but with maybe not quite enough sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, carbonation may be just slightly more than I expected from the style, slight but not unpleasant stinging on the tongue. Alcohol is apparent but not unpleasant.

D = I will definitely have this again but it is a sipping beer.

Traquairlover, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

November 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Black and syrupy with a modest tan-colored head. Even the appearance is somewhat imposing.

Smell - Chocolate and raisins, burnt toast, molasses and sharp alcohol. Pretty punchy stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel - Intensely roasty and bitter with a sweet, boozy backbone. The body is ridiculously thick and syrupt. I was expecting cloying sweetness, and I more or less got it, though there's a ton of acrid burnt grain to balance it. The flavor hints at fruit, but it's dominated by a bittersweet molasses and burnt toast character. The finish is on the sweet side, with a lingering note of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The presence of alcohol is both felt and tasted; this is the only beer I can recall trying where I actually felt a slight burn as it was going down.

Notes - Decent, but overly sweet, syrupy and boozy.

largadeer, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came in a high ABV package from Sudsdog some time ago.

A: Pours as dark as night, the demon on the front of the bottle is fitting. The head is wimpy but a solid collar does linger. There was some spotty lacing noted as the contents disappeared from my chalice.

S: Nice big bitter chocolate notes. This one has hops to balance out the charcoaled malts. Sweet cherries and nice whisps of booze as well.

T: I sipped this one stright from the beer fridge at 51 degrees at the start. Deep dark bitter bakers chocolate, along with coffee, charcoaled grains, and oh so sweet molasses right up front. The sweetness lingers with chocolate still hanging around when cherries make their prescene. Just a nip of booze hits you followed by more sweet chocolate. For such a high ABV I really enjoyed this one.

M: Smooth ,thick, with ample carbonation.

D: Most have described this as a sipper but i have to tell you I enjoyed it in gulps. A rather enjoyable brew that is a perfect match with the 12 ounce bottle.

Overall: Avery has a winner with this one. When this years batch hits the shelf I will plunk down the cash for at least a six pack. Tons of big bold flavor, with lots of added sweetness makes for one tasty treat. There are many flavors that can be detected in this one, and there is just enough booze to tickle your throat in the finish. It's very easy drinking for the high ABV, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks Avery for pulling off the challenge of putting out this tasty high test beer.

tpd975, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 2007 batch 3. Pitch black beer topped with an intimidating dark tan head. Smells of burned goodness, booze, cinnamon, deep dark fruit, raisins and plums and such. Taste is big. Deep dark smokey velvetey motor oil. tingles the tongue with alcohol. A complex beer with dark soul of its own. A slow sipping monster of a beer, its only downfall which really isn't one at all. Not for the faint of heart. This beer got the better of me, be careful.

timbro81, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of showdoglq
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle, Nov 2007 batch 3 date

A. Thick and black, it pours less like beer than a motor oil

S. I caught some dried fruit(it reminded me of cherries), a little cocoa whiff, and a lot of alcohol. It smelled a bit like what I'd imagine a black forest cake would smell like if soaked in alcohol.

T. It tastes just like it smells, with a little bitterness in the finish. The dark chocolate is a bit more pronounced in mid sip, and the alcohol is readily apparent all the way to your stomach.

M. It was thick, creamy and a little oily. I found myself smacking my lips for quite a while after each sip.

D. I wish I could handle a couple in a night, but that would be a very bad idea. The high alcohol content is the only thing that detracts from a delightful slow sipper.

showdoglq, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled in 2006 (batch 2) let's see what some age has done to this one.

A: Pours a thick velvety black with a coffee and creme one inch head. Jet black on this one, the only thing I see is my reflection in the glass. The head fades down into wispy rings after a few minutes and leaves some decent lacing down the sides as well, again impressive as I was not expecting this.

S: Can pick the chocolate on this one as it comes out of the bottle, very strong woody tones, dark alcoholic fruit and the chocolate hinted at as it was coming out of the bottle. Very decadent smell and not at all boozy for as high as the ABV is.

T/MF: Pretty damn strong carbonation profile for a beer this size, not at all like the world wide stout that is comparable in weight. Strong boozy woody character greets the tongue as well as the heat that one would expect from a beer this size. The carbonation really does its job in making this beer extra palatable. Behind the woodiness is a prune and raisin covered in bitter bakers chocolate. The finish is very sticky and quite bitter, coats the tongue in a huge amount of hop oil. A well balanced beer for one this size.

D: This is a slow drinker to be sure and seems to have aged quite well even on the store shelves I bought this from. Very sippable but the alcohol profile is just high enough to let you know that you should take it easy when drinking this. An excellent pairing with some Godiva truffles.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of aromatorio
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought several bottles of 2007 Meph from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Had one as a bit of a nightcap with some dark (70 or 80% cacao) chocolate. It poured a little thick, growing an intimidating 3-4 finger head. The head was a nutty color, with maybe the slightest tinge of red. The stout itself I would call inky - I poured into a Guinness pint-glass and couldn't see any light pass through.

Smell was a little dangerous, but I had expected that. Nutty and potent. I had been hoping for a velvety mouthfeel, but it was a little more forceful. I may have been tainted, but I detected chocolate and an aftertaste of coffee.

As a caution, I let it warm up before drinking it, but I think it could have benefited being a bit warmer. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I was not over-powered by the alcohol content. Wouldn't recommend drinking more than one of these at a time though, or in conjunction with other brew.

One thing to note is that the most recent batches have a lower ABV content than in previous years.

aromatorio, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One 12 0z bottle poured into pint glass.

Good head for tan foam across a opaque black brew. Nice bubbles as head dies down to a lacy layer.

Smell is quite nutty, of roasted hops and a bit chocolaty. TAste is very similar. Roasted hops with notes of chocolate and nice pleasant finish.

Body of the beer makes for a nice full experience. Very coating and drinks well.

ANother hot one by Avery. Excellent Stuff.

mattster, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch no 3. Bottled Nov 2007
Poured into a 12 oz glass.

A: Dark 3 finger head of foam. Opaque appearance.

S: The strong alcohol is very apparent in the aroma, along with roasty and chocolate notes.

T: Chocolaty but the alcoholic strength is immediate. Hot Hot Hot!. I am going to put my other bottle away for 1-2 years and see what that's like.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Drinkability on this one is difficult. I can only put away half a bottle and the rest is going in the fridge.

JonathanL7890, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my nightcap beer the other night and I have to say it did the trick,poured into a brandy snifter pitch black no light could break thru here a thinner beige colored head atop.Deep darf fruit in the nose and slightly nutty like a good port more than anything alcohol is very prevelant as well with noticeable molasses/brown sugar as well.Great full bodied almost chewey mouthfeel great for sipping,I go back to the port example for this beer on the palate as well very sweet up front with big raisin and prune flavors along with some sweet alcohol with an onslaught of nutty terrine-like flavors in the finish.A great sipper with alot of character be careful with this devil though it packs a punch.

oberon, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
1.88/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Shared a 12oz bottle with the bar owner at Amsterdam Bar.
A-Nice heavy stout, dark, very little transparency
S-Very sweet smell with little to no apparent desires to conceal the alcohol. Some malty and caramel smells break through in the sniffer.
T-A heavy stout to conquer. Had lots of coffee and dark chocolates mixed in there, very complex.
M-Not easy on the tongue, wakens your palette than kills it with alcohol.
D-If I didn't have only half a bottle this would have been a drain pour. Alcohol over powered the taste and made every sip a challenge.

ballewblake, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours as dark as the being that graces the bottle. Evil, with a thin dark tan head.

S: I get a lot of booze in the nose, whiskey-like, with a hint of sweetness.

T: At first, the alcohol is overwhelming. As you sip on it, other flavors come to the forefront. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and molasses are all present. There's an alcohol bite to every sip, but it fades as you continue to drink.

M: Smooth ,thick, with little carbonation.

D: This is a sipper. Not something you could throw down easy, it's a challenge to drink this beast. But patience yields some great flavors. A strong stout, and quite enjoyable with the right approach.

YonderWanderer, Jan 12, 2008
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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