Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,810 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 249
Gots: 538 | FT: 28
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottle says it was bottled in November 2007, Batch 3. I've never had this fresh before. This bottle has a little over a year on it.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a 1.5 finger tan, rocky head with great retention and lacing. Pours black as night. Three minutes after cracking her open, this is one of the prettiest beers I've ever poured.

Smell: Smells kind of fruity. Maybe its the malt sweetness that makes it seem a little fruity. Could be the mix of vanilla/toffee/chocolate/booze that gives it such a pleasant aroma. Either way, the most impressive aroma i've found in a stout, ever.

Taste: I've read a few reviews that have stated this particular brew almost tastes like its bourbon barrel aged. I can definitely see why. Not an overwhelmingly woody flavor, but definitely there. Strong chocolate and vanilla notes that sort of sit in the back of your throat. Warming alchohol taste on the tongue and down the throat that becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms. Honestly, the taste was a bit disappointing compared to the great aroma, but still no slouch.

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth, with an alcohol tingle on the tongue. Perhaps the slightest bit of carbonation as well. Full bodied brew for sure that will definitely fill you up.

Drinkability: A sipper, and with a huge ABV (16.3%) it'll definitely help you get your buzz on.

It might be the age on it, but this particular RIS has a TON of flavor to it, and hides the alcohol better than most i've had in the past. A good brew from a respectable brewery.

Photo of ggoss3
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a duvel tulip

a) dark dark dark, decent head on pour which fades to a ring around the top

s) coffee and nutty, no alcohol at first, as it warms you get more of a booze punch

t) when cold: carbonated and bitter, opens up to chocolate, port wine, etc

m) when cold: tangy and fizzy starts to smooth out as it warms, still a buzz on the tounge when you sip

d) its intense, cant down a few of these and hit the town

Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, completely opaque. Even brown/black head

S - Very faint smell, subtle hints of sweetness and bitterness

T - Extremely complex taste. Iniatial sweetness, caromel and cherry gives way to strong alcohol taste.

M - Very sweet maltiness, taste of alcohol slowly dries out the mouth to reveal a burnt caromel presence

D - For an imperial stout this is top notch.
Great beer for a cold night. Warms the body.

Photo of BeTheBall
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep black color with an impressive foamy head, which lasted for quite some time. Nice lacing down the glass during the hour plus it took me to drink this.
Smelled of vanilla and toffee, huge nose, also with raosted goodness.
Taste was of roasted vanilla, but also a huge taste of caramelized sugar; quite sweet, which does a pretty good job of hiding the gigantic ABV in this one.
Mouthfeel was good, very satisfying.
Drinkability with almost 16% ABV? Certainly one (if you can drink one) and done. This is best shared with a friend; hugely powerful! A little sorry I bought two, going to take some courage to drink the second one.

Photo of bowersdm
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled in No. 2007. Batch 3. 12 oz bottle poured into nonic.

A - typical RIS dark if not more. A 1cm head formed from an aggressive pour, but quickly dissipated into a thin brown film on the beer.

S - alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasted barley

T - it starts very, very sweet, like raisins, chocolate, roasted barley and then a lingering coffee taste. I don't think this beer is barrel aged, but there's a subtle vanilla, oak, and smokiness going on along with the noticeable alcohol that produces a bourbon barrel aged effect. Alcohol was noticeable only as a numbing sensation on the tongue and a slight burn in the throat. It definitely did not seem like 16.03% alcohol.

M - perfect. textbook. I've never had an RIS have a better mouthfeel.

D - this was a very filling beer, plus it's got quite a bit of alcohol. I'm still buzzing off of it.

This beer reminded me a lot of GI Bourbon County Stout. I would go so far as to say the taste of it is as good as BCS.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle order for and shared with me by Robbie in Daytona.

Poured in a snifter with a deep black color with a moderate brown head that lasted and produced good lacing and sticky legs.

Very good complex roasted malt and toffee aroma with a alcohol tone.

Full body with a sticky smooth texture.

Full roasted malt and rich dark berry flavor with a smooth sweet alcohol finish that lasted.

Great after dinner drink with a good strong cigar.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to JustinatBeaumont for bringing not just one, but TWO bottles of this to last nights tasting. The SECOND biggest beer (thank you, Dark Horizon 2e) to join us. The remnants of a 12 oz. bottle were poured to a pint glass (8 oz?).

'Bottled in Nov 2006, Batch 2'

A: Pours as black as midnight, completely impenetrable. Over a finger of the densest mocha-tan cream; takes many minutes for this head to fall. Lace falls in drooping bands, with randomly sticking flecks.

S: Lots of roasted malt and a vanilla sweetness that isn't quite vanilla-like. Buttery creme brulee, maybe?

T: Wow, unbelievably rich flavor. Spiced chocolate, rich coffee, (aptly enough) devil's food cake and a light woody/vanilla presence. Has a boozy alcohol that's nearly completely hidden beneath warm chocolates and dark fruits. Wow.

M: Quite smooth and well-balanced, despite a huge alcohol content. Creamy, full-bodied elixir - heavy and soothing.

D: Am I grading on would I have it again? If so, it's a 5, outstanding flavors, wonderful balance. Otherwise, 'drinkability' is moderate - a high alcohol beer that serves few purposes other than ending a night with a heavyweight 'dessert beer'. Definitely has it's place, just know what you're getting into...

Photo of natasharai
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with 1 finger of nice dark tan head that remained as the beer was consumed, no lacing left behind, the beer was a deep dark brownish-black that light could not pass through.

Smell: The smell is extremely sweet, very strong toffee aroma, some dark fruit smell and a little chocolate.

Taste: Very sweet, dark chocolate and dark fruit (berries, plums, figs) with some toffee taste. Then a strong coffee flavor at the end. Little alcohol taste but nothing too overpowering (this is impressive for the ABV).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, alcohol burn up front but not down throat, very little carbonation

Overall: Easier to drink than I expected, smell and flavor are interesting, the alcohol is well masked by the deep flavors.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been holding this beer for about a year, and thought that my birthday would be a good time to try it. So here goes.

Bottled Nov 2007, Batch 3.

Poured a deep black with a surprisingly active cocoa colored head. About 3/4 inches thick, it continually refreshed all the way to the bottom of the glass. Not much lacing, just some spots of foam that slowly slide back into the beer.

Smell is of alcohol, coffee, raisins, maybe even some dark rum. It actually burns the inside of my nostrils a bit!

Taste is surprisingly mild for a beer of this strength. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely an imperial stout, but along with the heavy alcoholic notes you can still taste roasted malts and a slight coffee and bitter cocoa flavore. There aren't many hop flavors present.

Mouthfeel is very interesting. Definite alcohol burn all the way down, but the beer is actually quite smooth and soft. There is a slight tingle of carbonation as well.

Overall, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by this monster beer. Although it is quite expensive at about $7 per 12 oz bottle, it is definitely of good quality. You really can't drink a lot of this beer at one sitting, and it almost has a novelty component about it, which is a shame, because it really is a decent brew.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov. 2007 batch 3. 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pitch black thick pour, the only hints of brown came from the stream out of the bottle. Nice brown one finger with decent retention that become slightly chunky. Unfortunately though no lacing to be found...

S: Whoooa... alcohol straight up front. Very toffee sweet smelling though with dark fruits and a hint of chocolate.

T: Strong alcohol that becomes instantly pleasing with a sweet toffee flavor along with strong figs, prunes, and cherries with a hint of dark chocolate. The finish has a very strong coffee flavor that isn't extremely bitter but noticeable.

Overall I'm surprised at how smooth this beer is. It's also quite drinkable especially for the alcohol content. I was expecting only a mediocre imperial stout with high alcohol but this flavor was complex and delicious and noticeably less alcohol (although still high) than I expected. Now that I've had a bottle I want to get another 2007 bottle or an 06 and age it for a couple years and see how it drinks.

Note: Not as thick as I expected which made it all the more drinkable.

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

Appearance: Dark and purty, but the head gave up quick.

Smell: Prunes, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste was RIS all the way, with loads of warming alcohol in the finish, smooth and rich, it had a touch of soy sauce and bitter tannins, but otherwise a great brew and extraordinary for the 16% abv.

Drinkability: 32 proof baby, be careful.

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/03/09- Purchsed at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, brewed in Feb '06. Poured into my Kentucky Breakfast Stout snifter.

Appearance- In between and black and deep brown pour. Slight rim of a head that is milk chocolate in color. Leaves some light spotty lace behind.

Smell- Scent of oak, coffee, alcohol, dark fruits such as raisins and prunes. And of course some dark chocolate. Fairly strong nose.

Taste- Quite sweet in flavor with soaked raisins and prunes in a oak liquor barrel. Mild coffee flavor with a dark chocolate liquor flavor as well. Lots of alcohol, but does not burn going down.

Mouthfeel- Quite smooth with a low carbonation level. Still tasting some dark chocolate in the aftertaste after a good 45 minutes from finishing it. Hops pretty much non-existant in the aftertaste of the consumption.

Drinkability- Quite easy for a high abv beer. Tasty, smooth and satisfies your sweet tooth. For $8 I will pass though. Once in a lifetime good experience though.

Photo of Pencible
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a completely opaque black with a tiny bit of very dark tan head. Maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. It smelled like burnt coffee and bitter chocolate, with prominent licorice and alcohol, and hints of orange, fig, and sweet yeast. It tasted like rich dark chocolate and maraschino cherries, with some coffee and oak and licorice, along with noticeable alcohol flavoring. It was oily with no carbonation, and had a lasting burnt aftertaste with definite alcohol warming. Overall this was certainly a sipping beer, quite similar to the World Wide Stout. I wish I could try this fresh, but a 2 year old bottle was all I could find. Regardless, it has held up well, with very powerful and decadent flavors. I just can't say enough about how rich and complex this beer was. It had good body, but I wish it was a bit thicker to match the extreme flavor. Regardless, this was just a delight to drink...just really make sure to pace yourself.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing, but otherwise a good-looking beer.

S: A sharp smell of malt, coffee and alcohol.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee and a smoky quality. The alcohol was very present. Not the greatest of flavor combinations, but solidly made.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a well made, fairly drinkable stout. It isn't one that I'd return to again and again, but I can't deny its good qualities.

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, 2006.

Pours black with a small dark tan head and good lacing.

Scent of dark fruit, roasted malts, maple syrup and chocolate. Good, but not particularly impressive.

Taste of maple syrup, chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted malts. Finishes with roasted malts and a lingering oak flavor. Again not really impressive, but it is a good over the top Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is as heavy and thick as they come.

Photo of AltBock
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with one of the coolest labels. This bottle has a coal black label with a shiny silver and black head shot of a demonic creature. You see his small sharp pointy horns and his blood shot eyes. By the color of his eyes, he's either drunk or high, but since he's a demon, that's a natural color. You have to see this label for yourself to appreciate. An Internet picture won't do the trick. Below the demon is a yellow banner with the beer's specifications on both sides. To the far left of the label is the barcode and Government warning. To the far right of the label is a paragraph that talks about the name of the beer and the beer's ingredients. I forgot to mention that one the left side of the banner is where you'll find a bottled month and year and a batch number. Mine was bottled in Nov of 2006 and it's batch number #2.

Appearance: I poured this demonic beer into wide mouthed goblet. I didn't think this beer would pour a thick black oil based color, but it sure as hell did. The beer was just as black as a demon's heart. You can't get any blacker than that. The head of foam was almost as impressive as the color. When poured, up rises a creamy 1 1/2 inch dark tan colored head of foam from this pitch black beer. It didn't have the best retention I've seen on a beer, but it did manage to leave behind a spotty tan film, a few tan rings along the edge, and only 3 spots of tan lace around the glass. I loved this beer's solid black color! I never thought you could liquefy the bowels of hell into a dark beer, but Avery sure did it.

Smell: Complex as hell! This beer didn't need to be swirled around to wake up the aroma. It was awake and ready to assault your sense of smell. There were so many aromas in this beer, that I don't know where to start from. If I had to choose, I will say that this beer kicked off with the dark roasted malts. It almost smelled like they roasted the hell out of those malts. Following closely behind the malts was the scent of black cherries, plums, black berries, a ton of sweet caramel, a hint of toffee, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, lightly bitter roasted hops, a touch of burnt brown sugar, and then this dark roasted aroma finishes up with a strong whiff of alcohol. Very complex and very dark! The aroma was just as dark as the beer's pitch black oily appearance.

Taste: Was the taste as complex as the aroma? Is a demon evil? You bet your ass it is! The taste starts off dark and roasted with dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee beans, 100% cocoa dark chocolate, black cherries, and black berries. After the roasted start, in comes a sweet middle. This sweet middle consisted of sweet caramel, a hint of sweet toffee, and a touch of burnt brown sugar. Don't go yet. The taste wasn't done yet. After the sweet middle, this beer finishes up with a bitter and alcoholic combo. This finish had the taste of roasted citrus hops, a drop of roasted pine needles, and plenty of alcohol. I loved this beer's 3 waves of taste. A great roasted beer from the pits of hell.

Mouthfeel: Was this high ABV% beer full bodied? Is the devil a demon? You know it was! This beer didn't bother to hide it's high ABV%. It wanted you to feel the alcohol. There's no doubt about it. Along with feeling the high ABV%, you'll get an aftertaste of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, black berries, black cherries, sweet caramel, and a dash of burnt brown sugar. The aftertaste was almost as complex as the initial taste. Yummy!

Drinkability: It was great beer to drink for my 666th BA review. I don't think I could have chosen a better beer to review for that milestone review. The beer itself was just as dark as the label over it. If a complex beer ever came up from the pits of hell, it would be this beer. I'm glad I waited 2 years to open up this demonic beer.

Photo of Squelch
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.

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!

Photo of champ103
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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
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.

Photo of ATPete
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.

Photo of Vendetta
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?

Photo of khiasmus
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. :-)

Photo of colts9016
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

Photo of Bung
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.

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,810 ratings.