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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,960
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 282
Gots: 651 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

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Ratings: 1,960 | Reviews: 844
Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of foam in the duvel tulip glass. The taste is of dark chocolate with molasses lingering in the background. Considering this is 16.83% according to the bottle, it drinks pretty smooth overall. Its a little hot initially, but it really doesn't take anything away from this stout. Definately had me buzzing after this one. Pretty solid stout overall.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown,almost black. Slightly opaque. Poured a 2 finger chocolae head that dissipated quickly to some floating patches. Lacing sheeted down the glass.

S: Big dark toasted malt flavors; molasses, chocolate, and burnt toast. Also vanilla and alcohol.

T: Very intense; chocolate, licorice, molasses, coffee, vanilla. An assault of rich flavors. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and and creamy. Alcohol burn at the end.

D: Big stout - even for double. ABV will catch up to you, but a nice sipper. As I've seen others do, I pland to buy a couple more bottles and add to my stash.

Photo of TommyW
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter; vintage 2007.

A- Motor oil black with an almost non-existent, tan head.

S- Roasted and chocolate malt with a clean/grain alcohol aroma.

T- Deep roasted malt character with notes of chocolate and dark cherry. Alcohol is clean, vodka-like and not too overpowering, but not too mellow after being cellared.

M- Med/full body with a slick feel.

D- A big stout; after three years I expected the alcohol to be more mellow; it'll be interesting to see what more time will do.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2007. Thanks Chris!

Pours a midnight black with a nice dark finger of head that camps around for a while.

The aroma is a blitzkrieg of alcohol heat, pine hops, chocolate, and a slight bit of metallic dark fruitiness.

The flavor is a gigantic blast of alcohol and bitter hops, as well as a healthy dose of burnt malt and dry cocoa.

The body is full and the carbonation has a bit of a sting.

Overall, I thought this was was just a bit too brash, even at 3 years old. It wasn't the alcohol heat alone that brought it down, but also the huge bitter hoppiness and burnt toast mix. Those three elements created to form something very complex and interesting, but not hugely likeable.

Photo of toadsass79
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

November 2006 Batch 2 and it sure has aged great!

Jet black and fully opaque. Poured with only a slight coating of off white / khaki head. Quickly dissipated. Huge nose! Big alcohol right up front! Chocolate, rum, figs, brown sugar, toffee, coffee and other burnt fruits. The oak and alcohol is really strong right up front. Chocolate and toffee. Quite a few raisins as well. Sweet and complex but much like a fine bourbon in there as well. It's full bodied but not at thick as the smell and flavor would make you think. Been drinking this for an hour now and I am through less than 10 oz. This is a sipper that demands your respect. Much better than this was a year ago!

Photo of billshmeinke
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pitch black with a one finger khaki head that dies dow to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass and some foam on top. Some lacing. Real impressive for the abv.

Smells of dark chocolate, intense roasted malts, dark fruits, grape skin, plumb, and some alcohol.

Taste of dark chocolate, bitter roasted malt, chocolate fudge, butter rum, raisin pudding, and grape juice.

Full bodied, thick, and syrupy. Nicely carbonated. Pretty hot from the abv.

Drink one 12 oz. to yourself is no joke.

Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle claims: OG: 1,134. 16,00abv. Batch 3, bottled November 2007.

A: very thick and equally dark, Mephistopheles' pours with a head the same color as chocolate ice cream that quickly fades into patches floating atop the brew.

S: the bouquet is big and bold, with heavy notes of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and many other enjoyable aromas.

T: wow, one of the most intense, yet, balanced brews ever! Tons of mollasses ( from the turbinado?) chocolate, licorice, coffee, vanilla... You have to try it to really understand.

M: full and creamy without being sticky, solventy, or syrupy. Impressive.

D: this is easily one of the best stouts being brewed in the US at this time. I haven't had a fresh version, but with 2 1/2 yrs on the shelf, this is fantastic. Aged at BOTW, and probably a bit at T.J. Sheehan's, this brew delivers everything a stout fan should be looking for. Definitely a must have, no matter what it takes to get it.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with good carbonation and a small head. Nose has a booze presence immediately, roasted,m coffee, chocolate, fruits. Taste follwed the nose, big roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a strong tinge of booze halfway to the end.Mouthfeel is smooth at first but heats upo in a hurry. Drinkable yes. Ageable, YES!

Photo of Metallix6403
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled in 2009, 16.98(ABV), poured in 2010 into a snifter.

Appearance - There is nothing like seeing a good stout pour! Rich and thick with a jet black body. Red/Orange hue when held up to the light. Almost an inch of a tan head. Retention is mediocre. Minimal lace as it fades.

Smell - Immediate punch of roasted malts and a mix of chocolate and fruit; either raisins or figs, maybe both. You can get a get a whiff of the alcohol if you look for it...but I felt it was subtle...

Taste - Got a great mix of sweet and bitter. Smell of the fruits are absolutely accentuated here. Also get hints of licorice and chocolate that linger. A slight pinch of alcohol creeps along with the flavors.

Feel - Very rich and creamy. Super smooth going down.

Drinkability - Its a dangerous brew, this one! I was surprised on how well first half went down. Barely noticed the ABV until I started looking for it. I can see a few bottles going quickly, though I found myself second guessing another round.

Final Thoughts - I cant find any major flaws with this brew but at the same time I cant find that wow factor. I would definitely recommend it to friends that are looking to see what's out there, though not for a regular standby.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled in 2006, consumed 2010.

This beer poured a jet black color with modest, creamy, light brown foam that settles but clings a little on the glass. The smell is a rich, dark malty aroma with notes of figs, molasses, coffee, and some alcohol. The flavor was very rich and malty. Some sweetness initially which flows to the end. Flavors of coffee, dark cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, figs, dark cherries, and some alcohol comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel very smooth and richly malty, full body, modest carbonation feel. Hops are subdued by the huge malt presence. A bit hot in the after taste. Dangerously easy to drink for such a high ABV stout. Very nice.

Photo of emmasdad
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 2009 batch. Pours from the bottle a big jet black body, with some good white/brown head and decent lacing. A whole lot going on in this one. Aromas of cherries, dark rum, roasted malt, black licorice, and dark fruits. Very complex flavors await: dark chocolate, raisin, molasses, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. A big, huge sipper, one that gets better and better as it warms. A great effort from the third member of the Demons series.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had the 2009 release which is at 16.83%ABV, what a treat! The beer pours an almost pitch black with a slight reddish hue and a very thin dark tan head that fixxles out quickly. On the nose I got aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark fruit. the palte is medium to full bodied with flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dried dark fruits and coffee. There is a good acidity that creeps up on you in the finish along with the heat of the alcohol.

Photo of Manoftyr
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance-pours a rich silky black with zero highlights, about a finger and a half of brown head rises like creme.

Aroma-There's barely any alcohol on the nose which is downright incredible given the ABV. The first scent that assails the senses is that of darkly roasted malts which convey a coffee-chocolate type aroma, some molasses follow with some hints of very dark fruit.

Taste-There's a definite chocolaty liqueur quality to the taste but it's accompanied by rich flavors of molasses, dark roasted malts and syrupy dates. It's boozy but the alcohol is by no means 'hot', it's rather subdued actually and mingles with the other flavors pleasantly.

Mouthfeel-Rather thinner than I was expecting but still big, chewy and rich with some nice, slightly stingy carbonation which actually helps more so than detracts.

Drinkability-About an hour of sipping later and I've polished off the bottle; easier drinking than other beers I've had at this ABV.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in November 2006.

This massive malt monster pours a big malty used oil type look. One finger head with good retention.

Smell is of big roasted malts, HUGE roasted malts. Some caramel, toffee and licorice.

Taste is massive, this is the definition of big beer. Big in all ways; alcohol, malts and flavor. It is surprisingly smooth for 16% ABV, the three years of age might have something to do with it. Very pleasantly surprised though.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very full bodied beer, I like it. Carbonation seems to still be all there as well, which is surprsing for such an aged beer.

Drinkability is great, relative to the massive size of this beer. If you can find one of these monsters with 3 years of age on it, do it.

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov. 2006. 16.03% abv

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours 1/4 of tan head. Decent retention with some nice lace. Very surprising. Color is a dark molasses brown, nearing black.

Aroma: wow, just wow is all I have to say. If I had to quote something for this beer, it would be this... "and boom goes the dynamite." Massive malts. I think I am getting a buzz from smelling it. Licorice, molasses, dried cherry, booze, English malt. Massive. Wow.

Taste: massive beer with a lot of malt, cherries, molasses, toffee, and licorice. Booze is present but not too much heat. Huge English malt. Very bready. Thick. Crazy buzz.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, thick, smooth. This is a massive beer. One of the biggest beers I have had. Decent carbonation for the age. I am surprised that it isn't oxidized at all.

Overall, for a beer that is over 3 years old, it is pretty decent. This beer doesn't f**k around. It is in your face big. Just smelling the beer made me a little light headed. It is good, but splitting it with my home dog Peter was a great idea. Give it a try if you can with some years on it.

Photo of urwithdave
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at world of beer. Poured into a oversized goblet.

A- pours a vicious black motor oil. There is a tan two finger head that quickly fades to a small ring. Moderate lacing left.

S- roasted malts, lots of booze, licorice, molasses, and dark fruits.

T- the nose is right on here. Lots of roasted malts and big licorice. The alcohol is def prevelant in a big way. Dark chocolate and molasses blended together. There is a prune or raisan aspect also present. A pretty complex brew. I'm actually impressed that I still get all these flavors since it's sooo hot.

M- a very thick and chewy. Leaves a solid burn on the way down.

D- this was a massive pour it was def more than 16 oz. I shared it with fellow BA mrstevens and we had no problem drinking it between the two of us. However, I believe I'd have had a hard time drinking this beast by myself. The abv is huge and it would def limit me in partaking in more than one. Even a 12 oz pour would have been a slow sipper.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, 12/09 release, received via bif

split during march madness weekend 1

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a snifter, jet black body, big creamy cap, thin retention

smell: heavy molasses, smoke, booze, layers of dark chocolate, heavily roasted

taste: huge roasted malt body, dark chocolate liqueur, bitter charred effect, molasses, strong and bold, burnt espresso. pretty extreme, but good

mouthfeel: full body, strong

drinkability: 6oz is a nice serving size

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov. 2006 Batch 2, 16.03%

Cellared for a few years, I expected a layer of compacted sediment but there was none strangely. Poured into a tulip jet black, a huge billowing head of chocolatey mocha foam on top. Striated rings of lacing made for a nice looking RIS.

Big chocolatey aroma, some malted milk, chocolate milkshake, sweet booze. Oxidation is minimal. Pretty rich and silky smooth. Some slight tingle from the alcohol, but otherwise well integrated. Rich dark chocolate, mild fruity raisin/currant, and bitter char. Packs a punch for sure. A good late winter/early spring sipper.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good (frothy) head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a promient aroma of vanilla and licorise, coupled with some light coffee and dark chocolate. This beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet and boozy. Flavors do replicate the nose pretty well, and once again the most promient flavors I get are sweet licorise and dark chocolate. There is also a fair amout of hoppy bitterness in this beer, which helps to counter the sweetness somewhat. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this beer, and it comes as no surprise to learn the abv. is in the 16% range. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, drawn out finish. The beer almost tastes a bit tannic, which makes me think it would likely age well. Drinkability is OK, considering the abv., but the sweet licorise and noticeable alcohol make this very much a sipper.

An interesting beer, though I cannot imagine consuming an entire bomber of this stuff. This is definitely one to share with friends.

Photo of goldbot
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5; bottled December 2009.

Jet black pour with medium brown head. Spotty lacing slides down the glass; the head dissipates quickly to a nice haze on the surface of the beer.

Intense aromas of chocolate and coffee with lots of raisin and dark cherry notes. A bit roasty and slightly burnt malt. Definite alcohol aroma, but it is relatively faint for the high ABV.

Plenty of roasted malt flavor with some raisin sweetness. Soft dark chocolate notes come out towards the end, with a strong alcohol warmth. Slightly astringent.

Nice and thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. A bit dry and alcoholic. Overall this has plenty of bold flavor and good mouthfeel. The alcohol is strong but that is expected with such a high ABV. However, some of the roasty, chocolate, and coffee flavors seem a bit muted or overwhelmed by the alcohol.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lookin' to combine dessert with a nightcap - that dubious proposition brings me here...

This beer pours a total black, no light escapes from its edges, not for a lack of trying. It gives up one skinny finger of soapy beige head, which leaves a solid wall of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is lightly roasted caramel malt, stewed black fruit - prunes, raisins, and a soft, but insistent, and persistent, booziness. It tastes of roasted chocolate malt, more sozzled black fruit, molasses, baker's chocolate, a bit of bitter coffee, some mild zingy hops, and an overarching alcohol warming. The carbonation is quite low, and the body smooth, dense, slick, a bit oily, and heavy. It finishes quite sweet, with an increasing dry hop essence, but still overwhelmingly malty.

The booze, while strong, is quite even, and mostly well integrated, and it hangs around this beer like a dark storm cloud, changing the feel of the air, and of your senses. Definitely a sipper, and a devilishly good one at that.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.61/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok. I don't even know if I can finish half a 12oz of this stuff. This is probably the most intense brew I've had to date.

Pours a viscous motor oil black with a brown thin head. No lacing.

Aroma is of burning and roast. That's it. Alcohol and a general roast aroma. I literally can smell the roast grain.

Taste is not as roast but even more intense alcohol. Too much. And that combined with the heavy mouthfeel and too much specialty grains makes you almost chew this brew. It's way too much. Black Tuesday has more alcohol and hides it way better. This is too much.

Overall this beer is too much for me. It's goingto be hard to choke down the last couple ounces. I don't really recomend

Photo of ScarletLady
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap
A: darker than dark, no light gets thru. Very little head so no lacing
S: chocolate, coffee and a bit of eye watering for the vapor. I don't smell the alcohol but my eyes can feel it - interesting
T: fruit (raisin?) sherry chocolate with a expresso finish alcohol burn is the last sensation
M: a little thin but nicely carbonated
D: suprisingly good and I am not one for the super dark beers not being a coffee drinker but I throughly enjoyed this beer

Photo of tconboy
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque hearthy realm of darkness with a marshmallowy caramel bubbly head. Smells of deep rich chocolaty coffee bourbon. The taste, likewise. Deep and rich are two adjectives that are befitting the description of the chocolate roasted coffee twinging brew. It is quite apparent in the taste, however, that this monster packs more than just a bark. The bourbon hints are highlighted by the extreme bite. The mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation. Drinkability, well I wouldn't advise having more than one of these in a sitting. I do not foresee having more of these in the near future, but that is not to say I did not enjoy the experience.

Photo of brdc
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few worthwhile notes before the review. This is a batch 1, bottled January 2006, kept in my cellar for nearly four years. The bottle states "only" 15.1%, less than what it is stated on the website; it either changed in following batches, or the information here is wrong.

Anyway, as I finally opened the small capped bottle and poured into my snifter, I was amazed by the thick, foamy cocoa colored head above this nearly pitch black brew, with reddish brown highlights. It is always an amazing feat to see this beautiful head in a "booze bomb".
The aroma, after 4 years is amazingly powerful; as I opened the bottle, I could already feel it, even beforte pouring. This is looking great.
Chocolate, loads of it; coffee, lightly roasted malts, lots of vanilla, and even a bourbon note (no, this is not barrel aged as far as I know; perhaps this comes from the high ABV, but it definitely there). Dark fruits, molasses.
Full bodied and creamy, and the flavor is NOT a let down after the amazing aroma. Thick, sweetish but never cloying; the bourbon heat, if never burning hot, provides the balance. Molasses, high quality chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light coffee.
This is an amazing beer, IMHO the same overall feeling but better than Black Tuesday; and it is dangerously drinkable. I do not know if the other batches rae this good, but I have to age a case of this one. Wow; unexpected treasure.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,960 ratings.