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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,962
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 281
Gots: 651 | FT: 42
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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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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.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black as pitch, clear, dense brown head with good retention & decent lacing

Smell: Dark fruit, chocolate, espresso, molasses, black licorice

Taste: Up Front: Chocolate, dark fruit, espresso. Finish: Malt, faint black licorice, and loads of chocolate

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation, really coats the tongue, but not cloying at all

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, but you should savor every sip before proceeding to the next.

Overall Impression: This Hellish brew packs a very powerful punch!!! Initial tastes remind me of Weyerbacher's Old Heathen Imperial Stout in regards to the types of flavors (dark fruit), yet waaay more intense. As it warmed up, the chocolate flavors became much more dominant. This one is way beyond mere mortalz. Newbeez should avert their eyes - Godz and Devilz only!!!

Photo of sinistrsam
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my hundredth different beer to ba had at MaHaffey's Pub in Baltimore, and thanks to the fine folks there, I now have a tshirt, mug and my name on the wall. Nothing but quality every time I go in there (and I go in there a LOT).
Anyhow, this poured a very dark brown, almost black, but looked a bit watery and lacked a discernable head. A bit of lacing but nothing signnificant.
The aroma was excellent, with strong burnt coffee, molasses and brown sugar.
The molasses and brown sugar came through again in the taste, but a creamy toffee taste as well. Not all was good, unfortunately; along with those great flavors came an overwhelming taste of alcohol, and at 18% im not surprised.
The feel was acrid ad bitter at first, changing to a buttery smooth feel, but still a bit watery and less full-bodied than I expected.
Overall it was great to sip, but DAMN was the alcohol presence a bit much. This was truly pushing the limits and for that I applaud them.

Photo of Adamdc
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

'Bottled in Jan. '06 Batch 1---12 fl. oz.---O.G. 1.142---15.1 ABV

I started to tremble when I read the above---O.G. 1.142 Wow!


A: As expected a gurgling jet black pour with a few millimeters of tan head that settle against the snifter (hoping to escape, I would imagine). Note----something 'leaped' out of the bottle and into my glass. A clump of sediment or maybe...Beelzebub himself!

S: Soy sauce, molasses, prunes, dates, raisin, currants, dark chocolate, booze. It's all there

T: This is a very 'sweet' beer. In fact, there is some alcohol (15% worth) but the overall sweetness actually masks the alcohol. I'm getting a very sweet soy sauce, with lots of dark fruit and molasses. This is definitely more dark fruit than roasty chocolate.

M: This is definitely full-bodied. No perceived carbonation to speak of. Just very, very full. I wouldn't say 'thick' but def full!

D: How drinkable is a 15.1% beer? Well----I'm really nursing this thing. This is definitely a sipper.

I must say, I had a 'fresher' Meph a year ago and really enjoyed it. This 'older' version definitely has a lot going on but this is defnitely more of a sipper than the fresher version. The sweetness detracts from it a bit but I like the overall complexity. I must add that this is the oldest beer that I've had -- 4 years 2 months old. I must add that despite my 'B' rating of this beer, I really like these 'big', 'challenging' beers. Would I want to have one of these again, tomorrow night? No, but these are fun to have from time to time.

Photo of Vixie
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black, we are talking black hole here. Had very little tan head, which quickly dissipated.

Main thing in the smell was the alcohol, but there was sweetness as well. Can also detect a bit of coffee.

This is one warm beer. It is quite bitter, very much a hop finish to it. I can detect hints of coffee, but there is a fruity layer as well. Definite roasted malt flavor present.

This is a beer that makes you sit up and take notice. Very thick, and makes its presence known.

Hard for a beer this strong to rate high on the drinkability scale. Very much a sipper, and will warm you on the coldest night. A nice beer to treat yourself to, but would be hard to drink very much of it.

Photo of Backer2004
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a nice surpirse, to say the least. The Liberty Gastropub in Charlotte grabbed a hold of what they said was the only keg in North Carolina. Don't think it's even available for the public. But anyway . . . had this with a Bitter Chocolate Torte with Burnt Caramel
Ice Cream & Flaky Sea Salt. what a combination. Could not even tell how strong of a stout this really is. Very creamy and chocolately, one of my top favorites ever for the style. Worth getting your hands on.

Photo of nsmartell
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle from November 2007, Batch 3 to a snifter glass. A great gift for Christmas from my brother.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a small brown head that sticks around for a little bit, but not very long.

Smell: A lot going on here and all if it good! I wish I was smart enough to identify everything, because I like all of it. The alcohol is there, but not dominant. Sweet chocolate, coffee and fruit dominate.

Taste: Again, a lot going on here, but I love it all. Sweet chocolate, coffee and fruit are the main flavors I can recognize, but it all blends together so nicely. The alcohol is there, but not any more than all of the other flavors balanced here.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth. A real tongue coater in a great way. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I can't say enough about this beer. I highly recommend this beer and will try to find as many of this batch as I possibly can. Very interested in trying the newer vintages, but I think it would turn out to be like an over-hyped movie that fails only because of the hype surrounding it. One of the best beers I can remember ever having.

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled nov. 2007, batch 3
A- pours a viscous murky black color with a lt. brown cap which settles fairly quick leaving a decent amount of lace in my goblet for the ABV

S- a potent smell, dried plums/prunes, wood, alcohol and... something i can't quite place at first, other dark fruits, burnt toffee and pumpernickel bread lay underneath, wow, don't breath out your nose, this one'll make your eyes water

T- taste is very similar to smell but...i figured it out, soy sauce, not the cheap stuff either, all over the sweet initial taste, dark fruits, wood and a bit of licorice join in with it before the booziness comes through like a sherry or port on meth mixed with chocolate, toffee and some type of vanillin(sp), some kinda bready malt & caramel are buried deep in there as well, a slight bitterness lingers about the whole time prob. due to the burnt toast flavor of the roasted malt rather than hops and stays around for the alcoholic finish

M- a rich, full bodied beer made only a tad lighter by the lower gravity of the alcohol, not at all syrupy thick and cloying, a moderate co2 lvl.

D- all-in-all very drinkable for a 16% ABV stout, not that it was easy to finish one w/o a pretzel or two, but you almost 16 oz to get all the complex flavors from this one, i'd have it again but prob. could use at least another year on it

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

Bottled in 2006. Batch 1. Satanic black with no highlights whatsoever. One smooth pour allowed the entire beer to enter the snifter, creating one finger of brown sugar colored cream in the process. It's a devilishly good look.

It's amazing that no alcohol is noted in the nose, although this beast has been confined to the bottle for just over four years. Roasted malt is dominant, as is a generous amount of molasses and medium-dark fruit. If the aroma is any indication, this should be amazing beer.

Mephistopheles' is the third and final member of the Avery 'Demons Of Ale' series to enter my glass. It isn't as good as The Beast Grand Cru and Samael's Ale, but it's a wonderful sipper that will have most big beer lovers comparing it to heaven rather than hades.

This massive Imperial stout tastes like chocolate-coffee liqueur, a comparison that I made for at least one of the offerings mentioned above. That isn't surprising for a big beer that weighs in at more than 30-proof. Still, the alcohol isn't the least bit hot. Warming? Oh yes.

Specifics include raisins, sticky dates, chocolate syrup, blackstrap molasses, anise seed and a large splash of grappa. The first two members of that list are especially prominent and give the beer a boozy fruity quality that makes it taste like a BSDA with steroid rage. Imperial stout doesn't really fit.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's less lusciously full than expected, but still has a chewy quality that is all kinds of enjoyable. The carbonation still has some sting, which helps rather than hurts. Little jabs with the pitchfork, most likely.

Mephistopheles' Stout is almost as delicious and as drinkable as the other Demons Of Ale. On another day, it might have gotten 4.5s across the board. Give the devil his due and buy a single. It isn't like you have to sell him your soul.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 1 - 2006

pour was a deep jet black with basically little to no head.

very sweet with dark fruit and candy up front, light roasted malts and dark chocolate

sweet up front, lots of candied dark fruits, light chocolate, light vanilla and oak. after the sweetness, it really blends together for a very port wine like desert taste. the roasted malts really have mellowed out and there was really not much coffee to detect. light chocolate and sweet dark fruits dominated.

very slick, motor oil like but not as thick. light carbonation

for 16%, this drank insanely well. there really was no taste of booze although your gums would tingle a bit. i had to force myself to slow down. i really enjoyed every bit of this. age does this wonders!

Photo of AlexF
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour with a daaark brown colour. Very opaque. Even if the beer is more than 2 years old, a nice little brown creamy head is present.

S- Roasted coffee. Toffee. Fresh and hot chocolate brownies.

T- Woooah. Very sirupy. Then, a big coffee taste. And then, sweet, little burning alcohol. You have to concentrate to discover the flavours of this beer. Definately caramel/toffee. To my surprise, I do not taste much of dark fruits. In fact, the fruitiness might be a little bit hidden by the strong alcohol content.

Definately an intense beer. Remind me of a strong espresso with some frangelico. This cold night of february is the best moment to enjoy the Mephistopheles.

Photo of cpmichael
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Bottled in November of 2007, batch 3.

A: To barrow a phrase from Chris Farley, This beer is darker than the inside of a coffin on a moonless night. Pours very thick, with minimal head.

S: First and foremost, Alcohol. After that, hints of coffee/chocolate, a bit on the malty side. Oh, did I mention alcohol is in there?

T: There is a mix of malts, coffee and dark chocolate, which is immediately followed by the alcohol presence. At 16%, it is to be expected. Sweeter than I expected it would be. A very pleasant taste.

M: This is a thick stout, with a very high ABV%. It's a very warming beer on the tongue and the stomach. After each swallow, you can feel a slow burn down to your stomach, but this is not unpleasant. Perfect for a winter night.

D: I should have shared this beer with at least one other person, but I didn't. This beer would be perfect to share with others. Unfortunately, in my book, that detracts from drinkability. With that said, it's a very good beer and worth the occasional purchase, just make sure you have friends around to share it with.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Very thick pour produced 2 fingers of dark tan head. Color is jet black. Good retention. Some lacing.

S. Alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smell is a big boozy Imperial stout.

T. Taste is chocolatey. Coffee, alcohol. Some alcohol burn . Leaves a mouth coating sweetness. Alcohol is too dominating. With a little less booze, this could be really good.

M. Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Low carbonation. Lingering sweetness with alcohol burn.

D. This one is a sipper for sure. Pretty tasty beer all in all. If this was a little more tame, it would be a very good Imperial Stout. I would drink this one again. Maybe too big for its own good.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Dec 2009 - Batch 5

Poured into a duvel tulip glass black as oil with a one finger tan head. Good lacing and retention. The smell is has a alcohol feeling to it, with malted sweet smells laced in. The taste is masked by the strong alcohol feel. This might be better with age. Underneath it is a chocolate and coffee sweetness. The strong alcohol burn is a notch for both the mouthfeel and drinkability.

Hopefully this beer ages well, because fresh it's just too much.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown 1 finger Coca-Cola Icee head that stuck around for a while creating a nice even covered top that eventually faded to a thick film. Deep black abyss, some hues of amber red and mahogany can be seen. When drinking I realized its really not that thick and opaque, light can be seen through quite easily when drinking.

The nose is mostly consisted of dark dried fruits, mostly plum and raisin. Also, secondary chocolate fudge and a nice kick of alcohol along side a syrupy molasses note. Lots of alcohol effervescence emits the aromas. Also coffee, and reminds me of a fruit and chocolate bar.

The taste is similar qualities as the nose. Super rich, and dark. Mostly dark fruits plum and raisin, followed by a molasses like sweetness. This is beer is not a joke. The average beer drinker probably couldn't dream of drinking this. I thought it really was pretty damn good, my uncle was a little overwhelmed. A steep price but this is no ordinary stout. Rich, syrupy and strong. I like it.

A thick chocolate desert like mouthfeel. Super rich, syrupy, full bodied and heavy. Coats your mouth with heath bar like deliciousness. Finish with a boozy alcoholic heat. This would be amazing if it were cold out and I was freezing.

I found this drinkable because I wanted more and more. Really though, for what it is, You wouldn't want more than 2.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an opaque black liquid with a tight creamy dark mocha colored head that lingers for about 10 secs. it leaves a thick lacing that slides down the glass.

S-the nose is relatively power and brings a lot of molasses up front with a hint of dark chocolate. Dark fruits come in next of raisins and fig with a hint of plum.

T/M-it is on the lighter end of full body, almost a medium body. it is highly carbonated but silky smooth. the taste is extremely sweet but follows the nose. light molasses and a touch of dark chocolate make the intial flavor immediately taken over by booze and dark fruits. there is some burnt sugar, tons of raisin, a little fig and some ripe plum.

D-the alcohol does show through but not overpoweringly and at 16% not bad at all. it is extremely sweet for a stout and brings a good amount of flavor. it actually mellows slightly as it warms and becomes more enjoyable.

Photo of tturaiders
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark in color with a slight reddish brown hue towards the edges of the glass. It is very opaque and the density seems quite thick. The head is small, medium brown and doesn't last very long.

Smell: It smells sweet and like chocolate. You can smell the alcohol but it is masked by the sweetness. It has a strong caramel and malt smell that has hints of fruit.

Taste: Wow it's sweet. You get that cool feel of alcohol towards the end. Lots of malt, caramel, sweetness, and a bit of smokey mocha flavor. The flavor goes from sweet to slightly bitter chocolate to cool alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It doesn't taste nearly as thick and heavy as it looks but it's definitely a stout. It's smooth and cool instead of thick and warming. The kick at the end reminds you of the alcohol content.

Drinkability: A very good stout but it's definitely a sipper. The high alcohol content and the sweetness make it unique for a stout but also make it a "one and done" beer.

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

Nice extreme stout, surprisingly subtle and balanced.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Dark Avery "Devils of Ale" themed design with a defiantly looking head of Mephistopheles looking from behind the name of the brew. Side narrative goes over the devilish connection and ties it to a brief description of the stout. Printed bottling date on side (Nov 2008, Batch 4), notes OG (1.133), and Alc. by Vol. (15.92%) Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Black to dark brown pour with a nice short bubbly head. The ecru foam has medium to small retention leaving minimal lacing and a surface necklace with a couple of faint surface lumps.

S - Roasted sweet malt, caramel and a boozy sense.

T - The taste expands the caramel stout roastness with notes of dark fruit around a subtle chocolate and coffee sense.

M - Full to medium bodied, rather smooth with a sticky and creamy feel.

D - A nice sipper, good complexities but also subdued in the extremes it offers.

Notes: Nice sipper, rather drinkable and softly balanced. Maybe that balance makes it a bit shy and not outstanding in any particular area, there is a boozy punch missing at times, and likewise a range of complexity that would make it truly a top-notch brew. Very pleasurable in any case...

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. The label notes that this is Batch 5, bottled in December of 2009. ABV is listed as 16.83%. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours as black as the devil's soul, inky and opaque. Some deep brown highlights show up around the edges when held to the light, but other than that it's a black abyss. Shows off a huge cocoa-colored head that falls away slowly to a thin crown, leaving behind but a spectral coating of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose is equally full of darkness: dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruity notes of prune and raisin, accompanied by a big whiff of boozy alcohol as the brew warms to room temperature.

Body is full but not chewy; there is a light level of carbonation but it serves to lift the mouthfeel a little more toward the heavens than it would otherwise reach. Roastiness carries over from the aroma onto the palate, mingling with some sweet malt and bittersweet dark chocolate up front, moving into a dry and roasty-bitter middle; the huge alcohol presence really takes foot toward the back, intensifying the dryness and carrying well into the finish that combines all of the aforementioned characteristics and leaves them lingering on the back of the tongue. The alcohol warms and even burns a little on its way down, wafting into the nasal passages as it dies away.

Once the alcohol disappears, the semi-sweet dark chocolate character that is left behind begs for an accompanying dessert. Enormous alcoholic presence aside, this is one solid and well-built Imperial Stout. At lower temperatures the alcohol is, understandably, more well-hidden, giving this brew an even greater deviousness; even with the warmth, though, this makes a splendid nightcap, but perhaps one that should be shared.

Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 01/29/10 at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA. Awesome beer to see on tap since I never wanna get the $9-10 bottle, but on tap, why not? 8oz pour into a very nice looking wine glass. The beer allowed no light to penetrate into it and had a very nice dark tan/coffee colored head that was filled with very small bubbles. The head was about a pinky in size but had very nice retention. As I started to sip this monster the head left behind a nice coat of lace. The nose was good. A huge amount of roasted malts and some raisin like dark fruit hit the nose initially. They are followed by smaller hints of cocoa and coffee which I assume are from the malts. Mixed in there with all of this I got some notes of caramel and molasses in the aroma. Of course with a beer listed at 16.03%, there is a pretty large amount of alcohol in the nose. The alcohol does not take over the aroma but mixes in fairly nicely with the other elements. The taste is great in this beer. The massive heap of roasted malts is exactly what I would look for in a 16% stout. This is balanced with a surprisingly moderate level of alcohol, less present here than in the aroma. Some molasses and sweets are found in the taste but are nicely balanced with cocoa hints from the dark malts. I really think the balance is great here and just what I would want from such a big ABV stout. I also get some earthy hops in the after taste which add another nice element to the beer. Mouthfeel is also right on, the only criticism is the body could be a TINY bit thicker. The heat is high but not unrelenting, something I enjoy in huge beers. There is a nice cream to the texture and the low carbonation works very well in huge stouts. I also get some oily texture in the MF. Drinkability is awesome for any great tasting beer. The only problems here are the price for enjoying this beer regularly. The $8 pour was worth having as of now but I wouldn't do it all the time. The expensive bottles are not practical to enjoy regularly. Alcohol will take over this one after one pour. This one is a sipper and well worth trying. Great example of how super high ABVs can be used to make good beer.

Photo of hdofu
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ads, and got to say not a bad one at that. It pours as black as sin, with a thin tan head. Smell is malt and cough syrup. Taste is more complicated having a burnt toast, malt and chocolate sensation going on all at the same time. This beer is pretty thick and complicated with the bubbles. Its devilishly drinkable at 32 proof (concealing its alcohol like the devil hides the sin).

Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the pour Cookie.

Batch 2, November 2006 bottling. Enjoyed Jan 2010.

Looks amazing. Jet black with a mocah head.

Smells of molasses, cherry, and we cat food.

Not too hot, surprisingly. Sweet, cloying cherry fruit, leather, roasted malt, bitter finish. A wild ride for sure.

Satisfying, chewy mouthfeel.

Slow sipper, happy to have tried it but one to split more than 3 ways IMO.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was thrilled to pick up a bottle of this stuff. Poured into a tulip glass and looks as black and opaque as motor oil. Has a creamy caramel colored head that fades quickly to a thin caramel colored layer, fades to a light ring.

Smells of caramel toffee, toasted molasses, chocolate, faint coffee grinds, and traces of a bourbon-like vanilla.

This beer is incredibly complex, deep, and rich with layer after layer hitting the palate - WOW! Tastes of woody, oaky vanilla bourbon/rum character, black licorice, far underneath the other flavors lies some caramel chocolate-like cherries, finishes with the expected warming in the throat from the 16% ABV (as expected). This beer has 107 IBU's which is pretty darn high for a stout, the bitterness comes through at the very end to keep all the sugars in check, finishes almost bittersweet in taste.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, heavy, big bodied, deep, rich, slightly sticky, and complex. This is a slow sipper, I'm 1/3 of the way through the bottle and it's already kicking my butt. There's a few other "big boy stouts" out there that's in the same ballpark as this and any day, this beer can hold its own against them. This is really well brewed and a real treat for any stout lover, highly recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4 12oz picked up a while back at Brewforia... Cheers to Rick for getting these new treats in. Poured into my Delirium goblet while entering in a few reviews from the weekend RIS tasting.

3 finger head... great retention surprisingly... big drapes of lite brown lacing.

Nose is cocoa... toffee... plummy esters... molasses... tawny port... no where nearly as sweet smelling as I was expecting.

Woah.. there is the sweetness.. the alcohol cuts through the thick maltiness pretty quickly leaving a long lingering melange of deep cocoa.. dark raisins.. sorta burnt caramel... molasses essence with a bit of char.... lite coffee.... acidity from the dark grains helps get rid of the sugars .. the body is thick but not as much as I was expecting.... lite small bubble carbonation is always there to clean things away leaving an easy :30 finish of raisins and coffee

Whew... There is ALOT left in my glass.... This is going to take a long while... Cool to have these locally finally.. I will buy them when I can afford them and cellar them for at least a couple of years before I open one again.


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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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