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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,670 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 226
Gots: 495 | 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.

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JuddRogers

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a desert beer. Big, sweet, complex smell, lovely mouth feel.
I tried it against a nice blue and very dry jack. Not bad but the cheese and the beer did not improve each other. I recommend drinking it on its own.

Pours out very black (" ... black as Stephen Kings heart" as someone once said). Nice nose. Lots going on. Very sweet. Strong alcohol but not obvious as you drink it.

Get it again, cellar it. Have it some night with a good book.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:19:45 | More by JuddRogers
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

Thick and black, with a modest tan head. This is a syrupy, solid and powerful beer. The aroma is a bit of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, alcohol, and over-ripe fruit. It's a complex and intense aroma. The flavor initally reminds me of good Italian espresso. It's bitter, flavorful, and composed of intense roasted flavors. A bit smoky, and not quite as sweet as expected. Moderate carbonation, and very smooth. There's a little wood, and increasingly flavorful fruit qualities in the beer. This is an exceptional and fantastically interesting beer. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 19:00:06 | More by Suds
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Onslow

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I remember cracking this that merry night, pouring it, then sipping that first sip and knowing that i had run into something great!

Pours with a big beautiful brown lasting head..

..lacing is all that!-coco head sticks..

..Alcohol is very well masked for such a large abv..

..quite sweet!....not much balanced when it comes to sweet/bitters but for a massive beer like this, it doesn't detract..

..is very intense + delicous..

..mouthfeel is amazing.

..sometimes you have to spoil yourself-..spoil yourself-..spoil yourself...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 00:32:26 | More by Onslow
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ThirdCoast

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 12 oz bottle poured in to a Robert Simpson Brewery Glass

A: Black as tar, with a nice tan head, very nice.

S: Sweet, nuts, dates, ripe fruit, pecan pie...a wonderful complex aroma.

T: Coffee, roasted, tart, warming, sweet. Very nice.

M: Warming, as it goes down. Leaves a slight numbness on the mouth.

D: This is no "Big Brother" beer. This is not for the hop head either. This is a great beer for a cold winter night, too bad its summer now!

Another nice brew from the Avery brewery. Respect beer...especially this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 01:16:54 | More by ThirdCoast
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one’s from November of ‘06, batch #2.

This beer pours a dark black with a sandy tan head that stuck around for a while.

Smells of corn syrup, powdered sugar, marshmallow, over-ripe plumb and caramel with a slight roasty character. Sweet, sweet and more sweet.

Tastes of sugary sweetness that fades into an awkward smoky dryness that falls into an oaky hop ash and burnt coffee. Finishes cleanly with a load of carbon. The emphasis on the sour oak seems out of place and the charred coffee makes it all the worse.

Feels medium bodied and syrupy with a nice thickening foam of bubbles.

Maybe I don’t understand this one, but it just seemed awkward.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 02:20:45 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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SaltyLime

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to this one. The daunting image, 16.03 ABV content and the word "Stout" all together had me mesmerized as I added it to the cart.

Appearance - Black gold...texas tea...could-not-see-light-pass-through-black. Pours thick as oil. Nutty brown color head that gets darker to the bottom of the foam. Head dies quickly before disappearing altogether.

Smell - Alcohol. A rum soaked fruit smell wanted to rise but was overpowered by the alcohol.

Taste - Toasted malts, gritty strong coffee grinds, molasses, alcohol. I think I breathed fire. Goose bump inducing. Warms the gut. Sugar sweetness was an afterthought, but solidly present.

Mouthfeel - Thick and medicinal. It has an after effect of tingling on the palate, I don't think it was the carbonation, might have been the hops or maybe the alcohol was just burning through my tongue. It left a syrup like film in the mouth and peppery feel at the back of the throat.

Drinkability - Definitely not a session beer, more like a challenge. Would not try again unless my girlfriend just broke up with me or my dog died and I just want to get sh*t faced. However, it is worth the experience if you haven't tried it before. I just think they pushed this one too far without regard to balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 16:15:49 | More by SaltyLime
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RidiculedDisplay

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nov 06 edition.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, two finger, beautiful caramel/coffee bean/tan head. Lacing is magnificent, huge, columnous stuff. Body is a typical stout, but the head and lacing makes up for what it may lack.

Smell: I've been letting this sit for over six months, and it apparently has not soothed much of its vitriol. Huge, almost Belgian-like alcoholic breadiness up front. Deep brush and grass vines, a kind of yeasty, earthiness pervades the whole aroma. Beneath the fury of its beginning lie more familiar stout aromas, including some chocolate, light coffee, coconut milk, and cinnamon-like, cardamom-like spices. I give this points for, if nothing else, smelling nothing like any stout I've ever snuffed.

Taste: The alcohol hits the front of your tongue first, with a sting, but it is not particularly perceptible unless you linger upon what is swirling in your mouth. Peppermint, pepper, chocolate, and a deep espresso. The alcohol on the back end is, indeed, somewhat intense, but after six months it appears more warming than overpowering. The mouth is left a bit dry and hot afterward. There is a woodiness in the aftertaste, a yeast-like quality that will not leave this beer.

Mouthfeel: Hot. Hot. Hot. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: After six months, at least, this monster stout is surprisingly quaffable. A good cheer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 11:00:59 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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TexIndy

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that showed brewed in Nov 06 as batch 2 into a pint glass. It was pure black even when held against a light. It had a 2 finger brown head that slooowly settled to a constant foam, no lacing. The smell was surprising subtle but was roasted malts, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, and a big hint of the ABV within. It set you up for what to expect. The taste was excellent with a good bite from start to finish. It had a slightly sweet finish due to the high ABV coming from fruit sugars. The mouthfeel was excellent as well - full and creamy. Overall, this is a tremendous beer that you have got to try. I generally don't like the high ABV's as they tend to feature the heat too much but this has a great balance. This will be an annual indulgence for sure (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 23:43:34 | More by TexIndy
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle states "Bottled in NOV 2006" and "Alcohol 16.03% by volume".

Wow! Pours a deep opaque black with a massive foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid 1/4" cap.

Nose of malt, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste is sweet with molasses, mild hops, and a well hidden alcohol content.

Full bodied, coating the mouth with each swallow.

Drinkable, yes, but with this ABV? Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 03:29:30 | More by techdiver
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goochpunch

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinged black with a chocolate mousse head that maintains a thin layer of bubbles on top. Leaves some spots of lacing. The smell of the black malt, fruity esters and chocolatey tones are beaten down by alcohol in the nose. Starts off with tons of roasted malt and chocolate but is followed by an awkward fruity, lactic and boozy middle. Finish lets the hops come out a bit, nice and herbal. Coffee and smoke in the aftertaste as well as some vanilla once I let it sit for a while. Mouthfeel is viscous, a little too bubbly for my taste, and the alcohol has a numbing effect on the tongue. Alcohol makes it hard for this to be drinkable. I really like the flavors presented here, and I find this pleasantly more roasty than their Czar, but it's way too young to be on the shelves. In a couple of years this could be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 04:10:25 | More by goochpunch
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Winter

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to trying this. I've had some really good beers from Avery in the past and was eager to taste their take on an American Double Stout. Attractive black metallic label show a black demon (presumably Mephistopheles) with silver highlights and piecing red/yellow eyes. Very cool.

The stout pours black in color with a thick creamy tan head. Impressive for a stout of its strength (16.03% listed). At that strength, usually you're lucky to generate any sort of head and this stuck around for awhile.

Vinous aroma, although there's something amiss about it... I can't quire describe it. There's also dark fruit (cherries) and plenty of alcohol. Feint caramel emerges past the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied. First sip of this powerful brew is awkward. It's very, very boozy and not balanced at all. Any sort of stout flavors (chocolate, roasted malt, caramel) are all kicked to the background by the alcohol. This one is hot. I can sort of make out some dark fruit and murky malt, but it's not flavorful at all. Sadly, even if this was laid down for awhile, and trust me, this could sit for a LONG while. I'm not sure if it would actually improve at all. There's just nothing in the background that emerges where even if the alcohol mellowed, what would come through, wouldn't necessarily be worth waiting for.

This was a disappointment, lacking in flavor and overpowered by the alcohol. It just didn't blend very well with the rest of the flavors that may have been intended here.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 16:47:11 | More by Winter
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rallison

California

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

A: Jet black with a 2 finger light brown head that actually lasts for a bit - how is that possible for a 16% stout??

S: Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso, cocoa, rum and some alcohol - although not nearly as much alcohol as I would have expected.

T: Mmmm, very nice. Lots of dark chocolate, with tons of plums, dark fruits and rum! Also has a lot of port-like characteristics - as another reviewer pointed out, this drinks in some ways like a red wine. Some hops back there too, but the main bite is from some warming alcohol. Interestingly though, the alcohol finally doesn't detract from the beer, as is the case with many of Avery's extreme beers. This one is nice and warming, but I wouldn't call it too hot (the Beast comes to mind when it comes to way too hot beers). This makes Old Rasputin taste like a Guinness.

M: Thick, thick and thick. Just enough carbonation to keep it lively.

D: I've got to give it points here. For 16%, this is pretty drinkable.

I was hesitant to buy this based on my experience with The Beast and Samael's, but I'm glad I ended up getting it. This is one solid beer. Like your Imperial Stouts strong enough that you can eat it with a fork? This is the beer for you. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 06:05:22 | More by rallison
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first batch of 2006. Into a chalice, pours a devilishly dark black, a full finger of dark tan head settles to a thin film, lacing in tan sheets. The aroma is already evident when opened. Upon further inspection, its even more potent than expected. Lots of alcohol, lots of molasses, lots of espresso, dark fruits, craziness, and mean spirited angry hookers. No joke.

The taste is dark, roasted, mean and potent, burnt caramels, lots of dark fruits, raisins, molasses, a coffee hangover, I mean alcohol hangover, all kinds of dark nastiness... that is sooo good. The mouth isn't simply warm... its burning hot, and I like it. Its also thick, full bodied, almost no carbonation, syrupy, reeeedonculous. This one is still pretty raw, at a year and a half old, and I can imagine it being one wack brew in a few years. As it is, its still damn good, quite untamed, but its a cure for headaches, so definitely good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 23:13:58 | More by objectivemonkey
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. black with red foil wrapped bottle into an oversized snifter. About half the bottle in for the first sample with an aggressive pour to pull out the head and release aroma. The beer was jet black with hints of ruby near the edges. The head was one-finger of thick and creamy tan coating on top. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles clung to the glass and the head faded quickly. A motor oil like look from the top.

The nose is very boozy with big aromas of rum and bourbon soaked dark fruit. Plum and fig coming through and a huge chocolate aroma. Lots of dark roast coffee and expresso in the nose and a hearty roasted malt aroma.

The taste hits with a big roasted flavor. A huge chocolate layer cake like moist chocolate flavors backed with strong coffee and expresso flavors. The chocolate and coffee meld very well and are backed up with a huge boozy base. This is some strong stuff. Low carbonation levels make it very brandy like, and the alcoholic warmth is intense. Half a bottle and you feel the power of the beer. As the beer warms it becomes even more boozy. This is a cold night sipper and the way, and a very good one.

Mouthfeel is big and bold, gets a little thinner with warmth, never cloying or syupy. Minimal carbonation levels, brandy like mouthfeel.

Wow, this is one big and delicious beer. Lots of nice boozy character with a huge warming. A one and done beer all the way but perfect to sit and sip. The flavors meld beautifully and although strong, it doesn't dominate in any one area to detract from the others. At 7 bucks for 12oz. it is expensive, but it is well worth it. A very very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 18:54:31 | More by Sycodrummer
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was exactly like the Kalamazoo stout that preceded it. That was where the similarities ended! Sweet, with a bit of a soy sauce taste (but not enough to really detract). Quite alcoholic and warming (as expected). Somewhere between a Czar and maybe Le Coq? This is nice if you're in the mood (it was medicinal for me tonight). Not as satisfying as Worldwide, but not as hard to drink as Le Coq. Interesting (as is usually the case with Avery, one of my favorite breweries).

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 02:29:22 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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muffguy4beer

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a half inch dark tan head. Strong lacing.

Smell: Smokey, roasted barley. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Very pungent smell.

Taste: Alcohol is very noticeable. Not very balanced at all. Bitter chocolate, coffee. Finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy syrup.

Drinkability: Totally unbalanced therefore pretty undrinkable. I had to sip my way through half of a bottle and i don't think i would have enjoyed the other half. It seems that they were brewing big just for the sake of brewing big.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 12:52:53 | More by muffguy4beer
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hammer09

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One word: Wow!

This beer is huge. Avery Mephisopheles' Stout pours a brownish-black with a half inch thick, smooth, foamy, brown head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is thin, yet consistent. Smell is sweet and estery; reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Aroma has hints of apple, grape, and a mild, leathery, earthiness. Taste is very sweet at the front with a faint roasted finish. Powerful malt presence with slight bitterness. Any hops used in the beer appear lost in comparison to the malt. Mouthfeel is very warming and alcoholic. Thick and syrupy, but good carbonation. This beer is best sipped. Slowly. A very good beer, but one not to be taken lightly nor consumed quickly.

Personally, I want to give this beer a rating of 4 for both smell and taste, but I'm trying to rate this according to its style. It's listed as an American Double Stout, but I'd have to say that a hybrid descriptor such as "Belgian Imperial Stout" would more accurately describe this brew, given its complex aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 11:56:59 | More by hammer09
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Osiris9588

Ohio

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

12oz bottle, nOv 2006. pOurs motor oil black, with a cappuccino colored head. Good retention, slight lacing.

The aroma rather sweet, coffee laced with licorice. The flavor follows, slightly toasty. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. The mouth is big and full, a bittersweet amiguity on the finish. I'd never turn this down.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 03:02:17 | More by Osiris9588
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

12 oz bottle. bottled in November 2006 and poured into a large snifter. The lable reads...16.03 % ABV.

AP: Black as the deepest night, totally opaque under a one-finger deep mocha-brown colored head that is ultra tight and dense. Very impressive looking head...Welcome to the Darkside!!!

Smell: Sweeeet caramel malt, vanilla, mochachino, freshly baked brownies and new hard-wood floors with a big Alcohol heat tickling the nose. Very aromatic indeed.

Feel & Flavor: YOWZA! this is a beast, a big-full bodied beast with a massive alcohol presence, very in-your-face heat that makes your mouth buzz as if it was scotch whiskey. Insanely sweet malt, I'm talkin' Mapl-syrup and brown sugar-like sweetness. Perhaps the sweetest Stout I've ever had. Believe it or not, there is balance achieved here wih a bitter-dry hopped sensation tweaking the flavor. Other not-so intense flavors pop out such as, oak-wood, brandy, Hershey's chocolate syrup and overlly ripe red fruits like black Berries, blue berries and red grapes. There's also a fermented berries effect which gives it a very unique and subtle sourness.To finish off the flavors it ends with a subtle spicey and zesty hop flavor that mellows and becomes earthy and leafy in the after-taste. Overall, one of the most intense and extreme flavored brews I've ever had. AND I just had a 11.2 oz Samichlaus Bier the other day!! That almost seems tame compared to this one. This one demands to be sipped and savored over a long period of time. Maybe a bit too sweet and perhaps the alcohol profile is way to big for a beer....FUNK THAT! Bring it on!! This beer blew my mind. The name of the brew is very appropriate, Mephistophele's...the shape shifter which is great because the flavors are ever-changing and complex.

DA: This brew at 16% packs an insane buzz for only a 12 oz bottle, This had a muhc bigger alcohol profile than even the DFH 120 IPA I felt. This beer should be sipped slowly and with caution.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 18:30:19 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2
16.03% ABV

I was expecting to love this beer. A huge impressive stout. Well... I must say it is a little too big. It felt burnt and hot and a bit rough. I did enjoy it tremendously but it did not blow WWS out of the water or anything so yes it is awesome though it is not my new favorite beer.

Appearance: Pours black with a brown head that fades to cap a that lasts for a while. by the end of the beer it had spread to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Very dark. Burntness. Molasses. Carmel chocolate plum and alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malts molasses, cocoa espresso bitter sherry / port like alcohol. lots of hot alcohol. It is a sipping beer.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally sweet with sugar and alcohol from beginning top end.

Drinkability: This beer is not one that I found very refreshing. It is flavorful and *Extreme* but ... I guess the setting needs to be right. I'll try it again. It is HUGE!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 07:58:46 | More by Phatz
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the carbonation on this very fresh and very dark black brew is BIG, almost or about too big. A four finger head fades to two fingers that are two tone cocoa and frosty fan. lots of lace is left in the wake.

The smell is alcohol heat with dark chocolate and some coffee.

The Taste is nice and getting better, I'm up-grading some scores as I drink. The taste is not as good as I would think so far but nice. Lots of bitter going on plus extremely dark roasted malt. I can see why folks want to sit this down for a spell. Coffee and chocolate are the best descriptor for the main body of the roasted malt. I am also getting a sweet almost licorice that seems to come from the hops, however the malt adds some burnt toast to it also.

The mouthfeel is good but about par for a huge beer like this.

The drinkability and this way fresh stage is not as high as it should get later. I will revisit later. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 05:55:38 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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beertastegood

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov. 2006.

Pours an inky black with a tiny head that is pulverized by the very...large...amount of alcohol.

Aroma: toffee, chocolate, rum, plum, raisin, molasses...complexity is amazing. Alcohol is powerful to say the least, but it does not overwhelm the nose. Excellent.

Very sweet at first, followed by an intense rum-like fruitiness and an astringent roastiness that keeps it from being too sweet. Fades into a wisp of hop flavor (tastes like standard American C-hops). Alcohol flavor is noticeable, but again not overly so. However, this beer warms the throat every time it goes down. Finish is bittersweet roastiness, like 70% cacao dark chocolate, with a slightly salty hop bitterness (I get this attribute from columbus, which Avery seems to be fond of). Outstanding flavor and a wonderful sipping beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick & chewy, medium carbonation keeps it from being too syrupy.

Drinkability: Very good for anything over 12%.

Samael's Ale has been one of my favorite beers for a while now, and I was very excited to get this here in Houston - it did not let me down. Looks like I will be shelling out some more cash to get some more of these to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 02:31:43 | More by beertastegood
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westweasel

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is jet-black with a tall, tan head filled with large bubbles. It looks excellent!

The smell is dominated by molasses. I'm also getting strong roasty and coffee scents.

The taste is extremely strong roasted coffee and molasses. There is some strong bitterness in the aftertaste that might mellow nicely with age.

The mouthfeel is all full with heavy carbonation and a bitter finish.

The drinkability is ok. I'm going to have a hard time finishing this glass. The taste is good in small doses, but not in full pints. I enjoy other Strong Stouts much more.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:35:58 | More by westweasel
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jjayjaye

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a 12 oz serving poured into an EKU28 snifter.

Opaque black color... that's not a tan head, that's a bold foamy brown head that resists fading. As the head settles down to the surface, tiny eruptions reveal an underlying carbonation. Once it’s settled, it’s gone. Little lacing remains.

The smell is predominantly the oaked bourbon. Peering timidly from beneath the giant aroma of alcohol is a dark roasted malt and coffee (use your imagination).

The mouth feel is also primarily that of a top drawer liquor. Medium body, smooth aggressive bourbon twinge surrenders a mild lingering roast malt experience.

The flavor isn’t your father’s ‘stout’. This beverage’s drinkability suffers from the huge presence of the 16.03%.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 02:40:16 | More by jjayjaye
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on Nov 06, batch 2

Pours Jet black with 2" milk chocolate colored head. A little bit of lacing & a hint of film

S: Slight hints of iron & a little bit of raisins

T: Baker's choclate, a little iron ,some raisins & alcohol warming up front. Dryness follows along with more alcohol burn. A little bit leather & a some bitter chocolate. Finishes cakey, dry with more chocolate & little burnt coffee

MF: Rich bodied, low carbonation. Starts becoming chewy as this warms up

Drinks pretty good for the abv, but a real fire-side sipper. Not as smooth as xxx from bristols but still a good one to lay down (thought I would this one, but there you go).

Again, where's the tripple stout category? This beer will always suffer when compared to stuff in the 9-11% abv range IMO

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 05:07:37 | More by russpowell
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.