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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 279
Gots: 636 | FT: 38
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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 ShadesOfGray
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick DARK black, from a 12oz bottle with red foil on neck...into my Corsedonk snifter. Very large brown head, creamy and frothy. Woa the booze aroma is hitting me already. Lacing is very sticky and nice and long lasting on glass.

Aroma is very strong of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Actually picking up some dark overripe fruits too...raisins? Dates? Reminds me of Dark Lord. Again, wow the booze is strong...obviously!

Very sweet and warming. Lot's of sweet chocolate. Warming booze trail down the throat and into the stomach. Wow this is tasty! Big raisin flavor. Booze/bourbon is very inviting...and yummy!

Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Very good Stout!

Photo of crossovert
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage. For my 200th review.

Pours into my snifter a thick black, there is a surprisingly large head that takes a mightly long tme to dissipate and leaves some speckled lacing. The head is dark tan.

Smell is chocolate decadence. There is hints of dark bready malts, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, and caramel.

This one is a sipper but it isn't too cloying or overly alcoholic. It tastes much more roasty but the molasses and chocolate are there in a big way on the palate. The alcohol is persistent and noticeable but that is expected with this abv. The alcohol and sweetness never become obscene.

The mouthfeel and drinkablity aren't bad for the abv but they are a bit weak style-wise.

Overall this massive beer is alright, pretty good, it is something decadent to share with a friend.

Photo of WWWade
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brace yourself. This beer is a tough one to tackle. I do not recommend it for any rookie. I'm fairly new to the craft beer game and this is by far the most challenging beer.

A - Midnight black. Pours like soy sauce with a small khaki head.

S - almond, strong alcohol, some chocolate

T - instant hint of chocolate followed by a bitter coffee and soy sauce followed by a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

M - soft, similar to Kahlua

D - Tough. Take your time. It might give you a feeling like you are shooting whiskey.

Photo of sevopie
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours *black* as death. Medium brown head that starts relatively massive. A bit of lacing.

Some thick dark chocolate and raisins dominate the aroma, but there's hints of coffee, wood, vanilla, and bourbon.

Dark chocolate, burnt wood, and heavy alcohol flavors dominate the palate. Some dark fruits, coffee, and licorice are present, and the finish is a strong dose of bourbon.

Fairly thick and chalky on the tongue, with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low on this one mainly because its so massive. For bourbon lovers, this is an amazing beer, as it encompasses the good part of that flavor while blending it with some tasty chocolate and coffee flavors. This is the 3rd time I've revisited this one, and it still blows away the Beast no matter which vintage it is.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had really never had this one till last night. I have had it pass through my hands several times, but last night I said screw it and went for it. Served at all almost room temp and in a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

Vintage 2006

The pour was near perfect, dark as night with a huge head of tan on top that reached a height of around two inches before settling down and dropping just tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass and really coating it quite nicely. Aroma is massively complex, vanilla and boozy notes are dominant at first before giving way to a nice aroma of licorice and dark fruits which collide with oak notes and deep, resonant sweetness. Really very well done. Even with a few years on it it still maintains some hotness, but it is still nicely drinkable. Rich licorice and chocolate is blinded at times by hot bourbon notes, but it still works very well and the bottle lasted a good two hours as I sipped away contently.

Overall this huge beers are in leagues of their own normally, and though this seemed a bit hotter then alot of them I still felt it worked fairly well. Not bad from avery at all.

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a small Brussels glass. Very dark (with a bit of mahogany in the light around the edges), with a thin head and nice lacing.

S: Dominated by raisins, but also coffe and chocolate. Very nice

T: As you would expect, a very robust beer. Not overpowering on the alcohol, but it's there. It has a nice bite. Lots of chocolate. Some hops. Oddly, starts with a hop bite, then alternates between bite an sweet a few times throughout the sip. Ends with some alcohol heat. Nice winter beer. Like an bourbon aged stout/porter on sterioids. Outstanding. Very rich and complex.

M: Not as thick as some imperial stouts, but holds it's own. Very nice.

D:- Outstanding. Surely not a session. But, a great one. Complex, robust, powerful. One of my favorite beers that I've tried in quite a while. Great warming beer for the winter.

Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this vintage 2006 bottle on 12/17/09. Batch 1... YEAH!

A - Poured black as the lungs of hell with a toasty burnt marshmallow head that diminished to a patchy film and thin ring, thus depositing stringy lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Very aromatic nose with chocolate and leather notes as well as a hint of soy sauce that eventually became more obvious as the liquid warmed up. A slight waft of alcohol also emerged, but was quite subtle for this 16% ABV demon!

T - Cornucopia of flavor bursting through here, with a complex blend of tangy soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit reminiscent of black cherry and raisin. Flavor is even more complex than the aroma suggested. Finishes with a slight leathery character with some alcohol tang and licorice notes.

M - Full bodied with a very slick, oily texture resulting in a viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation is very restrained. Finishes with moderate alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - One of the most complex RIS's I've ever had, without a doubt. This bottle certainly aged quite gracefully. Thanks Dan!

Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, almost like oil, nice tan head. Smells of strong chocolate, some tobacco, coffee, caramel. Tastes of rich caramel and toffee like malt, with a very rich earthy tobacco like undertone. A subtle dark fruitness subsides throughout. A nice pronounced bitterness leads to a big wave of coffee roastiness. A good full body, alcohol present, but pretty hidden.

A surprisingly good beer, better than i expected considering how alcoholic this is. The caramel can be a little much, luckily theres a nice roastiness that brings it together. Definitely a sipper

Photo of TheDoorman
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle.

A black-brown body reveals a creamy chocolate colored head the dissipates quickly with few remnants. Aroma is lively with roasted coffee and charred wood, with alcohol ethers peeking through. Taste is roasty and delicious. Yummy roasty flavors abound surrounded by molasses and maple syrup. Thick, syrupy and sticky. Dry finish. Fantastic.

Notes: The alcohol is unbelievable blended at 16%. I like to call these double imperial stouts, but this feels like a standard imperial at 2 years old, with an persistent rolling roastyness throughout that is just great.

Photo of mrmanning
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big big thanks to Philip for being the generous guy he is, and hooking me up with this! Wow, great stuff. Opaque motor oil pour, topped with a medium sized mochachino head. Good retention present, and there's some pretty lacing. The nose is a huge kick of anise infused booze, stirred with dark chocolate, espresso beans and some fig. Indeed! The flavours in thisguy are so huge, that you HAVE to sip it. This one small bottle is plenty for 3 people. Flavours are caramalized fig, tripple espresso bean, dark bitter chocolate, with booze and dark rum. Wow, this is good, great, grand. Thanks so much to Philip for hooking me up.

Photo of Brandt
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beast pours out like a thick black motor oil with a dark brown head

the smell is very strong of roasted coffee and malts as well as hints of anise and a pretty good booze note

the taste is amazing! this beer tastes like a bourbon barrel beer thanks to its alcohol level and has a nice coffee flavor that was picked up in the smell. there is bittersweet chocolate and a caramely sweetness to it but overall there is an astringent character to the taste from the heavy amounts of black malts in this brew

this thing finishes like its going to take the world over. a huge full bodied beer with a strong but not overpowering alcohol presence and a nice dry finish. this beer was amazing in my book, a huge strong dark beer that was frankly amazing. i wouldn't hesitate to get another of these guys!

Photo of ajbick
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black. Very small tan head.

Smell - Sweet, chocolate and raisin.

Taste - very dark rosted coffee flavor, bitter and some raisin, but hints of sweetness. very noticable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and rich, with carbonation.

Drinkability - great for a cold winter night. not for the faint-of-heart.

Overall a very neat beer. Recommended for those that enjoy a strong beer. Great for sipping. Wouldn't have more than one.

Photo of Stunner97
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark black as night, decent tan head quickly disapates away to thing lacing along the rim of the glass, very beautiful color,

Smell- dark espresso, chocolate, raisins, very nice sweet roasted malts, slight hop, very rich smell

Taste- very rich flavor, lots and lots and lots chocolate flavor, slight rum and raisons, also a very substansial and enjoyable bitter hop presence on the finish, Overally very rich and complex with a very long and lingering finish

Mouthfeel- heavy big and bold, thick yet very smooth,

Drinkability- Extremely enjoyable and drinkable, one of the finest stouts I have come along, but one that you have to spend some time drinking just so big and powerful, the flavors are so complex and so strong, you have to continue to slowly sip and savor, if your a fan of stouts one to try, and im very proud again of averys fine crafted beers,

Photo of coachdonovan
2.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

pours black black black with a thin head that disappears quickly. little to no lacing. aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee and alcohol, although not as much as i was expecting considering the abv. let's see how it tastes - oh, THERE'S the booze. this is just way too much. the booze and burnt coffee flavors are overwhelming. this is a sipper, but not in a good scotch kind of way. the alcohol is very warming in the throat, so keep this one in mind if you're looking for a beer that will take an hour to drink, this is for you. to me it just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary booze.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle: November 2008 batch.

Poured into a Chimay chalice: dark impenetrable pitch black with half an inch of head that dissipates quickly. This looks a lot fizzier than I expected. Smell is sweet and intense. Loads of molasses, dark chocolate, brown sugar, raisins, and espresso fill this one. Taste is sweet but has a hot biting alcohol presence.. this is pretty intense and about as a slow a sipper as they come. More dark chocolate, raisins, and molasses are present but alcohol is the dominating presence here. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected... pretty well carbonated.

I think ABV is a little too high on this one for its own good.

Photo of ryanonline
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is black as a coal miners taint. fluffy dark tan head quickly dissipating and moderate lacing.

a heaaaavy aroma of alcohol, coffee and licorice, roasty too.

deep roasty, coffee flavor, and a sort of woody (mahogany?) taste. oh yeah and booozeee. sort of a sweet finish though.

mouthfeel is really hard to judge but there is moderate carbonation and sort of a creamy body.

if it werent for the excessive alcohol, honestly this would just be a nice clean smooth stout, could be very drinkable. but its not.

this is a fun beer, reaally potent wouldn't have more than one. maybe two if you really got some cajones.

Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOOM! Got this bottle at Surdyk's in Minneapolis a month or so ago. Poured with a medium tan head and no lace. Aroma was heavy with dark bread dough, malt, molasses, and dark, ripe fruit. Color is opaque black on black. Flavor is a slammer - with all of the aroma components plus a bit of roastiness, big sweet - bitter - sweet alternations and a real strong booziness. Really tastes like it has been spiked with some booze - hard to say which. Body is good and so is carbonation. Very strong alcohol finish with a little bittersweet highlight. Not a session beer.

Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonsreeb85 sent me this in our trade. Thanks!

Batch 4, bottled November 2008. This baby is just about a year old.

A- Pours a flat black color with a creamy coffee colored head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S- Nice deep roasted malt aroma with a big whiff of alcohol. Some burnt coffee bean aromas as well.

T- First taste is pretty boozy. Still even after a year this brew has got some serious Ummph! A few more sips reveal a dark roasted malt flavor with some bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. A spicy hop bitterness lingers in the finish giving a nice balance.

M- Full bodied with decent carbonation. The initial taste is rough and edgy with booze but the aftertaste is quite sweet and chocolaty. Very nice flavor.

D- This brew certainly has some muscle. A tongue smasher to be sure. Nice flavor and smell but still a bit too hot. This feels like it could certainly age for an extended period of time.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 2008 Batch #4 (abv 15.92%)

A - thick, black, and inky, with half a finger of spakly mocha colored head

S - dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee beans, and an sharp alcohol twangm slight nutty characteristic

T - chocolate explodes huge and rich, coffee smaller but still offers its support, the alcohol notes become stronger and offers a warming sensation throughout the aftertaste that fades ever so slowly, i think i discern some anise/licorice as well

M&D - smooth, like liquid velvet, it almost rolls down your gullet, the alcohol is not hidden well (not necessarily a bad thing) which can turn some off, and with that ABV not a session brew, but a fine stout from a fine brewery

Photo of ReDave
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, dark dark.

Nice rich brown head some lacing.

Aroma fruity malty, not real strong, but present.

Nice complex flavor. This is a 2007 batch, had sit for several months at my place...
some chocolate and coffee. Heavy stout, some alcohol, fruit.

This is pretty smooth good stuff. A little pricey, but I'd get it again.

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

Batch 4 bottle (dated November 2008) poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Wow, that is thick! And opaque. It looks like dark matter (you know, from outer space), and feels like lead. No joke. A dark brown foamy head crawled up to the surface shortly after the pour, and then sizzled its way down to a creamy halo. Beer leaves an oily film on the walls of the glass along with spotty lacing.

Smell: Burnt sugar, roasted malt, sweet wood - hickory?, red berries, chocolate creme, and just plain old grains. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I'm impressed.

Taste: Very roasty and very sweet. The finish is quite dry and alcoholic, but it's not nearly as bad as I expected. Once again, this beer masks the alcohol pretty well. As for the flavor profile, I get molasses and roasted malt, followed by charred wood, spicy hops, and alcohol. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, sugary, prickly, heavy, and warm. A true sipper. Finishes very dry with a touch of smoke and lingers for a long time.

Drinkability: For such a big beer, this is damn drinkable! I sat around for a long time watching baseball and doing homework as my buzz slowly built. This is a very well-crafted big beer that I'll likely be buying again.

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled in Nov. 2008 Batch #4

(A)- Poured thick and black as night. Produced a good 1+finger light brown head that dissipated after a minute or so. Its leaving behind a light film of lacing here and there around the inside of the glass.

(S)- Dark and burnt roasted malts that carry behind it a subtle raisin, brown sugar, and cocoa depth. Some molasses and light coffee coming through as it warms up, plus some amazing flour dusted cinnamon bread on the finish about 15 minutes after the initial pour.

(T)- Big roasted malts with a rather potent boozy burn but is not overly harsh or overpowering. A bready nuance combined with a dense chocolate and raisin foundation. The finish has a molasses and caramel characteristic.

(M)- Delicate and complex, yet rather massive in both alcohol and roasted malts. Has the perfect carbonation level for the style. Sweet, yet slightly bitter. The ridiculous 15.9%abv really lets its presence known, but does provide a nice warming sensation as it goes down and warm you up, especially since I was drinking this outside on a chilly dark night.

(D)- A seriously potent stout that kicks you to the ground without saying its sorry. A great winter warmer on those cold days. A definite sipper though in order to enjoy its nuances and character. It took me about the better part of 3 hours to consume the whole bottle!
Although potent, I was actually expecting this to be even stronger than it was; the label design made this a very intimidating beer to finally pop open! Also, I bet this could age for many years to come; drink one now, let a few to sit for special occasions.

Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jan 06 bottle.

A - One finger of medium brown head on top of a black, opaque body. The foam slowly settles to a thick, creamy film and leaves moderate lace.

S - Strong toffee malt with chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes of black cherry and plum.

T - Big, sweet, fruity notes of plum with dark caramel and toffee malt. Cherries and spice in the middle; clove, cinnamon, and star anise. Thick, boozy finish with almonds, chocolate, plums and cola. Some lingering smoke on the palate with a raisiny sweetness that I imagine precisely mimics the aftertaste from downing a shot of molasses.

M - Thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, sticky finish.

D - This is big and sweet. I wish I had a newer bottle to compare this to (not that I would or could drink two of these), as I am not sure what the aging has contributed. The alcohol is well concealed with no harsh hotness or burn. While it smells quite nice and the flavor shows a lot of depth at first, the malt is more than a little cloying and finishes with a sherry like note that may or may not be oxidation. In the end the very sweet, fruity malt and lack of hops, or anything else, to balance make this a bit hard to drink. It has more caramel and toffee than roasted character and kind of comes off more like an Double Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout.

Photo of cvfish
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a frothy brown head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a fair amount of of heat form the alcohol

T - The taste of this beer started like a syrupy mix of roasted malts, brown sugar, and molasses, raisins, and some toffee, but a sizable blast of heat kind of made you wonder whether this was a beer or not

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to full body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As a beer, I had to take off points for the burn that alcohol produced, good beers that I have had no matter how high still were able to hide the heat, but this one did not

Photo of jdklks
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

this one pours not nearly as black as expected or desired. it looks more like a porter with a light brown head that begins impressively but fades into a thin ring lacing the glass. the smell is largely of alcohol and roasted malts, the latter of which resemble hazelnut.

the flavor is big up front and all the way through with alcohol. the roasted malts bring to mind coffee and hazelnut, and they shine through the middle, only to fade into an unpleasant smokey bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. the alcohol is domineering throughout, which limits the potential complexity that might be provided by the other flavors. perhaps some sweet dark fruits up front, like cherries and plum, but similar to the smell, the flavor ultimately consists of alcohol and roasted malts.

the mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter than expected (as was the appearance), but it is still nice and thick. the alcohol burn on the palate doesn't add too much here, like it does to really well-made imperial stouts. the drinkability is next to nothing, not because of the high abv, but because of the disappointing everthing about this beer.

another disappointing effort from Avery... when will i learn my lesson?

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.