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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,657 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,657
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 223
Gots: 488 | FT: 23
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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TheBungyo

Washington

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

From Notes:
As black as a lump of coal with the lights off in the basement at midnight. Head is dark brown and dense. I’d say about half an inch thick. Nose is sugar sweet molasses, espresso and milky overly sweetened chocolate. It’s nice but the sweetness is somewhat cloying.
Wow this one will clear out the sinuses! As soon as it enters my mouth I can feel my nasal passages clearing (and they weren’t clogged to begin with). Taste is burnt marshmallow sweetness, bitter chocolate … hints of espresso. I like it but as I’m nearing the end of my glass I’m definitely ready to be done with it. The sweetness just builds until it’s dominating the taste. Mouth is certainly as thick as can be. In all, I could see myself buying this again. This is probably a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 07:27:19 | More by TheBungyo
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mmcave

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this in Ohio I believe, batch 2 bottled Nov. 2006, minor contradiction on bottle from its description on this BA page and Avery website, bottle says 16.3 Abv and OG 1.148 where on the latter says 15.10 Abv OG 1.145. Any how chilled and poured this bad mother into nonic. Inky black body, completely opaque with nesqicky creamy chocolate head a centimeter off the surface. Hardened sugary lacing thin, but it already has very good hold. Smells of dry roast coffee, with in that notes of chocolate, hints of anise and a lingering nuttiness. There is a sugar sweetness that sort of cuts this richness aiding in complexity. Alcohol is present although not overbearing. Along with this sort of a mild fruitiness, I’m not sure what exactly the rich coffee nuttiness, sort of makes it hard to get a good hold on, but enticing all the same.
The taste comes off at first as a sweetened coffee flavor, but then it goes a little further in terms of bitterness. What at first seems to be simply a bitter dark chocolate coffee, becomes more bitter and the earthiness of the hops them selves become apparent, which on this brew I can’t decide if I like or not, all the same it is very interesting. Behind this there are notes of rich nutty, roasted, sherried, caramelized fruits. Starts rich and sweet and the bitterness becomes apparent toward the mid section some sweetness and then as stated, by Avery its self sweet, rich, bitter "double espresso" finish. There is absolute alcohol warmth on this demon of a beer. I have to say weather you like Avery's demon serious or not they have been totally fun to try. And I will undoubtedly try them year after year. This is a very interesting beer one that absolutely deserves a chance to warm up and be drunk while thinking on its enormity.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:32:51 | More by mmcave
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nkurz129

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is truly an amazing beer. On pouring into a snifter there is no transmittance of light, completely opaque held up to the light. It managed to retain a dense tan head the entire time it sits in the glass, which should be a while given its 16% punch. That said, there is no overwhelmingly strong alcohol presence. It drinks like an amazingly smooth brandy, with the warming sensation and everything. A cherry-espresso taste up front with a lingering taste of caramel.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 05:48:11 | More by nkurz129
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rsyberg01

California

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

S - 12 oz. Bottled Jan. '06. Sampled Dec. 29 '06.

A - Pours black with a chocolatey head that dissipates to a thin ring around the surface of the beer.

S - Chocolate, cherry, vinous, coffee, molasses, alcohol swirled in as well. Intriguing elixir this is.

T - Cherry, sugary, chocolate, roasted flavors, bitterness in the finsih helps balance the sweetness, alcohol warmth.

M - Smooth, viscous, syrupy.

D - 15.1% ABV? Certainly Doesnt act like it. This devil will sneak right up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 01:10:58 | More by rsyberg01
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Bobikel

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a thick black oily sludge with a 1/2" chocolate colored head. Lacing is very good. Retention is very good.

Smell - Roasted barley, coffee dominate the nose. A little chocolate, and some earthyness creep through.

Taste - Roasted bitterness is the first flavour you taste. Which is quickly followed be a sweetened chocolate flavour. Alchohol warms down the throat and in the belly. No noticible hops. Also a slight cidery flavour.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbed, thick and viscous, it slides down the throat more like sushi than a liquid, I wonder what the T.G. was on this monster.

Drinkability - This is a sipper, and probably best left to one bottle sessions, prefferably on a cold night.

Overall - A slightly dissapointing stout. Imereal or otherwise. Just to sweet. Needs more hops, or more blackened barley.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 00:41:59 | More by Bobikel
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BeerRun13

California

3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black as can be. A thick, rocky, tan head stands strong and leaves behind a wake of incredibly thick lacing.
Roasty. Fusel alcohol. Some estery fruitiness. "Pilot to base, this ones comin' in hot."
Wow, that packs a punch. Alcohol and fusely esters dominate this one. Fruity, caramel, roasty combo. It's quite complex, and to be honest, maybe a little much to handle. The beer almost changes from sip to sip, sometimes even seeming a almost cloying, while some sip's, and I emphasize sips, are decent.
Full bodied and moderately carbonated. A bittering finish seems to be one of the few constants about htis beer. Oily slick.
Strong and definately a little hot. Mellowed out well with some chocolate pieces near the end. I have another, and will really re-examine this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 01:11:52 | More by BeerRun13
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark black with a small head. Alcohol is in the aroma like a hard drink. Average mouthfeel and above-average stout taste,but very bitter really with sugar in the finish. A bit of coffee, chocolate and roast. I would take a lot of other stouts before this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 06:25:36 | More by Sammy
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite thick coming out of the bottle. Decent sized head raised on the pour, especially given the high alcohol content, although it fades to just a collar pretty quickly. Incredible aroma of nuts (almonds), madeira and dairy smoothness -- almond cream, perhaps. You can smell some raw alcohol, alongside some vanilla. The overall aromatice impression is whiskyesque.

The palate of this is huge, thick, and rich, and reflects quite well the elements found in the nose. The nutty flavors are there, along with a creaminess reminscient of the filling in some Italian pastry. Some high fruit notes pop up, then a finish that's pretty alcoholic and active with raw sugar, dark rummy notes, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very intense, with thick malts, hops that just provide a bittering balance, and some raw alcohol burn vying for your attention. What a wonderful beer. This could benefit from aging, but it's also good for drinking right now. A well integrated, interesting brew that's not just your usual big stout flavors. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 07:33:45 | More by geexploitation
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in Nov 2006 - Batch 2
[OG 1.148, Alcohol 16.03% by Volume]

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with silver backed thin red foil on the neck which has a large silver letter ‘A’ set against a black circular brewery stamp. This foil covers the upper 2” of the neck, as well as the black and gold Avery logo’d crown cap. Another Avery dark black satanic label with a horned devil definitely fits the bill. Cost $7.99. Owe, hurts the pocket, and kidneys too.

Appearance: Dark brown, like a brooding out of control head from a warm bottle of Cola which rises in a cold glass, the foaming kopf fills my Stone RIS goblet. It soon settles down and finishes revealing an intense silk woven head which is composed of a fine delicate tapestry. Jet black body is hard to penetrate; the viscous alcohol clings to the glass walls and provides a solvent that enables the lacing to rejoin the main body of the beer easily.

Smell: Intense odors of dark chocolate locked into a high octane jet fuel nose. Dark fruits, more specifically those dark skinned cherries with prunes and caramel too. The alcohol is like an elephant hiding behind a lamppost, hard to miss.

Taste: That jet fuel feel soon provides a vehicle for the dark chocolates and caramel. Melting brown sugar and dark hardwoods fill the middle with a hefty dollop of malts. The finish has an after-burn which produces the blue diamonds and heats up the back end to a temperature hotter than most can handle. Burnt liquorice and caramel are heavy on the palate, so are dark fruits molasses and roasted prunes. The tastes start nicely but the finish is just too damned hot to make this an enjoyable offering in the long term.

Mouthfeel: Gosh this is hard, harsh and a bit of a nutcase. Only a lot of time could ever temper the demonic nature of this “hot” brew. It certainly has smoked malt and dark chocolate background which helps put the scorching burn down a little. But that fiery trait runs from the middle and starts a bush fire in your throat at the death; it’s all a bit too much.

Drinkability: This is one that needs to be gently sipped; actually a few slices of cold meat and aged hard Irish cheddar help to temper the heat in the back end. The 12 ounce soon looks insurmountable and it is fair to say that this will be your last drink of the night for sure.

Overall: Absolutely massive. A huge beer that bruises with punches yet comforts with a crushing bear hug. Harsh and far from refined, yet it exhibits some balance, but at 16.03% this is everything you expect but with some low key refinement that will improve with time. I bet Michael Schumacher would be proud of this…..I’ll wager my farts smell of burnt rubber tomorrow. I’ll be offering donuts at work in the morning but not the ones with sugar and jelly.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 07:17:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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

Pours like unrefined crude oil. Has to be one of the blackest beers I have ever had. That being said it's not outstanding looking some some beers can be. Very, very heavy aroma-notes of port, burnt raisens, molasses, vanila and oak. The port/sherryish aroma is great. Big, thick, sweet syrupy flavor-anise and licorice flavors. Some bil ole espresso notes-like the dregs from the bottom of the cup!! This is probably so far out of any style guidelines but it is an amazing experience. Great, thick heavy mouthfeel-get a spoon! Very, very drinkable beer. One that could be consumed often but in moderation.

I wonder what the final gravity of this beer is. I have brewed some homebrews with a close OG-and after the yeast craps out they finish just like this beer. I have a Sami clone that finsihed very similar. Beers like this are great in my opinion. A six pack would last me a year. Not something to do all the time but when you do it's a great thing! A tad pricey but well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:46:31 | More by lackenhauser
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Dusky aroma full of freshly mulled unripe juniper berried in coarse vodka with an edge of single estate Ecuadorian chocolate, with some dusky deep pants. Deep dark chocolate pour, with a coffee and cream head. Flavor is the most ridiculously power packed punch. I’m surprised how easy it is for me to recognize the distinct character of the brewers yeast, in a sultatory sugary and planty presentation. The intense pack carries both a sweeping cream of bourbon vanillas and a rich deep oak char, followed by characterful fruit, yet it’s so cloyingly sweet I can’t believe it. It blows me away. The palate falls away as almost unattenuated and slightly too hot, but the alcohol carries this incredible nutty profusion over the currents on a bright profusion of intense dates, apricots and cherries. All around some of the most intensely packaged beer. Even the juniper comes through, before flourising out in an intensley packaged presentation, with a fresh hop finish. Wow on the flavor. For 15% it doesn’t do too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 19:11:59 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Kendo

New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to MRMOJORISIN for sharing. . . .

A: This monster pours black -- black-as-night black. No real head is present, but there is a small brown film resting on top.

S: Big nose of major alcohol. Some prunes and black licorice, but the spicy alcohol dominates in a big way.

T: Heavy alcohol again. Also heavy on the sweet malts. After your mouth adjusts to the heat (it's not warm, it's hot), tastebuds discover some roasted coffee and chewy raisins. With those flavors and the heavy mouthfeel, it's almost like drinking a port rather than a beer.

M: Chewy and thick.

D: The alcohol takes some getting used to, but slowly but surely I was able to put down a portion of a bottle. It did go well with cappuccino truffles, but on its own, this is a real slow-sipper and the overwhelming alcohol takes some getting used to.

Notes: This beer has been aged for awhile, but I think it could stand to benefit from even longer cellaring. It really needs to mellow a bit. Drinking it now it's a BIG beer. Its weaknesses were especially evident when we followed it with two more moderate RIS's -- a Stone (I think it was '04) and the Left Hand. Both were much more moderate, more mellow, better balanced and substantially more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 16:26:43 | More by Kendo
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

2.55/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Lights-out black beer, with more than an inch of surprisingly spry and delicious-looking head the color of chocolate milk. Bubbles hang loosely on the glass.

Maybe the best beer smell ever to wander up my nostrils. I spent so much time inhaling that I may have let this beer warm too much. This stout sit below a thick vapor that is sweet and boozy with anise, chocolate and coconut. Smells a little grapey, like a heavy red wine.

Taste is another story. Hello, alcohol! Hello, turbinado sugar! Goodbye, beer, down the drain. Very boozy and sweet beyond my tolerance. I'd say there's a burned malt taste, but it's so far underneath that sweetness that I can't really get a handle on it. Mouthfeel is thick, and quite chalky.

Just too big, too sweet, too far out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 19:13:42 | More by maundythirsty
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.15/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

January 2006 batch poured into a tulip glass. Very, very black in color. I got a decent head which surprised me given the high alcohol; I thought higher ABV = less head. It smells sugary and roasted. The taste is cloyingly sweet and almost meaty. I just cannot get past the sweetness I did not like this stout at all, I would much prefer a Storm King, Old Rasputin, or a Stone IRS. I can’t believe I dropped seven bucks on a 12oz bottle of this stuff although I should be glad its not a bomber. I saw a poster at the liquor store advertising a new batch of this stuff with an ABV of 16%, yuck.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 03:00:49 | More by ArrogantB
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from Jan 2006, Batch 1. It pours a dark brown/black color with a nice creamy tan head and good lacing. The beer smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. When it comes to flavor, this definitely has a lot! It tastes like licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, maple/molasses, dark fruit and caramel. There's also some alcohol taste to it as well, but it's not strong as I thought it would be for a beer with an ABV this high. It starts off sweet and has a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, chewy and thick. The drinkability is pretty good too. It's definitely a sipping beer, but it was so good I drank this a little faster than I should have. This is one of the best beers I've had, too bad I have to go out of state to buy more.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 23:40:53 | More by bluejacket74
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The ale is a deep oily black color with an off-white head that has red highlights.

S: The stout has an aroma of wine, chocolatey malts and intense alcohol. The vinous aroma betrays a complex body.

T: The first sip is a warming alcohol, followed by a big malty taste. The malts are roasted and wine-like, further augmenting the alcohol. The flavor is almost too sweet, with a quad-like malt strength that quickly loses the vinous impact and becomes very sugary.

M: An overabundance of sweetness mixed with a decent malt body, I am conflicted because parts are good while others aren't.

D: Drinkability is limited by the strength and the sweetness. This is decent, but not in my top 5 ADS list.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 02:54:25 | More by akorsak
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nriech

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06 bottling. Smells of dark roast grains and some chocolate, dry roast and woody. A malt sweet saves this beer. Not nearly as sweet as I was anticipating to be but very welcome.

Extremely dark, no light at all penetrating. Smell is full of sweet syrupy dark fruit odors with a sweet burnt malt smell as well. Had a nose of chocolate and expresso maltiness with whiffs of a grape vinous, dark ripe fruits and a rum-like alcohol.

Taste, Cherries, candy, alcohol, roasted malt. This is one complex brew. Plenty of alcohol layered with candy sweetness, alcohol. Subdued coffee and chocolate.

Moutfeel, Its thick body is silky without being cloying, paired nicely with low carbonation and this one remains drinkable. Very drinkable still. Im sure even more so if some one could manage to hide it for a 3-4 years.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 13:10:04 | More by nriech
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Balck, opaque. Creamy dark brown head. Lace is quite full for such a high octane brew. The aroma is thick. Roasted malts, currants, black cherry, anise, gooey caramel, burnt malts and booze. The taste brings some of this goodness over. It's quite boozy from the start, in the middle and at the end. And it's pretty sweet too. Boozy sweet doesn't usually do it for me, but this is drinkable and does have some redeemable qualities. Black licorice and spiked fruit punch come to mind. Some of the burnt caramel aspects. Roastiness. The body is light for the style. Light-medium I'd say overall. I would expect a lot more body and viscosity in a beer like this. And the alcoholic sting lingers after the swallow. This isn't one I'd need to revisit, even if it were only $3 instead of the $6 I paid for it. It's not a bad beer, just not one of my faves. I'd take Expedition, Dark Lord or World Wide Stout over it any day.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 20:24:23 | More by Bighuge
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Black ichor with a one finger espresso brown head, which lasts only a minute or two. A thin ring of lace is all that is left behind and quickly that sinks to join the rest of the brew.

S - Chocolate, candied sugars, black licorice, molasses and dates. Pretty strong and nice. No alcohol detectable, which is a real shock. Edit, closer to room temp alcohol is all that I can smell.

T - At first it is extremely, extremely sweet. It actually tastes a lot like cola. There is a bit of chocolate and clack licorice with that too. Then the flavor turns to a faint coffee, burnt malt and pine hop bitterness.. This is one of the few beers I have had that I would actually call cloying. There have been some close calls, but this is definitely over-the-top cloying. I don't drink soda because it is too sweet, but compared to this, a soda is nothing. There is just too much sugar here (and not a whole lot of flavor through that). I am not sure if this is unfermentable sugar or if they didn't let it sit long enough. The only plus here is that I can't detect the alcohol. Granted it is masked by an opressive amount of sugars . . .

M - Thick (it isn't chewy though). Syrup globs to the roof of my mouth and sides of my throat. The alcohol is potent enough to create a bit of a drying affect. Too sweet to efresh as well. I almost need a chaser. Basically, not too great.

D - Poor. I honestly can't remember the last time I had trouble finishing a stout. If I want a syrupy sweet high alcohol brew, I will drink a rum and coke. This isn't how a stout should taste. I will say what I always do though when I drink a crazy beer like this. Keep it up! I like trying strange beers even if I don't particularly like them. Honestly, I am treating this like shots at this point, the cloying naute of the flavor is that intense. I am going to finish it, but I can't really enjoy this flavor much.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 18:42:45 | More by mrasskicktastic
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my vacation celebration

Bottle inspection: Bottled 1/06 Batch 1. OG: 1.142 ABV: 15.1%
States that it was brewed with all the usual ingredients+turbinado sugar.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, resiny hops, and molasses.

Appearance: Pure evil in a glass. Crude motor oil-like pour. A thin tan head. Occasional carbonation streams in the body. Simply menacing.

Flavor: More molasses, licorice, maple, a firm alcohol backbone, dark fruits, and occasional cabarnet grapes.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, oily, and a dry finish.

Overall impression: Yikes! This is Avery's best IMHO. With 9 months on it, it's a World Class stout. I was skeptical b/c Avery's bigger offerings tend to be a mess (see Czar for details). This one lives up to the hype. The alcohol is well hidden behind a wall of complex flavors. Seek this one out. Highly recommended and a new all-time fave.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 20:53:38 | More by mattcrill
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xav33

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Avery Mephistopheles Stout
12 oz bottle
Bottled 01/06, sipped 09/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured black with dark brown edges with a tiny brown mostly diminishing head with a wee bit of lacing.

Smelt of rich dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and vintage port.

Taste was upfront strongly sweet and slightly acidic, dark chocolate and dried dark fruit, followed by a harsh bitter coffee taste that dies into a harsh coffee with cream and sugar and a vinous quality that linger mercilessly. Mouthfeel was full, syrupy, lively carbonated, and moderately alcoholic and moderately astringent towards the end.

Overall, an explosion of taste that results in a sipping beer. Took me well over an hour to finish one, and I can still taste different nuances I hadnt tasted to this point.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 01:51:13 | More by xav33
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denjen

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dennis: There are some who would day that the name mephistopheles means "He who shuns the light", and certainly no better name exists for this brew. Aroma wise this beer won't wow you, but once you actually decide to take a sip watch out. Of course with 15.1% alcohol you can expect a powerful punch, but there isn't much that can prepare you for the wonderful power of this beer. Extremly, deeply sweet, it's hard to place the hops that supposedly add bitterness to this brew (107 IBU), but the expected tastes of rum, dark chocolate, and espresso beans are there. The price kills the value, but the quality comes only second to the beast...which is oh so appropriate.
Jen: You better tuck your skirt in if you want to try this one on for size. It pours like molasses that has been slightly heated, and has the color of a long pull of espresso. The smell is very deceptive and does not prepare you for what you about to endeavor upon. At first sip, all I could do was smack my lips...they were covered in a sugary taste, like eating maple-sugar candy. I then realized that the sweetness reminded me of chocolate covered espresso beans. That bit of sweetness followed by a roasty, nutty coffee flavor. There is also a mild resemblance to dark chocolate rum cordials. I think that I will be sipping on this for a while. This is a must have, especially if you have been following the demon series. Sip, don't swallow and enjoy the ride!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 15:21:46 | More by denjen
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bennetj17

Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled Jan 06. Pours deep black, although doesn't appear too viscous. Nice, fizzy reddish-tan crust sticks around for awhile. Nose of strong, sweet chocolate malt, with light roasty coffee scent in the background. Slightly alcoholic. The taste is intensely sweet with chocolate malt flavors dominating. The finish becomes more roasted with a dry mocha taste and hint of cherry. Initially it burns going down but gets better after the first few sips. At 15% ABV it's not too bad, and could easily pass for 10%. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but maintains a good smoothness, not chewy. Decent amount of carbonation. The sweetness becomes a bit much after while, hurting the drinkablility some. Still I was suprised to find it was still a solid brew for being so strong. Definitely worth trying a bottle...

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 07:10:54 | More by bennetj17
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cbl2

New York

2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

9/4/2006 $7.50 12 oz. 15.10% Bottled in January 2006, Batch 1. O.G. 1.142.

Appearance:

Pours a relatively thin pitch black with a thin film of tan/brown head on top that settles rapidly, leaving a modicum of lace.

Aroma:

Dank and musty, like old books coupled with sweet burnt caramel, cherry liquor and alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Relatively chewy mouthfeel is overlaid upon some smoke, burnt sugar cherry cordials and loads of intense hot alcohol, which makes this especially difficult to get down. My least favorite of the Avery angels, more of a chore than an experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 20:53:58 | More by cbl2
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xymyl

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Color: Black with a dense brown head and surprisingly small bubbles.

Nose: Coffee, chocolate, milk and oatmeal, overripe dark and dried fruits (rasins, prunes, and processed dried fruits), dark sugars (molasses, sorghum etc...), pine tar and big alcohol

Taste: Sweet, oatmeal, milk, you know it's all in there but it is mainly a battle of sweetness vs. alcohol. For the most part the sweetness comes off the winner.

Overall: Very full bodied, rich and chewey, a 12 ounce bottle is probably enough to share with a friend. It is a bit rich, sweet and warm ... like dipping a cheese cake in kerosene. If you are a huge milk stout fan this could be your holy grail, truly an imperial strength stout with a richness akin to a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 00:39:08 | More by xymyl
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,657 ratings.