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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,738 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,738
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 243
Gots: 514 | FT: 25
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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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

This is the beast. Clocking it at nearly 17% ABV, it'll slap you around, but you'll come back for more. Well balanced despite the heaviness, and a good stout flavor underneath all that heft. When you want to go big instead of going home, this is your beer.

dcscientist, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

brywhite, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +17.7%

farondb, Sep 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

carteravebrew, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Such_a_b-tch, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Btip1969, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

siege06nd, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%

Nose: alcohol, chocolate, bourbon,
As brilliant deep dark brown one can get without being pitch black under an enormous 3" clingy, rocky, persistent, lacy foam cap that marks each drink with a ledge of lace.
Palate: A rich alcoholic chocolate bourbon malt drink that makes an excellent sitting by the fire after dinner drink.
Chewy, creamy, very soft fine medium carbonation, surprisingly well balanced and nuanced.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

pknyc, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

joesteinkamp, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dahray02, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tally, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jroberts8811, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Honus1, Sep 10, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +11%

EliRix, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SDRedDevil, Sep 04, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Shawnadams330, Sep 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

spoto221, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

jakea, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

alex_hart, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

Thanks to RayOhioFelton for this bottle, among many others, for guessing his favorite Browns player in the Johnny Football LIF. This has been a longtime Want, really since I first got started on BeerAdvocate, back when I thought high alcohol equaled good beer. I still prefer higher ABV beers, but I've had some real booze bombs based on this mentality. 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip, vintage November 2012, nearly two years old.

A - Meph has a big head on the forced pour, maybe just under two fingers, but it dissipates insanely quickly. The Bros. called this beer a "chocolate wine;" I can see what they meant, as the viscous texture is evident out of the bottle and the brew is oily. Seriously, the top of the beer retains a blight brown film that just won't give way. Super black color, no light penetration even on the periphery. Despite the high alcohol, there are some active bubbles on the edges of the glass and a little lacing when I swirl the beer around. Looking forward to trying this.

S - the nose is a bit restrained, which I guess is expected from a two year old beer, but I can't believe that a 16% brew lurks in this glass. There's a bit of anise here, some sweet spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich meatiness. I'm reminded of World Wide Stout in the slightly bittersweet chocolate aromas I get, but it's not nearly as overpowering as WWS. I detect barbecue at the end of the nose, along with some sweet, dark fruits, plums and sugary dates.

T - jeez, there's an immense sweetness here, almost cloying. I find that aging most beers brings out one aspect (usually carbonation), and here it's definitely the sugar. Along with that is the chocolate, rich and creamy, incredibly thick. There's not a ton of bitterness, but the sweetness is just overwhelming that it's almost bitter, like a flavored coffee. The alcohol too is a bit much, not as well-hidden as I like, especially for a vintage.

M - like I mentioned, the sweetness is easily mistaken for bitterness, and the alcohol is strong to the point of discomfort. The carbonation really shows this beer's age. I can't imagine it being sweeter, but I'd love if it was a little flatter.

O - definitely a sipper, definitely not something to splurge on often, but worth it if you seek the stronger beers. Samael's is one of my favorite strong ales, so I was looking forward to sampling another Avery offering of similar intensity, but I was a bit let down. If I get another bottle, I'll be sure to put it away for at least another two years.

JamesShoemaker, Aug 24, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a bottle into a Fremont small snifter. 2012 vintage. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Rich aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, latte coffee, light vanilla. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, cocoa chocolate, hints of anise and vanilla, dark coffee. Finish exhibits light cherry and slight hopping. Rich and boozy, but nicely balanced. Nice heavy, creamy body. It's hard to understand how this can taste so much like a quality liqueur at its lower (but still substantial for an ale) ABV. The deep, rich flavor is more than a match for the alcohol, but a few sips of this are still warming and inspire slow sipping. Glad to get back to this for a review, this may well have been my first introduction to a big ale many years ago, and it was both mind blowing and overwhelming at the time. One of the great big stouts, although I don't think it's barrel aged, it has a lot of the same characteristic depth of a barrel aged stout, without the woody flavors. It is quite boozy, its only real drawback, although one that seem unimportant as the glass is emptied. Perfect aperitif or dessert beer.

LiquidAmber, Aug 23, 2014
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,738 ratings.