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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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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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jbogner

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

07-04-2014 02:13:03 | More by jbogner
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insearchofhops

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-01-2014 20:56:27 | More by insearchofhops
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally posted 12/19/09... lost from the server, and now re-posted.

Mephistopheles' Stout: "Bottled in Nov 2007 Batch 3"
Two years old.

Wow, just when I thought that a stout couldn't get any darker or more chocolatey and deeply caramelish, I come across Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout and it knocks me backwards. Stunning! It reminds me in many ways of Samuel Adam's Triple Bock in that it's super-rich, but somehow not overdone! It just is what it is. There's alcohol for sure, 16% by volume, but it doesn't seem like it as it's not brimming or drenched in alcohol, and it doesn't seem hot (well a little, but there are no higher alcohols). Nor is it too malty or full; and there's a really beautiful fruitiness to it that helps to round out and polish the edge of alcohol (think berries, figs, prune, and maybe even some cherry). It's rich and complex, but at the same time it's neither too rich nor too complex - and that gives it a certain amount of drinkability once you ascertain that it's a large, intensely flavored sipping beer. But what about the density of flavor? Well, that changes as you progress through the glass, but there are notes of dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, brown sugar, deep caramel, golden caramel, wort, berries, cherries, soft melon, alcohol, and raisins/figs/prunes.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 00:28:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-28-2014 19:44:12 | More by Thedaver4220
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crazyfoMostout

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-28-2014 00:56:20 | More by crazyfoMostout
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redresonatedragon

Washington

5/5  rDev +19.6%

06-27-2014 06:43:00 | More by redresonatedragon
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spoonhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-27-2014 03:44:29 | More by spoonhawk
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-26-2014 22:02:44 | More by sammyg832
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-26-2014 20:20:06 | More by Iamjeff6
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Zombill

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-25-2014 21:56:37 | More by Zombill
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FranzBC

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-25-2014 00:37:55 | More by FranzBC
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kermis

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-24-2014 19:39:40 | More by kermis
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spoonsock

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-24-2014 07:16:24 | More by spoonsock
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mgr78704

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-20-2014 14:05:33 | More by mgr78704
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bobv

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-19-2014 15:59:55 | More by bobv
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itracy63

Alaska

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-19-2014 06:04:31 | More by itracy63
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SavageHopHead

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-18-2014 03:36:50 | More by SavageHopHead
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Prospero

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-17-2014 01:47:35 | More by Prospero
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-16-2014 06:31:41 | More by schnarr84
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

December 2013 release. Batch No 9.
A - Poured into a beer glass at cellar temperature. Pours a very dark black with a dark brown head. The single finger head dissipates slowly to leave a moderate amount of long lasting lacing.
S - Equal amounts of dark coffee, malt and hops. Small amounts of licorice and oak play in the background.
T - Hops are in the fore with a middle of heavy malt and a slightly medicinal tang on the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is excellent with a long lasting coating and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - Overall a good strong ale if you don't mind the medicinal notes. The alcohol is well integrated and the mouthfeel is very good. If you like Deschute's The Abyss you should like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 17:48:53 | More by kdahnke123
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More_betterness

California

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Oily and viscous pitch black body with a mocha colored head. Moderate rentention and a sparse amount of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, and hazelnut coffee upfront. A dark cherry note rounds out the aroma. Amazingly, no booze to speak of. A year in the cellar was definitely helpful.

T: Dark fruit, and a lingering roasted/ashy malt are most prominent. Slight sherry oxidation note. Heavily roasted raw espresso bean finisher lingers about the palate for minutes between sips. Only slight boozines for 15.4%. Again, think cellaring this beast was the way to go.

M: Thick, viscous, and lingering forever. Appropriately low carbonation.

Great stout overall, and about as balanced as a beer of this ABV can be after sitting on it for a year. Was definitely a little rougher around the edges when I had a fresh bottle. Not mind blowing in any aspect, but just a solid representation of a high ABV stout. That being said this is absolutely screaming for a bourbon barrel. Hopefully we see that sometime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 16:59:57 | More by More_betterness
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-15-2014 15:18:18 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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dipso123

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-15-2014 01:03:38 | More by dipso123
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Blahstarr

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-12-2014 18:57:36 | More by Blahstarr
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-12-2014 04:05:10 | More by kingjohnh
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,657 ratings.