Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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2,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 298
Gots: 705 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Cellarable for 10+ years.

Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Food pairing: We like Mephistopheles’ Stout with chocolate (60% cocoa or more), chocolate lava cake, flourless chocolate cake, tiramisu or traditional fruit cake made with rum-soaked fruits.
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Young bottle; packaged November 2014. This batch is listed as 17.1% ABV. This evil bitch pours thick and disturbingly dark. Head is a thin-yet-dense formation of level, brown froth. Milder lacing. Smell is different. It seems to have a bit of hops to it. Pine hops. Dark malt, dark bread. I could venture to say it smells like the 'go-to' coffee and chocolate but I'm not certain it actually does. Dark fruit. Not very impressed with the aroma. The flavor is better. It tastes more traditionally Stout-like. could it use some age? Yes. I find the alcohol dominates the experience more than the specific flavors. Really leaves a lot of heat on the back of the tongue and in the cheeks. However, I schelled out $11 for this bottle knowing how much of a monster it would be so I will not complain from here on out. Syrupy dark malt. Almost like dark malt extract. Burnt malt. Bitter cocoa and roast. Almost tastes bourbon barreled. Finishes hot and stiff. Thick shit! Carbonation is low enough to make me nervous that it would hold up to much aging. I will sip this beer with determination and probably die in my sleep due to its evil powers.

Photo of Rick_Ryan
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic stout. Great flavor, and the high abv does not overwhelm the beer.

Photo of Kimchi270
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5oz pour on tapPours a deep deep pitch black with a creamy tan head. This is a beautiful beer.
Head sticks around and graces he

Photo of Jahjehwa
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014, 17.1 abv. Very original, I really like the absence of sweetness here. Passing the obvious. It's like a burnt, unsweetened raw molasses. Nice heavy coating on glass. Nice throat heat from the alcohol. Don't mind the buzz as well. Don't bother sharing, enjoy!

Photo of briancathy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milky smooth with a great taste

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 2014 bottle, batch number 10.

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Engine oil spits out of the bottle into my glass and produces a thick, chewy mocha-colored head that requires a few waits before I can get the whole bottle into the snifter. Sticky lace runs around the glass while the head persists for an eternity.

Mephistopheles smells as big as that name is long. As the head was chewy, this beers smells like such, thick with caramel and molasses, booze, chocolate and vanilla. It is very hot actually, so I'm curious as to how that will play out on the palate.

Surprisingly booze doesn't overwhelm the taste here, although it is very much apparent. Chocolate abounds and interplays with vanilla and a spiciness that seems to be half booze and half hops.

Somehow this brew retains a creamy and smooth quality in spite of the booze and many a sip seem pretty tame until a wallop of heat works in. The finish lingers wet like a shot of alcohol, but with some cocoa sprinkled on top. That's interesting.

If it's not obvious already, this beer can use some aging. I picked up another bottle and I'll revisit in a couple of years. By then, I think the stout qualities will shine on their own and be quite enjoyable.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites from Darkness Day 2014. Category; over the top Imperial Stout. So smooth. Will revisit!

Photo of Seanhvw
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amazing coal tar beer. The ABV sneaks up just as you finish a glass.

Photo of cfhjimmyb
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark as the Devil's @nu$. Intense chocolate and roasted malt nose. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel breaks way to prominent licorice flavor and then the heat of the ABV takes over. I would liken it to taking your favorite Russian Imperial and dropping an ounce of Maker's in to it.

Photo of OneEye78
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 poured into a snifter. Dark as night with about three fingers of dense khaki head. Light nose of caramel, dark chocolate, and burnt sugar. Taste was bittersweet baker's chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, vanilla and burnt sugar with a little alcohol heat. This was a solid stout, but unspectacular.

Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 2013 bottle, opened Jan 2015

A - Cola body. Half a finger of light tan head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Dark chocolate, burnt whole wheat bread, dried dark fruits, hoisin sauce, and just a hint of warm booze.

T - Huge bourbon note, dark chocolate, charred bread crust, thick molasses, slightly astringent booze, raisins, vanilla, burnt caramel, and oak.

M - Thick and full bodied. A little astringent on the backend.

O - A huge stout: boozy, sweet, and loaded with charred roast.

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer is not recommended for The half hearted Stout drinker.

Photo of Mike_Amps
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A= appearance is pitch black, with about half a finger brown head that dissipated pretty quickly

S= Sweet, roasty, chocolate

T= A really sweet yet boozy stout.

M= heavy, oily and very boozy. Can really feel the heat going down

O=Pretty good stout, just a tad bit too sweet. The alcohol was more pronounced as the beer warmed up.

Photo of MartzMimic
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours blackish brown from the bottle into a Mustang snifter. A bit of chocolate brown foam rims the glass. The aroma of cocoa, coffee, and toasted cinnamon is so enticing that I get lost in the moment. The taste reminds me of rich chocolate cake. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, a touch of nuttiness and the booze is so warming. It's certainly there, but it doesn't taste like 17-plus abv. The mouth is thick and creamy, like liquid velvet. I love stouts, and this is one of the best I've had.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.30 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Barons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: Jan. 7, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 8, 2015
Misc.: Batch No. 10; Bottled Nov., 2014; Red foiling; 17.1 pct. ABV

Poured a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head. Minimal spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average-to-poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled black coffee malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smoky fire, light crayon, toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, licorice and some more coffee. Booziness comes in late. (Smell - 4.38)

Tasted earthy, gritty coffee beans, followed by that 17-plus percent alcohol. Also dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice, smoky woodfire, roasty nuts, chocolate syrup and dark cocoa nibs. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.63)

Another great Avery Imperial Stout. I wouldn’t hesitate to get it again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.30 | 95 | A

Photo of Photchkiss
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top notch stout. Love that smell, Chocolatey licorice. A strong but tempered taste with a lovely smooth aftertaste. Perfect!

Photo of don1481
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Look: Pours a dark black with a light chocolate colored head that gradually dissipates.

Smell: Sugar. Booze. This is... interesting?

Taste: HOLY SWEETNESS. Coffee, chocolate, SUGAR. Very boozy.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a sticky aftertaste.

Overall: I'm gonna age my other 2 bottles of this for some time and revisit. It's got long-term potential.

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, dark black with a big three finger, gorgeous, mocha colored head. It has quite a robust nose. Chocolate, coffee, anise, raisins, dried figs, mild alcohol. The flavor is very boozy, maybe too much. It's very nutty and rich. Quite delicious, but the finish is all alcohol. Nice, thick mouthfeel.

Photo of ianwolfman
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm really intolerant of sweet beer, this is one of my all time favorites. If it were a little less sweet it could be the best. Super complex.

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this year's bottle: 12oz in a tulip glass. Super boozy! Very tasty, but too much going on at once. I'm certain it will be world class once it mellows out. Lots of potential for cellaring 3-5 years.

Photo of Mborba00
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinker beware.....the 17% in this is very well hidden

Photo of RobinLee
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, off-white head that fizzles away fairly quickly. Smell's not the best, doesn't convey the message that this is a bit more than the average American stout. Taste is supreme fudge, with roast and a pine/spruce bitterness. Silky mouthfeel, the carbonation keeps things lively. Finishes bitter, bit boozy. Very well hidden alcohol.

Photo of jeffdillon
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this monster in a Tulip, let it stand 20 minutes to get a little closer to ambient temperature and the only thing it lacked was what I thought would have been a more heady aroma, everything else tickled me! A really big, bold, sweet treat, I loved it, and would would buy it again.

Photo of embass
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black, with a dark brown head (dissipated quickly). Love how it grabs the glass.

Not much aroma there…got some barrel and booze.

Tasted a bit sweeter up front then I could imagine, moved to some chocolate and then a gambit of bitter/toasted/roasted/smokey taste and ended with sweetness again.

I really liked that sudden burst of sweet booziness at the first sip and how it grows on you over time. This is definitely one that you should work through as it warms.

Photo of smbslt
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A certain level of communion is created when one decides to open and consume a beer of this gravity. Aptly named, as there are promises implied, not necessarily kept and at a cost (figuratively and literally). Hoped for more but that was on me.

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.