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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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845 Reviews

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Reviews: 845
Hads: 2,086
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 314
Gots: 739 | FT: 44
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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Reviews: 845 | Hads: 2,086
Photo of cfhjimmyb
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Amps
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 - 4.25)

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 - 4.50)

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

4.23 | 94 | A-

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Photo of don1481
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of embass
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of smbslt
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 12 oz bottle with 3 friends during a long night of beer tasting. This was probably about the 9th or 10th beer we had this night so I'd love to go back and have it again and maybe enjoy an entire bottle.

To me this tasted like what a good imperial stout should taste like. There are so many great barrel aged stouts out there so it is nice to have a beer where you can just enjoy the other aspects of it without the barrel aged flavor. With the high abv though, the only complaint I would have is the beer was a little hot but with some age I could see it becoming really delicious. I think I like this better than World Wide Stout; another amped up imperial stout.

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Photo of Absolut
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 version. A serious beer. Been scared for four years. Time to face the devil.

Doesn't pour. It plops. Oozes.

Smells of Dark molasses, burnt coffee, cocoa, licorice.

No carbonation. Pretty sure I see smoke twirling up. If I stir it I expect the spoon will melt.

Taste much like the smell. Not sure how this is 16%. Clearly a powerhouse but no burn. As complex as can be.

I am afraid. Best matching of a beer and a name. Outstanding.

See you on the other side.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

The nose is huge with a big creamy chocolate, lots of boozy alcohol and light roasted coffee.

There is a sudden burst of huge alcohol brashness at first but after you ride through and it warms, Mephistopheles produces a lot of toffee, bitter cocoa, some chocolate malt, coffee, and a bit of roast.

This is a big beer that doesn't disguise the booze very well but after you get past it the flavor shines through.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some burnt hickory on the nose and the mouth, flavor is mixed with the black liquorice and toasted cocoa. Not bitter or boozey which is surprising given the high alcohol content, though it certainly finishes warm like a smooth bourbon.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at brewery in snifter
Appearance: God Awful Black, dark brown head
Aroma: Sweet, Woody, a bit grainy, really not much aroma,
Taste: Sweet, flavors of caramel, then then it hits you with so many flavors; toasted grains, smokey, molasses, hops, etc. and finishes back on the Caramel flavors
Complexity: one of if not the most complex beers, very good!!
Overall: I have had this beer on tap at the brewery and in the bottle and aged 2 years and though its always amazing when I had it on tap that was when it really drove this beer home for me.

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Photo of Slack
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a goblet. Dark as used motor oil and razor thin head. Boozy fruits dominate the nose. Taste is fruit, malt, and roasted coffee. Very subtle bitterness is present as well.. Body is a bit thinner than I expected but still on par for the style. Finish is warming alcohol. Overall an excellent sipper that opens up as it warms.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Finally cracked the 2013 and this guy is quite delicious. I figured I would prepare myself for Tweak and this beer did not disappoint. DARK rich chocolates and lots of malts, but it somehow hides the booze quite well. Definitely a sipper, but I was quite happy with it.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap:
Pours dark with medium tan head that sustains very well. The lacing is robust in this beer, and every sip brings more tan head to the party. The nose is alcohol, barrel, chocolate, and a hint of coconut in some sniffs, licorice in others.

Taste starts sweet, chocolate with a hit of raisin, then bitters out to a coffee-liqueur type taste thanks to the alcohol making its presence felt. The beer plays lighter on the tongue thank to carbonation, but by the end is more syrupy, with a drying feeling that could be hops, but fades to woody (barrel).

A very good beer, but I've liked others by Avery more. Obviously a supper, and probably not gonna find it cheap. Glad I had it, but would need an occasion to try it again.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.7/5  rDev -10%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.