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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,670 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 225
Gots: 493 | FT: 22
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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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
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TX-Badger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-07-2014 17:24:45 | More by TX-Badger
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle dated December 2010. I have cellared this brew for 3 years. Finally cracking it open!

A - Pitch black. Black as black can be. Slight head retention and no lacing.

S - A ton going on here. Chocolate, booze, coffee, bitter hops, and sugar cane. Wow..potent!

T - Chocolate, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and slightly bitter hops. The tastes lingers in your mouth for literally minutes. Alcohol is so well hidden its dangerous. But you feel it right away! Drink it like wine or you will pay the price. Amazing beer!

M - Full bodied and warms in your mouth. Medium carbonation. Awesome

O - An incredible sipper. Split it with someone special and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 01:01:01 | More by BeerDawgs
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Brenden

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is clearly a big stout just by looking at it. It's a thick, viscous and heavy black color that lets some mahogany come off the top and the very outermost edges when set right in front of a very bright light. The head is a thick, pillowy brown one about a finger tall that retains its height and form well, like a frothy crown, and lets some of itself down stickily in strong patching pretty far down the glass.
There's so much wood, and it's so delicately and warmly boozy without immediately inducing a headache or going heavily ethanolic, nor does it give the impression that I'll get drunk simply from smelling it. It does, however, give the impression of some fantastic spirit. For the massive ABV, it comes together magnificently in every way. There's a whole lot of wood in the smell and the taste, not too dry, a little bit with some freshness that isn't exactly raw, even with that slight, almost indescribable salty nature. Tons of breads, toasted, with dark fruits off the roasty backbone give way to the creamier sweetness of vanilla and cocoa (the latter offering more bittersweetness), as well as the thick and not-too-heavy molasses element. Some reminiscence of coffee builds off the roast, too. This is absolutely amazing in every way, showing off so much depth, complexity and even balance, so much robustness without being too heavy. It's close to perfect, and one of the best I've ever had.
Thick and robust, this beer is somehow both heavy and easy-drinking. The alcohol thins it out a little, but that works in this beer's favor considering how big and rich it is despite that. It finishes with lingering complexities and a touch of dryness that sneaks in off the big sweetness. It's a little vinous, in fact, with a bite on the tongue as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 19:23:11 | More by Brenden
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fox227

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-03-2014 16:56:44 | More by fox227
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rspauldi

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

06-02-2014 20:38:47 | More by rspauldi
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dtomes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-02-2014 19:39:48 | More by dtomes
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-01-2014 01:33:02 | More by RyanTheLion13
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minterro

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Little's Wine and Spirits a month or so ago. Store aged (about 6-7 months) 2013 version, batch no. 9.

A&S: The aroma mostly consists of rum and bourbon flavored alcohol tones. Beer is jet black and thick looking. Head pours in a thin layer and retains in a ring of deep tan, leaving no lacing.

T&M: Lots of caramel and oak flavors. Other flavors include cocoa, Very warming on the way down. As it warms it becomes pretty hot (a little too hot). I would probably want to buy another and see how a little over a year feels. Finish is very roasty and bitter with a touch of sweetness. Not as smooth as I expected, but not super crisp. On the low side of medium carbonation and highish body.

Overall: I don't remember how much I paid for this beer, but it was probably around 10 bucks a bottle. Worth a try and probably will buy again, but not on a yearly bases.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 23:32:32 | More by minterro
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NRo

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-29-2014 18:17:04 | More by NRo
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-29-2014 17:17:16 | More by illeagle05
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Oakhtar

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-29-2014 04:15:35 | More by Oakhtar
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The_Drunken_Sniper

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-28-2014 22:04:21 | More by The_Drunken_Sniper
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.