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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,894 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 261
Gots: 605 | FT: 34
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

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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.

Photo of LukeK
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MartzMimic
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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 Musineer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zsaevre
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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: Albertsons 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 +19.3%
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 rden4654
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidMaguire
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +14.3%
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 kmcw86
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerdogg
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GoatMother
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NonicPanic
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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 dataylor21
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mborba00
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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 vma
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.