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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,773 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,773
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 243
Gots: 518 | FT: 24
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

MSandahl23, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Brandywine
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Appearance: 2 and a half fingers of a mocha head with tight bubbles. Pitch black. No light around the rim. Tons and tons of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and cane sugar. Some roasted notes as well.

Taste: Bakers chocolate, rich coffee with cream. There's a little oakiness and some roasted quality but the rich cocoa and coffee really come through. The alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant. Starts sweet and finishes with some bitterness. There's a subtle but non-descript dark fruit quality.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full. Not as a thick as I would have thought. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise. It's well balanced between the rich and sweet and the high ABV. Going to grab a few bottles to age.

Brandywine, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BeerNFoodDood, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

MCBrigno, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Jet black color with a 2-finger tan head. Not much retention or lacing, but that doesn’t surprise me with a beer of this magnitude.

S – Chocolate, coffee, plenty of dark fruits like plums and figs, molasses, and definitely some alcohol.

T – Follows the nose nearly exactly. Starts off sweet with chocolate, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, and molasses. Roasted coffee bitterness shows up at the finish and pairs well with the slight astringency of the alcohol.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation for the style, a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter roasty finish. Sweet dark fruit flavors linger nicely and mesh well with the heat from the alcohol. Really nice mouthfeel and the perfect amount of heat for a very high-ABV beer.

O – This is a really nice sipper of a stout. I was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable this was given the ABV. It seems like Avery has made a career doing this kind of thing. As long as they keep making them, I’ll keep getting them.

BlackBelt5112203, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of purdueflyguy
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5 2009 picked up last week at a liquor store couldn't believe they had it.

Appearance pours near motor oil black very little head dissipated quickly just a few bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Smell booze a little sweet vanilla slight coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste sweet dark chocolate and coffee. Finishing to a dry coffee. A little oxidation I'm guessing because it sat on a shelf at a liquor store for 3 years and got a lot of light I dunno. But still very good.

Mouthfeel silky smooth yet warming pleasure.

A very good beer but probably could have benefitted from proper cellaring.

purdueflyguy, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Spaceangler, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ilikebeer03, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3, November 2007, 16.00% abv. Foil topped 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a black that allows some light to shine through the edges exposing a dark brown/red body. Thin edging of light mocha foam. Swirling creates insane alcohol legs that stick around forever and stain the glass dark yellow. Lacing is minimal and retention nonexistent.

S - Starts off with super bitter and over roasted coffee beans. Its like getting pelted with a cup of a gas stations attempt at an espresso. After that nasal assault there is some sweet vanilla, charcoal, soy sauce, and red wine notes. Seemingly all over the place and just confusing. I feel like there is so much happening in here, but I don't have the will power to find it all. Alcohol finally burns the nose on the finish. Not great.

T - An improvement. Coffee and milk chocolate lead into acridic red wine and vanilla. A touch of savory soy and cigarette ash rounds it out. Alcohol is warming but not super noticeable. Mouth feel is thin to medium with plent of carbonation still kicking around.

O - The aroma was pretty offensive but the taste was actually pretty nice for a 5 year old 16% monster of a stout. Worth the try for sure.

davey101, Nov 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

THECPJ, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

orangesol, Nov 26, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of the November 2008 batch 5 in fall 2011. I aged it for a year and tried it in November 2012. I drank it out of a standard pint glass (unfortunately).

It poured a beautiful coffee color on the side of the glass, collecting into an absolutely black liquid in the glass. The head was remarkably small, a few shades lighter than a caramel color. It dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

It smelled of roasted hops and a hint of molasses.

It tasted fairly heavily of chocolate, roasted coffee and a light hint of hops. It was absolutely delicious.

It ages extremely well, and the aging mellows out the flavors quite nicely.

If you ever get a chance to pick up one of these I would recommend it whole heartedly. This is the type of beer that you only get to try a few times. I picked up one of two bottles they got into my local liquor store, and I will guarantee that if I get the chance I will be picking another one up.

kilik693, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Lukas, Nov 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

rderedin, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

bradcochran1234, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Jwillyb, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch, been sitting in the store for two years. Poured into a CCB snifter glass
A completely opaque black color. A small tan head that dissipates and leaves a small layer on top of the beer. Some nice lacing.
Dark chocolate, some dark dried fruits, coffee. A nice roasty scent, almost burnt. A bit of sweet molasses.
Some incredibly powerful flavors. Dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of alcohol on the finish, but surprisingly not overpowering. Extremely thick and heavy in the mouth and light carbonation. The texture is almost syrupy, but manages to be quite smooth still.

I haven't had this fresh, but I would be interested in seeing what it's like, because what I got here is surprisingly smooth and mellow for such a monster of a beer. This is delicious.

Danny1217, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jbeezification, Nov 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled November 2008. Batch 4. O.G. 1.133. ABV 15.92%.

A: Opaque red-dark with a touch of mocha head.

S: Boozy as hell. The nose alone is intoxicating, and goes straight to your head. Astringent enough that nothing else survives.

T: Fantastic! The strength doesn't show on the maintaste. There is a touch of dryish and bitter malt, roasted, I'm sure. "Bittersweet rapture," indeed. Big fruit, sweet sugars, and a swirl of other flavors. The aftertaste is dauntingly strong (I considered adding a splash of water, a la whisk{e}y) and lingering (chocolate, berry, and booze).

M: Uninspiring, though competent.

O: Overall, excellent. The past four years have done it proud. Recommended and superlative. Would have again and again...and again...which is a dangerous recommendation, I suppose. Delectable.

AgentMunky, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

siddhartha, Nov 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

brother_kenneth, Nov 20, 2012
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,773 ratings.