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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
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1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1560
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.19%


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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xymyl

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Color: Black with a dense brown head and surprisingly small bubbles.

Nose: Coffee, chocolate, milk and oatmeal, overripe dark and dried fruits (rasins, prunes, and processed dried fruits), dark sugars (molasses, sorghum etc...), pine tar and big alcohol

Taste: Sweet, oatmeal, milk, you know it's all in there but it is mainly a battle of sweetness vs. alcohol. For the most part the sweetness comes off the winner.

Overall: Very full bodied, rich and chewey, a 12 ounce bottle is probably enough to share with a friend. It is a bit rich, sweet and warm ... like dipping a cheese cake in kerosene. If you are a huge milk stout fan this could be your holy grail, truly an imperial strength stout with a richness akin to a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 00:39:08 | More by xymyl
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single somewhere local, probably Julio's in Westboro, MA. Red foiled.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, with lots of heavy lacing, nice for the abv. Aroma is lots of dark dark grains and overwhleming alcohol. Taste is sickly sweet dark maltiness upfront, a light fruitiness, and then a super warm close. Strong alcohol seems to be much more present in the nose than the mouth. Mouthfeel heavily coats, and seems smooth, but the drinkability is just dead in the water from the syrupiness and blantant alcohol presence. Enojyed this more than The Beast, for what that's worth.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 01:11:42 | More by ppoitras
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass inky black with a very low dark brown head which was persistent, but less than 1/4" thick at it's best.

The aroma was malty and alcoholic with a strong chocolate impression coupled with dark fruits. Raisins and prunes led the dark fruit charge with a roasty expresso and biscuity/toasty character. The aroma was vinous and just a bit tart.

The flavor was malty with a lightly vinous nature. The flavor was strong with caramel, chocolate and expresso. Dark fruits, again, raisins and prunes, were strong and alcohol was strong and even a bit harsh in this beer. The flavor contained a strong estery flavor of a fermentation that perhaps was carried out just a bit too warm.

The finish was dry with lasting vinous, chocolate, coffee and alcohol long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was full, but not viscous. The alcohol warming on this beer was off the charts. A decent beer, but with too much alcohol presence and too high a price.

12 ounce bottle. $8.49

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 23:24:46 | More by GCBrewingCo
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AndoBrew

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

*did not like would not buy*

pours a nice nice dark with garnet (is that how you spell that deep ruby stone??)) hints looks thick.. nice tan 1 finger head

smells like rasins and hints of choco.. and little SMALL whiffs of booze sweet booze, suprised .. kinda a mild smell, thought it would be scary honestly.. like the bottle I guess I wish it had more of a richness to the nose..just me

the nose was better right before the first beer went in my mouth, had some of that syrupy soy smell

then the beer went into my mouth... it was good and intresting, then it hit my throat and the 15% said hello with an alarming sting., the smell tricked me, I will re group and line up for a 2nd sip...eh ehm..

a smaller sip, sweet, dark fruits, SWEET, suprisingly so.. no dark earthy choco, no roasty toasty black malts, really sweet..some tasty darks way after the finish in the back of the throat, the booze flavor and throat feel is huge, over powering..

by the 3rd sip I am getting more imune to the booze shock, the mouth calms down and just accepts it.. still sweet, not as.. and a lil more dark stout type flavors start to finally peak out

by now the head is leaving thick lace on the walls of the glass that look like the crema from a very well made espresso shot, tan with a reddish hue to it, looks yummy!!

I am still not going to score taste yet, need to keep sippin, so far I can say I like the after taste more than the taste.. but in my book that does not count.

I think this may not be a good one for me, I like the mouthfeel and the way it looks in the glass, I am not takin by the nose on it

ok I have enough to close...

I DO like the taste of good booze, I like scotch neat, and other strong powerful flavors, 15% is no big deal compared to 40% so I am in no way takin and tricked by what I see as this beers gimick, I do not find it overly drinkable or enjoyable, I do not think it is complex or rich (things I crave from my beloved big stouts) I have found some dry choco. hints in the finish mixed with SOME tosty dark maltness but mostly it is SWEET and unbalanced..

I GOT IT!! It tastes like I am drinking a brown sugar dark rum, you know how raw brown sugar has some musty earthyness to it but is really just and odd sweet dark flavor?? WELL thats what this is, with a booze throat added to it and a small hint of stout beer flavors 1 min after each sip

this is a no go for me, I will gladly age my other bottles to see what happens to all this sweetnes. I can see that some would like it, cause some people like boozy brown suger, Just not me..

Thank you to Avery for making a new beer and moving the world of craft beer foward, we cant grow if we dont try.


(in an edit I am adding, just to be clear. This is not a bad beer. I did finish it, Its just not good for me, for all the reasons above. : )

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 05:26:26 | More by AndoBrew
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SacoDeToro

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa doggie! Let me premise things here that I had this beer fresh off the tails of drinking a nicely aged Samael's Ale. It was big beer day today!

The beer poured a deep black with a slight translucence in the light. It had a tight tan head that settle out after a few minutes. The lace had a sanguine tint which I'd never quite seen before in a beer. Definitely demonic...

The aroma of the beer was that of big sweet malt, slight roastiness, and a ton of alcohol. Despite the advertised 107 IBU, there were no hops in the aroma to speak of.

The flavor of the beer was immensly malty and somewhat syrupy sweet. There was a roastiness that came through on the finish. I didn't taste much in the way of dried fruits, but there were notes of molases and maple. The hops helped balance things, but this beer was still intensely malty. When you've got a liquid that's so saturated with sugars, it's next to impossible to get significant amounts of hop oils to dissolve, but Avery's brute force brewing methods made sure enough made it.

The mouthfeel of the beer was heavy and thick. The carbonation was tight and at the right levels.

This beer was very much an experience in brewing extremism.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:37:55 | More by SacoDeToro
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

$8.99/12 oz bottle at Merchant's in Dearborn. Ouch! Brewed with 2-row, black patent, roasted barley, Belgian special B, and aromatic malts. Hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings.

15.1% ABV. OG=1.145. 107 IBU's.

Pours out to a forboding black, forming a thick dark tan/cocoa colored head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild. Upon cracking the bottle open and pouring, I'm immediately overcome with rich tawny port aromas. Intense prunes and dates, sharp deeply roasted grains, a ton of sticky malts, green resinous piney hops, vanilla, espresso, black walnut, milk chocolate, and dark rum. The mouthfeel is acidic from the roasted grains and oddly sour, likely from the copious amount of hops. Syrupy, cloyingly sweet, extremely rich and dense. The taste is a recap of the aroma. There is a ton of dark fruit, but the sourness looms over it all. Malt body is substantial and the burnt marshmallow sweetness is moderately strong and never taken over by the hops. Alcohol is perceived in mentation and as it goes down the pipe, but it doesn't stand out in taste. Cleanly fermented except for the odd sourness. Soy sauce in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter, if that makes sense. The finish is dry, extremely chalky and sharply burnt.

12oz of this is plenty, but it should really be in the $4.99/bottle price range. The very definition of a "sipper". Share this with 1 or 2 friends. Obviously, this is a beer of strength and quality, but it's primary flaws are the sourness and overwhelming burnt sugar syrupy sweetness that makes your teeth ache. Palette fatigue sets in very quickly, much quicker than the other "Big Beers" I've had from Avery. I'd have to pass on this one again. I would much rather spend my money on Salvation or The Reverend.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 01:02:45 | More by Mitchster
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks dhchatfield for this beer.

This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet. The beer was served cold so it could warm up while drinking. I thought this beer would be a sipper.

Appearance: The beer is a oily black coloration. No ruby opaqueness to light is present in the beer. The beer head is two fingers high and the color of burnt creamed coffee. Major sticky lacing remains on the glass.

Smell: The beer has complex blend of explosively boozey dark sweet fruityness (figs, dates and berries) dipped in a mixture of molasses espresso and chocolate with a dab of soy sauce. The beer has an ever so slight pine cone prescence.

Taste: The beer is full on sweet at the begining. Loads and loads of molasses and sugary sweetness rain down. Just when the beer is in danger of going cloyingly sweet with raisans. Darkly roasted nearing burnt coffee and bitter sweet chocolate raise their heads. The beer then breaks into a somewhat vinous quality. Spicey alcohol adds a pleasing counter note and also helps breaks up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied and then some. The beer is major league chewy. The taste seems to linger forever. The beer is loaded with alcohol feel; however, the alcohol burn and texture add to the beer experience in a positive way. The beer does a big time warming of the belly. This beer should be treated with respect. The beer is a definate self regulating sipper. Perhaps it would have been wiser to split this beer with a good friend. Sometimes the wisdom of the beer split seems to escape me. This is a dam fine double stout and I enjoyed it immensely. The beer will make a great winter warmer. I will rush out and buy a few more of these for cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 14:18:12 | More by nlmartin
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. 12 ounce bottle, shared with BA earthman, courtesy of him.

Appearance, black as sin itself, with a fine roasted espresso cap.

Aroma spills out into the atmosphere, booze blended with coffee and motor oil.
Let's add a messy mix of plums, raisins, rusted molasses, treacle, anise underneath, snips of chocolate. Quite a ferrago indeed.

Taste is thick and slick and slightly bitter, huge, sinful, decadent, rich beyond all recognition...enormous mouthfeel...molasses up the wazoo...fantastic stuff, immense ...unbelievable...unique...nothing like it.

and then, boom! boom! comes the alcohol!

This is the imperial stout pushed beyond all limits. Wonder why it's not as beloved as Dark Lord? Not as thick? Not as rare? Too strong? No parties in the parking lot?

A succulent dish, despite the price, not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 09:47:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, nice looking graghics on label, "brewed in Jan '06, batch #1" Pours jet black, thick darkest shade of tan head and some semi-sticky thick lacing. Bold nose of dark coffee, chocolate milk shake and roasted grains. Thick and creamy brew, over the top flavors of more coffee, malted chocolate milk and loads of smooth roasted goodness, drying late in the long finish. Stout lovers/big beer lovers rejoice. World class dessert beer/night capper. Aging potential obvious, dangerously drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 15:40:42 | More by Billolick
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maniac

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apppearance was a dark black color with a medium frothy brown head that dissipates fully.
Slightly astringent chocolate and cherry aroma.
Flavor was of dark and roasted malts with chocolate, caramel, some cherries and a bit of coffee in the end.
Very syrupy consistency.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 19:50:03 | More by maniac
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head.

Smell is dark burnt grain, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and mild bitterness.

Taste is huge. Similiar to the nose, but on a much larger scale. In addition there is a sugary sweetness that doesn't neccessarily mesh well with the other flavors. Finish is dry and lingers with overly strong alcohol, and coffee smokiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Although I am big fan of Avery in general, this beer is a little too much for me. It is certainly drinkable but doesn't live uip to the expectation of a massive stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 02:54:50 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with brown highlights and a swirling bit of dark tan head accross the surface.

Smell is full of sweet syrupy dark fruit odors with a sweet burnt malt smell as well.

Taste is full of dark coffee flavor with burnt malts and sweet chocolate coming through along with a strong alcohol taste. Finishes with a nice bit of burnt chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and hot.

Overall not to bad considering the over the top quality of this beer. Not something you would drink on a regular basis, but decent on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 02:36:59 | More by bashiba
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Blacker than the deepest recesses of space with a minimal head of dense, mocha froth.

Aroma is huge malt, chocolate, charred coffee, plum, pit fruit, vanilla, light anise and a jet fuel-like bite of fusal alcohol.

Flavor is immeasurably huge, with massive malt and cocoa sweetness shadowed by dried pit fruit, dark chocolate, espresso, light vanilla and hints of oaky dryness. It finishes with a sticky blast of piney and light citrus hops. Cloying sweetness stands out and the hot rush of alcoholic heat is barely tolerable. Is this stuff flamable? Needs at least 5 years of proper cellering to mellow out.

Body is simply huge as you would expect. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but the alcohol burns the sinuses on the way down. Very hard to drink. Maybe in the future???

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 14:03:57 | More by AlexJ
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walleye

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in March. shared with bieristgut in florida. poured black, with a brown head. aroma, wow, dark fruits come out first than a big hit of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, some vanilla, coffee, malts. flavor another wow the caramel and malts come out than the alcohol, dark cherries, plums, almost port like. good beer

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 02:16:20 | More by walleye
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jslot38

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Easily the most bad ass bottle I've seen so far.

Appearance: Nice... pretty sweet looking beer. Black as can be with a dark brown toffee like head adorning the glass.

Smell: Alcohol just lingering all over the place. You can smell the sweetness. Sweetened chocolate, some roasted coffee and a touch of toffee and roasted nuts.

Taste: Wow... now thats some alcohol. As pbr85 put it, "Well, thats a sipping beer if I've ever had one." The usual complexeties that you see in a stout quickly fade away to the onrush of alcohol and sweetness. But somewhere mixed in there is some dark chocolate and caramel, touches of candied nuts.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth actually. Low level of carbonation, very smooth from the hops which I have to imagine load up this beer, even thougth they don't have much of a presence in the taste.

Drinkability: Yeah... right. Actually, I'll get through one, but that will probably be enough for me. Its a sipping beer all the way around.

Notes: Well, its tough to place this one. It takes their Czar stout and adds some more alcohol, some more sweetness and lingers along that line of taking it over the top. A fine looking beer, and certainly worth the experience with its highlights and lowlights.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:09:17 | More by jslot38
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When at first I taste this beer I thought to myself this is a Barley Wine, now I learn it is an American Double Stout, I swear I could say it was a Barley Wine.

First her appearance was dark brown with a shy amberish hues that tops with a brown beige head that let herself slowly go away.

Smell was hoppy, floral, chocolate, caramel and malty, no esters of alcohol at all.

Taste is sweet, candy like of sweet that comes with a sweety malt, roasted chocolate burn and malt. At first you can notice the hops hitting you with their distinctive floral and bitterness but this comes off pretty quick to let place to this sweetness created by the alcohol volume.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 18:21:15 | More by 3Vandoo
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asabreed

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into two wine glasses and shared with a friend of mine. Let's see what happens here.

Appearance: Huge mocha colored head, dark as dark can be, the dark probably after your life is over. Lacing all over the glass. Gorgeous and evil stuff.

Smell: Heavy coffee, mocha (especially mocha) and burnt to all hell malt characters. I was expecting dark berries, but there's not as much there as I thought would be. There's some alcohol, of course, but not as much as you may think.

Taste: Yes, the name fits. Hugely insane amount of malt, then an insane amount of coffee and mocha. Maybe the biggest beer I've ever had. This is a green bottle, I know. The sweetness at first may seem a bit much, but by the end the hops assault the palate in the way to calm to the sweetness and the malt. Actually this IS the biggest beer I've had. Look at the bottle. Warn your palate. If you're not up to this, well... it may not be the best idea. But goddamn, this is amazing stuff.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, and yes, it's fairly syrupy and heavy. However, what else would you expect from such an enormous brew?

Drinkability: This is beyond a sipper. A wonderful beer and something to experience. I wish Avery'd take more jumps to this highly alcoholic level; if they become as triumphant as this I want and hope to see more.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 22:14:29 | More by asabreed
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mikeys01

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This demonic brew pours out thick and inky black as the darkest night, crowned with an oddly clumpy dark tan head forming small pools of malevolent foam. Aroma is crowded with all kinds of roasty malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, with a bit of raisin and plum poking out. At first sip, I’m just about blown away by the strength and flavorful punch of this brew. Very malty sweet with a hellfire heat that grabs you right away and threatens to send you straight to the Pit of Despair. Through the dark flames, I sense bourbon drenched raisins, black licorice, and cocoa through the middle. Hops become a bit apparent towards the finish where a bit more bitterness oozes through the dark dense beauty. Mouthfeel is way full and as far as drinkability, this is a sipper for the boldest beer drinker. Finish is syrupy sweet and warming. Definitely an impressive creation, not something for everyday but worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 01:36:33 | More by mikeys01
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown.
Settles as black paint.
Smallish topping of tanned foam.
Doesn't last long but sustains a thin cloud on top.
Lacing is thin and thickly stringy.
Aroma is hot and deep.
Nosey with dark molasses tang and a breeze of chocolate.
Otherwise its actually fairly understated and uncomplexing.
Taste is mostly tangy and darkly deep.
Molasses and portly so.
Semi cloying, heated, and thick.
Chocolate covered currants and plums stick the finish into a firm hold across the palate.
Wow, does this stuff have some stick to it.
Doesn't want to let go.
A nice effect to the overall as its diversity doesn't supersede its complexity in flavor.
An all or nothing portly tanged character of molasses and dark fruity malts.
Some choclate is evident in a dark under score mixing with the fruity sided tang.
Body is immensely thick and absolutely smooth with a very nice intregrated warmth of alcohol thats port-like and thickly set upon the backing of the tangy sweet malts.
Finish is lengthy.
And then some.
Again, this stuff has a stick to it that works well with what it offers.
Mephistopheles' is not quite a deserving namesake in my book of evils.
Although...the ABV is hellishly sneaky so perhaps I can see why.
But as Milton put in Paradise Lost -
"Long is the way, and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light."

The light here is not seen through the beer, nor the taste, in most aspects, warmth being the exception, and hard it is to drink a bunch of this before seeing the light on in the bathroom, and hard is the way to have it come back up the way it came in.
How's that for a drunken stupor of religious type philosophy.
Take that Milton!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 02:53:43 | More by tavernjef
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a 1" head that lasted quite a while for a high alcohol bomb.

Smell: tons of brown sugar sweetness and strong alcohol.

Taste: alcohol is way up front, thick roasted malts, raisins, licorice, soft bitter dark chocolate tones, and loads (too much) brown sugar sweetness. This was way over the edge for a big stout and personally I did not find it enjoyable, neither did the wife. The alcohol dominates, and the sugary sweetness is too much. It did not improve as it warmed either.

Mouthfeel: heavy, smooth and syrupy throughout. The finish was long on the alcohol and annoying sweetness.

Drinkability: extremely slow sipper, and I can't call this one impressive as some have. This is a brew I would like to try 5 years down the road to see how it ages. This is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 11:43:09 | More by Gavage
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What can you say about something this over the top??

Appearance- Innocent looking enough, black with a wispy brown head.

Smell- Sugar, sugar, sugar. Fruit and alcohol.

Taste- Bananas hit me first?! Cherries, candy, alcohol, roasted malt. This is one complex brew.

Mouthfeel- Thick and clingy. Who cares how it feels, you're overpowered by the taste.

Drinkability- Only one, thanks. This is sweeter than some cordials I have had. Sugar, then more sugar. So thick you would be hard pressed to drink more than one in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 00:36:16 | More by kirok1999
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on Jan 2006. Pours an opaque black with brown highlights with a creamy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is musty, sweet, slightly sour fruitiness and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is a big burst of extremely sweet candy-like sugar that dominates. There's some slight sharp alcohol (but it is rather well hidden by all the sweetness), and also some dark fruits. A little roasted bitterness tries to pop its head out at the end, but is quickly smothered by sugars. As it warms, more alcohol and anise comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, this definitely didn't live up to the hype. It's drinkable but way too out of balance with all the sugary sweetness. Way too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 05:54:24 | More by Beaver13
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Marty's, its been sitting their on my shelf tempting me for several months. Finally released and poured into my snifter it has a creamy brown head that sticks around for a couple of minutes despite the alcohol. There isn't a darker beer in existence this side of World Wide Stout, which incidentally is the only beer that I can think to compare this to.

Smell – Loads of rum with dark fruit and pineapple. The alcohol burn is strong, but there is still a lot of dark roasted complexity hiding in there.

Taste – Well its a big ass stout... Plenty of alcohol layered with candy sweetness, roast and a solid hop bite. Its rare that I get alcohol burn way down on my first sip, but it happened here. Not as roasty as many stouts, there is some chocolate and coffee, but its subdued and without any charcoal. Its a complex flavor, just a bit too much alcohol for my palate.

Mouthfeel – Its thick body is silky without being cloying, paired nicely with low carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Lets put it this way, I drank this while watching the Yankees vs. Sox, I cracked it in the first inning and was still drinking it in the 6th. Maybe not the best choice less than a week after having many low alcohol offerings at NERAX.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 17:55:20 | More by OldSock
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just call it heaven in a bottle. Expecting an over-bearing, alcoholic monster that I'd have to choke down, this was a tremendous surprise. Serious flavors and aromas jump out of the onyx-black brew. Big aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolated, ripe fruits, sherry, and oh yea, malt. The roasted malt comes through with a silkiness in flavor and feel. Coffee flavors remain mellow, yet strong. Sherry and soy sauced decorate the fringes. Cherries, dates, figs, plumbs, and a hint of vanilla liven the beer a lot. Sweet and strong alcohols compliment the brew from sip to finish without becomming overly harsh. Thick, robust, full, and rich. Also smoother, rounder, and more balanced than expected. I'll love to have one in a year or so to compare.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 14:01:20 | More by BEERchitect
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. 8 oz pour. The beer is a deep and sinister black color with a very light head over top that has arranged itself such that it looks lit colonies of mold because isolated streams of bubbles are boiling up creating colinies of head. Nose is gigantic. Thick dark fruit sweetness dripping with molasses and light soy sauce. There is a definate alcohol presence in the aroma, but its not biting or burning, just there. This one is all about thick and sweet aromas. Incredible. Flavor is big and sweet. Initial sip brings lots of molasses and brown sugar sweetness with some very solid raisin notes. This moves very rapidly to a full coffee infused with sweet chocolate, finishing with a touch of almond to sherry-like flavors. I enjoy this one a lot. The mouthfeel damn thick and with a lot of syrupyness. Carbonation is really light to nearly absent. Even with the warming in my stomach and the swimming in my head, this one remains drinkable. I'm a sucker for big flavor, and this one fits the bill. I'm interested to see what some time does to this brew, as I think it will mellow out and blend better. I do enjoy it right now. No alcohol present in the flavor. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 23:09:31 | More by kmpitz2
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93 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.