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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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1,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 281
Gots: 652 | FT: 42
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, little to no head fading quickly. This stuff is pitch black, no exceptions.

S: Amazingly it doesn't smell boozy at aver 16%. Nice brown sugar smell. Very faint cocoa. Roasty malts. It smells really good.

T: Wow, surprisingly smooth. I can taste "campfire", a smoky wood flavor. The turbinado sugar is noticeable and works nicely with the aggressive flavors in this beer.

M: Heat. The taste is smooth but this beer definitely leaves you warm in the mouth. Moderate to mild carbonation.

O: Excellent. Bold and smooth, smoky and sweet.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Had this bottle over a year. Finally decided to break out before it gets too warm around here.

Pours a dark oily black. Small chocolate colored head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is roasty with some of the dark fruit smells. Hint of the Belgian yeast strain.

Taste is dark fruit and malty with a little chocolate bitterness in the finish.

A very unique beer. I think the chocolate notes that others describe have faded. Time seems to have somewhat smoothed out the beer. The alcohol burn is slight which is a bit crazy with the high alcohol content.

Something I would have again. Would like to try it fresher next time.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #5 from 2009, bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Jet Black with a bit of a mocha-colored head. Dissipated quickly.

N: Very very roasty, reminded me of a straight grain mash. Picked up some dark fruits and brown sugar.

T: Pretty much followed the nose, but an overpowering grain taste. I would say that it wasnt overly boozy and didnt demonstrate much heat on the way down.

M: Full-bodied, not much booziness, reasonable carbonation given its age.

O: I very much enjoyed this bottle, and was able to share it with some other BAs. The grain flavor was a bit strong, but I'm not sure if thats just how it is or if it was a byproduct of being so old. I have another bottle of the same batch, and will hang onto is as long as possible before trying again.

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Thank god this monster comes in a 12 oz bottle. Still was quite scared to open this bad boy. 2012 vintage (16.24% ABV). I think I paid around $9.

A: It's black with half a finger tan head.

S: Roasty malts, dark fruits (cherries) some smoke, chocolate, some cola like aroma, brown sugar, alcohol.

T: Dark fruits, roasty malt, chocholate, some hop bite towards the end (not noticeable in the nose), brown sugar, and I pick up some smoke, char. Complex. While it's boozy, I would say they did a good job balancing out the alcohol heat.

M: Thick, chewy, alcohol heat.

O: I see this beer everywhere but never tried it until now for some reason. It definitely a huge beer, definitely well crafted, and tasty.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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