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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,705 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 235
Gots: 503 | 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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Photo of maltlikker
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

maltlikker, Jul 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

AustinBrooks, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split into a pair of snifters

Pours very black with a slight reddish hue, very little head. Smell is very alcoholic, smokey, rich. Coffee.

Taste is sweet and astringent, cherry and plum, coffee and chocolate, smoke and alcohol. Interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and heavy. Overall, I like this beer, but I'm glad I split it with someone.

snaotheus, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

therope, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jaminjohnson, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brewed in 2010, Batch 6. Pours an oily opaque black color with a thick dense dark tan head that reduces to a small continuous cap. Aromas of strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, caramel, and some dark fruits with some light alcohol. Taste of strong chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with some caramel. An excellent balance of flavors in this. Some alcohol noticed on the finish, but overall very well hidden for 16%. Medium carbonation and full body. Hmmm, and I got this as an extra in a trade...sweet.

beergod1, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

LotsofLupulin, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

GeoffreyM, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

djtomain, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

StubFaceJoe, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Stumpy29er, Jul 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

steph1974, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of baggio
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, consumed on midsummers eve 2012.

Apperance: Black as night with a small, brown, head.

Smell: Prunes, Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Ripe fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate, Roasted malt, Coffee, Ripe fruit, Alcohol, Molasses.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation in this one with tiny, tiny, bubbles. Quite drinkable but still boozy after all these years in the cellar.

A tasty nightcap but a little too hot to be really enjoyable.

baggio, Jun 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Lynn, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 bottle ive sat on for a while.

The look is good, it pours oily but it isn't totally black, it is more like a very dark brown with a decent head and some lacing.

The smell is a wall of deep stout flavors: soy sauce, lots of toasted barley, dark chocolate, charcuterie fruit jelly (dark fruit), and alcohol esters. Interesting but not supremely appetizing.

The flavor is very rich and explores the aromas in more detail with nice stone fruits, big barley flavors, plums, alcohol flavors that are not overly hot which is nice, toasted dark bread is the main thing I taste. This is nice and deep in flavor, not super roasted but not overly sweet either, it finds a nice super dark malt balance with the alcohol.

The feel is oily, it is maybe more carbonated than I like and is sort of thin for a huge ris. A little hot on the end.

Overall a nice beer, I feel like I might have even been able to sit this down longer....

Dreadnaught33, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

AGoodStout, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

sarahgant, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

kennethkearns, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

iKrystin, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage purchased from the dusty shelves of Route 59 beverage in Nyack. Yeah that place (lol).

Jet black body with a very small cream-colored head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lace. Aroma smacks you in the face with booze after all this time; some chocolate, molasses, raisins, anise, roastiness, but alcohol fumes predominate.

Tastes pretty much the same; lots of booziness and heat remain; rum-soaked raisins, less chocolate and roast than the nose indicates. Something about this reminded me quite a bit of an overly strong, overly sweet and flat rum and coke. Syrupy but still a bit thin. Overall it's only medium-bodied and could use a bit more viscosity to support the heft of the booze. Carbonation was low but present. Sticky, somewhat oily mouthfeel with lingering sweetness and definite warming in the gut.

This was actually fairly unpleasant to drink. It's too boozy and sweet and lacks a lot of the more appealing flavors of the better big stouts. It left me asking myself, why? In the end I may have scored this one charitably; I can't see getting this again and it has raised doubts about the other super high ABV Avery beers in my cellar at the moment.

tobelerone, Jun 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

dubmax, Jun 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

mcss, Jun 07, 2012
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.