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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,941
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 280
Gots: 640 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Clonies720
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, oily black. No light shines through this beer. 1 finger chocolately head forms and dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell: Dark fruits like figs/dates/prunes, and an aroma reminiscent of wine grapes. I'm also detecting chocolate, roasty malts, and black liquorice/star anise.

Taste: Huge, intense flavors that are coming at me all at once. I'll try to interpret them all individually... It starts off very sweet, and kind of toes the line at being "cloy", which means it is sickeningly sweet. Then I taste almost like a chocolate, cherry flavor with a boozy, almost double espresso kick in the finish. Slight hints of vanilla, plum, and a dash of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: FULL-BODIED. Carbonation is medium-high, but seems to fit the beer fairly well, despite the high alcohol content. VERY chewy. This is a beer that I like to say "you can practically eat it".

Overall: This is a life-changing beer. The sweetness is borderline too much, but the complex flavors that take over after the initial sweetness make it worth the enjoyment.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice foamy dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black. The beer has a nice and interesting texture. Thee beer has kind of a porter look to it that works well. Also, lots of lacing, and that is always nice.

The beer smell is interesting. The smell seems to consist mainly of cocoa nibs with a little bit of dark chocolate, which makes it pretty sweet. The smell has a slight Splenda smell to it. In addition tot he sweet smell, the beer has an interesting sweet cherry note.

Interestingly enough, the flavor changes with the temperature. The beer starts off sweet and sugary taste that turns into a stronger and roastier beer. The beer taste is definitely sweet and sugary. The sugar seems to be a bit sweeter than Belgian sugar and comes off pretty well long with a nice sweet licorice flavor. After the beer warms up, the main notes are dark chocolate with a very strong cocoa flavor with the licorice flavor. The beer also has a hoppy note through the entire beer but is barely noticeable due to ll of the malts and chocolate. The hops are still strong in the aftertaste though and last quite while. The beer, overall, resembles a sweet hot chocolate.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer is heavy bodied with an interesting texture to it. The beer sort of feels like drinking a hot chocolate and has bit of a raspy texture. The carbonation is slight but gives it a nice bite.

Overall, the beer is fantastic. I definitely recommend getting your hands on this if you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of sniper061
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark brown, motor oil looking beer. A caramel head, with normal lacing. Aroma is awesome, with fresh coffee, strong roasted malt, milk chocolate, anisette, and a notable alcohol presence. The glass is of beer is bitter like black coffee.. This beer was delicious although did finish with a little alcohol heat, possibly due to it being 16% abv. I will drink it again.

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3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. It's not the thickest looking pour I've seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. There's even some lacing left on the glass, as well.

S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. I'm really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.

T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - it's almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like it's every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, it's the lack of impressive depth that's the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.

M: It doesn't feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything that's occurring within the flavor profile.

O: Right now, it's pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased for $9, bottled 10/12, poured into a 12 oz Half Acre snifter.

A: Motor oil-black body with 2 fingers of milk chocolate head and amazing retention and lacing.

S: Roasty dark malts and dark chocolate. Not overly aromatic but nice flavor notes.

T: True to the taste, lots of roasty malts and dark chocolate, not hoppy or overly bitter. A lot of heat though, expected for the >16% ABV.

M: Smooth, coats the tongue, chewy, nicely (although a little overly) carbonated, wet finish.

O: A big, big, stout. I got 2 bottles of these, and will keep the other on the shelf another 10 months or so to see if this boozy brew will calm down. At $9/12 oz probably won't buy too many more of these but glad to have the opportunity to try.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,941 ratings.