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Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,776 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 245
Gots: 522 | 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%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

brother_kenneth, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DCocco86, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

nrombes, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Heretic42, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

gshak, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from batch no# 5 2009

A/ pours a nice black with Hal a finger if dark chocolaty head, nice retention, slowly dissapates To a film, small amounts of spotty lacing.

S: right of the bat I get loads I chocolate with a hint of dark fruits, rasins and prunes.... More chocolaty then anything though... Then as the brew warms I start getting a charred smokiness and some wood like character. You can deffinatly smell a bi of heat coming of it from the alcohol, but from what i remember from when it was originaly released, it seems to have mellowed of considerably.

T: much like the nose, lists of chocolate with a him if dark fruit, I feel like the charred character from the Jose deffinatly steps it up a notch from the aroma, giving a charcole note, which I'm not all to found of, not as sweet as I expected for the abv.

M: heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation, Deffintky a sipper, booze kicks in on the end particuarly as this beer warms....

O: not a bad beer, bit far from my favorite. It pushes the abv limit for sure, but it just isn't all that great flavor wise IMO. It has calmed down nicley from three years ago when I First tried it, but I'm still not a huge fan.

PeterIngemi, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

marct, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tswater, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

arash1000, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

n00blar, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly aggressively poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated November 2011, Batch #7 into an Avery Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a abyss-like deep black with a three finger dark beige to brown head. Good retention that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it recedes. Deep dark chocolate, black cherry, some roasted malt, and alcohol on the nose. Opens with deep mixed dark fruit, joined by roasted grain, charred chocolate biscuits, booziness and phenol alcohol. Finishes with rich notes of bakers chocolate and a touch of hop bitterness and notes of roasted chocolate malt. Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation smooth, with a hint of syrup. One of the ultimate high abv American Imperial/Double Stout sippers that cellars incredibly well.

chanokokoro, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

FlussigkeitMut, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Auztan, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

CaptDavyJones, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JohnnyHops, Nov 06, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the fridge into a tulip glass. The first 1/2 was cold, but the second had been out for about 30 minutes at room temperature before poured.

A - Black hole. You don't get a head unless you hard pour it, which results in a thin, brown cap. negative on the lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate and molasses.

T - Huge. All kinds of flavors at once. Honestly its over the top. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and molasses at the end. So much going on that it gets muddled.

M - Coats your mouth in that syrupy imperial stout goodness. Begs to be sipped.. it took me slightly over an hour to drink the 12oz single.

O - Glad that I tried it, but I won't be rushing back for it again. There are other imperial stouts, notably DF World Wide Stout, that are at a similar price point and taste better.

AdamHart22, Nov 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

harpus, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec 2010, batch # 6.

A- Hard pour produces a big gray, brown head. But it bubbles and fizzes down rather quickly. No lacing, and no cap. The brew is motor oil black.

S- Heavy smells of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze too. Some heavy roast, coffee, and a little smoke. There's an underlying vanilla, and some phenolic character from the booze.

T- Initial tastes of dark fruits. Plum, black cherry, and then heavy chocolate. Chocolate covered fruits. A bit of coffee. Insane warming from the alcohol. Borders on overbearing but makes it out. almost like a liquor.

M- Medium bodied stout. Low carbed. A definite sipper by the alc content.

O- Feels more like a cordial then a beer really. It's not as extreme as black magic, but one is drinkable. Nothing to seek out but worth having.

haazer, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.