Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Malt Varieties:
Roasted Barley
Black
Aromatic
Special B
2-Row

Yeast Varieties:
Westmalle Belgian Ale

Hop Varieties:
Bravo
Sterling

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
918
Ratings:
2,366
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
332
Gots:
854
Trade:
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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black coloration with a small, creamy head. Smell is quite intriguing, being dominated by dark and red fruit: date, fig, cherry and strong malty notes of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, toffee and booze as well. Taste is similarily complex and quite unusual and unique from most stouts I've had. Strong notes of dark and red fruit: date, fig, cherry that take on a very light tart note as well. Complemented very nicely by malty notes dominated by chocolate, toffee and molasses, with hints of brown sugar and licorice. There's are some very light notes of earthy, grassy hops to this as well. Finishes somewhat boozy, with a very light bitterness and medium sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel with a very rich body and very low carbonation. This is an incredibly rich and complex Imperial Stout with a somewhat unique flavour profile to me. While there is quite a bit of booziness to this, it still hides its monstrous 17.1% ABV (batch 2014) incredibly well. Great balance for the unique flavour profile. I'm not sure if I would seek this out again, but I totally respect it for its bold, complex and unique flavour profile. This certainly is the very definition of a sipper, and it excels at that.

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Photo of beergoot
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown body; decent head, tan and sticky. Chocolate and cocoa scents; charred grain. Rich, dark chocolate flavor; boozy and bitter; bourbon. Heavy body; fiery alcohol presence; charred sugar heaviness.

Annual release October 2016, Batch № 12. Beastly and evilly enjoyable...

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Photo of Zonian1
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mush
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StealYourFaceStout
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 batch #11.
One of my favorite beers of all time. Drinking really nice right now, not too boozy but still some warmth. Huge smell of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Taste follows the nose with lots of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, hint of coffee, roasty, nice balance of bitter and sweet. Very drinkable for 17%. Awesome beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle, Batch 8 from Darrel at 2017 RIS tasting. Finally one that blew my hair back. Black, slick pour, sparse tan head. Slightly sweet aroma leads into a full, robust taste that overwhelms. So tasty and smooth, that you don’t notice the 16.2% ABV except for some gentle warmth.

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Photo of themayorkoch
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage. On draft, Wade’s Wines, Agoura Hills, CA.

Very deep amber, nearly black. Ivory white head and very even lace

Bitter, roasty, malty.. fruity noses that round it out.

Boozy, bitter, dark fruits, surprising hop presence. Crazy that it’s over 2 years old. Getting a lot of barrel presence as well.

Sticky, boozy burn, but still very smooth for a 17% beer.

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Photo of TooGood
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Isarnan
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeneralBurden
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a thick light brown head that never goes away. Surprising for the abv. Plenty of lacing on glass
S: Sweet Belgian yeast character, juicy fruit, roasty, espresso, molasses, grape, vanilla, brandy
T: Dark fruits, sugar coated raisin, sweeter dark chocolate, bitter roasty character, alcohol, maple, rum, licorice
M: Thick and creamy
O: This is a big, in your face beer. Pretty dang sweet, likely from the yeast strain, but balanced with the alcohol and roasty malt

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 2010 version on draft at Sierra Grille in Northampton
A - Dark as can be, thin mocha cap. tiny relentless carbonation
S - Served cool, lots of dark fruit, bakers chocolate, some toffee and leather
T - Great chocolate, and barrel blend. fig, hint of locorice
M - A meal
O - A big broad stout, with some reach, worth seeking out

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am having Mephistopheles Stout from Avery, batch 12, ABV 14.6%. It is cellable for 10 years, and it is recommended you wait a few years before you drink it, and this one is only one years old, but I could not wait any longer. It is very nice. It has a wonderful flavor. Maybe it would have been even better if I could have waited.

Look: Black with a thick fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, dark sweet chocolate, dark fruits

Taste: It is roasted malts, dark sweet chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits like raisins, and bourbon. It is a bit boozy but it blends in well.

Feel: medium body, made for slow drinking

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Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch, aged 3 years

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Photo of CobraDC23
2.99/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of npendres
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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