Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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:
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Reviews:
920
Ratings:
2,373
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
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333
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855
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Photo of dafla67
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled October 2018 from 16oz bottle in pint glass. Bottling date October 2016 "Batch #12" listed on the label.

Appearance: Very dark black, dark color, with a 1 finger dark tan head. The head lasted a while and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge aroma that filled the room as soon as it was poured in the glass. There are chocolate and roasted malt aromas, along with alcohol and coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of chocolate, cherries, and roasted malt. Some coffee flavors as well. There is a hint of hops for a contrast. There is a caramel, with also a very slight vanilla flavor. The alcohol flavor is stronger than most Imperial Stouts.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, and very strong alcohol which matches with the 14.6% on the label. Very smooth and thicker than other stouts.

Overall: This was the first time I tried Mephistopheles, but I have previously enjoyed other Avery stouts and IPAs. There is more sweetness than most stouts, but but the coffee and hops balance it well, so it is not too sweet. It is disappointing that this has been retired, as I would buy it again. I will look for Avery's Uncle Jacob's stout, which has good ratings.

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

Oct 2016 batch

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of huge dark roasted coffee and chocolate along with a slight bitter charred malt note.
T: Taste is a little boozy up front followed by bitter dark chocolate and espresso, huge roasted malt, burnt sugar, and charred wood, and some overtoasted marshmallow. Swallow is more bitter roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some lingering charred wood and burnt sugars.
M: This beer is thick and slightly silky on the palate. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while enhancing the mouthfeel. On the finish this beer is quite drying which is expected given the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really good beer. Huge and in your face. The extra time in the bottle may have tempered and mellowed it out a little but it's still a little rough around the edges. Slightly warming on the drink as well from the ABV. Very well executed but definitely one to share.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

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

Photo of hcproff36
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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

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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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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,373 ratings