Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
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
Ratings:
2,332
Reviews:
908
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
859
For Trade:
48
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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My second bottle from the last bottling in 2016 before Avery discontinued Mephistopheles.

Look: I've never liked these glued, flaky foil caps, but I still like the label. The beer is very dark but clear with some light on the edges, finger thick dark tan cappuccino head, mostly tight bubbles that dissipate quickly. It coats the glass like a frothy Americano.
Smell: Fruity, light roast, pumpernickel or gingerbreadiness, some citrus hoppiness, sweet chocolate, lots of big Belgian ale yeast character. More fruit and chocolate than roast. Barely any alcohol, very good complex maltiness. Banana bread and graham cracker as it warms. Great aroma.
Taste and feel: Very fruity and chocolaty like the aroma. More chocolate, milk and bittersweet and dark chocolates, fruits like white grapefruit and dried red cherries, raisin, and toffee. Anisette and chocolate raspberry syrup. Some lingering hop and coffee bitterness and light roast in the finish. More roasted malt and dark coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans when it warms. Belgian strong dark ale qualities including a dryer finish and a low, pleasant alcohol heat. Good carbonation, not too sticky, not very heavy, and fairly smooth.

One of my favorite imperial stouts that I love fresh, I was and again am disappointed to see it go.

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Photo of sohearn
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque and thick. A good amount of visible carbonation running up the edges of the glass gives a half-finger of tan head, though it fades quickly. This is coating the glass, but not so thick as to stain it.

S: Chocolate and boozy, with big dark fruits – raisins, prunes that are brown-sugar candied. Molasses and sweet dark roasted malts. Vanilla and some tannins. I don't think this is barrel-aged, but it's so rich and boozy and complex it almost smells like it. Sweet but not cloying.

T: Sweet chocolate and boozy. Big dark fruits, sticky bourbon-coated raisins, brown-sugar coated dates. Vanilla and caramel, sweetness. Oak tannins, dry baker’s chocolate with the malt roastiness try to balance this near the end. It ultimately finishes with lingering rum-soaked raisins with ethanol sweetness and roasted malt bitterness.

M: A sticky mouthfeel, with a body that's thinner than expected but substantial enough to hold up. The ethanol is warming, but for nearly 15% it’s at least integrated. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: This was really tasty. Not an everyday drinker for obvious reasons, but this might be the best of the “Demon” series I’ve had.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMills52
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbw5009
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 12 - bottled 2016. Monster.

A: Pours a thick oily black body with a thick mocha head that rings and dots the glass with dark shards.

S: Rich, tarry aroma, with raisin, prune, and dark fruit, licorice, and everything dark you can name, chocolate, wine, port, charcoal.

T: Leather, espresso, tobacco, dark fruit, licorice, oil, cherries, and becomes bitter, hops, herbal, incense, and pepper in the finish.

F: Full bodied, syrup, good legs, with low carbonation, finishing in climax of warm bitter.

O: Give it time whether drinking old or young. Better probably if aged a bit. Complex.

Which would you rather a boozy zinfandel or this complex flavor bomb? Better than wine.

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Photo of Tbulling
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gemini6
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meals00
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Feldpausch
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArghImaPenguin
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sebas
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Cow!

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Photo of Rejis
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, strong wood, strong alcohol, hint of dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of dark fruit, and wood. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, body, and blend considering the abv.

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Photo of bwarren82
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super hot. Not bad for 14.6% but there's so many better ones that are the same ABV level or above.

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