Mephistopheles' Stout
Avery Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.26 | pDev: 11.5%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
Notes: 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
Special B

Yeast Varieties:
Westmalle Belgian Ale

Hop Varieties:
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oct. 2016 - Batch no. 12

Intense, dark, rich, roasty, notes of plum, blueberry, raisin, prune, fig, vinous black grape, chocolate covered cherry, anise, licorice, booze soaked dark fruits, black espresso coffee, baking chocolate, hints of sweet soy sauce, dark molasses, charred toffee, cooked caramel, toasted graham cracker, burnt brown bread, astringent roasted barley, woody ash, with earthy herbal piney hops

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, May 26, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of caramel foam that retains well, even after aging for nearly 3 years. Head retention is good. Aroma is deep and dark roasty, toasty, caramely, nutty, and earthy malts with a little hit of sticky, earthy hops right on the back. It's rich and full of depth with the dark personality of a dementor. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty and caramely malts with soothing and semi-sweet toffee, molasses, caramel and chocolate. It has dark, lightly bitter malts up front that crescendo into a smooth foundation for the decadent, semi-sweet backend. It works up and up, peaking and then fades away nearly instantly. At three year's old, the 14%+ ABV remains but a light ghost in the background, never distracting from the stout notes or charring or flaming the tongue. Mouth feel is thick with a chewy, heavy grain that is nearly chew-able. Overall, hearty and robust, this is one filling and flavorful stout that is focused on the quintessential stout notes, with nothing else to distract.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jul 23, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Red foil wrapped cap. 'ANNUAL RELEASE OCT. 2016 BATCH NO 12'.
Black colored body, with dark brown back lit edge. Two fingers of tan head, which leaves behind webs of lacing.
Aroma of dark roast coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and high ABV%.
Taste of chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a back note of raisins and prunes, with alcohol wrapped around all.
Medium, creamy mouth feel. Good supportive carbonation.
Well curated high alcohol stout. Having to deal with the high ABV% requires a slow sipping approach, but each sip is rewarding with blended taste and smooth mouth feel.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Clocking in at a hefty 16.43% ABV.

L: Inky black pour with a finger of brownish head. Falls fast with a nice ring of lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... dark chocolate and french roast coffee. Booze and fruit.

T/F: Follows the nose. Super complex... rich roasted sugars and grains. Rum raisin, cocoa, espresso, and anise. Boozy yet hides its massive ABV to some degree. Warming... smooth and silky. Sweet dark fruit, rum, and chocolate at the finish.

O: An outstanding and absurdly big stout from Avery. Far too drinkable... absolutely delicious, and perfect for a snowy January evening. An 8 year old beer from the cellar and still fantastic.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jan 18, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

'16 bottle (retired)

Pours a dark cocoa murky brown. Some sediment. Small dark tan head. Settles to outer ring with dirty soapy lacing thru out.

Smells of raisins, burnt sugar, figs and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is actually closer to a strong ale then a stout. Maybe with its age the flavor profile has changed a bit. Never had it fresh so couldn't say. I know Avery stouts are more on the sweet side than most.
Taste is sugary. Some chocolate with more focus on a raisin/fig/date mouthful. Moderate alcohol taste yet no burn per say. Stale malts and some semi sweet dark cocoa on the finish. Definitely leaning more towards a strong old ale than a stout.

Medium body with a slick sticky mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation.

Excellent complex stout.
Almost light a blended ale (imo)
Wish I could have had it fresh to compare.

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drunkenmess from Michigan, Jan 16, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Oct 10, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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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SHODriver from North Carolina, Aug 23, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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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beergoot from Colorado, Jun 07, 2018
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
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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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 05, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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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WickedBeer from Alabama, Feb 19, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Dec 03, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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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SABERG from Massachusetts, Nov 21, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Mephistopheles, 14.6% ABV, 80 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a right pretty brown three finger head which left decent lacing. Nose is roast malt, fruit, booze, and chocolate. Taste follows, with some sweetness up front, and a substantial bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, and overall excellent. Not a BA, but could pass as BA. I would have rated it higher, but I'm not a fan of extreme bitterness.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Sep 09, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/05/16. Appearance leaves nothing to be desired. Motor oil-colored pour with a chestnut highlight or two, and a thick, spongy long-lasting tan head that leaves some sticky lacing. Even at fridge temperature, the alcohol is front and center. Lots of bourbon, roasted espresso bean, dark chocolate, licorice, and tart cherry. There is a ton of burnt-coffee bitterness and a touch of lingering tartness on the finish. This was not quite a year old at the time it was sampled. Some time in the cellar may have smoothed the rough edge. Still, this is a fine and complex beer.

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dcotom from Iowa, Sep 01, 2017
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4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Act25 from New Jersey, May 02, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Tone from Missouri, Feb 21, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thick, fluffy tan head. Big bourbon and barley smell. Tons of roasted barley and carmel malt. Big warming frombthe big alcohol. Very unique stout.

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "ANNUAL RELEASE NOV, 2012 BATCH No 8 1062 CASES" "16.2% ALC/VOL 31.25° P"

Appearance: It pours oily black into a black body. The head is short with a bit of a darker shade of khaki. The head has this creamy consistency and it very slowly fades away leaving a thick ring and a few islands of bubbles on the surface. It forms and retains a head fantastically for an ale of 16.2% ABV.

Aroma: Right up front there is a rich coffee liqueur aroma. This is followed by a burnt caramel scent and alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate makes its way across the palate. It has a wonderful chocolate flavor combining the flavor of bakers chocolate and powdered cocoa. There is a bit of black licorice flavor in there as well but light and complimentary. The finish has a light burnt bitterness with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth with just a bit of alcohol bite and bitterness at the back. It is a sipper. It has some nice carbonation that pushes back at the smoothness of the beer and sort-of spreads the beer out a bit more across the palate.

Overall: It is an outstanding and decadent chocolate tasting beer that would work great as a dessert beer. I wouldn't really recommend it with a full meal because the beer has a very big character that demands a lot of attention. It is the kind of beer that you could just sit back and enjoy, reflecting on how good it is. While I haven't had this beer fresh I have aged it for a little over four years so I can say that it ages wonderfully. I would like to pick it up again and try doing some verticals with it; certainly try it fresh and see how it compares.

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teromous from Virginia, Feb 05, 2017
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4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two words. Sweet burn. Batch 12 October 2016. Smell of dark fruit and malts. Smooth as can be for a 14 percent abv. Wanted to have one right away and save my stash for years to come. If you can find some get it while you can!

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PaulElk from New Jersey, Feb 04, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, Batch 1 bottled January 2006. Pours dense pitch black color with minimal head and lacing on the glass. Nice alcohol legs clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Light roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/char on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/char bitterness, lightly increasing though the glass. Low carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, thick, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, a very mild warmth lingering after the finish, with zero booziness. Overall this is an absolutely amazing Imperial Stout after 11 years of age. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely in it’s prime for age, and I can’t see this falling off any time soon. A highly amazing offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 27, 2017
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2396 ratings