Mephistopheles' Stout
Avery Brewing Company

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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
14.6%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 11.61%
Ratings:
2,412
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 22, 2022
Added:
Feb 06, 2006
Wants:
  329
Gots:
  842
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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
Black
Aromatic
Special B
2-Row

Yeast Varieties:
Westmalle Belgian Ale

Hop Varieties:
Bravo
Sterling
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by tkolterman from Pennsylvania

Unfreaking GREAT

Apr 22, 2022
 
4.47 by brew-Ed from Texas on Jan 23, 2022
 
4.13 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Oct 12, 2021
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3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Vintage 2007, ABV is 16%. Black colour, small tan head. Intense aroma of fusel and soy sauce, also roast malts and tar. Sweet flavour, intense malty and roasty notes, also molasses and liquorice.

Apr 23, 2021
 
3.96 by chossboss from Oregon on Apr 12, 2021
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4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by gobrewsome from Alabama

Complex stout much aroma a slight etoh and taste cherries coffee chocolate

Apr 09, 2021
 
4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa on Jan 22, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Batch 12 Oct. 2016. Poured at 58 degrees. Rocky/mousse-like combo tan head; excellent cap retention, solid ring, medium heavy lacing; tons of suspended particles; tar black with ruby edges; thin legs. Roast malt, molasses nose; some fruity esters from the Westmalle Belgian yeast; boozy exhale. Bitter Baker’s chocolate; char; roast malt; black licorice; burnt brown sugar; dark chocolate on backend. Smooth feel, medium body; alcohol bite on tongue; full mouth warmth from 14.6% abv; dry finish. Overall, awesome multilayered flavors; some sharp alcohol, but the malt and yeast keep the booze in check; not keen on the floaties, but otherwise an impressive high gravity stout.

Jan 15, 2021
 
4.24 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Dec 24, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Wow, this is complex. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that lasts. Aroma is mild chocolate. Flavor explodes forward with chocolate, roasted notes, some wine notes and a touch of dark fruit. Feel is great, smooth and pepper hot with some whiskey burn. Overall a big complex stout with enough booze for a few beers.

Nov 27, 2020
 
4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey on Nov 27, 2020
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Purchased in oct 2020 for $10. Wow this is just an incredible beer. I like stouts but I love this beer. Big taste big feel big deal. Pours out dark brown with a tinge of deepest burgundy. Little head that dissipates quickly. Smells strongly of those dark fruits which is pretty typical. I’m getting raisin, date and maybe something like dried cranberry. The scent of alcohol also comes through pretty strongly. It’s a heavy dark scent. Taste begins with sweet cherries and chocolate, moving next into the raisin and date. Definitely a bittersweet wash to it. At the tail end a deep cocoa dryness comes through along with some alcohol. My palate feels quenched when I drink this beer, it is so warm and overwhelmingly complete of a taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately effervescent. Overall this would definitely work as a dessert in and of itself, or a nice pairing with chocolate as suggested by the brewer. I’m overwhelmed by the deliciousness of this beer and Give it a rare 5 star rating. I don’t know why Avery stopped brewing this. I’m definitely going to remember this beer and have it again.

Oct 31, 2020
 
4.18 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Oct 22, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hopley from Massachusetts

November, 2012 bottle. 16.2 ABV. Drank October, 2020 out of a very curvy tulip.

Aged beautifully. Poured dark black with some small head that faded, but left some brown head around the edge of the glass. Smelled of roast and char, taste was more mellow - kind of like really dark chocolate with a little char. I’m not usually a fan of roast and char, but there was just enough sugar in there somewhere to boost those two attributes up to make them absolutely acceptable, and delectable to me. Nicely alcoholic, especially as it warmed. A real old school stout. Feel was medium to thick bodied, very nice.

Overall - can’t believe how well this beer aged. A real treat.

Oct 19, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Megamickel from Texas

From Batch 13 (October 2019). Pours into the glass and blots out any light that would threaten to filter in through it. The Head is dark brown, with some very neat lacing with moderate retention. Aroma is of heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, and caramel, with notes of tree nuts and a deep, warm overtone. Taste follows - chocolaty, malty, and with notes of coffee rounding it out - the finish is smooth and leaves a lingering feeling of dark fruit covered with luxuriant dark chocolate. The high abv lends itself to the brew, giving it a warm feeling, and it is just heavy enough to linger on the palate long enough to appreciate its complex character without overstaying its welcome. The overall experience of Mephistopheles leaves one willing to renounce the heavens and the light and live on the dark side.

Sep 04, 2020
 
4.17 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 04, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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

May 26, 2020
 
4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 20, 2020
 
4.25 by edthehead from New York on Dec 05, 2019
 
4.35 by Giggy from Michigan on Nov 29, 2019
 
4.44 by alexsergio from New York on Sep 02, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Jul 23, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Jun 03, 2019
 
4.25 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on May 12, 2019
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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
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Bottle aged an additional six months and still too boozy. This stout was interesting but still a little over the top on roasty char character.

Apr 30, 2019
 
4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2019
 
4.35 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Mar 22, 2019
 
3.9 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Feb 02, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 18, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by drunkenmess from Michigan

'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.

Jan 16, 2019
 
3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2019
 
4.37 by _nickg_ from New Jersey on Jan 08, 2019
 
4.25 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Dec 24, 2018
 
4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 09, 2018
 
4.4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2018
 
4.16 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 20, 2018
 
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Nov 19, 2018
 
4.54 by baseballrock from Texas on Nov 01, 2018
 
4.54 by Marklaker from Florida on Oct 27, 2018
 
4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2018
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2412 ratings