Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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
Special B

Yeast Varieties:
Westmalle Belgian Ale

Hop Varieties:

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

What a unbelievable beer! Poured motor oil black with a nice dark chocolate head and great lace on the glass. The smell was big with toasted malts, molassis, plums and a touch of hops. The taste was very big with good sweetness in the beginning, a bit of alchohol flavor in the middle and a nice slightly bitter finish leaving you wanting for more. This will taste great if aged and I bet it would taste great as part of an Imperial Stout Float with some nice vanilla bean ice cream! Try it now!

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

Batch no. 9, December 2013, enjoyed December 2016. Poured into a snifter (in 3 installments). Pours a thick, thick jet black, with a half a finger of brown/khaki colored head that lingers longer than you'd think, and some of the head lingers on the side of the glass as you drink. Looks dark and deep, as one would expect. Smell is huge, o cannot possibly overstate how huge the aroma is on this, with loads of caramel, bakers chocolate, marshmallows, roasted grains, with smaller hints of licorice and leather. Taste follows suit, and is just as huge and in your face. Like being lovingly punched in the face, if that's possible. Layer upon layer of complex bitter/full/flavors unfold as it's on your palate. Amazing complexity and layering of flavor, with some booze on the throats at the very end, but nearly as overpowering as one might expect, and that likely has a lot to do with the age on this specific bottle. Extremely full in body, luxurious would be an understatement. Everything about this is simultaneously decadent, and sinister. Unbelievably delicious, and a beer to keep you warm as it's sipped over hours and hours. 5/5. No questions.

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Photo of VT9091
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black. Thick and rich and Choco-lick - well - more like drinkable crude oil. If Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy is motor oil (and I love Ten Fidy) this is boozey crude. Goes with chocolate, almonds, and gear boxes. Loved it. Five 'Fives.'

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

One of a kind Imperial Stout masterpiece. Rich roasted dark bitter chocolate, hint of cherries, molasses, canned brown bread/ burnt toast, licorice, dates, figs, rum/raisin, black coffee, brown sugar, currants, graham cracker, toffee,Kahlua/creme brulee, and a hefty dose of char. Some heat, but even that works as a catalyst to marry the disparate flavors. One of my all time favorite impys.

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

Poured from the 12oz. black with red foil wrapped bottle into an oversized snifter. About half the bottle in for the first sample with an aggressive pour to pull out the head and release aroma. The beer was jet black with hints of ruby near the edges. The head was one-finger of thick and creamy tan coating on top. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles clung to the glass and the head faded quickly. A motor oil like look from the top.

The nose is very boozy with big aromas of rum and bourbon soaked dark fruit. Plum and fig coming through and a huge chocolate aroma. Lots of dark roast coffee and expresso in the nose and a hearty roasted malt aroma.

The taste hits with a big roasted flavor. A huge chocolate layer cake like moist chocolate flavors backed with strong coffee and expresso flavors. The chocolate and coffee meld very well and are backed up with a huge boozy base. This is some strong stuff. Low carbonation levels make it very brandy like, and the alcoholic warmth is intense. Half a bottle and you feel the power of the beer. As the beer warms it becomes even more boozy. This is a cold night sipper and the way, and a very good one.

Mouthfeel is big and bold, gets a little thinner with warmth, never cloying or syupy. Minimal carbonation levels, brandy like mouthfeel.

Wow, this is one big and delicious beer. Lots of nice boozy character with a huge warming. A one and done beer all the way but perfect to sit and sip. The flavors meld beautifully and although strong, it doesn't dominate in any one area to detract from the others. At 7 bucks for 12oz. it is expensive, but it is well worth it. A very very enjoyable beer.

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

Bottle claims: OG: 1,134. 16,00abv. Batch 3, bottled November 2007.

A: very thick and equally dark, Mephistopheles' pours with a head the same color as chocolate ice cream that quickly fades into patches floating atop the brew.

S: the bouquet is big and bold, with heavy notes of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and many other enjoyable aromas.

T: wow, one of the most intense, yet, balanced brews ever! Tons of mollasses ( from the turbinado?) chocolate, licorice, coffee, vanilla... You have to try it to really understand.

M: full and creamy without being sticky, solventy, or syrupy. Impressive.

D: this is easily one of the best stouts being brewed in the US at this time. I haven't had a fresh version, but with 2 1/2 yrs on the shelf, this is fantastic. Aged at BOTW, and probably a bit at T.J. Sheehan's, this brew delivers everything a stout fan should be looking for. Definitely a must have, no matter what it takes to get it.

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#100 review Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, with vigor. Pours so black, with a 4 inch mocha head with beautiful lacing, that slowly settles into bubbles. Smell is EXPRESSO, with smoked chocolate, and a touch of booze. Taste is all of that, maybe a little more boozey tickle than the smell. Roasty,Toasty, and I dig it the mosty. Mouthfeel is as good as any, with plenty of carbonation for its gigantic abv. Love the chewy body, perfect. I had 2 ozs last year at Extreme Beer Fest, with a tarnished palate and was impressed. Now having 12 OZS for my 100th review and it still amazes. Beer is almost a year old and holy s---, it still may get better with more time. I chose the perfect beer for my 100, totally in awe ....

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Photo of smatthis49
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers all time. Was my introduction (accidentally) to high abv stouts. Was handed to me by someone who knew nothing, back when I knew nothing. Immediately I knew I was drinking something special. Only have two left in my fridge, and it breaks my heart.

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

OK straight 5's on a beer I can only drink once in a great while.

A-black as sin, dark and sinister, so dark it makes a shadow light

S-plums,prunes,evil sweetness,coffee,fruitcake (but not in the I don't like fruitcake way)

T-OK heavenly chocolate,coffee,dark dried fruit

M-thick syrup, yet creamy and stays on the tongue

O-This is a devilish beer, all the taste you could ever want yet the high ABV is so well hidden it sneaks up on you and by then its too late. This is my abolute favorite beer though I could never drink it more than a couple time a year. Bravo Avery

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

Had to try this one out. At $8.75 a bottle I figure it must be good right? Ok, I've been burned using that logic before, but as a spoiler alert, this one was spot on. I've now reached my benchmark for stouts. Holyfuckingmotherofgod, this beer rocks! First of all, I poured this one into one of my Chimay goblets and the first thing I noticed is how this looks like the hell-spawn of motor oil and expresso with a rich, light brown head. So far, so good. Next is the deep aroma of, what? Deep, dark decadence? Don't care, I've got to taste this... I get hit with an overpowering mixture of flavors that my humble palate is incapable of describing, followed by the fumes of alcohol that run rampant through this brew. I have to finish this review so that I can savor what's left. Drink this. God commands it. Cheers!

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

One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have ever had the pleasure to drink. The guy a the liquor store told me if I liked RIS I would love this. He was right.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Midnight black pour, small off-white/tan head and no lacing. Dark fruits, coffee, alcohol, anise and dark chocolate make up the aroma. Flavor of rum, espresso beans, licorice, and some vanilla. Medium to full feel on the palate with sweetness cloying to the palate. Quite the brew here; thick, creamy, smooth, and very drinkable for 17%! Overall, a fantastic Imperial Stout that is a warm sipper on a cold night.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch 4 (nov. 2008), from bottle into tulip glass.

pours black as night, little brown head. smells like booze and brulee'd apple, maybe malted chocolate. mouthfeel is like 2% milk but fizzy, really nice actually. holy. fuck. one tiny sip and my tongue exploded with flavor, front to back. chocolate, then fig newton, then booze, then roasted caramel, then back to figs for a super looong finish. this beer is some fucking serious fucking shit. wow. overall, this is just incredible. one of the best beer experiences i've had. sipping on this shit for the next 2 hours. seek out at all costs.

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Photo of kilik693
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of the November 2008 batch 5 in fall 2011. I aged it for a year and tried it in November 2012. I drank it out of a standard pint glass (unfortunately).

It poured a beautiful coffee color on the side of the glass, collecting into an absolutely black liquid in the glass. The head was remarkably small, a few shades lighter than a caramel color. It dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

It smelled of roasted hops and a hint of molasses.

It tasted fairly heavily of chocolate, roasted coffee and a light hint of hops. It was absolutely delicious.

It ages extremely well, and the aging mellows out the flavors quite nicely.

If you ever get a chance to pick up one of these I would recommend it whole heartedly. This is the type of beer that you only get to try a few times. I picked up one of two bottles they got into my local liquor store, and I will guarantee that if I get the chance I will be picking another one up.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, and not the last, time I've tried Mephistopheles' Stout, grabbed at the Neil St. Piccadilly. A thin finger of dark tan froth with amazing duration rests atop a deep black body. Black and nothing but black black body. Rich nose! Berry, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses--a lush melange. The taste is full and complex. There are hints of sweetness with the berry, molasses and sugar, but they're well complemented by the somewhat bitter, roasted coffee. Splendid mouthfeel, creamy and smooth with ample carbonation, yet a bit thin, not as viscous as I would have hoped. Not paper thin, either. Despite the rush of hot alcohol late in the glass, this is one that doesn't require baby sips with the very high ABV (16.03%), in my estimation. Patience yields delicious complexity from this monstrosity, but isn't mandatory.

One outstanding Imperial Stout, high on my list and well worth the rather expensive price. One of the very best from Avery, no light praise.

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Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%

Nose: alcohol, chocolate, bourbon,
As brilliant deep dark brown one can get without being pitch black under an enormous 3" clingy, rocky, persistent, lacy foam cap that marks each drink with a ledge of lace.
Palate: A rich alcoholic chocolate bourbon malt drink that makes an excellent sitting by the fire after dinner drink.
Chewy, creamy, very soft fine medium carbonation, surprisingly well balanced and nuanced.

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Photo of PaulElk
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of mattgreger
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this brew in honor of the birth of my first child on 4-10-11

Picked this up at Capone's Bottle Shop, the ABV on this brew states 16.4% though the ABV for review says 15.1%

Black as night, this brew is super dark. This brew couldn't get any more opaque. It poured with a huge, thick, dark brown head, which has some great retention. Not to much lacing however, but this is expected with such a high ABV brew.

From the crack of the top on this brew, I can tell I am in for an amazing brew. Before you even pour this brew you get a punch of rich, dark chocolate and a strong boozy aroma. Its huge. As it warms, this stout has strong coffee/espresso aroma, as well as some notes of what I can detect as a black liqourice. This brew has a huge character, it actually tingles the nose.

I can't even begin to express how big of stout this is. The malt profile of this brew is in the front with some great choclate flavors. Once this flavor hits you, a rush of cocoa, coffee and great alcohol punch hits the palate. Its got a smokey flavor as well. The roasted flavors of this brew, make it even more complex then I ever though. This is a man's stout, and a sure sipper. It is a belly warmer from start to finish. This is one amazing stout.

The mouthful on this brew is down right amazing. There is a low carbonation to this brew, making it super slick, almost buttery as it hits the mough. Its thick and delicious.

The drink on this brew is not for the faint of heart. I will have to say its an amazing stout. Many times I would take away points on a brew that has such a harsh ABV, but that would be taking to much away from such a great brew. This is a great brew to enjoy on a cold day, for it will warm your body from top to bottom. This is probably one of the best representations of the sytle, I have had to date. I will be sure to try some of the other limited brews by Avery Brewing Company.

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Photo of Buebie
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is the best beer I've had in my life.

Bottle date of November, 2007, batch 3.
Purchased this little beast at Heritage Liquore in St. Paul. Looks like I'll be going back for another bottle....

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with red tinfoil over the neck and cap. Into a 12oz merlot glass.
Black syrupy inky liquid poured rigerously, forms a dark fluffy brown head, 2 fingers deep. Thick lace lines the glass, with excellent retention.

The smell is so intense and so diverse at the same time. Many aromas coming off this beer, its a huge aromatic brew. It changes as it warms.
First off I get black licorice, molasses, sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee, peanut nuttienes.
Folowed by small grassy hop notes, some mild alcahol fumieness.

A swirl of the glass brings back the head. At first the bubbles are a redish black in color. Then settling to a creamy dark brown.

The taste is ohh so complex and wonderful. I have never had a beer like this, so much happening, to few of words to describe it.

I get a sweet molasses, nutty oak like character, that shifts shapes into a hazelnut. Then fades into a smokey tobacco. At the same time through all this there is a taste of amaretto/ Frangelico liquore. Some alcahol warming through the middle, that wisps away and changes shapes into a chocolatly flavor. Finish is dry and still creamy with a tinge of Frangelio sweetness.

Wow....Its so good.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation present. This is really hard to take more then a sip at a time. So much flavor, I must do this beer justice be sipping it oh-so-slowly.
You must try this beer.

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Photo of brdc
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few worthwhile notes before the review. This is a batch 1, bottled January 2006, kept in my cellar for nearly four years. The bottle states "only" 15.1%, less than what it is stated on the website; it either changed in following batches, or the information here is wrong.

Anyway, as I finally opened the small capped bottle and poured into my snifter, I was amazed by the thick, foamy cocoa colored head above this nearly pitch black brew, with reddish brown highlights. It is always an amazing feat to see this beautiful head in a "booze bomb".
The aroma, after 4 years is amazingly powerful; as I opened the bottle, I could already feel it, even beforte pouring. This is looking great.
Chocolate, loads of it; coffee, lightly roasted malts, lots of vanilla, and even a bourbon note (no, this is not barrel aged as far as I know; perhaps this comes from the high ABV, but it definitely there). Dark fruits, molasses.
Full bodied and creamy, and the flavor is NOT a let down after the amazing aroma. Thick, sweetish but never cloying; the bourbon heat, if never burning hot, provides the balance. Molasses, high quality chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light coffee.
This is an amazing beer, IMHO the same overall feeling but better than Black Tuesday; and it is dangerously drinkable. I do not know if the other batches rae this good, but I have to age a case of this one. Wow; unexpected treasure.

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4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my vacation celebration

Bottle inspection: Bottled 1/06 Batch 1. OG: 1.142 ABV: 15.1%
States that it was brewed with all the usual ingredients+turbinado sugar.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, resiny hops, and molasses.

Appearance: Pure evil in a glass. Crude motor oil-like pour. A thin tan head. Occasional carbonation streams in the body. Simply menacing.

Flavor: More molasses, licorice, maple, a firm alcohol backbone, dark fruits, and occasional cabarnet grapes.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, oily, and a dry finish.

Overall impression: Yikes! This is Avery's best IMHO. With 9 months on it, it's a World Class stout. I was skeptical b/c Avery's bigger offerings tend to be a mess (see Czar for details). This one lives up to the hype. The alcohol is well hidden behind a wall of complex flavors. Seek this one out. Highly recommended and a new all-time fave.

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4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is a heavy weight of a stout. It has body, and blends it big booziness with a lightly chocolate tinged depth that make this a viable candidate to lay down and age.

That said, I like this now. It is robust and bold and expressive. This is a bad ass stout. But I can imagine what age can do if it smooths out the edginess and deepens the flavors. You win either way.

I would call this an extreme stout. It's Bigness pushes it over the smooth level into the level of this-is-a-bit-strong-but-not-in-a-negative-way kind of stout.

Not for wusses, that's for sure. This will grow hair on your chest.

This is in my top five stouts of all time.

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4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter. Batch No. 7 released Nov. 2011 Served on 5/01/2012.

Appearance: Black if I call it anything else I would be lying, the tan head is thick rising to roughly 2 fingers length.

Smell: Light molasses and roasted bitter chocolates.

Taste: Incredibly complex, I am so impressed I will shoot out to my local ber spot to see if I can by at least two more. Chocolate, that is bitter tasty having one sip is not enough.

Mouth: Medium, bubbling throughout your cheeks...borderline full and no complaints.

Overall: I cracked this open after buying it a few weeks ago and I don't want to finish the bottle. I have had many and I do mean many imperial stouts and this ranks among the best, among the Dogfather, the Abyss, and Founders Breakfast plus the KBS. Treat yourself and grab 2; every real beer drinker deserves it. Salud!

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4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle (2008 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black hole and totally impermeable to light.Thin cap of moderately dark brown foam which has decent retention. Shows some legs due to high alcohol content.

Aroma-Burnt toast, brown bread crusts, chocolate liqueur, and a healthy dose of caramel. Rich booze, pepper, and chocolate lava cake. Background notes of burnt toffee, blackstrap molasses, and raisins. As it warms, candied plums and black licorice emerge. Don't take this wrong way, but this beer smells like sex with luscious, boozy brownie batter. Devastatingly awesome.

Flavor-Substantially different than the aroma, but still intense and awesome. Molten chocolate lava cake with fudgy, boozy chocolate liqueur. Substantial roast flavor with hints of espresso. Some peppery spice and substantial booze. Caramel is much lighter here and the dried fruit is almost entirely absent. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish blends with warming alcohol to dry out all that gooey malt sweetness. Decadent and awesome.

Mouthfeel-Viscous and chewy with moderately low carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth. No longer hot, as the age has helped to tame the alcohol.

Delicious, decadent, and awesome. Ive had this young several times and it's a bit too intense, with heavy hopping, syruppy body, and hot alcohol. However, at three years out, it's really starting to hit it's stride. It's awesome, and it will only continue to get better.

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4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Why did I wait so long to try this beer? I guess it's because I've had so-so experience with Avery beers in the past, and also this beer is typically $8-9 per 12oz bottle. I found it for $5.99 at Kahn's in Indianapolis, and bit the bullet. The beer is black and opaque, with a thick dark tan foam. The aroma is perfect in my opinion. Tons of roasted malt, dark fruits (maybe plums or raisins), chocolate, a splash of alcohol. The taste is beyond belief, this is way better than I expected. All the aromas come through richly, this is intensely flavorful. Thick as Dark Lord too, this easily competes with Dark Lord or Batch 7000 for the best RIS I've had. Definitely ahead of Stone RIS or Abyss. as good as those are. Absolutely recommended.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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