Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

2,332 Ratings
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 StlHopHead77
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage consumed on 9-3-2011.

A-Pours out a dense,deep,coal black body topped by 2 full fingers of creamy,dark tan foam that shrunk to half it's size after about 5 minutes in the glass and left thin sheets of clingy,leggy lacing.

S-It smells of sweetened espresso,charred malts,booze,ash,dark chocolate,rum soaked raisins,burnt toast,bruleed sugar and maduro cigar wrapper.

T-Dark chocolate,bitter almond,espresso,molasses,prunes,dense cigar smoke and charred malts.

M-Thick,syrupy,sweet,warm and rich.Alcohol burn,dark roasted,malty bitterness and rich chocolate sweetness.

O-A seriously good,non-gimmicky stout.I will be purchasing this again.

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Photo of beb86
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cfrances33
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Varga Bar on 8/3/12, served in a snifter. 2011 vintage keg.

Pour: Completely pitch black. I mean midnight. Dang. Finger and a half of khaki head that sticks around.

Smell: Rum soaked raisons, figs, and plums. Some chocolate roastiness. Booze.

Taste: Really deep roasted chocolate malts, with lots of dark fruits. Some chocolate cherry too.

Mouthfeel: So heavy, and quite boozy. Not as boozy and the 2010 bottle I had. Velvety.

Overall: Really, really enjoyed this my second time having. I look forward to seeking this out again.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a North Coast pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head. There is a good amount of head retention, but not much lacing to be had...

S - Coffee, dark fruits, some roastiness, and alcohol...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, molasses, plums and various other dark fruits. Ends with some heat, but for the abv, this one is smooth. Was expecting a much bigger alcohol burn. Tasty...

M - Medium/full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. Highly drinkable...

O - Surprised how good this one turned out to be. Was half expecting an alcohol infused mess. Looking foward to trying this one again with a little age on it...


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Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8, Bottled Nov, 2012
ABV: somewhere in the 15% plus neighborhood.
Opened and let sit for a full hour before pouring.

Dark molasses with a nearly confluent mocha sheet. Smells of sweet malts, roasted coffee, graham cracker, cocoa, dates, some leather and a hint of banana. Flavor is robust with malts, a hint of salinity and plenty of cocoa, leather, alcohol (but not in a bad way), candy sugar, molasses and coffee. Full bodied, but thinner than I expected, low carb overall smooth body with a nice warm finish. A really drinkable beer for the ABV, and surprisingly tasty as I don't recall this being so yummy. Would go well with a hot brownie w/vanilla ice cream - just before developing profound Beetus.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #3 November 2007

A: Deep black color with a thin mocha head that quickly fades to a ring in my snifter.

S: Fills the nose with a big bitter chocolate with dark roasty malts.

T: Dark chocolate and roasty malts. Also still has a surprising presence of hops.

M: Full Bodied, good amount of carbonation, and a pleasant little hop bite.

D: This is a very good beer and I can easily get through this bottle, but not sure if I could get through a 2nd.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Beace for the bottle. Batch #2 from 2006. Listed ABV of 16.03%. Shared with BA smoked and poured into several 6oz snifters. This brew appears black in color with a finger of brown head that fades to a line around the outside edge of the glass. Impressive looking initial carbonation for such a big beer. Spots of lace and legs of alcohol are noted all around the glass. Around the edges you can faintly make out some lighter brown clarity when it is held up to the light.

The smell of this brew is sweet with chocolate malt and plenty of roasted quality. There is some anise present smelling like a chocolate/black licorice liquor. There is a tangy presence of alcohol that is lightly citrus-like with a touch of vinous quality. As the brew warms up, it gets a bit fusel with a solid kick of alcohol in the nose. It is lightly oxidized across the back which brings out a touch of almost musty grain but that is very mild in comparison to everything else going on in this brew's aroma.

For 16% abv, this brew is pleasantly enjoyable and quite a well balanced sipper of a brew. There is sweet chocolate upfront with bitter roasted coffee and charred grains. Black liquorish runs throughout with a citrus tang of alcohol. There is a light hoppy citrus element present which breaks up the flavoring of residual sugar verse roast and alcohol. As the brew warms up, the alcohol gets fusel and tingly with a minor note of oxidation coming through. While this brew was still colder than ideal, the alcohol seemed a bit vinous with almost a fresh grape touch. Nicely done.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very well balanced and a very enjoyable sipper. 16% abv is probably not the best choice when it is 90+ degrees outside but I found it to be very enjoyable. Think of this along the lines of DFH's world wide stout. If you enjoy that beer, you will really enjoy this. Initially this was surprisingly sweet but as the experience continues, you almost wish there was a bit more of that sweetness that was primarily only evident in the beginning.

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Photo of californiowan
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov. 2006. 16.03% abv

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours 1/4 of tan head. Decent retention with some nice lace. Very surprising. Color is a dark molasses brown, nearing black.

Aroma: wow, just wow is all I have to say. If I had to quote something for this beer, it would be this... "and boom goes the dynamite." Massive malts. I think I am getting a buzz from smelling it. Licorice, molasses, dried cherry, booze, English malt. Massive. Wow.

Taste: massive beer with a lot of malt, cherries, molasses, toffee, and licorice. Booze is present but not too much heat. Huge English malt. Very bready. Thick. Crazy buzz.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, thick, smooth. This is a massive beer. One of the biggest beers I have had. Decent carbonation for the age. I am surprised that it isn't oxidized at all.

Overall, for a beer that is over 3 years old, it is pretty decent. This beer doesn't f**k around. It is in your face big. Just smelling the beer made me a little light headed. It is good, but splitting it with my home dog Peter was a great idea. Give it a try if you can with some years on it.

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Photo of osant37
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whew. Had a bottle of this last night split between a good friend and poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Holy cow, I've never seen a beer look quite like this, and then I realized: I haven't really ever had a beer like this. Black with a slight brownish hue in light, with a thin brown head that leaves a really nice lacing clinging to the side. Definitely not your average, typical brew.

Smell: Huge notes of coffee and malt, with only the slightest hint of hops, but mainly malty and toffee coffee. The nose isn't overly powerful for a beer this big, but still smells big.

Taste: Hits really quickly and fades just as fast, but with a huge coffee and malt upfront smack and reminds me or drinking a cappuccino in many ways. Coffee, malt, toffee, and smoky, and oh yeah, alcohol hits big throughout it all.

Mouthfeel: Wouldn't say it's fantastic, but it's actually a solid palate-cleanser. Coats a bit of oil-like resin, but creamy and thick as well.

Drinkability: For a 16, it's high, but damn, I don't think I could drink too much of this in a sitting. I split the 12oz bottle and was feeling it afterward, but man what a big beer that doesn't ever seem to quit.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mephistopheles pours a black as night color with a solid 2-3 finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. Tight bubble patterns near the surface follow it down.

The aroma is figgy and has a molasses smell.

The taste you are hit with what seems to be some oak aging. Deep character with the roasted malts. Hints of coffee and chocolate but the alcohol burns its way to the front. This is definitely not for someone that can't stand the slight burn of the still.

One must sip this man in black, demon lord. I don't get much hop presence, it must be a very small amount in comparison to the other ingredients. In the mouth it leaves the fire of its demonic ways. I found it to be a good effort but I could only afford to drink it once a year with the price point. It is worth a try to kill that curious cat.

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Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased nearly across the street from the brewery at Harvest Liquors in Boulder, Colorado. This beer was a bit disappointing, but my expections were quite high.

Pours a one-finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Nothing penetrates, even when held to light. It did not pour as thick as I was expecting...but then the alcohol *is* 15%.

Smells of dark roast grains and some chocolate. A hint of sour from black patent and some grassy co-ho from hops. Tastes of alcohol burn over a dry roast and woody. The alcohol umph is typical of Avery offerings. Stingy and fairly clean of the rougher off-alcohol edge. In addition to the dark grains, I get some green apple and a hint of smoke. A malt sweet saves this beer. Now, I'm not saying this is a sweet beer, I'm saying there is enough wet to keep the dark grains and alcohol intruging, rather than dominating and intrusive. Yeah, Adam Avery knows WTF he's doing. A nice offering. This is the kind of intense stout I'd like to homebrew...minus the potent alcohol. I see this beer doing well in my cellar, so I need to find a way to afford a 12-pack.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 bottle (dated November 2008) poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Wow, that is thick! And opaque. It looks like dark matter (you know, from outer space), and feels like lead. No joke. A dark brown foamy head crawled up to the surface shortly after the pour, and then sizzled its way down to a creamy halo. Beer leaves an oily film on the walls of the glass along with spotty lacing.

Smell: Burnt sugar, roasted malt, sweet wood - hickory?, red berries, chocolate creme, and just plain old grains. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I'm impressed.

Taste: Very roasty and very sweet. The finish is quite dry and alcoholic, but it's not nearly as bad as I expected. Once again, this beer masks the alcohol pretty well. As for the flavor profile, I get molasses and roasted malt, followed by charred wood, spicy hops, and alcohol. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, sugary, prickly, heavy, and warm. A true sipper. Finishes very dry with a touch of smoke and lingers for a long time.

Drinkability: For such a big beer, this is damn drinkable! I sat around for a long time watching baseball and doing homework as my buzz slowly built. This is a very well-crafted big beer that I'll likely be buying again.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/2010, batch 6. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Head lingers as a thin film. Some lacing from the initial pour.

Smell is sweet dark fruits, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, and some bitter roasted malts. As it settles more molasses and soy sauce come out.

Upfront taste echoes the predominant smell of sweet dark dried fruits, licorice, molasses. Sweet molasses and roasty malt middle. Sweetness tones down a bit at the finish. Lingering molasses sweetness.

Full bodied and syrupy. Moderate carbonation helps the drinkability. Little alcohol heat throughout with more at the finish.

Very sweet stout, but not cloying. Alcohol is present but well integrated. Nice to try, but not something I could drink all the time.


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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate.
This stout is pure blackness and even thick then disappates to thin dark brown head.
Strong chocolate taste right up front. There is some roasted malt here.
The finish is a little too much alcohol burn. Great.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had the 2009 release which is at 16.83%ABV, what a treat! The beer pours an almost pitch black with a slight reddish hue and a very thin dark tan head that fixxles out quickly. On the nose I got aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark fruit. the palte is medium to full bodied with flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dried dark fruits and coffee. There is a good acidity that creeps up on you in the finish along with the heat of the alcohol.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Very thick pour produced 2 fingers of dark tan head. Color is jet black. Good retention. Some lacing.

S. Alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smell is a big boozy Imperial stout.

T. Taste is chocolatey. Coffee, alcohol. Some alcohol burn . Leaves a mouth coating sweetness. Alcohol is too dominating. With a little less booze, this could be really good.

M. Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Low carbonation. Lingering sweetness with alcohol burn.

D. This one is a sipper for sure. Pretty tasty beer all in all. If this was a little more tame, it would be a very good Imperial Stout. I would drink this one again. Maybe too big for its own good.

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Photo of luke12345
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of beerhan
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I have been waiting for the first cold night this year to crack this beer. Split between me and my roommate and I am glad I did not try to overcome this feat myself.

Poured into a New Holland snifter. Black as night with a thin dark brown head. The head dissipates rather fast and you are left with a very dark liquid.

Oh what a heavenly smell! Dark chocolate, roasted almonds almost with a heavy onset of brewer's licorice. I am definitely reminded of Bell's batch 9000 here. The smell is enough to put a smile on one's face.

Taste is similar to the smell. Probably one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. Heavy chocolate with strong alcohol flavors. This beer will put hair on your chest, not recommended for women who do not want this hair.

Frankly this beer even though it was so delicious burned like hell going down. My first sip made me cough a little. I am not at the point in my life where I have drank a lot of scotch and can handle this burn. I am still young and cannot stomach this burn all that great. The six ounce pour I took lasted about an hour and a half. This is a great beer but it is a sipper. I could never have a full bottle to myself because it is too strong. The alcohol is not hidden. It compliments the taste in a phenomenal way but this is really a hard to get down beer but still in my opinion smoother than something like Bourbon County.

Overall this is a stellar example of a to the point extreme stout. It accomplishes its goal of kicking one's ass without any of the gimmicks of barrel aging or anything. I am not sure if I would have this again but that's only because I do not feel like I could handle it yet.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of OneEye78
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 poured into a snifter. Dark as night with about three fingers of dense khaki head. Light nose of caramel, dark chocolate, and burnt sugar. Taste was bittersweet baker's chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, vanilla and burnt sugar with a little alcohol heat. This was a solid stout, but unspectacular.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This demonic brew pours out thick and inky black as the darkest night, crowned with an oddly clumpy dark tan head forming small pools of malevolent foam. Aroma is crowded with all kinds of roasty malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, with a bit of raisin and plum poking out. At first sip, I’m just about blown away by the strength and flavorful punch of this brew. Very malty sweet with a hellfire heat that grabs you right away and threatens to send you straight to the Pit of Despair. Through the dark flames, I sense bourbon drenched raisins, black licorice, and cocoa through the middle. Hops become a bit apparent towards the finish where a bit more bitterness oozes through the dark dense beauty. Mouthfeel is way full and as far as drinkability, this is a sipper for the boldest beer drinker. Finish is syrupy sweet and warming. Definitely an impressive creation, not something for everyday but worth the experience.

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Photo of kplooki
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,332 ratings.
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