Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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4.22/5
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2,355 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
2,355
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
333
Gots:
856
Trade:
48
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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

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Isarnan
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeneralBurden
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch, aged 3 years

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Photo of CobraDC23
2.99/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of npendres
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluehende
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottle opened on 9-4-17. Complex but pretty overwhelming. 17.1% (per the label) and it shows. Maybe more time would have made this less hot?

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Photo of dcotom
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Eddiehop
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,355 ratings
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