Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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2,329 Ratings
Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
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
Ratings:
2,329
Reviews:
907
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
858
For Trade:
48
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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of bshefftz
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMills52
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbw5009
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of Tbulling
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gemini6
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meals00
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Feldpausch
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArghImaPenguin
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sebas
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Cow!

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Photo of Rejis
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of bwarren82
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super hot. Not bad for 14.6% but there's so many better ones that are the same ABV level or above.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of rkf1976
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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