Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,329 |  Reviews: 907
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, I 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/sweet flavors unfold as it's on your palate. Amazing complexity and layering of flavor, with some booze on the throat at the very end, but not 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.

 1,156 characters

Photo of donspublic
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sniffer from tap, nice 2 finger tan colored head, nice retention and lacing. Looks like motor oil in a glass. Smells of roasted malt and alcohol, seriously hot smelling. Taste is the shit, soon much going on here. Initially sweet dark fruit, fig, raisin and so much more that I can't pick out, wrapped in caramel sweetness. Finishes on the sweet side and this keg hides the abv soon well, this is hell in a glass. Mouthfeel is like changing the oil in your car and having the drain plug fall out and getting a mouth full of oil, very viscous in a good way. Still have one of these from 2014 in my cellar, might have to hint more down

 652 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours deep black with a thin brown head. The aroma offers up chocolate, biscotti, hazelnuts, maple, and brown sugar. The flavor features burnt brown sugar, maple, chocolate, cream, bittersweet chocolate, some roasty flavors, and hickory wood. The mouthfeel is supple and full, but not overly thick. Overall this is an incredible beer - neither too sweet nor too boozy, with a balance of classic stout flavors.

 419 characters

Photo of MJSFS
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is grapes/dark fruit, dark malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/grapes, dark malts, earthy and first dry and then acidic in the finish.

 161 characters

Photo of dmorgan310
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
11/15/16

Bottle (10/30/15) to snifter.

LOOK:
Jet black pour, but thin looking where some spots look brownish, or muddy.

AROMA:
Roasted malt, yeast, raisin.

TASTE:
Cocoa, burnt sugar, there is a definite similarity to a "Rum and Coke" taste here. Alcohol hits hard.

FEEL:
sudsy, but not fizzy. Medium body. Thin enough to hold carbonation. Acidic bite.

Interesting beer. I am a tad disappointed in the overall experience, but look forward to having my other 2 bottles further. At 17.1%, maybe 13 months was too soon. Still excellent, but my expectations were very high.

**
11/25/2016

2016 vintage in Growler from TRT, poured to snifter.

Looks a bit cleaner, less Silty.

TASTE and AROMA are consistent with 2015.

Good stuff.
**

 757 characters

Photo of Dreynolds1808
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black (but not oil-black) body, and a 1 finger frothy beige head.

Aromas of metallic chocolate, maybe a little roast malts... and little else.

Oats, lactose, pure sappy alcohol, burnt prunes, fuel, alcoholic chocolate, cake, more fuel.

Water out front then a huge wave of thickness and buzzing. Dry finish. For the most part on point for the style.

Overall a little heavy on the fuel and just overall chokeable. That being said, it's not something I'd have by myself and glad I had a friend to share it with.

 520 characters

Photo of CJCouillard
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release.

Appearance: poured jet black with a thin film of dark brown colored head.

Smell: strong notes of white chocolate and vanilla. It has a very sweet aroma without any roasted character.

Taste: starts out with the sweet bitter chocolate with notes of cherries. Very sweet but then ends with a charred and bitter finish with final notes of strong coffee. The bitterness tend to linger around long after the sip. Alcohol not as noticeable as I expected. Little bit of warmth at room temp.

Mouthfeel: thick and full-bodied but I expected a little more viscosity.

Overall: seems this could use a couple years of age. Seems harsh with too much clash of flavors.

 674 characters

Photo of oldvines
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bnes09
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very complex and dark roasted, earthy character.

48 characters

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

Bottle into a snifter. Black in color on the pour, and the last little bit that trickled out of the bottle looked like syrupy chocolate milk. Pitch black in color once in th glass. A 90 degree pour yielded about 2 fingers of frothy, tan foam.
Wonderful nose of sweet, toasty malt, dark chocolate, light tobacco, and hints of dark fruit and booze. This smells very well balanced despite being so large in ABV (this year's is 14.6 %).
The taste follows along very closely. Big, big notes of bittersweet chocolate, toasty malt and dark fruit, a little leather & tobacco. As it warms on the palate, you do get some degreee of alcohol, but nothing near what I was expecting. There is a sweet, caramelly burn that sets in on the back end, but it is incredibly pleasant.
The feel is dense, chewy, and syrupy. Like drinking a home-made, bourbon and chocolate flavored milkshake.

Overall, this one blew me away, and far surpassed my expectations. I've had a few other Avery beers that were similar in potency, and most of those just seemed too overdone for me to really appreciate. They weren't ever bad, just a bit too much for what I was wanting. This one, however..this is a decadent beverage, no question.

 1,203 characters

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,329 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More