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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark black with a small head. Alcohol is in the aroma like a hard drink. Average mouthfeel and above-average stout taste,but very bitter really with sugar in the finish. A bit of coffee, chocolate and roast. I would take a lot of other stouts before this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Bottled 11/2012. Batch 8.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with quite an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's very boozy and needs time to settle down.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another colossal stout from avery. this one is famous for a reason. pours inky black with a coffee brown lacey head 2 inches tall but fading out before long. smells like licorice, alcohol, cocoa, and espresso. the flavor holds all of those flavors and more. wood, vanilla, and a sugary sweetness all present themselves in turn. the taste is constantly evolving, seemlessly moving from one intense sensation to the next. finally a really strong alcoholic sweetness overtakes everything as it fades out. feel is a bit sludgey, but how could it not be? overwhelmingly full bodied, moderate carbonation. a good beer to share with your lady if you are lucky enough to have one that enjoys imperial stouts!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The really is a monster of a brew. The pour of the beer is a deep black color with a light brown head. There isn't much lacing but the head stuck around from start to finish. The smell is boozey, chocolatey, and has some old leather aromas on the nose. The taste has a rich chocolatey flavor mixed with a heavily roasted flavor with a alcohol burn. There's even a sweet caramel flavor too. The mouthfeel is smooth, it's got a light carbonation to it. It's drinkable for the massive abv this has. Overall this is a killer brew, it's really worth trying if you see it around.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured jet black with a finger sized tan head that quickly faded away leaving yet only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are prominent aromas of alcohol and bourbon in the nose, which are so strong that they are noticeable as soon as the bottle is opened. THere are also hints of dark fruits in the smell.
T: Flavors of alcohol, bourbon, burnt malts and coffee really stand out in the taste, which becomes more complex as the beer warms up and also has some notes of brown sugar, chocolate, licorice and raisins. A strong amount of bitterness from the hops is present, most promiently in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth, rather dry and a little sticky on the palate. There are a lot of warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped very slowly; I would try this again if it was a cold winter night and all I wanted was a single sipping beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just call it heaven in a bottle. Expecting an over-bearing, alcoholic monster that I'd have to choke down, this was a tremendous surprise. Serious flavors and aromas jump out of the onyx-black brew. Big aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolated, ripe fruits, sherry, and oh yea, malt. The roasted malt comes through with a silkiness in flavor and feel. Coffee flavors remain mellow, yet strong. Sherry and soy sauced decorate the fringes. Cherries, dates, figs, plumbs, and a hint of vanilla liven the beer a lot. Sweet and strong alcohols compliment the brew from sip to finish without becomming overly harsh. Thick, robust, full, and rich. Also smoother, rounder, and more balanced than expected. I'll love to have one in a year or so to compare.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lookin' to combine dessert with a nightcap - that dubious proposition brings me here...

This beer pours a total black, no light escapes from its edges, not for a lack of trying. It gives up one skinny finger of soapy beige head, which leaves a solid wall of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is lightly roasted caramel malt, stewed black fruit - prunes, raisins, and a soft, but insistent, and persistent, booziness. It tastes of roasted chocolate malt, more sozzled black fruit, molasses, baker's chocolate, a bit of bitter coffee, some mild zingy hops, and an overarching alcohol warming. The carbonation is quite low, and the body smooth, dense, slick, a bit oily, and heavy. It finishes quite sweet, with an increasing dry hop essence, but still overwhelmingly malty.

The booze, while strong, is quite even, and mostly well integrated, and it hangs around this beer like a dark storm cloud, changing the feel of the air, and of your senses. Definitely a sipper, and a devilishly good one at that.

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

Batch 3 - bottled Nov 2007

Appearance: Pours a mysterious black with an unsurprisingly modest mocha head that manages to leave lots of dashes around the chalice despite a quick decline to a ringlet

Smell: Rich, almost tar-like roasted aroma, with dark fruit and licorice, but there is a dramatic grapefruity bitterness in there as well

Taste: After an initial flirtation with all the usual big stout flavors (espresso, tobacco, dark fruit, licorice) plus oddly enough, cherries, this one turns incredibly bitter by mid-palate; the alcohol joins the fray after the swallow and, after it settles down, the flavor is very bitter but also very roasted, with an espresso character in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and lots of warmth in the aftertaste

Drinkability: Despite a year of aging, this beer remains aggressive and should be cellared for some time to come; best suited for a nightcap at room temperature

Note: I tried Batch 4 within six months of bottling and it was almost undrinkable; this is clearly a beer that needs several years to settle down and reach its full complexity

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Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

November 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Black and syrupy with a modest tan-colored head. Even the appearance is somewhat imposing.

Smell - Chocolate and raisins, burnt toast, molasses and sharp alcohol. Pretty punchy stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel - Intensely roasty and bitter with a sweet, boozy backbone. The body is ridiculously thick and syrupt. I was expecting cloying sweetness, and I more or less got it, though there's a ton of acrid burnt grain to balance it. The flavor hints at fruit, but it's dominated by a bittersweet molasses and burnt toast character. The finish is on the sweet side, with a lingering note of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The presence of alcohol is both felt and tasted; this is the only beer I can recall trying where I actually felt a slight burn as it was going down.

Notes - Decent, but overly sweet, syrupy and boozy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with appealing label art and a red foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap.

November 2012 vintage. Batch No. 8. 1062 cases. 16.2% ABV.

Expectations are high given the style coupled with the brewery. Served at fridge temp and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured into a Guinness goblet with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: It's a gorgeous rich tan colour. 3.5 fingers wide. Incredible shiny complexion. Stellar consistency; it looks soft, smooth, even, and creamy as hell. Retention is nothing short of amazing considering the high ABV; the head sits there for over 10 minutes.

No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

This is a hell of a cap for an imperial stout.

BODY: Colour is a predictable opaque jet black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment can be seen in the ink-black.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not unique looking for an imperial stout, but it sure is appealing. Sure, the head could be darker, and some ruby hues in the body would be nice, but I'm nitpicking. It looks more or less as it should.


AROMA: Coffee notes are present, but I don't find any roast, earthiness, etc. Not the most complex or subtle coffee presence, but nice overall.

Dark malts, chocolate malts, burnt sugars, milk chocolate, caramel, and a faint kiss of dark fruit. Raisin. Turbinado sugar. Molasses. Caramelized/chewy dates.

Shockingly, the alcohol presence seems like it's maybe 9% judging by the aroma alone.

I detect no overt yeast or hop character. The label mentions it's brewed with Belgian yeast, but I detect no real Belgian character.

I crave roasted barley, but none is present. It's on the sweeter side, but doesn't seem like the cloying mess many imperial stouts are. I've definitely come across sweeter, richer, and more "dessert beer" examples of the style. Merely average in strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Marshmallow, burnt sugars, caramelization, chewy sticky dark fruit (especially dates and raisins), dark malts, chocolate malts, and some generic coffee notes. Sadly, the coffee lacks roastiness, earthiness, richness, and anything else that would set it apart. Milk chocolate comes out more and more as the beer comes to temperature, along with the molasses. The turbinado sugar is present throughout, but lacks enough intensity to bring this flavour profile into the "Mexican chocolate" territory of imperial stouts.

It doesn't feel Belgian in character, but the dark fruits and unconventional sugars do separate it from the distinctively American examples of the style. It's low on hops, as it should be. The burnt character is nice, but some drinkers will find this acrid.

It's balanced and enjoyable, with some lurking booziness but nowhere near as much as you'd anticipate. This is a cohesive build for an imperial stout with plenty of complexity as well as some limited subtlety, but there are far more intricate beers in the style which boast much more depth of flavour.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Nice flavour amplitude.

It's certainly on the sweeter side, but I wouldn't quite call it a dessert beer per se. I do wish there was a roasted barley backbone to balance the sweetness a bit better.

Texture-wise, it's lightly powdery on the palate, as well as chewy and sticky. It's nicely thick and full-bodied, and perhaps a biteen syrupy. Its subtle dryness and coarseness fit the dark fruits featured in the flavour profile. It could be creamier and softer. It's a biteen overcarbonated, even after the two-ish years it's had to calm down in my cellar. Overall, it has a good presence on the palate and this texture supports the flavour profile well, but never feels like it's custom-engineered to bring out the best in the taste.

OVERALL: It hides its high ABV pretty well, and isn't quite the sipper I thought it would be. I think age has mellowed it out. It's a very nice imperial stout considering its wide availability, and I'd certainly recommend aging this.

But there are many great imperial stouts out there, and this one lacks unique or special elements. The coffee should be richer, there should be a roasted barley backbone, it should be creamier and softer, there could be more of a dark malt presence, there could be some less common notes (e.g. coconut). More commitment to the marshmallow would be nice as well; if this was more carefully executed they could easily evoke s'mores between the burnt sugars and the marshmallow. Ultimately, you've got to bring more to the table if you want to stand out in this style.

I'm glad this is easy to come by in my home state, but I can't say it's a fantastic beer. Just a surprisingly mellow, drinkable imperial stout with a no-frills flavour profile. There's little here for the discerning drinker.

This would have been a pretty impressive brew 8 years ago.

High B-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2 (Batch #1 – Bottled January 2006 Drank February 2007): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light coffee and sweet malt. Taste is totally dominated by sugar with some light coffee and some light warming alcohol. This is definitely a sipper and not something I would drink too often as it is way too sweet for my personal taste, with way too much pure sugar (à la cane sugar). Alcohol had probably time to disappear a bit after one year of cellaring. Overall, an interesting takes on the style and better then some other Avery’s big bees.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov. 2006 Batch 2, 16.03%

Cellared for a few years, I expected a layer of compacted sediment but there was none strangely. Poured into a tulip jet black, a huge billowing head of chocolatey mocha foam on top. Striated rings of lacing made for a nice looking RIS.

Big chocolatey aroma, some malted milk, chocolate milkshake, sweet booze. Oxidation is minimal. Pretty rich and silky smooth. Some slight tingle from the alcohol, but otherwise well integrated. Rich dark chocolate, mild fruity raisin/currant, and bitter char. Packs a punch for sure. A good late winter/early spring sipper.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in November 07 - consumed on 10/15/11
Shared with RealMikeT

A - Poured out a viscous, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. Short retention but it left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, chocolate, molasses and some vanilla.

T - At nearly 4 years of age this was very smooth. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and burnt molasses dominate the flavor profile. The booziness is present but understated.

M - It was soft, smooth and had an alcohol warmth. It was full bodied and had a fairly dry finish.

O - I've had samples of fresher versions, but at 4 years it was fantastic.

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Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle reviewed blind. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a finger of cocoa colored head. The head sticks around just enough to leave a ring around the edge of the glass. Looks like we have ourselves an imperial stout. 4

Smell: Holy alcohol batman! This one is hot. Roast and some dark fruit, perhaps some dark chocolate. This beer is sweet, but the dominant smell is really the alcohol. Warms you up just smelling it. 3.5

Taste: Quite hot just like the smell. Not nearly as sweet and full flavored as I would have expected given how high I assume the abv is. Sweet and roasty right off the bad. Mild chocolate and some maple, but that all gets covered up by the heat from the alcohol. The finish is hot and quite bitter with some roast and rather strong hops that I didn't expect. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it could use some more sweetness. 3

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and sticks to your tongue. There is a high amount of carbonation. The tingle from the carbonation combines with the alcohol to burn the tongue a bit. The finish is slightly dry. 3.5

Overall: I think this one could use some age. Really harsh in all aspects. The burn is intense, and the bitterness in the finish is a bit too much. I think I'd pass on this beer fresh in the future. 2.5

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a good mocha head, especially considering the ABV. A few legs on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward some pretty strong characteristics. Lots of chocolate, booze, dark fruits, and some coffee. Roast there as well. The flavors combines everything pretty well; my only complaint would be that there is simply too much booze, and this really takes over in the feel. Overall, however, a really solid high-ABV stout.

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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 nickfl
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jan 06 bottle.

A - One finger of medium brown head on top of a black, opaque body. The foam slowly settles to a thick, creamy film and leaves moderate lace.

S - Strong toffee malt with chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes of black cherry and plum.

T - Big, sweet, fruity notes of plum with dark caramel and toffee malt. Cherries and spice in the middle; clove, cinnamon, and star anise. Thick, boozy finish with almonds, chocolate, plums and cola. Some lingering smoke on the palate with a raisiny sweetness that I imagine precisely mimics the aftertaste from downing a shot of molasses.

M - Thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, sticky finish.

D - This is big and sweet. I wish I had a newer bottle to compare this to (not that I would or could drink two of these), as I am not sure what the aging has contributed. The alcohol is well concealed with no harsh hotness or burn. While it smells quite nice and the flavor shows a lot of depth at first, the malt is more than a little cloying and finishes with a sherry like note that may or may not be oxidation. In the end the very sweet, fruity malt and lack of hops, or anything else, to balance make this a bit hard to drink. It has more caramel and toffee than roasted character and kind of comes off more like an Double Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my nightcap beer the other night and I have to say it did the trick,poured into a brandy snifter pitch black no light could break thru here a thinner beige colored head atop.Deep darf fruit in the nose and slightly nutty like a good port more than anything alcohol is very prevelant as well with noticeable molasses/brown sugar as well.Great full bodied almost chewey mouthfeel great for sipping,I go back to the port example for this beer on the palate as well very sweet up front with big raisin and prune flavors along with some sweet alcohol with an onslaught of nutty terrine-like flavors in the finish.A great sipper with alot of character be careful with this devil though it packs a punch.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, Batch 1 bottled January 2006. Pours dense pitch black color with minimal head and lacing on the glass. Nice alcohol legs clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Light roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/char on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/char bitterness, lightly increasing though the glass. Low carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, thick, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, a very mild warmth lingering after the finish, with zero booziness. Overall this is an absolutely amazing Imperial Stout after 11 years of age. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely in it’s prime for age, and I can’t see this falling off any time soon. A highly amazing offering.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #4 bottled in Nov 2008. Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Pitch black solid color with creamy dark head that slowly disappears.

N: Nose has lots of dark chocolate malts, some coffee, alcohol, and pure darkness.

T: Taste starts very sweet, lots of dark dark chocolate, a little coffee, lots of alcohol, I mean a huge alcohol taste this sucker is almost lethal at 15.92% alc, creamy stout like flavor, I almost get a coca cola like sugar syrup, some roasted malts and charred brown sugar

M: Mouth is very thick and leaves a thick layer of syrup as it coats the whole mouth, as well as some alcohol burn, yes burn like a bourbon burn, a get a hint of oats as well

F: The finish starts sweet but dries quickly as the alcohol evaporates. It has a huge lingering bitterness that comes from the dark stouty malts, the alcohol overwhelms again as it evaporates off the tongue and leaves a creamy residue

Final thoughts: Well, I think they got the name right with Mephistopheles', its very thick dark chocolate malted milk ball beer with enough alcohol to disinfect the gaping holes it burns in your tongue. Despite the drawbacks its still an interesting experience. It also destroys any chance of tasting anything else for a while. This might be good to share even thought it's a 12ozer.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally posted 12/19/09... lost from the server, and now re-posted.

Mephistopheles' Stout: "Bottled in Nov 2007 Batch 3"
Two years old.

Wow, just when I thought that a stout couldn't get any darker or more chocolatey and deeply caramelish, I come across Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout and it knocks me backwards. Stunning! It reminds me in many ways of Samuel Adam's Triple Bock in that it's super-rich, but somehow not overdone! It just is what it is. There's alcohol for sure, 16% by volume, but it doesn't seem like it as it's not brimming or drenched in alcohol, and it doesn't seem hot (well a little, but there are no higher alcohols). Nor is it too malty or full; and there's a really beautiful fruitiness to it that helps to round out and polish the edge of alcohol (think berries, figs, prune, and maybe even some cherry). It's rich and complex, but at the same time it's neither too rich nor too complex - and that gives it a certain amount of drinkability once you ascertain that it's a large, intensely flavored sipping beer. But what about the density of flavor? Well, that changes as you progress through the glass, but there are notes of dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, brown sugar, deep caramel, golden caramel, wort, berries, cherries, soft melon, alcohol, and raisins/figs/prunes.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared bottle.
Very strong and intense. Boozy, but much of the alcohol is hidden. Excellent balance for a beer this strong.
Overall: like an concentrated Imperial Stout.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 release on-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bready malts, some chocolate, a little coffee and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate up front. There’s a rich roasted malt character and touches of dark fruit and smoke in the background. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent strong stout to sip on for a while.

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

First had: ?
Seems I've have this before and just never reviewed it. This review is from a recent tasting at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a little 5.5oz. snifter, a dark brown-black, seemingly impervious to light, with a creamy tan head that reduced to a ringlet, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma of roast, dark malts, coffee, and ash. Taste thick with roastiness, dark malts, cocoa bitterness, oily licorice, notes of coffee, dark fruits, citrus pith. Alcohol is definitely present, though felt more than tasted. Full-bodied, roasty, pretty smooth, but would probably benefit from aging to take some of the bitter/roasty edge off, much like the Mephaddict. Nice and drinkable overall.

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2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black, viscous body with a creamy-looking, beige head.

Smell: Dark malt aroma of roasted grain and burnt sorghum. Hints of dark fruits and soy sauce.

Taste: Severely sweet with only a hint of chocolate. Some hop bitterness and an ashen roastiness struggle to get around the candylike sweetness. The glaringly unbalanced finish is sweet and burning, with the alcohol being very apparent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Syrupy texture.

Drinkability: Well, I guess you could say, it doesn't get any SWEETER (or more alcoholic) than this!

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