Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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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:
2,332
Reviews:
908
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
860
For Trade:
48
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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 2013 bottle, opened Jan 2015

A - Cola body. Half a finger of light tan head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Dark chocolate, burnt whole wheat bread, dried dark fruits, hoisin sauce, and just a hint of warm booze.

T - Huge bourbon note, dark chocolate, charred bread crust, thick molasses, slightly astringent booze, raisins, vanilla, burnt caramel, and oak.

M - Thick and full bodied. A little astringent on the backend.

O - A huge stout: boozy, sweet, and loaded with charred roast.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on Nov 06, batch 2

Pours Jet black with 2" milk chocolate colored head. A little bit of lacing & a hint of film

S: Slight hints of iron & a little bit of raisins

T: Baker's choclate, a little iron ,some raisins & alcohol warming up front. Dryness follows along with more alcohol burn. A little bit leather & a some bitter chocolate. Finishes cakey, dry with more chocolate & little burnt coffee

MF: Rich bodied, low carbonation. Starts becoming chewy as this warms up

Drinks pretty good for the abv, but a real fire-side sipper. Not as smooth as xxx from bristols but still a good one to lay down (thought I would this one, but there you go).

Again, where's the tripple stout category? This beer will always suffer when compared to stuff in the 9-11% abv range IMO

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Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston.

Typical stout appearance, although a relatively small head and lace. The smell is largely sugary--very sweet aromas.

Big time coffee tastes. I enjoy the cherry notes, surprising and excellent contrast to the bitter black patent flavors. With 107 IBU's, I'm stunned that I cannot detect any hop bitterness

Still, this is an overpowering brew with expected body and flavors. It blows away the traditional dry stout in terms of the flavor profile.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottled in 2006. Batch 1. Satanic black with no highlights whatsoever. One smooth pour allowed the entire beer to enter the snifter, creating one finger of brown sugar colored cream in the process. It's a devilishly good look.

It's amazing that no alcohol is noted in the nose, although this beast has been confined to the bottle for just over four years. Roasted malt is dominant, as is a generous amount of molasses and medium-dark fruit. If the aroma is any indication, this should be amazing beer.

Mephistopheles' is the third and final member of the Avery 'Demons Of Ale' series to enter my glass. It isn't as good as The Beast Grand Cru and Samael's Ale, but it's a wonderful sipper that will have most big beer lovers comparing it to heaven rather than hades.

This massive Imperial stout tastes like chocolate-coffee liqueur, a comparison that I made for at least one of the offerings mentioned above. That isn't surprising for a big beer that weighs in at more than 30-proof. Still, the alcohol isn't the least bit hot. Warming? Oh yes.

Specifics include raisins, sticky dates, chocolate syrup, blackstrap molasses, anise seed and a large splash of grappa. The first two members of that list are especially prominent and give the beer a boozy fruity quality that makes it taste like a BSDA with steroid rage. Imperial stout doesn't really fit.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's less lusciously full than expected, but still has a chewy quality that is all kinds of enjoyable. The carbonation still has some sting, which helps rather than hurts. Little jabs with the pitchfork, most likely.

Mephistopheles' Stout is almost as delicious and as drinkable as the other Demons Of Ale. On another day, it might have gotten 4.5s across the board. Give the devil his due and buy a single. It isn't like you have to sell him your soul.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had really never had this one till last night. I have had it pass through my hands several times, but last night I said screw it and went for it. Served at all almost room temp and in a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

Vintage 2006

The pour was near perfect, dark as night with a huge head of tan on top that reached a height of around two inches before settling down and dropping just tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass and really coating it quite nicely. Aroma is massively complex, vanilla and boozy notes are dominant at first before giving way to a nice aroma of licorice and dark fruits which collide with oak notes and deep, resonant sweetness. Really very well done. Even with a few years on it it still maintains some hotness, but it is still nicely drinkable. Rich licorice and chocolate is blinded at times by hot bourbon notes, but it still works very well and the bottle lasted a good two hours as I sipped away contently.

Overall this huge beers are in leagues of their own normally, and though this seemed a bit hotter then alot of them I still felt it worked fairly well. Not bad from avery at all.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this '07 bottle -poured chilled into a taster allowed to warm gently.

A deep brown almost black color with crimson hues in the background. A small light cream head crowns the stout and leaves no lace clinging. The smell is woody and slightly oxidized with notes of vanilla and sherry with a subtle raisin tinge and sweet dried fruit element. The feel has smooth consistency with semi-sweet feel and moderate alcohol warming for the abv. The slight bitterness compliments the roasted and sweet textures.

The flavor has a dry flavor up front of concentrated sugar and mild acidic hop with a mild alcohol and bits of toast with a mild coffee element and more wood in the semi-dry finish. A stout that was incredible as it warms with lots of subtle from the time in the cellar, nicely balanced and incredibly smooth for a 16%+ stout!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 5, bottled in December 2009. Bottle says it is 16.83% ABV.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two ihches of brown head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and a little bit of booze, but not as much as I expected. Very nice.

t - Taste is dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and a whole lot of alcohol. I agree with someone else's review that it tastes kind of vodka-like.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Lots of alcohol warmth.

d - Too much alcohol in the taste for me. I'm a big bourbon fan, but this had a vodka taste to it that I didn't really enjoy. I thought it smelled great and think with some time on it, this could be a much better beer and more might come out in the taste. Would try again if cellared for a few years.

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Batch 7 from November 2011.

Appearance - Inky black with a small mocha head. No retention. Not even all that leggy as I swirl it. Thought it would look more viscous.

Smell - Booze is nostril-burning. Fudge all over the place. About as strong as the booze, which I appreciate. Black patent malt aroma with fudge.

Taste - Chocolatey as all getout. Fudge flavors persist here. Just buckets of chocolate until I get a bitter roasted malt finish and a fruity uptick in the back end. It's still boozy.

Mouthfeel - Well it's gigantic and it tastes every bit of it. I actually expected it to be boozier. Decent carbonation, but it's pushing the low end of medium.

Overall - Definitely not something I need to drink again. I expected it to be worse. Pleasantly surprised that I was able to consume as much of it as I did.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Okay, I know I've had this before, but I can't remember anything about it. Let's see how things go this time... It pours a very dark sienna topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises a ton of roasted malts, charred pretzel, and some light smoke. Whoa now. It's almost too much. Almost. The taste walks the same line, though the roast is not quite as dizzominant, some molasses and cedar are added to the mix, and a small boozy kick comes in at the end. The body is pretty hefty, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty chewy feel. Overall, this stout would be pretty nice were it not so overblown. I'll leave it at that.

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

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

Nov 2008 vintage

The beer is black with a quarter inch of beige head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma brings oak, malt, roast, subtle alcohol. The flavor is rich and full. Lots of oak and roast. Warming alcohol in the finish, but the beer is surprisingly gentle for the extremely high abv. At just over three years old, this has matured gracefully. I highly recommend cellaring and patience, giving this beer the time to mellow and develop, as it is quite a bit better with some years spent in the cellar.

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

Bottled Nov 2006 Batch 2

Pours a solid black with a stingy mocha head that disappears quickly. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol. I could smell every bit of the 16% I was about to ingest. Tastes like it smells, but adds some figs, dried fruits and more alcohol, definitely a sipper. Creamy mouthfeel. Thick body. Low carbonation. Not something I could drink everyday, but would make a great sipper on a cold snowy New England night.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a black, evil color. Huge head with great retention.

S - Chocolate bread, soaked in strong booze. Chocolate syrup, chocolate liqueur, strong.

T - Boozey, strong chocolate, almost fusel alcohol. Not too warm on the way down but punches the mouth and numbs the gums. This high abc evaporates on the palate. It's sweet, and warm, with a great depth of flavor and body from the alcohol. Bitter chocolate notes and a dash of grains and hops in the end somehow make their presence.

M - Warming, numbing, tingly. Strong alcohol is assertive yet not a turn off. Mostly warm in the mouth and not in your chest or throat on the way down. Semi slick and definitely smooth as hell.

O - A crazy version of an imperial stout, strong and bold. Robust and well rounded.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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