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
Reviews:
903
Ratings:
2,313
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
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Photo of Gump
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to a 6oz tasting glass. $8.50 for 12oz.
A deep black, thick stout. Golden brown-sugar colored head. The aroma of alcohol was masked with the scent of cocoa, bread and licorice.

Very warming. Bready, raisin, chocolate, toffee, doughy and almond flavors.

Aftertaste is good and strong; hot, like I expect it to be.
A slight fusel alcohol bitterness lingers on the tongue.
Drinkability is good, for about an hour.

I admire a strong beer such as this, as I understand how difficult it is to create. Mephistopheles' Stout is a well crafted beer.

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Photo of NitroGen
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle, 16.03 % alc/vol

A: Black oil pours with an intense 1finger head that lowered and after a very long time lowers to a scant cover.

S: Raisins, anise dark and dark roasted espresso.

T: Effervescence is gone but a warm spread of creamy and fruity dark roasted grain, raisins and a hint of licorice with the alcohol heat to keep the flavors going long after it’s gone.

M: I applaud the alchemists that brewed this potent, intense myriad of flavors. Closest to a Utopia, in a good way, that I have yet tasted.

D: Woa Nelly! Need to sit down, relax and take your time to enjoy this savory brew! Definitely will buy more to share and experience with other stout lovers as this is not for the timid or feint of heart.
but it comes

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a deep black ruby with a frothy and fzzy brown-red head. The head deminishes but produces wonderful lacing. Has a super aroma of chocolate and carmel with a little pinch of sweetness. Definately full bodied with a good thick texture. Has a lively carbination, a lond duration, and as expected a little bit of an alcoholic finish. The abv is so high it tingles on your lips. Although for as strong as it is it blends very well. This is a great nightime beer, talk about winding down your day. This is a strong beer, not for the weak, but if youy can handle it, its super. I’m really glad I tried this one

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Photo of PlinytheFarter
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you come across this label and not be intrigued. I was a tad hesitant though when I saw the name Avery. I haven't particularly enjoyed too many of their brews I've tried. When I saw that this MF'er was 16.43% I knew I had to try it. If not just for the specificity of that ABV.

It kind of felt like i was pouring out a demons soul. The blackness of this beer cascading over the torn blood red wrapper on the edge of the bottle prepared me for the beast I was about to unleash on my palate. There was a small amount of dark brown foam but it quickly faded to bubbles, almost as if the gravity of this beer was pulling in those trying to escape.

It smelled like booze.

After admiring the label and darkness of this monster I finally put glass to lips and took a taste. I was immediately hit with a punch of alcohol hotness. This would normally turn me off, but this time I embraced it. I actually enjoyed it. The alcohol then did an unexpected trick and slowly started to fade away into the roasty tasty I was hoping for. This taste was not very pronounced like some other stouts but it kept evolving slowly over my warmed palate. It changed from a roast, almost but not quite coffee taste into a full on smokey finish. I was impressed with what I had just experienced and continued on. I poured this fairly cold for a stout, so I figured I would finish it off after letting it warm a bit. This was a mistake... the hotness that I enjoyed became to pronounced. I plan on getting another bottle to age and take off some of that alcohol, but I recommend trying it fresh for those who have not yet. It's a fun experience just drink it colder than you would a normal stout. Sounds strange I know but you will get all the great stout tastes when its chilled without as much booze. After I put some years on it I will drink it less cold for sure.. at that point it should be fantastic.

Overall. Drink Beer.

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

December 2013 release. Batch No 9.
A - Poured into a beer glass at cellar temperature. Pours a very dark black with a dark brown head. The single finger head dissipates slowly to leave a moderate amount of long lasting lacing.
S - Equal amounts of dark coffee, malt and hops. Small amounts of licorice and oak play in the background.
T - Hops are in the fore with a middle of heavy malt and a slightly medicinal tang on the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is excellent with a long lasting coating and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - Overall a good strong ale if you don't mind the medicinal notes. The alcohol is well integrated and the mouthfeel is very good. If you like Deschute's The Abyss you should like this.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #3/ Bottled in Nov 2007

Poured into snifter. Black, no light penetrating this guy, with a mocha head. Bubbles give way to a thin crown. Pretty intimidating beer when you figure in the hugh abv.

As I pour the alcohol immediatly hits my nose. But as the beer settles it fades to the background. Don' get me wrong, you know it's there. But at least it lets the other smells contribute. Dark chocolate, black coffee, some vanilla and anise. I also get some dark cheeries. As it warms something different seems to step to the front with each whiff. Nice and complex.

First sip coats the tongue with chocolate and alcohol. Burns the whole way down. Once my palate got over the shock it was much more enjoyable. Lots of chocolate up front. Backed with coffe and a hint of woodiness. Don't get much dark fruit sweetness. Big roast and subtle caramel and vanilla round this beer out.

Mouthfeel is a tad syrupy. All of the semlls and tastes are always backed by a hugh alcohol heat.

Overall...a true SLOW sipper. Not a bad thing. Time has done this beer right. It's hard to tame 16% abv, but in four years it has loosend it's grip a bit. Maybe one more year and it may be even better. Definitly prefer this beer with at least two years. Fresh is too rough for me.

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

Mephistopheles’ Stout. 2008 Bottle. Into Duvel glass on Dec 11, 2011.

Appearance: 4
Dense opaque black with creamy head, that fades to thin covering.

Aroma: 4
Very malty. Get notes of candy sugar and dark fruits ( esp raisons). Hint of roasted malt.

Taste: 4
Initially get sweet dark fruits, then it changes into candy sugar and roastiness, with detectable bitterness of the hops. Finishes with a mild bitterness, and mild thick rich roasted malt presence. Taste is a lot less sweet than the nose would suggest.

I imagine that the age has mellowed out some of the hotness of alcohol, but there still a quite detectable warmth to the alcohol. This lends to a full-body flavor

Mouthfeel 3.5
Moderate thickness with mild carbonation. Lacking a little bit of creaminess.

Overall 4
Very full bodies and rich stout. Intense flavours. Overall quite good, but given high alcohol content and thickness it is definitely a sipper. Has good aging potential.
Recommend to try.

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Photo of BigE90
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5

A: Pours a good viscous black, you can smell the chocolate and alcohol as it is poured. Barely 1/2 finger head that is gone in seconds.

S: Not very evident while sitting. Takes a swirl to really get anything of note to come to surface.

T: Very good! This has some substance to it as it stays on the tongue a bit and melts off. No apparent hops bitterness but the alcohol is present but warming. Surprisingly not overpowering considering the label says 15.95% Definitely the taste of chocolate hanging around here.

M: Again this is great for a stout! You know you are drinking something special. Leaves the mouth warming with alcohol tingle for sure.

O: Best stout I have had in a while. Deep rich and dark and thick like a stout should be. This is a definite sipper and buy again.

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

A= appearance is pitch black, with about half a finger brown head that dissipated pretty quickly

S= Sweet, roasty, chocolate

T= A really sweet yet boozy stout.

M= heavy, oily and very boozy. Can really feel the heat going down

O=Pretty good stout, just a tad bit too sweet. The alcohol was more pronounced as the beer warmed up.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle.

A - Black as night with a larger than normal dirty brown head for a stout.

S - Alcohol and fruit come through heavy in the nose. Small hints of chocolate can be detected.

T - Heavy heavy oakiness to this one. Chocolate and licorice take over otherwise. Not much else going on taste wise.

M - I really thought this was over-carbonated compared to some of the top stouts. Was a bit to crisp and didn't really draw me in for another drink. Heavy in the body, though, nice and thick.

D - Medium drinkability, not bad not great. let's jsut say I wouldn't run it down.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Bottled in November of 2007, batch 3.

A: To barrow a phrase from Chris Farley, This beer is darker than the inside of a coffin on a moonless night. Pours very thick, with minimal head.

S: First and foremost, Alcohol. After that, hints of coffee/chocolate, a bit on the malty side. Oh, did I mention alcohol is in there?

T: There is a mix of malts, coffee and dark chocolate, which is immediately followed by the alcohol presence. At 16%, it is to be expected. Sweeter than I expected it would be. A very pleasant taste.

M: This is a thick stout, with a very high ABV%. It's a very warming beer on the tongue and the stomach. After each swallow, you can feel a slow burn down to your stomach, but this is not unpleasant. Perfect for a winter night.

D: I should have shared this beer with at least one other person, but I didn't. This beer would be perfect to share with others. Unfortunately, in my book, that detracts from drinkability. With that said, it's a very good beer and worth the occasional purchase, just make sure you have friends around to share it with.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had the 2009 release which is at 16.83%ABV, what a treat! The beer pours an almost pitch black with a slight reddish hue and a very thin dark tan head that fixxles out quickly. On the nose I got aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark fruit. the palte is medium to full bodied with flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dried dark fruits and coffee. There is a good acidity that creeps up on you in the finish along with the heat of the alcohol.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at avery in a 5 oz snifter glass
pours amber brown with a small tan head
smell of coffee chocolate smoky and boozy
taste very much same as smell boozy coffee chocolate and smoke
feel dry and low carbonation not too thick
overall another winner but like uncle jacobs not something i would drink regularly due to the ultra high abv special occasion or night ender for me for sure

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A- a very dark dark pour i can't see any light though this puppy. about 1/4 head that didn't seem to stick around long. no lacing that i can see.

S- molasses and malt. i can smell the 16% abv on this.

T - hints of licorice and molasses can taste the 16% too.

M- this is for sure a sipper. Pretty thick. I think if i had let this age it would mellow out a bit and i'd enjoy it more. This is a full bodied beer that takes a while to drink and it makes me warm inside haha.

D- I think one is enough for now. Maybe i'll go buy another bottle but at $7.45, and let it age, we'll see.

EDIT: Here is a re-review after aging.

I have reviewed this beer before when it was fresh and that's just a bad idea... so I aged a bottle for a few years and here we go..

12oz bottle dates Nov 2008 Batch #4 poured into a snifter ~45-50 degrees F

A- Very dark with very little head that quickly receded to the edges of the glass.

S- Chocolate and figs with roasted malts and molasses

T- Even after aging this beer there is still a pronounced alcohol taste. the chocolate and coffee flavors come through with a general sweetness

M- This beer isn't as thick as i would like, but it is smooth and maybe a bit more on the carbonation then i would like.

D- Sitting at 15.92% ABV, this beer is a beast that should only be attempted to be tamed after a few years in the cellar. The alcohol burn that i get from this even after aging it for a while is crazy and while i am enjoying this beer, i don't think i would buy it due to the amount of work and storage time that is required to be able to enjoy it.

After aging the scores that i give this beer have not changed very much. i would raise smell to a 3.5 and the mouthfeel to a 3.5

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Photo of xanok
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated November 2007.
Poured into my DFH oversized snifter.

A-Pitch black body. Pours a big brownish/red head. Looks exceptional.

S-Soooo sweet. Like candy. Sugar, fruit, chocolate. A bit of raisin in there as well(I personally dislike raisins a lot).

T-Not quite as sugary sweet as the nose gave lead to. Booze, chocolate, dark fruit, and sugar all prominent here.

M-Feels hot on the way down, from the high abv obviously. Body seems average, yet sticky. Carbonation is also average. Lingering aftertaste on the tongue.

D-16% abv. WTF you think the drinkability is?

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Photo of artdob
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark as night. Brief brown tinged head.

S: Dark roasted chocolate cake/malt.

T: Absolute decadence. Hints of molasses, dark caramel - more sugar than normal. If Bosco became a beer, this would be it.

M: Light carbonation and full body.

D: A bit steep at $8.99 a bottle but a great and unusual beer at over 16ABV. This one is a sipper - a warmer - yet no alcoholic burn even with the high ABV.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
2.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, Nov 2007 Batch 3

Pours black as night, near oily, little to no head whatsoever from a straight aggressive pour into a Duvel glass. What head develops from swirling is thick and dark brown to milk chocolate.

Aroma- Most suprisingly to me the aroma is very muted. Everything you notice is very much on the light side even trapped in a snifter style glass. Aroma increases as it warms with forward notes of choco-malt, some alcohol, burnt toffee, some kind of fruit I can't pinpoint right now. Prunes maybe?

Flavor - Wow! And not in a good way. Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor is almost oppressively intense. Quite nearly kills the taste buds with heavy roasted qualities, chocolate, toffee. Finishes with a warm alcohol heat and almost tannic coffee, slick on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, reminds me of eating a chocolate flavored nutritional bar. Really suprising and not impressed based on the reviews I saw here.

Overall - Not anywhere remotely close to "drinkable" on any scale other than a few nips. If I brought 3 bottles of this to a party I could easily imagine coming home with two of them. The over the top roasted/choco malt profile is as biting and thick as you would get from a heavy malt backed barleywine. Not my thing. Wife concurs. If you really love bitter roasted and chocolate malts, you might like this. For me, I'll take something more balanced.

Followup edit: This beer does mellow a bit and become more drinkable as it warms, but still does not really seem balanced. Just ends up very one dimensional, like chewing on a handful of chocolate malt washed down with pain.

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Photo of AMo
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Brewing Co. Mephistopheles' Stout pours a dense jet black with a short stiff tan head. Aromas are strong of alcohol, malt, and burnt chocolate. The taste is very strong with tons of complex flavors. Alcohol soaked raisins, slightly bitter chocolate, and molases come to mind. Mouthfeel is dense, yet silky smooth. It's close to syrupy, but there is a mild carbonation that keeps it one step away. Overall drikability is great, but this is not for the fait of heart. This is one knock out beer, super strong worth taking a lot of time to experience the continual development of flavors. A bit pricey for a bottle, but well worth it for the experience.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottle says it was bottled in November 2007, Batch 3. I've never had this fresh before. This bottle has a little over a year on it.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a 1.5 finger tan, rocky head with great retention and lacing. Pours black as night. Three minutes after cracking her open, this is one of the prettiest beers I've ever poured.

Smell: Smells kind of fruity. Maybe its the malt sweetness that makes it seem a little fruity. Could be the mix of vanilla/toffee/chocolate/booze that gives it such a pleasant aroma. Either way, the most impressive aroma i've found in a stout, ever.

Taste: I've read a few reviews that have stated this particular brew almost tastes like its bourbon barrel aged. I can definitely see why. Not an overwhelmingly woody flavor, but definitely there. Strong chocolate and vanilla notes that sort of sit in the back of your throat. Warming alchohol taste on the tongue and down the throat that becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms. Honestly, the taste was a bit disappointing compared to the great aroma, but still no slouch.

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth, with an alcohol tingle on the tongue. Perhaps the slightest bit of carbonation as well. Full bodied brew for sure that will definitely fill you up.

Drinkability: A sipper, and with a huge ABV (16.3%) it'll definitely help you get your buzz on.

It might be the age on it, but this particular RIS has a TON of flavor to it, and hides the alcohol better than most i've had in the past. A good brew from a respectable brewery.

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Photo of Adamdc
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

'Bottled in Jan. '06 Batch 1---12 fl. oz.---O.G. 1.142---15.1 ABV

I started to tremble when I read the above---O.G. 1.142 Wow!

Anyway...

A: As expected a gurgling jet black pour with a few millimeters of tan head that settle against the snifter (hoping to escape, I would imagine). Note----something 'leaped' out of the bottle and into my glass. A clump of sediment or maybe...Beelzebub himself!

S: Soy sauce, molasses, prunes, dates, raisin, currants, dark chocolate, booze. It's all there

T: This is a very 'sweet' beer. In fact, there is some alcohol (15% worth) but the overall sweetness actually masks the alcohol. I'm getting a very sweet soy sauce, with lots of dark fruit and molasses. This is definitely more dark fruit than roasty chocolate.

M: This is definitely full-bodied. No perceived carbonation to speak of. Just very, very full. I wouldn't say 'thick' but def full!

D: How drinkable is a 15.1% beer? Well----I'm really nursing this thing. This is definitely a sipper.

I must say, I had a 'fresher' Meph a year ago and really enjoyed it. This 'older' version definitely has a lot going on but this is defnitely more of a sipper than the fresher version. The sweetness detracts from it a bit but I like the overall complexity. I must add that this is the oldest beer that I've had -- 4 years 2 months old. I must add that despite my 'B' rating of this beer, I really like these 'big', 'challenging' beers. Would I want to have one of these again, tomorrow night? No, but these are fun to have from time to time.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Stone tulip glass.
10/15 vintage.

This is very consistent with Avery's "big beers". High ABV but flavorful and a cold weather sipper for sure!
Smell is dark fruits, almonds, deep, dark chocolate and coffee...and more dark fruits.
Taste follows the smell: Hard to hide 17% ABV with it's tummy-warming qualities. But the sweetness is cut with a good measure of bitterness on the back end. A well-brewed and pretty balanced big beer.
I would categorize this as similar to World Wide Stout in many ways. Bought two bottles....one that I drank now, and one to cellar for at least one year to see how it develops.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark and Brooding, this beer is a menacing black hole. virtually no head, which is not that surprising considering the stiff alcohol content.

S- Beautiful thick, dark, roasty aromas. Burnt toast, anise, tart licorice, and deep sherry alcohol.

T/M- Massive roasty body helps to ward off the sherry alcohol. A touch of coffee and bitter chocolate. Dark berry like sweetness and warming finish. Massively sweet but still manages a nice balance w/ warming alcohol and roasted astringency. Thick and viscous, creamy and slightly grainy at the same time. Berries, alcohol and roast linger on the finish, in that order.

O- 17%? it's most definitely there but so well integrated that it's not overwhelming.

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Photo of Bobikel
2.99/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a thick black oily sludge with a 1/2" chocolate colored head. Lacing is very good. Retention is very good.

Smell - Roasted barley, coffee dominate the nose. A little chocolate, and some earthyness creep through.

Taste - Roasted bitterness is the first flavour you taste. Which is quickly followed be a sweetened chocolate flavour. Alchohol warms down the throat and in the belly. No noticible hops. Also a slight cidery flavour.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbed, thick and viscous, it slides down the throat more like sushi than a liquid, I wonder what the T.G. was on this monster.

Drinkability - This is a sipper, and probably best left to one bottle sessions, prefferably on a cold night.

Overall - A slightly dissapointing stout. Imereal or otherwise. Just to sweet. Needs more hops, or more blackened barley.

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Photo of hammer09
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One word: Wow!

This beer is huge. Avery Mephisopheles' Stout pours a brownish-black with a half inch thick, smooth, foamy, brown head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is thin, yet consistent. Smell is sweet and estery; reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Aroma has hints of apple, grape, and a mild, leathery, earthiness. Taste is very sweet at the front with a faint roasted finish. Powerful malt presence with slight bitterness. Any hops used in the beer appear lost in comparison to the malt. Mouthfeel is very warming and alcoholic. Thick and syrupy, but good carbonation. This beer is best sipped. Slowly. A very good beer, but one not to be taken lightly nor consumed quickly.

Personally, I want to give this beer a rating of 4 for both smell and taste, but I'm trying to rate this according to its style. It's listed as an American Double Stout, but I'd have to say that a hybrid descriptor such as "Belgian Imperial Stout" would more accurately describe this brew, given its complex aroma.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured rigorously into a chalice. A decent sized tan head on a pitch black brew, at any moment I expect Mephistopheles himself to rise out of the glass.

The nose is very sweet and rich. Caramelized sugar, the sweetness of condensed milk and sweet malt. You can smell the booze in this one.

Phew this is a big brew, a record for me when it comes to flavor and alcohol presence. Sweetness dominates the flavor profile of the beer. Caramelized sugar, bitter coffee, sweet malt and a fruit sweetness that I can only attribute to other styles. There is an astringent after taste. Big and full mouthfeel, almost syrupy in nature.

This is a definite sipper. Next time I might split the remaining bottle with a willing participent, after it ages about ten years.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,313 ratings.
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