Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

2,329 Ratings
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 Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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 DNICE555
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and syrupy. Jet Black. Thick brown head.

S: Chocolate, malts, booze, coffee, more jops fresh on tap. Very excited to try this... bartender said it was tapped 2 days ago.

T: Lots of booze with a chocolaty bitter aftertaste. Hops come through a lot more - I like this one better fresh.

F: Very thick and rich. Burns soo good.

D: I've had this with a couple years on it and now fresh... I'll go fresh anyday. The booze mellows very slowly and the hop loss is not worth it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of brdc
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few worthwhile notes before the review. This is a batch 1, bottled January 2006, kept in my cellar for nearly four years. The bottle states "only" 15.1%, less than what it is stated on the website; it either changed in following batches, or the information here is wrong.

Anyway, as I finally opened the small capped bottle and poured into my snifter, I was amazed by the thick, foamy cocoa colored head above this nearly pitch black brew, with reddish brown highlights. It is always an amazing feat to see this beautiful head in a "booze bomb".
The aroma, after 4 years is amazingly powerful; as I opened the bottle, I could already feel it, even beforte pouring. This is looking great.
Chocolate, loads of it; coffee, lightly roasted malts, lots of vanilla, and even a bourbon note (no, this is not barrel aged as far as I know; perhaps this comes from the high ABV, but it definitely there). Dark fruits, molasses.
Full bodied and creamy, and the flavor is NOT a let down after the amazing aroma. Thick, sweetish but never cloying; the bourbon heat, if never burning hot, provides the balance. Molasses, high quality chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light coffee.
This is an amazing beer, IMHO the same overall feeling but better than Black Tuesday; and it is dangerously drinkable. I do not know if the other batches rae this good, but I have to age a case of this one. Wow; unexpected treasure.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Bought a 375mL bottle of this from the Bridge Wine House & Tap Bar in St. Louis, MO for $13. Poured from the devilish bottle into a Mount Pleasant Winery Wine Glass and has "Batch 4" Bottled in NOV 2008 on the front below the Dark Maul character.

Aroma- Super rich, sweet, and boosy. The sweetness is huge and has a malty background. Even though there is a ton of malt and dark fruit, a bit of chocolate and roastiness is found. So much complexity it is unreal!

Appearance- Pours a less than 1 finger, off white head that dies quickly. The body color is a dark brown or even black with ruby tint and has tons of depth. There are definitely legs on this one and tons of lacing.

Flavor- Very intense from the beginning and keeps strong (almost barleywine like) throughout the entire drink. Very sweet and a high amount of roastiness and malts. Very strong alcohol taste (unfavorable) but with this 15% brew, it has it be here. Tons of complexity in the taste, and actually ends very sweet with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Beyond Full Bodied, Low-Medium Carbonation, Chewy, and has tons of texture. Leaves tons of sweetness on the palate.

Overall Impression- READ THIS!!! Other than this being a tremendous beer (not sure its a 2X Stout, more like a Barleywine), it had TERRIBLE effects on me. While looking @ the Ingredients on the front, Turbinado Sugar is listed and I'm pretty sure this was the problem for me. After enjoying 1 of these around 11pm, I simple could not go to bed afterwards! Finally, 6am rolled around and I was able to finally close my eyes. I'm not sure if the Sugar added into this beer was the problem but something definitely didn't go right here! I'm also used to drinking beers before bed and is never an issue. If ANYONE has ever had this issue with this beer or has any input, that'd be awesome! I wouldn't be surprised if this has happened to other people.

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

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle order for and shared with me by Robbie in Daytona.

Poured in a snifter with a deep black color with a moderate brown head that lasted and produced good lacing and sticky legs.

Very good complex roasted malt and toffee aroma with a alcohol tone.

Full body with a sticky smooth texture.

Full roasted malt and rich dark berry flavor with a smooth sweet alcohol finish that lasted.

Great after dinner drink with a good strong cigar.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 release - 12oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar – Escondido, CA
Notes from 01/01/14 – Stone IRS Snifter glass

A: Mephisto is a very dark and ominous looking brew. Pitch black cole with no light coming through even at the edges. Thick cap of creamy light brown suds. Nice hang time for such a big ABV brew with some slippery specks of lace clinging behind.

S: Smells of roasted barley, dry roast coffee, brown sugar/molasses, and some obvious alcohol. A little warming of the brew conjures up a bit of the Belgian yeast esters and dark fruits. Faint but present and intermingling with the other aromas. Earthy roast. Has a bit of solvent paint thinner likeness though that is slightly detracting.

T: The taste is very sweet with dark caramels and brown sugar notes up front a lot like pecan pie. I get some BBQ smoke with dark roast coffee, charred clove spices, plum fruit, and a dash of black licorice. Not really much chocolate as others have noted. The beer has a heavy alcohol bite which is to be expected and a high amount of hop bitterness. Turns somewhat leafy and earthy with a twist of banana peel esters coming through. Brings something almost artificial or unnatural but I can’t quite identify it. This is definitely one intense brew. The fusels are actually well integrated considering the ABV and the high bitterness is necessary to cut through all that sweetness.

M: Mouth feel is the saving grace of this beer. It is thick and full bodied but with such a creamy and lush consistency. Really just coats the palate before transitioning into a peppery bitterness and slight drying lift towards the finish. Warming with the alcohol heat.

D: A menacing brew and a sipper for sure. Fairly complex once you let this one open up. Belgian yeast was an interesting choice. Likely not best served fresh. This one is boasting with alcohol heat and a sugary sweetness. Needs at least a couple years on it in my opinion.

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Photo of sposter4
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 FrankHammer
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Filmy, tan head with an array of different sized bubbles rests on top of a pitch black body with very slow-moving carbonation

S- Sweet and dark, with smells of chocolate cake, honey, and a cloud of alcohol carries the smell of a light, flowery perfume.

T- The taste is massive and leaves your tongue a bit stunned with a sting of alcohol. Bitter-sweet, mint-chocolate flavor.

M- Decadently thick with a silky carbonation slowly caressing your tongue.

D- The alcohol is a monster, but it is sold in 12oz bottles. Use a bottle capper if you got one.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the granddaddy of beer. It pours almost deep black with a dark brown two finger head. The nose is espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of yeast and citrus. The tasted is very full body thick kinda creamy/ velvety, With chocolate, coffee, caramelized malts, and hints of hops on the end. It finishes and stays on your palate a bit longer

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

Batch 4. Nov. 2008...finally decided to open this one. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head that hangs around for quite some time...very nice looking beer. Scent is heavy on the chocolate side with a good amount of espresso. Some dark malt, but mostly chocolate cocoa and espresso beans. A good amount of vanilla as well. Taste is WOW...much better than I was expecting. Honestly, I was thinking this beer was going to be a boozy mess, but it is nowhere near that. First I get chocolate cake with some nice vanilla and a bit of toffee. Some coffee notes linger, along with some solid alcohol booze (not overwhelming at all though). Very sweet, with just a tiny hint of anise. This guy is a chocolate bomb though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied (more thin than expected) with a very warming sensation. Drinkability is SCARY high for a beer that reads 15.9% ABV. Overall, this is a delightful sipper. With well over 3 years of age on this guy...I'm curious to see how this one tasted fresh (it couldn't have been even close to as enjoyable as this).

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