Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.80%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

BEER STATS
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878
Ratings:
2,237
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz 2011 vintage into a snifter.

dark, thick black pour with a slight beige head. smell is actually quite subdued..slight sweetness perhaps. the taste starts out a tad sweet...and is incredibly smooth. this is almost like a cross between a stout and barleywine. ABV not really apparent either. but you feel it quick. very malty on the finish. dark fruits...big big beer. full bodied. mild carbonation.

overall an interesting and very tasty hybrid beer.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had to try this one out. At $8.75 a bottle I figure it must be good right? Ok, I've been burned using that logic before, but as a spoiler alert, this one was spot on. I've now reached my benchmark for stouts. Holyfuckingmotherofgod, this beer rocks! First of all, I poured this one into one of my Chimay goblets and the first thing I noticed is how this looks like the hell-spawn of motor oil and expresso with a rich, light brown head. So far, so good. Next is the deep aroma of, what? Deep, dark decadence? Don't care, I've got to taste this... I get hit with an overpowering mixture of flavors that my humble palate is incapable of describing, followed by the fumes of alcohol that run rampant through this brew. I have to finish this review so that I can savor what's left. Drink this. God commands it. Cheers!

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Photo of ricknelson
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Mephistopheles American Double Imperial Stout from Avery.
Mephistopheles received our highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.94. We had tasted
this brew once before and it took us each 15 minutes to drink the 3 ounce pour.This time it took us just 10 minutes and the brew was even better than the first time we had tasted it.
It deserves a higher BA rating.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6, bottled december of 2010, 15.95% ABV, this was a birthday present from a friend and I am stoked to finally try it

A: I set my glass down on my black coffee table and the beer is still darker than my table some how, it is pitch black, left a small tan/chocolate colored head that leaves a minimal amount of lacing around the glass, this beer is so dark I'm literally searching my house to find things that are darker than it, it's almost like you're staring into space with out anything to see in space, just darkness, and it's awesome!

S: It is a little hard to identify much because the smell is a little faint, you can definitely notice the booze right away though (expected), I get a nice amount of chocolate, and a nice amount of tobacco as well, it has a sugary smell to it as well, and I get a small amount of coffee and a vanilla/caramel mixture, the tobacco is a little overpowering and is slightly bad in my opinion, but if you like the smell of tobacco you would really love the way this beer smells

T: Again right away you get booze, but the beer transitions really well, after the boozy flavor your palate is hit with sweet milk chocolate, which then turns into a 50/50 chocolate coffee blend which is fantastic, then the beer finishes with a perfect blend of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, vanilla, and caramel, the alcohol leaves a nice warming feeling as it goes down, this is definitely a cold weather beer! Fantastic taste, I am not sure if this beer is barrel aged or not, but if it were, it would bump the taste up to a 5/5 for me, it just needs that little extra something to it, fantastic flavor profile, way better than what I was expecting!

M: This beer is very thick, and very creamy, the creaminess to it gives it a smooth drinking characteristic which is much needed for how strong this beer is, it is also slightly oily which also helps with the drinkability, since the beer is so thick it almost becomes chewy, pretty solid feel to it, works well for this beer

O: Great beer, definitely exceeded my expectations by a lot, this beer could definitely use some serious aging though, would definitely by more of this if I can get my hands on it, if you got a cellar pick some up and let it age for awhile, I can imagine this would be a damn good beer with 5 plus years under its belt, but after 3 it was still pretty good in my opinion

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

November 2011 Batch

A- Pours a very dark brown that settles into the glass as a black-looking body with a frothy mocha-colored head. The head lingers around, but fades slightly.

S- Roasted malts, hints of cocoa powder and vanilla, peppery Belgian yeast comes through as well. Big and bold aromas.

T- Tons of roasted malts, hints of peppery yeast, some dried unsweetened fruit flavors come through too. Lots of roastiness, lots of rich malty flavors, hints of earthy mocha, but not a lot of fruit sweetness, all malt sweetness.

M- Full-bodied, medium carbonation, a big beer that does a number on the palate.

O- A big, bold beer with lots of flavor. Very drinkable for the abv, but you notice the huge body and flavors.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a brown ring of head.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Dry, coffee, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: Not quite the best non-barrel aged imperial stout I've ever had (that'd probably be Hel & Verdoemenis), but an excellent example of the style. It really makes me want to try Uncle Jacob's Stout.

Note: 2008 batch, consumed in 2012.

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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 Or80rowley
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this with a friend, I recommend splitting this one

A. As dark as it gets, motor oil, half finger mocha head

S. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol

T. Stronger chocolate than coffee, char, sweet, alcohol, it seems like it is less than 16% alc? nice balance

M. Thick, smooth, good clean finish

O. Worth trying, once! I can't justify spending this much on a beer! It should be bigger or less $$

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Brewing Mephistopheles

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Pours out coal black, and looks thick, almost like a syrup. There was nearly a finger of dark tan head. The head settled to a collar, and this had some legs to it for sure.

S) Deep dark roasted malt. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, a little brown sugar cooking down. The alcohol stays hidden on the nose.

T) Big bold dark flavors... Hey, what did you expect from a beer named Mephistopheles. Again, heavy roast, some coffee, burnt brown sugar, hint of dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate. Then the booze hits you. It is not overwhelming, but it will definitely warm you up.

M) Full bodied with rather soft carbonation. It's thick and will coat your palate. It's smooth, even with a little bit of alcohol burn. Nice aftertaste too.

O) This beer is clearly a sipper... I found it quite enjoyable. I am also interested to see how this will age. Definitely worth a try, and I am glad to recommend it...

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma: Big roasted black malts, raisins, figs, dates, cocoa and roasted caramel. Appearance: Pitch black with a fast dissipating two finger foam and nice lacing. Taste: Intense notes of thick, dark chocolate, massive complexity, toffee, burnt caramel, thick, oily, roasted coffee, roasted barley, bourbon and plums. Overall, very thick and agressive booze that lies in the finish and a continuous dark chocolate bar/fudge that stays on the palate. Very good stuff, very thick, very boozy but still that booze is pretty well blended with the malty flavors. A+ rating.

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Photo of Zraly
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

November 2011, Batch #7.

Pours like motor oil. Sharing with my girl so we are splitting it across two Westvleteren XII chalice glass (i.e., the small-ish chalices distributed with the U.S. release). Smells like smoke and Dionysus' armpit.

Tastes like an imperial stout that has been lovingly laced with Sambuca. Licorice and hard-core roasted malts, smoke, scotch-like alcohol notes. Charred barrel and vanilla. Rich, deep, raw chocolate notes that remind me of chocolate liqueur. Sweet slickness that glides down your throat. Heavy bodied and merciless in its want and need to consume your soul. Fortunately for all involved, you'll enjoy that process.

I've never had this fresh so I'm not sure how to compare it to a young version. My intuition told me to leave this one be for a while. At the very least, it is damn good now.

Bad-ass through and through. Makes me think I have chest hair. I'm sure you could pair this with something but...why bother?

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Vintage: Nov 2012

Pours a medium thick deep dark brown/back with a nice half inch dark tan head. The head is pretty dense and recedes at a moderate pace. When held up to light no light gets through the brew.

Aroma starts off with deep dark ripened fruits. Nice notes of prunes and raisins and then some slight boozy notes. Nice milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes are also present in the nose. There is some mild roast in the nose but more of the dark fruit note sweetness.

Flavor starts off with some nice dark fruit notes. Notes of very ripe raisins and prune. Sweet notes of molasses as well compounded by some boozy sweetness as well. The middle of the brew brings more of a chocolate and vanilla sweetness that then turns into some mild dark malt roast. This almost seems balanced but then comes in this more booze like sweetness that is actually not overwhelming followed by some mild heat notes. The brew is definitely a sipper and the 16% is not hidden at all but also not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is nice and medium. Surprised its lighter than it is. Maybe the ABV has something to do with it.

Overall the brew is daunting and might detract some but its actually very well executed. The roast balances the sweetness of the dark fruits somewhat and the heat a boozy sweetness while present are not cloying. Well done Avery.

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Photo of CManuel
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep black, almost opaque. Minimal head that fades fast.

Smells big with mostly roasted malts followed by dried fruits and chocolate, and the warming aroma of booze at the end.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, except that I feel the dried fruit sweetness overshadows the roasted malts. The booze is definitely present and adds a nice touch. Very sweet sipping beer... I love it!

Overall this is one of the better beers I've had from Avery. Highly recommended

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Photo of jaasen64
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from batch #4 bottled in November 2008, almost exactly 5 years ago. Poured into a Gandhi Bot snifter.

A- Pours a menacing dark black with a thin, whispy mocha cream head that recedes fairly fast to just a thin circle surrounding the edge of the glass. Bottle opens with a nice hiss and pours with a decent amount of carbonation that settles fairly quickly but still has sporadic bubbles, not bad considering the age and style. Thin lacing coats the glass.

S- Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, leather, slight tobacco, decent amount of locorice, and some lactose sugars. Fairly aromatic, complex, and alcohol well hidden for abv.

T- Leather, dark fruits, figs, hint of grapes, a hint of tobacco, slightly chalky, finishes with dark chocolates, barley, fudge, and a slight acidic bitterness. Abv not too harsh, complex, haven't had this fresh but Im guessing the dark fruits have come out nicely with age.

M- Definitely over-carbonated especially for a stout of this abv, on the dry side, very full bodied, abv luckily not too harsh. By far the worst part about the beer, ruins the taste a little bit.

O- I've never had this beer fresh (although I assume its designed for aging) but I enjoyed this beer. The only downside of it was the mouthfeel, which was way too carbonated and a bit on the dry side. I wouldn't mind having this again but it's definitely not something I'd stock up on, luckily my local store had some aging in its cellar.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of the NOV 2008 vintage pours a viscous black with a decent froth of brown head. Not much for retention or lace, but surprising amount of carbo for this old of a beer and high ABV. Live review so its almost exactly 5 years old.

Nose is rum-soaked Whoppers candy with some overripe raspberries and blackberries. Smells intense, I dont know about delicious though.

Taste is miraculously smooth for such a monster of a beer. The chocolate is rich and thick with the alcohol very well integrated. Roast is strong as well and along with the alcohol and mild hops, dries things out nicely on the finish. Dark fruit kind of creeps out of nowhere as it warms and provides some needed complexity. Mouthfeel is as thick as any beer out there, silky too. Great beer that I have passed up on the last few years for no apparent reason. Could go another couple years easily.

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Photo of Drew966
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mephistopheles Stout pours a very dark brown bordering on black with ruby highlights and a coffee colored head. This beer was bottled in January of 2006 so it has a bit of age on it. The aroma is dark fruit and a touch of coffee. The flavor is intense, lots of fruit a bit of alcohol, some coffee toward the end. There is a lot of sweetness, not to the point of cloying imho, but your mileage may vary. This is an intense, big beer and is pretty decent if that's your thing, if not you might not care for it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Am I a horder to drink the entire 12 ounce bottle to myself? This 2009 vintage has been sitting my cellar for almost four years, and I think that its time has come. No turning back now, here I go. On to the beer:

This beer is shiny and obsidian colored. The head on to is tanned and quickly drops and hugs around the rim of the glass. Replacing the lace are "legs", similar to what you would find with some wines. The aroma is very sweet and has some oxidation. There's a semi-sweet molasses note which hits before chocolate syrup, a kiss of cherry, and some of the alcohol make their marks.

Great taste! All the filling! There's a great balance between the strong base and the alcohol. I get the sensation of oak chips even though this beer hasn't been around oak. I also get lovely toasted coconut notes. Chocolate sauce adds the stout part. There's is some oxidation present, though it's like a wine. Despite the 16.83% alcohol by volume, it's gentle, cuts the sweet base, and works very well within the beer. It does provide a little heat. Yes, it is full bodied stuff with light carbonation, and within an hour the bottle is gone.

I like the diversity of strong ales which are being produced at this time, though sometimes you just need to go back to basics to get a great beer experience. Mephistopheles' Stout is just that, a basic strong stout without the whiskey barrels nor the single-day festival which stands near the summit of the best.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a couple fingers tan head.

Smell is roasty, caramel, coffee, chocolate. No alcohol detected in the smell.

The taste has a bit of booze. Lot’s of chocolate. Malty, deep, rich, and almost creamy flavors.

This is a delicious stout that is highly drinkable for how alcoholic it is. Dangerous.

06 picked up from bottleworks.

Pours black with a finger tan head.

Smell is lots of fruit, chocolate, a little alcohol.

Taste is red fruit and coco. A lot of warmth on the tail, bit of a roasty quality but subdued.

Lightly carbonated. As it warms, alcohol gets stronger. Gets more roasty and almost a bit spicey. Thick, very thick. Good beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and a light brown head is thick, initially, with large bubbles that lace nicely. This settles down.
Smells like black coffee, some chocolate, some booze (not surprisingly there). Initial impression in the nose was also like I was about to have an after dinner drink of Sambuca and coffee. So yeah this smells great.
This is very nice, sweet and robust coffee and burning cocoa, feels juicy out of the gate. But I mostly get molasses and dark plum pulp, with a general sensation akin to sipping some sort of a red wine. Really the sweetness with the carbonation here is pitch-black perfect. I certainly do get the whole "rum-soaked caramelized dark fruit" thing here. In fact this brewery's entire description of this stout is spot-on. Very chewy, sticky. Truly a monster. I should get one more and cellar it for a long time.

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

"Annual Release Nov. 2011 Batch No 7 768 Cases" Printed on the label. I picked this one up in a liquor store on a trip to Colorado in early June this year.

I aggressively poured this stout into a snifter and got a little over half a finger of a good, brown head. The body is black. Lace clings to the glass for a second before dissolving and falling down to rejoin the beer.

I smell strong roasted malt and caramel, with dark chocolate, dark fruit and booze.

The taste is rather similar to the nose, only more so. Roasted malt joins with a rich caramel and dark fruit flavor up front. Dark chocolate and roasted nuts take over and it finishes off with a deep swig of booze.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, its a heavy beer. It coats the tongue lightly from front to back, and prickles the mouth, however I'm honestly not sure if that's from carbonation or alcohol. I know my throat feels a bit of that burn from the alcohol, and it slowly works its way down with every sip I take.

I grabbed this beer very excitedly when I saw it. Since I live in Ohio, I grab everything I see over 12% when I leave the state. It is better than I imagined and I'm happy I saw it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 19/6/13 cheers alpineclimber for the bottle batch #6 Dec, 2010

A not jet black but its getting there an inch worth of dark cola edge and much to my surprise there's two fingers of dark mocha foam that hangs on for a few sips and leaves a few patches of lace, some legs and color on the glass after a swirl

S lots of bakers chocolate and syrup, molasses, roasted nuts, faint teriyaki, prunes, and a little booze but I'd never guess 16% or anywhere near it for that matter, sounds weird but I get some dried pepperoni and somehow it works

T a little more booze but still crazy concealed all things considered, flavors more focused on dark chocolate and I get burnt coffee I didn't pick up on the nose along with some char

M thick full bodied liquid with low carbonation and just a little heat but it hits your chest more then your throat, almost numbs your lips and slick on the gums with a dark chocolate syrup and char lingering on the finish

O I expected much more booze and this one was surprisingly drinkable, its a monster don't get me wrong but it has more going for it then the extreme aspect, its mellowed out well and I'm sure it could go for another decade or two

not just an extreme novelty this ones well crafted and fun to drink, I like how I'm struggling to find the right letters on the keyboard at this point and I can smell booze on my bleeding thumbnail, let the good times roll

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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 Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12 oz bottle for $8.99. Batch no. 7 released on November 2011 (768 cases)
Poured into a fluted glass.

At 16.4% ABV this is in class of stouts with very few other comparables, maybe the DFH World Wide Stout. A very complex beer that is unfortunately, at about 1.5 years since release, still too hot and in need of some cellar mellowing. My first taste was actually a bit of a surprise, a harsh jolt to the sysem. Afterward the first sip my tastebuds were thorough blasted so that the beer became a bit more acceptable. Nevertheless, this beer needs some time alone.

A - Poured slightly viscous (but not as syrupy as one might expect with such a high ABV), and opaque black/reddish brown. A healthy pour resulted in a one-finger rocky light brown head, which quickly disapated. Average lacing.

S - Whiskey/alcohol (a bit too much), sweetness, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts.

T - Malty, dark fruit, slight syrupy sweetness, moderate bitterness, other hoppy characteristics overwhelmed by the ABV, maybe some hints of licorice, hot alcohol in the finish.

MF - Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, alcohol throughout, slick in the finish.

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Photo of scratch69
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Jet black with a half a fingers worth of quickly fading dark brown head.

Smell- Dark roasted malt aroma with hints of brown sugar and dark fruits.

Taste- Strong flavor of dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, char, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Slight hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- This has a syrup-like full body and is velvety smooth. Low level of carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall- This one is definitely a sipper and worth trying.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer in one of my first trades which was with Schmittymack back at DLD 09. This is batch 1 bottled in January 2006 with a listed ABV of 15.1%. Appearance is dark black with almost no head or light passage. Not quite as viscous on the appearance as I'd expect for a 15+ abv brew. Nose starts with heavy amounts of dark fruits and molasses. Figs, brown sugar, plums, and dark cherries join forces to make for a very sweet smell. Roasted malts come in towards the end along with cocoa which rounds out this massive aroma. The taste starts with a very sweet malty presence with much of the dark fruit characters that I detected on the nose. Molasses and brown sugar dominate the mid palate with a rush of roast on the finish. This brew has aged into a very complex sweet imperial stout. My last experience with this beer (fresh) was over the top boozy. This cellared version, while still boozy and big, is much more complex. Mouthfeel is smooth and big with light carbonation. Overall, this beer is in the realm of Dark Lord and World Wide Stout in terms of its high abv and residual sweetness. The age has been nice to this brew as I find it much more enjoyable than when its fresh.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.
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