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Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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4.22/5
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2,350 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
2,350
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
332
Gots:
851
Trade:
46
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Ratings: 2,350 |  Reviews: 913
Photo of MSCUSN
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bartleby91
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great high abv beer from avery. Really feel the 14.6%.
The appearance is pitch black with substantial alcohol legs.
The aroma is huge with anise, cherry, chocolate, and dark fruit. Also a boozy spiciness coming through.
The taste is big boozy sweetness, and alcohol heat along with the anise, dark fruit, chocolate cherry and caramel malt sweetness as well. Nice and complex.
The palate is full with a lingering boozy spice that was rum like. Lingering sweetness also lingered well.
Overall this is a big and aggressive imperial stout that I would love to try an aged bottle of.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of curlybird
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased for the low, low price of $9.99. Bottle labeled "Annual release Oct. 2016, Batch No 12".

Dark black elixir poured into Funky Buddha snifter. Tan-brown head to rim with thick rings of lacing.

This has one nice aroma of dark chocolate, char, spice, oak and caramel.

The taste really comes through with the chocolate balanced by the dark fruit and roasted malts. The rum flavored alcohol is balanced by the sweetness of the chocolate creating a decadent sipper.

It's a big brew but balanced by the chocolate giving it a velvety feel and keeping the alcohol well hidden.

Well done RIS which makes for a nice after dinner treat on those hoary, dark and cold Cleveland nights.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage from total wine palm desert for around $8.

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Photo of Jason1221
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 n2185
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBishopco
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience from Avery.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter.

A-Pours darker than just about everything I've ever poured, as well as BCBS. Had a beautiful 2 finger tan head that dissipated slowly. Very nice spotty lacing here. Beautiful looking stout.

S-Smells like chocolate cake, with oak, vanilla, Tobacco, molasses, anise/malty spice. Get a slight burn from the 17% in a Snifter. very nice nonetheless.

T-Quite the explosion of flavors. Burnt chocolate, bitter oak, vanilla, molasses, tobacco with a slight spice. Nice and bitter. Very thick, but for 17% it hides the alcohol well, but you can feel in your chest, a bit later. With age, this baby is gonna be amazing.

M-extremely thick bodied, with decent carbonation and a Boozy finish. Definitely taste the alcohol in the mouthfeel. Still a good feel though. Age will do this wonders.

O- very impressed. For 17% it's well balanced on flavors and hiding the alcohol. Great looking as well as smell. I'm gonna age a few of these and see what we have then. Can't wait to pop Uncle Jacobs Stout

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

November 2014 release poured into a New Belgium shifter at ~45-50 degrees. Deep black with a chocolate mousse colored head, about a half inch thick from a hard pour. Thick sheets of lacing coating the glass receding into a tan web. Smells of roasty dark chocolate, dark fruits (i.e. dates, figs, raisins) and a bit of booziness. Taste follows the nose but less burn than expected. Finishes with a strong burnt espresso note that actually ties the room together nicely. Thick, sticky, motor-oil like mouthfeel with a surprising carbonated prickle on the finish, considering the beer's age. Nothing mind-blowing as far as Imperial Stouts go, but it's an impressive brew (especially when considering the ABV). At this age, it drinks like Founders Imperial Stout's big brother.

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Photo of luke12345
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of eifster82
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thoglund
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

November 2014 12 oz bottle into a snifter at room temp

L: Opaque black with a nice tan head fading to a collar
S: Sweet dried fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel
T: Alcohol, very hot, overwhelming
M: Full bodies, plenty of carb
O: Lures me in the an amazing aroma but kicks my ass on the burn, not sure if even a decade would tame this beast

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Photo of mschrei
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Pipeworks Tales from the Oak 10 oz snifter, enjoyed with a Romeo y Juliet cigar. Healthy foam on the pour for a stout. Dark with tannish edges. Sweet smell with barrel notes. Taste is not as good as the smell, but still good. Nice robust feel, little soy sauciness with a definite alcohol burn.

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Photo of wpreynolds
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2014 edition, had 6/11/16.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with a one and a half inch head of darker tan foam, some oily lacing. Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, dates, raisins, molasses, some figs. Very nice. The taste is similar- roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, molasses, vanilla, dates, some cherries and figs. Light alcohol on the finish when fully warmed. Amazingly smooth for the ABV, solid body, well carbonated, the taste lingers.

Lots of flavor, a very well crafted beer. Ridiculously drinkable for the ABV. A high price point, but well worth a purchase.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,350 ratings
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