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Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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4.22/5
Exceptional
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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Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev -10%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of calcutron
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of scratch69
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,350 ratings
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