Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
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2,328 Ratings
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
Ratings:
2,328
Reviews:
907
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
857
For Trade:
47
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. It's not the thickest looking pour I've seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. There's even some lacing left on the glass, as well.

S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. I'm really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.

T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - it's almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like it's every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, it's the lack of impressive depth that's the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.

M: It doesn't feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything that's occurring within the flavor profile.

O: Right now, it's pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.

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Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased for $9, bottled 10/12, poured into a 12 oz Half Acre snifter.

A: Motor oil-black body with 2 fingers of milk chocolate head and amazing retention and lacing.

S: Roasty dark malts and dark chocolate. Not overly aromatic but nice flavor notes.

T: True to the taste, lots of roasty malts and dark chocolate, not hoppy or overly bitter. A lot of heat though, expected for the >16% ABV.

M: Smooth, coats the tongue, chewy, nicely (although a little overly) carbonated, wet finish.

O: A big, big, stout. I got 2 bottles of these, and will keep the other on the shelf another 10 months or so to see if this boozy brew will calm down. At $9/12 oz probably won't buy too many more of these but glad to have the opportunity to try.

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Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of bigedct
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of endincolorado
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sultz04
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Pawoto
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NorthSideSean
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of templar316
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and deep into my "I Believe" snifter. A fresh vintage with massive lace, but mild head. Plenty of burn in the nose (my other bottle will age yrs) but it dissolves quickly to rich dark malt, the yeast rises again before the dark fruits smooth it all away. Some rye tannin's and alcohol burn are that's keeping this from being one of the best beer's I've ever had! After a few years to smooth this will be a Giant.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another home-run for Avery. Holy crap did they knock this one out of the park. This I'd have to compare this with maybe 2 others to side-by-side to really say whether or not I think this is the best stout I've ever had, but it's definitely a front-runner. I split a bottle between 4 friends and that was two days ago, so sadly I can't be TOO specific about this beer. what I can say is that on top of the delicious typical stout flavours, they managed to give it just the right amount of earthy flavour that I like. Absolutely perfect. Anymore and I feel like it would have started to get that soy-sauce flavour that can really destroy a super-strong stout. But god-damn was this spot on. It didn't have too much of any one flavour to cover up any other either, to further that trend of perfection. It had coffee, malty, and chocolate notes all swimming together a deliciously warm sea. I'm referring to alcohol warmth, which was very present, but had less of a bite than I was expecting. I actually like bite in my beer, so I actually prefer Avery's The Beast to this one because it's a lighter bodied, sweet brew with about the same alcohol content, providing more of an alcohol bite. But stouts aren't about bite, so this was really more about stout perfection. The perfect mingling of flavours. The feel was great too. It wasn't too acidic or gritty. It just felt good in my mouth. Great stuff, Avery. Keep it coming.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,328 ratings.
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