Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
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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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Ratings: 2,350 |  Reviews: 913
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jsulko
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Had this bottle over a year. Finally decided to break out before it gets too warm around here.

Pours a dark oily black. Small chocolate colored head that fades rather quickly.

Smell is roasty with some of the dark fruit smells. Hint of the Belgian yeast strain.

Taste is dark fruit and malty with a little chocolate bitterness in the finish.

A very unique beer. I think the chocolate notes that others describe have faded. Time seems to have somewhat smoothed out the beer. The alcohol burn is slight which is a bit crazy with the high alcohol content.

Something I would have again. Would like to try it fresher next time.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #5 from 2009, bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Jet Black with a bit of a mocha-colored head. Dissipated quickly.

N: Very very roasty, reminded me of a straight grain mash. Picked up some dark fruits and brown sugar.

T: Pretty much followed the nose, but an overpowering grain taste. I would say that it wasnt overly boozy and didnt demonstrate much heat on the way down.

M: Full-bodied, not much booziness, reasonable carbonation given its age.

O: I very much enjoyed this bottle, and was able to share it with some other BAs. The grain flavor was a bit strong, but I'm not sure if thats just how it is or if it was a byproduct of being so old. I have another bottle of the same batch, and will hang onto is as long as possible before trying again.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank god this monster comes in a 12 oz bottle. Still was quite scared to open this bad boy. 2012 vintage (16.24% ABV). I think I paid around $9.

A: It's black with half a finger tan head.

S: Roasty malts, dark fruits (cherries) some smoke, chocolate, some cola like aroma, brown sugar, alcohol.

T: Dark fruits, roasty malt, chocholate, some hop bite towards the end (not noticeable in the nose), brown sugar, and I pick up some smoke, char. Complex. While it's boozy, I would say they did a good job balancing out the alcohol heat.

M: Thick, chewy, alcohol heat.

O: I see this beer everywhere but never tried it until now for some reason. It definitely a huge beer, definitely well crafted, and tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Clonies720
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, oily black. No light shines through this beer. 1 finger chocolately head forms and dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell: Dark fruits like figs/dates/prunes, and an aroma reminiscent of wine grapes. I'm also detecting chocolate, roasty malts, and black liquorice/star anise.

Taste: Huge, intense flavors that are coming at me all at once. I'll try to interpret them all individually... It starts off very sweet, and kind of toes the line at being "cloy", which means it is sickeningly sweet. Then I taste almost like a chocolate, cherry flavor with a boozy, almost double espresso kick in the finish. Slight hints of vanilla, plum, and a dash of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: FULL-BODIED. Carbonation is medium-high, but seems to fit the beer fairly well, despite the high alcohol content. VERY chewy. This is a beer that I like to say "you can practically eat it".

Overall: This is a life-changing beer. The sweetness is borderline too much, but the complex flavors that take over after the initial sweetness make it worth the enjoyment.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice foamy dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black. The beer has a nice and interesting texture. Thee beer has kind of a porter look to it that works well. Also, lots of lacing, and that is always nice.

The beer smell is interesting. The smell seems to consist mainly of cocoa nibs with a little bit of dark chocolate, which makes it pretty sweet. The smell has a slight Splenda smell to it. In addition tot he sweet smell, the beer has an interesting sweet cherry note.

Interestingly enough, the flavor changes with the temperature. The beer starts off sweet and sugary taste that turns into a stronger and roastier beer. The beer taste is definitely sweet and sugary. The sugar seems to be a bit sweeter than Belgian sugar and comes off pretty well long with a nice sweet licorice flavor. After the beer warms up, the main notes are dark chocolate with a very strong cocoa flavor with the licorice flavor. The beer also has a hoppy note through the entire beer but is barely noticeable due to ll of the malts and chocolate. The hops are still strong in the aftertaste though and last quite while. The beer, overall, resembles a sweet hot chocolate.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer is heavy bodied with an interesting texture to it. The beer sort of feels like drinking a hot chocolate and has bit of a raspy texture. The carbonation is slight but gives it a nice bite.

Overall, the beer is fantastic. I definitely recommend getting your hands on this if you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark brown, motor oil looking beer. A caramel head, with normal lacing. Aroma is awesome, with fresh coffee, strong roasted malt, milk chocolate, anisette, and a notable alcohol presence. The glass is of beer is bitter like black coffee.. This beer was delicious although did finish with a little alcohol heat, possibly due to it being 16% abv. I will drink it again.

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3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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