Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

2,332 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split into a pair of snifters

Pours very black with a slight reddish hue, very little head. Smell is very alcoholic, smokey, rich. Coffee.

Taste is sweet and astringent, cherry and plum, coffee and chocolate, smoke and alcohol. Interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and heavy. Overall, I like this beer, but I'm glad I split it with someone.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brewed in 2010, Batch 6. Pours an oily opaque black color with a thick dense dark tan head that reduces to a small continuous cap. Aromas of strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, caramel, and some dark fruits with some light alcohol. Taste of strong chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with some caramel. An excellent balance of flavors in this. Some alcohol noticed on the finish, but overall very well hidden for 16%. Medium carbonation and full body. Hmmm, and I got this as an extra in a trade...sweet.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, consumed on midsummers eve 2012.

Apperance: Black as night with a small, brown, head.

Smell: Prunes, Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Ripe fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate, Roasted malt, Coffee, Ripe fruit, Alcohol, Molasses.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation in this one with tiny, tiny, bubbles. Quite drinkable but still boozy after all these years in the cellar.

A tasty nightcap but a little too hot to be really enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 bottle ive sat on for a while.

The look is good, it pours oily but it isn't totally black, it is more like a very dark brown with a decent head and some lacing.

The smell is a wall of deep stout flavors: soy sauce, lots of toasted barley, dark chocolate, charcuterie fruit jelly (dark fruit), and alcohol esters. Interesting but not supremely appetizing.

The flavor is very rich and explores the aromas in more detail with nice stone fruits, big barley flavors, plums, alcohol flavors that are not overly hot which is nice, toasted dark bread is the main thing I taste. This is nice and deep in flavor, not super roasted but not overly sweet either, it finds a nice super dark malt balance with the alcohol.

The feel is oily, it is maybe more carbonated than I like and is sort of thin for a huge ris. A little hot on the end.

Overall a nice beer, I feel like I might have even been able to sit this down longer....

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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