Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
2,343 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: 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage purchased from the dusty shelves of Route 59 beverage in Nyack. Yeah that place (lol).

Jet black body with a very small cream-colored head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lace. Aroma smacks you in the face with booze after all this time; some chocolate, molasses, raisins, anise, roastiness, but alcohol fumes predominate.

Tastes pretty much the same; lots of booziness and heat remain; rum-soaked raisins, less chocolate and roast than the nose indicates. Something about this reminded me quite a bit of an overly strong, overly sweet and flat rum and coke. Syrupy but still a bit thin. Overall it's only medium-bodied and could use a bit more viscosity to support the heft of the booze. Carbonation was low but present. Sticky, somewhat oily mouthfeel with lingering sweetness and definite warming in the gut.

This was actually fairly unpleasant to drink. It's too boozy and sweet and lacks a lot of the more appealing flavors of the better big stouts. It left me asking myself, why? In the end I may have scored this one charitably; I can't see getting this again and it has raised doubts about the other super high ABV Avery beers in my cellar at the moment.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov 2007, Batch 3

A - Pours jet black into my Stone RIS glass. A small 1 finger tan head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin rim around the glass. At this point a pretty swirl of tan bubbles dance across the surface of the beer in the glass. It looks like a Picasso painting or something.

S - Very roasty, lots of chocolate- but bitter dark chocolate, and some molasses. The smell is very strong and very good.

T/M - Starts off very smooth, with a very sweet chocolate flavor. As the sip continues, the carbonation and alcohol pick up and make for a spicy bite. The aftertaste is almost all chocolate. This is really a tasty brew. I had this fresh a while back and this is significantly better with the extra few years on it. The alcohol, while still very present, has calmed down a bit.

O - I really love this stout, both fresh and with the age on it. I wish that Avery still distributed to CT.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,343 ratings
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