Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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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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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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Batch # 7, Nov. 2011 Release

A - Pours like all stouts, has a brown one finger head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the glass.

S - Roasted malts and huge dark chocolate notes.

T - Bitter chocolate up front along with some roasted malts. Finishes with black coffee notes and a lingering sweetness. ABV is extreme in this beer. Not a discernible alcohol taste but a definite warming as you swallow.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style. Not thick and chewy like I was expecting.

O - Pretty impressive how they were able to let the flavors shine through and not let the alcohol take over.

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typical imperial stout motor oil black, yields less than a finger of mocha-toned head with decent retention and lacing.

nose is good, fronted with bold roasted, chocolate notes, and maybe a hint of hops loitering in the background. flavor profile is intense. this is a big, big beer. coffee, chocolate, molasses and roasted malt are all major players. a subdued presence of dark fruits - notably raisin - is perceivable, along with booze. very tasty, perfect for a blustery winter day.

mouthfeel is amazing. full, luscious, and chewy. wow. i will definitely seek this beer out again. obviously it's a sipper, but one to savor.

originally reviewed: 12-20-2010

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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