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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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4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: December 2010. Batch: 6

Poured pitch black with a fingers width of tan head that hung around and laced nicely. The Smell is Strong of malted barley with some Dark fruits.. raisins, fig, licorice, and caramel. Taste is sweet brown sugar, raisins, dates, roasted barley and caramel. With a strong bitter presence similar to black coffee in taste. A bit syrupy but I didn't hate it. A Nice warming feeling going down, incredibly easy to drink and something I'll be picking up again.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of a kind Imperial Stout masterpiece. Rich roasted dark bitter chocolate, hint of cherries, molasses, canned brown bread/ burnt toast, licorice, dates, figs, rum/raisin, black coffee, brown sugar, currants, graham cracker, toffee,Kahlua/creme brulee, and a hefty dose of char. Some heat, but even that works as a catalyst to marry the disparate flavors. One of my all time favorite impys.

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

Bottled: Nov. 2011 - Batch No. 7; Poured in a snifter.

A - One inch of khaki/mocha colored, frothy head with nice retention; Sinister, pitch black in color; Some lacing left around the glass, though had I consumed this faster, I'm sure there would have been much more left behind

S - Not as robust as I was expecting, but still a nice collection of aromas; Notes of sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, tobacco, rich chocolate cake, and dark fruits reminiscent of plums and figs; Hops lightly contribute to the smell as well; A bit of alcohol is present, but it works well with the overall aroma

T - Pretty complex with a nice balance of rich, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, thick molasses, sweet caramel, earthy tobacco, and dark fruits; Flavor is sweet, but is offset somewhat by a touch of bitterness; Some alcohol can be tasted, but it meshes well with the other flavors

M - Low carbonation, but prickly; Full bodied; Very smooth and more than thick enough to have a chewy-like quality; The finish brings a good dose of peppery heat, which is the only real indicator that this brew has an ABV north of 16%

O - This is one beast of a brew that I'm glad I got to try. I really enjoyed the depth of flavors and aromas in this beer and, as a result, struggled to drink this one as slow as I did. I realize that completely concealing the alcohol in this type of beer is nearly impossible, but Avery did a nice job of allowing the alcohol to work with the other aromas/flavors while still keeping it in check. A memorable brew for sure, I wouldn't mind having this one again down the line, both fresh and aged.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK straight 5's on a beer I can only drink once in a great while.

A-black as sin, dark and sinister, so dark it makes a shadow light

S-plums,prunes,evil sweetness,coffee,fruitcake (but not in the I don't like fruitcake way)

T-OK heavenly chocolate,coffee,dark dried fruit

M-thick syrup, yet creamy and stays on the tongue

O-This is a devilish beer, all the taste you could ever want yet the high ABV is so well hidden it sneaks up on you and by then its too late. This is my abolute favorite beer though I could never drink it more than a couple time a year. Bravo Avery

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3!
Opened on christmas eve 2016 during my unholy rites. (my second bottle, first one opened 2012).

L: Black as the arctic midwinter night. Thin brown head that leaves some retention on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet molasses, fudge, sweet liqourice, soy sauce and dried prunes.

T: Sweet liqourice, fudge, molasses. Very sweet. No alcohol coming through.

Mf: Impressingly some carbonation has lasted. Body is thick and smooth.

Overall: This beer has aged splendidly. The alcohol has hidden behind the big flavour in a way the fresh brew fails. My advice is to age this one for at least five years.

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

On tap at Capone's. Served in a 5.5 oz snifter...

A - Pours as black as black can get. Opaque with a small, brownish head that recedes quickly with little lacing.

S - Rich chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, rich coffee and some ashy aromas as well. There is definitely some alcohol coming out. It doesn;t detract from the aroma, but it lets you know what you're in for.

T - Rich and sweet with flavors of rich, bitter chocolate and fudge. Rich coffee and espresso come next along with some heavily roasted malts. Some dark fruits and a slight flavor of licorice comes through as well. Alcohol definitely comes out on this one.

M - Full bodied and rich. There is a moderate carbonation, presumably from it being on tap. Alcohol heat is certainly there.

O - Really a big, rich, bold stout; and one I was happy to try on tap. Another sipper that took some time to get through. Quite rich, but I would go back again given the chance.

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

2010 Vintage poured into a tulip glass.

Beer oiurs a nice dark brown/black color with a ring of brown head that persists.

Beer smells very roasty of chocolates along with some dried fruit like raisins as well. A bit of a booze smell at the end, but not as much as you would think given the ABV.

Beer very roasty and sweet initially. Strong chocolate taste. A bit of a raisin taste as well. Not nearly as much booze as one would think. A bit of a booze afterburn.

Mouthfeel is very thick and port like. Goes well with the rich flavor.

Held up extremely well given the age and tastes great.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,350 ratings
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