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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Pours a viscous, oily black with a light tan head that sits at about half an inch. There is some sporadic spotted lacing clinging.

The nose has sweet, sugary notes with dark, plum-like fruits that are integrated with some bitter cocoa and roast.

The taste is bold and dangerously drinkable. This vintage is holding up nicely without blasting booze in your face. There is some bitter roasted malt with dark chocolate. That cocoa is a great complement to this brew that stands out really nicely. The booze is present at the end but not nearly as much as expected.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrup-like. Viscous and beastly. The carbonation is at a perfect level that is moderate.

Overall, this beer is great and i can only imagine how it holds up to with a few more years on it. Great characteristics that resemble a true, dessert-like beverage that is a stand up drink.

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in December 2009.

Beer is jet black with a moderately sized tan head. Good sized head for such a boozy beer. Decent retention and a fair bit of lacing.

Smell is strongly of roasted malt, booze, dark fruity scents, chocolate. The booze is noticeable but not 16.83% noticeable. Very nice.

Taste, unsurprisingly, is pretty full of alcohol heat. Very boozy. Roasted malt, muted dark fruit and chocolate. Flavours are nice but the booze blocks them out somewhat.

Body is great- thick, low carbonation level, a bit syrupy. Downside is the substantial alcohol heat.

Overalll, a good beer but a little too strong. I like big beers but I feel that this one is really at novelty levels. Toned down a few percentages I think this would be great.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. From Batch No.7 of Nov. 2011 release.

Pours like a chocolate milk. VERY little head, pours dark, silky smooth. Very little lacing and carbonation. Carries a simplistic elegance about it.

Smells exactly like it looks. Dark - hints of coffee, chocolate, slight caramel. Not nearly as pungent as you'd expect from a 16.43% alcohol percentage beverage.

Taste is really special. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a slight hint of fruitiness. Hits you for a split second like a raspberry, and then the kick of the stout settles in. Complex and simple at the same time. Really, really special.

Mouthfeel - one of the better that I've had. No chalky or thick coating on the tongue, but the flavor lingers and creates a craving for a book and a cigarette, while curling up in the corner of a basement bookstore.

Overall - this beer makes your mind wander, in the best possible way. $8 for a 12 oz drink might seem pricey, but the complexity of this drink makes it absolutely worth it.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours black and not nearly as thick as a beer this strong and dark would seem. Barely a layer of tan bubbles form on top.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee bean and alcohol; alcohol is actually quite pungent.

T/M: Very thick on the tongue, lowly carbonated, with strong coffee lingering from start to finish and on afterwards. Bitter chocolate and some nuttiness round out the finish with a touch of alcohol burn.

It's great if you like the bourbon barrel aged type of stouts, strong, dark and delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). $10 (wow!). Batch 7, Nov 2011. Served in my trusty $2 snifter from Goodwill. 

Pitch black with half a finger quickly vanishing capucino head. Chestnut tinged edge. Every time it looks like there'll be a tiny bit of lacing, it slides back down into the murk.  

Huge aroma. Starts with nice roasted malt smell. Also some dark fruit and molasses. There also seems to be some piney hops there. And of course booze, but not near as much as I expect from over 16% abv. 

Whoa. Huge booze bite early on. But as it warms there is SO much more. Creamy chocolate, bitter expresso, cherries, wood, vanilla, smoke, raisins... the list goes on. As it warms up it goes through pretty much every flavor you could ask for in a stout. Terrifically comex. 

Now this is what I'm looking for in a big beer. Huge viscous body with a light carbonation tingle. Coats the tongue with creamy stout flavor- and I love it. 

I've never had another stout like this one. Yes, it has a hefty price tag and it definately does kick ya in the pants with the alcohol (both in taste and after-effects) but it's completely worth it. I hope to find more to go with the one I have to age for a few years... it's gonna be phenomenal. If you love a big stout and have a couple hours to spend enjoying a well done stout as it warms up, you really need to give Mephistopheles a try. 

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mulder1010
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ML poured into a tulip
Batch 6 Dec 2010 15.95%
Thanks to shagtastic for the bottle in the secret santa BIF

A-- Poured black. Midnight black, nearly motor oil black. Reverse cascading light brown head that got to one finger before settling into a light brown ringed film. While drinking, just a bit of ruby showing on the edges of the glass.

S-- Dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate, molasses, and alcohol fumes. Alcohol comes and goes in waves but nothing too oppressive and a total turn off.

T-- Dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate, thick back strap molasses, and some up front prickly carbonation and hop bitterness. much more lively than I thought it would be.

M-- ABV is very restrained. Quite mellow in the mouth. Lots of dark chocolate and dark fruits. slick and oily and a very rich finish. Low carbonation and a lighter heavy body for something that is more like a port.

O-- Well done. Have avoided this for a while due to the ABV but this was quite drinkable. Lighter bodied than I thought it would be. Much more about fruit and chocolate in the body. Give time to this puppy in the cellar and get rewarded with a high ABV beer that is well done and quite drinkable for the ABV. Big time bang for the buck with this beer.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 batch 4
15.92% abv

12 oz bottle split two ways poured into a tulip glass.

A- thick viscous oil, black as night with a finger of tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring of tiny little bubbles. This beer looks lovely.

S- Molassis candy, semi sweet cocoa, acidic fruity coffee. This beer smells rich and delicious.

T- Rich roasty espresso, dark fruity artisanal chocolate, and a restrained alcohol burn that makes an appearance at the finale to let you know this beer is 16%. Age has been good to this devil of a beer.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Surypy, thick and luxurious mouthfeel. This beer is not unlike a good drinking chocolate.

O- I've had this beer fresh and it was a very different animal. It was a beast of a stout. Hot would be the key word. 3 + years has been very kind. The burn has been tamed allowing the rest of this beer to take the shine through. I think I need to pick up a case of this and figure out when it peaks cause I have a feeling this one could age a lot longer.

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up two of these of from my local beer shop. Decided to keep one for aging.

A: poured from the bottle. Straight oily black with a dark tan head that lasts a good amount resulting in thin ring of head about 10min after pour.

S: Rich and deep roasted notes mixed with figs and roasted peanuts. Black licorice and figs hit the background

T: This one did take me by surprise. Expected it run hot down the tongue, but instead is full up deep complexities with a lingering roast, complemented by chocolate and molasses like flavors. There is some heat but it is really low for how high the abv it is. It also is quite dry thinking that it would be super sweet. Helps with drinkability.

M: Oh yeah this one is full and mighty on the taste buds. Not hot at all but has nice carbonation and bitterness to cancel out the sweetness.

O: An exceptional beer that i expected to be just alright. The fact they they make it so drinkable and still maintain a true stout flavor is why i am so impressed by this beer. I will def by more to age.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of charliedvrs
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007, Batch #3

Pours a completely opaque black with a small dark tan head. The aroma is full of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and chocolate covered espresso beans. The alcohol comes through noticably, but not overly strong as bourbon soaked oak.

The first sip is a bit overwhelming, with an almost rum-like alcohol presence. As the beer warms up and my palete adjusts, lots subtle complexities come into play. The dark chocolate and licorice notes from the nose are amplified, while the roasted malts and 100+ IBU bitterness keep the stark burnt caramel sweetness in check. The beer continues to move towards room temperature, bringing out a layer of bing cherries and plums. The mouthfeel is thick, with the consistency of a light syrup. The flavor sticks to your tongue and stays with you for a long while.

Four years in the bottle and the alcohol is still present but not to an unpleasant level. Very impressed with this beer, especially with how well it's aged. Thanks for sending this one along, Bill.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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