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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Ratings: 2,364 |  Reviews: 916
Photo of StoneTSR
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Rich, oily and black. A little red light gets through at the bottom, but it is generally black. The head got a bit too big by the end of the pour, but the lacing is solid.

SMELL: Smoky and roasty. Not much else, other than a bit of coffee aroma gets through.

TASTE: Nothing like the smell. This beer is rich and complex. It starts out with chocolate and dark fruit, a very sweet and delicious beer. The sweetness eventually gives way to the 107 IBUs in this thing and coffee along with a hop bite take over towards the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Absolutely perfect for a big, imperial stout. Pours like motor oil and it has a big, full-bodied, rich feel.

OVERALL: Avery went after taste on this beer and nailed it. The look and aroma are nothing to write home about, but the taste and mouthfeel make this beer a real treat.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, given the alcohol content. I've been having some of Dogfish Head's limited beers recently, and with all of those have found the alcohol overwhelming. This is an example of a strong stout that is still predominantly a stout, rather than some sort of gimmick.

I will look forward to having this again, but it's still a step below Weyerbacher's Tiny, Bell's Black Note, or Haandbryggeriet's Dark Force. Not to take anything away from it, but that's where it stands in my book.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark and Brooding, this beer is a menacing black hole. virtually no head, which is not that surprising considering the stiff alcohol content.

S- Beautiful thick, dark, roasty aromas. Burnt toast, anise, tart licorice, and deep sherry alcohol.

T/M- Massive roasty body helps to ward off the sherry alcohol. A touch of coffee and bitter chocolate. Dark berry like sweetness and warming finish. Massively sweet but still manages a nice balance w/ warming alcohol and roasted astringency. Thick and viscous, creamy and slightly grainy at the same time. Berries, alcohol and roast linger on the finish, in that order.

O- 17%? it's most definitely there but so well integrated that it's not overwhelming.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of cocoa colored head, dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Whoa, plenty of warm booze hits up front. Get some dark fruit here, currants, with dark chocolate as well. Overall effect is of candied fruit, quite sweet.

T: Lots of prickly warmth up front, a rugged burn like you'd get from a brandy. Some sweet and roast flavors come in secondary to the booze. Mild chocolate as well. Finishes with more warmth, and got some earthy hops as well.

M: A thicker, sticky feel to this beer. Decent amount of carbonation which kept it from being syrupy.

O: Pretty interesting brew, the booze is the main player on this one, but it is fairly warming and makes for something unique.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,364 ratings