Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
2,344 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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Photo of ThickNStout
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +18.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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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  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mulder1010
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -76.3%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of charliedvrs
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

A - Bottle dated 12/2009, Batch 5. Poured from brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours pitch oil black with thick viscosity. 2 finger brown chocolate head with good retention and some lacing.

S - A variety of sweet fruits with molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice. Not a lot of alcohol presence, which is surprising considering the ABV.

T - The taste follows suit to the nose: A variety of sweet fruits with molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice. Sweeter than anticipated. Medium bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation. A little alcohol heat, but not overpowering.

O - A good beer. Perhaps not the best Imperial Stout but it's good and I continue to enjoy it. One is enough though as it packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-11-2011 14:03:28

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Mephistopheles is just beneath. Hes reaching out, to grab me."

This bottle is Batch 3, November 2007. This beer pours a full bodied midnight black in color with a slight khaki lacing. The aromas are smooth and well refined. It features smooth chocolates, a slight roast, mild sweetness, and is just really creamy. I don't detect any of the 16% at all. Great nose for a beer this old. The flavors featured are a lot of roasted malt with a Baltic like sweetness. You get plenty of dark chocolate with some dark fruits as well. There is slight alcohol but not nearly as much as I expected. It's really smooth and drinks very well for its size. It's a nice beer. At four plus years old, it's prime for drinking. It's a really nice, very big stout.

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Frankcost
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bottled in December 2009 batch 5

A- just black as night with a dark chocolate mocha head

S- first thing after opening was the smell of the alcohol with malty coffeenes with dark chocolate

T- Alcohol burn with bitter chocolate Roasted malt some vanilla coffee beans

M- heavy and creamy

O- very very good it's defantaly a sipper with the abv and the warmness but one I will get again I enjoyed it very well rounded for what it is

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,344 ratings
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