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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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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%

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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%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a finger of dark tan head.

S- You get some nice roasty notes but there is a lot of alcohol present on the nose.

T- Full of complex flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, plum, raisins, smoke, molasses, vanilla, a touch of heat from the almost 17% abv.

M- Full bodied and very creamy.

O- Another delicious offering from Avery. I thought that they did a great job of creating a nice, slow sipping, crazy high alcohol stout. Definitely wait until it warms up a bit and it grows even more complex.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A- An incredible looking beer, pours black as the pit itself, topped with a big creamy coffee colored head.

S- Big roasted, charred malt aroma with coffee and chocolate, dark fruit, anise.

T- More huge malts, loads of chocolate, alcohol is pretty noticeable, contributes a layer of dark fruits and warming booze.

M- Full bodied, thick creamy and also pretty syrupy feel.

O- A terrifying beer, the flavors are huge and aggressive. It's approaching harshness, and is definitely a sipper, but is a tasty beer nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle reviewed blind. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a finger of cocoa colored head. The head sticks around just enough to leave a ring around the edge of the glass. Looks like we have ourselves an imperial stout. 4

Smell: Holy alcohol batman! This one is hot. Roast and some dark fruit, perhaps some dark chocolate. This beer is sweet, but the dominant smell is really the alcohol. Warms you up just smelling it. 3.5

Taste: Quite hot just like the smell. Not nearly as sweet and full flavored as I would have expected given how high I assume the abv is. Sweet and roasty right off the bad. Mild chocolate and some maple, but that all gets covered up by the heat from the alcohol. The finish is hot and quite bitter with some roast and rather strong hops that I didn't expect. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it could use some more sweetness. 3

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and sticks to your tongue. There is a high amount of carbonation. The tingle from the carbonation combines with the alcohol to burn the tongue a bit. The finish is slightly dry. 3.5

Overall: I think this one could use some age. Really harsh in all aspects. The burn is intense, and the bitterness in the finish is a bit too much. I think I'd pass on this beer fresh in the future. 2.5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,356 ratings