Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

2,332 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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Ratings: 2,332 |  Reviews: 908
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

First off, I don't care for stouts because of the burnt espresso taste. However, I did NOT get that from this fine Avery beer.

After a giant amount of malt, avery told me they used amylase and pitched the yeast 4 or more times to get this to taste non-sweet at nearly 17% abv. Also it has the most hops of any beer that Avery has ever brewed. The reason? This beer just swallows them up, causing the need to add a whole bunch just to be able to taste them.

A very nicely balanced stout (for the abv) with caramelized dark fruit and a heavy chocolate espresso finish without a burnt after taste. Medium carbonation. One fine sipping masterpiece!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Jtthegreat
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the bottle to open during a family function this weekend.

Opened the bottle and poured a small amount into a balloon glass. The look was black with a dark caramel colored head. There was no lacing in the glass because of the amount poured but the stout coated the sides of the glass with a chocolate brown layer of liquid that dissipated slowly back into the bottom of the glass.

The smell was a lot of alcohol just escaping the freshly poured liquid which mellowed a bit and was replaced my molasses and wood. The first taste was unsweetened cocoa with a slightly bitter finish. Realizing it needed to warm a bit I waited a few minutes for it to warm to room temperature and sipped again to reveal chocolate, black coffee, rum soaked raisins and a slightly bitter sweet finish.

The mouthfeel is thick but not too heavy with a nice carbonation to it. This is a stout on the outer edge on my palette but enjoyable and a good slow sipper.

On a side note I ate a piece of chocolate and followed it immediately with a sip of the stout and got a tart black cherry taste on the middle of the tongue. I would recommend this with dark chocolate or a chocolate mousse to make for a fantastic experience.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of blakelive784
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep jet black color with a creamy, dark brown 3 finger. Retention is amazingly good considering the extremely high ABV.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, full cream, plum and some roasty/smokiness over the roasted barley foundation. The abv doesn't come through at all. A relatively strong and inviting aroma.

T - Coffee, cream, dark chocolate, plum, sugar, smoke and roast, all meddle over the full roasty, malty foundation. It's incredibly complex, with many subtle flavors working for it. The sweet but reserved ethanol and roast aftertaste linger. The abv shows where it needs to.

M - Full bodied, and silky smooth. A bit coarse but nearly ideal for the style.

D - This one hides its abv extraordinarily well. The high quality of the beer makes it extremely drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of whatthehull
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - deep dark black/brown very sludgy, almost two finger brown head and some nice lacing

S - so much wood in the nose, nice booze note, chocolate, some nice coffee, very nice malts, lots of roadted everything, tons of sugar, vanilla and a bready yeast

T - lots of sugar, chocolate, nice coffee, vanilla, molasses, very boozy, soil, earth, there is a pine/citrus hop note that is actually quite nice, tons of toasted malts and more amazing booze

M - full bodied, huge, low acidity, medium balance, nice complexity and long finish

D - not for most, huge everything! The booze and sugar are out of control but still very tasty. As high an abv as it is, it is still very, very drinkable and deslicious

Final thought - $8 a pop and 17% abv, wow, Avery has done it again! Love their strong beers

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade with Not Your Dads Beer. Thanks Marc!

Its actually a very beautiful beer. Absolutely pitch black. For 17%, the head is huge (and caramel colored).

I actually didnt get any booze or alcohol at all. Roasted, smoked malt is dominant. Smells sweet, like black caramel if that makes sense. As the beer warmed, from the cellar temp i poured it at, the booze came out to play.

Taste is full of smoked, roasted malt. Exceptionally dry and full of dry grains. Dark dried fruits are there somewhat, but that 17% alcohol is warming. Notes of caramel malt, but still dominated by dryness and a pervading warming alcohol effect. Slightly sweet, which is a nice compliment to the smoke from the malt. Some oak or red wine aging would do wonders for this thing.

Very full body, the booze makes it the ideal sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-27 in Norristown, PA at Capone's; served in a 5.5 oz snifter

A - Dense black with 1/2-finger brown head and little lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Not real powerful but nice.

T - Initially sweet and rich dark chocolate, toasted brown bread, fig/raisin, expresso, chalk, vinous, lots of oak, alcohol. Mildly astringent and a nice helping of bitterness from the roast and hops.

M - Heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Syrupy and surprisingly bubbly.

O - Quite enjoyable and it got more complex as it continued to warm. I really like it although not quite as much as Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout or Firestone Walker's Parabola.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared on Christmas by Huhzubendah, November 2008 vintage. Thanks! I've never gotten around to a lot of Avery beers, after this one I'm thinking I may have to finally try some of these.

Beer is dark black, oily looking, thin head breaks quickly and halos around the edges of the glass, no real lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, raisins, malts, syrup, a little roast, mild alcohol, interesting.

This beer is what World Wide Stout wishes it could be. Maybe because I'm drinking a 3 year old bottle but there is no signs of heat, or alcohol at all. The beer is sweet, smooth, coats your mouth with delicious goodness. The finish is mildly roast and a little dry but I enjoy this beer a lot. Definitely need to try more high alcohol avery beers.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,332 ratings.
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