Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
2,343 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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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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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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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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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,343 ratings
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