Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

2,321 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 DrinkThemAll
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience from Avery.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter.

A-Pours darker than just about everything I've ever poured, as well as BCBS. Had a beautiful 2 finger tan head that dissipated slowly. Very nice spotty lacing here. Beautiful looking stout.

S-Smells like chocolate cake, with oak, vanilla, Tobacco, molasses, anise/malty spice. Get a slight burn from the 17% in a Snifter. very nice nonetheless.

T-Quite the explosion of flavors. Burnt chocolate, bitter oak, vanilla, molasses, tobacco with a slight spice. Nice and bitter. Very thick, but for 17% it hides the alcohol well, but you can feel in your chest, a bit later. With age, this baby is gonna be amazing.

M-extremely thick bodied, with decent carbonation and a Boozy finish. Definitely taste the alcohol in the mouthfeel. Still a good feel though. Age will do this wonders.

O- very impressed. For 17% it's well balanced on flavors and hiding the alcohol. Great looking as well as smell. I'm gonna age a few of these and see what we have then. Can't wait to pop Uncle Jacobs Stout

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

November 2014 release poured into a New Belgium shifter at ~45-50 degrees. Deep black with a chocolate mousse colored head, about a half inch thick from a hard pour. Thick sheets of lacing coating the glass receding into a tan web. Smells of roasty dark chocolate, dark fruits (i.e. dates, figs, raisins) and a bit of booziness. Taste follows the nose but less burn than expected. Finishes with a strong burnt espresso note that actually ties the room together nicely. Thick, sticky, motor-oil like mouthfeel with a surprising carbonated prickle on the finish, considering the beer's age. Nothing mind-blowing as far as Imperial Stouts go, but it's an impressive brew (especially when considering the ABV). At this age, it drinks like Founders Imperial Stout's big brother.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

November 2014 12 oz bottle into a snifter at room temp

L: Opaque black with a nice tan head fading to a collar
S: Sweet dried fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel
T: Alcohol, very hot, overwhelming
M: Full bodies, plenty of carb
O: Lures me in the an amazing aroma but kicks my ass on the burn, not sure if even a decade would tame this beast

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Photo of mschrei
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Pipeworks Tales from the Oak 10 oz snifter, enjoyed with a Romeo y Juliet cigar. Healthy foam on the pour for a stout. Dark with tannish edges. Sweet smell with barrel notes. Taste is not as good as the smell, but still good. Nice robust feel, little soy sauciness with a definite alcohol burn.

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

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2014 edition, had 6/11/16.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with a one and a half inch head of darker tan foam, some oily lacing. Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, dates, raisins, molasses, some figs. Very nice. The taste is similar- roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, molasses, vanilla, dates, some cherries and figs. Light alcohol on the finish when fully warmed. Amazingly smooth for the ABV, solid body, well carbonated, the taste lingers.

Lots of flavor, a very well crafted beer. Ridiculously drinkable for the ABV. A high price point, but well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Towee111
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm new to the experimentation with beers. That said I thought this beer was phenominal. The ABV was a bit of a shock, but it was a kin to the smooth finish of a very good moonshine. When I speak of moonshine I'm not exactly talking about bonded ;). Overall outstanding it was a one shot one kill lol.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a fingernail of creamy dark brown on top. Aromas are of sweet bourbon, smoke, roasted barley, and tobacco. I taste lots of dark sugar, bourbon, dark roasted barley, alcohol, and leather. The mouth is warm with alcohol, chewy, and sticky.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a free-standing beer.
Pours a coal black with an instant sculptured head.
My pour had the head collapse-- my glass?
Nose threw off hits-- not hints of anise, toasted everything, raisins, plums, malt, hops-- simply a cornucopia of anything that makes great beer.
This beer produces a big bold flavor- that comes as no surprise after the stellar nose.
This beer troubled me at first-- with its monster flavor and complex taste. But as the bottom of the glass approached-- and believe me, there wasn't much beer left-- I knew I was opening another bottle.
The mouthfeel is just a long lasting never quite power flavor that does four encores then refuses to leave the stage.
Finally this is not a beer to be trifled with. Do not enjoy this with a meal-- it demands to be savored up front and center stage. It won't quench your thirst.

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Photo of Eli2814
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark as Satan's soul, the head is as brown as the Beast.
It smelled of malts, roasted by hellfire. Boozy aromas crawled up from the dark abyss.
Powerful taste. Devilishly decadent chocolate, with esters of dark forbidden fruits.
Drank like Heaven, burned like Hell. No hiding that 17%
Overall, one Hell of a beer. I'd drink it again for sure.

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Photo of Migrios
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served ice cold in an IPA glass and sipped slowly as it warmed up. Jet black with a tan head. Rich chocolate aroma. Noticeably boozy. Tasted like a rich and boozy dark chocolate bar. Tasted hot, even when it was ice cold. This is definitely one to sip and savor. Pleasantly thin body for something so strong. I've had 10%abv stouts that poured thicker and felt heavier.

Fantastic overall. With age, I can only imagine that it would taste as smooth as Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours - black as night huge thick tan head with tiny bubble excellent lacing, maybe one of the most beautiful pours I have seen.

Smell - Ok alot of different smells each time I take a whiff, dark fruit and cherries stand out the alcohol is prominent as well. There is also plenty of chocolate little bit of grapes as well.

Taste - Getting a big dark chocolate flavor the alcohol is well hidden for it to be 17.1% plenty of dark fruit as well. This has a very balanced taste.

Feel - A pretty heavy beer, thick feel that coats the mouth. The burn comes in on the back end you can tell its there.

Overall - An amazing beer I will for sure get another to cellar, I was surprised how balanced the beer was and how well hidden the alcohol taste was.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

October 2015 bottle served cold in a snifte . Batch 11

Appearance: black, nice tan head that was surprising to see.

Nose: boozy, chocolate, tons of fusals, coffee, roasty, cherry, raisin, plum, other dark fruits, medicinal

Taste: very warming, boozy, follows the nose with the dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Drinks like a boozy beer and it warms the chest but it isn't too bad.

Overall: delicious. This is a very well balanced beer and I'll be picking up more. It will age out wonderfully.

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Photo of Lukass
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oct 2015 release - 17.2% abv. For anyone who loves really big imperial stouts, this is a must try. Thick, sugary roasted goodness in a bottle. This one hits all the right notes of a decadent imperial stout. Liquid diabeetus. A good dessert beer, and it'll put you right to bed. Enjoyed every sip. The chocolate/syrup/espresso notes pretty much make the alcohol non-existent, which is an insane thing, given the ABV. This is one of the only beers that I wouldn't feel guilty buying again and again for $9/bottle. A real treat. As expected from Avery.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is roasty and boozy, with deeply caramelized malt notes, dates.

Flavor is very boozy, masking the underlying complexity. Roasty bitter finish. Almost harsh. Needs age.

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Photo of kw_pip
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***17.14% version
Draught. Nose sweet and malty and molasses. Toast. Palate thick heavy flavorful imperial stout. Cocoa. Boozy. Slight bite. Rich. Mouthfeel is thick. Quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sorry, but this is way overrated. Gad a blind side by side with sunday morning stout and this was miles away in terms of flavor and feel.had a bit of a salty almost soy sauce taste to it....and like every Avery brew, a very thin body!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated Oct 2015, batch #15, 17.1% ABV. Pours black with a large sized khaki head; good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, toasted caramel, earthy hops, dark fruit, licorice, and alcohol. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, earthy hops, and some licorice (with good balance) then turns into a lot of sweetness and booze in the finish. Even better when it warmed up. Above average body and higher carbonation. Overall, it's a complex and unique IS; definitely a sipper. The alcohol and sweetness really balance well. For maximum enjoyment, sell your soul before drinking.

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Photo of khmel
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque, thick, oil-black. Small, dark-tan head that quickly settles out to to a thin ring with long-retention. The nose is wonderfully complex with notes of dark chocolate on a background of rye bread, hints of prune, candy sugar, coffee—even a bit of cloves. Brilliant. The taste follows the nose with sweet, caramel, and burnt malt in front, dark chocolate and a slight hint of hops and candy sugar in the finish. The mouthfeel is glorious and smooth, silky, very full-bodied. One can see why Faust sold his soul. :)

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Photo of anon
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2015. ABV listed at 17.1%. Jet black and opaque on the pour. Zero light penetration with a small tan/khaki colour crown, dwindling down with light traces of lace and a glassy sheen on the surface of this hefty looking stout.

Strong molasses and dark barley licks on the nostrils, some decent pungency of sweetness with a presence in the back end of dark roasted coffee bean, vanilla and charred grains.

Again a strong wave of sweetness up front with the bulk of it being molasses and caramel, with hints of cherry and vanilla. The sweet kick is followed with a bitterness with notes of cacao, truffle, coffee, chicory root, espresso, oats, barley, grain, earth and char.

Silky smooth, big bodied, easy drinking and tasty, the high ABV nearly undetectable, making this brew a lethal one. This one is on the sweeter side, I would have loved there to be a larger presence of bitterness to round it out even better, but it is still excellent and complex. A long, proper aging of this would do wonders to really bring out the complexity and depth.

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Photo of zac16125
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
Vintage 2015

A: Opaque black, 1+ fingers width of tan colored head dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Super roasty, some tobacco/leather, a bit of coffee bitterness, charred oak. Some sweetness but not near as much as most super high ABV beers. Very nice aroma. 4.25

T: Good amount of sweetness, moreso than the aroma, roasty char, balancing booze, non distinct bitterness. Decent amount of fusel ethanol, but thats to be expected in the ABV range. Could benefit from more sweetness to balance the alcohol and bitter, but still quite good. 4

M/D: Fuller bodied but not thick, carbonation appropriate, ABV is very noticeable and its got some heat doing down. 3.5

O: A big and boozy beer no doubt. Could be thicker and sweeter to support the ABV. Definitely doesn’t live up to some of the other mega-ABV stouts likes the Bruery Day series or even DFS WWS, I still enjoyed it quite a bit though. 3.75

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Photo of DaverCS
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with 1 finger of a tan head. Crazy amounts of lacing and alcohol legs.

Aroma is of burnt coffee, espresso, oatmeal, a generic fruitiness (perhaps a burnt orange and dried cherries).

Taste is dominated by burnt coffee and smoke. Tons of cigar/tobacco smoke. I feel as if I just finished a drag on a cigar after each sip. Heavily roasted malts creates a rather dry bitterness that lingers slightly. I will say that the alcohol is surprisingly subdued. Definitely present but not dominating.

Overall, I don’t care for this beer. Way too much smoke and roasted notes for me. It becomes unbalanced and only one noted. Nice viscosity though. I see this pairing well with a wood fire grilled elk steak or sausage. It gets a 79.5/100.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Black body with thin head that disappears on this 2012
S: Roasted malts, semi-sweetness
T: Roasty, rainsy, chocolate
F: Oily
O: Solid beer, nothing incredible but I would be happy to see it on the shelves in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Midnight black pour, small off-white/tan head and no lacing. Dark fruits, coffee, alcohol, anise and dark chocolate make up the aroma. Flavor of rum, espresso beans, licorice, and some vanilla. Medium to full feel on the palate with sweetness cloying to the palate. Quite the brew here; thick, creamy, smooth, and very drinkable for 17%! Overall, a fantastic Imperial Stout that is a warm sipper on a cold night.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

Black liquid , pencil thick dense brown foam cap , good lacings

Aroma of roasted coffee, earthiness, , licorice, sweetness

Taste of roast coffee, licorice notes, suds up, syrupy and thick, Feel the alcohol which lingers,

Good stout

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased December 2013, aged since. Poured into Guinness stout glass.

L: Very dark, no light coming through it. Less than 1 finger light tan head on pour, but to my surprise the retention is very strong, lasts a long time with heavy lacing.

S: Mostly coffee, cocoa, rum, cherries and other dark pit fruits. A little alcohol, as you might expect.

T: Sweet, but short of cloying. Big strong coffee taste, with dark cocoa, rum, cherries. Very little alcohol, surprisingly and thankfully.

F: Full-bodied, syrupy, but still reasonably drinkable, but not meant to be pounded. No carbonation, really. Alcohol prevents finish from being cloying but doesn't dry coffee taste out too quickly. Not sure if aging helped since I did not try unaged.

O: Maybe 2013 was a better year than others, but I think BA reviewers are underrating this. It is absolutely top-notch amongst all I've tasted, right up there with KBS and BCS.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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