Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
2,329 Ratings
Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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
Black
Aromatic
Special B
2-Row

Yeast Varieties:
Westmalle Belgian Ale

Hop Varieties:
Bravo
Sterling

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,329
Reviews:
907
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
858
For Trade:
48
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of PaulElk
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two words. Sweet burn. Batch 12 October 2016. Smell of dark fruit and malts. Smooth as can be for a 14 percent abv. Wanted to have one right away and save my stash for years to come. If you can find some get it while you can!

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Photo of eml0690
4.98/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, Batch 1 bottled January 2006. Pours dense pitch black color with minimal head and lacing on the glass. Nice alcohol legs clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Light roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/char on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/char bitterness, lightly increasing though the glass. Low carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, thick, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, a very mild warmth lingering after the finish, with zero booziness. Overall this is an absolutely amazing Imperial Stout after 11 years of age. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely in it’s prime for age, and I can’t see this falling off any time soon. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

(2016 release) A viscous pour yields a giant (pour carefully!) slightly pebbly brown head on an effervescent, impenetrably black body that shows a few ruby glimmers at its base; head retention is modest and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs, ladders and sheets. The nose is medium in intensity: a somewhat bitterish, modestly smoky blend of molasses and cocoa with hints of toffee and fudge, all over significant alcohol undertones, and topped in turn by assertive, faintly solvent-like alcohol overtones. A significant soy sauce character emerges as it warms. The palate is a seamless blend of milk chocolate and molasses with more subtle cocoa and banana notes and a hint of cinnamon-like spice on the back end; alcohol manifests as perceptibly solvent-like topnotes and a deep boozy undercurrent. All told, Mephistopheles lands just on the sweet side of the balance. The finish is a big hit of sweet chocolate and booze, and is a bit astringent and quite warming; the follow is a modestly bitter oaky chocolate flavor that lasts for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is chocolate-covered banana and booze. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the extra-full body, and is modestly astringent and quite warming; the texture is modestly sticky-creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 110 days after pkg)

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

Pours with a great head, a nice very dark brown. One of the best looking beers I have seen. It looked real rich and it laced very nicely. The aroma of this beer was pleasant with several different odors, but even with the high ABV no strong alcohol smell.
An excellent tasting stout that masked the high alcohol content really well.
I poured this beauty from a 12 oz bottle that was labeled 17.1 ABV. This is different than was listed but it may change annually, because the bottle said October 2015 batch. So this beer held op fine over time.
NOW I FOUND OUT THEY RETIRED IT. POOR DECISION BY AVERY BREWING

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Photo of Beerhemoth
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scepter
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pstam87
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz 2015 bottling into a snifter - thanks Aaron!

A: Dark brown out of the bottle into an opaque black body in the glass. Huge three fingers of fluffy brown head with medium bubbles.

S: Dark bitter chocolate, fruity Belgian yeast esters, charcoal, coffee, roasted malts, vinous alcohol esters.

T: Bitter cocoa powder, charred malt, rum-soaked raisin, fruity warm alcohol, roast, burnt caramel, suggestions of blackstrap molasses and dark licorice.

MF: Boozy alcohol. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Warm. Good carbonation.

O: Darn impressive Belgian stout, extremely complex and still manageable at this ABV.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sour_Lord
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smatthis49
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers all time. Was my introduction (accidentally) to high abv stouts. Was handed to me by someone who knew nothing, back when I knew nothing. Immediately I knew I was drinking something special. Only have two left in my fridge, and it breaks my heart.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle (November). The heat smoothed out real nice, much nicer than a similarly aged Tweak actually. Thin mouthfeel for my tastes, but tasted great.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have no freekin' idea how a bottle of this found its way into my beer fridge but I am happy it did. Pitch black pour with some nice lacing, very smooth drink ability and even I, at 70, have a nice smell to this beer. I would buy this in a heartbeat if I just knew where I got it in the first place. Damned fine beer.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of irongator
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeWard
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a goblet. batch 11 October 2015, so roughly 14 months old.

pours black as the darkest night. a decent tan head to begin with, which dissipates to a thick ring and covering. no lacing to speak of.

aroma is lots of dried fruits and alcohol.

on taste, there is a burn which logically must be the alcohol, but comes off more of a pepper burn around the edge of the tongue. There is a molasses type sweetness on the body of the tongue. The dried fruit aroma doesn't really come through in taste.

Full in the mouth, with a significant burn.

overall, this is a pleasant sipper, the only beer last night. I think I've preferred others of Avery's high octane stouts, but am happy to have tried this before it disappears forever. one more in the fridge.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice appearance with a pleasant aroma of fruit and coffee. Very bitter with strong alcohol taste. Better if it were aged for a year or so like most Avery beers.

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

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,329 ratings.
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