Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
BA SCORE
4.22/5
2,343 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
910
Ratings:
2,343
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
333
Gots:
855
Trade:
47
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,343 |  Reviews: 910
Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meals00
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Feldpausch
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArghImaPenguin
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sebas
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Cow!

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Photo of Rejis
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, strong wood, strong alcohol, hint of dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of dark fruit, and wood. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, body, and blend considering the abv.

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Photo of bwarren82
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super hot. Not bad for 14.6% but there's so many better ones that are the same ABV level or above.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thick, fluffy tan head. Big bourbon and barley smell. Tons of roasted barley and carmel malt. Big warming frombthe big alcohol. Very unique stout.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "ANNUAL RELEASE NOV, 2012 BATCH No 8 1062 CASES" "16.2% ALC/VOL 31.25° P"

Appearance: It pours oily black into a black body. The head is short with a bit of a darker shade of khaki. The head has this creamy consistency and it very slowly fades away leaving a thick ring and a few islands of bubbles on the surface. It forms and retains a head fantastically for an ale of 16.2% ABV.

Aroma: Right up front there is a rich coffee liqueur aroma. This is followed by a burnt caramel scent and alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate makes its way across the palate. It has a wonderful chocolate flavor combining the flavor of bakers chocolate and powdered cocoa. There is a bit of black licorice flavor in there as well but light and complimentary. The finish has a light burnt bitterness with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth with just a bit of alcohol bite and bitterness at the back. It is a sipper. It has some nice carbonation that pushes back at the smoothness of the beer and sort-of spreads the beer out a bit more across the palate.

Overall: It is an outstanding and decadent chocolate tasting beer that would work great as a dessert beer. I wouldn't really recommend it with a full meal because the beer has a very big character that demands a lot of attention. It is the kind of beer that you could just sit back and enjoy, reflecting on how good it is. While I haven't had this beer fresh I have aged it for a little over four years so I can say that it ages wonderfully. I would like to pick it up again and try doing some verticals with it; certainly try it fresh and see how it compares.

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Photo of rkf1976
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulElk
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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 0%
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 +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 -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scepter
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pstam87
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sour_Lord
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,343 ratings
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