Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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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 ccrida
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (Nov 2006 - Batch 2) poured into my Meantime snifter, Mephistopheles' Stout is a super dark blackish brown with a massive light brown head that slowly settles to a thick skim and collar, leaving dark, scattered foam . That head is about as dark as it gets, and I'm impressed with the size for a 1.5 year old, 16% beer.

Smell is strong, on the sweeter side, caramel and roasted malts, with alcohol vapors that are not so much an aroma as a feel, singeing the nostrils a bit.

Taste is very robust, intense malt sweetness (but not sugary) countered by a deep roast, like burnt espresso. I'll admit I was really a bit intimidated by this beer, and was pleasantly surprised from the first sip that, while it's certainly VERY extreme, it's relatively balanced and drinkable. The alcohol presence continues to be less of a flavor and more so feel, burning the throat all the way into your belly. The fact is, while it's obviously super strong, I'm impressed with the lack of solvent like fusels. Still, it's so robust that it's tough to break it down and uncover much complexity, although probably less so for a scotch drinker.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but tempered by the creamy, tight bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good for what this is, a 32 proof beer - meaning expect to sip it like a liquor. I'm not a liquor fan though, and could have done without the burn in my belly. I'm not sure that there is really any added complexity from the hefty ABV, and if I was just looking to catch a buzz, I'd be able to drink 2 x 8% beers much faster - assuming they were good! Still, it was much better then I was expecting, the best of the extreme big American brews I've had to date.

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Photo of beerman21
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance black, brown head that dissipates quickly. Smell figs, sweet molasses alcohol. Taste pretty much the same alcohol is a bit to overpowering for me and not really stout in flavor way to much fruit flavor. Alcohol holds sticks to your mouth and lingers. Overall not impressed but would say it's probably acquired taste for some. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Batch 3, bottled November 2007. Consumed on 04/23/08. Split with a friend of mine.

Pours pitch black with hints of brown, very thin dark brown head that didn't last long. Aromas of molasses, chocolate, dark fruits, and burned sugar.

Taste is sweet molasses, roasted malts, and dark fruits (raisin, fig) up front, with hops, coffee, and very bitter dark chocolate in the finish. The alcohol really comes through in the flavor, hard to avoid considering the high ABV (16%). Definitely a slow sipper.

Feels smooth and super thick. Very full body with little to no carbonation. I didn't find this one very drinkable. The flavor is kinda overwhelming, and the strong alcohol content made it difficult to get through.

I had difficulty just finishing my half of the bottle, I couldn't imagine trying to finish the whole thing. Considering the high price (I paid nearly $10) I'd say it's not worth it.

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Photo of brantadid
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black into a tulip with a dark tan, two finger head. Pour was very vicous, like cooking oil. Head retention was unbelievable. After 20 minutes the head had not moved. The best head retention I have seen. Lacing completely coated the inside of the glass.

Lots of cocoa in the nose. Some maltiness with hints of espresso. No alcohol in the nose.

Tons of sweetness hits the tongue first. Mid palate showed burnt coffee flavors. Far palate had lots of sweet, dried dark fruits before being overpowered by by bitter flavors. Some slight hop bitterness but mostly an espresso like bitterness. Alcohol presented very late, but wasn't harsh. More of a nice warming quality. Layers of flavor and a very long finish.

Heavy and viscous mouthfeel. Completely coated my mouth. Lower carbonation.

An amazingly drinkable beer considering the abv.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JDV for the opportunity to sample this. Bottled in November 2006, Batch 2.

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured opaque black; zero light penetration through this brew. Luscious three-quarter inch mocha-colored head dissipated into an oily slick of foam that coalesced primarily around the perimeter of the glass. Solid sheet of lacing present during the tasting. Strong nose of dark fruit, alcohol and coffee. I could actually feel the alcohol burn in my nostrils as I tilted the glass back for my first sip and inhaled the aroma. Taste is similar to nose but much more intensified. Sugary sweet (brown sugar and molasses) with a slight hoppiness present at the finish. Alcohol is clearly detectable in this one, but it definitely mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is extremely full-bodied and viscous with a mild carbonation present in the mix. Drinkability is somewhat limited by the pronounced alcohol presence; however, it definitely evens out over time. Took me about two hours to get through this one. I can't stress enough the importance of serving this brew at the appropriate temperature. Just allowing this beer to warm totally turned the experience around for me.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My sample is from batch #2, brewed in November of 2006. This devilish brew pours an opaque black, as if straight from the abyss. Virtually no light, no color hues show through ... a monumental head of chocolate brown emerges from the pour, threatening to overtake the tulip glass I've poured into and leaves a streaky lacing behind. The nose is quite warm with dark roasted malts, black strap mollases, coffee grounds, and smoke. The palate is almost shockingly sweet up front, then yielding to an incredibly full malty character that is so thick you'd swear it was a syrup rather than a beer. Following the cloyingly sweet beginning, a smoky dry element arises from within the blackened soul of this beast and hints at a unique burnt finish that is oddly dry. The bittering hops do their job in keeping this substance from being overwhelming in it's thick, black sweetness. The 16.03% ABV is well hidden, although you can tell this is not your average imperial stout. As my wife put it upon tasting this beer, "this is an imperial stout on steroids." One of the strongest, most complex imperial stouts I've sampled, hands down. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than a single 12oz bottle at any given sitting, partly because of the sinister ABV and partly because it is just so incredibly thick and sweet. This beer leaves you thirsting for a sip of water as if you've been parched by hell's own flame. Not just an "extreme beer" - this beer from the fine folks at Avery is an incredibly well-crafted and complex treat with a truly devilish appeal.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The Second angel to fall pours totally opaque black with a nice size tan head. Smell is very maltalicious but has a nice hop presence. Some dark fruit (cherry maybe) and alcohol. The burnt coffee flavors are noticeable first in the taste, followed by malt and a fairly fierce dosage of hoppiness. At first this seems smooth, but then the alcohol absolutely begins to rape and pillage the palate. Dont get me wrong, for 16% this is drinkable. Alcohol taste along with the remains of the coffee flavors and some bitter bitter chocolate and hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is the jewel of this one IMO. Almost perfect, nice and viscous. Drinkability is ok for the abv, but you will feel the alcohol in this one. I think this would benefit from a year or 5 in the cellar. I will defenitely be stashing some. A wonderful brew, but defenitely needs some cellar time as this mofo is hot as... well... hell!

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the dark lord of stout beers. C'mon, how dark can you get.

Appearance - Exceptional due to the deepest darkest pour. Great oil slick of a glass.

Smell - Good only because it sis not overpower me. I thought if it where the dark overlord of stout beers, that it would at least kick me one.

Taste - Very good. This is a stout stout stout.

Mouthfeel - Thick alcoholic

Drinkability - Very drinkable in small amounts.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a maredsous glass, 60 f.

Pour seriously pitch black. I held it up close to a lightbulb... nothing came thru. Murky dark brown head lingers around nively, quite interesting being the high abv.

Aroma of blackstrap molasses, burnt sugars, roasted barley, prunes and other dried fruits.

Flavor is dominated by a solid roasted barley presence, alcohol and spice. Take a big gulp (!) and you will detect a star anise "black licorice" flavor as well.

Awesome winter warmer imperial stout! The abv prevents abuse.

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Photo of Floydster
2.94/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for seven dollars about a year ago, second batach that was bottled in 2006, split among four of my friends, poured into a flute glass

A-Oily black with no light going through, miniscule 1/4 inch bubbly tan head that disappeared almost immediately, no lacing either

S-Pretty nasty at times with lots of soy sauce, salty accents, fermented maple syrup, burned malt and barley, toffee, coffee, dark fruit, and lots of dark cocoa

T-Skeptical about the taste after orginally smelling the brew, lots of booze from the beginning, roasted accents in the middle, finishes with a hot syrupy chocolate taste, lots of fruit later on, got pretty hard to drink once it warmed, lots of toffee later on, also some faint coffee causing a dry feel in the aftertaste, too much alcohol present for me, some more time in the cellar might havbe helped this be more mellow

M-Boozy, spicy, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied but expected it to be much thicker, not muich carbonation, flavor lingered a long time and was overwhelming at times

D-Could not drink one bottle of this, two or three ounces is enough, too strong at sixteen percent alcohol, not smooth, hard to get down, heavy on the stomach

Will age any bottles of this in the future for an even longer period of time, unique beer that packs a serious punch, not quite sure the money is worth it for one small bottle, would try older batches, recommended to try

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The people at Avery's find some pretty neat names for their beers. Mephistopheles's pours with a large tanned head that leaves more than enough lacing for me. Great retention and a pitch black color, no light for this fallen angel.

The nose is packed full of dark chocolate, fruits, coffee and alcohol.

Has a creamy mouthfeel that adds to the drinkability of this monster of a stout. Tastes of chocolate, some hop bitterness, fruits and a very inviting alcohol.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
2.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, Nov 2007 Batch 3

Pours black as night, near oily, little to no head whatsoever from a straight aggressive pour into a Duvel glass. What head develops from swirling is thick and dark brown to milk chocolate.

Aroma- Most suprisingly to me the aroma is very muted. Everything you notice is very much on the light side even trapped in a snifter style glass. Aroma increases as it warms with forward notes of choco-malt, some alcohol, burnt toffee, some kind of fruit I can't pinpoint right now. Prunes maybe?

Flavor - Wow! And not in a good way. Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor is almost oppressively intense. Quite nearly kills the taste buds with heavy roasted qualities, chocolate, toffee. Finishes with a warm alcohol heat and almost tannic coffee, slick on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, reminds me of eating a chocolate flavored nutritional bar. Really suprising and not impressed based on the reviews I saw here.

Overall - Not anywhere remotely close to "drinkable" on any scale other than a few nips. If I brought 3 bottles of this to a party I could easily imagine coming home with two of them. The over the top roasted/choco malt profile is as biting and thick as you would get from a heavy malt backed barleywine. Not my thing. Wife concurs. If you really love bitter roasted and chocolate malts, you might like this. For me, I'll take something more balanced.

Followup edit: This beer does mellow a bit and become more drinkable as it warms, but still does not really seem balanced. Just ends up very one dimensional, like chewing on a handful of chocolate malt washed down with pain.

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Photo of lifeboyq
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ohhh... I'm excited. I love these high ABV novelty beers...and if its anything like The Beast comparatively within the style as novelty grand cru is to novelty stout, I'll be a fan. Pours of dirty motor oil black with a tan head that holds up surprisingly well for a beer of this ABV although not REALLY well. Wow, an alcoholic taste, slightly biter roasted malts. The malt bill is slightly hidden by the too many hops which tells me this beer would probably age well and I'll def. put a couple away. Despite the over hopped profile its really pretty interesting albeit not very complex. Fun stuff and will be interesting to revisit and age. Roar!

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Photo of Med
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Wonderful color for a stout. Mephistopheles is an appropriate name for such a black beer. Head was dissapointing with only a slight dark tan head showing from an aggressive pour.

S - Very nice chocolate tones. Not as forward as I would expect for such a big beer but manages not to to be bitter like many similarly dark stouts.

T - This is very good. The alcohol is well hidden in the roasted malts versus an only slightly bigger beer like World Wide Stout. Bitter finish is nice after the slightly sweet chocolate notes.

M - Yowsa. This is VERY full bodied. Oily, leaving a nice coating of dark malty goodness. Very soft carbonation, but it's not missed.Lovely

D - Most beers have a moment where they fall down, and this is where this one does. I can't imagine having more than one of these in an evening.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in November 07 from Batch 3.

Rich darkly-roasted malt, a bit off fresh hop fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Chocolate and a little espresso to the malt.

Black at night with a small, dark brown head that ran away pretty quickly. That's okay, even in baldness it looks daunting.

Oh wow, that's quite an effect. Attack: some of the rich malt comes into focus just before being blasted into submission by alcohol; it then subsides to a little more malt and a lot of hop bitterness. A few more sips and the malt gains strength giving me absolutely luscious, velvet-smooth malt flavor and body in the chocolate/espresso/syrup-sweet range. The malt trace in the finish is very bittersweet chocolate. The interplay between the alcohol (as mostly a sensation along the top-of-the-mouth, nose, and throat) and the malt is quite cool - and invigorating. The hops have taken backseat and I'd almost think they left, 'cept for some bitterness, tartness, and some light floral/fruit/perfume. Maybe they're hiding under the alcohol.

All-in-all: this is one alcoholic brew, with a heavy malt profile. This is one of the few beers I've had that really commands me to sip it, rather than drink it. Actually, it's kind of hard to drink despite its incredible taste. I enjoy the feeling of the alcohol heat in my mouth and nose, but the hot flavor just reminds me, a little, of, like vodka, or something. The malt is amazing. The hops are kind of lacking.

Fun to try, hard to buy.

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Photo of scottoale
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12fl.oz. bottled in Nov. 2007, batch 3. Pours a pitch black-brown with a 1/2" of coffee brown head. The head eventually disappears, leaving no lace behind.

While still chilled, the smell is rich chocolate and coffee...very rich. As it warms it takes a super alcoholic turn that nearly burns the nose. It definetly smells as strong as it is, simply put.

Hot sweet malty intro, with a bitter-sweet chocolate and coffee flavor that lasts for some time. It finishes hot and sweet with a molassas syrupy mouthfeel. Very warming with a thick, yet vaporous body...this stuff is made for heavyweights = BIG beer.

Very tasty and very strong...not for the faint hearted

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Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hope this beer is as mean as it looks sitting on the shelf, because I'm looking for a fight. Ok, let's tangle. A soul black as night is topped with a quickly thinning dark tan head. Raisins, nuts, burnt wood and dark chocolates assault the nose in an orchestration of complex and robust aromas. A subtle earthy gravity keeps things grounded.

This monster smells like a stout and looks like a stout, but does it taste like a stout? Yes it does. Many beers with this level of alcohol do not seem to taste like their more innocuous brethren. The alcohol heat is at the forefront of the first sip, followed by big malts and a hoppy bitterness that mixes well. After the initial shock, some caramel and syrupy sweetness circumspectly peek their heads out to see what the hell is all the commotion.

The active carbonation keeps things interesting as the bout continues. The mouth-feel is substantial. This is the kind of beer you buy a drink for after all the hullabaloo is over, and it's very likely you might become friends for life.

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Photo of charlzm
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 07/11/07.

Batch 2 - November 2006. 16.03% ABV.


Pours thick and oily with a decent head. Scents of chocolate and coffee. Black as night.

From the first sip, you know this one is not to be taken lightly. YOU MUST LET THIS BEER WARM UP! A full Nelson on the palate with plums and raisins, roasty malt lurking behind well-balanced bitterness and similarly subtle alcohol warmth.

As the beer warmed slightly, its flavor changed and improved with every few degrees. "Crafty shape shifter", indeed!

One of the best beers I have ever had, and probably ought to be the last of the evening.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an alcohol filled aroma that also boasts of chocolate and black malts. It's got a lovely chocolate/coffee scent; very nice. The taste is really good. It's quite strong and very complex. It has a smooth coffee-like flavor that goes down slow and easy and finishes warm and sweet. It has a great roasted character as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, despite the elevated abv.. It's smooth and flavorful, but also a slow sipper. Well done!

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

2006 vintage

A- black brew with a 1 finger tan head, that holds decently and settles to a tiny ring and leaves films of lace

S- roasted malts, earthy, nutty, black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, subtle alcohol

T- overall sweet, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, big sweet toffee character, alcohol sneaks around, roasted hints at finish, sweet coffee and toffee aftertaste.

M- syrupy full body, hop feel at finish, somewhat sticky in the after

D- a sipping brew, ages tremendously well, quite a treat. I don't think a could handle it very often. Intense brew, must try

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Photo of tronester
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super think pitch black motor oil consistency, with a medium brown head. Smells of alcohol, vanilla and roasted barley. Taste is intense. molasses, coffee, and earthy hops hit you in the face. Mouthfeel is super thick (probably thicker than any other beer I've had), carbonation levels are low. Unfortunatly the downside of this beer is drinkability. It's a great sipping beer, but it would be very difficult to drink the entire 12oz bottle by myself. I split the beer, and for me thats the best way to enjoy it.

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Photo of ksbrainard
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and thick. There's a surprisingly "large" head that is very dense with small bubbles, and it sticks around for a while. Finally after about a half an hour, it's totally gone.

Smell: I can hardly smell anything at first. A subtle chocolate-caramel-raisin smell. As the bubbles subside, a very burnt smell comes through, like that stuff that lives on the inside of your grill, but then it fades. Next up is a whiff of dark rich thick fruity syrup. So far, an appealing and complex aroma, if subtle (somehow). The darkest chocolate of all comes through after that. At first, alcohol barely manages to show through, but eventually as the beer warms up, that's all that there is in the nose.

Taste: It is big and roasty, but that is quickly overtaken with a fruity flavor, almost like a Barley Wine. A Black Barley Wine. Alcohol warmth kicks in right away, to nobody's surprise. Hops and roast provide a balance to each other, in their collaboration for an intense bitterness. That sweetness, though, it is almost like red graps. The finish drops off quickly, but remains at that low level for quite some time. You really feel like you're indulging in something that should be forbidden.

Mouthfeel: Big and thick - almost granular feeling. This is almost solid, as opposed to liquid. It is only somewhat sticky, though. It is surprisingly unoppressive, while completely full.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This beer is a unique experience. It is not a great value - if you want an intensely Stout experience, you'll get a better value with Avery's The Czar (keeping it in the family). But this beer is an experience for all lovers of black beer to have at some point in their lives. I would recommend sharing it with two or three friends over the richest dark chocolate dessert you can get your hands on. It would also probably make a great ice cream topping when mixed in equal parts with hot fudge.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the jet black oil pours into my glass a very thick, dark tan head rises and few inches and sticks around for a while. The head resides after a few minutes of drinking and leaves minimal lace (I'm starting to suspect that it is this glass and not the beer that isn't conducive to lace for some reason...anyone else experience this?). The smell is intensely of caramel, chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, dark fruits, and alcohol. The taste is complex...burnt dark chocolate and strong coffee, roasted malts, cherries, prunes, figs, and other dark fruits...this is incredible. This beer overloads your senses in the best way is not as complex as some other imperial stouts/ Russian Imperial Stouts but it hits you harder than the others...and that is what makes this beer incredible. It has a very full body with a creamy texture that is complimented nicely by the mild carbonation. Towards the finish, the alcohol burn really kicks in, which is usually not one of my favorite things but in this case, it is so well balanced with all the other sweet flavors that it works magnificently.

Oh man, this beer is awesome...I think the 16% ABV slowly took effect on my during my review, haha.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $8.99... This is the last of three beers that I've sampled from Avery's "Big Beer" series, and as with Samael's and The Beast, this one was way too intense and over-the-top to be an enjoyable brew... Nice engine-oil, jet-black appearance led to a nose replete with roasted malts, licorice, brandy, and alcohol... the taste was more than extreme, with a strong burst of sweet candy, rum, brandy, liquor, and powerful alcohol... way too intense and sweet to be perceived as an enjoyable and drinkable brew... I should have learned my lesson from Avery's other two big beers before I shelled out $8.99 for this one... the taste was loaded with a strong, cloying liquor essence and the alcohol burned my throat and tongue... really wouldn't recommend this one... Can't say I'd vouch for this one...

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a Reidel shiraz O-glass. Bottled Nov. 2006 Batch 2

A = Black liquid, dark mocha brown head of about 2 fingers which slowly dissipated leaving very small amount of lacing on glass.

S = Bittersweet chocolate and espresso americano coffee, slight alcohol sensation.

T = Tart bitter chocolate on front of tongue, then bittersweet espresso with slight taste of maple syrup, roasted-burnt grains, all followed by a very bitter finish that dwells in the back of the mouth. Very good but with maybe not quite enough sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, carbonation may be just slightly more than I expected from the style, slight but not unpleasant stinging on the tongue. Alcohol is apparent but not unpleasant.

D = I will definitely have this again but it is a sipping beer.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,318 ratings.
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