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Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout
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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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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle (10/30/15) to snifter.

Jet black pour, but thin looking where some spots look brownish, or muddy.

Roasted malt, yeast, raisin.

Cocoa, burnt sugar, there is a definite similarity to a "Rum and Coke" taste here. Alcohol hits hard.

sudsy, but not fizzy. Medium body. Thin enough to hold carbonation. Acidic bite.

Interesting beer. I am a tad disappointed in the overall experience, but look forward to having my other 2 bottles further. At 17.1%, maybe 13 months was too soon. Still excellent, but my expectations were very high.


2016 vintage in Growler from TRT, poured to snifter.

Looks a bit cleaner, less Silty.

TASTE and AROMA are consistent with 2015.

Good stuff.

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4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black (but not oil-black) body, and a 1 finger frothy beige head.

Aromas of metallic chocolate, maybe a little roast malts... and little else.

Oats, lactose, pure sappy alcohol, burnt prunes, fuel, alcoholic chocolate, cake, more fuel.

Water out front then a huge wave of thickness and buzzing. Dry finish. For the most part on point for the style.

Overall a little heavy on the fuel and just overall chokeable. That being said, it's not something I'd have by myself and glad I had a friend to share it with.

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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release.

Appearance: poured jet black with a thin film of dark brown colored head.

Smell: strong notes of white chocolate and vanilla. It has a very sweet aroma without any roasted character.

Taste: starts out with the sweet bitter chocolate with notes of cherries. Very sweet but then ends with a charred and bitter finish with final notes of strong coffee. The bitterness tend to linger around long after the sip. Alcohol not as noticeable as I expected. Little bit of warmth at room temp.

Mouthfeel: thick and full-bodied but I expected a little more viscosity.

Overall: seems this could use a couple years of age. Seems harsh with too much clash of flavors.

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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very complex and dark roasted, earthy character.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Black in color on the pour, and the last little bit that trickled out of the bottle looked like syrupy chocolate milk. Pitch black in color once in th glass. A 90 degree pour yielded about 2 fingers of frothy, tan foam.
Wonderful nose of sweet, toasty malt, dark chocolate, light tobacco, and hints of dark fruit and booze. This smells very well balanced despite being so large in ABV (this year's is 14.6 %).
The taste follows along very closely. Big, big notes of bittersweet chocolate, toasty malt and dark fruit, a little leather & tobacco. As it warms on the palate, you do get some degreee of alcohol, but nothing near what I was expecting. There is a sweet, caramelly burn that sets in on the back end, but it is incredibly pleasant.
The feel is dense, chewy, and syrupy. Like drinking a home-made, bourbon and chocolate flavored milkshake.

Overall, this one blew me away, and far surpassed my expectations. I've had a few other Avery beers that were similar in potency, and most of those just seemed too overdone for me to really appreciate. They weren't ever bad, just a bit too much for what I was wanting. This one, however..this is a decadent beverage, no question.

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4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage from my cellar for review #666 (on YouTube not here)!

Pours out totally pitch black almost like motor oil with a dark tan head.

Aroma starts out with intensely roasted/charred/burnt malt, deep chocolate notes, coffee, dark fruits and a hint of leather.

Taste follows suit with the huge malt bill front and center. Dark, roasted, burnt, almost ashy malts, dark fruits, bakers chocolate, brownies, fudge, layers of chocolate with some leather, bit of molasses and finishes with an intense coffee/espresso note.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, VERY smooth after 5 years of aging. Bit of warmth, but not boozy at all. An absolute beast!

Delicious, dangerously drinkable and super complex! Awesome!

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

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great high abv beer from avery. Really feel the 14.6%.
The appearance is pitch black with substantial alcohol legs.
The aroma is huge with anise, cherry, chocolate, and dark fruit. Also a boozy spiciness coming through.
The taste is big boozy sweetness, and alcohol heat along with the anise, dark fruit, chocolate cherry and caramel malt sweetness as well. Nice and complex.
The palate is full with a lingering boozy spice that was rum like. Lingering sweetness also lingered well.
Overall this is a big and aggressive imperial stout that I would love to try an aged bottle of.

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4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased for the low, low price of $9.99. Bottle labeled "Annual release Oct. 2016, Batch No 12".

Dark black elixir poured into Funky Buddha snifter. Tan-brown head to rim with thick rings of lacing.

This has one nice aroma of dark chocolate, char, spice, oak and caramel.

The taste really comes through with the chocolate balanced by the dark fruit and roasted malts. The rum flavored alcohol is balanced by the sweetness of the chocolate creating a decadent sipper.

It's a big brew but balanced by the chocolate giving it a velvety feel and keeping the alcohol well hidden.

Well done RIS which makes for a nice after dinner treat on those hoary, dark and cold Cleveland nights.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,344 ratings
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