Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
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outstanding
2,332 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:
2,332
Reviews:
908
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
860
For Trade:
48
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2012 Vintage. Batch No. 8.
5.4.14
This is a truly beautiful beer. Pours just shy of black; like coffee that you just know is top of the line. Less than a finger or so of brown head, dissipates quickly settling into a nice little foamy topper that lingers and tags the sides of the glass like so many train cars after a late night bombing session.

Smells smoothe and round, chocolate on the forefront, but certainly the 16.2% creeps in a little bit. Molasses and roast, with a sweet underpinning of dark fruits. I'm usually more of a chocolate and coffee guy when it comes to stouts as opposed to fruity notes, but this incorporates bits of both masterfully, balancing them and letting them each take their turn in the sun. As it warms the boozy plums and the like take more of the attention from the chocolate, but I ain't even mad at it. I even get bits of a fine cigar as it evolves. Amazing.

I must say the flavours are top notch, but even at a year and a half this is still pretty darn hot. I'd probably give it another year or two before it really hits its stride, which is saying something considering how tasty it is now. The dark fruits continue to take the forefront here, sharing time with more bitter tobacco than came out on the nose. Less chocolate, more leather than my olfactory bulb suggested, at least until the finish, which is creamy bakers cocoa: that lush meeting of creamy, sweet and bitter that masterfully crafted stouts present so well.

As previously stated, this is still pretty hot as 16.2% is a hell of an elephant to try and hide. Beyond that first impression, though it has a creamy silky mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to dance across your tongue and offer some nuance. Not quite as thick as the pour indicated, but by no means thin... I'd call it medium heavy? But incredibly smoothe. I can't wait to get another bottle and let it sit for even longer to let the alcohol mellow out a little more, because this is great as is, but with that sorted out it could be galaxian... you heard me.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,332 ratings.
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