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Mephistopheles' Stout | Avery Brewing Company

875 Reviews
Mephistopheles' StoutMephistopheles' Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.80%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006

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

12oz bottle into a snifter. Labled Batched #2, 2006. Also abv is listed as 16.3%

Pours a very thick black with a small tan head that drops to a slight ring. Leaves nice lace.

Smell is bang, pow! Bold coffee and chocolate. Very bold alcohol.

Taste is sweet. Chocolate and alcohol. Very, very hot! Hints of coffee and earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, just as tasty as batch #1. More spicy. Super hot, but very enjoyable.

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

I have to admit that I love Avery's big beers. Many people find them too hot and I have to agree...they ARE hot..but very complex and ones to be enjoyed over an hour rather than just drunk like a simple stout or lager.

This one poured very dark but not quite black...lots of red hues showed through in the light. Small head as to be expected that melted to a faint ring.

Aromas are burnt, toasted dark malts, brown sugar, definite dark, dark candied fruits, and alcohol...hot alcohol.

Tongue first tasted burnt dark chocolate malt..then a softening from dark prunes, dark raisins, and other dark fruits....dark, dark brown sugar but not overly sweet. Bitter hops actually do make their presence known after awhile but seem to get lost in the very hot alcohol that finishes the swallow.

Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and creamy for style and aftertaste is mostly of the burnt, dark chocolate malts.

A very impressive sipper and while $8 for 12 oz may sound exorbitant, considering this is a 12 oz'r that can last you the late night, it's a bargain.
UPDATE: Dec, 14th, 2007
Damn this is good stuff.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a super thick head that is twice the size of the body and the color of hot cocoa. The head is creamy with a few small craters and as it shrinks it sticks to the class to form a meniscus. There is no sign of carbonation in the abyss.

S- This beer has a smooth smell of dark black malt with tar resin notes and earthy wet wood in the background. The inky tar notes are strong. As it warms a bit more the smell of fresh toasted malt and white grapes come through.

T- This beer has a big inky bitter taste with hints of tart and black roasted malt. There are some notes of dark dried fruit, wood and walnuts in the background. As the beer warms there alcohol and bitterness from the malt increase.

M- This beer has a thick mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture in the finish. The soft alcohol heat hits you in the back of the throat when it is cold but as the beer warms it the alcohol kicks quite a bit.

D- This is a great example of what a double stout should be. The big black bitterness is nice and the alcohol is pretty smooth for 16%. It was nice but I thick some age would really add interest to this beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

OG 1.148, 16.03% ABV, Bottled Nov 2006, Batch 2.

A: Pours like black, well-used motor oil; dark tan head, no retention or lace.

S: REALLY big nose: dark chocolate, licorous, molases, brown sugar, tar.

T: Plenty of tar-like bitterness that's reminiscent of Old Rasputin (a little harsh). Alcohol is burning: port/sherry, dark rum (plenty of fermented sugar here!); black-strap molases, metallic/slightly-earthy hops. Palate bruising.

M: Really well-attenuated considering the strength, full body is still a little syrupy with hints of chalkyness. Roasted acidity is readily apparant.

D: It's a sipper, and a harsh one at that! Should this be compared to other 'double' stouts?

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

This brew pours a used motor oil black color. The head is massive and dark brown, darker than any other head I have ever seen. The aroma is of graham crackers, dark chocolate, grapes, plums, hints of grapefruit, alcohol. The taste is of roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, graham crackers, grapes, and a trace of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is very full bodied with a nice smoothness. Overall, this beer is pretty well rounded for having so much alcohol. I would certainly drink it again, however, of the three beers in the demon series, I would choose the other two before this one.

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Photo of JuddRogers
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a desert beer. Big, sweet, complex smell, lovely mouth feel.
I tried it against a nice blue and very dry jack. Not bad but the cheese and the beer did not improve each other. I recommend drinking it on its own.

Pours out very black (" ... black as Stephen Kings heart" as someone once said). Nice nose. Lots going on. Very sweet. Strong alcohol but not obvious as you drink it.

Get it again, cellar it. Have it some night with a good book.

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

Thick and black, with a modest tan head. This is a syrupy, solid and powerful beer. The aroma is a bit of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, alcohol, and over-ripe fruit. It's a complex and intense aroma. The flavor initally reminds me of good Italian espresso. It's bitter, flavorful, and composed of intense roasted flavors. A bit smoky, and not quite as sweet as expected. Moderate carbonation, and very smooth. There's a little wood, and increasingly flavorful fruit qualities in the beer. This is an exceptional and fantastically interesting beer. Outstanding!

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Photo of Onslow
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I remember cracking this that merry night, pouring it, then sipping that first sip and knowing that i had run into something great!

Pours with a big beautiful brown lasting head..

..lacing is all that!-coco head sticks..

..Alcohol is very well masked for such a large abv..

..quite sweet!....not much balanced when it comes to sweet/bitters but for a massive beer like this, it doesn't detract..

..is very intense + delicous..

..mouthfeel is amazing.

..sometimes you have to spoil yourself-..spoil yourself-..spoil yourself...

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Photo of ThirdCoast
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 12 oz bottle poured in to a Robert Simpson Brewery Glass

A: Black as tar, with a nice tan head, very nice.

S: Sweet, nuts, dates, ripe fruit, pecan pie...a wonderful complex aroma.

T: Coffee, roasted, tart, warming, sweet. Very nice.

M: Warming, as it goes down. Leaves a slight numbness on the mouth.

D: This is no "Big Brother" beer. This is not for the hop head either. This is a great beer for a cold winter night, too bad its summer now!

Another nice brew from the Avery brewery. Respect beer...especially this one!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.04/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one’s from November of ‘06, batch #2.

This beer pours a dark black with a sandy tan head that stuck around for a while.

Smells of corn syrup, powdered sugar, marshmallow, over-ripe plumb and caramel with a slight roasty character. Sweet, sweet and more sweet.

Tastes of sugary sweetness that fades into an awkward smoky dryness that falls into an oaky hop ash and burnt coffee. Finishes cleanly with a load of carbon. The emphasis on the sour oak seems out of place and the charred coffee makes it all the worse.

Feels medium bodied and syrupy with a nice thickening foam of bubbles.

Maybe I don’t understand this one, but it just seemed awkward.

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Photo of SaltyLime
2.72/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to this one. The daunting image, 16.03 ABV content and the word "Stout" all together had me mesmerized as I added it to the cart.

Appearance - Black gold...texas tea...could-not-see-light-pass-through-black. Pours thick as oil. Nutty brown color head that gets darker to the bottom of the foam. Head dies quickly before disappearing altogether.

Smell - Alcohol. A rum soaked fruit smell wanted to rise but was overpowered by the alcohol.

Taste - Toasted malts, gritty strong coffee grinds, molasses, alcohol. I think I breathed fire. Goose bump inducing. Warms the gut. Sugar sweetness was an afterthought, but solidly present.

Mouthfeel - Thick and medicinal. It has an after effect of tingling on the palate, I don't think it was the carbonation, might have been the hops or maybe the alcohol was just burning through my tongue. It left a syrup like film in the mouth and peppery feel at the back of the throat.

Drinkability - Definitely not a session beer, more like a challenge. Would not try again unless my girlfriend just broke up with me or my dog died and I just want to get sh*t faced. However, it is worth the experience if you haven't tried it before. I just think they pushed this one too far without regard to balance.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nov 06 edition.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, two finger, beautiful caramel/coffee bean/tan head. Lacing is magnificent, huge, columnous stuff. Body is a typical stout, but the head and lacing makes up for what it may lack.

Smell: I've been letting this sit for over six months, and it apparently has not soothed much of its vitriol. Huge, almost Belgian-like alcoholic breadiness up front. Deep brush and grass vines, a kind of yeasty, earthiness pervades the whole aroma. Beneath the fury of its beginning lie more familiar stout aromas, including some chocolate, light coffee, coconut milk, and cinnamon-like, cardamom-like spices. I give this points for, if nothing else, smelling nothing like any stout I've ever snuffed.

Taste: The alcohol hits the front of your tongue first, with a sting, but it is not particularly perceptible unless you linger upon what is swirling in your mouth. Peppermint, pepper, chocolate, and a deep espresso. The alcohol on the back end is, indeed, somewhat intense, but after six months it appears more warming than overpowering. The mouth is left a bit dry and hot afterward. There is a woodiness in the aftertaste, a yeast-like quality that will not leave this beer.

Mouthfeel: Hot. Hot. Hot. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: After six months, at least, this monster stout is surprisingly quaffable. A good cheer.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that showed brewed in Nov 06 as batch 2 into a pint glass. It was pure black even when held against a light. It had a 2 finger brown head that slooowly settled to a constant foam, no lacing. The smell was surprising subtle but was roasted malts, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, and a big hint of the ABV within. It set you up for what to expect. The taste was excellent with a good bite from start to finish. It had a slightly sweet finish due to the high ABV coming from fruit sugars. The mouthfeel was excellent as well - full and creamy. Overall, this is a tremendous beer that you have got to try. I generally don't like the high ABV's as they tend to feature the heat too much but this has a great balance. This will be an annual indulgence for sure (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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Photo of techdiver
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle states "Bottled in NOV 2006" and "Alcohol 16.03% by volume".

Wow! Pours a deep opaque black with a massive foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid 1/4" cap.

Nose of malt, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste is sweet with molasses, mild hops, and a well hidden alcohol content.

Full bodied, coating the mouth with each swallow.

Drinkable, yes, but with this ABV? Good stuff.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinged black with a chocolate mousse head that maintains a thin layer of bubbles on top. Leaves some spots of lacing. The smell of the black malt, fruity esters and chocolatey tones are beaten down by alcohol in the nose. Starts off with tons of roasted malt and chocolate but is followed by an awkward fruity, lactic and boozy middle. Finish lets the hops come out a bit, nice and herbal. Coffee and smoke in the aftertaste as well as some vanilla once I let it sit for a while. Mouthfeel is viscous, a little too bubbly for my taste, and the alcohol has a numbing effect on the tongue. Alcohol makes it hard for this to be drinkable. I really like the flavors presented here, and I find this pleasantly more roasty than their Czar, but it's way too young to be on the shelves. In a couple of years this could be amazing.

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Photo of Winter
2.59/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to trying this. I've had some really good beers from Avery in the past and was eager to taste their take on an American Double Stout. Attractive black metallic label show a black demon (presumably Mephistopheles) with silver highlights and piecing red/yellow eyes. Very cool.

The stout pours black in color with a thick creamy tan head. Impressive for a stout of its strength (16.03% listed). At that strength, usually you're lucky to generate any sort of head and this stuck around for awhile.

Vinous aroma, although there's something amiss about it... I can't quire describe it. There's also dark fruit (cherries) and plenty of alcohol. Feint caramel emerges past the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied. First sip of this powerful brew is awkward. It's very, very boozy and not balanced at all. Any sort of stout flavors (chocolate, roasted malt, caramel) are all kicked to the background by the alcohol. This one is hot. I can sort of make out some dark fruit and murky malt, but it's not flavorful at all. Sadly, even if this was laid down for awhile, and trust me, this could sit for a LONG while. I'm not sure if it would actually improve at all. There's just nothing in the background that emerges where even if the alcohol mellowed, what would come through, wouldn't necessarily be worth waiting for.

This was a disappointment, lacking in flavor and overpowered by the alcohol. It just didn't blend very well with the rest of the flavors that may have been intended here.

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

A: Jet black with a 2 finger light brown head that actually lasts for a bit - how is that possible for a 16% stout??

S: Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso, cocoa, rum and some alcohol - although not nearly as much alcohol as I would have expected.

T: Mmmm, very nice. Lots of dark chocolate, with tons of plums, dark fruits and rum! Also has a lot of port-like characteristics - as another reviewer pointed out, this drinks in some ways like a red wine. Some hops back there too, but the main bite is from some warming alcohol. Interestingly though, the alcohol finally doesn't detract from the beer, as is the case with many of Avery's extreme beers. This one is nice and warming, but I wouldn't call it too hot (the Beast comes to mind when it comes to way too hot beers). This makes Old Rasputin taste like a Guinness.

M: Thick, thick and thick. Just enough carbonation to keep it lively.

D: I've got to give it points here. For 16%, this is pretty drinkable.

I was hesitant to buy this based on my experience with The Beast and Samael's, but I'm glad I ended up getting it. This is one solid beer. Like your Imperial Stouts strong enough that you can eat it with a fork? This is the beer for you. Highly recommended.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first batch of 2006. Into a chalice, pours a devilishly dark black, a full finger of dark tan head settles to a thin film, lacing in tan sheets. The aroma is already evident when opened. Upon further inspection, its even more potent than expected. Lots of alcohol, lots of molasses, lots of espresso, dark fruits, craziness, and mean spirited angry hookers. No joke.

The taste is dark, roasted, mean and potent, burnt caramels, lots of dark fruits, raisins, molasses, a coffee hangover, I mean alcohol hangover, all kinds of dark nastiness... that is sooo good. The mouth isn't simply warm... its burning hot, and I like it. Its also thick, full bodied, almost no carbonation, syrupy, reeeedonculous. This one is still pretty raw, at a year and a half old, and I can imagine it being one wack brew in a few years. As it is, its still damn good, quite untamed, but its a cure for headaches, so definitely good.

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

Poured from the 12oz. black with red foil wrapped bottle into an oversized snifter. About half the bottle in for the first sample with an aggressive pour to pull out the head and release aroma. The beer was jet black with hints of ruby near the edges. The head was one-finger of thick and creamy tan coating on top. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles clung to the glass and the head faded quickly. A motor oil like look from the top.

The nose is very boozy with big aromas of rum and bourbon soaked dark fruit. Plum and fig coming through and a huge chocolate aroma. Lots of dark roast coffee and expresso in the nose and a hearty roasted malt aroma.

The taste hits with a big roasted flavor. A huge chocolate layer cake like moist chocolate flavors backed with strong coffee and expresso flavors. The chocolate and coffee meld very well and are backed up with a huge boozy base. This is some strong stuff. Low carbonation levels make it very brandy like, and the alcoholic warmth is intense. Half a bottle and you feel the power of the beer. As the beer warms it becomes even more boozy. This is a cold night sipper and the way, and a very good one.

Mouthfeel is big and bold, gets a little thinner with warmth, never cloying or syupy. Minimal carbonation levels, brandy like mouthfeel.

Wow, this is one big and delicious beer. Lots of nice boozy character with a huge warming. A one and done beer all the way but perfect to sit and sip. The flavors meld beautifully and although strong, it doesn't dominate in any one area to detract from the others. At 7 bucks for 12oz. it is expensive, but it is well worth it. A very very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was exactly like the Kalamazoo stout that preceded it. That was where the similarities ended! Sweet, with a bit of a soy sauce taste (but not enough to really detract). Quite alcoholic and warming (as expected). Somewhere between a Czar and maybe Le Coq? This is nice if you're in the mood (it was medicinal for me tonight). Not as satisfying as Worldwide, but not as hard to drink as Le Coq. Interesting (as is usually the case with Avery, one of my favorite breweries).

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Photo of muffguy4beer
2.66/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a half inch dark tan head. Strong lacing.

Smell: Smokey, roasted barley. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Very pungent smell.

Taste: Alcohol is very noticeable. Not very balanced at all. Bitter chocolate, coffee. Finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy syrup.

Drinkability: Totally unbalanced therefore pretty undrinkable. I had to sip my way through half of a bottle and i don't think i would have enjoyed the other half. It seems that they were brewing big just for the sake of brewing big.

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Photo of hammer09
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One word: Wow!

This beer is huge. Avery Mephisopheles' Stout pours a brownish-black with a half inch thick, smooth, foamy, brown head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is thin, yet consistent. Smell is sweet and estery; reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Aroma has hints of apple, grape, and a mild, leathery, earthiness. Taste is very sweet at the front with a faint roasted finish. Powerful malt presence with slight bitterness. Any hops used in the beer appear lost in comparison to the malt. Mouthfeel is very warming and alcoholic. Thick and syrupy, but good carbonation. This beer is best sipped. Slowly. A very good beer, but one not to be taken lightly nor consumed quickly.

Personally, I want to give this beer a rating of 4 for both smell and taste, but I'm trying to rate this according to its style. It's listed as an American Double Stout, but I'd have to say that a hybrid descriptor such as "Belgian Imperial Stout" would more accurately describe this brew, given its complex aroma.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, nOv 2006. pOurs motor oil black, with a cappuccino colored head. Good retention, slight lacing.

The aroma rather sweet, coffee laced with licorice. The flavor follows, slightly toasty. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. The mouth is big and full, a bittersweet amiguity on the finish. I'd never turn this down.

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

12 oz bottle. bottled in November 2006 and poured into a large snifter. The lable reads...16.03 % ABV.

AP: Black as the deepest night, totally opaque under a one-finger deep mocha-brown colored head that is ultra tight and dense. Very impressive looking head...Welcome to the Darkside!!!

Smell: Sweeeet caramel malt, vanilla, mochachino, freshly baked brownies and new hard-wood floors with a big Alcohol heat tickling the nose. Very aromatic indeed.

Feel & Flavor: YOWZA! this is a beast, a big-full bodied beast with a massive alcohol presence, very in-your-face heat that makes your mouth buzz as if it was scotch whiskey. Insanely sweet malt, I'm talkin' Mapl-syrup and brown sugar-like sweetness. Perhaps the sweetest Stout I've ever had. Believe it or not, there is balance achieved here wih a bitter-dry hopped sensation tweaking the flavor. Other not-so intense flavors pop out such as, oak-wood, brandy, Hershey's chocolate syrup and overlly ripe red fruits like black Berries, blue berries and red grapes. There's also a fermented berries effect which gives it a very unique and subtle sourness.To finish off the flavors it ends with a subtle spicey and zesty hop flavor that mellows and becomes earthy and leafy in the after-taste. Overall, one of the most intense and extreme flavored brews I've ever had. AND I just had a 11.2 oz Samichlaus Bier the other day!! That almost seems tame compared to this one. This one demands to be sipped and savored over a long period of time. Maybe a bit too sweet and perhaps the alcohol profile is way to big for a beer....FUNK THAT! Bring it on!! This beer blew my mind. The name of the brew is very appropriate, Mephistophele's...the shape shifter which is great because the flavors are ever-changing and complex.

DA: This brew at 16% packs an insane buzz for only a 12 oz bottle, This had a muhc bigger alcohol profile than even the DFH 120 IPA I felt. This beer should be sipped slowly and with caution.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2
16.03% ABV

I was expecting to love this beer. A huge impressive stout. Well... I must say it is a little too big. It felt burnt and hot and a bit rough. I did enjoy it tremendously but it did not blow WWS out of the water or anything so yes it is awesome though it is not my new favorite beer.

Appearance: Pours black with a brown head that fades to cap a that lasts for a while. by the end of the beer it had spread to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Very dark. Burntness. Molasses. Carmel chocolate plum and alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malts molasses, cocoa espresso bitter sherry / port like alcohol. lots of hot alcohol. It is a sipping beer.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally sweet with sugar and alcohol from beginning top end.

Drinkability: This beer is not one that I found very refreshing. It is flavorful and *Extreme* but ... I guess the setting needs to be right. I'll try it again. It is HUGE!

Hope this is helpful.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.
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