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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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Ratings: 2,351 |  Reviews: 913
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.

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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

Photo of k47k
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smatthis49
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers all time. Was my introduction (accidentally) to high abv stouts. Was handed to me by someone who knew nothing, back when I knew nothing. Immediately I knew I was drinking something special. Only have two left in my fridge, and it breaks my heart.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle (November). The heat smoothed out real nice, much nicer than a similarly aged Tweak actually. Thin mouthfeel for my tastes, but tasted great.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have no freekin' idea how a bottle of this found its way into my beer fridge but I am happy it did. Pitch black pour with some nice lacing, very smooth drink ability and even I, at 70, have a nice smell to this beer. I would buy this in a heartbeat if I just knew where I got it in the first place. Damned fine beer.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

12oz bottle into a goblet. batch 11 October 2015, so roughly 14 months old.

pours black as the darkest night. a decent tan head to begin with, which dissipates to a thick ring and covering. no lacing to speak of.

aroma is lots of dried fruits and alcohol.

on taste, there is a burn which logically must be the alcohol, but comes off more of a pepper burn around the edge of the tongue. There is a molasses type sweetness on the body of the tongue. The dried fruit aroma doesn't really come through in taste.

Full in the mouth, with a significant burn.

overall, this is a pleasant sipper, the only beer last night. I think I've preferred others of Avery's high octane stouts, but am happy to have tried this before it disappears forever. one more in the fridge.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice appearance with a pleasant aroma of fruit and coffee. Very bitter with strong alcohol taste. Better if it were aged for a year or so like most Avery beers.

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Photo of Treycotton
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Batch no. 9, December 2013, enjoyed December 2016. Poured into a snifter (in 3 installments). Pours a thick, thick jet black, with a half a finger of brown/khaki colored head that lingers longer than you'd think, and some of the head lingers on the side of the glass as you drink. Looks dark and deep, as one would expect. Smell is huge, I cannot possibly overstate how huge the aroma is on this, with loads of caramel, bakers chocolate, marshmallows, roasted grains, with smaller hints of licorice and leather. Taste follows suit, and is just as huge and in your face. Like being lovingly punched in the face, if that's possible. Layer upon layer of complex bitter/sweet flavors unfold as it's on your palate. Amazing complexity and layering of flavor, with some booze on the throat at the very end, but not nearly as overpowering as one might expect, and that likely has a lot to do with the age on this specific bottle. Extremely full in body, luxurious would be an understatement. Everything about this is simultaneously decadent, and sinister. Unbelievably delicious, and a beer to keep you warm as it's sipped over hours and hours. 5/5. No questions.

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Photo of donspublic
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sniffer from tap, nice 2 finger tan colored head, nice retention and lacing. Looks like motor oil in a glass. Smells of roasted malt and alcohol, seriously hot smelling. Taste is the shit, soon much going on here. Initially sweet dark fruit, fig, raisin and so much more that I can't pick out, wrapped in caramel sweetness. Finishes on the sweet side and this keg hides the abv soon well, this is hell in a glass. Mouthfeel is like changing the oil in your car and having the drain plug fall out and getting a mouth full of oil, very viscous in a good way. Still have one of these from 2014 in my cellar, might have to hint more down

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours deep black with a thin brown head. The aroma offers up chocolate, biscotti, hazelnuts, maple, and brown sugar. The flavor features burnt brown sugar, maple, chocolate, cream, bittersweet chocolate, some roasty flavors, and hickory wood. The mouthfeel is supple and full, but not overly thick. Overall this is an incredible beer - neither too sweet nor too boozy, with a balance of classic stout flavors.

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Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,351 ratings
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