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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #124
Ranked #293
4.45 | pDev: 7.42%
Aug 19, 2022
Feb 18, 2010
Notes: Formerly known as Meph Addict and Coffeestopholes.

Tweak is Avery Mephistopheles Imperial Stout, with a chunk of coffee thrown in. If you haven’t geeked out enough, the brewery aged in four months in bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 vint, poured at cave temp into an Avery snifter.
A khaki foam tops this motor oil black brew.
Everything about this Stout screams aloud.
Smells of bourbon and rich cafe Cubano. Bit of leather and coffee grounds.
Taste is a super sweet bourbon dipped chocolate coffee bean on steroids.
Feel is 10W30 with just a tad of bubbling crude.
Overall, Fabulous slow sipper.
I wish Bourbon County would take a lesson from this incredibly tasty and remarkably well-made treat.
Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jul 25, 2022
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Rated by tkolterman from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 5 by msm18

Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Look: jet black poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass. Heavy foam about 2 fingers length risen. A bit of lacing appears on the glass as the foam dissipates.
Smell: Getting big bourbon notes followed by subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. Maybe even a bit of cherry in the initial bourbon smell.
Taste: Sweet!!! Wow amazingly sweet!!! You get the notes of bourbon but it’s very well hidden. Tasting some chocolate coffee as well. Definitely getting notes of chocolate. The chocolate seems to cover up the taste of the alcohol. Can’t tell at all this is 14.7%
Feel: About medium to heavy bodied. Doesn’t feel like a heavy beer on the palate. I’m amazed.
Overall: This is such a unique beer and wow does it cover the alcohol up very well. I’m actually ahocked how tasty this is. It is a big sweet, but this sweetness weirdly enough covers the big booziness in the beer. Highly recommend this beer and is worth every penny spent on it too.
May 31, 2022
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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Black as a scary basement in the dark.
Small mocha head.
Licorice and nuttiness, dark roast coffee and a little chocolate wafting.
Bourbon notes upfront here and are appreciated. Then chocolaty notes. You will notice the alcohol here. Slight licorice as well but not off-putting.
Full mouthfeel, creamy texture.
Well I just love the bourbon flavor but might inhibit coffee tho.great beer here!.
Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Resistance88 from California

Jan 24, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I found this really good and I haven't had Mephistopheles so that gives me hope too but I really didn't get any coffee here. Great barrel aged stout but yeah..... idk. From the gold label stuff this might be one of my least favorites but all of them are so fucking good even still from my experience
Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big bourbon taste, boozy, but we’ll-rounded, malty and sugary sweet. Overall fantastic.
Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by cgrunin from Texas

Aug 12, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by o29 from Texas

Aug 03, 2021
Rated: 4.84 by CanadianGinge from Texas

Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2021
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L - black as Dracula's night-box; great lacing, a bit of brown angry foam for 4-5 minutes.
S - sat on this too long; most of the character of the coffee is gone, still smells like strong beer, malt, molasses, and whiskey which is great.
T - more malt, whiskey, sugars, and roast, but not much coffee anymore. It is a 2017 (Oct) bottling though, so that's on me. Still fantastic.
F - Amazing mouth-coating, vein-popping sugar content, not for diabetics. Almost a marshmallow smore's kind of sweet.
O _ Baller stout. Just wish I'd paid attention to the date sooner so that I could enjoy more of the coffee-roast flavor and aroma.
Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by CarpeDiem33 from Minnesota

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by GFK from Michigan

Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one was hard to find but I found some randomly on a shelf and was shocked. Be careful with this one (high ABV) and if you drink one bottle alone, it will sneak up on you fast! Tastes so good it's hard to sip!
Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled October 2017, my daughter’s BF brought me two as a peace offering so here go:
Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that disappears quickly. It smells a lot like a regular Bourbon County, heavy barrel, bourbon presence. The mouthfeel is a little thin after 3.5 yrs but that’s to be expected. A little evidence of oxidation but omg this is a big, boozy, brawny monster that’s had it’s rough edges buffed out. Vanilla, anise, barrel, bourbon, a little coffee that peeks thru here and there, it is superb and drinkable for such a huge beer. I normally advocate aging a beer for no more than a year, year and a half, but there are exceptions and this is one of them. My second stout by Avery and another great one, cheers!
May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by forum8417 from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by ThirstyHungryLife from California

Apr 13, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Vintage 11-14-16.
Poured very dark brown with a decent tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly but had decent lacing.
Tastes of coffee and barrel up front with absolutely no booze and then mild sweet dark fruits (fig and raisin). It has an amazing coffee finish that lingers and an aftertaste leaving you wanting more.
Mar 31, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by mickyge from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2021
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Great beer! Alcohol hits about mid way thru. Every sip was delicious. Tastes of coffee, spice, chocolate and bourbon.
Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by sbrock22 from Rhode Island

Feb 08, 2021
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Reviewed by JDP37Houston from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottled Sept 14, 2018 - Found still on the shelf at a Spec's in Galveston Texas in April of 2020! Bought all they had at $16.83ea. (8) - Had shared this with running buddies in the past, and forgot just how much we liked it. Found it still in the Spec's bag, last night in the back of the closet. Poured into my Houston Beer wiezen glass, because my teku is still in the trailer (from the last camping trip) and I knew a plain ol' pint glass wouldn't do much justice. Pours dark, and not much Amber/tan head although the glass was not cold. COFFEE, was the 1st thing I noticed. Not especially thick, but definitely smooth and still worth sharing again! Now have 7 left...
Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by EMH73 from New York

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 5 by fifreak3 from California

Jan 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled Oct 27,2017. $14 bottle. Beautiful dark brown with not much head, just a thin lip of khaki creamy bubbles activated in a thin centimeter around the edge of the glass. Scents bring on predominantly maple, touched with coffee, and bourbon. The taste is primarily sweet, and swims in delicious chocolate, maple, toffee, char, cherries, and as it washes over the palate the bitterness of the coffee arrives. The bourbon is there but not too strong and flavors the beer fortifying it with its alcoholic strength. Complements the coffee. Minutes after sipping my mouth retains the coffee and bourbon - it is an experience that lasts longer than a typical beer. Mouthfeel is medium thick punctuated by the tiniest of bubbles. Overall this is a complex and delicious beer. I have to say I’m a fan of the high abv because I love concentrated alcohol. Im a big fan of Mephistopheles and gave it a 5/5, and put some bottles away for special occasions. I’m going to have to do the same with this because I’m so impressed with the experience. Luckily my local store has a stock of many bottles and I’ll probably buy them up, even though they’re on the expensive side.
Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle of Batch #3, courtesy of BeerloserLI, that was bottled on November 14, 2016, that I'd stashed and afterwards forgotten about. Kinda wish I'd remembered it earlier.

Poured into the glass, this was was an opaque, super-dark brown, virtually black. About an inch of tan foam was present, although it mostly vanished quickly. Not surprising when you consider the abv.

Boozy nose, but not overly bourbony, if that's a word. What boozeiness there is actually reminds me more of rum. There's a nutty aroma, with a whiff of milk chocolate as well. The coffee seems to have died out at this point.

Dark malts and booze and milk chocolatey sweetness up front, pretty evenly balanced. I'm kinda suprised how much alcohol there still is after 4 yrs.

Medium bodied, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Nice nightcap on this cold mid-November night. While the coffee has faded, it's still a bit of a booze-bomb after 4yrs. Curious how long you'd have to lay this down for it to mellow! Regardless, thanks, Brian, for a shot at this at a time when it wasn't reliably available in my neck of the woods.
Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Juggerr from New York

Nov 11, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass at 53F. Bottled 9/14/18.
L - Deep and dark, with a cocoa colored head that dissipated slowly
S - boozy with a slight malt character
T - The coffee really comes through when you taste this beer and blends with the bourbon superbly!
F - thick mouthfeel with little carbonation coming through.
O - A full bodied, well balanced beer that will put hair on your chest.... or take it off!
Sep 26, 2020
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