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Latest news for Mephistopheles Stout
Avery Brewing Co. releases Batch No. 9 of Mephistopheles’ Stout
Review by Bitterbill on 01/03/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2006
Avery Mephistopheles', bottled Nov 2006.

A nice hiss when I opened the bottle, it's great with a 2 finger head of tan foam.

It smells of chocolate, dates, figs, caramel, and Port.

The taste is outstanding if you're into the smells I mentioned coming through, faithfully. There's only a mild bitterness now and the alcohol, 16.03%abv for this bottle, does the warming bit big time but for the most part, stays out of the picture when drinking this Stout.

Great mouthfeel here; big bodied with lightish carbonation.

I've nursed this puppy since it was a wee babe; sorry to see it go. :^(

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to a very generous hopsleeroy. This sucker is a Nov 2006 Batch #2. Served up in my trusty Terrapin snifter. I am a bit afraid of this one being up there in the ABV but I have always been intrigued by this brew.

A: Pours a very nice and viscous black. This poured incredibly thick looking. Slick and oily on the glass. This beer is bound and determined to allow zero light through the body in any area. Pours a really dark quarter finger of brown head. That head has some decent stick to it, leaving some lace on the glass. The lace does have to fight with that oily film this brew produces on the glass. Its what I expect from an Impy Stout for sure.

S: Well this does have a certain alcohol presence that only a beer over 16% could produce. I mean a really thick and rich wood soaked alcohol booziness is the first thing I encounter when I drop my nose in that snifter. Lost in all that booze is a touch of that soy sauce that overwhelmed a SATB, but its not out of hand and is an after thought. Then you get a touch of charcoal and roasty malt sweetness. There is also some nice cocoa powder and dark chocolate presence. Pretty nice and absolutely inviting.

T: The alcohol has been tamed well over the years and I am very pleased in that respect. The booziness is not as in your face as it is in the nose. The booze is thick and full of some oaky goodness. Has an almost bourbon flavor to it. The soy sauce does not translate into the taste at all. . . well, very little. Dark chocolate and deep, strong and bitter coffee is all over the place here. Lots of bitter coffee. There is also some booze soaked raisin and prunes in the finish. Not bad at all, but the flavors a bit out there and in your face.

M: This is a full bodied son of a bitch. Really thick and oily for sure. This beer is relentless on its coating ability. Really saturates the palate. It does have a decent amount of carbonation still in here aftr 3 years of age. The ABV is hot on the palate, throat and tummy. It is a bit overwhelming at time, but thats what one should expect from this beer. Aftertaste is all strong coffee and dark fruits.

D: Well this is a HUGE friggin beer, so its not one that you will be pounding a sixer of. Its a heavy ass Impy Stout that packs a hell of a punch. All the flavors and aromas are big and in your face. This beer doesn't play and lives up to its namesake. I dig it, but doubt I will be putting this in regular rotation. I assume this beer needs to age to calm it down and tame it for easier drinking. I will have to get a newer bottle for a comparison. It absolutely needs to be consumed at room temperature so more flavors come out. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-19-2009 05:25:07

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 16 5 8 2009
Pours dark brown.
Settles as black paint.
Smallish topping of tanned foam.
Doesn't last long but sustains a thin cloud on top.
Lacing is thin and thickly stringy.
Aroma is hot and deep.
Nosey with dark molasses tang and a breeze of chocolate.
Otherwise its actually fairly understated and uncomplexing.
Taste is mostly tangy and darkly deep.
Molasses and portly so.
Semi cloying, heated, and thick.
Chocolate covered currants and plums stick the finish into a firm hold across the palate.
Wow, does this stuff have some stick to it.
Doesn't want to let go.
A nice effect to the overall as its diversity doesn't supersede its complexity in flavor.
An all or nothing portly tanged character of molasses and dark fruity malts.
Some choclate is evident in a dark under score mixing with the fruity sided tang.
Body is immensely thick and absolutely smooth with a very nice intregrated warmth of alcohol thats port-like and thickly set upon the backing of the tangy sweet malts.
Finish is lengthy.
And then some.
Again, this stuff has a stick to it that works well with what it offers.
Mephistopheles' is not quite a deserving namesake in my book of evils.
Although...the ABV is hellishly sneaky so perhaps I can see why.
But as Milton put in Paradise Lost -
"Long is the way, and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light."

The light here is not seen through the beer, nor the taste, in most aspects, warmth being the exception, and hard it is to drink a bunch of this before seeing the light on in the bathroom, and hard is the way to have it come back up the way it came in.
How's that for a drunken stupor of religious type philosophy.
Take that Milton!

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2008
It says here Mephistopheles was a crafty shapeshifter that does not like light. After drinking this 16.02% beer, I start seeing the lights start shifting and soon my eye lids blinding me. The pour is a viscous black color with a decent head to start but disappears quickly although. I really like the "motor oil" viscous quality,

The nose is no surprise, very pheonlic. Mostly sweeter malts with some darker-esk malts coming out, like roasted and patent. Some fruity esters as well, mostly figs and prunes. Some lighter notes of licorice.

The taste is big. No big! No BIG! A big malty presence with a even bigger phenolic finish. There are chocolate and darker caramel malty flavors with a lactic finish leaving a somewhat milky finish. The phenolic value is in high gear with some heat. Some oak aged esters as well, such as vanilla and woody finishes as well.

The body is thick and viscous. Carbonation is limited but understandable. Drinkibility falls due to the heavy phenolic value and big ABV, but I really did enjoy this beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

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