Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout

Posted: June 24, 2016 in American Double/Imperial Stout, Avery Brewing Company, Reviews

Tonight’s selection is a big beer. It’s one that I’ve waited for at least 5 years to pull the trigger on. I finally did and I wasn’t disappointed.


ABV: 17.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture.”

Random: Val got me new socks for my trip and they are very cushion-ey.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on my glass. Instead, it left a rather thick crown on top of the inky, black body. I couldn’t see anything through it. The nose had a lot of roasted malts and cold press coffee with leather. There was also a slight note of black licorice, but it didn’t overwhelm the beer. The taste started with roasted malts and intense smoke. Espresso came through too. It also had licorice and some sweetness that were like cocoa dusted truffles. The alcohol was present, but not nearly as big as the ABV would suggest. Anise was at the back of the sip. The body was syrupy thick with light carbonation. The finish hung around forever with coffee and truffles. A single bottle of this was expensive at $12 a bottle ($1 per ounce). I was impressed by this beer. It had incredibly depth and was a perfect sipper. I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0


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