LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Honestly, I was terrified to try this. I was afraid since there was so much hype that it would not live up to expectation. I was wrong. Appearance: jet black with dark tan fluffy head that lingers, but diminishes. The aroma was absolutely amazing. Dark fruits, raspberry, strawberry,cherries, peach, almost like a belgian strong. Some dark and milk chocolates, some light espresso, and alcohol like whoa. Raspberries, cherries, and chocolate pop out at you, with marshmellow and vanilla goodness to follow. There’s quite a pungent alcohol flavor with a little burn. Some hints of licorice and nice strong espresso punch, with some butterscotch and just a tad bid of peach and apricot. The mouthfeel is completely velvety smooth. There’s nothing bad about this. Very very sweet. With some age, this is easily my perfect 5. Unfortunately, it does need the age to kill some of the alcohol burn/sweetness/bite/acidity. I can’t wait to get another one to age. (Which will ironically be the first beer I have ever sought out to age.)
Shag (2768) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hell yeah thanks for bringing this one to share LilKem. The aroma is fantastic with some chocolate, raisins, dates, and licorice. The flavor is really sweet and velvety with a strong dark fruit presence. I taste raisins, chocolate, licorice, marshmellows, and molasses. Give this one a few years to mellow out and it will be perfect. But its still one of the better stouts Ive had however its nothing you would want to sip on all night. Good choice for #1200.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very black beer with a very brown head that is very large. The aroma is huge cherry flavored chocolate. The body is very nice and thick and very complex. Lots of alcohol and red fruit up front with a nice big smooth chocolate finish. The cherries come back into play in the aftertaste. This is very very fucking good.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with Artusory. Black with reddish/brown tint. Small light brown head dissapates fast. The smell of raisins, molasses, and roasted coffee are noticed as soon as the bottle is opened. Thick full body. Smooth sweet raisiny taste mixed with magnificent coffee flavor. You must sip and savor this beer. 15.1%
heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 The body was black with a dark orange colored head. The aroma was sweet molasses with mushrooms and some dank dark chocolate. There was also some very noticeable alcohol. The taste was sweet oranges with molasses. Way too sweet for my tastes. There was also some coffee. The body was thick and chewy. This might be better after a few years of aging. Wow, tried this again after some aging. It is even more disgustingly sweet.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to malachi for sharing this. It poured extremely dark with a tan head that faded slowly and left super thick creamy lacing on the side of the glass. The scent was very dense - vinous, coffee, cherries and bourbon all presented themselves. The inital mouthfeel was huge along with a whallop of alcohol. There were hints of coffee, cocoa powder, medicinal alcohol and cherries. After a few sips though the taste become too overpowering - this beer needs to be more moderated to make it palatable by a single person in one sitting. A little over the top but still solid. I think it might have suffered a little hype but it still a a great beer.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to MIBRomeo. Poured a dark black with a thick, foamy, 1 finger, brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, molasses, and roasted coffee beans, with a slight dark fruitiness. Big alcohol, but it blends well with flavors of coffee, toffee, molasses, figs and roasted hop bitterness. Body is smooth and creamy but a bit thin. A really great stout, just too much alcohol makes it hard to enjoy the flavors.
hezron (613) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Malachi for sharing. Aroma is really nice, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and major alcohol, molasses, raspberries and some malt balls. Very strong. Black as night with a hint of dark brown with a tan head. Fruity and sweet flavor initially wtih lots of cherries and raspberries and dried fruit. Then it changes to a complex roasted malt bitterness. The flavor becomes one dimensional, sweet caugh syrup after half a glass. Full bodied and very alcoholic!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. Pours an inky black with dense coffee head that slowly subsides. Nose is vinous, with dark chocolates, burnt sugar, like roasted marsh-mellows. Very complex. Sweet vinousness, chocolaty, hints of tobacco with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Huge bitter chocolate finish that stays with you. This is a gigantic beer! Smooth mouth feel. This is like drinking dark, thick roasted syrup. Amazing!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Avery has been putting out some pretty impressive beers, and Mephistopheles Stout, does not dissapoint. This beer as an Imperial Stout is huge in every way, and reminds me much of Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. Pours to an ink black color, with a slight tan head, that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is complex and intoxicating. Vinous aromas of sherry, and sour cherry, marry with aromas of licorice, espresso coffee, and peppery alcohol. The palate is slick and oily, with flavors of prune, raisin, fig, licorice, sherry, and espresso. This beer finishes with more huge vinous, prune, fig, and espresso flavors up front, then ends with lots of warming, peppery alcohol that lingers. At 15.1% abv, this is a type of beer you will want to slowly sip, and savor with a good book or movie. Phenomenal winter brew, and a really fantastic Imperial Stout.