luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 Third or fourth time Iíve tasted this and Iím pulled deeper into it every time. Everything about it is exemplory and seductive.<P> Beer pours an opaque, warm, dark-brown color with a small, light-brown colored, frothy, mostly lasting head.<P> The aroma is a sweet, dark, plush wall: Heavy malt notes of sweet, deeply roasted grain, almost-burned caramel, milk chocolate and strong coffee; Pointed moderate hop notes of pine, a light note of herb; Light yeasty notes of fresh bread and basement; Myriad miscellaneous, intoxicatingly pretty notes that shift and develop with every passing minuteóraisin, rum, sherry dried stone fruit, wood, ginger, vanilla. Thereís a faint note of alcoholóbut not 15% worth! This wicked thing could have my knees out from under me before I realized what I;íd done to myself.<P>
The flavor is very heavily sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately citric-acidic, lightly bitter, moderately sweet finish with a gorgeous amount of tummy-warmth.<P> The body is full, the texutre is velvety-syrupy and the carbonation is soft. Very lovely and very dangerous! Bravo Avery!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color. Full, dark tan head, which looks great. Distinctly Avery extreme beer smell. It smells a lot like Samaelís and Beast, but still certainly has its own unique characteristics. Hints of rum soaked raisins, red grapes, chocolate and espresso in the aroma. This is an impressive beer for sure. The body goes beyond chewy. Itís fully texturized and massive in body. The flavor throughout the front and mid-palate is very vinous (with cherries, grapes, fully extracted and juicy as hell.) Towards the finish, the chocolate and coffee malt flavor begins, with a very, very light hop hint on the finish. Tremendously well hidden alcohol. Very impressive work, fellas.
Ratman197 (9690) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle poured an opaque black with a large, lasting, creamy brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, pepper and bitter chocolate. Palate was full bodied, smooth and warming. Flavors of roastiness, coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and a hint of licorice with a warming, lingering bittersweet finish.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 This beer pours with a demonic darkness, covered by a shroud of tan head. Lace lingers in a purgatory state of being. Nose was pumping out sweet aromas of candy, fresh-baked yeast cake and freshly crushed vanilla beans. Mouthfeel was beyond amazing ... took me back to that first Beast, and then some. If you could swallow liquid silk, this is what it would feel like. Iíd give it a 6 if I could. Man, where do I start? As I sip incessantly, I canít type as fast as Iím thinking. Chocolate, black licorice, earthy wood, cooked raisins, quenchy apricot, brown sugar, plums, vanilla, toasted bread, creamed coffee, sweet grass, peat, very rich molasses ... itís a swirled hurricane of flavors and aromas. Alcohol is hidden amazingly well, but it does surface beautifully in the background. Hops are healthy, but the hop boldness is very complementing ... enough to be classic Avery, but not "over-the-top," as some might say. The fat-ass malts have the advantage on this teeter-totter. Man, what an incredible beer! Mephistopheles pushes the Imperial Stout style to new levels, and it more than raises the bar. RERATE (Dec. 2007 batch; just bottled): They nailed it again; what a fantastic beer. Seems a bit fruitier than the sample I had months ago. I enjoyed it immensely.
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Bottle (batch 9).
Head is initially small, frothy, dark brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate syrup, fudge, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of alcohol and vanilla.
Flavor is heavily to harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
At last, this yearís Meph has come back down pretty close to the ABV of batch 1, and itís quite a bit better than batch 2 and 5 were. Itís still a hot mess of sugar and booze, of course, but thatís what this brewery is primarily about. And hey, at least thereís a little bit about it to enjoy again.