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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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Mephistopheles with a generous amount of coffee added.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2010
Draft sample at Tax Your Liver With(out) Adam Avery at Papago Brewing. (Adam was sick and couldn’t make it but we still drank his beer) Pours a black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, huge espresso and burnt coffee grounds, roast, barley. Flavor is espresso, booze, roast. Very fresh coffee indeed, good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
tap at publican, pours black with tan head, nose has big coffee notes. flavor is extremely roasty, sweet, and harsh alcohol coliding on the back of my palate at the same time. this really bothered me for some reason but everyone else there that night seemed to dig this. probably because they put lighter fluid in their coffee every morning.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2010
On tap @ Papago for Tax Your Liver. Pour is dark brown-black with a thin beige scarf that never quite fully unravels but leaves some spotty lacing. When they say Meph with a generous amount of coffee, they definately mean GENEROUS. Aroma is huge roast coffee. Once that initial experience dies down, there is some vanilla, dark chocolate, leather and light coconut. At times, there is an almost "meaty" note, but it is quickly pushed back by the coffee. Flavor shows the same. Overall body is moderate to heavy sweet, full, and oily. Much like the moloch, this one was extremely well balanced. These are definately going to make me revisit some Avery stuff in the future.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
On tap at PP Solana a few weeks back. $7 a snifter. Worth it though. Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves specks of lace. Smells of coffee grounds and chocolate. Sweet overall. Tastes of coffee and chocolate, lots of big, sweet, dark chocolate or milk chocolate or both. Bitter coffee notes. Very nice, and potent! Full body, thick with good carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1302) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2010
Tap at Publican. Pour is pure black with a circle of thin brown head. Aroma is not complicated but quite good: huge espresso and a subdued roasted malt. I like it a lot. Flavor is rich French roast coffee with notable brown sugar and lots of roasted malt. Nothing subtle here, but I still like it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Tap at publican... Pours a dark brownish black pour with lesser edges at which a thin tan head presides... Aroma is of assertive ashy coffee grind. , somewhat burnt but not totally there... Flavors are very sweet, full, and thick with huge boozy notes accented by burnt roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a viscous feel. somewhat one-dimensional but i kind of sickingly enjoyed the onslaught of its brashness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
(Draught) Pours an oily, opaque black body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, toffee, anise, butterscotch, vinous, plum, and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, rum raisins, coconut, wood, and light bourbon qualities with a dry, bitter, warming finish. Lots of layers of complexity in this imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
On tap at the Ft. Worth Saucer. Cavie was nice enough to share his. Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, dark fruit, malt, wet firewood, licorice, and bacon. Taste is Chocolate! Wood, a little beefy, coffee, and alcohol. Coffee, chocolate finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
Tap at the FW Saucer. Pitch black pour with a light ring of light head. Hello brown sugar and spiced nose! Smells like a Jack-o-lantern. Autumn spices and Ginger. The sweet spice dominates any smell of coffee. This is only the case at cold temperatures however. As it warms the aroma profile changes drastically. Taste is very intense. Alcohol tingle is felt right away with bitter coffee and spice present. Dark malts also play a part in this. Dry wooded coffee is a large part of the upfront flavor. Slick smooth mouthfeel. This has some strength behind it. Geez as it warms it gets so much better. Big coffee smell shows up late in the game. Reminds me of the inside of a Denny’s. I am loving the hell out of this! A lovely twist on one of Avery’s best.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Sample at pizza port Solana. Didn’t think I would ever get to try this!! Deep coffee / cola brown / black with tiny tan bubbles for a head. Nose was bursting with fresh ground coffee, cocoa and lingering booze. Coffee, vanilla, coconut and booze heat in the flavor and finish, not bad for 16% though.


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