Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: big roasted coffee aroma mixed with bitter black chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of coffee, black chocolate, sweet dark fruits
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
obguthr (4076) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival: Strong coffee nose, with chlorophenols underneath. Black pour with a thin brown head. Espresso flavor, with a chocolate finish.. Alcohol very evident and magnified. Despite the fact that I like coffee and coffee infused beer, I did not enjoy this very much.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft brewvival. Okay I want to first start of by saying that I strongly dislike the standard version of Mephistopheles. I think its a hot cloying mess. With that being said some people really eat up the under-attenuated stouts, its just not my thing. So onto meph-addict.. Thick viscous dark pour with a thin tan head . Nose is punch you in the face coffee. Flavor is much of the same. The coffee really improved a mediocre base beer. Alcohol well masked
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. I have really been looking forward to this beer after reading about it and it did not disappoint.... One of my favorites at the festival for sure... there are so many amazing things happening with this stuff - pitch black pour with a nice rocky tan head - doesn’t get any better.... Huge coffee / espresso nose - I could really smell this beer all day.... would be a great way to start the morning as well (except for the 16% alcohol)... slight vanilla notes linger... huge roasted malts flow through the body along with a deep coffee bitterness. Solid finish with a touch of alcohol heat - the coffee really knocks it down compared to the standard Meph... by far my favorite coffee beer - really easy drinking for 16%... A++
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at Brewvival. nothing like starting out the day with a massive 16% coffee blasted impy. pours a sludgy black with a huge, thick, dark brown head sticky lace. aroma is amazing with huge roast coffee, espresso, cocoa powder, sweet malts, and more coffee with a hint of wood and dark fruits. flavor is absolutely delicious with rich, sticky dark chocolate, massive coffee, and huge dark fruit notes with a hint of bourbon, leather, and leafy hops. palate was slick, rich, lightly carbonated and boozy...the perfect way to start out a fantastic festival.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2009.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain/nuts, dark chocolate), with notes of vanilla and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
It’s amazing how much difference there can be in coffee-infused beers wrt the coffee aroma itself. And let me tell ya, that can make or break the beer in a big way. Sometimes the coffee smells like stale, acrid, bile-laced grounds, completely ruining the beer. And sometimes, as is the case here, it is a heavenly aroma that is rich and roasty and nutty. Even though this is a one-trick pony for the most part, oh what a pony!
deafie (1) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this beer at the Avery Taphouse. Very tasty. Coffee lingers around on the tongue like crazy.
Overall very nice.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ BSAF 2009. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, lots of roasted malts, some dark fruit, and more coffee. Flavors are sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. Tasty stuff.