LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Poured a thick dark black color with a nice tan head.Humongous malt,roasted coffee,raisin aroma.Upon first sip I noticed how complex this bad boy is!WOW! Heavy malt and roast flavor,then a nice coffee flavor.Has a nice little alcohol burn to it.Wow,what a monster of a brew,Very Good! eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for a bottle of this. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head. Left great lacing all the way through. Aroma was hops, nuts, carmel, more nuts, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol, cherry, and bourbon. Had a thick oily mouthfeel. The flavor was sweet all around, bourbon, nuts, dark fruit(fig for sure), and cherry. Had some alcohol burn in the finish. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Rating 1000!!! Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Well here it is, my 1000th rating and the achievment of my goal to get there in under a year with a week left to spare. Thanks to Harry for sharing this bad boy and also thanks to him and the rest of my drinking buddies for all the fine beer they shared and that we shared together -- what a year!! On to the Mephistopheles: Pours a deep black with an average size brown head. Fantastic aroma of sweet malt, cocoa, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, hops, alcohol and more -- there’s lots going on here, it’s complex and it smells great. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and alcohol. Thick body and syrupy mouthfeel. A little on the sweeter side then I like my Imperial Stouts and a tad boozy, but man o’ man, this is still one kick-ass Stout and one to share with your friends. HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - my bottle, acquired from Dave B. *Rating number 1300 for me (in less than a year!) and rating #1000 for blankboy - congratulations Paul, it’s been a hell of a blast rating beers this past year!!! Poured thick black, decent dark brown head. Aroma - wow! - deep dark bitter roast, baker’s chocolate, milk powder, molasses/caramelized burnt malt, roast coffee, light dry bitter hops, hardwood resin (oily, almost turpentine), alcohol - love it. Incredibly sweet and boozy taste - burnt sugar, molasses, figs, thick, syrupy, there’s yeast an cola and licorice - bitter and syrupy, but o man is this sweet. Thick, syrupy, lively, lightly carbonated, boozy start to finish, but amazing - I’ll share another one of these again! Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2006
1st batch bottle from the great richlikebeer. Black oily pour. Tight dark brown head. Left amazing lacing. Nose is thick! There is an alcohol component in the aroma, with licorice and abstinent. I quiver with antici------- Well. This is black licorice and bitter chocolate and the texture of molasses (taste too). The warming come slight after the first sip. The tongue is playing craziness. There is sour, then a soy sauce comes in, then sweetness. This is a real complex brew here. I taste caramel also. The after taste is dry and leaves me wanting more. This lived up to the hype, for sure. I think I may be tasting some faint hops as I drink more of this.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2006
I was very conflicted when it came to rating this beer, but I have decided to get up on my soap box. I do love Imp. Stouts, but this time they have just gone too far. When I think of what makes an excellent beer, I think of balance. This beer is insanity. It is like a cocktail fabricated partly by Turkish coffee and Everclear. I appreciate the drive for ever-bigger beers, but bigger isn’t always better. On the other hand, beers like this are important, if only to push the limits of one’s concept of beer. I, for one, will not be buying any more of this, so there will be plenty left for you maniacs. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Can you say perfect? One of the rare beers that I will ever give a perfect rating for, this one surely deserves it. I wanted to lick the bottle and my glass for every last molecule of this stuff. Absolutely incredible complex in the aroma and palate. Nose had notes of caramel, charcoal, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, brandy, and rum. Appearance is jet black. There wasn’t enough light in the room to properly check to see if it was solid thru but who cares. Flavors were much the same as the nose but I could get chocolate coverd cherries, more malt, hoppy goodness and that mouthfeel was perfect. My 3rd time with Avery (3rd time’s a charm) and they hit a grand slam with this one. harazzyou (3) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006 does not count
Are you guys kidding? One sip of this syrup and I thought I got A bad bottle or somthing. Nope, thats the way I guess it’s meant to taste. Aroma was much better than flavor. almost fooled me into believing there was some sort of balance.Not at all what A STOUT should taste like. Maybe if I add it to my esspresso A little at A time, I could get rid of it. It would be A shame to waste all that money! Kool bottle though! jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours pitch black with an incredibly dark large two and a half-finger head that sticks around for a while. Smelling this one makes me warm; it’s part hot cocoa, part warm dark chocolate cake, part freshly-brewed espresso, and part sweet, liqueur-like alcohol. Comparisons have been made with World Wide Stout--and I can definitely see why--but I’m getting a richer chocolate aroma from Avery’s effort. There’s also a healthy scoop of molasses in there. It tastes as warm and rich as the aroma, with emphasis on the roasted flavors and the alcohol, which, though present in large amounts, adds to the brew immensely. The roasted malts and alcohol play around together until the swallow, which is mostly warming alcohol. The roastiness comes back in the aftertaste, which is reminiscent of chocolate-dipped toast. Licking my lips after a sip is like licking a chocolate Tootsie Pop soaked in brandy. Incredible sipper. kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 It is by sheer coincidence that Avery’s Mephistopheles became my 100th reviewed beer, but the chance was a definite paroxysm if not an éclat within the continuity of my recent pursuits. Acquiring this hell-born liquid was nearly as arduous as drinking it, though admittedly the latter was more enjoyable. From the crack of the cap you know you’re in for something different, the heavy scents of dark malts and alcohol emanate from what seems an open wound, and as the oozing obsidian ichor drips into the glass there is no wonder remaining about this beer’s satanic name. The soft feathery brown head becomes disfigured by craterous formations that remain after the burst of each large bubble, developing into what seems like an asteroid floating in the dark, tar-like void. The tenebrous chocolate aroma is accompanied by a cortège of rich, deep fragrances each more potent than the previous: coffee, Irish cream, soy sauce, dried figs, red wine and rum-soaked cherries. Nearly cacophonous to the nose, the flavor and mouthfeel are surprisingly harmonious though just as vehement. The cloying syrup-like texture provides a vivid substance for the poignant and pungent mixture to evolve as every sip sleekly slips across the tongue. Anise, espresso, Irish cream and cherry liqueur share the scene in a glorious orchestral rise that smoothly diminishes to a soft finish. An impressive feat and definite success but a brew that demands an appropriately grandiose situation as its potency will be of surfeit in any other case.