gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
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 (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 28, 2006
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. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2006
Whoooa! This thing kicked my ass! Huge overdone alcohol kick in the crotch, just by way of introduction. (This could stand some calming-down in my cellar for a few years.) Saturated flavors and syrupy near-cloying textures combine to overwhelm the palate. This sucker is not an easy-drinker, by any means. Sticky sweet dried fruits, like bourbon-recontstituted dates and liquor-soaked figs, reign supreme. Some sour cherry rum ball action as well. Chocolate and espresso bitterness wrestling around in the sweaty mosh pit for domination. But really...this is just way too young and impetuous as released. Let it mellow a couple years and then let me know what you think! Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2006
Very plummy to me, and pretty well done in that particular flavor. I wasn’t offended by the alcohol in this shared bottle. Nice aroma at cellar temp with woody elements. Slight coffee. Pretty thick, but still effervescent throughout the warming period. Some peppery flavor is nice. Good beer. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2006
Man this beer is a little over bearing. Pours black with a nice tan head that lasts. The aroma kinda smells like molasses. Flavor is also of molasses. Light esters in the back ground. Body is very heavy and thick. I can really feel the alcohol on my stomach. It has kind of a lingering alcohol after taste. This beer is good, but not worth the $7 I paid for it.
CMUBEERMAN (440) - - APR 26, 2006
Yikes this is a biggin...thanks to jimbowood for the trade. Pours a heavy black with hints of crimson at the edge...and has a disappearing earthy head. Aroma is huge sweet malt, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, dried fruit...dried stinky fruit. Flavor is similar...it doesn’t miss much...huge malt and fruity character...without missing the characteristics of a good impy stout. Not this one is a little big at 15.1%...the alcohol doesn’t overwhelm...but it does seem to slow one down a little. Out of anybeer I have had...this one would probably be the least enjoyable to chug. The feel was perfect...rich and buttery...dangerous. Kind of like if you spilled a whole bunch of it on the coast line, celebrities would have to go down and wipe it off of baby seals. Great stuff. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
Just a shade away from black with some walnut highlights. Small but persistent light brown cap. Vanilla, plums, hay, marzipan, black strap molasses, and a bit of clean roast in the aroma. Jammy-sweet, dark carmel roast flavor, plum wine, and a clean finish. Clean and warming palate, yet surprisingly smooth and soft for the ABV. A coherant, very well-crafted imperial stout that can’t help but get even more interesting with some aging. Bravo to Avery! And thanks so much Alaskanwarren for the bottle! tennisjoel (1448) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
I have to admit, before I tried this beer, I had my doubts. I’ve had a few Avery beers in the past and many have been a little "over the top". I rated "the beast" and though it received decent marks, it was (for me), hard to handle at around 15% ABV. Mephistopheles was NOT at all. The alcohol was very well hidden for this demon. It was a pitch tar black SOB. Aromas of coffee, licorice, tobacco, INTENSE!!! Just excellent! A top notch sipping brew! SpringsLicker (3617) - Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for sending this one which was shared at our Tennessee tasting!
Black and syrupy with a diminishing tan head.
Complex aroma with coffee chocolate, licorice and alcohol.
Overly sweet and horribly out of balance. This would have improved with some time in the cellar. Lots of good parts in here, but they need more time to smooth out and fit together as one instead of coming off separately. Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Now i am no fan of stouts, but this is definitely the best i have ever tasted. Pours dark with a brown head, aroma of fruit, roast, and alcohol. Flavor is roast, carbonation, fruit, coffee, and smooth.