Mephistopheles' Stout

Colorado
United States
Mephistopheles Stout Avery beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture.

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ABV: 
17.1%
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma begins with rich, milk chocolate, ground cinnamon, warm iron and warm raisin oatmeal cookie characteristics, then it warms to show low-roasted game on a charcoal fire and balsamic vinegar.

A medium-brown head with mostly fine foam quickly falls but clings to the sides of the glass. The beer is opaque with reddish-brown highlights and fine carbonation beads rising up the sides of the glass.

The flavor begins as dark chocolate syrup, vanilla crystal sugar and low, dried cocoa nibs with a drying, cocoa powder finish. On the second sip, the flavor of warm graham crackers dipped in dark chocolate with fire-roasted marshmallows coats my mouth. The aftertaste is clean, dry and crisp, with moderate roasted venison, cocoa nib and espresso grind bitterness. Bitterness and a strong, warming alcohol mouthfeel detract from its otherwise smooth drinkability. Aging this behemoth at least a year would allow the alcohol heat to mellow further.