674. Avery Brewing – 2009 Mephistopheles’ Stout

674. Avery Brewing - 2009 Mephistopheles' StoutIt’s Wednesday night, and my wife and kids are out at a class, so I sat down to really take time and enjoy this one. I was working on the review earlier for number 666 Lucifer, and remembered I had this one stashed away in the beer fridge. I picked it up at the local liquor store, because I couldn’t believe that it was actually 16.83% ABV. I had to give it a try, but I knew I should probably give it some time to mellow. After four years, I finally figured it was time to break it open. The bottle says it was brewed in Dec. 2009 and was Batch 5.

The bottle also says, “Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not Lovelight. Here and 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. Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, and yeast.

Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 16.83% ABV, 1.135 OG, 600 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s very black in color, with no light can be seen through it when held up directly to the light in my kitchen. The head is brown and creamy, but very thin, barely covering the top. The aroma is very roasty with lots of dark cocoa and a good amount of alcohol.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouth feel is silky smooth. The flavor up front is a very smooth roasty malt sweetness. The roastiness grows in the middle with a dark chocolate and roasted malt bitterness. The finish is a strong roasty bitterness with black licorice flavors and dark chocolate and coffee in the background. The roasted malt and very dark cocoa flavors last for a bit in the aftertaste with an alcohol warmth in the background.

Food Pairing: I had a peanut butter cup with this beer and I can’t imagine a more perfect pairing. The milk chocolate sweetness helps curtail some of the roasty bitterness nicely. I’d also love to see what this beer tastes like with vanilla ice cream and hot caramel.

Overall Impression: For being a 17% ABV beer it was extremely smooth and drinkable. It reminded me of a Bourbon County Stout without the bourbon barrel flavors. As it warmed up, the roasty malts became a bit more bitter. Overall, it was a very good, very decadent tasting beer that I really enjoyed. I’m definitely going to see if I can find another bottle to stash away for five years or so.

My Rating: ★★★★½

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