Avery Mephistopheles Stout, By Avery Brewing, poured pitch into the glass with a huge, orange brown head that had to be forced but quickly swelled over the glass. The stout had a huge nose of molasses, anise, and coffee with a bit of pine barely poking through.
Avery Mephistopheles Stout opened oily and hot on the palette, easily showing its 16%+ ABV. Chocolate, almond, and coffee rode alongside the heat, and the stout thickened in the middle, bringing forth some sweetness to match the dark, earthy tones of leather and dried fruits. There was a copious amount of heat in the fade with the dark chocolate and coffee persisting until the alcohol dried out.
When you name your beer after Mephistopheles, you better make sure you’ve put your strongest foot forward, and Avery Mephistopheles Stout delivers. Unapologetically big in every way, the stout is still incredibly sippable and rewarding if you know what you are walking into. That said, I pity the Keystone Light drinker who happens upon this beer unwarned!