Review: Avery Brewing’s Mephistopheles’ Stout

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Wow. This one is a heavy hitter. Between 15 and 17% every year’s release and boasting 80 IBU. From the ‘Demons of Ale’ series that Avery releases. Pours pure black, with a 1-2cm mocha coloured head. Heavy caramel and almost fruity aromas. Bursting with flavor. Very rum-like and seemingly oaky, despite not stating any barrel aging on the bottle. Intense liquor flavor, effervescing throughout. Serious hop bitterness at the end contrasts and ultimately compliments this giant of an ale. I feel so many stouts suffer from under carbonation, but this one delivers. I will be getting another of these to cellar, as they state you can up to ten years. A truly delicious and intense beer. At $8 a 12fl oz bottle, it lives up to expectation.

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