Mephistopheles’ Stout 2012 by Avery Brewing

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Mephistopheles’ Stout 2012 by Avery Brewing is a 16.2%ABV World Class Imperial Stout

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, 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.

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, and a hellion of a Belgian yeast strain.

Been meaning to try this one for a while. I kept passing it by the store but one of my friends recommended I give this one a shot. So here we go.

Aromas are of very rich dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, cherries, raisins, prunes, soy sauce, caramel, vanilla, tobacco, brown sugar, coffee cake, smoked malts and molasses

The flavors are very good. Despite the fact that it is at a very high ABV, it is really good. Reminds me of Old Rasputin and Chocolate oak aged Yeti with flavors or dark, milk, bakers chocolate, cherries, raisins, prunes, figs, coffee, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla,molasses, brownie batter, chocolate cake, chocolate syrup, anise, licorice, minor soy sauce, smoked campfire oak, chocolate cake, Belgian bread, hazelnut and earthy hop bitterness. I can pin this beer to many others I have had and this definitely is a great example of a great world class imperial stout, non barrel aged of course. This beer reminds me of a Dark Lord imperial stout if it was more smoked and had Belgian characteristics. I definitely recommend this one for sure. If you are able to find this, get this for sure. While it is is seasonal, it is actually easier to find than many other beers of this caliber which are harder to find. This is my third Avery beer I have tried and it definitely makes me want to try their other awesome beers.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide

Rating: 4.9/5

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide is a 9.5% ABV Decadent Imperial Stout brewed with oak chips, cocoa nibs and spices like cayenne and aged in oak barrels. But not a lot, just a dash cayenne. This beer is made with lowered amount of hops in order to let the dark chocolate add its own bitterness. It is supposed to be like having a gourmet chocolate bar. You can definitely smell a lot of the chocolate and the spices from just the smell. Flavors are really what they say they are. A lot of vanilla, burnt oak wood, dark milk chocolate, alittle bit of coffee but the chocolate takes over, pepper spiciness just to make things interesting but not to deter away from the bitter chocolate. There is some minor dark fruits like raisins but not alot. While this is is a somewhat heavy beer, it really doesn’t stop you from drinking more of it. It has to do with the fact that it is very smooth going down. It is quite good. Leaves some earthy bitter grass in the aftertaste but goes away. The more I try it the more I want to keep drinking this one. Stout lovers will love this beer for sure :P. Pick this up if you can find it D:..