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Lurking deep within the confines of a basement closet, this next beer was something of an unexpected treat.  It was a Christmas gift a few years back that to t put away for a special occasion and, well, I put it away too well.  It emerges now, however, to help me celebrate the season for which it was brewed.

Beer Name: Mephistopheles

Brewery: Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, CO)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 14.6%

Description: Taken from the bottle, this Imperial Stout was brewed with “Rocky mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, and a hellion of a Belgian yeast strain.  It is also part of the brewery’s Demons of Ale series and takes its name from “the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light.”. This particular bottle was dated October 2016 and part of the Batch 12 run.

Appearance: Dark brown/black looking body with a short lived layer of thin tan foam.

Smell: Assertively sweet and slightly boozy.

Taste: An even bolder assertion of the smell. Sweet rich dark malts and chocolate notes upfront take on a slight creaminess as the sip progresses. From there it took on some sugary notes before turning hot and boozy.  A mild roast and hint of yeast appear on the finish to add extra dimensions to the pleasing kick this beer packs at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick body with low carbonation.

Hype: Perhaps not as hyped as it should be, though people tend to discount that which they can buy off the shelf.  I, however, have come to expect great things from the brewery’s special releases.

Overall: Whoa!  I knew I was stepping up to a big brew, but this one still managed to surprise me.  This was a HUGE beer but one that I really enjoyed on account of its decadent sweetness and warming punch.  Between the deep, dark color and the heat if this beer, I would say it definitely represents its namesake.