Tuesday, June 06, 2006


I'm celebrating this, the sixth day of the sixth month in the year 06 with juxtaposition.
Avery's Karma and in the true spirit of the occasion, Mephistopheles' Stout.

Thanks to John, I was lucky enough to try the Meph at Stoutfest '06 and he even sent me home with a bottle. A bottle that I've been saving for a night just like tonight.

Karma is great beer, especially for this unseasonably hot spring.
Belgian Pale Ale
5.2% ABV

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: 4.5 It pours a reddish copper with a nice white head, maybe 3 fingers. Very good head retention and beautiful lacing.

Scent: 4 Fruity scent of plums and perhaps a slight hint of citrus. That gives way to a biscuity nutty aroma.

Taste: 4 Based on the nose I expected a lot of fruit but the caramel nuttiness hits first and leads to a nice yeast fruit. There's a light hop flavor that hits the sides of the tongue but it doesn't get in the way of the malt sweetness. A nice balance.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 Medium body. Very clean finish. Maybe a little too clean. It touches on a bit watery at the very end but there is a slight alcohol warming.

Drinkability: 4 This is a very drinkable beer. I purchased it along with Bell's Oberon for this hot spring days and it fits perfectly.

And now on to the reason we're here tonight...Meph.

Mephistopheles' Stout
American Double Stout
15.10% ABV

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a red foiled top.

Appearance: 5 Pours a sinister opaque black with a beautiful dark brown head that dissipates to a nice ring around the snifter.

Scent: 5 Delicious. Lots of coffee, bitter chocolate and burnt malt. Heavy. Slight hint of alcohol, not as much as one would expect and of dark berry.

Taste: 5 The name befits the brew. Insane amount of malt and coffee. The black fruit sweetness hits you on the sides of the tongue and assaults the palate. And then like the fires of hell, the alcohol comes back up to warm your soul (or lack thereof). A huge beer. A great beer.

Mouthfeel: 5 Very little carbonation. Syrupy, heavy but expected in such a deliciously evil brew.

Drinkability: 3.5 While it's definitely a delicious beer, it's not something that you could enjoy everyday but should be saved for a night just like tonight.

So here's to you, darkness.
Here's to you, unknown.




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