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Old 03-17-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Just wanting to see peoples takes on such an immense beer and their opinions on how their flavors compared to the original. And if done side by side blind which would you prefer?

 
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:54 PM   #2
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Avery is one of the generous breweries that post all their recipe details on-line. The hardest thing will be getting a smooth/complete fermentation with a gravity that high. Lots of alcohol tolerant yeast, plenty of oxygen, temperature control etc...

Beer Style: Stout
Hop Variety: Magnum, Styrian Goldings
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, black malt, roasted barley,Belgian special B, aromatic
OG: 1.145 * ABV: 15.1% * IBUs: 107
Color: Coal Black
Availability: One vintage brewed and bottled December 1st of each year. 12oz single bottles. Limited quantities.

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. IBU's 107.
Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:15 AM   #3
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So after playing around with it for a bit, I came up with this for a recipe:
75%eff, 5.5gal batch
21# Marris Otter
0.5# Black Malt
1.5#Roasted Barley
1.5#Special B
1.5# Aromatic
2#Turbinado Sugar (added during fermentation)
2.25oz Magnum 13.5% (210min)
1oz Styrian goldings 5% (15min, flameout)
WLP530 or Wyeast 3787
2oz Med-Heavy American Oak cubes

Generally they list ingredients most to least, but more than 1lb of black malt just sounded like too much to me. I figure the belgian malts should account for the fruit flavors, the roasted and black malt should take care of the espresso finish, and the oak would do the rest. Any thoughts?

edit: bottle listed Turbinado sugar as an ingredient too


 
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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"We're going to need a bigger boat" Holy crap that is a lot of grain.

 
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:18 PM   #5
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Back when he posted more regularly here, Evan! documented his attempt at this beer. I think he was happy with the finished product.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/proj...opheles-34161/

 
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:31 PM   #6
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How good is this beer and how well does it age? We have a case of it, dated 2005 or 2006, Batch #1 I believe.

 
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:05 PM   #7
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Quote:
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How good is this beer and how well does it age? We have a case of it, dated 2005 or 2006, Batch #1 I believe.
You have a case of it?! How'd you pull that off?

 
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:31 PM   #8
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At the store I work at, because it never sells, hah. We have 05 and 06 bottles of this, Beast, and Samael (sp?).

 
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:39 PM   #9
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At the store I work at, because it never sells, hah. We have 05 and 06 bottles of this, Beast, and Samael (sp?).
You are on lucky SOB. 4 years old it should be like drinking god itself.

 
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:45 PM   #10
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I would love to try a 05 of that. it's probably mellowed out nicely! and the flavors are probably richer.
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