Originally Posted by MrWookie
I haven't had many Avery brews that impressed me much, but I might give Mephistopheles a shot. How does it compare to other imperial stouts you've had, like, say, the Old Rasputin?
See, I'm just the opposite. I've enjoyed pretty much all of Avery's stuff. Some are heads above the rest, though, and I'd say the Demons line are my favorite so far.
As far as how Meph compares to OR, I'd say OR has a much more pronounced coffee/chocolate finish, while Meph definitely has a really great subtle fruit character, so I guess it really comes down to what you prefer in that respect. I'm usually not much for fruity finishes in many beers, but this one I can definitely get behind. In terms of hoppiness, they are very similar, imo. The Meph is obviously a bit more "stout" with an ABV of 15%, and comes with a much higher pricetag.
My favorite beer bar recently had the Old Rasputin on a nitrogen line. Really awesome on the nitro. The creamy texture blew that of a nitro Guinness out of the water, and underneath the head was a much better beer.
I'm not sure if it was a nitro line that I had when I had it on tap, but it was excellent. Definitely smooth and creamy.
Guinness is still my go to beer when it comes right down to it.
I enjoyed it. I intend on trying some of their other beers soon.