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RATINGS: 1378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
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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. Mephistopheles is the final installment of "The Demons of Ale" series.

Batch 1 (Jan 2006): 15.1% ABV.
Batch 2 (Nov 2006): 16.03% ABV.
Batch 3 (Nov 2007): 16% ABV.
Batch 4 (Nov 2008): 15.92% ABV.
Batch 5 (Dec 2009): 16.83% ABV.
Batch 6 (Dec 2010): 15.95% ABV.
Batch 7 (Nov 2011): 16.43% ABV.
Batch 8 (Nov 2012): 16.2% ABV.
Batch 9 (Dec 2013): 15.4% ABV.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
(05.24.06) 12 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Bottled 01/06. Batch no. 1. Poured brown black opqgue with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Starfruit aroma. Medium-to-full bodied stout with big malt sweetness with dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Finished with roasted malt bitterness. Syrupy brew with complex flavor character. Powerful alcohol presence that overwhelms this beer. Somewhat unbalanced. Although this beer is intensely alcoholic and too sweet tasting, I enjoyed this big beer and would recommend it as an occasional after dinner sipping brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottled... needed a big beer tonight & got it. Beautiful initial pour of highly-viscous pitch black with a medium, creamy caramel head. Nose was huge!... deep dark chocolates, a shot or 2 of espresso, anise, fresh licorice, and a dose of rum to round it off. Alcohol was less-than-subtle in the flavor department... lacing its way across the palate. Dark chocolate and espresso formed a formidable base, accented by licorice and anise spiciness. Molasses and other dark, sticky, sweet sugars accumulated at the finish... almost too sweet. Starts out extra smooth and becomes a bit grainy toward the middle... heavily-bodied. Great beer, but the balance was heavily skewed toward the booze and sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. This is HUGE Imp stout! There are more flavors on the move in this bottle than my tastebuds could count. The aroma is very pleasant. Black strap barrel molasses is the most obvious smell and/flavor present. Other flavors include brown sugar, maple syrup, dark rum, a hint of vanilla and a lot ALCOHOL. At 15.1 percent, this beer is a heavy hitter. However, many other imperial stouts, such as Bells Expedition, taste much more "alcoholicaly" despite lower percentages. The bottle pours dark black, which produces a dark tan head. You simply must drink this beer from a snifter, as its complex odors will keep your nose occupied for hours. Thank gosh it was only a 12 oz bottle -- more than one of these every six months would be excessive.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 9, 2006
After all the hype, I was hoping I was wrong about Avery and they could make a big beer that wasn’t way too sweet and hot (hey I was wrong about the Kaiser). After not caring for this much at a tasting earlier, I gave it a second try, same impression. Nice aroma of rum, chocolate, and malt but hidden below loads of alcohol. VERY sweet, like someone took coffee and loaded it with sugar, and added some bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle. Batch 1. Pours dark with a chocolate brown head that fades to a film with patches of sandy brown foam. Molasses, brown sugar, espresso, and hints of dark dried fruits abound. The finish leaves a rum-like licorice aftertaste and sizeable sweetness. I found the ABV to be fairly well hidden for being so high.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
WOW. Jet black. deep tan head. aroma toffee, molasses, coffee, citrus, and caramel. flavor molassesl, roasty coffeeness, citrus, and caramel. finishes slightly bitter. wow this beer rocks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2006
excellent beer, which could be even better if refined....nice black, syrup-like pour with reddish brown head...aroma is of soy, caramel, cream, roasted coffee and chocolate, and teryaki...flavor is huge in maple syrup and carmelized sugars...heavy in cream, coffee, and chocolate as well...alcohol isnt as present as expected with a 15% abv....flavor would be rated higher if not for the cloying sweetness...perfect, creamy palate

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Big maple syrup aroma and flavor. Oily, slightly thick and sweet on the tongue. ABV was present all the way through, and was extreme as it warmed. Lots of raisons and maybe some cherry syrup. A little goes a long way on this one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
12 oz bottle batch #1 Jan 06. Poured a thick black with a very small creamy head. The aroma is sweet with hints of rum and coffee. The taste was not what I was expecting. This beer is suppose to have IBU’s over 100, yet the taste is overpowered by it’s sweeteness. I was expecting a little more hoppiness, this beer is not as balanced as I had hoped. I tasted hints of chocolate, coffee, and even whiskey. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, however, drinking two back-to-back would be difficult due to the sweetness. Nice dessert beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
The Mephistopheles pours a jet black color with a minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. The aromas hit your hard and fast. Tons of chocolate and caramel malts come at you--I think it smells a lot like Speedway. The flavor was a shock to me--much sweeter than I expected. The taste is a ton of grainy brown sugar and chocolate--and that’s about it. I thought this was a little lopsided--and I know I couldn’t drink more than one of these in a sitting because of the overpowering sweetness. I am looking forward to aging the second bottle I have to see how it changes over time.


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