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RATINGS: 1346   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.


2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Batch 1, consumed on 6/6/06. Pours a viscous, inky, jet black with a small tan head. Mostly fading with a few bit of wispy lace. The aroma is rum raisin, blackstrap molasses, lots of chocolate, very sweet, coffee, licorice and some alcohol. Wow this stuff is sweet, as in, gonna-be-difficult-to-finish-this-sweet. Lots of prunes and raisins, molasses, chocolate, caramel and toffee, rum, anise, licorice and some cherries, disgustingly sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, oily and coating with a slightly warm finish. The odds of me finishing this bottle are very slim. I have one more bottle of this, I think I’ll open it in 10-15 years. This might be getting good by then.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Roasted, coffee, alcohollic, soya aroma and a very sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate alcoholic taste. Full body with a sweet light dry, alcoholic finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quevillon (2587) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting. Couleur rouge méga foncée. pas pire collet. Arome de café alcoolisé trop fort. Goût de café doux et arrière goût d’alcool.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Sweet, prune, raisin aroma. Beautiful pour, with a black body and light brown head. Feels full and great in the mouth, nice creamy body, a little syrupy. Taste is very sweet with prunes, caramel. Incredibly delicious, but my complaint is it seems to be a bit too focused on the sweetness. Overall nice beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22213) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of liquorice with notes of ascorbic acid. Sweet roasted flavour of liquorice and dried fruits with notes of ascorbic acid.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3333) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 (Blind rating at sk8viking’s.) Pours black with a nice foamy head. Very sweet with fruity aromas of honey dew melon. Also lots of coffee with notes of chocolate and prunes. Full bodied. Nice high hops profile. A bit too sweet and strong. Long alcohol finish. For me, this one would not be enjoyable to drink alone (12oz). It´s very nice, and all, but a wild mixture of heavy bodied sweetness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Demonic charcoal black, syrupy look and with a quickly fading head. Hugely sweet and syrupy molasses, anise, chocolate, zinfandel plummyness and earthy nose. Explosive alcohol presence as it warms is accompanied by a lip smacking sweet kiss that is as sticky as any amaretto out there. I could make a list of the numerous flavors hinted at here, but I’d rather just state like many others before me that this is hugely concentrated, certainly a chemical feature and technical beauty, but not something I would want to drink a whole bottle of, not once every decade. It is certainly nourishing, but caricatures what many other fine drinks already do quite well, be they polish meads, ports or ice ciders, playing sweetness on the delicious level. It just doesn’t seem to work as well with the cerealic nature of malt as far as I’m concerned. The archetypal disagreement between ratebeer’s general opinion and mine. I don’t really get how this differs from every big Avery out there. I respect their pushing the boundaries philosophy, but their pull toward massive sweetness fails to seduce me. The claimed balance just seems to systematically miss the meeting with my tongue. The mouthfeel is immensely filtered and feels artificially sweet. Seems to try to be a darker JW Lees with added shot of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2006
black. aroma: very sweet, malty, chocolate, some vanilla taste: very thick and chewy, sweet, some roast, cherry and a bit vinous, chocolately, with a strong bitter finish with warm alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10060) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 do you know when you can be sure your steppparents like you ? It’s when they bring you a Mephistopheles Stout from Washington DC back to Europe ! - pours a pitch black colour under a little, brown tainted foam; a stupendous, rich and complex aroma invades the nose: dried fruits (mainly raisins), alcohol, anise and wood escort the strong notes of black chocolate; roasted but not too much; thick and enormously tasty, very sweet and full-bodied, strong bitterness; long creamy, toasted chocolatey finish with hints of cherry, licorice and molasses and a huge warming alcohol kick - this stuff is gigantic, excessive, too sweet and definitely lacking of balance but I love it !

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is very sweet with primary notes of coffee, but also with light notes of vanilla and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet with a powerful presence of alcohol (no wonder), which burns the mouth slightly, the flavor also contains quite strong chocolate notes and lesser notes of wood, leading to a dry end. A very complex beer.


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