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RATINGS: 1432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Reminds me of port wine. Aromas of raisins , plums, and not to steal everyone elses description but Iím totally getting soy sauce as well. The taste is overpowering on the alcohol. A sipping beer for sure. The sugary sweetness is left after the alcohol and none of the great aromas come through. Itís going to take me a while to drink this puppy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Rating 500. Someone better tell me congrats in the forums, or else Iíll be pissed. 12oz, Bottled in JAN 2006, Batch 1. Pours an oily black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Aroma of grapes and juicy raisins at the same time, a little soy, red wine, dark chocolate, nondescript wood and earthiness, ETOH, light roasty malts and coffee, some brown sugar sweetness. Woo, complex. Flavor is much more sweet (brown sugar and molasses) than expected (the whole flavor, really)--almost like an English barleywine--with some soy and booze coming on fairly strong . Finish is boozy with earth and wood, fairly sweet. After the finish the roasty coffee bitterness shows up, though not terribly strong. This is very different from most of the impy stouts Iíve tried. I wondered why the roasty malts and coffee were so far in the background in the aroma, now I know. Full bodied, moderate carbonation for the style. Very good, just not what I was expecting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 12 oz. bottle, Jan 06, Batch 1. Black as night, big brown head with good lace. Immense aroma of black dark roast coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit is immediately apparent, followed by a vinous undertone. Rich and thick, so much so that it can almost be chewed. Carbonation is so light that it is almost still, but this does not detract. Complex malty flavors combine for a sweet character that is kept in check by a bitterness that is attributable more to dark bitter malt that hops. Bittersweet finish is satisfying and lengthy. Alcohol was never really too noticeable until after I finished the glass. It was quite obvious at that point! This would be good to compare side to side with DFH WWS, Stone Imperial Russian, Alesmith Speedway, Great Divide Yeti, and Great Lakes Blackout. It certainly is in that class.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
This is a big beer done poorly. It starts off promising, being pitch black with a large, lasting brown head. The aroma is full of dates, raisins, brown sugar, anise and a touch of coffee and soy. All of that is present in the flavor, but itís nearly masked by an overwhelming sugary, cloying sweetness that ruins the beer for me. This is an example of when the alcohol becomes the goal and not the flavor. You either ruin the beer with cloying sweetness or overly hot alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2007 Bottle. Pours a thick, muddy black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is of molasses, rum, roasted malt, bourbon, burnt wood. full bodied is an understatement. Tastes extremely sweet, caramel, molasses, hints of chocolate and raisin. Warming but alcohol hidden fairly well for 15%. Very decent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle from trade with FrumptyDumpty. Thanks Ryan! What an amazing beer. Pours pitch black with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries,expresso and alcohol. It has a heavy body with a thick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and of dark chocolate. Also has a mellow roasted coffee and malt flavor. Finishes quite nicely with a the alcohol leaving a warm presence in the back of the throat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Black pour with a stocky brown head. Dense aroma of coffee, anise, and roasty malt. The flavor does not follow through. The sweet licorice overpowers the coffee and malt flavors. The fruitiness comes out in the back, but it only masks more of the malt and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is masked quite well, this just needs more balance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9496) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 First rating
Bottle 12 Fl oz
Dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet strong and alcohol scent. Burnt and smoke, raissin and Madeira. Lots of high level alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Extreme heavy raissin burnt sweet, Maderia alcohol, roasted taste, sooooo complex. Warming. Low bitterness. A bit burnt aftertaste.
7/4/9/4/17=4.1

Rerate, in a blind tasting
Bottle, 12 fl oz, thanks to Mats (not on Ratebeer)!
Sampled on December 17, 2010
16% ABV
Very dark red to black color, dark brown head. Sweet and alcohol scent. Thick, sweet, raissin and alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
6/3/7/4/13=3.3

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5353) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Jan 2006 bottle poured into a tulip. A burst of dark fruity chocolate aroma once the cap comes off. Intense aroma fills the air. Pitch black with a beautiful dark tan head. Very rich appearance. wow I took a sip of this stuff and it makes me shiver. Very sweet and fruity with hug flavors of chocoalte, coffee, more candied dark fruit, and then lots of smokeyness. Creamy with a little bit of rum flavor. Finishs with some barely distingishable hops (because everything else is so strong) and alcohol. The abv is quite well hidden though. Very thick and sweet. Damn this is good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle. This is my third of the Demon series. I was totally stoked to find this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee on my trip to the great lakes, and I have been awaiting this moment for a long time. As soon as I cracked open the bottle, I knew I was not going to be disappointed. The aroma of very sweet dark fruit, espresso, and chocolate instantly filled the air. Really, I mean filled. The pour was dark black. DARK black. Flavor was everything an Imperial stout should be, lots of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate, then a nice alcohol warmth, and a nice sweetness on top of it all. Not at all overbearing, but quite fitting. The finish is eternal espresso beans. As I take the last sip from my snifter, I feel sad and rejoiceful at the same time. Wonderful.


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