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RATINGS: 1377   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (30255) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2006
#1240: Pour is black with a thin dense brown head...smell is sweet with alcohol, some earth fruits, strong yeast and roastiness...taste is sweet with alcohol first, then lots of roasty chocolate, but then the sweet alcohol is back...I think everyone has lost their mind...Bells 7000 is another imbalanced Impy, but nowhere near as imbalanced as this...donít get me wrong, this is good, but it is too hot, and I donít think it is a hot that time will fix...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 1, 2006
2006 bottle. Black as hell with a small, brown swampy fully diminishing head. Looks like a glass of obsidian. Aroma of molasses, licorice, coffee, carob, rotting wood, dark chocolate covered cherries, and way too much alcohol. Harshly sweet in the fore and all the way through. Some caramel and burned nuts, more licorice. Oddly, I detect the distinct and delicate flavor of rose water - odd that it could survive in this cauldron of death. This was a great novelty beer, but ultimately not nearly worth all the hype.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 Deep dark black body. Really nice looking creamy dense brown head. The aroma is typical huge imperial stout. Sweet chocolate, raisins, alcohol, roasted malts. The flavor is overwhelming sweet and alcoholic. The sweetness assaults you up front and then the alcohol beats you into submission. Way too sweet IMO. Some complexity comes out once the palate recovers from the initial shock.Loads of raisins bitterness but no citrus which I really like in an IS. Slimy sticky full bodied. Not to my tastes at all. Ultimately a very simple brew that fails to showcase anything well and fails to be palatable.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and Dave, courtesy of a very generous Harry. Very interesting milk chocolate aroma - no booze. Natural cocoa sweetness, wood, and some hops. Impressive. Pitch black, decent brown head, bubbles near the surface. Very frothy creamy mouthfeel. Taste: first impression was lots of roast and very sweet. Mid-to end: more roast, lots of coffee, licorice and dark fruit. Alcohol is present and eye watering / nose hair burning but compliments and is balanced. Very sweet, almost syrup like, but again, does not detract somehow. Wow.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Poured a thick dark black color with a nice tan head.Humongous malt,roasted coffee,raisin aroma.Upon first sip I noticed how complex this bad boy is!WOW! Heavy malt and roast flavor,then a nice coffee flavor.Has a nice little alcohol burn to it.Wow,what a monster of a brew,Very Good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for a bottle of this. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head. Left great lacing all the way through. Aroma was hops, nuts, carmel, more nuts, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol, cherry, and bourbon. Had a thick oily mouthfeel. The flavor was sweet all around, bourbon, nuts, dark fruit(fig for sure), and cherry. Had some alcohol burn in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Rating 1000!!! Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Well here it is, my 1000th rating and the achievment of my goal to get there in under a year with a week left to spare. Thanks to Harry for sharing this bad boy and also thanks to him and the rest of my drinking buddies for all the fine beer they shared and that we shared together -- what a year!! On to the Mephistopheles: Pours a deep black with an average size brown head. Fantastic aroma of sweet malt, cocoa, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, hops, alcohol and more -- thereís lots going on here, itís complex and it smells great. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and alcohol. Thick body and syrupy mouthfeel. A little on the sweeter side then I like my Imperial Stouts and a tad boozy, but man oí man, this is still one kick-ass Stout and one to share with your friends.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - my bottle, acquired from Dave B. *Rating number 1300 for me (in less than a year!) and rating #1000 for blankboy - congratulations Paul, itís been a hell of a blast rating beers this past year!!! Poured thick black, decent dark brown head. Aroma - wow! - deep dark bitter roast, bakerís chocolate, milk powder, molasses/caramelized burnt malt, roast coffee, light dry bitter hops, hardwood resin (oily, almost turpentine), alcohol - love it. Incredibly sweet and boozy taste - burnt sugar, molasses, figs, thick, syrupy, thereís yeast an cola and licorice - bitter and syrupy, but o man is this sweet. Thick, syrupy, lively, lightly carbonated, boozy start to finish, but amazing - Iíll share another one of these again!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2006
1st batch bottle from the great richlikebeer. Black oily pour. Tight dark brown head. Left amazing lacing. Nose is thick! There is an alcohol component in the aroma, with licorice and abstinent. I quiver with antici-------&# Well. This is black licorice and bitter chocolate and the texture of molasses (taste too). The warming come slight after the first sip. The tongue is playing craziness. There is sour, then a soy sauce comes in, then sweetness. This is a real complex brew here. I taste caramel also. The after taste is dry and leaves me wanting more. This lived up to the hype, for sure. I think I may be tasting some faint hops as I drink more of this.


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