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RATINGS: 1296   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2364) - California, USA - APR 3, 2006
Thx to SoLan. I was doing my Cisco run, but itís gonna have to wait. Poured a very dark body with a pretty sizable head, but not quite motor oil dark. Aroma is extremely alcoholic with darker fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roast, coffee and caramel. Finishes sweet with an alcohol burn. Youíd never guess 15%, but itís obvious itís more than 5. Ahhh it burns iit burns! I got another bottle thatís gonna be sitting for at least a year I hope. This was very tasty, and if the alcohol can balance out thisíll be a sick beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2006
12oz bottle: Pours to an opaque black body with a medium-sized creamy, light brown head that sticks nicely atop the the beer. The head ever so slowly fades, leaving nice lacing around the glass. Pears, plums, dark prunes, bread, bitter roasted malt (though not nearly as much as I was expecting), grape skin make up the surprisingly subtle aroma. The taste is quite sweet and fruity for an imperial stout, the sweetness and lack of alcohol burn reminding me much of DuClaw Repent. Chocolate syrup, ripe grapes, plums, prunes, pears, vanilla, oak, rum, cherries, dry merlot, port, and hints of raisin, dark roasted coffee beans covered in sugar, some tannins, and a tiny bit of sour mash hidden way in the background makes up the taste. The flavor is very interesting and complex, if a bit sweet, though the aroma is a bit weak. Full bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with prolonged sweetness, chocolate syrup, alcohol burn, dark fruits, and light roasted malt.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
Thanks be to my wonderful wife that picked up some of this for me when I was too busy to make it out to the store.

Very opaque, zero light comes through. Pours slow and thick with a big brown thick viscous head. Lotsof small bubbles, occasional big one errupting through what appears to be hardened lava from a volcano. What is cool about the head is that it doesnt decrease, it more fades and leaves a thick lace. The nose is thick with alcohol coffee and is bitter. Interesting really because the taste is pretty different. Initally it is very strong and uber sweet, sugary, kind oflike grape skin, then more alcohol then quickly to malts and coffee then back to this sweetness. Yeast and sugar that is mostly fading.

Now not to knock either one of these beers but this reminds me so much of another one of my favourites and that is the Dogfish Head 120 min IPA. That sweetness there is just about the same as here but more coffee here. Wonderful, really. Ive got one bottle of both of these left. Im gonna have them in series. Mmmm, tasty.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerguy101 (5279) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black stout from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet. A full-bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruits. Big explosive malt character and flavors throughout this beer. Nice balance between the roasty malts and the chocolate sweetness. Fluffy carbonation, yet it has a thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Insanely smooth taste. Hides the 15.1% alcohol very well. I think itís the first Avery ďBig BeerĒ that you can drink right away. I like this one a lot. Only wish the aroma was a little stronger. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 (queue Superman theme song)(500th rating) Iíll begin by saying this first batch is such a giant slut. How many states has it reached? Doesnít look like itís that thick but once you taste it itís like drinking oil. Jet black with fair about 1/4 inch of brown head. Aroma is dark fruits and roasted chocolate and coffee. I didnít really believe all the long reviews about the complexity of the taste but there is really a ton of things going on here and it all seems to depend on the size and length of sip. First thing you get is overwhelming sweetness. Not surprising for a beer of FG of 1.030. Such rich chocolate and coffee flavors going on that itís truly a dessert. Not really noticing any hops. Every once in a while youíll catch an off flavor but itís definitely dominated by overly sweet chocolate and coffee. There is some noticeable alcohol on the finish, but the lingering taste is roast and smoke. Definitely a beer that you can only handle by taking small sips, which is a good thing because the smallest sips pack all the flavor. I think the bottom line is when you brew a beer with such a whopping OG and especially FG itís gonna taste amazingly big. The fact is that it tastes really good and sweet. Some may say thatís a flaw but I love it. btw, Dr. Faustus was one of the few books i liked in college. ps. "Mephistoís Entourage" is one of my favorite Misguided Angels of Death songs.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
big thanks to Scott ( OhioDad ) for this bottle acquired in a recent trade.
full bodied and full flavored beer! a deep dark brown with a tan head and plenty of lace as it works its way down the side of my snifter. at what point is a big beer, too big? certainly full-bodied and full of flavor but somewhat over-the-top. give me a 7 or 8% Imp. St. over this one anyday.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. A dark black color with a smooth creamy brown head. It pours thick and oily. An intense dark fruit (cherry and grape) aroma with chocolate and an earthy wood character. The molasses, light smoke and earthy elements come through in the second wave. A true tour de force in flavor with a strong grape or cherry flavor, well hidden alcohol but quickly warming, rum, malty but with a cofee like finish. There is an underlying vinous candy or carmaelized fruit base that lasts throughout. Thanks to Phillymonksman for sending this back from Philadelphia! I owe you one!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
I think this beerís packaging should be given a separate rating since it seems to have inspired a slew of embellished and obsessive reviews. Simply put, this beer is yet another in the long string of over the top high gravity brews. Hopefully some day this trend will fade and people will become more concerned with balance and craftsmanship rather than overpriced and overdone one offs have to be sipped a half ounce at a time. Obnoxiously sweet and syrupy with a strong malt backbone and heavy dark chocolate and espresso finish. Hot and sickly sweet are a bad combo. If thereís anything devilish about this beer itís the fact that people have been tricked into thinking its world class.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkgrenwel (568) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle shared by DYCSoccer17. Without a doubt the absolute gem of the night. Pitch black pour with no light ever hoping to get through. Nice wisps of dark brown head that swirl in my snifter nicely. Aroma is anise and alcohol burn. The flavor is far better. It explodes with the richest chocolate sweetness I have ever experienced; in a beer or otherwise. Cherry really comes through with this sweetness. Alcohol does play a role as well, but a good one. It seems to just amplify the other flavors. Very thick, dense beer. If I had been standing up when I first tasted this, I think I would have had to sit down.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2006
Thanks to DYCSoccer17 for sharing this. Poured black as midnight with a large dark brown head. Strong aroma of pine hops, alcohol, a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor is aggressive and sweet with lots of chocolate, tobacco, cerry, vanilla, and alcohol. I wouldnít call the alcohol "well-hidden", but it could be much harsher at 15.1%. Big, sweet, decently complex... pretty much what I expected from it.


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