Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown almost black pour with a decent enough brownish head. Aroma of Coffee,molasses and chocolate. The first part of this beer was not bad while cool. Thick coffee with bittersweet chocolate dumped in. Hints of port. Prunes. Definately a sipper. On the down side. As it warmed it diminished into the semi obnoxious bastard son of an Impy stout and chocolate liquer crossbreed.ABV was overly noticable. It was a chore finishing the last few ounces. So that being said the flavor rating is an avg going from a 7 and dropping to a 3. Best to keep this one cool at all times.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a thick creamy brown head and good lacing.Sweet roasty malt aroma with a rich ,thick burnt roasty malt flavor.Thick body with a heavy, sweet burnt malt finish.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured opaque oily black with a big full brown head. Very ominous yet inviting. Prunes, dates, salt roast, caramel, alcohol, smoke aromes all resulted in singed nose hair. Double strong coffee, prune juice, Reisin candies, soy sauce, and plenty of alcohol flavor. Rich and chewy with a long lingering burn. Sure this is a damn good beer, but Iím not sure it was worth all of the early hubbub.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 An OG of 1.142? Call Captain Kirk. The Enterprise has to be hauled out of mothballs to go where no man has gone before.Monsterous, high octane aroma,malt nail polish sherry, brownie ,satanically black,with a head that is immediately devoured by the alcohol. Big huge body,chewing and cloying, like a sweet port mixed with chocolate brownie mix and sweet malt wort,just to much malt and sweetness to notice much hop. One bottle could last you an hour. We have gone to the malt limit on this one. A stunning experience,to much to sort through in one bottle. It absolutely gets better as it warms or is that just the 15% kicking in.Did the Demon on the bottle talk to anyone else ?
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thanks to beerguy101 for sharing this one. not much nose, but oh what a flavor! lots of chocolate and brown sugar sweetness along w/ roastiness. Loved it.
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big alcoholic nose. Plummy, acrid body odor. Smooth and chocolatey, with a slight mocha espresso note. Appealing oily lacing and coating in the glass, blackish brown color. Pretty sweet as far as impyís go, with a notable burnt sugar-molasses character.
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bottled in January 2006. Batch #1. A pitch-black pour with a thick, creamy chestnut brown head. Roasty malts, vanilla extract, chocolate, rich coffee, molasses and a good bit of alcohol in the aroma. A full, sticky body. This is SWEET! Very sugary throughout. Caramel and chocolate-covered dark fruits start things off. Coffee and vanilla extract follow. LOTS of candied sugar. Only slightly bitter with a minimal warming presence in the finish. Very cloying. Better and more drinkable than the comparable Dogfish Head WWS, but this is obviously not the type of beer Iíd want all the time. More than one would just be too much.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 Opaque black with a monstrous rocky head. Beautiful. Aroma is blue cheese, bacon and white wine. Sounds strange but if you donít believe go mix some up and youíll see for yourself. Huge full body bitter cherry, smoke and chocolate syrup combine with the aforemetnioned blue cheese and bacon to create quite a funky beer on the palate. In my opinion this needs years in the cellar to come to fruition. As a fresh bottle it is cloying and funky albeit impressive.
GarrettB (1022) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 It is lamentable, I think, that the whole of the earth has been explored. The bygone days of adventurers and explorers will forever remain in textbooks and in the dreams of cartographers. Still, there is room for us to do more than wax romantic of the golden days; we still find legends and precious artifacts even where man has erected civilization. At least, I did so, and in a most unexpected place. My family and I were shopping at Whole Foods, enjoying the free samples and gawking at the elegant displays of high life culinary treats. After awhile I sauntered off to the affiliated wine store and started browsing their beer selection, assured from past experiences that nothing exciting would be present on the shelf. As I scanned the bottom rows I came across the Avery stouts, covered in their trademark non-descript silver visages. As I skimmed the selection my brain triggered an alarm flare, and reversed course until I was once again examining the Avery beers. Sure enough, there were two bottles of Mephistopheles, sitting placidly in their own overlooked glory. I gathered them up in my arms like a father cradling his long lost children, purchased them from the cashier (who was sad to see them go) and left, my feet jubilantly dancing in between steps. The trip from the store to home was a quick one, filled with all the fanfare of a parade, marking the victory of my acquisition. At home the beer matched up to its reputation, proving why all the wise Ratebeerians were clamoring for it. Itís rusty red ferrous soil colored head is an elegant crown to the thick, oily textured and unctuously black base of the beer. Base and pensive flavors like soy sauce, licorice, molasses, smoke and even broccoli rule the aroma, wrapped in the strong smell of the alcohol. It slithers down the tongue creepily, leaving its distinct trail of earthen flavors. The mouth feel is thick and full, and edges from the tongue out towards the cheeks in an effort to effuse to freedom. It begins with an easy flowing semi-sweetness, then crashes into a chasm of hickory flavors. Also present are sweet raisins and a distinct fig taste. This is indeed a legendary beer, worthy of the attention that so many adventure seekers are giving to it. It proves that we need not gather our spelunking equipment or apply to NASA to find long sought after treasures or push the boundaries of our human understanding. This gem from Avery was only a half hour drive away, and did all that and more.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Pitch black, thin but lasting lacey head. Huge aroma of seared malts, licorice, raisons, other fruits, booze, soy sauce, a bit of smoke, chocolate, coffee and others that emerge that Im too impatient to wait for. Smooth body, thick but not as syrupy as I thought it would be, the carbonation is perfect. Huge, chewy flavors of alcohol soaked raisons, sweet caramelly seared malt, boozy alcohol but not oppressive, burning or harsh. (i thought DFH 23% was more of a burner) You feel it in the belly but what do you expect? Beautiful hoppy, expresso finish, balances it out a more then you would think and gives it an addictive flavor. Awesome impy here and I am impressed. World class I have to say. Maybe a little nap to meld and this will be perfect. Thank you Ernest!