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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle. Batch 1. Pours dark with a chocolate brown head that fades to a film with patches of sandy brown foam. Molasses, brown sugar, espresso, and hints of dark dried fruits abound. The finish leaves a rum-like licorice aftertaste and sizeable sweetness. I found the ABV to be fairly well hidden for being so high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
WOW. Jet black. deep tan head. aroma toffee, molasses, coffee, citrus, and caramel. flavor molassesl, roasty coffeeness, citrus, and caramel. finishes slightly bitter. wow this beer rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2006
excellent beer, which could be even better if refined....nice black, syrup-like pour with reddish brown head...aroma is of soy, caramel, cream, roasted coffee and chocolate, and teryaki...flavor is huge in maple syrup and carmelized sugars...heavy in cream, coffee, and chocolate as well...alcohol isnt as present as expected with a 15% abv....flavor would be rated higher if not for the cloying sweetness...perfect, creamy palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Big maple syrup aroma and flavor. Oily, slightly thick and sweet on the tongue. ABV was present all the way through, and was extreme as it warmed. Lots of raisons and maybe some cherry syrup. A little goes a long way on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
12 oz bottle batch #1 Jan 06. Poured a thick black with a very small creamy head. The aroma is sweet with hints of rum and coffee. The taste was not what I was expecting. This beer is suppose to have IBUís over 100, yet the taste is overpowered by itís sweeteness. I was expecting a little more hoppiness, this beer is not as balanced as I had hoped. I tasted hints of chocolate, coffee, and even whiskey. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, however, drinking two back-to-back would be difficult due to the sweetness. Nice dessert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
The Mephistopheles pours a jet black color with a minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. The aromas hit your hard and fast. Tons of chocolate and caramel malts come at you--I think it smells a lot like Speedway. The flavor was a shock to me--much sweeter than I expected. The taste is a ton of grainy brown sugar and chocolate--and thatís about it. I thought this was a little lopsided--and I know I couldnít drink more than one of these in a sitting because of the overpowering sweetness. I am looking forward to aging the second bottle I have to see how it changes over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2006
Thanks to Kepano. Very dens, dark brown, almost black beer with nice creamy beige-brown coloured froth. Aroma is very coffee like and had loads of chocolaty and caramel hints. It reminds me of a well made Irish coffee bud severd cold. It also has a fine refreshing hoppyness and herby caracter. The taste is intens coffee bitter, it has truck loads of sweet and dark chocolats, touches of macarons, le Nougat de Montelimar and some Ricola Swiss herb candies. The mouthfeel is thick, sweet, bruned-bitter and leaves a great and well ballanced afthertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Huge beer, hints of chocolate and Toffee, aroma of alcohol as soon as I popped it. Saved it all season of co-ed touch football and busted it out for the playoffs, won the first game but it hit me during the second.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
From a 12 oz. red foil wrapped neck with a blurb along the right side of label and a bottled on date on the left side, Jan/2006, batch number one. Made a very good appearance, better than I was expecting, poured a syrupy coal black with a foamy, bubbly topped, tan head that slowly settled into a thin foamy skim-like lacing, decent amount of sticking, moderate carbonation. Had a nose of chocolate and expresso maltiness with whiffs of a grape vinous, dark ripe fruits and a rum-like alcohol. A crisp, creamy and a velvety smooth full bodied mouthfeel, good sipping drinkability. At first, tastes of grape vinous, caramelized sugar, then chocolate laced expresso, dark ripe plums soaked in rum, the alcohol produces a nice warmth in palate and has a rum or liqueur-like quality and a vinous and alcohol finish. Part of Averyís "Demons Of Ale" series and this one can be one sneaky demon, should only improve with a little aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12 oz bottle, batch 1, Jan, 2006. Poured with a complete absence of color, dead dark soulless night with tan head. Aroma starts out with a bit of alcohol then just after that the smokiness, dark chocolate, coffee and maple syrup enter the picture. Flavor, where to start? Chocolate, molasses, Vermontís best maple syrup, sweet caramel malts and sweet fruity cherries/grapes. Thick viscous mouth feel that coats the inside of my mouth with a pleasing maple syrupy aftertaste. Buried beneath a mountain of complex sweetness is a murmur of hop bitterness yearning to be heard. As the beer warms the flavors of alcohol and maple smokiness intensify. Every time I test the aroma it seems to change. I think I smell alder wood smoked salmon. Eventaully the sweetness piled up and I only finished 6oz. No problem, 6 more oz for another day. Giddey-Up!

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