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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
As black as they come with a small light-brown head. Aroma of burnt toasts, alcohol, coffee and cacao. Tastes more like an alcoholised coffee with added brown sugar than an Imperial Stout per say. The alcohol leaves a burning sensation in the throat. Not a beer I could drink before being “warmed-up”. It was one of the last beer at a tasting party I attended and I was pretty plastered so the alcohol level didn’t seem so extreme. At that point I was ready to try anything, even a Beet Beer... which I did!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25182) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Black colour, brown small head. Smoky and roasty aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Sweet alcoholic and roasted malts in flavour. Also lots of coffee, caramel and plums. And off course alcohol, but unlike the other very strong Avery’s, this doesn’t remind me of glue...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Picked this up a few months ago at Knightly. I know I had one right after it was released and it did not taste like this. First off the aroma was all soy sauce, with only a hint of chocolate. The pour was black with no head whatsoever. It was very different from the last time I had it, much sweeter, no bitterness, once again soy with some chocolate. I hope this is not because I let it sit for six months. It is still good but not as good as the early bottle. Both were from the Batch 1 Jan 2006 Cheers JON

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11360) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2006
Bottled @ Sk8vikings blind porter/stout tasting. Beer no.8: Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Sweetness, alcohol, light roast, dark fruits and cocoa in the aroma. Some spicy notes. Flavour is herbal, sweet, roasted and has soem spices as well. Is quite full bodied. Ends on a dense bitter and roasted note. Very sharp and wild beer, that is a tad too sweet for me, but I’ll definately come back to it, when it hits Jeppes shelfes some day.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Had this in March. shared with flemdawg in florida. poured black, with a brown head. aroma, wow, dark fruits come out first than a big hit of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, some vanilla, coffee, malts. flavor another wow the caramel and malts come out than the alcohol, dark cherries, plums, almost port like. good beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1495) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Pours a black color with a thick dark brown head, also pours very thick. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and molasses. Very thick and full of flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of alcohol warming. Very delicious brew.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Opaque brown-black body with a foamy, light brown head of considerable size, especially for such a high gravity beer. Rich and strong aroma of caramel, sweet chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by syrupy, underattenuated malts and potent alcohol. Also has abundant caramel plus chocolate-pancake syrup and discordant citric hop flavors. Harsh, alcoholic finish and syrupy texture leave you reluctant to take another sip. The alcohol has little effect besides your usual hootin’ and hollerin’ amid some follies with Uncle Spike’s double-coil animal traps. An off-kiltered beer, easily outclassed by most imperial stouts.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"WOw wow did they get this one right. Pour as black as can be beautiful tan head. Aroma was strong chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits were there. Flavor was of chocolate and coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. Very Very well done."

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle. Black with a low brown head. Mad aroma. Thick, deep, spicy aroma of black sweetened coffee, dark malts, honey, pepper and alcohol. Huge flavour of black coffee, chocolatesauce, cherries, almond, port and honey with strong decadent notes of pure cocoa. long and thick warming aftertaste of black chocolate, alcohol, black pepper and cherries. Fierce!

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (23317) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Very black. The aroma of slivovic (plum brandy) jumps at me as soon as my nose gets close. Sweet and syrup, dominated by highly alcoholic plum brandy. The sweetness is way over the top, and kills all flavour except from the alcohol. Like most of Avery’s strong beers it is raw and completely off balance.


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