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RATINGS: 1310   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl. - 12 oz bottle. Purple to black tar like pour with a surpisingly thick ovaltine-looking frothy, foamy head. Strong aroma, hints of Carbona spot remover (but in a good way), chocolate, pipe tobacco and alcohol. Strong but sweet flavor with dark chocolate, some chewing tobacco, confectioners sugar and alcohol - but the 15.1% is not as evident as expected. Smooth, velvety, creamy descrobes the mouthfeel. Overall, an excellent Imperial Stout - does not dissapoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle Poures a jet inky black, and has that viscous look that few others share. Deep brown head that is lasting and lacing the sticks to the glass for the duration. Lots of strong sweet dark aroms of molassas, leather, tootsie rols and of course the alcohol. Strong, but at %5 I was afraid it would be more overpowering. Flavors were no suprise. Sweet again, prunes, licorice, some coffe and molassas. The ABV is certainly aparent I I am not particularly impressed with the rep that Avery has for seemingly trying to make the biggest, baddest whatever. I didít find the alcohol to overpower the strong sweet flavors, but it does fume up on you. Big, Bad and pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12oz bottle via trades with slob, hopscotch, and Brock_Landers! - Thanks guys! - Pours black and thick with a pretty large fluffy mocha head that fades back quickly to a ring but laces from there. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, liccorice, molasses, some dark fruit, and just a touch of alcohol Flavor is chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin, liccorice, toffee, roasted and even burnt malts, and even a touch of hops on the back. Very complex. Palate is full bodied, and somewhat slick like oil yet warming and mouthcoating. Lots of sugar remaining. Seems almost sticky at points. Alcohol is covered pretty well considering how big this is. I think this is one to put away for a while and see how those flavors blend.. I think it will be fantastic in a year! It is pretty amazing now..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Coal black is a great way to describe the color with a light brown, average, pillowy head that surprisingly lasts considering the ABV. Very inviting nose, roasted mocha coffee, more chocolate, licorice, toffee, date, and even some slightly floral hops. Flavor is intense, but not overly rich. It is sweet, but not too sweet to cover up the roast character and the other complexities. I really get caramelized cherries, chocolate, and dark fruits (plum, dates, slight raisin), and the coffee roast backing it up to balance. Slight anise, licorice, and toffee. The body is a shocking medium to full with a creamy/oily texture and soft carbonation. The finish is of the hop bitterness and the roast flavor with a slight burnt flavor (not in a bad way) with the alcohol warming sensation finally making itself present. By far the best of the demons of ale series, not being overly sweet and hiding itís potent self very well. Unlike a lot of other Imperials, the roast takes a back seat, but it does find its place in this very complex and sophisticated beer. This is one of my favs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12 oz bottle special thanks to slob. Deep, deep dark pour with a very brown head that faded. Aromas were wonderful. Caramel, Toffee, Plum, Roasted chocolate, Rum Cake. Flavors very sweet and cherry up front. More Dark fruit and chocolate in the middle with a strong alcohol flavor. The finish is the alcohol warming mixed with coffee. Remains sweet all the way through. What a great beer! Thanks a bunch Bert!!!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
03.12.06 12oz bottle, HW OH. Gorgeous, thick, black, more head than youíd expect for a 15% brew. Aromas are wild, full of licorice, char, band-aid, Twix, prune, cig ash. Up front, Iím enjoying the aromas, but also let down from what were lofty expectations. The first sip washes that all away. Massive on the palate, itís syrupy, thick, sweet, and utterly decadent. The feel exceeds expectation, invites another sip. Itís thick, sweet, yet lovely with coffee, cocoa, caramel, toffee, cherry, dark chocolate, bitter roast. Outstanding balance, especially for such a massive brew. Finishes soft and silky, not the least bit cloying of overly rich, not too hot, either. Tons of tobacco and char fill a long and pleasant finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2520) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Small, tight beaded tan head, sorry, i,m enjoying SRV live at the Macambo on DVD. He,s doing a cover of Jimis 3rd stone from the sun thats pretty much incredible, thats really how i feel about this brew! A lovely sipper, just mezmerizing,,,, enjoy,,,,,slowwwwwlyyyy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Black with huge brown head, made of tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma lacks a bit IMO. Dark fruit (mostly prune) and alcohol up front, (although no where near what you would think at 15%). Maybe some spicy hops in the background, but still leaning towards alcohol. Flavor is very sweet through and though. Chocolate/coffee mixture to start, turns quickly to mollasses/syrup with some coffee bitterness in the finish. Ton of unfermented/residuel sugar in the flavor. Very sticky mouthfeel, almost like straight syrup. Aroma really kills the score for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottled January 2006, Sampled March 2006
Pours with a rich, creamy-chocolate brown colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. The beer is simply midnight black in color. An interesting aroma; initially I get notes of dates and alcohol. There is a rich, malty, almost salty note; a sort of umami kind of notes that could perhaps evoke thoughts of soy sauce, though not really. When you go in for a good, long draught of the aroma your nose gets just a bit singed by hot alcohol notes. There are some hints of chocolate aromatics here, a definite roast-acidity & I have a feeling this is a bit too cold right now.

Thick, almost syrupy, no it definitely is syrupy. It is quite sweet, almost in a sugar-like fashion (as opposed to the richer malt derived sweetness found in many strong beers). The finish has a certain, almost astringent, and lightly hot alcoholic note, that is not really all that detracting, in fact it is almost needed to cut thought the sweetness. Definitely rich and decadent, in fact it is a malt bomb up front, it is not until the middle that a detracting, sugary sweetness takes hold. The finish has a lingering roast bitterness, as well as a hop derived bitterness. My impression up to this point is that this beer is too sweet, and that it seems like filtration has robbed this beer of a lot of complexity.

I am really surprise at how subtle the roast character is; it is definitely here, but is completely dominated by the sweetness. There is a touch of coffee ice-cream here, perhaps some chalky roasted malt, and a bit of burnt acidity in the finish. Put another way, there is a ton of roast character here, it just plays second fiddle to the sweet notes. Fairly drinkable for all its concentrated flavors and thickness, though I certainly won’t be pounding this any time soon. In the end this beer ends up being a bit too cloying, after the first 4oz it becomes a chore, even a 12oz bottle of this is too much. I think there is some potential here; I can actually see this getting quite a bit better with age, what complexity this beer currently lacks, will be added to and made better by some years of aging and subtle oxidation. Even though this is filtered, with the alcohol this beer will age for quite some time; perhaps I will sample this vintage again in 5 years or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Thanks Degarth for this one! Pours a beautiful black body with a brown head of about a centimeter thick which dissapates quickly. Cherries, rum-soaked fruits and chocolate dominate the aroma. Heavy coffee accent, with the rum-soaked fruits coming through in the body. A very nice burn in the mouth in the end, very similar to the Westvleteren 12ís burn. An outstanding addition from Avery.

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