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RATINGS: 1377   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
Ok, lent is over and now it’s time for a little more serious rating. Appearance is an instant 5. Any beer with a two tone head tan on top, brown on the bottom should also get style point. Body is a dark brown, with a hint of chestnut coming through on the edges. Sweet ripe dark fruit slathered in dark chocolate and molasses. Prunes, dark cherries soaked in dark rum seem to cover a few of the scents. At times it seems a touch to sweet on the nose, but I’m sure age will help correct that. Slightly hot on the palate from the start, but smooth and silky enough to help carry it through. Sweet malty goodness all through the quaff. Anise and dark caramel and chocolate on the front of the tongue. The middle is filled with ripe cherries and a whole fruit salad. Finish is spicy, hot and fitting. Mild licorice and liquor courses through the system. I have a hard time calling this an imperial stout, more an imperial strong ale, but a fine snifter brew. A few shall find the back of my cellar and will be enjoyed several years from now.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours the darkest opaque black with a frothy dark tan, lightly-lacing head. Rich, complex, dark fruity plum, raisin and brown sugar aroma has lots of molten dark chocolate. Body starts with lots of sweet sticky sugary malt, some bittering hoppy balance and a very warming alcoholic finish with some sticky lingering roasted malt. Really could hide its alcohol better and use a little more viscosity (over-attenuated perhaps), otherwise very nice. This should age really well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
Picked up at Grapes N Grain, Mequon, WI. Had it with a big fat steak from the first grilling of the year. Pours a deep black, viscous too used motor-oil style. Thick, fat brown head which keeps growing (and nearly runs over my glass). The smell is sweet for a beer this dark (as is the taste), aroma has chocolate malt, caramel and espresso. Taste is malty and delicious. Sweeter than I expected from the appearance.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2006
Batch 1. Intense, thick black body with a huge, cocoa-colored head. Sweet cocoa, caramel, soy sauce, vanilla, moist plums, brown sugar, lightly roasted malt, oily nuts, licorice. light oak, warm alcohol and molasses. The body with big, slick and oily, leaving lots of heft on tongue. This is extremely sweet. There is a crazy ridiculous amount of residual sweetness left in this. Underneath, if you look really hard, you can actually find nicely balanced bitterness, developed from heavily roasted malt and a healthy dose of citric and piney hops. I found some rather warm and apparent alcohol. The finish is long with big sweetness, roasted character and a lot of alcohol. While I like the way that Avery pushes the envelope with the beers they craft, and while I constantly get excited to try new offerings from the brewery, I rarely find myself enjoying the beers as much as I had hoped. This is, in my estimation, far too sweet, a little hot and containing some offer flavors I found less than enjoyable. It’s a tasty beer that many will enjoy, I just wish I fell further into that group.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2006
12 oz bottle-batch 1 January 2006. I have been anticipating this beer now for a few months. Many have regarded it as Avery’s crowning jewel for them as a brewery, taking them to the next level. Charred black with a fizzy brown head with some nice swirly action. Some decent legs, but the beer doesn’t look that thick so to say. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, big vanilla bean, woodsy (oak), blackend charred malt, coca, tobbaco, but not much alcohol for such a big beer (may be covered by all the sweetness). WOW, now thats an overly sweet beer (something that has brought down all of avery’s beers). Lots of vanilla, chocolate, char, roast, dark fruit (cherries) and a huge alcohol kick in the finish (not really fussel, but definately warms a little). The body is not as big as I thought it was going to be-somewhat flimisy for such a HG beer if you ask me. Overall, the beer lacks great depth found in alot of imperials (expedition and dark lord to name a few), especially in the oversweetness and thin body of this drink. I dont think this beer has any aging potential. for a 15.1% beer, its fairly hidden, but still shows itself. Very over-rated in my book so just give me another Expedition!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
Shipped from Archer Liquors- more convenient than a trip to blue max! Nice big dark cocoa head and sweet aroma. Whoa- this is like a liquor. Immense sweetness up front with milk chocolate and some roast. The flavors come together like a tiramisu but don’t to my taste get very complex. The alcohol hit hard pretty early and I wasn’t able to enjoy it so much towards the end.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2006
bottle, batch 1, jan 2006 - Pours thick and black with a thin, enduring head. The aroma is of coffee, really dark roasted malts, and alcohol. The palate is incredibly full. The 15% alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste because this brew is so very sweet. Besides the malts, chocolate notes were the most obvious in the flavor, along with coffee and maybe some dark fruits. There’s some alcohol burn in the finish and a long, lingering taste. If there’s a flaw it’s that this one is bit too sweet and it’s certainly expensive. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle, thanks to Kramer. Restrained (!) aroma of molasses, chocolate, sweet porridge, resinous malts, raspberry, vanilla. Mega-black pour with a thick, very nice khaki head. Flavor is overwhelming, very sweet, rich chocolate and vanilla, molasses and honey; just huge in every way. Sugary thick palate coats the mouth and really lets you know the 15% is there, though not through taste. The beer is so sweet and intense that alcohol couldnt possibly find its way through, though you certainly feel it with every sip. Quite a beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 WOW !!! What a beer !!! Pours like motor oil, pitch black and thick with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is of fresh oak barrels,bourbon,vanilla and dark sour cherries. Flavor is extremely rich and complex. Very sweet rich cherry taste covered in chocolate best describes the taste, with hints of vanilla, bourbon and expresso. Slight burn as it goes down, but it is pleasurable indeed. Outstanding imperial stout, one of the best I’ve ever had. A top 10 beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
No light can get through this beer, with a espresso head. Aroma is a ton of butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, mollases, and raspberries. Taste is very fruity, with chocolate, raspberries, coffee, espresso, strawberries covered in chocolate. An amazingly complex beer which hides the alcohol superbly well (unlike the other avery imperial stout). Super Amazing beer, and on par with Dark Lord, the only complaint is, the body is slightly to thin, but still lovely.


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