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RATINGS: 1295   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
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle -Batch 1 (01/06). Pours syrupy black in my snifter with a frothy bubbly light-brown head. Aroma is very malty with hints of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and alcohol. Initial sweet flavor has kind of bite but for 15.1% the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Each sip it seems I taste something different like licorice, cherry and wine. This was a very satisfying sipping brew sitting outside on my lanai in Florida on a Friday evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle order for and shared with me by Robbie in Daytona. Poured in a snifter with a deep black color with a moderate brown head that lasted and produced good lacing and sticky legs. Very good complex roasted malt and toffee aroma with a alcohol tone. Full body with a sticky smooth texture. Full roasted malt and rich dark berry flavor with a smooth sweet alcohol finish that lasted. Great after dinner drink with a good strong cigar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 9, 2006
The aroma is a symphony of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and bourbon. The color is a deep rich black with a large tan head. Head retention is unfortunately short and there is no lacing. At first the flavor is a deeply sweet escence of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Afterwards a roasted malt flavor is apparent and the finish has a warming alcohol qualtiy sijmiliar to bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2006
12oz bottle January 06 Batch 1. Upon cracking of the cap a thick malty chocolate aroma comes forth. Poured into a McChouffe glass. A very dark brown color with a thick tan head created from some big bubbles. Nose begins with some chocolate, throughout the glass gains more of a wine characteristic, green grape skins galore, some raisins and bourbon also present. Towards the bottom of the glass, more alcohol is apparent but not in a bad way. The palate is full but fluffy. SLides over your tongue and down your throat coating your mouth with a filmy, skin like resin. A light chocolate springs forth followed by alot of grape sweetness and the final alcohol kick. Liught dates and bourbon frolic throughout coming in and out of the overall picture as it is swirled in the mouth. The tongue tingles a bit having beem stung almost and the mouth feels sticky, I can almost pull the grape vine out of my mouth and the skins from between my molars.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle January 2006 Batch 1. Poured thick black with a small dark brownish head. Aroma is nice, coffee, fruits, and some sweet chocolate. Flavor is overwhelming at first, but after you get a handle on it you realize this beer could be much better balanced. Itís very fruity and sweet, almost too much so. Kind of tastes like leather and raisins too. Iím a fan of big stouts because theyíre fun to figure out, but when they get like this I feel like the maker just went overboard. Good news is they managed to cover the alcohol, perhaps thatís why itís so sweet. Anyway it gets a decent rating because itís so complex, but I wont be drinking another one any time soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Poured black with a thick brown head. The head stayed thick throughout the drink. Dark fruits, soy, chocolate, coffee, espresso and rum were in the aroma. Taste was very good but the soy was a bit too much for me. Great coffee, espresso and chocolate flavors come into the finish. A very well done brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Bottle purchased from state line liquors. pours dark with a 2 finger thick brown head, aroma of dark fruit, slight roasted aroma, and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malts, carbonation, fruit, slight coffee, and smooth i canít believe this is 15.1%, slight bitterness, this is my idea of a perfect stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Clear very dark brown body under a thin tan head. Black patent, coffee roast, and a hard-to-describe cakey/cherry fruit aroma. Some alcohol. Big sweet cherry coffee flavor with chocolate on the back of the tongue. Strong spicy alcohol throughout. Lasting finish with creamy sweet chocolate, grapefruit hops and coffee roast. I like the beerís big sweet chocolate and warming alcohol but thatís all it has going for it. The aroma isnít that interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a dark brown/black body with a light brown head. The aroma is very strong. Chocolate, star anise, molasses, light alcohol but mostly just "vapor", espresso. The flavor is dry roasted malts, deep sweet molasses, chocolate, espresso, rum, dark fruits. The palate is full bodied, rich, coating, delicious. This is really damn good. Iíll be buying a bunch of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Thick, deep tan creamy head. dark brown body. Aroma is something to concentrate on. I was ready to dismiss it as too young or something... but it has rich, velvety chocolate, alcohol, coffee, molasses, light soy sauce. Tastes very roasty and thick, but with a sweet anise presence throughout. Raisins, cherries, roasted chocolate. Mmmm.... this goes down a bit too easy.

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