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RATINGS: 1422   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 10, 2006
12 oz bolle, dated Jan 06, Batch 1. Thanks to The_Epeeist! Black with a nice brown head that never goes away. Nose is pungent, complex - fruity, with prune, black cherry, chocolate, grape - almost cordial in nature, with a pleasant sweet roastiness. The flavor is very bold - sweet black cherry, light prune, chocolate liqueur. Definate alcohol warmth in the gullet. Body is thick, oily. It will be interesting to see how this matures.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewNgenes (1) - Brentwood, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006 does not count
Sampled this at room temperature. Pours an inviting black, with a generous head for the alcohol content. The nose offers overpowering alcohols that mask an undercurrent of candied fruits. The full bodied palate displays the flavors in a Disney-like parade, one-by-one: dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, soy, and alcohol. All wrapped-up in palate fatiguing sugary coating that just wonít finish. Despite my misgivings about this beer in itís current state, it is obviously clean and well made. Based on my experience with Barley Wines, this beer has huge potential in a year or two as the sugars mellow and the flavors begin to integrate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Dark, thick, opaque black colour with a nice tall head. The aroma on this was so inviting I ended up with foam on the tip of my nose! Lost and lots of dark fruits with a hint of alcohol. At 15%, I certianly wont dock points for it. This is very thick and sticky with a ton of sweetness. Dark sweet fruits just explode in my mouth, thereís some chocolate in there, and maybe a bit of brown sugar. This was fantastic, and caused me to pull out a year old bottle of expedition to compare. I prefered the more roasted flavour of the expedition, and would only suggest that this gets its sweetness balanced out with some of those dark roasted flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Bottled Jan í06, Batch 1. Pours jet black with a thick light brown head. Strong red wine, dark fruits, roastiness and alcohol in the nose, intense. Whoa, very sweet and massive tasting. Flavor is heavy on the side of robust red wine and dark roasted chocolate followed by notes of plum, raisin, rum, dark cherries, molasses/brown sugar and roasted malt. Canít figure out which hops were used in this. Very syrupy with a warming alcohol finish. Very full, round and lush on the palate with subtle carbonation; this oneís a sipper. Overall, a well-crafted, complex brew - just too much on the sweet side for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
12 oz bottle, batch #1. Enjoyed with friends at Johnís homebrewed stout unveiling. Deep, dark pour. Mahogany in color if you hold it up to the light, but itís very opaque. The aroma is deep and complex, though not as strong as I imagined. Caramels, charcoal, roasted malts, dark fruits (dates & figs), port like alcohol, and very light, but sharp hop hints. The first taste gives you a big surprise! A real explosion of flavors. Most definitely a dessert beverage. Plums, dates, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, hard candy, very well hidden alcohol and barely noticeable hops that do nothing to balance this malt monster. Wow. Creamy, slick, full body. This is going to age well. Jen took her taste to the kitchen and put a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in it. The resulting beer float was rather enjoyable, though I preferred mine untainted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
A very warming stout, palate is very good and itís as adark as night , Itís a damn good deep dark BIG stout!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1529) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2006
12oz bottle/Batch 1 (1/2006) Black as night during a new moon. As opaque a beer as Iíve ever seen. Head is tan, thick and creamy. aroma is syrupy sweet with raisin, oak and a weird mustiness. Flavor is dominated by alcohol and a little fruit, with the roastiness somewhat reserved in the background. Even though this isnít oak-aged, I get a hint of vanilla. Really is a nice beer, but itís just too much. A total palate killer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Oh, way too sweet, lotís of fermentable sugars left.....maybe with age this beer will get better, but I doubt it....not good at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Dark black with a big creamy brown head. Chocolate and espresso aroma is nice, but not overwhelming. Awesome taste...sweet, can definitely taste some cherries/fruit and a great espresso finish. Big on the alcohol for sure. Would mellow well after time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours a a deep brown, almost black with a thin muddy brown head. Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, currents, plums, dates, black cherry and some sort of liquor. Strong taste of chocolate, coffee, liquor, cherries, dates, and plums on a great warming body. First thing I thought of when I sipped this was to buy two or three more for keeping.

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