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RATINGS: 1299   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Thanks Phil (Philip)! This beerís aroma is somewhat disappointing as it only offers malt, vanilla, and slight coffee fragrances. It is black with a thick brown head that fades fast. This thick beer is rich and smooth. It is creamy at first then the flavors of caramel and vanilla appear. It fades with a nice vanilla taste but a tad hot. With a little more age this beer will be a lot better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle for rating #1600: Pitch black, rocky light brown head, fairly nice lacing. † Very sweet aroma of graham cracker, chocolate, apple skin, and very slight coffee. † Whoa, did I mention sweet? † Up in your face sweetness on first sip, slight soy, otherwise very candyish. † The stout aspect seems seconday to the sweetness. † Syrupy sweet for sure. † Sweet pine and citrus rind is how I would sum this beer up. † Almost cloying in fact. † The 15.1% ABV is well hidden. † But of course, it translates into a beer that is extremely sweet otherwise. † Body and moufhteel are quite full, yet the sweetness factor makes me gag a bit. † Finishes with an overly sweetened soy aspect. † This one is just way toooooo sweet for me to consider it even being in the Top 50. † Good, but definitely not one I would drink by myself. † Thanks for the bottle Ernest!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Pours a deep black with a tan bubly brown head.a somewhat of a suprise for the duration of the head for a impy. Aromas were Chocolate toffee, liqorice and some spiciness in there. Flavor was not typical with a nice roast and chocolate . A little espresso in there as well with a finish of fruit and cherries.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Pours dark black with a thick brown head. Aroma is screaming with a roasted chocolate coffee aroma similar to Expedition. A little alcohol present in the nose. Roasted almost burnt flavor up front. Surprisingly sweet palate. Dark fruit and roasted flavor in the aftertaste makes you wanting more. Coffee, chocolate, and licorice pop up if you taste for them. The alcohol is well disguised but it warms you up from below. This is one phenomenol beer.

4.2
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10675) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   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.


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