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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.

   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 (3336) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Pours a dark black color w/ a dark tan head thick and tall made of small bubbles w/ some thick lacing. Smell is very roasty malt and some raost grains as well, light coffee bean, some raw alcohol, hints of a light fruit. Palate is full and creamy very well coated. Super sweet flavor big big malty syruppy hints of some dark fruit very light coffee in the finish some good chocolate notes almost too sweet but very good, easy finish hides the alcohol very well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Has a pleasant malty aroma to it. Very dark color with a light brown head. Very sweet flavor, itís hard for me to handle. Decent body and carbonation. Overall, this is some very powerful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2006
12oz. bottle. Dark black in color with a small light brown head. Intense aroma that comes at you from all directions. Sweet, dark roasted malts, dates, soy, alcohol and a kind of "meatiness" that reminds me of a beef or veal demi glace. Flavor was way too sweet for my taste. Roasted malts, soy, molasses, raisins, coffee and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Very smooth for such a high alcohol beer. Very complex beer that just didnít do it for me. I can see how people would like this very much, and being a lover of impy stouts I wish I liked it more than I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 12 oz botte. #1300 rating. Beautiful roasted chocolate, nutty aroma. Vinous hints are also present...I smell cherries here as well. Some sweet chocolate is also present as well as some booziness in the nose as well. The initial aroma is nice, but I find it becomes boozier the more I smell. Nonetheless, it is stil pleasant. Thick, viscous, opaque dark brown/black color with a disappointing quickly dissipating brown head. There is nice lacing, though. Sweet, almost fruity cherry-like start turning a little bit harsh and boozy. Almost candy-like cloying sweetness again hits you, followed by a very robust, warming, and very pleasant dark chocolate and espresso flavor at the end. The flavors coat the mouth beautifully and the aftertaste goes on for several minutes. There are some woodsy oak-like notes in the finish as well. This is extremely complex and very well-done. Enjoyable. I wanted to crush the hype surrounding this beer, but there are virtually no flaws other than the quickly dissipating head and a touch of booziness in the aroma. I would love to see Avery replace the Czar with this as their Imperial Stout offering...(8/4/10/5/19/4.6)--&# #3-------- this is really boozy, bitter, roasted. Crazy boozy, excessively unbalanced, and undrinkable. A $9 drainpour. A shame, cause batch #1 was sublime. Rating reflects current product.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 ***2005, Pours like iodine, clings to the sidewalls like a rabid bobcat. Smells of malted lead. Super full nectar. Very metalic in flavor with cooked leather, copper, cassis, espresso. This is very sweet with a huge hop on the finish that tries to knock out the sugar but canít. Reminds me of a blend of 100yr old Vintage Porto and an ancient Madeira. More like a bloody kick in the mouth with a boot cooked in espresso. Overall; this brew will kick your ass. I thoroughly enjoyed getting my face kicked in over and over again, sip after sip, kick after kick. Do it, do it ! ***2006, Pours bloody black w/ a medium, semi creamy froth that just sits there. Aroma is thick and chocolatey sweet w/ a nice citrus rind kick. Full nectar like sludge w/ well integrated effers creating a thick and chewy texture lik unset chocolate fudge. Strong flavors of cocoa, roasted coffee bean, sweet molases, vanilla, chocolate cake bread, moderate strength espresso, and a little bit of hopsy citrus rind to help balance it out. The finish is long and chewy sweet w/ a nice bittering componant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Black as black can be on the pour, thick head that lingered for a while. Aroma of coffee, and some bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol does seep through in both taste and aroma, but it doesnít overpower anything. Flavor is quite interesting, coffe, some nice bitterness, cherries and other dark fruits. As the beer warms up, you do get a bit of an alcohol burn that would probably mellow nicely with some age on it.

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