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RATINGS: 1416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
Just a shade away from black with some walnut highlights. Small but persistent light brown cap. Vanilla, plums, hay, marzipan, black strap molasses, and a bit of clean roast in the aroma. Jammy-sweet, dark carmel roast flavor, plum wine, and a clean finish. Clean and warming palate, yet surprisingly smooth and soft for the ABV. A coherant, very well-crafted imperial stout that canít help but get even more interesting with some aging. Bravo to Avery! And thanks so much Alaskanwarren for the bottle!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1271) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
I have to admit, before I tried this beer, I had my doubts. Iíve had a few Avery beers in the past and many have been a little "over the top". I rated "the beast" and though it received decent marks, it was (for me), hard to handle at around 15% ABV. Mephistopheles was NOT at all. The alcohol was very well hidden for this demon. It was a pitch tar black SOB. Aromas of coffee, licorice, tobacco, INTENSE!!! Just excellent! A top notch sipping brew!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3323) - Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for sending this one which was shared at our Tennessee tasting! Black and syrupy with a diminishing tan head. Complex aroma with coffee chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Overly sweet and horribly out of balance. This would have improved with some time in the cellar. Lots of good parts in here, but they need more time to smooth out and fit together as one instead of coming off separately.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerdedone (3114) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Now i am no fan of stouts, but this is definitely the best i have ever tasted. Pours dark with a brown head, aroma of fruit, roast, and alcohol. Flavor is roast, carbonation, fruit, coffee, and smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thick foamy light brown head. Smell is dominated by alcohol, dark chocolate, and some dates and similar fruity aromas. Rich and bitter with a lot of hotness. The vapors lingered up through my nostrils. Aside from the alcohol, its actually quite smooth and free from harsh roasty bitterness. A good, rich imp stout but Iíd like to try this demon after itís aged a bit more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4024) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks to LeopoldStoch for this in a Drakes Barleywine trade. Batch 1 Jan 06. Opaque ebony black with a small brown head. Aroma is of smoky malt, with a dark friuty hint and a bit of chocolate. The taste immediately hits of coffee, plums, and chocolate malts. The finish is of alcohol, more plums, and a slight hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5763) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2006
Never expected this to arrive in my area, but Iím sure glad it did because it certainly saved me a trade! Batch number 1 bottled in Jan. 2006. Opaque blackness with a small foamy brown head. Nose instantly smacks me with molasses, touch of red wine, black cherries, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of tobacco. Wow! Taste on this is exquisite and rather rich. Lots of chocolate, berries, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate mousse, dark fruit notes, and devilís food cake. The body on this is so creamy I canít believe it! Dense but fine carbonation bubbles. Oily, slick mouthfeel at times. Some hotness that doesnít "hit" well as it is warm but this would be nice had I been drinking this in January when it was bottled. Finishes with more alcohol notes, dark fruits, lots of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, and rum cake. Very nice stuff! Iím eager to find out what a couple of years will do to the bottles I still have.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 21, 2006
(Botte, Batch 1) Pours an opaque black body with a small light brown head. Aroma of toasted malt, dried cherries, prunes, vinous, and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vinous, and caramel with some alcohol burn in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
Whoa! This is incredibly thick and heavy!!! The aroma is robust, with a hardy dose of malts and roasted nuts, mixed with prunes and even some cocoa. Despite the eclectic mix of flavors, it all complements one another. Very oily and dark, with a dark tan head. This will age well, I suppose, which will also mellow out the astringent hotness from the high alcohol. Woody and surprisingly vinous for an Imperial Stout. Watch out for this one!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2006
this is the most intense beer I ever had. Should be served in shot glasses, definitely sipped. Its like beer concentrate. The most aromatic beer Iíve tried also. Once I got used to the intensity I could enjoy it. It costs as much as Dogfish WWS, and I would have to say is worth it. ($7/bottle) as an experience, but I wouldnít drink it all the time.


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