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RATINGS: 1314   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 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 (3357) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 [12 oz. bottle, batch 1, 1/06] I have to give this one a 5 for appearance- itís totally black, pours out thick and has a lumpy, coffee colored head- simply awesome. Aroma is sweet, alcoholic with some nice coffee and bitter aroma. Wow.. complex layers of dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plum sweetness. Massive thick, oily mouthfeel. Fruits give way to a long lasting, sweet coffee aftertaste. This is a simply huge brew.. I canít even seem to find the proper words. This is to be consumed on a special day... when youíve really earned it. Smooth, seductive and deceiving- itís power will definitely creep up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2006
where do I begin.Pours black as night with lots of coffee nose.The 1st sip the coffee hits you, then the 2nd sip you get the sweetness.Oily slick feeling in th e mouth.quite delicious.dark fruits, hidden alcohol and coffe, you cant go wrong.The alcohol does creep up on you tho.Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Pours a super dark jet black pour with neat little off white/light brown head. Nose is of wonderful coffee, some nice dark chocolate, alcohol and dark roast malt. Flavor is terrific, chocolate, cherry-ish. It is a bit hot, but that flavor actually comes across really well in this brew. A wonderful beer across the boards, would love to have a couple sitting around and see how it improves with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Bottle brought back from Applejacks store near Denver. Pours a deep brown/black with a nice looking dark brown head. Viscous in the glass, and tongue coating in the mouth. Not as aromatic as I would have suspected, but an impressive mocha fudge flavor on the palate, with solid roasts, molasses, and hickory. Finishes hot, and it surprises me that its ratings are as high as they are given the hotness. Probably some age would help smooth some of this out. Still, a sensory experience. Nice work, Avery. RERATE: After having some time to settle down, I am pleasanty impressed with what this has become, and what it is becoming. Mocha fudge brownie with raisans and a bit of worchestshire sauce. Rich, rich, rich. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Dark brown with brown head. Sweet coffee port aroma.The taste is sweet with some hoppiness, getting more cloyingly sweet as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden. Good but side by side with Dogfish head World Wide Stout the WWS wins. Avery has more aroma but the WWS has a slightly better flavor though it is very close. Out of the top twenty stouts, the ones I have sampled I would rank Great Divide Yeti Barrel Aged Stout the best with North Coast Old Rasputin a close second. Then Dogfish Head WWS and Avery a close third. and Stone imperial Stout a good fourth. Overall a good beer but a little too much cloying sweetness.

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