Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1402   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 An OG of 1.142? Call Captain Kirk. The Enterprise has to be hauled out of mothballs to go where no man has gone before.Monsterous, high octane aroma,malt nail polish sherry, brownie ,satanically black,with a head that is immediately devoured by the alcohol. Big huge body,chewing and cloying, like a sweet port mixed with chocolate brownie mix and sweet malt wort,just to much malt and sweetness to notice much hop. One bottle could last you an hour. We have gone to the malt limit on this one. A stunning experience,to much to sort through in one bottle. It absolutely gets better as it warms or is that just the 15% kicking in.Did the Demon on the bottle talk to anyone else ?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
A huge thanks to beerguy101 for sharing this one. not much nose, but oh what a flavor! lots of chocolate and brown sugar sweetness along w/ roastiness. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Big alcoholic nose. Plummy, acrid body odor. Smooth and chocolatey, with a slight mocha espresso note. Appealing oily lacing and coating in the glass, blackish brown color. Pretty sweet as far as impyís go, with a notable burnt sugar-molasses character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1492) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Bottle. Bottled in January 2006. Batch #1. A pitch-black pour with a thick, creamy chestnut brown head. Roasty malts, vanilla extract, chocolate, rich coffee, molasses and a good bit of alcohol in the aroma. A full, sticky body. This is SWEET! Very sugary throughout. Caramel and chocolate-covered dark fruits start things off. Coffee and vanilla extract follow. LOTS of candied sugar. Only slightly bitter with a minimal warming presence in the finish. Very cloying. Better and more drinkable than the comparable Dogfish Head WWS, but this is obviously not the type of beer Iíd want all the time. More than one would just be too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 Opaque black with a monstrous rocky head. Beautiful. Aroma is blue cheese, bacon and white wine. Sounds strange but if you donít believe go mix some up and youíll see for yourself. Huge full body bitter cherry, smoke and chocolate syrup combine with the aforemetnioned blue cheese and bacon to create quite a funky beer on the palate. In my opinion this needs years in the cellar to come to fruition. As a fresh bottle it is cloying and funky albeit impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1279) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 It is lamentable, I think, that the whole of the earth has been explored. The bygone days of adventurers and explorers will forever remain in textbooks and in the dreams of cartographers. Still, there is room for us to do more than wax romantic of the golden days; we still find legends and precious artifacts even where man has erected civilization. At least, I did so, and in a most unexpected place. My family and I were shopping at Whole Foods, enjoying the free samples and gawking at the elegant displays of high life culinary treats. After awhile I sauntered off to the affiliated wine store and started browsing their beer selection, assured from past experiences that nothing exciting would be present on the shelf. As I scanned the bottom rows I came across the Avery stouts, covered in their trademark non-deScript silver visages. As I skimmed the selection my brain triggered an alarm flare, and reversed course until I was once again examining the Avery beers. Sure enough, there were two bottles of Mephistopheles, sitting placidly in their own overlooked glory. I gathered them up in my arms like a father cradling his long lost children, purchased them from the cashier (who was sad to see them go) and left, my feet jubilantly dancing in between steps. The trip from the store to home was a quick one, filled with all the fanfare of a parade, marking the victory of my acquisition. At home the beer matched up to its reputation, proving why all the wise Ratebeerians were clamoring for it. Itís rusty red ferrous soil colored head is an elegant crown to the thick, oily textured and unctuously black base of the beer. Base and pensive flavors like soy sauce, licorice, molasses, smoke and even broccoli rule the aroma, wrapped in the strong smell of the alcohol. It slithers down the tongue creepily, leaving its distinct trail of earthen flavors. The mouth feel is thick and full, and edges from the tongue out towards the cheeks in an effort to effuse to freedom. It begins with an easy flowing semi-sweetness, then crashes into a chasm of hickory flavors. Also present are sweet raisins and a distinct fig taste. This is indeed a legendary beer, worthy of the attention that so many adventure seekers are giving to it. It proves that we need not gather our spelunking equipment or apply to NASA to find long sought after treasures or push the boundaries of our human understanding. This gem from Avery was only a half hour drive away, and did all that and more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Pitch black, thin but lasting lacey head. Huge aroma of seared malts, licorice, raisons, other fruits, booze, soy sauce, a bit of smoke, chocolate, coffee and others that emerge that Im too impatient to wait for. Smooth body, thick but not as syrupy as I thought it would be, the carbonation is perfect. Huge, chewy flavors of alcohol soaked raisons, sweet caramelly seared malt, boozy alcohol but not oppressive, burning or harsh. (i thought DFH 23% was more of a burner) You feel it in the belly but what do you expect? Beautiful hoppy, expresso finish, balances it out a more then you would think and gives it an addictive flavor. Awesome impy here and I am impressed. World class I have to say. Maybe a little nap to meld and this will be perfect. Thank you Ernest!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Well folks, It is Michael reporting here, the not so quite archangel, for I am the king of the Dark Side of Stoutieland. I am a about to pass judgment on this fallen angel Mr. Mephistopheles, should he be banished to the layers of hell and over-rated beer or given forgiveness and allowed to rise to the gates of Pantheon of beer nirvana? This is my word and testament...so it is noted:

This beer is completely lightless as a darkened soul. Is joined by a tan frothy topping, which lays claim to my Expedition snifter.

The vapors of this demon lord are quite restrained surprisingly as he seems to lay in wait. Oh, those molasses cured malts, Starbucks Mocha latte and heavy vinous qualities are there but they seemed to be afraid of my stoutie snout. Only the alcoholic phenols are will to give it up for beergeekdom. Disappointing, you coward!

The olde one finally come out to play and attack full force upon my palate with swords of black strap, star anise, semi-sweet chocolates, and effective brandy imbued oak. Just as I counter, he throws up a wall of cursed near rotten fruits and full throttled espresso bitterness. Damn him to hell I say and pressed forward I quickly subdued the alcohol golem and say no more. Only hell should bar the way.

Alas the Demon is driven off has only the oily black blood lingers on my beaten down palate.

I am victorious, Mephistopheles is no more. No passage onto field of brew heaven this beast for he failed to pass the test. Sorry, but you are NO DARK LORD, only a lesser demon!

So is my testament given this day March 23 of the year 2006. Enjoyed while listening to Loreena McKennitt - Danteís Prayer which fit the mood perfectly!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2006
To get ready for this I waited until the sun was setting and I put some Danzig in the CD player. Dazing 4 actually just for the song call on the dark. It seems appropriate. Brand new god is playing as I contemplate opening this. It is cloudy out and cold. The sun is setting but no one can tell the dark is creeping across without announcement. Tonight is the night to unleash Mephistopheles. This monster pours a pitch oily black that looked like crude coming out of the bottle and sitting atop it is a thick arrogant brown head. I could smell the booze from this dark demon before I finished pouring. Also in the nose are plums, plump raisins, and cheesecake. I cupped my petrus glass in both hands to take the first sip and I tasted rocket fuel, then I started to pick out ultra sweet mango, pineapple, super sugared chocolate, and the kind of sweetness that would kill a diabetic at 30 yards. I like it. Oh yeah, Iím hearing the words from, canít speak as I try to wrap my mind around this. It is appropriate. I think I need more than a 12 oz er I wish Avery still made bombers of their BIG beers. Third sip is so evil and mean with alcohol and sweet flavors attacking my taste buds. Something port like, something like a mocha coffee blend, something like everything I have tasted in a stout but uncontained and wild. This tastes like the beast but with more chocolate and that is not a bad thing. But the finish is the same as I remember slick, fruit but with cocoa and the slightest coffee. Plum and green raisins also play a large part in this. But it is choc full of chocolate and incredibly sticky. The alcohol is much more prevalent than some stronger impyís Iíve had. I really need to get a hold of a few more to age. Oh yeah here comes the song I was waiting, oh can you see it now how black your future will be, oh can you see it. Until you call on the dark. A nice beer that can only get better Ap-5 ar- 8 tas-7 pal-3 ov-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (736) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2006
12 oz bottle, born in Jan 06, batch 1.
Inky black topped with a thin esspresso head that never realy went away. Lacing and alcohol coat the glass in a thin sheet.
Initial aroma is soy sauce, but allowed to warm slightly, you find chocolate, molasses, cherries, port and alcohol.
Flavors are sweet, prune, cherries, chocolate, port. also some salty soy sauce and just a little hops on the finish
definitely a big, decadant, desert type beer.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 127 128 129  130  131 132 133 » 141

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50