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RATINGS: 1389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NordicV (1386) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
Helt svart öl med mörkbrunt skum. Doft av rostad malt, choklad, mörkt socker och lakrits. Alkoholen gör sig påmind både i doft och smak, I smaken tillkommer russin och kaffe

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to JefVerstraete! 355 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. 2014 Vintage. 17.1 % ABV. Black, light brown hue, no head. Nose big syrup, milk chocolade, candy, feels a bit considering the ABV etc. with some umami notes, milder than expected light varnish-like booze note. Oddly the beer is a bit over-carbonated. It is a bit fizzy, taste feels a bit thin, considering everything, tastes of boozy molasses, roasted coffee, mild burning alcohol (but as heavy as one might expect), strong finish of bitter coffee, roast, molasses,… Thinner & fizzier than expected. There is enough in there to enjoy but it wasn’t very attenuated in my opinion. I expected a thick, more decadent beer than this. This is a very simple but it could have saved that if it carried a sweeter & heavier punch to it, this one felt quite weak considering the behemoth I was expecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing JefVerstraete. Gorgeoys black with a brown, beige head. Tastes like dark cheap chocolate and thatMs really the only thing it tastes like. Melt chocolate, pour some water and alcohol in it, and done. Too one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_est_deus (909) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2015
2014 17,1% Svart med ett riktigt brunt skum. Doft: Smörkola, kanderatsocker, choklad, trä, lite alkohol,söt lakrits. Smak: Söt malt, värmande alkohol, mörk choklad,mörk kola, kaffe, rostat, godis humle, kanderatsocker. Lite barley wine i smaken.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankie2fish (1) - - JUN 22, 2015 does not count
Just had batch 11 from 2014. This is the way a high gravity stout should look and taste. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Drink this beer if you get the opportunity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (1068) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Black. Rich and roasty with dark fruit, mainly raisin. Sticky and too much booze. Probably better with more age. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (2024) - - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black with mocha head. Chocolate, roast and dark fruit. Some. Weird lingering sweetness. Rich sticky mouthfeel. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Coffee, caramel, dried fruit, raisin.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, dried fruit, alcohol, chocolate, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1163) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle from nov 2014. 17.1%. Pitch black pour with a mocha head. Roast, coffee, oak, wet soil, bandaid. Can smell alcohol. Feel the alcohol but the strong carbonation and the full body helps. Silky and creamy. Wow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
neurbob (21) - - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle to Tulip. Black/brown opaque, dark creamy head. Aroma and taste are so complex this is like a meal unto itself (check the calories!). Sugar, caramel, burnt, toasty, chocolate all stand out. Malt and nuts. Dates. Need I say boozy? Chewy. Lingering mouthful of dessert with espresso. Make sure you can give it your full attention.

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