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RATINGS: 1348   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1567) - SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Pitch brown, light head. Liquorice and dark treacley. Salty, thick dark malt and rich vibrant melted marshmallow. Smooth little bitter and little salty. Rich vanilla sweetness on the finish, drum beating vibrant linger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2819) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Mike. Black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, chocolate, coffee, meaty. Taste of chocolate, molasses, licorice. Sweet and a little bitter. D-Lish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (283) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Pours a deep brown brown with a slight bubbly brown head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa. Taste is cocoa, caramel and slight alcohol heat. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle at tad’s. Pours black, nose is roasty chocolate, sweet, umami, taste is dry, sweet chocolate, quite boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartzluke (36) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 4, 2015
17.1%, Nov 2014, batch 10. 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours a giant fluffy, almost soapy head that dissipates fairly quick leaving no lacing. Black as can be. Dark head too. Nose is rich wood. Really hard for me to describe. Not sure I have a good enough nose developed to parse this. Same for the flavor actually. Wow. This beer is unlike anything I?ve ever had. Closer to a whisky than a normal beer. Warming. Naturally very boozy. A bit like a dark woody taste. A dark malty taste. Some coffee grounds too. Burnt. The booziness is overwhelming though. I?m not seeing as much nuance as I would hope for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (2108) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
17.1% version. Bottle at home while visiting Florida. Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is pretty subtle considering... Light dark choc espresso aroma. Full body, medium carbonation. Harsh and boozy with coffee and choc... Boozy heat completely overwhelms this - there's some choc, sticky treacle and coffee too, but the boozy heat takes over... Nope. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
c1raider (47) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Malty, lots of caramel yet not overly sweet, oats (smooth and velvety), abv is well hidden but still noticeable, vanilla, great beer but very heavy, would buy again but not a favorite

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eguffey2 (1) - - FEB 24, 2015 does not count
November 2014 Release Batch number #10. Purchased from Santa Fe Spirits in Littleton, Colorado. 17.1% ABV!!! Bought a 12oz bottle, pulled right from the fridge at about 40 degrees F, poured in small amounts into snifter to warm beer. Aroma: (in order) Espresso, Burnt Coffee, Anything burnt for that matter, Chocolate, Oak (or some deep wood), Caramel, Nutty (amaretto, almond, or pistachio), Pine, really excellent nose. Very deep and dark, but easy going. Appearance: Darkest of dark. 0% to 5% transparency, dark brown to black, medium/heavy thickness, leaves coat on glass, 2-5% carbonation that continues to remain long after pour. Taste: Ug....if only I could explain this to you truly...definitely one of the best Imp/Doub. Stouts I have EVER tried. First thing that hits you in taste is the coffee and chocolate as should be in most Doub. Stouts. The alcohol hit you next, giving a nice wake up call to the palate, but not overly powerful. Luckily this stout is backed by a MASSIVE amount of malt which cuts through that alcohol, but I guarantee you will know its there. Then follows the burnt taste, wood, nut, followed by the pine from the hops. Palate: VERY long lingering. I have typed many lines in between tasting (plus its so high ABV... 17.1%), and the taste of the stout is still there. The final note is super sweet, and so this sweetness is extremely powerful on the tongue to enhance the coffee and choc notes that linger. Tastes like I ate a piece of Godiva chocolate. Overall: Such an epic beer. If you have never tried it, buy two bottles. One to save and age, the other to drink that night. I gave it 18/20. I would have liked a bit more upper notes to the beer, like more hoppiness and or some other bright spices to contrast the deepness of the beer, but this is a Doub. Stout, and definitely well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (680) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
(Bottle sample @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Feb 18 2015) Pours black with a ring of tan head and no lace. Aroma of intense sweet dark malts, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, roast, a bit of dried fruit and anise, light oxidation, ethanol. Palate is sweet sweet dark malts, toffee, brown sugar, light chocolate, touches of coffee, dates, maybe even port? Towards the finish there is a bit of alcohol heat, slight roast and coffee. Full bodied and slightly viscous. The 17%+ ABV is hidden quite well all considered but it’s still boozy. Good flavours though, nice concentration, tasty in small portions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2596) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, licorice, dried fruit, raw sugar, toffee, raisins and sweet booze. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of coffee, light ash, sweet booze, licorice and chocolate. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice but way too boozy.

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