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RATINGS: 1363   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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (1962) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle batch 10. Black with a medium sized dark brown head. The nose is alcoholic with some chocolate, sugar and some light bubblegum. Taste is sugary and alcoholic, I can feel the alcohol burn all the way down. The sugar covers it a bit, but it is still pretty hefty. Astringent finish. Flavour has chocolate cake, sugar, syrup, some kind of bubblegum/candyfloss thing, vanilla, light dark dried fruits. Full body, oily/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, heavy sweet, medium bitter, hot and harsh alcohol that gives me shivers. Strange experience; I like the flavours and want to drink it, but it is way too harsh to be enjoyable even in small amounts. Shame, I think I would like it a lot if it was toned down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gandalf39 (129) - - MAR 20, 2015
Arôme de biscotte et de pain grillé ainsi que de houblon mijoté. Amertume très forte mais caché par une base monstrueuse. C’est très bon mais c’est trop, limite buvable, à partager!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raoul_duke (131) - - MAR 13, 2015
12 oz bottle from whole foods. 17.1% stated abv. Giant foamy nut brown head. Midnight Black. Brown sugar nose with some black bread and caramel as well. Perhaps some pepper? Some alcohol on the nose after a bit. Lactose, pepper, molasses flavoring. Some sweetness lingers, vanilla cappuccino. No alcohol present flavor wise, which is probably why it is so highly regarded. Feel buzzed after two sips.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
olsvammel (3885) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at a big tasting (Nörprovning 2015). This was a bottle from 2007. Dark malty smell with dried fruit and caramel. Similar taste. Awsome beer! I love how the sweet malts balance the roasted aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (377) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2015
10oz pour. Golden valley MN. Pours dark dark brown, basically black. No head. Nose is brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, a little nutty. Taste is sweet upfront. A little sharpness from carbonation. Some bitterness. Palate is medium-full. Frothy texture. Long boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1609) - 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 (2851) - 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 (347) - 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 (5660) - 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 (123) - 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.

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