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RATINGS: 1310   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Batch 2, 2006 vintage. Pours pitch black with a rather small fizzy dark brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is intense, slightly sweet, fruity and oxidized with roasted malts, raisins in rum, bitter chocolate, leather, alcohol, prunes, dates, salty liquorice candy, dark roast coffee, moist soil, red wine, soy sauce and hints of cardboard and hay. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour, malty, fruity and heavily oxidized with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cardboard, the dust you’ll find places you haven’t cleaned for ages, prunes, raisins, cheap red wine, moist soil, leather, old stale soy sauce, burnt caramel, charred wood, dark roast coffee, sour cherries, alcohol, sherry and hints of goji berries. Mouthfeel is fat, oily, boozy, round, tiny fruity tart and full bodied. Finish is bitter, tiny sour, malty and fruity with roasted malts, cheap red wine, hay, moist soil, leather, bitter chocolate, raisins, prunes, dark roast coffee, alcohol, sour cherries, burnt caramel and hints of sour cherries. 50% of the sips is awesomely oxidized sherry imperial stout goodness. The other 50% of the sips are an oxidized carboard, leather cheap red wine mess. An exiting experience thanks to the rotting skills of Mr Blursi. Thank you man!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersighted (116) - - MAR 8, 2014
Omg! This imperial stout tasted like anise and black licorice. Great body to this pitch black imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2014
From the taphouse pours a nice dark color with a fizzy tan head that lasts a good while. Aroma is nice and sweet malty with roasted coffee notes but not overpowering like the Tweak. You can get some of the boozy aroma on this and is not unoticable. There may be choclate but hard to determine. Flavor is sweet and roasty however you can tell the alcohol in it. This could do well with some aging. You can get the coffee but hard to pick out any chocolate. You definitley get a heavy malt. Mouthfeel is silky and boozy carbonation is average. Overall a solid beer but I think would be amazing with some age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1148) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Batch 9 Bottle from Bevmo. Aroma is chocolate and booze. Taste is like a boozy chocolate brownie with hints of cherries, coffee, tons of roast and super dark fruits. Great stout especially after dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coachd (132) - Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Couldn’t wait to try this one. With 100 pt. rating and a cost of $8 per bottle ($3 more than BCS) it had a lot to live up to. Appearance is midnight black, thick looking on the pour with a ton of brown foam that sticks to the glass as it goes down. It has an aroma of bourbon/rum, coffee, some coconut, light tobacco, some alcohol. Excellent texture. Silky, low carbonation, long lingering finish. Truly remarkable mouthfeel, 5+. The taste was a little simple at first, but everything suggested in the aroma opens up with the aftertaste. I like to taste the alcohol in my imperial stouts, and this one does not lack in that category. The overall taste is like pouring a healthy shot of really good whiskey into some good, expensive coffee. Not sure if it’s worth $8 for a 12-oz. bottle, but very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (693) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 12 oz bottle. Batch 07. The pour is a vicsous oily black, with a dark khaki head and minimal lace. The aroma is bourbon dominant with incredible vanilla and malt to accompany a strong licorice presence. The flavor is very bourbony. With great chocolate and malt characters to go with a great roasty vanilla. The heat is intense. The mouth feel is thick viscous and well carbonated. The aftertaste is a little hot, But well balanced and good and roasty Original rating: 8, 4, 8, 4, 16. 12 oz bottle shared at a tasting on February 17. Batch 07. The pour is a viscous, thick black, almost like a used motor oil. There is a dark tan head, with a gorgeous lace that’s left as you move through the beer. The nose is huge bourbon. There is also some strong vanilla presence, along with some licorice and malt. The flavor is a little more toned down, with some of the focus deterring to the licorice, vanilla and malt. The mouth feel is thick, oily, and the aftertaste moves through to a stinging bourbon finish. Very solid. I can’t wait to see how it is after a little more age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (938) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Tap at Avery, Batch 9. Pours dark brown with thin light brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, caramel, very sweet, fruity, plum. Flavor is sweet, fruity, with a big roasted, chocolate, sweet finish. Good masking of alcohol, very rich. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1117) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2012 12oz bottle pours a dark black with a tan head. Big chocolate and bitter malt taste. As it warms the alcohol taste drops off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1032) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a bicolor light mocha and brick red-mocha head. Unfortunately, the head recedes too quickly. Smoky, campfire, wood BBQ nose. Some meaty notes. Very thick and chewy texture. Knife and fork worthy. Quite a burn at the finish on the rear of the palate and down the throat. A nice dose of sweet, roasty malt up front. A bit of plum and cherry appear toward the finish. Loads of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2326) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Black pour. Some ruby highlights as I pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. A slight tire and pine tar aroma. Some chocolate and coffee notes as well. The tire persists in the taste. Smooth creamy mouthfeel gives way to a acrid and sour presence. Slight vegetal note in the back.

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