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RATINGS: 1287   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (658) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
Black pour with medium sized tan head. Batch 4. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate and ripe fruits. Taste of licorice, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, hops, figs. Lots going on in this beer. Bittersweet finish that lasts forever. Huge beer all around, very enjoyable sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergeek23322 (2028) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
12/28/2011. From bottle. Batch 5. pours black with a beige head. Thick and robust. Aromas of licorice, chocolate, dark roasted malt and fruit. Lots of alcohol all the way, but an awesome stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (1674) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Tasted a few times at Choice City and most recently a sample at the Argonaut. A huge impy stout with roast, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Azand222 (170) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2010 Meph. Special tapping at Avery's for GABF 2013. A very dark, brownish black color with a very dark brown head; quite thick. Strong stout-esque aroma, very malt taste, develops in the back of the throat. 107 IBUs, bitter. The alcohol is noticeable as well, 16%. A strong bet delicious stout.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (1314) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Holy cow. This is huge. Better than BCS. Had batch 4. Pours black with a tan head. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Slightly boozy. Very full bodied. I like this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pours a dark black with no head. Boozy aroma. Silky smooth and creamy. Bottle share at voodoo.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
charule (811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Share at Voodoo thanks to whoever! Poured black with thin tan head. Aroma of soy sauce. Super alc taste that burns. Not a winner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
batch four - 5 y.o. that is. shared by tom10101, thanks bro. pours very dark brown, almost black, with a very nice creamy crema, good retention and lacing considering abv and age. red port, dark chocolate but mostly burnt caramel, spices, booze, burnt hazelnuts, soapy raisins, oxidized raisins. sweet stuff but surprisingly not cloying or too boozy. moderate carbonation, full body - syrupy, bitter coffee and lightly resinous and sustained finish. strange soapiness.. but overall quite good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (995) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
A bottle from the past! Bottled in November 2008, so 15.92% ABV. Pour is pitch black with a thin moka head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is pleasing with some booze, faint coffee, chocolate and a light madeira feeling. Taste is of coffee, 70% chocolate and some caramel. Not too heavy for such a beast. Carbonation level is low and there is still some hot alcohol trying to burn you. A really good IS, drinkable for such a high boost. A nice digestive I’m sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Bottled November 2008. From AlexFields, thanks! Black with a small fully lasting creamy beige head (impressive for the abv) and little lacing. Aroma is really complex with chocolate, coffee, Madeira (oxidation), bourbon, sweetness, burnt caramel, alcohol... a bit harsh, but there’s a lot going on in thins one! Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying, especially for the style/abv), burnt caramel, chocolate, coffee, wood, bourbon, port and a moderate alcohol warming (a bit hot, but not too much). Full bodied. Low carbonation. Sirupy/chewy mouthfeel. An extremely complex Imperial Stout. One the good super high abv Imperial Stout that I’ve tried. A bit hot, but the 5-years helped.


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