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RATINGS: 1294   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leveejr (91) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Alcohol... On the nose, taste and just about everywhere in this beer. Definitely nice to have tried though. Love the appearance and mouthfeel is pleasant ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dragonfly1 (487) - Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Tom. Sat on this for over a year. New yearís. Shared with Will. Oil black, aroma of ripe cherry, coffee, and licorice. The taste is incredible, itís all flourless chocolate cake, more dried cherries, espresso, and cocoa powder. Canít find the alcohol at all in this, the 16.2% is invisible. What a sipper. Excellent plain and simple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - DEC 14, 2013
Poured on tap at avery and drank the 2009&2011 simultaneously. Drunk the 2011 first. Very black color with tan head. Has a bitter sweet coffee chocolate scent when smelled. Very smooth body that goes down easily. Slightly fruity, kinda like cherries. Very delicious. Drank the 09 at the same time... The 09 has a much whiter head and smells more bitter. Tastes more like alcohol than the 11. Has much more potent smell in my opinion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Batch 8, Bottled Nov, 2012 ABV: somewhere in the 15.95% neighborhood. Opened and let sit for a full hour before pouring. Dark molasses with a nearly confluent mocha sheet. Smells of sweet malts, roasted coffee, graham cracker, cocoa, dates, some leather and a hint of banana. Flavor is robust with malts, a hint of salinity and plenty of cocoa, leather, alcohol (but not in a bad way), candy sugar, molasses and coffee. Full bodied, but thinner than I expected, low carb overall smooth body with a nice warm finish. A really drinkable beer for the ABV, and surprisingly tasty as I donít recall this being so yummy. Would go well with a hot brownie w/vanilla ice cream - just before developing profound Beetus.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AbbeyRoade (283) - Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Wow, what an impressive drink!!! The alcohol is well covered which is something I rarely say even for an 8% ABV brew, let alone a 16.2% beverage. Very very rich and complex body. Faint notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit/licorice, coffee. Rich, wonderful aroma. This is a must try!!!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdixon77 (655) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Catching up on old ratings. Thick motor oil pour. Scary amounts of booze burn in the nose. Gives way to some chocolate, dark fruits, and malt. Taste is leather, more dark fruits, licorice, coffee, nuts. Booze is a bit much, but still delicious. And really smooth for as big as it is.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1833) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
November 9, 2013 - bottle shared by Btandon. Black pour with some head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, roasted malt and licorice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (695) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Rating for 2012 version. Dark chocolate and roasted/charred malts from an onyx black body with a thin tan head. Sweetness, licorice and booze hit all at once and are followed by dark chocolate, molasses, figs and charred wood. Total sensory overload in a very delicious way. The booze really warms and burns a bit, but this is dangerously drinkable at 16.2% ABV. Thereís some good earthy bitterness in there, but is it hops or charred malt? Lots of sweet dried fruit in there too. Leaves a lasting warmth and chocolate just coats the tongue and doesnít leave. I had this years ago (not sure what vintage) and I remember it being very similar to this as a huge beer that is evil in itís ease of drinking. Canít wait for the 2013 release!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (745) - 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 (2187) - 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.


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