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RATINGS: 1323   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.


Moooooser's rating

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moooooser (31) - Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Enjoyed a batch 4 (2008) in June of 2012. This beer is the real deal. ABV so high it’s obnoxious... because I can only handle one at a time... and the alcohol starts to overwhelm the taste. Jet black in appearance. It takes a few tastes for the true complexities to come out. Overall though, not my favorite beer. I prefer a little lower ABV (~10%) and a little more complex, but definitely a beer worth checking out!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1214) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours a charcoal midnight opaque black with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of beastly burnt malts and subtle booze. Taste of dark chocolate, burnt malts, and a lasting alcohol burn.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that quickly diminished, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Intense aroma, chocolate, roasted malts, very vinous, smoke, dark fruits, cherries, nuts, and rum-soaked raisins. Incredible aroma. Taste is tons of sweet chocolate and espresso, roasted malts, light sour cherries, faint vanilla, some nuts, and a sharp alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (736) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2015
12oz bottle. Black pour with tan head. Strong malty nose with some dark fruit. Very rich flavors of malts, coffee, and alcohol. Burn in the finish. Too much rich flavor to enjoy the different components that make up this beer. A overwhelming beer. To be enjoyed only on the coldest nights.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EcnarM (109) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours dark black with a hint of crimson when held up to the light. Licorice and fruit aroma, and the same crimes through like a fine liqueur. Coffee and fruit finish with a hint of chocolate underneath. Fantastic! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Voodoo (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours a thick black with a small off white head which lingers......aroma of booze, basically booze......taste is thick, dark chocolate, big booze.....a winter’s night sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsmanigold (31) - - JAN 11, 2015
A very full bodied brew, oily in texture. Chocolate and licorice flavors are present. A little boozy, which is expected.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (389) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2015
12 oz Bottle. Tasted on 1/9/15. Bottle from Moore Liquor. Batch #10 November 2014. The aroma was bold with strong boozy slightly chocolate with notes of anise. Taste was very deep, rich with a full body notes of dark or chocolate covered cherries, light dark fruit notes with a nice dry finish that leaves undertones of coffee. A great stout & at 17.1% abv very easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (955) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif. Price: $8.99 Purchased: Jan. 7, 2014 Consumed: Jan. 8, 2015 Misc.: Batch No. 10; Bottled Nov., 2014; Red foiling Poured a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head. Minimal spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average-to-poor retention. (Sight - 3.50) Smelled black coffee malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smoky fire, light crayon, toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, licorice and some more coffee. Booziness comes in late. (Smell - 4.38) Tasted earthy, gritty coffee beans, followed by that 17-plus percent alcohol. Also dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice, smoky woodfire, roasty nuts, chocolate syrup and dark cocoa nibs. (Taste - 4.25) Full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.63) Another great Avery Imperial Stout. I wouldn’t hesitate to get it again. (Overall - 4.25) 4.28 95 A

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (844) - - DEC 27, 2014
Pours black. Massive aroma and taste of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1610) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pitch black with orange-khaki head. Aroma of minty hops, roasted malt, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is deep roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, caramel, and some dark fruit. Almost a wood-like dryness on the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden for the ABV. Rich, coating mouthfeel.


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