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RATINGS: 1389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
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.

TomTron's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomTron (424) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours a cavernous black with a brown head that disappeared. Aromas of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate and a bit of brimstone. Well can’t say this beer isn’t intimidating as hell, because it is. There is so much going on I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it. So much coffee and chocolate, as well as espresso coming through at times. But damn, this beer is powerful. The devil is in the detail....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (705) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2015
Black color, brown head. Milk chocolate nose, coffee, licorice, brown sugar, alcohol, bread. Roasted malt taste, vanilla, coffee, alcohol, brown sugar, chocolate. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, oily texture, warming. A bit over the top and too much alcohol for my liking. Personal stats: Rating #666.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1762) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Cellar aged 6 months. Not $1/ounce, but in that ballpark. Was looking for Uncle Jacob, but have not had this in years so picked it up. Very, very dark brown pour with a brown head leaving some spotty lacing. Nose has heavy espresso, molasses, bakers chocolate, and caramel. Taste is of rich thick layered choco/coffee; espresso laced with dark chocolate. Also there are nuts, caramel malts and cocoa. Quite thick. Little nuance here - it is big and solid and thick. Full bodied with surprisingly small alcohol presence for as big as it is. Finishes more bitter and thick than sweet, but that sweetness is there. This is too burly to love, but it is quite good. 15.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lawger (232) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
Pours a murky dark brown with a solid finger of chocolate milk coloured head. There’s nothing in the appearance hinting at the sinister nature of this stout, but a fragrant aroma immideately spreads out from the glass. Thick, dark aromas of mushroom soy, wet cardboard, dark wholegrain bread, sweet licorice, forest floor and spent matches. The palate is full bodied, probably the thickest I’ve tasted (thicker than the old 18.2% ABV Tokyo even), but the sweetness is actually not overwhelming, almost balanced even. Slightly boosy mid-palate and a long finish with solid bitterness and lingering sweetness. Extremely exciting and well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
linusb (124) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
A: Soy sauce, coffee, chocolate, liqourice, raisins T: Follows nose very well O: Pitch black! Very complex and powerful indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (505) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2015
Flaska systembolaget. 2014. 17.1% Svart kulör med ljusbrunt skum. Komplex doft av mörk sirap, vörtbröd, trä, torrt kaffe och mörk choklad. Aningen spritig men inte alls så farligt som jag förväntat mig. Kaffe, muskovadosocker, lite knäck och dadlar. Värmande munkänsla som ligger kvar länge

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BKHansen (28) - Praestø, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
På flaske. Smagt hos TAPAVINO i Præstø. Hel SORT øl med mørke brunt skumkrone.Duft af lakrids, chokolade, ristet malt og mørk farin. Smag Let sødelig varmende alkohol , mørk chokolade, kaffe,,mørk farin, rosiner og humle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4/VII/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG IV - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2015-843) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, creamy irregular brown head, unstable, falls down quickly, bit adhesive. Aroma: coffee, caramel, bit sweet, malty, roasted. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of alcohol, roasted, coffee, sweet, dark chocolate, bit sugary, soft alcohol touch. Aftertaste: roasted, coffee, sweet, caramel, some overripe banana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2091) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown/black colour. Bitter roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, cherries. Sweet and bitter. Not very well balanced. Alcoholic also. Not bad but over rated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melker (243) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
Black liquid, small brown head. Aroma of berries, chocolate, coffee, caramel, tar and wood. Heavy roasted flavours. Somewhat sweet, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (394) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
Dégustée au RBBSG 15. Cheers all! Complètement, totalement et intégralement noire, cette bière parvient à nous offrir une belle mousse persistante malgré un taux d’alcool si élevé. Nul besoin n’est de spécifier que dès que le liquide se déplace dans mon verre, il y dépose sur la paroi une pellicule brune qui y reste fossilisée. Nez de lourde mélasse et de grains de café. C’est riche, lourd et je présume que ça peut même écoeurer. J’aime beaucoup cette attaque virile. En bouche, le liquide n’est étonnamment pas si sucré et si rond qu’on aurait pu l’imaginer. Les saveurs d’anis, de fumée, et de tabac sont bruts. L’alcool n’est pas dissimulé (chercher à dissimuler tant d’alcool c’est l’équivalent de vouloir cacher un éléphant dans un garde-robe) et il est à la limite d’être trop important, sans toutefois dépasser cette limite. Ça va encore mais c’est border line. Ceci n’est pas une Heineken...

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