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RATINGS: 1326   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 4/1/13. My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip. A: Pours a very dark ruby color. Itís not the thickest looking pour Iíve seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. Thereís even some lacing left on the glass, as well. S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. Iím really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too. T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - itís almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like itís every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, itís the lack of impressive depth thatís the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character. M: It doesnít feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything thatís occurring within the flavor profile. O: Right now, itís pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (927) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2006 opened 2015, bottle poured a black hue w/ minimal tan head. Bold prune sweet malty aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are dark fruits, some cardboard, dark chocolate and licorice. Full bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1008) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pretty solid stout. Suprisingly drinkable for a 17%. Mostly chocolate and mild roast, hints of simple sugar and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (841) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Aroma of coffee and malt, dark brown color with a rich tan head. Full body with a very stong alcohol taste, with a strong alcohol finish. The alcohol unfortunately overpowers the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1216) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2340) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (738) - 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.

   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

   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 winterís night sipper.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsmanigold (33) - - JAN 11, 2015
A very full bodied brew, oily in texture. Chocolate and licorice flavors are present. A little boozy, which is expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (393) - 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

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