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RATINGS: 1402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.

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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Damn, forgot this was 16%. Awesome stuff. Strong with good flavor. Black licorice flavor but toned down, coffee, little chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
tonyraia (1) - Englewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2015 does not count
This beer is simply spectacular. Everything I look for and expect in a Russian stout. Cheery, espresso, chocolate. Coffee, nuts, roasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1082) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle@Voldby. 17,1%ABV. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, licorice notes. Full body. Oily texture. Very complex. Light bitter finish with coffee notes. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (811) - SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Batch 5 Bottled in Dec 2009. Rich mocha chocolate nose with earth, tobacco and espresso in the mouth. Deep gloss silky shiny deep black appearance. Still hot after all these years anf could easily develop over the next 20+ years. Very pitent and sappy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (4600) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2015
4/30/2009 1:0 6:05 AM Queenís Day in Amsterdam. Drinking the last bottle from Coldbrewky. A mean black pour with murky brown head. This looks like some stout. Nose of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A smashing taste of chocolates, caramel, dark fruits and roasted malts. Itís really powerful but also really creamy and goes down well. The high ABV barely noticeable. Thanks again Steve for yet another excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Draft at Pour it Black. Pours near black with a big light brown head. Aroma is mostly coffee, and this isnít even the coffee version! Also almond, oak. Flavor is dark chocolate, almond, coffee. Grassy bitter and a touch of oak and rum in the finish. Good job Avery for making a run barrel beer that isnít too thin.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Poured jet black with a nice one half to inch tan head. Smell of dark malts chocolate and anise. Flavor of same with addition of light smoke and some very light spanishncedar. Very rich mouthfeel with some alcohol heat. Wonderful long lasting mocha finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5432) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle vintage 2014 from web SB cons 2015-10-03 ANV 17,1% AR: roasted malt, black coffey AP: thick black fluid, stouty thick brown lid F: peppery, dark rum flavored chocolate, wee brandy, rasins, black coffey, liqurice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (3352) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
12.04.2015, 0,35l bottle (2014 vintage) @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, caramel, soy sauce, dark sugar, chocolate, coffee, grass, alcohol, hops, pine needles, licorice. Taste is kind of harsh and boozy, sour coffee, booze, harsh hops, grass, dark malts, burnt caramel, pine needles, bark, minerals. Longlasting bitterness, harsh boozy mouthfeel. A typical beer I need to rerate at some point, when itís been aged for many many years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
espenra (943) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
35.5cl bottle at BD57. Release nov. 2014. Batch 10. It poured a pitch black colour with a medium big offwhite head. Aroma is alcohol, liqorice and coffee. Also lots of different dried red fruits. Also lots of sweet† malts. Flavour is massive and complex. Lots s of alcohol, coffee, dried red fruits and cocoa. Lots of malts as well. Long, lingering aftertaste.

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