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RATINGS: 1392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


beernoevil's rating

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beernoevil (3) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
I don’t ususally rate the beers I’ve had but WOW!!! Had this (batch #1) at the brewery while on a trip to Denver. There is so much going on in this beer that I found it difficult to describe - thick, pitch black, syrupy and yet silky, chocolate, espresso, raisins, licorice, cherries, etc. Think "Belgian Imperial Stout"! I can’t compare with what the others have written but had to put my 2 cents worth in. John was even kind enough to give me an unused label!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (836) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2015
Black with tan head. Well lingering head considering head. Chocolate, soy sauce, leather and floral. Sweet, port wine, chocolate sauce and oily. Overall: easy drinkiin and well done. Essence of stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3333) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2015
2010 bottle at Avery. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Smells like dried dark fruits, chocolate, and booze. Tastes like rich booze, chocolate, dark fruits, and ash. Medium body and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (10383) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG 2015. Opaque pitch black color, small brown head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, dark malts, chocolate and chocolate. Taste malts, dark malts, chocolate, balanced alcohol, bitter and some roast. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (725) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1810) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lawger (234) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
linusb (138) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
A: Soy sauce, coffee, chocolate, liqourice, raisins T: Follows nose very well O: Pitch black! Very complex and powerful indeed!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (529) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BKHansen (35) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6440) - 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.


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