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RATINGS: 1287   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. [Batch 2 (Nov 2006): 16.03% ABV]. Clear dark black color with a huge, frothy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, burnt, coffee, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Very nice and powerfull .. ;o)) (100408)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 12 fl oz bottle (batch 2). Pours black with a dense and chocolate brown head. Aroma is chocolate, a note of vanilla, roasted malt, slight note of alcohol - and a cheese like note - a bit off it seems. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts sweet chocolate malty but soon gains in strength and turns to a darker liqourice and slight salty flavour. Underneath is a distinct coffee flavour and bitterness. Finish is sharp liqourice and with a distinct bite from the alcohol. A sharp alcohol flavour and warmth keeps lingering down my throat - slight burning. Smooth at first but bites back in a for me too sharp fashion, too brutal, but I reckon this is exactly how it was intended to be.6-5-6-2-13=3.2

From bottle #9 at sk8vikings American blind tasting. Pours dark brown with lacing chocolate brown head. Light chalky and roasted malt aroma, light smoked too. Sweet initial and hard roasted malt flavour. Roasted and solid dense flavour after the initial sweetness. Warming alcohol bite before and into the finish. Light smoked finish. Sticking sweet flavour on the lips into the finish. Solid alcohol warmth in the finish.8-4-8-4-17=4.1(adopted appearance score from first rating)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is very sweet with primary notes of coffee, but also with light notes of vanilla and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet with a powerful presence of alcohol (no wonder), which burns the mouth slightly, the flavor also contains quite strong chocolate notes and lesser notes of wood, leading to a dry end. A very complex beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 (Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a creamy, light brown head. The aroma is pure alcohol with dried, sweet fruits. Very full-bodied with loads of roasted malts and some burned, ashy notes. Certainly a complex and delicate brew, but it’s simply way too excessively and stickily sweet for my palate - even for me who loves sweet, malty beers. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306 and 260708

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Black colour, brown small head. Smoky and roasty aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Sweet alcoholic and roasted malts in flavour. Also lots of coffee, caramel and plums. And off course alcohol, but unlike the other very strong Avery’s, this doesn’t remind me of glue...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of liquorice with notes of ascorbic acid. Sweet roasted flavour of liquorice and dried fruits with notes of ascorbic acid.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Very black. The aroma of slivovic (plum brandy) jumps at me as soon as my nose gets close. Sweet and syrup, dominated by highly alcoholic plum brandy. The sweetness is way over the top, and kills all flavour except from the alcohol. Like most of Avery’s strong beers it is raw and completely off balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (15578) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a black color with a tan head. Roasted malty slightly vinous aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Sweet smooth roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with some woody hints. Also some weak hints of dark fruits. Long warming slightly alcoholic finish with chocolate and molasses in the aftertaste. Very lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 <i>2008-11-02, bottled Nov ’06, 2 years old, 8-4-7-4-15=38</i>
Black color, with a huge brown head. It has a complex aroma, starting with chocolate, cocoa beans, vanilla, roasted malt, wood; only later some alcohol shows as well. It has a medium body strength, with a very strong chocolate and roasted malt flavor, some leather, roasted chestnuts; the alcohol is so strong to be disturbing. In the final the roasted malt is accentuated, carrying also a light sourness. I’m not impressed.

<i>2007-11-20, 7-4-8-4-16=39</i>
Black color; creamy head. Extremely powerful beer, but somehow doesn’t exceed, instead it mixes well the malt, the caramel, the dark chocolate, some roasted malt, light liquorice, some warming alcohol. Good mouthfeel, quite thick. Strong, long and balanced final. The aroma is a bit cheesy too, wood. Heavy beer, but enjoyable. Share it!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (13458) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Sample at EBF Copenhagen. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich and vinous with roast malt, licorice and notes of coffee.


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