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RATINGS: 1295   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
One of the most flavorful beers a I have ever come across. Poured jet black with a thin light brown head. The commercial description for this beer is a very good one. I would also add a slight smokiness that is very appealing. Alcohol is very apparent but just reminds that something great is being drank.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-1-13- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a pitch black colored beer with a tiny brown head floating atop. The small, film like head persists for quite some time with it eventually fading leaving a good deal of lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the glass the thick and viscous nature of the brew can be seen, with it clinging to the sides of the glass taking quite some time to find its way back to the bottom where gravity wants it to be. Smell – The aroma is big and bold with a strong sweet showing. Roasted and burnt malts with coffee and dark chocolate smells make for the rich dark base. The heavy sweetness is a mix of raisin, prune, caramel, and some vanilla. These dark and sweet smells combined with a strong boozy presence to give a very warming smell. Taste – The taste begins big and sweet with lots of roasted malt and some sweet chocolate, dark fruits of raisin and prune, along with some flavors caramel. Vanilla is present up front as well melding well with the sweet cocoa roasted malt. A roasted coffee flavor as well as some char and more woody hop flavors come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. As these tastes come, some of the sweetness fade a bit. Toward the end of the taste some flavors of smoke and alcohol come to the tongue. Along with these, the taste bitters quite a bit more as some bitter hop and more bitter coffee come to the tongue. The combination of all the flavors end up leaving a very roasty and slightly more bitter coffee, cocoa and hop flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather thick and chewy with a carbonation level that was rather average. The thickness coated the mouth bathing the tongue in all the intensely sweet, roasty, and even moderately bitter flavors of the brew. The average carbonation level made it rather more drinkable for a 15 + abv. beer with the combo of body and carbonation making for a nice feeling brew. Overall – Another nice big series brew by Avery. Huge on the sweet and roasted flavors with a decent bitterness and a great feel. Quite tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
0.355l bottle 2012 model from my Secret Santa, bytemensis. Huge thanks! Looks really good in the glass this one. A really jet oily black pour on this one and it has a nice thick lacing deep dark espresso brown head. It’s super toasty and roasted on the nose. A lot of espresso and cocoa powder with both sweet superb dark chocolate and some wood tones. I ALSO get traces of honey here. Lovely lovely. So much intense flavor! It not an understatement to say that it’s dark, really sweet and roasted in the taste this. As good a burned or even charred with lots of nice dark things that works well together. Strong cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, I get charred wood, sweet sticky vanilla, dried dark fruits and a super strong also burn that combines all the roasty elements. After the swallow you are left with the same flavor you get from eating good quality dark Belgian chocolate. A superb tasty mighty and powerful one. A true sipper, definitely not something you chug down! Huge thanks for the bottle! 20.04.2014

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
I found a Batch 2 (Nov 2006) in my parent’s garage along with a few other nicely aged beers. This stout held up nicely. Head is a little flat but not too bad. Big, roast heavy aroma. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, a little pepper, coffee, and molasses. Licorice finish. Still a lot of alcohol burn - it hasn’t mellowed at all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (872) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
2007 bottle, 7 years aged. Pours an inky black with a tan head. Woody aroma, of oak, malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Huge taste, bitter and sweet, of dark chocolate, malt, brown sugar, oak, coffee, lots of booze. Lingering rich brown sugar and oak. Wonderful even this old.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours black with a small tan head, resting down to a ring. Aroma is sweet with lots of cherries, liqueur filled dark chocolate, some booze. Taste has loads of liqueur filled dark chocolate, cherries, raisin, salty notes, some bitter hops and some warming alcohol at the end. Full body, soft carbonation, thick and velvety mouth feel. Warming after taste.
Massive Imperial Stout, glad to have had this one. Like drinking liquid cherry liqueur chocolate truffles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2213) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Jet black pour with tan head. Dark fruit and chocolate nose. Serious dark chocolate bitter Burning booze. pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1200) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Rate #666! 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. November 2012 bottle. Pours black with almost two fingers of tan head. Decent lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate, spices including cinnamon, dark fruit, raisins. Tastes of dark fruit, raisins, milk and dark chocolate, caramel, light roast. Full body with a dry finish. Rich and boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle (2013 Vintage). Drinking this a bit early, but WTF... here we go: Pours a sinister and impenetrable soot black, massive espresso colored head with outstanding retention and decent lacing. Nose is dark roastiness, malt, cocoa, hint of butterscotch, licorice, coffee beans. Mouth is sticky and almost syrupy sweet, chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, malt, coffee, butterscotch, a bit of soot on the back end, warmth from the ridiculous ABV. Probably would taste better with age, but not bad as it is now though. After OT in Game 7 here in Chicago, it’s gonna be Rangers vs. Kings in Final. LGR!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2009 vintage On tap 6 oz pour, pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head Thad leaves decent lacing. Smells of dark malts, dark fruit, tobacco, black licorice and chocolate. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with good carbonation. Wow what a beast. It was a nice way to kick off Stout fest and Seattle beer week.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours a nice black color. Anise, dark fruit and cocoa on the nose; all follow onto thr palate. Finishes with some roasted malt and a hint of cherry.


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