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RATINGS: 1437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


Bricks' rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricks (972) - Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2011/tap. All the great qualities of a heavy, strong stout. Just a touch of odd bitter on the aftertaste.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4495) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2016
Pitch black, tan head. Aroma of malts, coffee, light porto, chocolate, caramel, coffee and molasses. Sweet malty flavour, loads of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Alcoholic finish, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate.
(from 350cL bottle @ RBBSG IV, the Hot and Sweaty edition, Gent 2015. Vintage 2014. Thanks for sharing, JefVerstraete!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axl (560) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
355ml bottle, 2014 edition, batch 10, 17.1%. Pitch black with one finger brown head. Aroma of ripe grapes, light oxidized port, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and slight tart cherry jam. Taste is rich, borderline vinous grapes, dark fruits, cherry jam, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, slightly oxidized port notes, warming, yet incredibly well hidden, alcohol and light wood. Medium-filling, yet incredibly smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and vinous slightly oxidized aftertaste intermingled with roasted dark chocolate and warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4263) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Shared bottle. Very strong and intense. Boozy, but much of the alcohol is hidden. Excellent balance for a beer this strong. Overall: like an concentrated

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GTAEgeek (1920) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2016
2006 Vintage, poured from a bottle at the 23rd Anniversary Party. Black, with a small, tan head. The nose is milk chocolate, espresso, dates, cinnamon, and dates. Very sweet flavor, with a perfect touch of bitterness. Lots of booze, but smooth and pleasant. Immense body, but a surprisingly smooth and velvety, luxurious mouthfeel. This stout is mindbogglingly delicious, smooth, complex, and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle, Batch No. 10. It poured a dark brown almost black color with a tan head. The aroma was of dried dark fruits, chocolate, cherries, caramel and booze. The taste was similar to the aroma with more booze, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and cherries. It had a medium body and low carbonation. Mighty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ahuth (317) - - JUL 20, 2016
17.1abv 2016. Bottle. Pours jet black. Smells roasty and chocolate. The plate is heavy and sticky. The taste is great. Roasty chocolate. Licorice taste. Very smooth and thick but the taste is great. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (447) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
17,1% ABV. And that is the only big downside with this beer. The alcohol taste is too dominant. Maybe it benefits from cellaring? Otherwise I love it. The palate is excatly what I want, a thick body, oily texture with moderate carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. You have aromas of soy, chocolate and roasted malt. Complex, but as I said, a bit to boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4588) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle from the brewery shared with my buddy Mick. Nutty ethanol and chocolate chip cookie dough in the aroma on a deep only black with a tan head. Rich full mouthfeel but this is hella boozy over roasty bitter chocolate, oats, toffee and tons of heat. These beasts are good but to me the high ABV detracts rather than enhances.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Pours a nice black. Coffee/chocolate and little tobacco aroma. Flavor is awesome, rich and smooth, like roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and kinda sweet. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6716) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2016
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Vintage 2007, ABV is 16%. Black colour, small tan head. Intense aroma of fusel and soy sauce, also roast malts and tar. Sweet flavour, intense malty and roasty notes, also molasses and liquorice.


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