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RATINGS: 1345   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.


dnstone's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Sweet and syrupy flavor. Opaque black with tan head. Complex sweetness, hoppiness, and roastiness. A bit of dried fruit and molasses with a strong roasty/hop finish and a bit of an alcohol kick. Very good.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lacho (17) - USA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours very thick, like burnt oil with very little head. The high alcohol content is obvious from the start. Taste of coffee, a hint of espresso with grappa, warm on the palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (434) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2015
Shared at Dangerous Bottleshare #7. Pours pitch black with a thick, dark brown head. Aromas of raisins, coffee, dates, licorice, roast, bitter dark chocolate, dark sugar, malts. Taste is raisins, dates, coffee, licorice, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts. Alcohol is pretty well hidden on this. Not really my style of imperial stouts, but pretty darn nice nonetheless!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (1869) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle batch 10. Black with a medium sized dark brown head. The nose is alcoholic with some chocolate, sugar and some light bubblegum. Taste is sugary and alcoholic, I can feel the alcohol burn all the way down. The sugar covers it a bit, but it is still pretty hefty. Astringent finish. Flavour has chocolate cake, sugar, syrup, some kind of bubblegum/candyfloss thing, vanilla, light dark dried fruits. Full body, oily/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, heavy sweet, medium bitter, hot and harsh alcohol that gives me shivers. Strange experience; I like the flavours and want to drink it, but it is way too harsh to be enjoyable even in small amounts. Shame, I think I would like it a lot if it was toned down.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gandalf39 (105) - - MAR 20, 2015
Arôme de biscotte et de pain grillé ainsi que de houblon mijoté. Amertume très forte mais caché par une base monstrueuse. C’est très bon mais c’est trop, limite buvable, à partager!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raoul_duke (100) - - MAR 13, 2015
12 oz bottle from whole foods. 17.1% stated abv. Giant foamy nut brown head. Midnight Black. Brown sugar nose with some black bread and caramel as well. Perhaps some pepper? Some alcohol on the nose after a bit. Lactose, pepper, molasses flavoring. Some sweetness lingers, vanilla cappuccino. No alcohol present flavor wise, which is probably why it is so highly regarded. Feel buzzed after two sips.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
olsvammel (3786) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at a big tasting (Nörprovning 2015). This was a bottle from 2007. Dark malty smell with dried fruit and caramel. Similar taste. Awsome beer! I love how the sweet malts balance the roasted aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (339) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2015
10oz pour. Golden valley MN. Pours dark dark brown, basically black. No head. Nose is brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, a little nutty. Taste is sweet upfront. A little sharpness from carbonation. Some bitterness. Palate is medium-full. Frothy texture. Long boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1567) - SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Pitch brown, light head. Liquorice and dark treacley. Salty, thick dark malt and rich vibrant melted marshmallow. Smooth little bitter and little salty. Rich vanilla sweetness on the finish, drum beating vibrant linger.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2819) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Mike. Black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, chocolate, coffee, meaty. Taste of chocolate, molasses, licorice. Sweet and a little bitter. D-Lish

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (278) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Pours a deep brown brown with a slight bubbly brown head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa. Taste is cocoa, caramel and slight alcohol heat. Full bodied.


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