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RATINGS: 1415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


callmemickey's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3989) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Absolutely beautiful pour, deep black body, large mocha-brown head, dense lacing. Nose is bold roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, a bit of booze. Flavor is amped. Layers of chocolate and roast, a little smoke, some booze, caramel, coffee. Fully developed. Full bodied, moderate bitterness, smooth carbonation, nice semi-dry finish.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Jet black pour with a single finger espresso head. Aroma of raisin and some coffee. Slight yeast on the aroma as well. Huge thick mouth, chewy and syrupy. Pretty hot, might mellow out with some age. Lace present. Lots of bitter dark malt with hints of toffee, chocolate and a little nuttiness. A little fruit as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (573) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle @ parents. Appearance: pours clear black with powerful off-white creamy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and smoke nd some dark fruity notes. palette: strong roasted malty aroma, medium carbonation, full body, notable roasted sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium to distinct bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: intense and overwhelming

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (330) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2016
aroma of darkly roasted malts,coffee,cocoa,raisins other dark fruits and alcohol..dark brown around the edges only otherwise just dark,no light gets through..taste all of the aroma with big alcohol heat and just a tinge of hop bitterness..a big beer for sure so a sipper..oily slightly sticky just a tingle of carbonation..overall a really big giant Russian imperial stout go easy on this one..Ill enjoy it but itll be out of my system pretty fast I think

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (860) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Aroma - caramelized sugars, rich roast, licorice, decadent booze. Appearance - black body. The head is light brown and sets up at about 1/3" settles into a foam. Taste - big and rich flavors ~ ultra rich roast, licorice, espresso, deeply caramelized sugars., and an essence of bourbon. Palate - full bodied; thick, sticky, and slick feel; the carbonation is average; the finish is rich and abounds with alcohol and deep astringent roast.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shawnmurphy (10) - Plattsburgh, USA - JAN 12, 2016
12-ounce bottle pour of 2015 release, batch 2, at 17.1 percent. Pricey at $10 a bottle, yet a real treat well worth the cost. Held up to light, pours dark brownish-red, yet settles to a pitch black in the glass with a thick, creamy dark brown head that settles after five minutes to a gorgeous Belgian lace. The aroma is of dark chocolates, sweet cherries, and a date-fig-prune-raisin medley. Flavor is a perfect balance between sweet (first sensation) and bitter (second sensation) -- and it’s definitely both of these -- with a lingering booziness (third sensation). I taste cocoa, caramel, roasted nuts, dark fruits, and a bit of earthy ash (my wife, who likes stouts more along the lines of Guinness, said it tasted like an ashtray!), but in a good way. The Belgian yeast adds a complexity to a tradition Russian Imperial Stout. Subdued carbonation. Warmed up after 10 minutes, the mouthfeel is not as full-bodied as some imperial stouts that are chewers, yet this is definitely a sipper with its oily finish and warming alcohol. This is the perfect slow-sipper for a cold winter night by the fireplace while petting the dog and watching a playoff football game.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2781) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 January 9, 2016. Bottle at home, Vintage 2014, 17.1%.
Black with medium sized creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with a dash of ash, soy, licorice, notes of dark chocolate, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Taste is quite intense, sweet, bitter and light warming alcohol. Finish is roasted bitter with ash notes, sweet caramel and raisin notes, light alcohol burnt in the finish. Full bofied, creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.
Giod intense sweet and bitter imperial stout, slightly too boozy but a good sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quick3Beers (634) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Pours like a stout from a bottle. I like that deScription: "rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits". That’s about it right there. I suppose the bitterness and mouthfeel do contribute some espresso type of tone, but in general it’s a boozy, somewhat fruity stout. Man, I feel like I’m getting drunker with every sip. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1047) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Dry cocoa aroma, roasted malt and booze aroma. Taste is a dry cocoa, dry roasted malt and a dry boozy finish. It is not sweet or syrupy at all, very balanced in that respect. I think it is actually a strong hop finish that I was confusing with boozy. It is very dry for such a strong stout. It is the most hoppy imperial stout I think I have ever had. Almost too bitter, and the bitter along with the alcohol is an odd combination, or just too bitter. It is good, but a step below the great imperial stouts. This was 2015 version and 17.1% abv---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (194) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle 2015 batch. Pours Black with thin head. Aroma is malt and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate malt with a alchole chocolate finish. Pretty good. It’s a sipper!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexanderdahl (122) - DENMARK - DEC 22, 2015
Very dark brown, with a head that stats as long as that girl from last night: surprisingly long. Lots of dark, dried fruits in the nose and molasses. The Belgian yeast strain really Stands out. Sharp roast at first, with a sharp booze but smoothes into a caramel, bready finish. Lots of belgian Vibes here. Smoothie for 17.1% ,but Ive had equally nice beer with less alkohol.


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