Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Avery Tasting Room poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of cherries, bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of sour cherry, bitter chocolate, light oak, light vanilla, light spice and a hint of licorice with a smooth dry lingering fruity finish.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2008 GABF week @ Avery. Black as night with an almost reddish hue to it. Faint head that yielded a phenominal chocolate sour cherry aroma. The Lee’s barleywine left a super sweet candy tinge to the aroma as well. Amazingly rich body that’s exceptionally sweet without being cloying. Wood, burnt malts, cherries, and candy sweetness intermingle in one of the best flavor’s I’ve ever tried.
3fourths (8800) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 2008 GABF week @ Avery. Pitch black, thick like motor oil, with a dark tan sustained head. The sour cherry character in the nose is wonderful - very rich, tart, dry, tannic, a really nice mix of medium to mild sour cherries with a more heavy chocolate, coffee and roast quality. Viscous and thick, decadent chocolate all over this thing - rich and bitter bakers chocolate, a lighter note of the tart cherries... and of course it’s seriously boozy and hot throughout, but it really, really works. The overbearing sweetness of the regular Mephistopheles is cut into very well by the dry, tannic wood and the tart, tannic - and slightly creamy - cherries. Rich and sticky throughout with a slight sweet turn in the finish. I’ve never been a fan of Mephistopheles, but this version is surprisingly good. This is what they should have done in the first place.