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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
On tap at Midnight Breakfast, poured black as night with thick creamy dark tan head, laced well and stuck around well as well. Aroma came out without putting the nose up to the glass, big rushes of espresso, coffee grounds, balanced nicely by dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt. Taste was smooth and somehow balanced at 15%, nice creamy mouthfeel with ample carb to push it through the palate lended tastes of big espresso bean and coffee, some dark cocoa, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, big molasses and roasted malt finishing with a hint of heat but not in a bad way. Lived up to the hype for me, fantastic big brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7585) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 On tap at falling rock. Pours a pure black hue with a medium brown head. A sweet vanilla and coffee nose, rich chocolate. Very rich chocolates, coffee, milk, roast, smooth as hell. Awesome. This is one case where the coffee works, and in a big way. This beer is very smooth and drinkable. 15.5% can be drinkable certainly. Damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Nose is coffee and some chocolate and wood. Very dark, but some light gets through the edges. Creamy head. Big coffee and a bit of dark chocolate on a long finish. Body was a bit thinner than I expected. Alcohol definitely shows through a bit on the nose as it warms and in the back of the throat. Little out of balance in that regard, but terrific beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap at Avery Anniversary Party 8/7/11. Color is a deep solid black with a thick tight brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. It has a full body that gives a rich sweet mouth feel that goes down with crisp. Flavor jumps out with deep roasted coffee, big chocolate and a hint of oak. After taste has a nice bitter bite and a touch of Alcohol. Overall this is just an amazing brew, I wish they would bottle it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Draft at Varga Bar. Pours pitch black and complete opaque with faint mahogany edges and a one finger frothy mocha head. Good retention slowly fading into to lasting ring. Spotty chocolate colored lacing left behind. Roasted coffee and dark malt aroma with lots of roasty espresso and toast but not burnt smelling. Hints of sweet chocolate, nut, oatmeal and subtle booze. Smells like really roasted chocolate coffee. Chewy viscous body with a blast of smooth roasted coffee up front that lingers over the roasted malt notes into a lingering dry finish. Smooth coffee flavor that is roasted wihout being acrid or burnt. Countered by hints of toast, dark choc, oatmeal and nuttiness. Subtle lactic creaminess with faint sweet booziness in the finish. Abv very well masked with little heat in the back end and faint warmth in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31464) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, and coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes alcohol, malt - both sweet and roasted, vanilla, and alcohol, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
Handbottle 18 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours an opaque pitch black with a thick and creamy brown head. Intense aroma of hard roast malt, coffee, dark dried fruit and booze. Solid body, sweet heavy roast, again pruney dark fruits and a warming alcohol finish. Very delicious actually. 180611

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
18 cL handbottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is solid coffee herbal, dark roasted malt and slight chocolate. Sweet, chocolate, liqourice, coffee and thick dark malt. Bitter and lingering dark sweet flavoured. Ends roasted malty and coffee flavoured.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap at Kraftwork for Avery day, this is the barrel aged version of mephistopheles with a generous amount of coffee added. Pours a deep cola color with small to medium khaki head. Lacing is very impressive...barely see my glass behind the film of brown stickiness. Aromas of roasted nuts, smoked malts, charred toffee, tons of coffee beans and chocolate bar. Taste is scary drinkable and layered for the 16.3% alcohol. how do they get a beer like this to give off such minimal heat? Other notes of mollases, bourbon, smoked malts, vanilla bean. This beer reminded me of a boozier kbs from founders. Cheers to Adam Avery for this homerun of a brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Draft at Long Room. I saw this and couldnít resist it. Iím not super keen on the original Mephistopheles but itís alright. This one was damn awesome. The bitterness of the coffee really cuts through the booze and adds a solid balance that isnít really in the original. Pours quite syrupy with a dissipating head. Nose is boozey, but not as much as I would have thought. Coffee and roast dominate. On tasting, a great balance between all of the alcohol and the coffee. It really drinks amazingly clean and easy for what it is. Iím very impressed.

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