obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival: Strong coffee nose, with chlorophenols underneath. Black pour with a thin brown head. Espresso flavor, with a chocolate finish.. Alcohol very evident and magnified. Despite the fact that I like coffee and coffee infused beer, I did not enjoy this very much.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft brewvival. Okay I want to first start of by saying that I strongly dislike the standard version of Mephistopheles. I think its a hot cloying mess. With that being said some people really eat up the under-attenuated stouts, its just not my thing. So onto meph-addict.. Thick viscous dark pour with a thin tan head . Nose is punch you in the face coffee. Flavor is much of the same. The coffee really improved a mediocre base beer. Alcohol well masked
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. I have really been looking forward to this beer after reading about it and it did not disappoint.... One of my favorites at the festival for sure... there are so many amazing things happening with this stuff - pitch black pour with a nice rocky tan head - doesn’t get any better.... Huge coffee / espresso nose - I could really smell this beer all day.... would be a great way to start the morning as well (except for the 16% alcohol)... slight vanilla notes linger... huge roasted malts flow through the body along with a deep coffee bitterness. Solid finish with a touch of alcohol heat - the coffee really knocks it down compared to the standard Meph... by far my favorite coffee beer - really easy drinking for 16%... A++
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at Brewvival. nothing like starting out the day with a massive 16% coffee blasted impy. pours a sludgy black with a huge, thick, dark brown head sticky lace. aroma is amazing with huge roast coffee, espresso, cocoa powder, sweet malts, and more coffee with a hint of wood and dark fruits. flavor is absolutely delicious with rich, sticky dark chocolate, massive coffee, and huge dark fruit notes with a hint of bourbon, leather, and leafy hops. palate was slick, rich, lightly carbonated and boozy...the perfect way to start out a fantastic festival.
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2009.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain/nuts, dark chocolate), with notes of vanilla and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
It’s amazing how much difference there can be in coffee-infused beers wrt the coffee aroma itself. And let me tell ya, that can make or break the beer in a big way. Sometimes the coffee smells like stale, acrid, bile-laced grounds, completely ruining the beer. And sometimes, as is the case here, it is a heavenly aroma that is rich and roasty and nutty. Even though this is a one-trick pony for the most part, oh what a pony!
deafie (1) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this beer at the Avery Taphouse. Very tasty. Coffee lingers around on the tongue like crazy.
Overall very nice.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ BSAF 2009. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, lots of roasted malts, some dark fruit, and more coffee. Flavors are sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. Tasty stuff.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorites from the 2009 Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Wonderful nose ... I could smell it and be happy for hours. Thick and rich on the tongue, like motor oil. Extremely rich and roasty, with elements of black coffee, sludgy molasses and dark chocolate. Thankfully, a high dosing of hops followed. Heavy grass and pine and dark fruit. Espresso weaved in and out of everything. Lip-smacking sweetness lingered on the lips, complemented by resinous hop oils on the tongue. I need to try this again ... just might give it a 5.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Black color. Heavy roast & coffee aroma. Port, almond, roast, intense coffee, char and chocolate. Very complex, a lot going on. The coffee element combined with the extra maturing time made this beer quite tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours opaque with an average, frothy, dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, toffee, burnt grain), average hops (flowers, perfume, grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke, tar, wood, alcohol, raisin, date, and prune. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a dry-spicy finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Please bottle this one too!