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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mephistopheles with a generous amount of coffee added.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Black. Just a ring of tan head. Smells like booze and coffee. As if someone put cognac in a dark roast. Slight pruniness? Coffee bomb. TOTALLY smooth. Silky even. Light sweetness and a bread, toasted flavor is present. After a while, alcohol becomes noticeable, side by side with lingering coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On tap at Avery Taproom. Pours a deep black with a small brown head, that quickly recedes into a thin ring. Aroma is full of roasty sweet chocolate and espresso. Big coffee flavors start things off with roasted malts in the background. Midway molasses and dark fruits sweeten things up. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors then carry through to a velvety soft finish with a full, thick mouthfeel. Not harsh at all, with just a little alcohol coming through in the taste, you’d never think it was 15%.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
On-tap at The Long Room during CCBW. Poured into snifter. A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin cap, spotty lacing. S - Coffee is right up front, followed by dark chocolate, smooth booze, some toffee, slight roast. Basically, lots of coffee and booze, both very-well done and smooth. T - Coffee beans, black coffee, dark chocolate, cream, toffee, expresso. Lots of caffeine and lots of alcohol. The 15% (which is what the menu said) is noticeable, but man, it’s still pretty damn smooth. M - Medium, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy roast finish. O - After a few sips, my face started to feel a bit fuzzy. This is one potent beer, to say the least. The alcohol is very-well hidden and the coffee notes are wonderful. This is what you order for an after dinner drink, no doubt about it. Yum!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BallmersPeak (1) - Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
He is the one who knocks, bitch. Straight espresso aroma and flavor. Even coats the tongue the same.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Draft at Capone’s. Pours jet black with minimal tan head. Nose is black patent malt, cacao, dark fruit. Tastes richm very complex, with very well hidden alcohol, and flavors of malt, cacao, some espresso, and blackstrap molasses. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of coffee, malt, vanilla, roasting, cream, and lactose. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, dark brow, creamy, dense head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, coffee, cream, roasting, sugar, and slight chocolate. Full body. Slick, viscous texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, coffee, cream, vanilla, light chocolate finish. 15.5%ABV is dangerously well hidden throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2311) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Black pour orange/tan head nice soft layer nice retention .... aroma of very fresh roasted coffee espresso like amazing aroma .... taste is caramel malt but all fresh roasted semi sweet chocolate and coffee .... espresso like with just a very light touch of anise .... finish is dry roasted and a little warming abv with a bitter hop punch that lingers a little .... very well done

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ReggieDunlap (3049) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head...nice lacing and retention...looks thick. Aroma of fresh coffee...bold and roasty...smells like a coffee shop! Flavor follows suit...bold and roasty coffee...bit of syrupy coffee sweetness...some roasty burnt notes too. Mouthfeel is full and sticky...finish has coffee and some burnt roasty notes...warming and lingering. Excellent beer for a coffe junkie like me!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2554) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Rich aroma of roasted chocolate and super thick coffee notes cut in the nose. Pours thick dark black oil in color with an awesome caramel creamy head. The flavor has more coffee than any other beer I have ever tasted. Nice roasted malty notes complement a thick but smooth body. It is incredible how there are no notes of alcohol at all!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, smoke, burnt wood, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, some fruits, and also alcohol in the finish.


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