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Bryggeriet Djævlebryg
Brewed at Stronzo Brewing Co.

Style: Barley Wine
København Ø., Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Editor’s note: Previously brewed by Djævlebryg at Brøckhouse, Hillerød, Denmark.

English: Old Mephisto is a big beer: Full, warming and intense. Old Mephisto offers balanced sweetness, roasted caramel and a rounded bitterness - all held together by the vinous character. The inviting brandy coloured Old Mephisto can be enjoyed with strong cheeses, full game dishes or on its own.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3318) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
On draft at THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA. They sure get some amazing draft beers here and this is one of them. Came in the 10 oz glass a rich deep garnet color with a long lasting beige head and very stick lacing rings. Nose of rich caramel malts, with citrus and tropical fruit very apparent. The flavor is candy bar sweet with hits of chocolate and tropical fruit. The alcohol is well hidden and it finishes with the tropical fruit. No telling what might happen to bottles of this aged but on draft it is ready now and super delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psykling (13) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Head and aroma promises strenght and warmth - and the taste sure delivers! Just one complaint: why such big glasses when served on tap? Almost too much. Taste is all strength, warming alcohol, with a bit of zinging burnt malt, butterscotch and port. Palate is almost acid-like in contact with tongue, and yet again concentrated around the alcohol. Overall, alcohol plays a central role in this brew, as in most Barley Wines - but I must say that this is the most enjoyable I’ve had in a long time, despite it’s rawness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 (Bottled) Clear, deep dark ruby color with a medium, firm and tanned head. Aroma of berries and strongly grainy maltiness. Flavor is sweetish and very grainy-malty, with berries and a touch of warming alcohol. Alcohol is well hidden. Full-bodied, but not sticky with low carbonation. Very nice, but not quite as awesome as the draught version @ EBF. But with strong cheeses, this must be a great beer! (Draught, was 8-4-9-5-17=4.3) Opaque, dark orange-brown with a smallish, firm head. Strongly grainy, berryish, fruity, sweet aroma with a bit De Dolle -like yeastiness. The flavor is very similar to my memory of Stille Nacht, with very grainy, fruity maltiness, and lots of yeast. Very full-bodied, yet somewhat drinkable. A Nordic version of Stille Nacht, I like!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Draught at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Clear deep orange with a not-over-the-top sweet dried apricot fruity nose. On the tongue it is soft and sweet but with a great minty herbal flavour to set it apart and then a hot alcohol rush at the swallow. However, even then it does not taste 10.5% and is very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2009
100ml on tap at the Copenhagen Beer Festival 09. Very inviting cognac look, deep dark amber body with patchworks on the surface. Malty sweetness lies at the heart of the aroma. Caramel maltiness in flavour. Full bodied with warming alcohol. Ale cosiness in every sip (16.05.2009).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Mostly clear, dirty orange ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Decent retention. I absolutely love the aroma of this beer. No one else seems to smell what I smell, so I guess I’m the oddball. I’m really picking up lots of caramel, of course, but also bushels of tannic tree nut shells – mainly pecans and walnuts. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor provides gobs of sweet, sugary caramel and toffee and roasted nuts. Sweet, nutty, caramely finish. Thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this world class bottle of beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
betweenparties (4) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011 does not count
When handed a glass of the Djævlebryg Old Mephisto, I instantly saw the color of the drink. It was almost purple, but that could have been from the lighting at the bar I was in. Had a nice darker head on it. Took a big sniff and got more of a fruity earthy smell. took my first taste and was very surprised as this was my first Barley Wine experience. Very hearty, smooth, and wet drink. It surprised me because it didn’t have that kick that most drinks do with that much alcohol. Overall, the drink made my night and I was very fortunate to have a chance to try this. I would recommend this drink to anyone looking for that perfect blend of smooth, great taste, with little to no aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2011
The pour is a translucent, deep garnet color with an average, beige, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves a bit of soapy lace rings. The nose is warming with rich caramel and toffee, vanilla, fruit cake, brandy-like sweetness, and hints of woodsy notes. The flavor is still quite sweet but balanced nicely with some bitter notes; still rich with toasted caramel, vanilla, and cake-like notes with vinous sherry notes, some raw oak, and some leafy bitterness. The moderate bitterness comes out more from the middle on from the oak and leafy notes with a light to moderate acidity. The palate is nearly full, slightly syrupy, chewy, and soft to lively. The beer finishes fairly long with the oak and leafy bitterness nearly balancing toasted caramel and faint sherry lingering. Maybe not the most complex BW I have tried but really the style I tend to enjoy; rich malt notes, a drinkable warmth, and a balancing bitterness. The palate worked well for me and the vinous-type notes kept the intrigue. Maybe not the prototypical type of the style but something I really liked.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Caramel aroma mixed with subtle alcoholic notes. Pours red-brown with very nice tan head. Nice initial sweet malt flavor that dries out quickly leaving a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Very smooth with just hints of the alcohol. Nice dark caramel flavor really contributes to the smoothness. This is a very good example of what a barley wine should be. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Hazy copper, medium tan head. Nutty, bisquity, and almondy malt aroma, with floral hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Semi sweet with a firm but very pleasant bitterness. Wonderful Barley Wine!


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