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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Mephistopheles is the final installment of "The Demons of Ale" series.

Batch 1 (Jan 2006): 15.1% ABV.
Batch 2 (Nov 2006): 16.03% ABV.
Batch 3 (Nov 2007): 16% ABV.
Batch 4 (Nov 2008): 15.92% ABV.
Batch 5 (Dec 2009): 16.83% ABV.
Batch 6 (Dec 2010): 15.95% ABV.
Batch 7 (Nov 2011): 16.43% ABV.
Batch 8 (Nov 2012): 16.2% ABV.
Batch 9 (Dec 2013): 15.4% ABV.
Batch 12 (Oct 2016): 14.6% ABV

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Batch 1 bottle. Thanks to my homie RLB for giving me this an aeon ago where it has waited patiently in the fridge since. Aroma of chocolate and coffee and cherry. Poured a dark black with a creamy tan head. Flavor was a nice amalgamation of chocolate and coffee swirling with the sweetness of cherry and dark fruit. Palate is rich and creamy with a nice bitter coffee finish. This is the 3rd time Ive had this but only now have I felt it was fair to rate it. I liked it before but thought it to be too hot. The maturation of this brew has truly let its complexities meld into a fine brew. A great touch to Christmas day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Batch 1. Lots of chocholate in it, with a bit of coffee and caramel. good mouthfeel, but it was pretty hot. Wonderin if this would be better fresh, or maybe it needs to sit a while yet. Ive got another one so ill find out in another 6 months or year.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
One of the most flavorful beers a I have ever come across. Poured jet black with a thin light brown head. The commercial description for this beer is a very good one. I would also add a slight smokiness that is very appealing. Alcohol is very apparent but just reminds that something great is being drank.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
black monster, spicy nose atop heavily roasted coffee. Fizzy mouthfeel, spicy, gingery flavors akin to anchor christmas yet twice as thick, 3 times as hot, and 10 times as potent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Ross, Shigadeyo, and I drank this while chatting on AIM. Bottle from State Line in Elkton, Batch 1. I was saving this for rating 666, but I was hearing that this was oxidizing and going downhill. Pours a viscous oil brown-black with a thin chocolate brown head. Nice complex aroma of Molasses, soy sauce, sherry, and vanilla. RIch, oily and full bodied mouthfeel. Flavor is very sweet, with notesof dark syrup, licorice, raisens, plums, and blackstrap molasses. Grainy texture on the finish which has a pleasant alcohol bite along with some smoke and brown sugar. The lingering flavor that sticks at the back is molasses. Very little hop bitterness detected on my end. Unbalanced? Yes. Good? Yes. Nothing wrong with going outside the box to create a unique beer. The lack of bitterness and dominating sweetness cost a few points, but I still enjoyed this. I can see why the critics knock it. However, consider me a fan. A definite sipper that will give you a nice late night buzz if you are not careful.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3719) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
12 oz bottle from adrian910ss. Thanks Adrian! -- Bottled in JAN 2006, Batch 1. O.G. 1.142, 15.1% ABV. I decided to drink this one on this frigid, windy night to commemorate the first lasting snowfall of the season... Avery Mephistopheles Stout pours an opaque, dark chocolate brown color (not quite all the way black). It initially has a dark brown head that receeds to a thin, oily veil. The aroma is very reminiscent of port with a hint of vanilla and smoke. The flavor is extremely rich and complex, dominated by very sweet liquorice, vanilla, and molasses, with a nice smoke and charred wood character throughout the finish. Hints of various other flavors can be detected with each sip. The alcohol is superbly hidden and well integrated into the flavor. No hops or other sort of bitterness, but this beer doesnt really need it. I would have never guessed that there was 15.1% ABV just by tasting it! This beer is full bodied, thick like syrup, and super smooth and creamy. At times it almost seems a bit too sweet. Regardless, this is a great beer to sit back and enjoy for hours and was perfect for a cold night like tonight.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Thick, dark, pitch black, opaque, etc... Strong anise, dark chocolate, vanilla oaky, toffee aromas. Full bodied and oily slick. Wow, this is full. Thick slick body with a full blown burn. Raisins and a plummy, pruny flavor. Fruity. Deep dark red fruits. Black cherries and currants. Lotta burn. Lotta bang!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Bottle. Extremely thick and pitch black colour with a creamy dark like impressive head. Wow aroma is extensively complex vinous with notes of liquorish, dry fruit, candies, toffee and slight hints of coffee, chocolate, nuts, spicy, roasted and maybe even wood notes as well. What a mouth full, of course the alcohol is present but in a pleasant way. It almost results in a tingling feeling in mouth and tongue but still contains some smoothness over the feeling. Some hoppy bitterness is in there to balance the beer. Full bodied and very extraordinary. Flavour was heavy sweet, but balanced with some burned candies like bitterness. Finish is sweet and long lasting. Remarkably balanced beer. Would love to try this one again. Thanks for sampling this fantastic Imperial Stout Jeppe! Re-Rate: #9 Bottle [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Average brownish looking creamy head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dried fruit, liquorish. Over the palate came heavy alcohol and hint of smoke and bitter liquorish. Full bodied with an average carbonation and alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavor and good counter bitterness. Lingering bitter liquorish finish. 8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.1

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
This beer has a great chocolate aroma along with a very noticable alcohol.Pours dark black with little head.Very sweet flavor with some nice chocolate.Full mouthfeel with a strong alcohol burn.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2006
12oz. bottle, Jan. 06 vintage - Batch #1. Rich, sumptuous, sugary aroma of dark chocolate, candied cherries, deeply roasted malts and toffee, along with lighter nuances of cream, black walnut, old wood, dark bread and wafts of alcohol. Thoroughly impenetrable black color with a medium brown, subsiding head that nonetheless leaves an intricate galactic pattern behind. Complex and undeniably full flavor profile, with an omni-present, thickly sweet, sugary, truly dark, chocolatey and roasty malt presence blanketing the lighter notes of faint smoke, plum, vanilla, earthiness and spicy hop bitterness, also featuring a peppery, fiery alcohol character from about midpoint onwards, joining with an increasing espresso presence at the finish, which is quite powerful and lengthy. Smooth, syrupy, warming mouthfeel with a decidedly ample body. Quite a bit here in this treat to wrap your head around.


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