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RATINGS: 1448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 462   ABV: 15.4%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Thick black beer with a thick brown head on top. Nose is powerfull, and complex. Rich hints of coffee, cocoa, and burned caramel. Also hints of spices, wood, rubber, hops, and dry exotic fruits. The taste is rich with a succulent roundness of burned sugars, mocca, and bitter chocolate. Alcohol is giving a generous warmth in the afthertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Consumed drunkingly at the Brickskeller on 11/25/06, 5th brew of the night. This beer tasted nice but I shouldnt have ordered it after a bomber of Lagunitas GnarleyWine but whats done is done. Pours black as night with any head. Smokey 2.0 nose, is what I wrote in my notebook, which Im guessing means it was pretty smokey. On the second smell I didnt get much of anything. The taste has a bourbon alcholic heavy front with a nice sweet rounded middle and a warming alchol close which moves down the throat. Its a serious stout, not up there with speedway or expedition but pretty damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Dusky aroma full of freshly mulled unripe juniper berried in coarse vodka with an edge of single estate Ecuadorian chocolate, with some dusky deep pants. Deep dark chocolate pour, with a coffee and cream head. Flavor is the most ridiculously power packed punch. Im surprised how easy it is for me to recognize the distinct character of the brewers yeast, in a sultatory sugary and planty presentation. The intense pack carries both a sweeping cream of bourbon vanillas and a rich deep oak char, followed by characterful fruit, yet its so cloyingly sweet I cant believe it. It blows me away. The palate falls away as almost unattenuated and slightly too hot, but the alcohol carries this incredible nutty profusion over the currents on a bright profusion of intense dates, apricots and cherries. All around some of the most intensely packaged beer. Even the juniper comes through, before flourising out in an intensley packaged presentation, with a fresh hop finish. Wow on the flavor. For 15% it doesnt do too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
12 oz. bottle, bottled Jan 06. Poured black with a tan head that stayed as a thin layer on top of the beer. Aroma of sweet dried fruits and some booze. Very sweet brown sugar flavor, alcohol is apparent, and just a hint of a bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle, thanks Rick) Pours dark drown yo black. Dark dried fruits, raisins, cherries and roasted malt in aroma with rum and some alcohol. Salty and a bit sweet nose with cocoa hints. Grate taste! Big roasted and sweet flavour with brown sugar. well balanced. Fiery and a bit peppery. Salty with some liquorice. Thick, complex mouthfeel. Big body. Balanced afterbitterness. Extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3858) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2006
[-05 Bottle. Thanks Kramer] Black colour. Brown head. Rum aroma with hints of tar. Huge, fiery mouthfeel with a big sweetness. Tarry with alcohol notes. BIG flavour. Peppery and and pretty big on the alcohol. Good long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle. Bottled Jan 06, Batch 1. This beer pours a deep brown, almost black, with a consistency of a light oil. The thin brown head develops, and fades, slowly. Despite being one of the highest alcohol content ales, the aroma of alcohol is well masked. The aroma is a sweet malt, with a black coffee bitterness. But, the alcohol is present and you can almost feel it in your lungs when taking a deep breath. The beer is sweet, with a tangy fruit flavor hinting over the malt and alcohol. The finish is is a bit long and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle, approximately 8 months after purchase.

Pours a rich deep black wth a small tan head. The aroma is simply massive, right up there with the biggest Ive experienced even on an imperial stout. The dominant aroma is a deep roasty malt chocolate, with powerful plum wine coming in right underneath and a vanilla oakiness throughout; I also get a bit of soy saunce and, of course, a ton of alcohol on the nose. Its certainly an intense aroma, and a relatively nice one, though I could do without that alcohol blast and perhaps with a bit more subtlety.

Unfortunately, the flavor is just way too sweet. I realize that the brewery has aimed at a sweet cordial taste, but it catches me by surprise even after the aroma. In addition to the sweet chocolate, we get plenty of cherry, again some vanilla, woody notes, hints of whisky, grapes on the finish.

The mouthfeel is both sticky and hot; overall it does not impress though it definitely conveys the message that this is a high-gravity beer.

In the end, Im didnt particularly enjoy this one. One 4 oz snifter was enough for one night (compare with some of the other imperial stouts, where a 22oz bomber doesnt seem nearly enough!) and the sweetness ruined it for me. The 15% alcohol seemed to hurt more than it helped, and Im left thinking that there are probably a dozen Imperial Stouts available locally that I would prefer to drink if given the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
As extreme a beer as I have had in a while. A pronouced malty sweetness dominates the aroma, though the alcohol is there. Hints of dired fruit and toasted fennel leave a hint of what is to come. On the palate, the magnitude of this beer becomes apparent. Oily texture, with a sweetness dominate the front notes, the bitterness only plays a backing role. Will be interesting to taste this beer in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6056) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Pours close to oil black with a soapy deep brown head. The aroma has a mix mainly of deep roasted malts and alcohol warmth. There is also dark fruits and red wine impressions as well as some vanilla and dark chocolate. Thich rich mouthfeel that is velvety and syrupy and not much carbonation to speak of. Taste is like roasty syrup. There is some brown sugar, mollases, vanilla, dark fruits and some vanillas along with the vineous aspect from the aroma. The finish definitely has some warmth to it, but not too much considering it is 15.1%.

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