RATINGS: 1453   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 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle shared with after4ever. Pours an opaque blackish brown with a thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate cherries. The taste is very sweet (maybe a bit too sweet) with molasses, chocolate, prunes, that somehow gets to a reasonably dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2006
12-oz, courtesy Tever--and thank you! Pours deep black with another comically massive dun-colored head. Gorgeous. Humongous maple notes on the nose and they carry right through to the palate. Coming right after the Expedition as this did in our tasting this afternoon, this seems comparatively thin, but its still an enormous beer, its just that its so intensely sweet. Yummy but hard to know when Id be in the mood for a whole bottle of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Bottled Jan. 2006. Aroma is vineous, caramel, sweet fruits. Flavor is vineous, wine-like, but in the end it is just to insanely sweet. Way to much overload on the palate. One of the most expensive and strangest drain pours ive had yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Pours black as night with a thin tan head. The aroma smells very sweet, choclatey, coffee, dark fruits, and some alcohol burn. This beer looks, smells, and tastes huge. The first sip when my glass was still pretty cool was very sweet almost overwhelmingly. It coated my mouth. l believe if they made it any less sweet the alcohol would be way too prominent though. Very roasty and coffee flavor. This is a very good beer. The sweetness usually does not bother me in beers but this is the first beer i have had that is definitely too sweet, i would struggle to drink an entire bottle of this that is why i am glad i split it with a friend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil, a very dark black with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma is strong, full of different things. I can smell mostly strong malts of the roasted variety, coffee, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Flavor is very complex. Flavors are all over this beer, upfront I can taste fruits, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. All these flavors finish with a sweetness of the alcohol kicking in. Now the alcohol is not overbearing by any means to my tastebuds but it is quite noticeable, but how can you tone down 15.1% ABV. A very interesting and delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nimbleprop (8076) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 It poured like oil from the bottle, thick and oily looking with a brown head that settled like a true stout. The aroma was wild, nose like a glass of wine, piney, sweet smelling, no hint of hops. Flavor is sticky sweet, you can really taste the cherry and grape. Chocolate notes. You can barely taste the malt and it surprisingly has no roasted taste. The mouthful is overwhelming, no heat, but you can definitely sense the heavy alcohol in this. The finish is clean, flat thick, sweet. Amazing beer. Doesnt look like a beer, taste like a beer or feel like a beer. This is truly something else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle - Many thanks to jonboy32818 for this one!
Deep black, creamy head. Pours like oil. Tiny brown head. Aroma of strong malts (liquor, roasted). Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour. Very heavily bodied. Nicely well balanced flavour, the only downside is the alcohol. You taka sip and think oh, thats a nice flavour, but then the alcohol suddenly pops which is not so nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2006
this is a great beer! its huge. great complex taste. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, fruit. the alcohol is noticable, but how hard is it to completely hide 15.1% abv. poured with little to no head. sipped down nicely. i had one beer afterwards, then fell into a deep sleep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks illinismitty. Pours with a black body topped by a thick head with some lacing. Its sweet and malty with a smokey, roasty note, a little vanilla and notes of soy and teryaki sauces. It reminds me of beef jerky. Full bodied, warming and smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle. Looks mean, almost black in colour, tanned head. Super sweet aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate, slight caramel and nut characters, then a sweet and roasty, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, and very sweet, way too sweet for me. Alcohol is noticeable, but i would have guessed it may have been lighter. Too sweet in the end.

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