RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Pours a thick black liquid with a creamy brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and a slight note of vanilla. Taste is very sweet and a bit abrasive. Almost like a brandy and imperial stout birthed this concoction. I picked up a slight note of smoke in the finish on this one. This one an intense beer that I would try again to see if I can pick out more flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
The pour reveals a pitch black color with a thin brown head. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee and alcohol, its appealing and makes me want to drink this beer. The flavor though, this is another story, the chocolate, coffee and alcohol are there but it is mostly very sweet, too sweet, way too sweet. The body has a light to medium thickness with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. Im not too crazy about this beer but it has some qualities and I will make sure to try it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3465) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Sampled @ Extreme Fest06. Good nose, sweet, though not as big as I would of guessed. Ripe fruit, grape & cherry, chocolate. Dark brownish black color, nice head & lacing. Bitter sweet flavor, kind of soy sauce, cocoa, coffee. Big bite. Medium body, thick oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Nice. I have a bottle to sample, just havent got around to opening yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
POD (198) - USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark black/brown with a thin head. Big fruity grape brandy-like sweet aroma. First taste was very much like a cherry cordial brandy with hints of burnt carmel and smoke. Had to take this one slow. I felt my liver quiver with each swallow. It is beyond "rich". It took me a long time to nurse this one to a finish. Only real men should dare to consume this concoction. I found it quite delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1461) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Bottled, January 2006: Pours pretty much black with a big, totally retained very dark tan colored head. Aroma is alcoholic with chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is, per advertised, rum soaked dark fruit, some chocolate, alcohol, and a very respectable bitter hop finish. This beer exhibits finesse in terms of an Avery product. Good but not unbelievable in terms of impy stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours a like used Mobil 1 with virtually no head. Aroma is outstanding. Huge sweet malts with brandy, port, charred fruits, roast, chocolate...I could go on and on. Its just so complex. First sip is a whollop of sweetness. It was overwhelming until I took a few more sips. The flavor is very strong of malts, dark fruits, roasted chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is like the Exxon Valdez wrecked in your mouth. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Very damn good stuff. I have a few stashed away for some long-term aging. This stuff could only get better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
thanks to secret santa for this. pours black with a brown head aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, oak. taste is roasted malt, chocolate coffee oak vanilla. mouth feel is thick and just slightly bitter in the end i have been waiting to try this and must say it was worth the wait. FUCKING AWSOME.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2006
This was big and crass, a classic Avery special. Loaded with pleasure-inducing features, from the port-like sweetness to the warm but surprisingly controlled alcohol, the beer was also a bit thinner than other bad boys in the Impy Stout league. Great hops helping the flavor, which wasnt that deep on the roast/chocolate dimensions, instead driving a lot of fruit, rum, and vanilla candy themes. A very interesting beer and one Id like to drink more of, but even given how much I like Impies, I was surprised with how "ho hum" I felt about it. A big thanks to Jim at Blue Max, who sold his last bottle to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Pours with a fine brown head and a thick tar black body. Aroma is extreme but still very complex. Candied sweet with obvious characters of both The Beast and Samaels (same yeast?) but also a nice roastyness to back the sweetness up and a warming alcohol note that isnt overwhelming - almost like a beer liquor. Flavor is warming from the alcohol as well, I can feel it gliding down my throat. Sweet and candied with penetrating roast and chocolate notes and a good hoppyness hiding behind the sweetness. Very chevy texture, you can really feel that this is a big one! One hell of a sipping beer and not for the weak hearted! Thanks a bunch Adam for going out of your way to get me this :-) To me, a masterpiece.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Sample at Indy tasting Dicks 96th - Aroma of alcohol, roasty dark malts, and milk chocolate. Pours black with small brown head and decent lacing. Flavor is very roasty and hides alcohol well. Wow what a tasty brew! Chocolate covered cherries and other assorted treats mix well to make every sip enjoyable. Palate is smooth and clean for such a huge brew. I need to get myself a whole one to savor and rerate.

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