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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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Opaque brown-black body with a foamy, light brown head of considerable size, especially for such a high gravity beer. Rich and strong aroma of caramel, sweet chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by syrupy, underattenuated malts and potent alcohol. Also has abundant caramel plus chocolate-pancake syrup and discordant citric hop flavors. Harsh, alcoholic finish and syrupy texture leave you reluctant to take another sip. The alcohol has little effect besides your usual hootin and hollerin amid some follies with Uncle Spikes double-coil animal traps. An off-kiltered beer, easily outclassed by most imperial stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"WOw wow did they get this one right. Pour as black as can be beautiful tan head. Aroma was strong chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits were there. Flavor was of chocolate and coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. Very Very well done."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle. Black with a low brown head. Mad aroma. Thick, deep, spicy aroma of black sweetened coffee, dark malts, honey, pepper and alcohol. Huge flavour of black coffee, chocolatesauce, cherries, almond, port and honey with strong decadent notes of pure cocoa. long and thick warming aftertaste of black chocolate, alcohol, black pepper and cherries. Fierce!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (24074) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Very black. The aroma of slivovic (plum brandy) jumps at me as soon as my nose gets close. Sweet and syrup, dominated by highly alcoholic plum brandy. The sweetness is way over the top, and kills all flavour except from the alcohol. Like most of Averys strong beers it is raw and completely off balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2006 does not count
Thanks to kepano which gave it to Urbeer who was so kind to share it with lachesis and myself. Dark black dense beer with a deep brown beautiful head. Alcohol aromas of coffee cream, cardboard, rubber and smoked malts. Sweet flavours of raisins, prunes and the alcohol is very well masked. Good carbonation and extremely well balanced. Aftertaste gives drops, some candy, medicinal spices, some cloves. Sticky and dangerous brew...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Batch 2 Rating: Oh so very nice, back up to the quality of fresh batch 1. A beauty to behold, slow developing head, but really excellent retention (improved with time), excellent foamy lacing. Aroma was fruity, dark fruits, roasted malts, a touch of vinousness. The flavor was light roast and chocolate over vinous, dark fruit notes with an assertive pineapple hopping finish, far from sticky sweet, among the best of the imperial stouts. Mouthfeel was carbonated enough to keep the stickiness from being that sticky, finishing even with a hop twang. Nice stuff. Glad they rebrewed this, hopefully it keeps better than a month or two this time around. Numbers going back up and holding closer to my first experience with batch 1. Second tasting of batch 2 in a 3/07 horizontal against Speedway and Peche Mortel, this one came up a tad short, but it was still excellent. All I can say is that the pineapples are ever so present and this is stickier sweeter than Speedway, but still with a hop presence. Hopefully this batch isnt gonna crash like the first one did, although this bottle seemed a little sweeter/stickier already than the first bottle I got a month ago.

Batch 1 Ratings: Third tasting of same original batch, bottles all purchased at the same time: This beer is not aging well even over only 3-4 months. Its actually catching up (or down?) in quality with their other Beast releases, coming on strong with sickly sweetness and really hot alcohol, all hop imprints near nil now. What a disappointment, all maple sugar and soy sauce in this tasting, very disappointing. Thing is getting like Sam Adams Triple Bock blended with a bad stout. I hope these other bottles somehow improve and are only currently in a low point. Dropping my original all 9 and 10 ratings to substantially lower scores (6/7/7/5/6). Id think I was crazy if I read my initial rating on this. I wouldnt recommend buying this unless they re-release it and you get it fresh. Original tastings:Poured a dark brown-black color with a fantastic head (esp. at 15% ABV). Lacing was spectacular (esp at these abvs). Aroma was of brandy or bourbon or some liquor, some coffee and chocolate, malty sweet. Flavor followed suit with cherries and dark fruits present, and a touch of hops to balance the finish. Maybe too sweet a beer (inserted after second tasting), havent made up my mind after a couple of these. The alcohol really didnt taste like 15% and this one was impressive. Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation was moderate to low. One of the better impy stouts out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. WOW! one of my first *fancy* beers ive ever tried. initial taste was wonderful. very sweet. became harder to drink as i neared the bottom of the glass. very hard to find now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
A fine ring hovers over the opaque darkness...An alcohol volcano bursts from within the gigantic mokaccino mountain...A residual sugar trail leads to a roasting, burning forest, fueled by port wine...Very sweet, huge, yet somehow this time around I can appreciate the choice of flavors, whereas I nearly gagged on a young Samael...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Pours a dark black with an average darker tan lightly lacing head. Aroma was sweet, vinous, caramel, roast, alchol, coffee, vanill and grapes. Flavor...wow a lot going on there. An up front sweetness followed by some roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A bit too sweet overall. I have another bottle I plan to age for a while...well see if the sweetness dies out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is that of dark chocolate covered cherries, deep roasted coffee, and a slight alcohol. Initial flavor is chocolate, with a quick change to dark raspberries. Alcohol presences does not come through right away. It fades in at the tail end. The flavors are very fruity; apple, raspberries, and cherries. Mouthfeel is very silky and bold. This is very nice. Wow.

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