RATINGS: 1454   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quevillon (3024) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting. Couleur rouge mga fonce. pas pire collet. Arome de caf alcoolis trop fort. Got de caf doux et arrire got dalcool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Sweet, prune, raisin aroma. Beautiful pour, with a black body and light brown head. Feels full and great in the mouth, nice creamy body, a little syrupy. Taste is very sweet with prunes, caramel. Incredibly delicious, but my complaint is it seems to be a bit too focused on the sweetness. Overall nice beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27315) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of liquorice with notes of ascorbic acid. Sweet roasted flavour of liquorice and dried fruits with notes of ascorbic acid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (4060) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 (Blind rating at sk8vikings.) Pours black with a nice foamy head. Very sweet with fruity aromas of honey dew melon. Also lots of coffee with notes of chocolate and prunes. Full bodied. Nice high hops profile. A bit too sweet and strong. Long alcohol finish. For me, this one would not be enjoyable to drink alone (12oz). Its very nice, and all, but a wild mixture of heavy bodied sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Demonic charcoal black, syrupy look and with a quickly fading head. Hugely sweet and syrupy molasses, anise, chocolate, zinfandel plummyness and earthy nose. Explosive alcohol presence as it warms is accompanied by a lip smacking sweet kiss that is as sticky as any amaretto out there. I could make a list of the numerous flavors hinted at here, but Id rather just state like many others before me that this is hugely concentrated, certainly a chemical feature and technical beauty, but not something I would want to drink a whole bottle of, not once every decade. It is certainly nourishing, but caricatures what many other fine drinks already do quite well, be they polish meads, ports or ice ciders, playing sweetness on the delicious level. It just doesnt seem to work as well with the cerealic nature of malt as far as Im concerned. The archetypal disagreement between ratebeers general opinion and mine. I dont really get how this differs from every big Avery out there. I respect their pushing the boundaries philosophy, but their pull toward massive sweetness fails to seduce me. The claimed balance just seems to systematically miss the meeting with my tongue. The mouthfeel is immensely filtered and feels artificially sweet. Seems to try to be a darker JW Lees with added shot of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2006
black. aroma: very sweet, malty, chocolate, some vanilla taste: very thick and chewy, sweet, some roast, cherry and a bit vinous, chocolately, with a strong bitter finish with warm alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (12556) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 do you know when you can be sure your steppparents like you ? Its when they bring you a Mephistopheles Stout from Washington DC back to Europe ! - pours a pitch black colour under a little, brown tainted foam; a stupendous, rich and complex aroma invades the nose: dried fruits (mainly raisins), alcohol, anise and wood escort the strong notes of black chocolate; roasted but not too much; thick and enormously tasty, very sweet and full-bodied, strong bitterness; long creamy, toasted chocolatey finish with hints of cherry, licorice and molasses and a huge warming alcohol kick - this stuff is gigantic, excessive, too sweet and definitely lacking of balance but I love it !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36494) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is very sweet with primary notes of coffee, but also with light notes of vanilla and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet with a powerful presence of alcohol (no wonder), which burns the mouth slightly, the flavor also contains quite strong chocolate notes and lesser notes of wood, leading to a dry end. A very complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2006
#1240: Pour is black with a thin dense brown head...smell is sweet with alcohol, some earth fruits, strong yeast and roastiness...taste is sweet with alcohol first, then lots of roasty chocolate, but then the sweet alcohol is back...I think everyone has lost their mind...Bells 7000 is another imbalanced Impy, but nowhere near as imbalanced as this...dont get me wrong, this is good, but it is too hot, and I dont think it is a hot that time will fix...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 1, 2006
2006 bottle. Black as hell with a small, brown swampy fully diminishing head. Looks like a glass of obsidian. Aroma of molasses, licorice, coffee, carob, rotting wood, dark chocolate covered cherries, and way too much alcohol. Harshly sweet in the fore and all the way through. Some caramel and burned nuts, more licorice. Oddly, I detect the distinct and delicate flavor of rose water - odd that it could survive in this cauldron of death. This was a great novelty beer, but ultimately not nearly worth all the hype.

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