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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bro brought this up from Orlando. probably the thickest blackest beer ive ever had or seen. dark brown head. Aroma, strong roasted malts, ripe fruit, cherries, and mocha. taste is similar, very sweet, smooth and thick. sooo good. wish i could get this in Maine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 jan 2006 bottle. jet black with thin brown head. extremely rich and chocolatey; its creamy and roasty. overrated; good, but not anything out of ordinary. it does hide alcohol very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle. Well this did not disappoint. Pours almost black with a nice brown head that dissipates slowly. Very strong aromas of coffe and malts and a hint of toffee. Flavor is sweet, with tones of roasted malts and caramel. Very thick body, very sweet finish, I could not really notice the alcohol. In fact this is very similar to the DFH WW Stout. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 12 oz bottle (bottled Jan. 2006, Bach 1 Alcohol 15.1% by Volume): gigantic frothy light chocolate head, that eventually bubbles into a thin, rocky film. Dark, blackish red body; opaque. Fairly wicked, hot-alcohol aroma mixed well with dark, juicy black cherries, rich chocolate, and a fairly strong hop bitterness. Tar, currants, burnt raisins and oak take a back seat, but show through as it warms. Overly sweet, mushy cherries and plumsthe sugar is left all over the lips, tongue and sides of the mouth. Palate is a creamy, but surprisingly thin and the rich chocolate and hop bitterness is quickly lost in the sweetness. Pretty tasty, but the residual and lasting sweetness is a bit muchnice job hiding the alcohol though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle, bottled on Jan 2006. Pours an opaque black with brown highlights with a creamy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is musty, sweet, slightly sour fruitiness and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is a big burst of extremely sweet candy-like sugar that dominates. Theres some slight sharp alcohol (but it is rather well hidden by all the sweetness), and also some dark fruits. A little roasted bitterness tries to pop its head out at the end, but is quickly smothered by sugars. As it warms, more alcohol and anise comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, this definitely didnt live up to the hype. Its drinkable but way too out of balance with all the sugary sweetness. Way too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 12, 2006
Bottled in Jan. 2006. Batch number one. Poured out a deep, dark, chocolate brown, with a huge mocha colored head. Aromas are of rum soaked, chocolate covered cherries right off the bat. Espresso coffee, toffee, slightly sour malty flavors. Thick body, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Strange fruity aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but burns your gut when swallowed. A very good RIS, IMHO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 10, 2006
12 oz bolle, dated Jan 06, Batch 1. Thanks to The_Epeeist! Black with a nice brown head that never goes away. Nose is pungent, complex - fruity, with prune, black cherry, chocolate, grape - almost cordial in nature, with a pleasant sweet roastiness. The flavor is very bold - sweet black cherry, light prune, chocolate liqueur. Definate alcohol warmth in the gullet. Body is thick, oily. It will be interesting to see how this matures.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewNgenes (1) - Brentwood, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006 does not count
Sampled this at room temperature. Pours an inviting black, with a generous head for the alcohol content. The nose offers overpowering alcohols that mask an undercurrent of candied fruits. The full bodied palate displays the flavors in a Disney-like parade, one-by-one: dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, soy, and alcohol. All wrapped-up in palate fatiguing sugary coating that just wont finish. Despite my misgivings about this beer in its current state, it is obviously clean and well made. Based on my experience with Barley Wines, this beer has huge potential in a year or two as the sugars mellow and the flavors begin to integrate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Dark, thick, opaque black colour with a nice tall head. The aroma on this was so inviting I ended up with foam on the tip of my nose! Lost and lots of dark fruits with a hint of alcohol. At 15%, I certianly wont dock points for it. This is very thick and sticky with a ton of sweetness. Dark sweet fruits just explode in my mouth, theres some chocolate in there, and maybe a bit of brown sugar. This was fantastic, and caused me to pull out a year old bottle of expedition to compare. I prefered the more roasted flavour of the expedition, and would only suggest that this gets its sweetness balanced out with some of those dark roasted flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Bottled Jan 06, Batch 1. Pours jet black with a thick light brown head. Strong red wine, dark fruits, roastiness and alcohol in the nose, intense. Whoa, very sweet and massive tasting. Flavor is heavy on the side of robust red wine and dark roasted chocolate followed by notes of plum, raisin, rum, dark cherries, molasses/brown sugar and roasted malt. Cant figure out which hops were used in this. Very syrupy with a warming alcohol finish. Very full, round and lush on the palate with subtle carbonation; this ones a sipper. Overall, a well-crafted, complex brew - just too much on the sweet side for me.

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