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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 It is by sheer coincidence that Averys Mephistopheles became my 100th reviewed beer, but the chance was a definite paroxysm if not an clat within the continuity of my recent pursuits. Acquiring this hell-born liquid was nearly as arduous as drinking it, though admittedly the latter was more enjoyable. From the crack of the cap you know youre in for something different, the heavy scents of dark malts and alcohol emanate from what seems an open wound, and as the oozing obsidian ichor drips into the glass there is no wonder remaining about this beers satanic name. The soft feathery brown head becomes disfigured by craterous formations that remain after the burst of each large bubble, developing into what seems like an asteroid floating in the dark, tar-like void. The tenebrous chocolate aroma is accompanied by a cortge of rich, deep fragrances each more potent than the previous: coffee, Irish cream, soy sauce, dried figs, red wine and rum-soaked cherries. Nearly cacophonous to the nose, the flavor and mouthfeel are surprisingly harmonious though just as vehement. The cloying syrup-like texture provides a vivid substance for the poignant and pungent mixture to evolve as every sip sleekly slips across the tongue. Anise, espresso, Irish cream and cherry liqueur share the scene in a glorious orchestral rise that smoothly diminishes to a soft finish. An impressive feat and definite success but a brew that demands an appropriately grandiose situation as its potency will be of surfeit in any other case.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Dark black with a medium dark brown head. Rich sugery aroma of roasted malt, candy, soy and dates. Flavor is really sweet and rich with raisons, dates, soy, roasted malt and licorice. Body is kind of oily and the 15% is well hidden. Raaly drinkable for a huge beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small dark brown head. Heavy fusel alcohol aroma with dates and raisins. Bitter chocolate, caramelized sugar, molasses flavors. Very hot finish with residual coffee bean and cocoa bitterness. Mouthfeel is very heavy, thick and cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Many thanks to drewbeerme for this bottle. Opaque brown-black body, medium tight ochre head. Potent, sweet aroma of honey, soy, and molasses, with alcohol and hints of almond. Starts sweet, with honey, soy, red grapes, and burnt sugars, with a sharp warming alcohol bite. These flavors subside to a long, roasty finish, a pleasant surprise in a beer of this ABV and sweetness. Heavy body, syrupy and sticky. I like the finish, which dries out the cloying sticky sweetness present at the beginning and middle of the palate. However, this beer is another case of too much sugar and soy, though the alcohol is reasonably subdued. In the bid to be extreme, Mephistopheles overreaches what it could have been. Still, this is worth acquiring and perhaps cellaring for a bit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
First off, a huge thanks to Ohio Dad for this one!! Its no secret that I love big beers, be they stouts or IIPAs or anything, for that matter. The pour was blacker than a raven, so black, in fact, that it seemed to glisten in the glass. The head was minimal, as expected, and perhaps the brownest Ive seen. The aroma was huge, with tons of dark malt, chocoff, Black strap molasses, rum-soaked plum pudding, some cherry, and some oaky bourbon. The palate was extremely dense, like molasses, throwing huge taste sensations at the taste buds. I got chocoff, dark malt, molasses, rummy black forest cake, plums, prunes, and some maple syrup. This beer is huge. The only reason I am deducting a tenth is because the final swigs get a little on the cloyingly sweet, sticky, and hot side. This is very similar to the Samaels in that regard. By way of comparison, I had an Impy the same weekend I drank this one that was a bit better holistically, and I will rate that one shortly (and that one is from Kalamazoo).

   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 (1762) - 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.

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