RATINGS: 1449   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
12 oz bottle, batch #1. Enjoyed with friends at Johns homebrewed stout unveiling. Deep, dark pour. Mahogany in color if you hold it up to the light, but its very opaque. The aroma is deep and complex, though not as strong as I imagined. Caramels, charcoal, roasted malts, dark fruits (dates & figs), port like alcohol, and very light, but sharp hop hints. The first taste gives you a big surprise! A real explosion of flavors. Most definitely a dessert beverage. Plums, dates, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, hard candy, very well hidden alcohol and barely noticeable hops that do nothing to balance this malt monster. Wow. Creamy, slick, full body. This is going to age well. Jen took her taste to the kitchen and put a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in it. The resulting beer float was rather enjoyable, though I preferred mine untainted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
A very warming stout, palate is very good and its as adark as night , Its a damn good deep dark BIG stout!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2006
12oz bottle/Batch 1 (1/2006) Black as night during a new moon. As opaque a beer as Ive ever seen. Head is tan, thick and creamy. aroma is syrupy sweet with raisin, oak and a weird mustiness. Flavor is dominated by alcohol and a little fruit, with the roastiness somewhat reserved in the background. Even though this isnt oak-aged, I get a hint of vanilla. Really is a nice beer, but its just too much. A total palate killer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Oh, way too sweet, lots of fermentable sugars left.....maybe with age this beer will get better, but I doubt it....not good at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Dark black with a big creamy brown head. Chocolate and espresso aroma is nice, but not overwhelming. Awesome taste...sweet, can definitely taste some cherries/fruit and a great espresso finish. Big on the alcohol for sure. Would mellow well after time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours a a deep brown, almost black with a thin muddy brown head. Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, currents, plums, dates, black cherry and some sort of liquor. Strong taste of chocolate, coffee, liquor, cherries, dates, and plums on a great warming body. First thing I thought of when I sipped this was to buy two or three more for keeping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Batch 1. Easily the best of the Demons series. Pitch black, slight but creamy tan head fades almost completely away. Lush aroma of liquor, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Liquor flavor, chocolate essence, black cherry, faint pepsin, a hint of wood, kahlua, and Meyers black rum. Maybe even some ruby port. The alcohol provides a pleasant heat to the whole thing. A very nice sipper, I think this one might actually be good for aging. Enjoyed this more than the numbers indicate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2006
big thanks to JimMack for this in a "doorstep neighbor trade"! the body is black, no light goes through. aroma is deep roasted malt, some dark chocolate and dark fruits like prune. I was hoping this would be a little sweeter than the samaels and less boozy. flavor is not what I expected. it was cloying sweet residual sugars, alcohol malt. so it was too sweet and also too boozy. I am just not an avery fan. carbonation is tingly from the vodka-like bite. hot, some prune and carbonized sugar. must say I am glad that avery has now dispelled their "demons" series. Id rather have a DFH WWS.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Honestly, I was terrified to try this. I was afraid since there was so much hype that it would not live up to expectation. I was wrong. Appearance: jet black with dark tan fluffy head that lingers, but diminishes. The aroma was absolutely amazing. Dark fruits, raspberry, strawberry,cherries, peach, almost like a belgian strong. Some dark and milk chocolates, some light espresso, and alcohol like whoa. Raspberries, cherries, and chocolate pop out at you, with marshmellow and vanilla goodness to follow. Theres quite a pungent alcohol flavor with a little burn. Some hints of licorice and nice strong espresso punch, with some butterscotch and just a tad bid of peach and apricot. The mouthfeel is completely velvety smooth. Theres nothing bad about this. Very very sweet. With some age, this is easily my perfect 5. Unfortunately, it does need the age to kill some of the alcohol burn/sweetness/bite/acidity. I cant wait to get another one to age. (Which will ironically be the first beer I have ever sought out to age.)

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