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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
Batch 12 (Oct 2016): 14.6% ABV

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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
Poured pitch black with a brown head. Raisin and dark fruit aroma. Very sweet. Creamy chocolate, roast malt and dark fruit. Rich and complex. Maybe a bit too sweet, but I love sweets.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
migwell (358) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Oh my god... read the label before pouring the stout! This is Batch 10, and the fine print indicates an ABV of 17.1%! Ouch. Well, a few sips cant hurt. Poured into a big Sammy Smith nonic, the chocolate colored foam filled the glass. Aroma of... wow, got me to finally read the label it was so strong. Chocolate, alcohol, molasses, vanilla... you could get a buzz just sniffing this. Im pretty sure that this is the strongest ale Ive ever had. The foam receded to a small film. Flavor of pretty much everything you could imagine in a high alcohol stout, dark fruits, dark sugars, alcohol, wood, chocolate, tobacco... Holy smokes, I need a seatbelt on my barstool. This sips smooth and very complex, but the finish is a tad harsh due to the high alcohol content. Theres obviously a boatload of sugar in this, and perhaps thats what is registering on my bit too much radar. Still, quite a remarkable and well made brew. Devilishious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (1067) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2017
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle [batch 12 (Oct 2016) - 14.6%]. Black with tan head. Creamy sweet milk chocolate with syrupy light dried fruit and bitter roasted finish. Alcohol is very noticeable and gets in the way of the flavours.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (4854) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2017
12 oz Bottle, Batch 8 from Darrel at 2017 RIS tasting. Finally one that blew my hair back. Black, slick pour, sparse tan head. Slightly sweet aroma leads into a full, robust taste that overwhelms. So tasty and smooth, that you dont notice the 16.2% ABV except for some gentle warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (1002) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/9/09. I would have rated this one much higher but the alcohol is just too overbearing in the aroma, and flavor columns and therefore the overall score is lower as well. It started out nice with aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate and alcohol. Flavors were similar with a sweet chocolate start, dark fruits, licorice and espresso finish, and then the alcohol took over. As it warmed the only thing i could taste was alcohol. It was a good beer but a little less alcohol and it would have been great

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1535) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2017
355ml bottle from Elizabeth Station. Bottled on Oct-2016, batch #12, 14.6% ABV. Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is some berries notes, roasted malt, slightly smokey with some mazut-ish notes. Taste is sweet, oily, with roasted malt, leather and booze notes. Sweet, dark fruits, smokey and mazut-ish aftertaste. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rustbucket0873 (458) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2017
2015 Pours black with trees head that last for along time. The aroma is coffee, chocolate. The flavor molasses, caramel, dark malt, and alcohol. But after, bit through. Over all body is thick and a little goes along way.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (4410) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2017
Bottle, brought back from Denver. 2012 vintage, 16,2%. Pours a jet black beer with quite a big head on top, that settles fairly quick into a small layer of beige foam around the edges. Aroma of booze, licorice, dark red fruits, vigs and plums with very much booze. Flavor is strong and sweet, full and rich, very alcoholic and strong. Not that much else going on, mostly overpowering boozyness. The fruits disappear, the caramel disappear, all returning on a strong and boozy palate. Slightly burning mouthfeel, softly carbonated and a bit messy, yet very impressive to drink this..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1612) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 27, 2017
Black color. Big , brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, molasses and dark fruits. Heavy sweetness in taste balanced by biting, roasted bitterness. Flavors of coffee , dark fruits and chocolate. Warming alcohol at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6665) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2017
Aroma is grapes/dark fruit, dark malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/grapes, dark malts, earthy and first dry and then acidic in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (1468) - Bled/SF, - APR 5, 2017
From K & L Wine Merchants Sf@ 12oz bottle release 2016 with 14.6% abv. Pours black, oily, with creamy brown diminished head, with good lacing as a ring on the edge of a glass. Aroma: intense roasted grain, dark chocolate, gentle smoked, peated, cacao, coffee nibs, dark fruit esters, port & red wine, molasses, licorice. Flavour just follows aroma in intensity with slightly astringent, typical for a red wines, dry finish and slight bitterness from roasted grain. Body is thick, texture smooth, carbonation is moderate.


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