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Old Mephisto - Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

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87
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-16-2009

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 38
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sherry fruit nose with a suggestion of vanilla and chocolate. Pours brilliant dark chocolate brown under a 2” off white rocky foam cap that produces excellent lace. The dance of dry and sweet on the palate suggests a bourbon filled chocolate with rich malts, vanilla, faint chocolate, sherry and a hint of dark fruit playing back and forth. The bitterness on the finish is more unsweetened chocolate than citrus rind. Very fine carbonation and a body that is lighter than the flavor or alcohol would suggest.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +2.3%

(no date on the bottle - poured into a balloon in 2 stages)

A: open-spongy, creme-hued foam... chill-hazed deep-orange liquid... notable amount of sediment in the final pour

S: big, dark caramel (malt) lusciousness... prune, tobacco, and maybe date... bit of estery fruitiness... booze is a bit squashed under the weight of the malt... musk and leather... did I mention caramel?!... in total: wood polish and malt syrup

T: alcohol definitely shows up much more on the first sip - floral tinge... big, American-style, nutty, nearly-cakey malt constitution... hops perhaps there to balance with a mildly herbal bitterness, but not pungent in any sense... when the yeast was poured in - nutty... sugary sweet leavings

M: definitely some chewiness here... very long, nectary finish - the residual dextrins slide back and fade away, leaving a comforting glow in the pit of the throat, down to the mid-thorax... full-bodied+...

O: hefty barley-wine - you get a lot of each here - perhaps a first runnings method used here? who knows?

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 9 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. A dark reddish bronze barleywine with an ample beige head, featuring moderate retention. Smells like strong toasted caramel and stewed red apples, sweet and fruity with some citrus lemon rind and a rock candy sweetness. Fantastic aroma that well captures the style. Palate is strongly malty, with some fruity and bitter elements. Mealy pears, tart red apple skins, and caraway seed dance atop raisins, leather, oilseed, and walnut meat, with the red fruit sweetness gathering traction as one acclimatizes to the earthy bitterness. Quite well carbonated for the style which accentuates the fruity effect and of moderately thick body. Finishes bready and sweet, with some earthy hops lending a tannic feel. Not as "vinous" as the label suggests, although the yeast-derived fruit notes do manage to keep neck and neck with the rich malts. Kind of a quintessential "English" barleywine, sweet and malty with ample dark and orchard fruit character. The alcohol is well hidden. Leans toward the latter as opposed to the hoppier and more bitter sectors of barleywine nation.

Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark purple/red with no head.

S: Red wine, grapes, and maybe some oak in the nose.

T: Malt, vanilla, caramel, a touch of alcohol and some dark fruit.

M: Full bodied, smooth, perhaps even flat,but the alcohol has a kick to it that seems to make up for this, just not in a very good way.

O: This is a great barley wine, and I'd love to try a barrel aged version (particularly Elijah Craig 18 barrels).

Photo of DIM
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark, hazy, ruby tinted mahogany; pours with a big sticky head.

s: Lots of rich smelling caramel and raisins; kind of quad like, minus the yeast. A little chocolate and some rummy booze.

t: Sweet overall, but not cloyingly so. Lots of sugary raisins and caramel up front plus a little molasses up front. Not much of a finish, this ends a bit abruptly.

m: Big and sticky.

o: Good stuff, but doesn't live up to the price tag.

Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very murky chestnut brown color. Some minimal off-white bubbles formed.

(S)- A subtle underlying nutty roastedness throughout. Tons of caramel and toffee amidst raisin and a resin-like bark aroma.

(T)- It is heavy on the caramel, but not overly sweet. It has a subtle woody bitterness with a hint of raisin. Ever so slight resin character on the finish.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. It is sweet, but restrained for the style with a moderate level of bitterness.

(O)- It is a robust barleywine showcasing a caramel-rich bitter profile overall. It is enjoyable but there are far better examples.

Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a light reddish orange hue with an off white head that fades to a light, thin halo.

S - Aromas of some nice dark fruits, light caramel, flashes of booze.

T - Taste is better, lightly toasted malts, burnt sugars, bitter finish. Good malts, alcohol hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, decent enough to keep it up off the tongue.

O - Overall, not a bad barleywine, just somewhat one dimensional though.

Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose, flavor is dark fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Decent barleywine. Pricey at $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a small off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky reddish brown with visions of slow moving bubbles coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: caramel and toffee followed by citrus characteristics and a little booze in the end.

Taste: same as above, but the bitterness lingers for this beer even though it is supposed to be well balanced. Still very tasty though with some nice and warm boozy alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, tingly numbing in the back of the palate, and lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice barleywine hailing all the way from Denmark. I wonder if aging a bit more would mellow out the bitterness in this beer and the maltiness would be stronger.

Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber body with a thick, creamy white head. RIch, grainy aroma with caramel and toffee notes and robust, warm bread character. A touch of ripe fruit. Taste is malt-forward with hints of apricot and pear. Alcohol warmth nicely balanced with hop bitterness and the malt notes. Medium-bodied.

Seems to fit the malt-forward style of an English barleywine. Definite alcohol prominence, yet pretty well balanced across the board. Nicely complex and intriguing. Big, powerful, delightful.

Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is nice looking, a dark amber body that gets really dark in the center, with a healthy head with lacing.
Aroma is on the sweet side of the spectrum, with dark fruits predominant.
This is a real tasty beer, a balanced and complex web of pomegranate,grapes, and currants are mixed with caramel, grains, and molasses and lightened up by a nudge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and slightly sticky, low carb, and a delight to drink.

This is a really good English BW, glad i bought one, i will buy more.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange. Thick, viscous, with a yellow/cream head that dissipates. Held to the light, there are bubbles rising. Very pretty color for the style.

Might be touch too cold -- not getting as much as I'd like. Some rich toasted malt, some fruit, some toasty woody notes.

I like this because the alcohol is so very well hidden. Toasted malt that flips between woody sugars and rising bitterness. This is well hopped, as the bitterness at the end is apparent. Rich thick flavors in the middle, though not overly complex. Finishes with malt covered by bitterness.

Full bodied with some decent carbonation.

This is not overly sweet, and the richness of this beer, and the strength as well, is well balanced throughout. Nice brew. My plus here: a 1 pt. 9 oz bottle, so I don't feel destroyed and can enjoy all of this myself.

Photo of colforbin73
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i guess this lacks a little sweetness for me. tad bitter and very hot -- this is a sizable barley wine.

pours a dark cider/amber hue, with some white bubbles on top. the carbonation though is adequate.

the smell is somewhat mysterious to me, slightly malty with something a bit sour lurking, slightly sulfuric even -- but not overpowering by any estimation.

the taste is rich and hot and burns a little going down. my first impression is that it is rough around the edges, a little too much bite. but as you drink, the more nuanced carmel and maple syrup notes bubble to the surface -- this beer needs some strong cheese and crusty bread, or maybe even a piece of pumpkin pie.

i did not love this barley wine, but it was decent. if anything i would suggest it with food. charcuterie or the right desert.

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks dude.

Mahogany body, light cream coloured head. Some legs and shreds of lacing are left behind. Nose has lots of candy and caramel, light alcohol and subtle fruity notes. Lots of malt character here, certainly English in style. Taste adds more caramel, rich malt notes but subtracts the strong 'candied' impression I got from the nose. Dark breads as well. Fairly full and quite dense in body, alcohol is present but doesn't interfere. A solid barleywine, but this doesn't do much to stand out and differentiate from others in the same vein. However, this does do well as a cold weather sipper.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

run of the mill barleywine. sugary sweet more than hoppy. Mahogany body with good lace. Boozy and malty aroma. Caramel Bought for 59 Danish kroners and sent from far, before it was all over the shelves. I have to be in the mood for this and that would not be too many days.

Photo of flannelman808
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy caramel color with a pretty low opacity. light tan head tops this off in a thin frothy yet relatively quickly dissipating foam. not too much lacing to speak of, just a hint I suppose.

S: fruity and metallic, sweet smelling caramel and milk chocolate.

T: Tastes like perhaps this was bottled before it was done fermenting. Raw grain flavors show a chocolate malty hay sort of way. This is thick stuff but lacking the finished flavors which good beer tends to carry. some bitterness is there too to help balance otherwise sweet flavors. Its not cloying... that positive.

M: thick and loose

O: not quite a drain pour, but this one needs serious help. try it before you bottle it guys.

Photo of derkfromwi
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light tan head, very dark amber color, very hazy, the tiniest carbonation bubbles noticeable

S: Fruits and dark fruits, smell is good, dark chocolate and figs, some toffee

T: Sweet fruits including fig, raisin, etc., some alcohol and nice bitterness

M: Feels decent, smooth & creamy, okay carbonation

O: I want to pair it with some strong WI cheese, good stuff, hope to have some more soon

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky orange with a really large tan compact head that takes it's time to set, but does it leaving nice lacings.

S: Loads of frutis; oranges and red apples, but also dark dried fruits. But rather mild in smell.

T: Sweet and syrupy. Rahter boozy. Loads of fruits but also a hard-candy-like sweetness. Marmalade. A bit rough and unbalanced.

M: Rather long aftertaste considering the style. Body is like molasses and carbonation is held way back. Way too alcoholic.

O: Well, it's got potential. The rough edges and the boozyness should mellow out if properly cellared for a couple of years. For now; just too unbalanced and boozy...

Photo of rarbring
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clouded deep amber, a warm yellow-white firm head that leaves good lacing and there are good curtains.

The smell is sweet plums, ripe pears, eggnog, lemon zest.

Starts very sweet, brown sugar, plum marmalade, a bit boozy and a sharp bitter almost metallic finish.

Medium low carbonation, smooth, sticky and finishing sharply dry at the back of the tongue.

We're not there yet, once again I tried a barley wine that is far too young, and too American. Bottle 500 ml.

Photo of morimech
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottle date, age unknown. Pours a murky brown color with a thin head that quickly settled. Just a thin film of suds after a couple of minutes. Just a little spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Malt driven aroma. Caramel and toffee notes. Brandy like smell. Alcohol in the aroma tells the drinker this is a high-test brew. Also smells slightly oxidized.

Flavor is a combination of caramel and wood. Some earthiness. Alcohol is upfront and bracing. No subtley shown by this brewer.

Full bodied with nice carbonation. Nice soft, smooth texture.

Overall this was a letdown. I expected a lot more considering the pricetag. Slick and attractive packaging that needs a bottle date.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. No date (per usual with Shelton beers). Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, $9.

Pours a thick, muddy deep dark brown with thin head and no retention. Aroma is dense, stick roasted malt goodness, molasses and wet wood. Palate is super thick and malty. Chewy grains soaked in molasses and apple skin-like tannic quality. Long, bitter finish.

Notes: A bit brash, no finesse at all. Perhaps age will round it out but who knows how old it is already? Maybe it's past its prime...since there's no date, how can we be sure???

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, suitably evil looking, what with the Judas Priest album cover evocative label imagery. Their tag line, in Danish, is 'damn good beer' - ha, suck it, Minhas!

This beer pours a hazy, damned-near opaque dark golden brown hue, with three fingers of creamy, foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves a broad hanging curtain of lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of dense caramel malt, hard toffee, dates, burnt dark sugar, pear syrup, bitter leafy hops, and warmed sherry. The taste is not-overly-sweet chocolate-draped toffee, real vanilla, soused holiday raisins, stewed red apples, herbal, grassy, and somewhat musty hops, tanned leather, and a nicely subtle undertow of vinous booze comfort.

The carbonation is soft, but hardly absent in its supportive tingling, the body nearing full weight, and fairly smooth, just a few pricks here and there from hop and booze alike. It finishes with a back-burnered, but still a-bubblin' butterscotch sweetness, giving way to a prominent dryness, borne of restrained hop bitterness and swelling booze edginess.

A rather finely rendered (ok, f'ing bitchin'!) barleywine. The Anglo angle does drop this a few points in this biased reviewer's estimation, but that doesn't mean I can't admit that this is a kick-ass example of said style. I do kind of wonder where the initial vinous character went off to, but in the end, that doesn't matter a whit. This is kooky drinkable with the usual big ABV caveats, and exhibits old-world complexity of flavour in spades.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense cloudy opaque oaky hue, with a short creamy off-white head that retains.

On the nose is sweet sugary toffee malt, brown sugar, raisin, Concord grape, chocolate, grapefruit rind and herbal hops.

Sweet toffee/chocolate malt up front in the flavour, rummy notes, finishing with bright citrus hops along with spicy, herbal hops. Prominent alcohol warmth lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, mostly from the sediment and unattenuated sugars, turbid rather than chewy, with low carbonation.

A very enjoyable, approachable Barley Wine that delivers the goods. Mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner (really, there's a lot of extra unnecessary sediment floating around in there, almost gives off the impression of plankton), however it does give it a very old school feel. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 9/9/11

A dark amber with a short lived finger of tan foam that leaves no lace

S loads of toffee and butterscotch with some faint candied apple, some brown sugar both burnt and crystal and just a little booze

T some herbal hops and rum raisin cake on top of what I smell, not overly sweet but big caramel and toffee with a little butterscotch and very faint nutty chocolate. lots going on here and very well concealed booze add up to one tasty brew

M quite thick and syrupy, slightly sticky on the lips and ultra smooth with zero heat and for over 10% that's pretty impressive

O looks basic but pretty solid in all other areas and it tastes great

I'm curious to know the age of this bottle but see nothing on the bottle, tastes a little aged with faded hops and loads of malty caramel and the booze is quite mellow. If this stuff is fresh I'd be even more impressed, worth looking for give it a go if you get the chance

Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza continues its takeover of Local Option! This victim pours a dark sienna-garnet topped by about a finger of dirty khaki foam. The nose comprises toffee, Belgian dark candi sugar, cashews, light oak, dark fruit, light cocoa, and a touch of spiced rum (the darker the better in this case). The taste heaps on the toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, and light cocoa; some dark fruit remains, particularly fig; and the rum is now accented with vanilla bean and molasses. This is one damn-tasty beer, my friends! The body is a stolid medium, leaning toward some minor heft, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, this was one of the highlights of the Extravaganza. It's a decidedly tasty b-wine, one that is meant to sipped and enjoyed in the company of fine folks. Good times, indeed.

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Old Mephisto from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.