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Old Mephisto - Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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
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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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with an average size off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of cookie dough with some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by cookie dough with some dry figs and minimal residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. A bit too much cookie dough in the mix for my taste and lacking some character though still enjoyable.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a deep dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A surprisingly hoppy nose to this one. Lots of floral, perfumey hops with a bit of citrus peel and pine. Great maltiness with tons of dark fruit undertones, specifically black cherries and raisins. Definitely some alcohol as well.

T: Just a bit of an alcohol bite to the beer, but it's nicely masked by the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Dark fruits help to do this as well. Still a solid hop character with lots of floral notes and piney bitterness.

M: Just about full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A very well balanced barleywine that toes the line between hopped up American barleywine and sweeter old ale/English barleywine.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of caramel, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, roasted malt, caramel, and a slight vinous quality. A generally well-rounded and a flavorful beer. Gets better as you go along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a solid, well done, drinkable beer.

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 jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A little darker than most barleywines I've tried. Beautiful two finger cocoa head, which sticks around and leaves wonderful lacing. Very dark copper color than it impossible to see through. Wonderful appearance on this barleywine.

S- Malt, hops, rum soaked fruit. Some alcohol as well. I wish the nose was a little stronger, and I'd bump it up a notch. Had to leave it at 4 though. Very nice and balanced, although on the weak side.

T- Very smooth and more malty compared to other barleywines I've had. Almost like a shake in consistency. The hops make a brief appearance on the front side, but quickly get overrun by malt, alcohol, and rum drenched fruit. This is possibly the easiest to drink, smoothest barleywine I've had- it's really fantastic.

M- Very silky and smooth, but a little on the thin side. If it were thicker it'd be a 4.5 for sure. Not much on the aftertaste other than nuts and malt.

O- This was an extremely tasty barleywine, and it's highly recommended if you're into the style. I know I'll look for it again. Cheers.

Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark oak brown colored body; plenty of carbonation; nice beige colored head formed, about 1 finger in size; some lacing formed on the side of the glass and the appearance of the beer was slightly viscous

S - Nice brown sugar, candy scents; sweet caramel and toffee; nutty malt backbone and finish of alcohol; fig and dark fruit

T - Sweet brown sugar taste; touch of vanilla; back flavor of caramel and toffee are topped off with a nut and biscuit malt back-end; slightly buttery; slight oak flavor; fig and dates

M - Nice and effervescent; kind of thin consistency; aftertaste of sweet nut malt and dark fruit; alcohol flavor lingers for quite a while

O - Great drink; caramel and sweet brown sugar flavor are perfectly balanced to created a great Barleywine; perfect for a meal pairing

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 claytong
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so, im curious is this something decently rare? why so little reviews? i hadnt seen it before i bought it but thought it might be something new or seasonal. though it seemed strange sitting there at the beginning of summer as an english barleywine.

appearance - a nice dark ruby red in color. fizzly inch head that laces nicely

smell - raisins, cream, caramel, lots of roasted malts (a bit of chocolate in there), not strong but not weak

taste - caramel, raisins, malt, cream

mouthfeel - wonderful body, very creamy and rich without being cloying whatsoever. pretty good young (at least im assuming its young since i picked it off the shelf about 2 months ago)

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 tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ol Baren in Copenhagen. From notes.

A - Dark red or amber colour with a creamy tan or khaki head. No visible carbonation. Bright. Nice thin cap of head remains and it leaves great, thick lacing.

S - Great dark fruit with some yeast and hops. A touch of alcohol blends in there well. Lovely, rich stuff.

T - Dark fruit in the form of plum or raisins or dates. Alcohol and yeast are there also. A touch of hops too. Sweet to finish. Nice.

M - Light carbonation with a full body. I do not have much written aside from that and do not remember this being all that interesting to hang around in the mouth.

D - Nice stuff. A good barleywine but obviously the ABV is a barrier. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink though.

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 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 tpd975
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden hue with red highlights. Medium sized off white head with no lace.

S: Aromas of caramel malt, mild spice and boooze.

T: Flavor of nutty toffee, summer fruit, light hops and booze.

M: Fairly full in body, rich, sweet, chewy.

D: Just okay not a favorite of mine.

Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge before opening. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy, light tan head that soon settled to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy brown amber. Aroma is dark ripe fruit, malt, caramel, toffee, fresh baked black bread. Flavor is bittersweet and like the nose. Body is full and soft with light carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a lingering bitterness. Don't notice any alcohol. Great for sipping but not session.

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