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Old Mephisto - Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

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Old MephistoOld Mephisto

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BA SCORE
87
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-16-2009)
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flannelman808

California

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

02-11-2012 01:06:43 | More by flannelman808
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%

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???

10-22-2011 06:25:31 | More by SFLpunk
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

Reviewed on 08/03/2009. Bottle thanks to my Secret Santa. This beer pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. The aroma is of raisin and sweet malt. Flavor of super sweet caramel malt and some raisin. Very sweet. Your typical barleywine here. Meh.

08-27-2009 02:37:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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rarbring

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

01-19-2012 20:45:30 | More by rarbring
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tpd975

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

03-09-2010 16:59:43 | More by tpd975
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Tertullian007

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-24-2013 00:27:00 | More by Tertullian007
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morimech

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

11-20-2011 19:42:03 | More by morimech
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

02-26-2012 06:14:26 | More by Sammy
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

12-03-2013 18:47:21 | More by sweemzander
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

08-16-2009 02:38:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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...

01-27-2012 18:52:21 | More by Evil_Pidde
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-09-2014 06:32:27 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

01-26-2013 10:34:37 | More by Flounder57
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-08-2014 23:30:30 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Nage37

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-13-2012 06:35:14 | More by Nage37
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CK21

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-07-2012 05:41:37 | More by CK21
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

02-28-2012 03:47:54 | More by liamt07
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deNerval

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-29-2013 00:58:44 | More by deNerval
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2014 19:51:33 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-05-2014 05:41:00 | More by KAF
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colforbin73

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

03-01-2012 03:15:39 | More by colforbin73
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

04-12-2014 03:10:52 | More by CalgaryFMC
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

01-12-2014 17:56:12 | More by DIM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

06-14-2013 01:43:07 | More by rudzud
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Amazing bonus beer courtesy of madsberg. Thanks mads. Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma is full with loads of dark fruitiness, sweet nutty extract butter and sweet yummy goodness. The taste is smooth rich blended dark fruity yum with dates, prunes, raisins, brown sugar and a light amount of booze. Wow, this is very nice and will only improve will years of cellaring.

05-03-2010 03:16:31 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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Old Mephisto from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
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