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Old Mephisto - Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

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Old MephistoOld Mephisto

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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
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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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beerdhabelly

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

07-24-2012 05:14:24 | More by beerdhabelly
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beergoot

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

07-10-2012 03:31:34 | More by beergoot
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Ohmu

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-01-2012 12:49:39 | More by Ohmu
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

04-02-2012 03:47:45 | More by ChadQuest
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-10-2012 22:24:31 | More by OtherShoe2
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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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JGuill

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-28-2012 19:57:14 | More by JGuill
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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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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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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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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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

02-09-2012 06:55:40 | More by derkfromwi
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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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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-26-2012 14:50:07 | More by hoppymcgee
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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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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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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

10-11-2011 23:00:53 | More by biboergosum
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

09-19-2011 04:09:25 | More by IronDjinn
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

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

09-10-2011 04:20:57 | More by wordemupg
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-04-2011 18:19:52 | More by TMoney2591
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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

09-03-2011 23:47:05 | More by ferrari29
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

08-01-2011 01:43:24 | More by drpimento
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

07-31-2011 17:10:59 | More by jayhawk73
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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)

07-31-2011 16:48:25 | More by claytong
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

04-28-2011 06:31:36 | More by womencantsail
Old Mephisto from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.