Old Mephisto | Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

Old MephistoOld Mephisto
BA SCORE
3.92/5
73 Ratings
Old MephistoOld Mephisto
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
Denmark
djaevlebryg.dk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 08-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,888
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
73
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a criminally underrated barleywine right here, one of the best i have ever had. it has aged well, i think the bottle is at least three years old, thanks to grapevine wine and spirits for keeping it cold the whole time, what a trove of goodness that place is! clear maple syrup colored brew, tons of bubbles collecting into a fluffy inch of khaki head, soapy and airy and expanding. the aroma is beautiful floral honey and rich molasses, with some sherry wine notes as well as a deeply toasty barley malt base and some odd high gravity ale yeast thats real mature and loosely english it seems. the flavor is incredible too, more of the cool sugar layers, they have absolutely gotten the most out of the malt here, and time has done this well, nothing stale or oxidized here at all. its rich and sweet, honey and maple come to mind, unoaked i think, but there is a woody mellowness to this, maybe a function of this ale yeast, which i cant quite place. you know how sometimes you taste something that doesnt seem to make sense, like when you juice carrots they are real sweet? this has a similar thing going on, sherry and oak seem to be in here, but neither one is i dont believe. the booze is scare well hidden too, i get a little loose on this bottle. i couldnt believe the depth of flavor, the brightness, and the uniqueness here, truly one of the better examples of the style i can recall. i may have to go back and buy them out of it...

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Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy medium orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass with little lacing. Aroma is classic English barleywine; caramel malt, fresh and dried dark fruit, dried light fruit, hints of apple, a touch of honey. Lightly oxidized. Flavor follows with rich caramel malt, full bodied dried fruit with hints of fresh light and dark fruit, lightly nutty. Finishes with interesting caramel and biscuit malt and a touch of dry hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Hits all the note I want from this style of barleywine and the flavors are quite full bodied and complex. Interesting rich malty finish. I liked this Danish barleywine and hope to see it again.

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Photo of Prost76
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +2%

(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?

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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).

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Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DIM
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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