Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a thick, frothy, tan head that has excellent persistence and laces readily. Rich, toasted malt aroma with a slight acidity. Black. A thick, velvety liquid with a robust, deep-toasted malt flavor. Bright grapefruit hoppiness pops through. A medium bitterness. The bitterness becomes citrus rind as the toasted malt acidity breaks through it. Lingering hop bitterness atop toasted malt.
Wow, this is lovely. Great mouthfeel, robust flavor and smell.
07-25-2014 02:51:31 | More by TheSSG
4.09/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance - Dark brown. Appears opaque. Medium tall, light brown, and persistent head.
Smell - Sweet and rich medium-roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee, and raisin. Faintly citrusy hops?
Taste - Sweet and rich, though doesn't appear overly complex. Medium-roasted malts dominate. Sweet coffee with chocolate. Alcohol noticeable.
Mouthfeel - Full. Creamy.
Overall - Rich and satisfying. I like the flavor a lot, but it may lack some of the complexity of other beers in this category.
04-10-2014 02:54:50 | More by scaliasux
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
Oily black pour into a tulip glass. Creamy capuccino head that fades readily, but leaves sticky lacing.
Cherry pie! More like McDonald's fried cherry "pie". But really nice smelling beer. (My wife felt the aroma astringent.) Unlike any double stout I've ever encountered. Very nice in the nose.
Hmm... I'm not quite what to make of this. The flavor in the mouth says "I'm a pretty big double stout." And there is complexity. It's just hard to pick out the particulars. There's a medium- to full-bodied feel, with a surprisingly lively carbonation. The flavor is somewhat disappointing. The liquor-soaked, dried dark fruits are clearly there, just ill-defined, more like a memory of dark fruit. Same with the roasted grains. The whole shabang seems encased in cold black tea.
This is a good beer. I'm just not sure I'll buy it again, with so many truly awesome Russian Imperial Stouts around. My favorites are Founders Imperial, Mikkeller Black Hole, and Hoppin' Frog Boris/Doris. I might feel more positively if this brew were $7 or $8 a four-pack, rather than $10.
04-03-2014 02:32:52 | More by martyl1000
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9% ABV, 353 12 julian date.
A - Clarity is visible around the edges of the beer but this dark, dark brown brew is more of a sinister black color. A thick head isn't present for long, dissipating into a loose ring of bubbles while spotting the snifter with dots of lace.
S - Subtle dark chocolate notes drape gently over raisin and fig notes, slowly opening up with warmth to a fuller malt aroma of increasing depth; milk chocolate, caramel cube, singed bread, and smooth dark roasted coffee. Undertones of earthiness emerge suggesting a balancing hop profile but impart no real definitive aroma.
T - Rich chocolate aromas turn to strong roasted malt notes of bitter chocolate, burnt honey biscuit, and cold black coffee. Fruit undertones escape the roasted malt flavor and add a complimentary dark, gently sweetness of raisin and black cherry while hops remain more of a balancing attribute of the beer, staying out of the flavor.
M - Mr. Mephisto is a smooth-starting imperial stout despite the high level of roasted flavor it's got going on. Round and medium-full bodied with a smooth entry, it finishes dry and slightly gritty with a slightly rough-around-the-edges bitterness and subtle alcohol warmth.
O - Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout is a surprisingly easy drinking imperial stout for it's somewhat higher alcohol level; alcohol doesn't really even play a role in this malty, roasted barley beast. It starts smooth and chocolaty and turns to a grittier coffee-rich stout with dark fruit undertones for a passive-aggressive dense brew.
04-01-2013 00:43:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.