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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout - Lake Louie Brewery Company

Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleFlip on 01-21-2006)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:43:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:54:50 | More by scaliasux
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:32:52 | More by martyl1000
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-30-2014 04:51:23 | More by npendres
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-21-2013 14:26:04 | More by Troville1990
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-11-2013 03:38:50 | More by paralyzer
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-07-2013 17:43:15 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-03-2013 22:44:32 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-28-2013 18:37:12 | More by Gotti311
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-11-2013 17:47:59 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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MJCVII

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2013 15:00:27 | More by MJCVII
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-24-2013 19:09:16 | More by s_currie
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Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-01-2013 22:19:38 | More by cashew70
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-27-2013 23:01:24 | More by Devilman
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twbeecher

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-22-2013 14:21:22 | More by twbeecher
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-04-2013 00:29:08 | More by Ri0
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-03-2013 02:47:10 | More by Dactrius
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours ink-black to the eye --cola brown when held to the light-- and topped with a sticky dark tan head. Great lacing, good head retention, looks great in a tulip. Very well filtered.

Nose is very expressive: cocoa, molasses, highly-hopped, and even some fusel alcohol.

On the first sip there's a punchy boozy character that all but overwhelms the cocoa and molasses in the nose... BOOM! Sweet, rich... bitterness and a bittersweet character kicks in close to the end of the drink, along with some dry, biscuity malt notes. Not quite a dry finish.

Definitely a "warming" character to this one. Lighter notes of anise blend with a port wine/fortified grape character (polish blackberry???), which might sound horrid to some, but they are only light notes. The dry, biscuity malt is almost "chalky" in terms of texture and this actually helps with the mouthfeel, as this one is overall quite thin for style.

Very drinkable for the style, and not at all bad. I'll definitely check for this one the next time I find myself in some out-of-the way Wisconsin gas stop ; )

Note: No traditional code, but 353 12 ink-jet on label face makes me imagine it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 20:11:42 | More by Chaz
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

Pours our very dark brown, once in the glass it is black with no hints of light coming through.
Good finger of a deep tan head.

Smell is sweet chocolate, dark fruits come through more then any other impy stout I have smelled, slight roast.

Taste is very unique, I will say that. Like a bitter bakers chocolate covered cherry... which leads to a bitter roast, finishes oddly bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is standard Imperial stout, silky and smooth

I really do not know what to think here, do I like it? I do not know, some sips yes... others no...

I am glad I got a single, or am I, we will see? I will let this one warm and see how it changes!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:33:56 | More by nickapalooza86
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arthuro11

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-06-2013 18:36:10 | More by arthuro11
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-19-2013 15:43:52 | More by jjheinrichs
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-12-2013 16:12:06 | More by tourdot
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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.