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

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

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UncleFlip on 01-21-2006

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pulled straight from fermenter at brewery. Avail in bottles roughly end of January (1-2 weeks from now).

Tan head, loose bubbles (maybe tighter head is better for this style). Head disapates quickly. Liquid black, with just a bit of brown and orange fringe on edges.

Smell is very roasted with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Flavour is smoky up front. Stronger coffee flavour on finish, and a hoppy swell in the middle.

Felt perfectly carbonated, but hadn't been in bright tank yet, so may have been alcohol bite. Liquid medium to thick.

Very drinkable, even atthis stage. Very smooth, and not overbearing at all. I was VERY satisfied.

Be well
-UF (671 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out black with a small head. Carbonation appears to be very low. Delicious aroma of caramelized sugar, chocolate, and grapes. A hint of smokiness lurks in the background. The flavors follows closely from the aroma, but with more smokiness and a roasted coffee flavor. Hops come in at the finish. I would call this a hoppy stout, but it's not even close to the level of hops in some stouts I've tried recently. Mouthfeel is typical Lake Louie. And by that I mean incredibly smooth. How a 9% beer be this smooth and creamy, I do not know. There's no sign of the alcohol. I'm a fan of the imperial stout style and a huge fan of Lake Louie. This brew does not disappoint in either area. (715 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black amber with a nice off white head that melts to very sticky lace.

Aromas are coffee...lots of wonderfully fresh brewed coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is roasted coffee...no, FRESH roasted coffee...damn, I would like to say there are lots of other flavors here, but the coffee is so rich and intense, that is all that I am aware of.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Aftertaste is...uh...uh...yep...coffee....fresh roasted coffee...deliciously fresh roasted coffee.

Perhaps single dimensional because all that I get from this Stout is fresh roasted coffee but I don't know if that is a bad thing.
I love it...I love coffee...this one is delicious. (680 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted on tap at the brewery during a visit with expatsteve and golden2twenty1. This beer has improved considerably with time both in this barrel, which has been tapped since February, and in the bottles I’ve kept at home. The key improvement has been mellowing of the alcohol as well as the chocolate and coffee malts. There is no longer any alcohol taste and the hop character is extended in the flavor. Furthermore, plum and cherry is more dominant in the nose and taste. Drinkability has been perfected by a cleaner and crisper finish. Still a bit thin but overall one of the most drinkable big stouts I’ve had to date.

Interesting Trivia: This beer was brewed and named for Mr. Mephisto, a cult TV personality from the 70’s. Hops were purposely staled before brewing to give the beer an instantly aged feel. (818 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra from the very generous ATLBeerdog, and have been saving it in my fridge waiting for the right moment to try it. Last night I just grabbed it and figured what the hell as I was in the mood for a big stout. Nice 12oz bottle that I served at a little bit over cellar temperature and poured it into an oversized wine glass. A nice, rich, deep, dark brown then emerged right from the bottle, and pour very nicely into the bottom of the glass. There was a nice, albeit small head of tan lace that formed on the top, but quickly faded down into just a thin crown across the top of the glass. Decent retention led to a nice bit of side glass lace, decent look overall for a stout.

The aroma was very sweet, even from the very first notes that came across. There was an odd aroma to it, very pleasant, but I just could not place what it was. It was some coffee, some caramel, a dark, sweet chocolate and a touch of bourbon, hints of vanilla and spices in the back. Very complex and one of the most interesting examples I have run across. The flavor carried this over very well, with a rich burnt coffee and sugary tone that had some overlapping flavors of tobacco and peat mixed in. I was shocked by how good this was. A slight bourbon like barrel taste and a hint of vanilla rounded it out nicely, leaving the long lingering flavor of dark chocolate on the tongue and a touch of vanilla in the finish. The Mouthfeel was a little light, and that would be my only distracter from this. It really was more ale like, and did not have that rich creamy feel you would want to match with the flavor. But the drinkability was great, as the alcohol was very well hidden and the profile was very nice, leading you to be able to sip this one with relative ease.

Overall this was a bit of a shocker for me. Much sweeter then I thought it would be and it ended up turning out much better overall then I would have hoped for. No doubt I would try to pick this one up again, it was absolutely excellent and should be tried by anyone who can find it. (2,060 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp for breaking abottle of this out of his vinatge cellar.

A-Deep brown with a medium tan head that held and left decent lacing.

S-Notes of coffee roasted malt and vanilla. Sweeter notes as it warmed.

T-Super roasty with a pleasant coffee flavour! Really great...nice undertones of residual sweetness. Much like the milk stout by the same brewery but a bit sweeter

M-Medium bodied with a nice astringency. Excellent, smooth and round.

D-Really solid. Lake Louie really has it going on with their stouts. Another winner in my book. (549 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Three fingers of peppery tan head reaches the top of the glass and then turns rocky as it slowly fades leaving scattered dots of lace. Body is a lightless blackness. Nose is full of smokey maltiness with a backround of chocolately coco. With first sip you get a cleaner feel than expected from an Impy, smooth and enjoyable though. A dark fruity richness has a bit of a soured feel but it is quickly mellowed by the big bready rich bitter that is on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is nicely complex, rich and full. This is a very drinkable, unique, Imperial stout. Best when drank warmer. (591 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a somewhat small light-tan head.

Aroma is a distinct roasted coffee smell. Not as much chocolate as I would have guess, maybe just a bit of dark chocolate.

Flavor has a nice coffee base, a gritty espresso bite, sweetened by charred molasses. There is a hint of welcome booze, especially apparent when drinking larger swallows. Aftertaste has a great grainy coffee bite that sets it apart from others.

Mouthful is a little under-carbonated, although easy to get a creamy mouthful. A little disappointing in how thin or watery it can feel sometimes, although the big flavor makes up for it.

Drinkability is very easy going since it's so thin. The flavor is different enough to keep it unique and interesting. The 9% ABV is almost completely covered up, one would never have guessed the high content. Any boozy flavor that you might catch is actually welcoming. It's a little pricier than an every day stout, but well worth trying out each season. I tried this side by side with the New Glarus Coffee Stout and this one blew its socks off. (1,072 characters)

Photo of BeerCheese
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight from the fridge to my glass. Black with a small dark tan head. Low head retention. Black licorice aroma was light - almost undetectable. Taste of licorice, dark chocolate, and coffee. Hops offset the malt nicely, with a nice hop finish and a little taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel a little thin for the style, but still nice and smooth. Carbonation was medium/low and nearly perfect for a stout. Medium/full bodied. Warmth of alcohol. Excellent drinkability, especially for an imperial. I'll certainly have another when I finish this one! (543 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest cafe au lait colored head, velvety smooth small bubbles. Dark black, not quite solid though, and ruby highlights are seen when held up to the light. I like the font used on the bottle neck label.

Cocoa powder, and roasted barley are perceived in my first sniff. Following that, a little yeast aroma comes into the picture.

Malted milk balls is the first thought I have, taste-wise. Chocolate-y , and somewhat chalky. Somehow it works though. Little hop flavor is detected, although bitterness is present, and no hint of that 9% ABV either. A light vanilla flavor comes out, as well as a light caramel sweetness.

Smooth on the palate, medium long sweet finish.

A very good beer. If you're looking for a huge malt bomb cult beer, keep right on looking. If you like a well made, tasty beer that will keep you interested, but won't break the bank, here it is. I look forward to sampling this again when it next comes around. Cheers! (941 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (454 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black, no visibility. Poured a thick 1-inch head, coffee-amber in color, that took several minutes to dissipate. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Thick roasted coffee notes, with a nice malty finish. Chocolate and cocoa notes, with understated caramels.

Taste: While I've had this from the bottle before, the pour from the brewery was far more rich and complex. All the tastes suggested by the aroma were present - coffee, caramel, chocolate, with a roasty finish that masks any astringency. Subtle toffee tones without making the beer particularly sweet. The alcohol is perfectly balanced, and pretty hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety finish. Lack of strong bitters provides for a nice mouthfeel and balanced finish.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, maybe a little too much so (I ended up coming back to this beer during the brewery tour several times, and only felt it once I went to leave). The balance between heavier body and alcohol, and the more subtle flavors of the beer, made for a pretty fantastic beer. Definitely pick some of this up when it returns later this year. (1,111 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NFLMVP for the bottles

Pours an oily dark black with a two-finger dark tan head that leaces a ring of lace on the Great Dane glass.
Aroma has some anise, dark raisins or plums, chocolate, coffee and just a hint of some roastiness.
Flavor of dark fruits shine through a bed of chocolate, grainy coffee and followed with a dry crisp alomst spicy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, no too bad but definitely a bit below style. Creamy, chewy and very approachable, almost porter like. Noticed some similarities to the Warped Speed with this one, must share some ingredients.
Drinkability is very good. Again a bit thin but this actually makes it much more approachable. Is there such thing as a Russian Imperial Porter ? This might be a candidate. (763 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a minimal 1/4" brown head, which was short-lived and quickly faded to a swirly film over the opaque dark brown/black brew. What lacing that is present is quick-falling. Aroma is smokey blackstrap, and masks any alcohol present. Taste starts with a dark sweetness, takes a hoppy tinge in the middle, and closes with a slight coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good. However, doesn't seem so imperial, although as I sit here reflecting, a warming numbness does seem to be setting in on the gums and throat. Worth the trouble, for sure. (677 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,583 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a moderate khaki head. Aroma is burgundy, cocoa and milky coffee.

Taste is very rich, like a fine espresso. Lots of dark coffee flavors, some black patent malts, just a hint of lactic sweetness that presents as a cup of rich cocoa (not from the packet, but actual cocoa). Roasty flavors with some dark fruits, maybe a dark wine element, a faint touch of caramel. No real flavors of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is moderate for the style, not real heavy. Very nice, not nearly as hop-hot as some other RIS. Is "Imperial milk stout" an acceptable style descriptor? Me likey. Would pair very well with dessert, especially something like chocolate or cheesecake. (684 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cellar temp in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a dark brown with loads of light brown head, good retention

S - chocolate malt initially with a good amount of dark fruit, fruiter than most RIS I've had

T - bitter roasted malt and coffee initially, followed by chocolate and dark cherries

M - plenty smooth, a bit of burn, goes down easy

O - nice offering from Lake Louie, a good local option for an RIS (405 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black, though not super thick in appearance. Thin light brown head. Full roasted barley odor, notes of chocolate and ethanol. Roasty and creamy malt flavor, deep and chocolatey. Some light cocoa powder flavor, as well as a phantom flash of cherries. I also get a bit of nutmeg. Rich and full bodied. A well-crafted, drinkable imperial stout, but with nothing to really set it apart from others in the crowd. Still, very good. (430 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

LL's Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout pours up with ample carbonation that createa a full tannish-brown colored head that tops the nearly opaque deep brown-blackish body. The aroma is pleasant with a mild roasted, burnt espresso, chicory character that sports a hint of herbal (minty) hops hidden in the background. Slightly fruity with some vinous alcohol warmth & a touch of oxidation. The flavor starts off with some sweet molasses and burnt brown sugar sweetness that rolls into a fresh roasted barley finish marked with a balanced bitterness & noticeable alcohol warmth. This finely crafted medium-full bodied stout is not-unlike an export-style or "extra" stout but certainly packs more punch than expected. Whether you're a horror fan or an old school gamer, Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout will have you saying it's, "like dying and going to heaven."

CHEERS! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanks to ThomasHardy for hooking me up with this fine elixir. (959 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of katan
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a heavy dark brown color - almost black. Amber highlights. Head formation is light, with just 1mm of mocha colored head, which breaks down to a film.

S - Light amounts of roasted barley. A small amount of yeasty bready notes. Very grainy.

T - Big time roasted malts on the front end - chocolate and 2-row dominate. Some dry grainy malt notes. Continues mid-stream where a light amount of bitterness appears, only a hint of hopping. Finishes with more of the acidic biting grainy malt edge. Light phenolic burn in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body for a RIS. Carbonation builds more of a backbone than normal - stinging at times. Leaves a sugar malt cling to the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is average for a RIS, but stinging nonetheless. Well hidden. Not filling, despite its stronger carbonation profile.

All you would have to do is dial back the carbonation and I could see this being the perfect RIS. (948 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours an oily black with a small head, down to a thin film, bubbly, lacing in sheets that don't stick to the glass. Aroma is reminicent of a milk stout lactose, chocolates and coffee grinds, a bit nutty, and some dark fruits, mainly raisin. Taste has that same milk stout feel to it, chocolates, coffee, no hops found here, the finish is long and has a very nice espresso aftertaste. The mouth is decent, good body, carbonation, ok smooth. But its remarkably easy to drink and hides the alcohol (9%!?!?) extremely well, which, really, is kind of dangerous. Thanks to nflmvp for the batch of Lake Louie brews. (628 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single of this before I invested in a 6-pack to keep around for a couple of years to come. I like what L.L. is doing and I like the majority of there beers so I was excited for this.
It pours a VERY dark brown of not coal black. Smell is lots of roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a touch of alcohol. The taste is very nice. I was hoping for a coffe touch in it but I'm not getting it. The chocolate is coating my mouth which I love and makes it stick around for awhile. There is atouch of alcohol, but nothing even close to offensive. Great little drinker and it's not so huge that you wouldn't want a second in the same sitting. I will be going to get the 6-pack for sure! (686 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Barely opaque mahogany with generous reddish bronze borders. I hope the fact that this RIS is less than a black hole doesn't have implications for flavor and mouthfeel. The putty colored crown is creamilicious and sticks to the pint glass in several spots as it melts. An abundance of cheese grater-like lace looks good as well.

Although the nose isn't the biggest, baddest, blackest brute on the style block, it gets the job done with room to spare. Roasted malt leads the way, with specific aromas of dark chocolate, coffee beans, dark caramel and vanilla. Maybe a hint of molasses as well.

Mr. Mephisto's isn't big enough to hang with the best. That said, it's delicious beer and should be enjoyed by anyone who loves a drinkable, black malt-driven stout. Alcohol is hardly noted on the palate, which is another definite plus.

More malt would have turned this black-hearted brew into a stone cold killer. It certainly has the chops to at least think about entering the ring with the big stouts, but it isn't quite big enough and doesn't punch quite hard enough. I like it, though. I like it a lot.

Flavors mirror aromas for the most part. Bittersweet chocolate and crushed coffee beans are still out in front, with a hint of tangy molasses and a little chicory creeping in on the back end. Most Lake Louie porters and stouts have a vanilla and/or caramelized sugar character. Mr. Mephisto's is no exception.

I've decided to use the drinkablity score to reflect the fact that the flavor score is *almost* worthy of the next highest number. Besides, this stuff is astoudingly easy to drink and is almost gone as I type. The mouthfeel is the only real chink in the armor... and it isn't even that bad once warming has occured.

It's a shame that Lake Louie doesn't get more love. In my mind, the fact that they brew such outstanding beer across such a broad range of styles puts them in solid second place (after New Glarus) in one of the best beer states in America. That's nothing to sneeze at. Neither is Mr. Mephisto's Imperial stout. I'm down for at least a sixer during all future road trips to Madtown. (2,116 characters)

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

appearance: Pours a low, mocha colored head that steadily turns to a ring around the glass. The beer is a very dark brown, nearing black in color.

smell: Bittersweet chocolate, aromas of sassafrass and other such sweet, spicy roots, and some dark roasted aromas are first noticed. Nice, somewhat piney hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body heavy but not overbearing.

taste: Dark, roasted flavors are the centerpiece here. The big roasted barley and deep roasted coffee flavors meld with a dark, bittersweet chocolate presence. Soon, some PacNW type hop flavor reveals itself, and a considerable bitterness leads into the finish with looong lingering roasted flavors.

drinkability: Easily drinkable for such a stout.

Shipped to me from dirtylou (782 characters)

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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.