1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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)
View: Beers (18) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of OBD
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GoatMother
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of robear
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 009 13 into taster on 10/17/14 (approx. 1 year, 8 months old)
Room temp (approx 55-60 degrees when served)

Appearance: Dark Chestnut to black. Some light comes through- more in line with a heavier single stout than an Imperial. Tan foam fades from 1 finger to none after about a minute.

Aroma: Sweet malts mixed with wet leaves. Some coffee overtones. Similar aroma to Old Rasputin but muted across the board.

Taste: A very sweet-forward Imperial Stout. Not much happening roast-wise. Borders on being a milk stout- a touch rougher and I don't think there is any actual lactose in this brew. A bitter finish, even after over a year in the bottle. Many Imp Stouts are night-cap beers- this is a mid-afternoon version. Aftertaste is actually really pleasant- coffee. chocolate, and dark roasted barley.

Feel: Slick and more firm than I would have anticipated. Certainly doesn't get cloying or as sticky as some of the bigger examples. Some would count that as a knock on this beer- I think it toes the line of drinkable Imperial Stout.

Overall: I'll probably have a few more of these (and hopefully find it on tap) before I draw a final conclusion. Is it really an Imperial Stout? Not this day and age, when many single stouts are topping it in abv and body. But when it hit the scene 10 years ago this was probably one of the heavier beers brewed in Wisconsin. It would be a good fit at the heavier end of a single stout flight, or it could be a great half-time beer during a heavy imperial stout tasting.

For this beer, the sum of the parts is what matters, and Lake Louie delivers a well made, balanced, restrained small Imperial Stout.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheSSG
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of WiscoJake
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of aubzachsyd
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of elkabong
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of scaliasux
4.09/5  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.

Photo of martyl1000
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of npendres
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheBeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brewzma
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Troville1990
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of paralyzer
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MJCVII
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of s_currie
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cashew70
4/5  rDev +4.7%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.