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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from O'Reilly's in late summer. Pours thickish looking very dark brown to black colour, with a bit of white head. Aroma, some roast and chocolate. Above average mouthfeel, though not at today's standard of IS.Good drinkability, competent for the style, with hazelnut and licorice.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring, leaving chunky rings of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma that is very hoppy for the style with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee, oatmeal and toffee. The hops provide an earthy pine presence with a bit of citrus sweetness.

Pretty hop forward for the style with some nice roasted chocolate malt flavor. There is a sweetness from the bitter dark chocolate along with some citrus peel, orange and lemon with some grapefruit notes. The roastiness of the malt is really well balanced by these flavors. There is also a bit of oatmeal, coffee, tofee and burnt toast underneath. Alcohol is very well masked. This is a very unique beer that I enjoyed. I usually don't like stouts that are hoppy because they are usually very dry and piny, taking away from the silky viscous malt mouthfeel that I enjoy but this beer has a completely different sweet citrus hop profile that compliments those flavors very well.

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stonecrusher for this...
Appears black with a small solid tan head that never fades out. Tons & tons of scattered lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of nutty black patent with a touch of lactose, caramel, anise seed, and coffee.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, smooth, along with a semi-dry finish.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of nflmvp.

A: The RIS is a pitch black brew, dark with some ruby red highlights that come through when light shines into the narrow parts of the glass. A decent tan-colored head is lacing around the sides.

S: The stout has a thick, oily aroma that is roasted with baker's chocolate and coffee. A surprising amount of hops are present too, adding a citrus touch. The strength of the stout is quite nice.

T: The stout's head tasted slightly metallic, making me worry that the ale was past its prime. Luckily the first sip re-affirmed that this ale has some legs to it. Roasted, hell burnt toast, thick and charred hits the tastebuds up front. Doughy bread has a darker rye-like flavor. Baker's chocolate adds a bitter touch that is welcome amongst the char. The stout also has a sour lactose flavor that adds a milkiness to the dark chocolate malts.

M: Charred with a lactose body, this stout holds up quite well. I can only imagine that the stout was much hotter a year ago.

D: The stout is big but the alcohol is well hidden. I'd be happy to nurse on a few of these over the course of a night.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a dense black body with a microbubble trail up the side of the glass. There is a creamy tan head that turns bubbly after a bit.

S- The roasted malt has a smooth charred chocolate character without any bitterness. There is some spun sugar notes in the finish and an iced coffee quality.

T- The smooth roasted black malt has some mineral water notes and an ice coffee finish. There is some soft licorice and char notes in the finish and a very light tartness that seems to be more from hops that funk.

M- There is a light mouthfeel and a tight little fizz finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is big yet easy to drink and the smooth mellow flavor has some nice chocolate qualities but no big roasted bitter flavors and all the flavors are well blended.

Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

Pours a near black colored beer with an impressive dark tan/light brown colored head.

Smell is light and sweet and a lot like a milk stout.
A bit earthy with a good chocolate aroma and a bit of hop scent.

Taste is light and easy on the tongue with the flavors of milk and chocolate at the beginning. Unfortunately the taste doesn't develop much here. This is a tasty beer but it isn't real complex at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinkable beer but not one to put a lot of effort into getting. I would have no problem ordering this beer at a bar...That is lacking in Stone RIS.

Beer Review #1000 by the way.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a translucent black with an inch of medium-dark tan head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

Very nice roasted aromas greet the nose, with some graininess at the back. The flavors weren't as bold as some of the style, but were very well balanced and combined. Nice roast, chocolate and a slight burnt (in a good way) flavor were all present, along with the grain and a touch of hops.

The body was too thin for my opinion of the style. Drinkability was very good, smooth and flavorful, very easy to drink. Overall, this is more like a strong Porter, but a very enjoyable beer that I'd drink with some regularity if it were local to me. Try it if you see it.

Photo of Derek
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with plenty of yeastie-floaties, tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Roasted grain with a some sourness (plums?), licorice, demerara, light spicing and fruitiness. It seems like a lot of stouts & porters from this region have that sour twang... I don't know why... I'm not fond of it.

T: Roasted grain, demerara, coffee, licorice, woody, light spicing, slight grainy astringency (though not as much as the aroma indicated), slight fruitiness, modest bitterness, alcohol is very subtle (I doubt it's 9%). I'd say it's a heck of a dry stout, or maybe an export... but not an imperial.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight roasted acidity & tartness, very dry. An imperial dry stout?

D: It's alright.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours..whoah, caught it in time. It started to slowly, thankfully, gush out of the bottle. I didn't lose a drop. ;^)

It looks black but on closer observation, I can see brownish hues so I'll call it a very dark brown. Nice billowy head of tannish foam that forms a Devil's Tower on the top of my glass. Great head retention and there's plenty of sticky lacing.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, coffee, and some citrus hops in the background. A good nose overall.

The taste has huge notes of roasted malt. wow. Besides that, I get coffee, chocolate, maybe a touch of dark fruit, and some hop bitterness right before the finish. Quite complex and quite tasty though I think the roasted malt may be a tad overdone here.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is fairly light, it finishes bitter with both roasted malt and dark chocolate. Lots of warming going on here from the alcohol. This would be a nice one to fall back on in the dead of winter.

Overall, it's a tasty brew that I think would be even better if it wasn't so darn roasty. Oh well, I'll still recommend that you give it a try.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/27/06 Edit: 3rd in line during the Imperial/Russian Stout tasting session with Golden2wenty1, expatsteve, and DaPeculierDane. Results came out pretty similar...complexity in the nose/tongue have improved as has drinkability. Still a middle of the road beer compared to its competition the other night.


12oz single, 6 pack from Star Liquor

appearance: pours a dark mahogany into my snifter, head is a light chocolatey brown fizzing foam that dissipates quite quickly but leaves a thick lace around the rim

smell: nice dark roastiness, licorice, sweet dark fruit - mostly plum and grape, cocoa powder, espresso...nothing really jumps out and grabs you like some other lake louie beers but its not a bad nose

taste: bold and robust...very dark and roasty, high licorice factor, dark cocoa powder, strong smoke presence, nice little citric hop bite in the middle...theres some good things going on here but it doesnt seem to come together like some other lake louie beers. worth checking out for sure though

mouthfeel: a tad thin, twisted hop bitterness, slight alcohol burn

drinkability: above average

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard poured into a tulip.

Pours close to black in the glass with a big beige head that leaves decent lacing and leaves a solid cap for a while.

The aroma is oddly sweet with licorice being the dominant smell. Maybe it's slightly oxidized, but the dark roasted malts are in the background. There's also some sweet vanilla and chocolate sweetness as well.

The taste has the same initial sweetness that featured in the aroma with lots of caramel, vanilla and licorice. There are lots of dark sweet malts with a slightly roasted character. Very, very sweet overall.

The mouthfeel is slick and on the lighter side of things as RISs go. There is very low carbonation and a very sweet aftertaste.

This one disappointed me a little bit and came across much sweeter than I was expecting. It's a decent beer overall but nothing outstanding.

Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 12oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a frothy, 1.5 inch, tan-colored head that gradually dissipates into a sudsy cluster of bubbles across the surface. Great nose on this one - vanilla, dark malt and cocoa. Taste is earthy, malty, roasty and vinous. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slight bite at the finish. A flavorful brew with a well-hidden abv. Not one of the more memorable examples of the style; however, I thoroughly enjoyed the slightly off-beat nature of this RIS.

Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest crimson-black, though it still allows a good amout of light to pass through the edges. I want my imperial stouts (and all stouts, reallly) to be thick slabs of impentrable black. This isn't.
Chocolate raisinette nose, dunked in medium roast coffee. Hops are not present in the nose.
Enters with a thick, thick milk chocolate blanket. Vanilla and coffee and mere platoon players, though they are clearly the next in line. The milk chocolate is unyielding, and should actually be looked upon as two seperate entities, cocoa and lactose. There is a minor tea-like leafiness towards the close, as it ends with a jammy, purple grape vinousness. No distinct alcohol or hops tones are noted. If this is actually 9% as stated, I'd be shocked.

This is on the dieting side of medium bodied. And a bit worty feeling too.

It is an enjoyable beverage, and an absolutely classic example of a sweet stout. Rename it: Lake Louie Reserve Milk Stout.
If that was the style it was meant to portray, it would probably gain a full point, if not more. It is more or less a peer of Mackeson's XXX.

Rated as it is labeled- Imperial- it will not fare as well, as it lacks all the depth and crucial traits.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to OHLRanger for this treat. Boy I love me some stouts so any I have never had are more than welcome.

A: Pours a very dark black hue with an above average tan head. The head is creamy at first with rocky peaks showing up as it builds. The retention is okay with some nice chunks of lace noted. I will note that it does appear a bit thin though.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with notes of dark bakers chocolate. Touches of dark fruit peek through along with a big blast of coffee.

T: Nice flavors off this one. Roasted malt and chocolate stand out from the start. Dark roasted coffee comes through along with a bit of dark fruit. The finish is fairly hoppy with a dash of smoke which I really enjoy.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, with snappy carbonation.

D: It's drinkable. I would love to see six packs of this one on the shelf. It would make winter so much more enjoyable.

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BuckeyeNation, thanks for what may be the only bottle I ever see.

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color with only traces of light penetrating the outer edges. Chunks of sediment are aplenty. The head is reminiscent of milk chocolate and is easily three fingers deep. It's very slow to recede and leaves a heavy coating of lace down the glass. Very attractive.

Smell: Chocolate malts are strong and sweet. It has an interesting fudge-like aroma that predominates. Roasted malts and a alight smoked smell add some complexity. There's a light coffee smell, but it's a little weak for the style. Alcohol blends well as it's only marginally noticeable.

Taste: It's every bit as chocolaty as the aroma suggests. Chocolate malts are certainly sweet and a little bitter. But, frankly it's a little too much chocolate for my preference. There are some ancillary notes of roasted malt and coffee, but they don't really complement the chocolate flavor in any way. It's just not blended well. Alcohol is not noticeable in taste. Perhaps the brewers nailed that bit. There is a residual bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and that's where this beer really falters. It's way too thin and lacks the silky smooth mouthfeel of a top notch imperial stout. Carbonation is okay and it goes down easy enough. But, mouthfeel is very average. Drinkability is above average. It's 9% abv and in no way resembles a beer of that size. It doesn't smell, taste, or feel big at all. I could drink a couple of these, but it's weak points (taste and feel) diminish drinkability a bit.

Lake Louie needs to go back to the drawing board with this one (and perhaps it has). A few tweaks could substantially improve this beer. Toning down the chocolate flavor and thickening it should be the focal points. That being said, it's not a bad beer. But, with so many fine imperial stouts on the market, this is not one that commands repeat visits.

Photo of Deuane
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.