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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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86
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 17
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:
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(Beer added by: UncleFlip on 01-21-2006)
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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.05/5  rDev +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.

objectivemonkey, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

terrabyte, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark molasses color with a subdued carbonation. The head is small but rises quite late to about 1/2 a finger it fades leaving little lace.

The Smell is heavy in the sweet dark sugars, Lots of molasses, some fruit and chocolate also come to mind.

The taste follows, Lots af molasses and brown sugar. Nice hopes trying to even the score but loosing in the end. A slight and redeeming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thiner then i look for in a Imp Stout. Could use just a tad mor carbonation.

The drinkability is ok. The beer if pretty good not in a class with the best. But works in a pinch.

Big thanks to NVLMVP for passing this on. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

BeerCheese, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
1.18/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours out brown. Brown. The head was flimsy and dissapated very quickly. Very quickly. The smell is bad, very bad. It is sour with bad coffee malts that aren't roasty at all. The taste is sour, barely roasty, but bad. The mouthfeel is bad, it makes my mouth dry and like plastic. Overall I would never get anything from Lake Louie ever again, dissapointed on 3 occasions.

Erdinger2003, Jan 27, 2007
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.

ppoitras, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just amazing on-tap at the brewery, let's see how it does in a bottle against some serious Imp/Double competition.

Pour: murky black with chunky sediment under a smallish khaki-tan head.

Nose: grainy malt, vanilla booze and licorice candy

Taste: grainy malt, dark, sweet fruit, espresso coffee bitterness and licorice booze on the tongue.

Feel: as on tap, a little thin for the style with crisp carbonation and some boozey vapors which creep up the nose in the finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Much better on tap from the source, but still a tasty RIS, but lacking in the smooth balance and complexity experienced from the teat.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

expatsteve, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 26, 2006
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

blackie, Jun 10, 2006
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.

Zorro, May 27, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

assurbanipaul, May 22, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

CRJMellor, May 13, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

beveragecaptain, May 04, 2006
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.

weeare138, Apr 21, 2006
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

dirtylou, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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

UncleFlip, Jan 21, 2006
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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.