Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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3.21/5 rDev -16%
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.
02-28-2013 20:11:42 | More by Chaz
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
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!
02-21-2013 01:33:56 | More by nickapalooza86
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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
10-15-2012 04:08:49 | More by ncketchum
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured into a Delirium snifter on 8/25/12
Very dark brown color; nearly black once in the glass. The head pours just under one finger but doesn't hold up - retention is pretty much a soapy skim across the top. No lace.
The aroma has a tangy coffee roast with hints of dark fruit and grains. This doesn't smell particularly strong or complex. Overall, the aroma is on the struggling side of average.
Thankfully, the taste is a step up, albeit a small one. The dark fruits and coffee are diminished in favor or roasted dark grains and chocolate. Actually, the taste improves significantly once the beer starts to warm up. Very simple, but not bad at all.
The feel has an enjoyable granular quality, which helps the otherwise medium body. Carbonation is well on the low side. All in all, the feel is fairly plush without being particularly viscous.
Overall impression? This is pretty decent. Some folks think that an imperial stout that won't floor you in 10 ounces is a bad thing. I happen to be a-ok with that.
09-06-2012 03:29:33 | More by Ryan011235
3.78/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-30-2012 12:28:27 | More by Sammy
2.33/5 rDev -39%
12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours out a dark brown color. You're looking for black out of an impy stout, not this. Most porters are far darker than this brew. Not much head. There's basically nothing to say about this beer's appearance other than it is off.
Mr. Mephisto smells overwhelmingly of soy sauce brownies. Those aren't a real thing (at least I hope not) but that's what this beer smells like. Lots of oily soy sauce umami overload blech. Plenty of baker's chocolate too, which is nice, but then more of it than you would ever want. It's off-balance and off-putting.
Thankfully, the taste is not intense. Unfortunately, the taste is sorta' bland. Not much flavor here. Cocoa powder meets a bit of savory soy flavors. I think there's some distant hop character too. Mostly this is ambiguously malty and powdery. Odd.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style. There's a decent chewiness here, but no better than the average imperial stout. Overall, this is a poor effort. A bad example of the style. I recommend avoiding it.
03-08-2012 05:49:59 | More by Reaper16
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.
A- Pours a dark brown, near black with a 1 finger cream head. Nice ring of lacing with small blotches underneath remain.
S- Roasted malts, dark fruits mainly plum/raisin, and some chocolate.
T- Roasted malts but has a nice sweetness with the dark fruits coming through. Bitter chocolate at finish.
M- Medium body and carbonation. Has nice creaminess and abv is hidden very well.
O- Good imperial stout, but definitely not in the elite category by any means.
02-28-2012 02:34:25 | More by kawilliams81
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
A: near opaque, black with deep, deep copper hue, head dissipated to thin lacing
S: very pleasant, nice roasted malt, nutty with caramelized quality, leather
T: nice deep dark roasted malt, some fruitiness in finish, well-balanced with hops but tasted more like aged beer with hop bitterness not dominant
M: creamy, chewy, very good
O: more like English-style RIS
01-24-2012 01:45:29 | More by wisrarebeer
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
I think this is my favorite Russian Imperial Stout. I remember liking it last year but having it again 12 months later, I can safely say that even when I compare it to other RIS I have had in the last year, this one was the best.
The appearance in the glass was not as good as I had hoped. It looked a little thin. Also, in the intitial sip, I got a little bit of a watery feel. After that though, it was all great. A few Russian Imperial Stouts I have had lately haven't had the strong dark fruit, licorice taste that I like as it is obscured by other flavors. It was up front and center in this one. Also, the alcohol was just enough to give me a little buzz by the time I got done with one bottle. One other thing that would make this beer better for me (and it is nit picking really) is if it was slightly higher in alcohol but it is still pretty damn good.
EDIT: The longer I am at this beer collecting thing, the more I realize that beers I once thought were great...aren't so much anymore...I cracked a bottle of the 2012 vintage of this beer and it was way more roasty than I remembered. So much so that the nice dark fruit and licorice flavors were muted. I then sampled a bottle of 2011 and although the roastiness had died down to let the other flavors shine through a little bit, there was a slight sour taste that I have found unfortunately develops in aged Lake Louie beers. I do still really like this beer but since it wasn't as good fresh as I remembered and it didn't age well, I have to downgrade it a bit.
01-20-2012 01:42:29 | More by mjpolzin
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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