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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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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 80
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Reaper16
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mjpolzin
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TATURBO
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of znichols
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A thick black pour with a sand colored head that clings to the glass for most of the session. Tiny bubbles.

S- Very "desserty", if thats a word. Sweet toffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavor, but its rather subdues for the size of the beer.

T- Light char is what i first taste, but less than most stouts, mind you. Its more sweet and smooth with little bitterness. A prime post dinner beer, this stout is very reminiscent of toasted marshmallow, mild cocoa, vanilla bean, and a touch of coffee. Little to no bitterness and a touch of warm alcohol. Could use about 3 months of aging to be in its prime.

M- Medium body with small bubbles giving it a very creamy texture. Superbly smooth.

O- For such a large beer, i really enjoy this stout and could have 2 or 3 in a night. I think i would have enjoyed it more had i cellared it for a few months to hide the alcohol just a touch more and maybe meld the flavors, but not bad for a more approachable imp. stout.

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 Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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 emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one as an extra in a trade a month or so back, and found it in the refrigerator tonight. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, day old coffee and vanilla extract. Medium bodied, with tons of vanilla, toffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Gets better with every sip, but never rises to greatness.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice jet black color with a sizeable tan head. Somewhat soapy aroma. Some grain going on though not the roasted notes I was looking for or used to. Very grainy flavcor in general but lacking any real roasted or bitter flavors from the malt. Enough hop presence but really lacks the serious roast qualities it needs. Not unpleasant flavor wise just needs a good kick in the pants. Smooth body. A decent enough beer just does not come off as imperial.

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 katan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of levifunk
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark brown with little head.

smell - all i pick up is hops. not a very aromatic beer.

taste - hops, but a sweet hoppy flavor. very good. great balance of sweet and bitter.

mouth - medium thickness. carbonation present, but not overdone.

overall - a dangerously drinkable high ABV beer. Hops are predominant, but not overpowering and no lingering bitterness or dry feeling.

Photo of evanackerman
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep deep ruby that appears black unless held at an angle to a strong light source. very attractive and typical of the style. Somewhat minimal head formation.

Aroma is reminiscent of fermented prune juice, not the high point of this beer.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt chocolate and coffee notes, light but pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Not the most in-your-face imperial stout but solid flavor profile nonetheless.

mouthfeel is medium viscosity and on point for the style.

Drinkability is quite high for an RIS.

Overall, another quality offering from this great small brewery, I make it a point to seek out some Lake Louie offerings whenever I visit my home state. I think this brewery could be very popular if they had a bigger distribution footprint. definitely try is you have a chance.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that Ive never heard of sent over from FrankenBrew.

A- Poured out, the head makes a loud fizzing noise like that of a coca cola. It fades away almost as fast. The beer is typical RIS black and solid.

S- faint coffee and chocolate as it warms. Smoke, charcoal and ash. Some alcohol.

T- Sorta weak. Slight coffee and chocolate. Smoke, malty and dark fruity sweetness.

M- Mildly carbonated. Not the fullest body but average for the style.

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into American pint glass, standard pub glass. Had a terrific head that is leaving lacing down my cup. Still a quarter inch of head as the beer is half gone. NICE. Deep deep ruby, but not quite black, as it does leave some room for light penetration. A bit much in the carbonation, but helps with drinkability.

S: It smells like stout, light coffee and candy fragrance. Not overly aromatic. Can smell esters and alcohol a bit. No surprise.

T: Dark tasting, with a lot of dried dark fruit notes, chocolate and mild coffee. Has a little syrupy taste to it, kinda goes with the mouth feel. The hop bitterness is about perfect, and there is a nice little oomph from late addition hops. Appropriate for the style. May or may not improve with age. It would smooth out a bit more, but lose some of the hops. The brew is like, 80-85% smooth. Is somewhat young tasting; untamed quality.

M: Is on the lighter. thinner side of imperial stouts. Yet, when it's colder, noticeable syrup effect with the carbonation. As it warms the effect isn't all that noticeable. I always drink a beer like this warmer, rather than cooler.

D: I could totally crack open another one. At first, when it was cold, I was like "whoa, this is kinda thick, dunno if I can handle two." Now, as my pint is 3/4 gone, it is warmer and I feel that I could advance to another beer. Excellent buzz as this is 9%.

Overall, this is an okay beer. The first imperial stout I've seen from LL. It's not the best imperial stout I've had. LL could use some work on this one, but it's not too shabby.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: A vigorous pour yields a .5 finger coarse, chocolate head the receds quickly into nothing. Beer looks opaque black but is also noticeably carbonated. Lacing is near non-existent. There's a couple of wisps but nothing else.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of vanilla or cream. Smells kinda like burnt brownies mixed with liquorice.

T: Noticeably sour in the opening and I fear this one might've gone bad. Even a bit spicy, chocolate is there but the coffee is missing for the most part. No dark fruit flavors to mention and it finishes with a weird, slightly sour hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied and a bit carbonated for the style. Coarse and this one doesn't do a lot transition. Body stays the same as it warms. Not smooth in the least with a finish that is surprisingly watery and hoppy, not sticky though it does linger a bit.

D: I can see what the brewers were going for with this one but it just doesn't do it for me. I've had hoppy RISs before (Darkness) and this one just doesn't quite pull it off right. The thick, full, oily body is also not there, nor is the dark fruit that I've come to love with this style. It's an appreciated attempt, but I'll pass on this one next time.

Photo of Beertracker
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my snifter goes dark with brown highlights along the edges and falls to a thin lacing along the edges with a nice swirl in the middle.

Initial scents are some off putting: raisins and rotten fruit enveloped in cocoa - not appealing. Warming yields more coffee, but the odd sickening sweetness hangs around enough to be cautionary. Smells like headaches feel.

Tastes reveal very sweet malt, iced coffee, fig and raisin. Yikes! The sweetness bangs away at the senses as a faint citric hoppiness joins forces with a leafy dryness and tries in vain to come to the rescue only to be swept all by sweet, sweet, sweetness.

Slick and not as heavy as some of it's bigger RIS counterparts, but oddly not as drinkable as some heavier hitters. I want to like this more and to support a solid local brewer, but I'm not feeling this as I'd hoped.

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.

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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.