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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

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Soneast, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

savagepanda, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of znichols
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

znichols, Aug 27, 2011
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 02, 2011
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.

Jwale73, May 01, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

emmasdad, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

lackenhauser, Nov 14, 2010
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.

beertunes, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

katan, May 08, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

levifunk, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of evanackerman
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

evanackerman, Feb 22, 2010
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.

MbpBugeye, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

MaltyHoppyGood, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 27, 2010
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.

Beertracker, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

BarrytheBear, Jan 09, 2010
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.

corby112, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The stout appears a rather deep brown color with a good inch of dense and creamy ecru foam. The glass is almost empty, yet most of the foam remains. Nose and flavors consist of bittersweet chocolate, grassy hops, almost burnt toast, molasses, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate and some coffee liqueur notes as it warms. This bottle has been in my cellar for at least two years and there is still a noticeable alcohol burn although, it is a bit muted at this point. Just about full bodied with more than ample carbonation. Very glad I held off on opening this one for quite a while. It has developed into a really nice and drinkable RIS.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 04, 2009
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.

gford217, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of nsmartell
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 120z bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a light brown fluffy head that doesn't stick around for long. When held up to a light, some brownish red is seen. Looking for more out of my RIS though.

Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice and that might be grapes.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, with bittersweet chocolate leading the way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sticky and dry. Not too shabby.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Will definitely seek out again and recommend.

nsmartell, May 21, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours deep black but some ruby highlights are revealed when held up to a light source. A one inch light tan head forms on top but falls pretty quickly. A bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma is of chocolate, some dark fruit - berries and plums, a slight coffee, and a bit of a vinous character.

Taste has dark chocolate up front with a bit of that fruit character entering in the middle again as plums and blackberries. Finish brings out more coffee roast flavors and ends pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy texture to it.

This wasn't anything special, a pretty drinkable IS in the third class of stouts. The first being the extremely rare ones and the second being the easy to acquire but still really good. This one's pretty good, but nothing to go nuts about.

roadhouse, May 15, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest cafe au lait colored head, velvety smooth small bubbles. Dark black, not quite solid though, and ruby highlights are seen when held up to the light. I like the font used on the bottle neck label.

Cocoa powder, and roasted barley are perceived in my first sniff. Following that, a little yeast aroma comes into the picture.

Malted milk balls is the first thought I have, taste-wise. Chocolate-y , and somewhat chalky. Somehow it works though. Little hop flavor is detected, although bitterness is present, and no hint of that 9% ABV either. A light vanilla flavor comes out, as well as a light caramel sweetness.

Smooth on the palate, medium long sweet finish.

A very good beer. If you're looking for a huge malt bomb cult beer, keep right on looking. If you like a well made, tasty beer that will keep you interested, but won't break the bank, here it is. I look forward to sampling this again when it next comes around. Cheers!

dancinwillie, May 05, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Steve's Liquors in Madison on my legendary "make a six" visit.

A: Almost black. Ruby red showing through on the edges against the light. Coffee stained half finger head. Dissipated quickly to a thin dusting and some large bubbles. Some lacing - nothing to write home about.

S: Solid burnt smell of roasted dark malt. Coffee, bitter dark cocoa. A hint of sweetness like prune. Tiny hint of alcohol.

T: Just as you would expect from the smell. You get the roasted flavors and then there's some fruitiness coming through. It's a tart dark fruit which is close to cloying at times - walks a fine line for me. The finish is bone dry and almost charcoal-like in roasty flavor. Tartness stays with you into the aftertaste. The combination of dry and tart do drive you to keep n drinking, so that works. I expected more booze but it is well masked.

M: Medium body that feels too thin. Medium carbonation that feel a little too aggressive on the tongue.

D: The biggest issue I have with this beer is that it is lacking all the big malt in the middle - it's just way to thin in flavor. I am a fan of Lake Louie but this one is promising but just doesn't deliver the goods.

sgoodship, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours a near black that glows around the edges with a deep red hue when held up to the light. Head was very small, maybe a centimeter at most but left a ring around the top and a little lacing

S--Vanilla, caramel, oak, traces of bourbon, chocolate. Complex but not overly impressive

T--Taste is better with roasted malts taking the forefront followed by vanilla, caramel, and a bit of coffee bitterness. Once again, complex but not overly impressive...but that is not necessarily a bad thing in this case. This is easy to drink, more like a regular American Stout rather than a Russian Imperial Stout. This would probably be a good introduction to the style for someone not used to this type of flavor, but for someone who is already a big Imperial Stout fan this probably isn't worth seeking out.

M--Medium bodied with some nice creaminess and soft carbonation

D--This would be a great "bar" beer for the craft lover, very easy to drink and enough flavor to enjoy. Its not going to blow your mind but if you are in Wisconsin it is worth picking up.

alcstradamus, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful rich dark near black wth a solid mocha colored head that sticks around for a good while. lots of lacing down the glass.

aroma is complex. roasted malt, rich chocolate, dark cocoa, funky hints of soy sauce and burnt maple sugar. malty, licorice, plums, maple, sugar plums, a hint of sourness.

flavor is close in line with aroma - rich roasted malt followed by some nice chocoalte and cocoa notes, burnt cane sugar. a hint of doughiness flushed away by more charred earthiness. a touch of sour, a touch of salt. a bit of lactose sugars and lactose sourness. All in all, a fairly complex yet also fairly smooth and easy going rich stout.

mouthfeel isn't bad and isn't astounding. a bit lighter than I was anticipating, yet not necessarily bad. ample carbonation keeps it inflated and lends a bit of creaminess. a nice creamy milk finish with just a hint of roasted bitterness.

incredibly drinkable, although part of that comes from what seems like a lack of oomph - a lack of character and astounding imperialness. It just falls a bit short. which isn't horrible... we thoroughly enjoyed it, and wouldn't be opposed to another bottle... it just lacks the character that makes it outstanding in it's field. Not bad, definitely drinkable, but just not amazing.

djeucalyptus, Apr 19, 2009
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.