Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout
Lake Louie Brewery Company

Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout
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From:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.58%
Ratings:
138
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 05, 2019
Added:
Jan 21, 2006
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  11
SCORE
86
Very Good
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout
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4.03 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jul 05, 2019
 
3.81 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota on Apr 16, 2017
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Going on 2 years old. Standard pitch black imperial stout with a good carbonation. Aromas are fruit forward with raisins and plums along with some chocolate malt sweetness. Tastes are quite similar with a bit of wine like notes. Nice medium mouthfeel as well. Overall a nice stout that is still drinkable for the percentage.

Jun 24, 2016
 
3.92 by WDJersey from Colorado on May 27, 2016
 
3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California on Feb 13, 2016
 
3.38 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jan 31, 2016
 
4 by eldoctorador from Chile on Dec 21, 2015
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2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by Elumbeer from Wisconsin

Tastes like licking an ash tray

Nov 30, 2015
 
3.88 by Wobbly from Missouri on Nov 25, 2015
 
3.85 by invalid665 from Illinois on Sep 30, 2015
 
3.5 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 12, 2015
 
3.81 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin on Jul 09, 2015
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3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

Weak roasted malts, thin body, and high carbonation. Makes me wonder why they called it a RIS.

Apr 24, 2015
 
3.92 by Mambajahamba from Michigan on Mar 26, 2015
 
3.85 by jgsacoustics from Wisconsin on Mar 21, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bloatednemesis from Wisconsin

I rated it high because I loved it. But be warned, it seemed really sweet for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Feb 16, 2015
 
4 by redleg411 from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2015
 
3.88 by donnie_vendetta from Wisconsin on Jan 30, 2015
 
4.48 by CraigTravor from California on Jan 21, 2015
 
3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jan 04, 2015
 
3.75 by OBD from Wisconsin on Nov 30, 2014
 
4 by GoatMother from Wisconsin on Nov 02, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by robear from Wisconsin

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 009 13 into taster on 10/17/14 (approx. 1 year, 8 months old)
Room temp (approx 55-60 degrees when served)

Appearance: Dark Chestnut to black. Some light comes through- more in line with a heavier single stout than an Imperial. Tan foam fades from 1 finger to none after about a minute.

Aroma: Sweet malts mixed with wet leaves. Some coffee overtones. Similar aroma to Old Rasputin but muted across the board.

Taste: A very sweet-forward Imperial Stout. Not much happening roast-wise. Borders on being a milk stout- a touch rougher and I don't think there is any actual lactose in this brew. A bitter finish, even after over a year in the bottle. Many Imp Stouts are night-cap beers- this is a mid-afternoon version. Aftertaste is actually really pleasant- coffee. chocolate, and dark roasted barley.

Feel: Slick and more firm than I would have anticipated. Certainly doesn't get cloying or as sticky as some of the bigger examples. Some would count that as a knock on this beer- I think it toes the line of drinkable Imperial Stout.

Overall: I'll probably have a few more of these (and hopefully find it on tap) before I draw a final conclusion. Is it really an Imperial Stout? Not this day and age, when many single stouts are topping it in abv and body. But when it hit the scene 10 years ago this was probably one of the heavier beers brewed in Wisconsin. It would be a good fit at the heavier end of a single stout flight, or it could be a great half-time beer during a heavy imperial stout tasting.

For this beer, the sum of the parts is what matters, and Lake Louie delivers a well made, balanced, restrained small Imperial Stout.

Oct 18, 2014
 
4 by wrightst from Maryland on Aug 18, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by TheSSG from Illinois

Pours a thick, frothy, tan head that has excellent persistence and laces readily. Rich, toasted malt aroma with a slight acidity. Black. A thick, velvety liquid with a robust, deep-toasted malt flavor. Bright grapefruit hoppiness pops through. A medium bitterness. The bitterness becomes citrus rind as the toasted malt acidity breaks through it. Lingering hop bitterness atop toasted malt.

Wow, this is lovely. Great mouthfeel, robust flavor and smell.

Jul 25, 2014
 
3.25 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 16, 2014
 
4.5 by WiscoJake from Wisconsin on Jun 23, 2014
 
4.25 by BYOFB from Wisconsin on May 17, 2014
 
4 by aubzachsyd from Iowa on May 10, 2014
 
4.25 by elkabong from Wisconsin on May 05, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by scaliasux from Wisconsin

Appearance - Dark brown. Appears opaque. Medium tall, light brown, and persistent head.

Smell - Sweet and rich medium-roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee, and raisin. Faintly citrusy hops?

Taste - Sweet and rich, though doesn't appear overly complex. Medium-roasted malts dominate. Sweet coffee with chocolate. Alcohol noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Full. Creamy.

Overall - Rich and satisfying. I like the flavor a lot, but it may lack some of the complexity of other beers in this category.

Apr 10, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by martyl1000 from Wisconsin

Oily black pour into a tulip glass. Creamy capuccino head that fades readily, but leaves sticky lacing.

Cherry pie! More like McDonald's fried cherry "pie". But really nice smelling beer. (My wife felt the aroma astringent.) Unlike any double stout I've ever encountered. Very nice in the nose.

Hmm... I'm not quite what to make of this. The flavor in the mouth says "I'm a pretty big double stout." And there is complexity. It's just hard to pick out the particulars. There's a medium- to full-bodied feel, with a surprisingly lively carbonation. The flavor is somewhat disappointing. The liquor-soaked, dried dark fruits are clearly there, just ill-defined, more like a memory of dark fruit. Same with the roasted grains. The whole shabang seems encased in cold black tea.

This is a good beer. I'm just not sure I'll buy it again, with so many truly awesome Russian Imperial Stouts around. My favorites are Founders Imperial, Mikkeller Black Hole, and Hoppin' Frog Boris/Doris. I might feel more positively if this brew were $7 or $8 a four-pack, rather than $10.

Apr 03, 2014
 
4.5 by npendres from Wisconsin on Mar 30, 2014
 
3.75 by jakea from Wisconsin on Mar 15, 2014
 
4 by TheBeer from Wisconsin on Mar 03, 2014
 
3.75 by Brewzma from Wisconsin on Dec 07, 2013
 
3.5 by Troville1990 from Illinois on Nov 21, 2013
 
3 by paralyzer from Wisconsin on Nov 11, 2013
 
3.75 by Rand_ale_Thor from Wisconsin on Oct 07, 2013
 
3.75 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois on Aug 03, 2013
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 138 ratings