Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UncleFlip on 01-21-2006

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Photo of Erdinger2003
1.2/5  rDev -68.4%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.57/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of Derek
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with plenty of yeastie-floaties, tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Roasted grain with a some sourness (plums?), licorice, demerara, light spicing and fruitiness. It seems like a lot of stouts & porters from this region have that sour twang... I don't know why... I'm not fond of it.

T: Roasted grain, demerara, coffee, licorice, woody, light spicing, slight grainy astringency (though not as much as the aroma indicated), slight fruitiness, modest bitterness, alcohol is very subtle (I doubt it's 9%). I'd say it's a heck of a dry stout, or maybe an export... but not an imperial.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight roasted acidity & tartness, very dry. An imperial dry stout?

D: It's alright.

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Photo of cokes
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest crimson-black, though it still allows a good amout of light to pass through the edges. I want my imperial stouts (and all stouts, reallly) to be thick slabs of impentrable black. This isn't.
Chocolate raisinette nose, dunked in medium roast coffee. Hops are not present in the nose.
Enters with a thick, thick milk chocolate blanket. Vanilla and coffee and mere platoon players, though they are clearly the next in line. The milk chocolate is unyielding, and should actually be looked upon as two seperate entities, cocoa and lactose. There is a minor tea-like leafiness towards the close, as it ends with a jammy, purple grape vinousness. No distinct alcohol or hops tones are noted. If this is actually 9% as stated, I'd be shocked.

This is on the dieting side of medium bodied. And a bit worty feeling too.

It is an enjoyable beverage, and an absolutely classic example of a sweet stout. Rename it: Lake Louie Reserve Milk Stout.
If that was the style it was meant to portray, it would probably gain a full point, if not more. It is more or less a peer of Mackeson's XXX.

Rated as it is labeled- Imperial- it will not fare as well, as it lacks all the depth and crucial traits.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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!

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Photo of robear
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. New batch so this is not retired. Pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown accents around the edges. A half inch of creamy tan foam sits atop and then falls leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aromas are big on roasted malt upfront. There's a nice brewed coffee aroma in there as well as a mellow chocolate note. Sort of lactic as well. Mild hops. The big roast / slightly smoky aroma leads the way though.

First sip brings a big dark roasted malt upfront that moves into a mix of coffee and chocolate, with the coffee dominating. There's a fruity aspect in the middle with a touch of smoke as well. Flows down with a bit of bitterness and a mild lactic note again. Tasty overall, but lacks the depth I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout. It wasn't really what I was expecting and is more in line with a standard stout. Overall, the brew is still tasty, although the roast could be toned down a bit. If I want a nice stout I'll grab this again, but not if I'm looking for an imperial stout.

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Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with brown highlights and 2 fingers of creamy tan head that leaves a slight froth on top.

S - Roasted malt with milk chocolate, slight lactic aroma and smokiness with a light touch of coffee.

T - Nice roasted malt flavor with black coffee mellowed by milk chocolate and a slight lactic hint. A lingering smokey bitterness is left on the tongue.

M - Creamy mouthfeel but a bit on the light side for an imperial stout.

D - A tasty beer but on the lighter side, even at 9%, compared to other imperials available.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BuckeyeNation, thanks for what may be the only bottle I ever see.

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color with only traces of light penetrating the outer edges. Chunks of sediment are aplenty. The head is reminiscent of milk chocolate and is easily three fingers deep. It's very slow to recede and leaves a heavy coating of lace down the glass. Very attractive.

Smell: Chocolate malts are strong and sweet. It has an interesting fudge-like aroma that predominates. Roasted malts and a alight smoked smell add some complexity. There's a light coffee smell, but it's a little weak for the style. Alcohol blends well as it's only marginally noticeable.

Taste: It's every bit as chocolaty as the aroma suggests. Chocolate malts are certainly sweet and a little bitter. But, frankly it's a little too much chocolate for my preference. There are some ancillary notes of roasted malt and coffee, but they don't really complement the chocolate flavor in any way. It's just not blended well. Alcohol is not noticeable in taste. Perhaps the brewers nailed that bit. There is a residual bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and that's where this beer really falters. It's way too thin and lacks the silky smooth mouthfeel of a top notch imperial stout. Carbonation is okay and it goes down easy enough. But, mouthfeel is very average. Drinkability is above average. It's 9% abv and in no way resembles a beer of that size. It doesn't smell, taste, or feel big at all. I could drink a couple of these, but it's weak points (taste and feel) diminish drinkability a bit.

Lake Louie needs to go back to the drawing board with this one (and perhaps it has). A few tweaks could substantially improve this beer. Toning down the chocolate flavor and thickening it should be the focal points. That being said, it's not a bad beer. But, with so many fine imperial stouts on the market, this is not one that commands repeat visits.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of levifunk
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  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

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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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