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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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 botham
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a new Sam Adams glass. pours black with distant garnet highlights and some sediment floating thoughtout the brew. two fingers of healthy, dense and tan head top it off, leaving moderate lacings. good retention.

aroma is roasted, with black malts and an earthy base. notes include subtle grassy hops, a woody quality, possibly oak, and a subtle alcoholic note.

taste is malty, with roasted malts and black malts, along with a subtle sweet character that is challenged by an alcoholic note upon finishing. hops are distant, if at all present, with the malt overpowering the palate with complexity and richness.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a syrup like texture and a smooth finish. finishes on a malty note with residual grainy malts and roasted coffee notes.

drinkability is decent. this is a big brew, with complexity and richness to spare. could be a bit less intense, though still one of the best from Lake Louie. cheers!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish red - a couple tads darker than root beer from a 12 oz bottle. It looks black in the glass, with a small 1/8-inch light tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and malt. First sip is super light for an Imperial Stout. It is also bitterer and less sweet than typical IMP Stouts. Tastes of malts and tobacco dominate. As it warms, the coffee taste blossoms. I am amazed how so many flavors can coexist so peacefully in such a light bodied beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of nflmvp.

A: The RIS is a pitch black brew, dark with some ruby red highlights that come through when light shines into the narrow parts of the glass. A decent tan-colored head is lacing around the sides.

S: The stout has a thick, oily aroma that is roasted with baker's chocolate and coffee. A surprising amount of hops are present too, adding a citrus touch. The strength of the stout is quite nice.

T: The stout's head tasted slightly metallic, making me worry that the ale was past its prime. Luckily the first sip re-affirmed that this ale has some legs to it. Roasted, hell burnt toast, thick and charred hits the tastebuds up front. Doughy bread has a darker rye-like flavor. Baker's chocolate adds a bitter touch that is welcome amongst the char. The stout also has a sour lactose flavor that adds a milkiness to the dark chocolate malts.

M: Charred with a lactose body, this stout holds up quite well. I can only imagine that the stout was much hotter a year ago.

D: The stout is big but the alcohol is well hidden. I'd be happy to nurse on a few of these over the course of a night.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black, though not super thick in appearance. Thin light brown head. Full roasted barley odor, notes of chocolate and ethanol. Roasty and creamy malt flavor, deep and chocolatey. Some light cocoa powder flavor, as well as a phantom flash of cherries. I also get a bit of nutmeg. Rich and full bodied. A well-crafted, drinkable imperial stout, but with nothing to really set it apart from others in the crowd. Still, very good.

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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 brdc
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks stoutsNipas for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.
Dark brown brew with a light tan head, one and a half finger, that drops quickly but leaves a nice collar.
Aroma is malty, chocolates and coffee, but not as rich as I expected, along with a noticeable alcohol smell.
Medium bodied, the taste is as expected, although as it warms up the alcohol kick gets a bit too noticeable.
Good brew, but not the best Lake Louie offering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours..whoah, caught it in time. It started to slowly, thankfully, gush out of the bottle. I didn't lose a drop. ;^)

It looks black but on closer observation, I can see brownish hues so I'll call it a very dark brown. Nice billowy head of tannish foam that forms a Devil's Tower on the top of my glass. Great head retention and there's plenty of sticky lacing.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, coffee, and some citrus hops in the background. A good nose overall.

The taste has huge notes of roasted malt. wow. Besides that, I get coffee, chocolate, maybe a touch of dark fruit, and some hop bitterness right before the finish. Quite complex and quite tasty though I think the roasted malt may be a tad overdone here.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is fairly light, it finishes bitter with both roasted malt and dark chocolate. Lots of warming going on here from the alcohol. This would be a nice one to fall back on in the dead of winter.

Overall, it's a tasty brew that I think would be even better if it wasn't so darn roasty. Oh well, I'll still recommend that you give it a try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra from the very generous ATLBeerdog, and have been saving it in my fridge waiting for the right moment to try it. Last night I just grabbed it and figured what the hell as I was in the mood for a big stout. Nice 12oz bottle that I served at a little bit over cellar temperature and poured it into an oversized wine glass. A nice, rich, deep, dark brown then emerged right from the bottle, and pour very nicely into the bottom of the glass. There was a nice, albeit small head of tan lace that formed on the top, but quickly faded down into just a thin crown across the top of the glass. Decent retention led to a nice bit of side glass lace, decent look overall for a stout.

The aroma was very sweet, even from the very first notes that came across. There was an odd aroma to it, very pleasant, but I just could not place what it was. It was some coffee, some caramel, a dark, sweet chocolate and a touch of bourbon, hints of vanilla and spices in the back. Very complex and one of the most interesting examples I have run across. The flavor carried this over very well, with a rich burnt coffee and sugary tone that had some overlapping flavors of tobacco and peat mixed in. I was shocked by how good this was. A slight bourbon like barrel taste and a hint of vanilla rounded it out nicely, leaving the long lingering flavor of dark chocolate on the tongue and a touch of vanilla in the finish. The Mouthfeel was a little light, and that would be my only distracter from this. It really was more ale like, and did not have that rich creamy feel you would want to match with the flavor. But the drinkability was great, as the alcohol was very well hidden and the profile was very nice, leading you to be able to sip this one with relative ease.

Overall this was a bit of a shocker for me. Much sweeter then I thought it would be and it ended up turning out much better overall then I would have hoped for. No doubt I would try to pick this one up again, it was absolutely excellent and should be tried by anyone who can find it.

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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp for breaking abottle of this out of his vinatge cellar.

A-Deep brown with a medium tan head that held and left decent lacing.

S-Notes of coffee roasted malt and vanilla. Sweeter notes as it warmed.

T-Super roasty with a pleasant coffee flavour! Really great...nice undertones of residual sweetness. Much like the milk stout by the same brewery but a bit sweeter

M-Medium bodied with a nice astringency. Excellent, smooth and round.

D-Really solid. Lake Louie really has it going on with their stouts. Another winner in my book.

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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 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 IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black amber with a nice off white head that melts to very sticky lace.

Aromas are coffee...lots of wonderfully fresh brewed coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is roasted, FRESH roasted coffee...damn, I would like to say there are lots of other flavors here, but the coffee is so rich and intense, that is all that I am aware of.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Aftertaste roasted coffee...deliciously fresh roasted coffee.

Perhaps single dimensional because all that I get from this Stout is fresh roasted coffee but I don't know if that is a bad thing.
I love it...I love coffee...this one is delicious.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer was good, but it was much more like a porter than an Imperial Stout to me: there was plenty of really tasty roastiness, but it wasn't very intense, thick/viscous, alcohol-tasting, and lacked the hop/bourbon barrel/aged/etc bells and whistles that most imperial stouts seem to have. So while it may be unlike other beers in this hard-to-define "style" (and I use this word loosely in this case), it was good.

It pours black with very little head. Aroma is extremely roasty and fairly dry. Flavor is again very roasty (to the extent of being a bit chalky) and dry and good. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but flavor lingers in your mouth for quite awhile. Quite nice.

I would recommend this beer. I bought a single bottle of it at 3 Cellars in Franklin.

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Photo of Flyer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with purple glints, not much head. Huge roasty nose. Equally big roasty taste, but surprisingly lacking in chewiness. The flavor sits high in your mouth, if that makes any sense. Some late alcohol presence. Quite good, if not quite first tier. Recommended as a slightly different imperial stout.

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Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured with reasonable agitation, it slowly built up but quickly dissipated, never forming much at all.

S- very malty chocolate scents little bit of alcohol underneath. i smell a little bourbon, but idk where thats coming from.

T- a very thick creamy chocolately flavors, solid maltiness light bitterness, solid throughout

M- the high carbonation on the tongue gave it a bite on the tongue, fit better later as it settled so its prolly better just to let it sit or give it a harder pour.

D- solid stout, but not exceptionally malty, and maybe not living up to the RIS standard, but i could definitly drink more of these

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Photo of drseamus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Not quite dark enough for me. A decent amount of light penetrates at the edges leaving a light brown hue.

S: The aroma isn't quite strong enough for me. There is a light amount of roasted malt and a touch of what seems like oatmeal to me, but it's all very faint.

T: Right on style. Nice upfront roastiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor subsides pretty quickly though leaving only a faint aftertaste.

M: Decently thick with good creaminess.

D: Not a bad RIS by any means, although pretty average all around.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to nflmvp for this via trade! Always neat to be able to try a retired beer I would never have known existed but for the generosity of another BA!

A - dark brown / black with chunky a small tan head that falls quickly but lingers around the sides of the glass.
S - touch of roasted grain / espresso, dark ripe fruit and licorice
T - similar to the nose but with a bit of dark brown sugar thrown in for good measure.
M - medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, with a slight warming effect.
D - drinks nice and easy.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was hand-delivered in trade by DaPeculierDane back in May...gracias, Eric. On this, one of the first chilly nights in Western Oregon, I decided to crack open an Imperial Stout; poured to a pint glass at whatever temp a beer reaches when it's been out of the fridge for half an hour...

A: Dark and chocolate-y, with hints of auburn and ruby at the edges. Minimal creamy head, a light tan color. Maybe a 1/2-finger at its pinnacle, dwindling to a wispy cap. Some good creamy lace in splotchy pockets.

S: Smells of cocoa and overly-ripe pit fruit. Molasses and toffee add to the sugary maltiness. A pleasing smell, though not terribly complex and imbalanced toward the sweetness.

T: Starts with a bit of milk chocolate sweetening, even lactose souring. Transcends to a fuller, much more deeply roasted and malty huskiness. A hint of smoke and a stronger bitter coffee/chocolate flavor develop in the end.

M: Soft and velvety, little carbonation and only light-medium fullness in th mouth.Thinner and sweeter, more like a good porter or even a sweet stout, than an imperial stout. A long lasting dark roasted/burnt malt bittering clings on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

D: A good, moderately drinkable IS, though with some flaws (at least for my tastes). Somewhat astringent and maybe a tad oxidized, this had a likable flavor, but acidic transparency that I didn't really care for. I'd love to try it again, perhaps on tap (at the brewery?) - as is this is no better than a middle-of-the-road RIS.

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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 grub
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a recent trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours deep brown, not quite black, nearly opaque. a thin, dense light brown head rises up and lingers long after the pour. spotty lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. roast. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. dark fruit. cracker malt.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. bit of espresso. roast. light caramel sweetness. just a hint of cherry. bready malt. medium bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. nice med-low carbonation and a good body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is balanced very well. quite tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours an oily black with a small head, down to a thin film, bubbly, lacing in sheets that don't stick to the glass. Aroma is reminicent of a milk stout lactose, chocolates and coffee grinds, a bit nutty, and some dark fruits, mainly raisin. Taste has that same milk stout feel to it, chocolates, coffee, no hops found here, the finish is long and has a very nice espresso aftertaste. The mouth is decent, good body, carbonation, ok smooth. But its remarkably easy to drink and hides the alcohol (9%!?!?) extremely well, which, really, is kind of dangerous. Thanks to nflmvp for the batch of Lake Louie brews.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a somewhat small light-tan head.

Aroma is a distinct roasted coffee smell. Not as much chocolate as I would have guess, maybe just a bit of dark chocolate.

Flavor has a nice coffee base, a gritty espresso bite, sweetened by charred molasses. There is a hint of welcome booze, especially apparent when drinking larger swallows. Aftertaste has a great grainy coffee bite that sets it apart from others.

Mouthful is a little under-carbonated, although easy to get a creamy mouthful. A little disappointing in how thin or watery it can feel sometimes, although the big flavor makes up for it.

Drinkability is very easy going since it's so thin. The flavor is different enough to keep it unique and interesting. The 9% ABV is almost completely covered up, one would never have guessed the high content. Any boozy flavor that you might catch is actually welcoming. It's a little pricier than an every day stout, but well worth trying out each season. I tried this side by side with the New Glarus Coffee Stout and this one blew its socks off.

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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 BeerCheese
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight from the fridge to my glass. Black with a small dark tan head. Low head retention. Black licorice aroma was light - almost undetectable. Taste of licorice, dark chocolate, and coffee. Hops offset the malt nicely, with a nice hop finish and a little taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel a little thin for the style, but still nice and smooth. Carbonation was medium/low and nearly perfect for a stout. Medium/full bodied. Warmth of alcohol. Excellent drinkability, especially for an imperial. I'll certainly have another when I finish this one!

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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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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 137 ratings