Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout
Lake Louie Brewery Company

Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #782
Ranked #19,612
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Mr. Mephisto's Imperial StoutMr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout
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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 138
Photo of mikesgroove
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +13%
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 -9.6%
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 -5.7%
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 +16.9%
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 -2.6%
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 0%
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 +3.9%
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 -2.6%
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 +3.9%
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 -2.1%
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 -21.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +5.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -4.4%
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 +10.4%
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 -68.8%
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 ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a minimal 1/4" brown head, which was short-lived and quickly faded to a swirly film over the opaque dark brown/black brew. What lacing that is present is quick-falling. Aroma is smokey blackstrap, and masks any alcohol present. Taste starts with a dark sweetness, takes a hoppy tinge in the middle, and closes with a slight coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good. However, doesn't seem so imperial, although as I sit here reflecting, a warming numbness does seem to be setting in on the gums and throat. Worth the trouble, for sure.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 expatsteve
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black, no visibility. Poured a thick 1-inch head, coffee-amber in color, that took several minutes to dissipate. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Thick roasted coffee notes, with a nice malty finish. Chocolate and cocoa notes, with understated caramels.

Taste: While I've had this from the bottle before, the pour from the brewery was far more rich and complex. All the tastes suggested by the aroma were present - coffee, caramel, chocolate, with a roasty finish that masks any astringency. Subtle toffee tones without making the beer particularly sweet. The alcohol is perfectly balanced, and pretty hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety finish. Lack of strong bitters provides for a nice mouthfeel and balanced finish.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, maybe a little too much so (I ended up coming back to this beer during the brewery tour several times, and only felt it once I went to leave). The balance between heavier body and alcohol, and the more subtle flavors of the beer, made for a pretty fantastic beer. Definitely pick some of this up when it returns later this year.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted on tap at the brewery during a visit with expatsteve and golden2twenty1. This beer has improved considerably with time both in this barrel, which has been tapped since February, and in the bottles I’ve kept at home. The key improvement has been mellowing of the alcohol as well as the chocolate and coffee malts. There is no longer any alcohol taste and the hop character is extended in the flavor. Furthermore, plum and cherry is more dominant in the nose and taste. Drinkability has been perfected by a cleaner and crisper finish. Still a bit thin but overall one of the most drinkable big stouts I’ve had to date.

Interesting Trivia: This beer was brewed and named for Mr. Mephisto, a cult TV personality from the 70’s. Hops were purposely staled before brewing to give the beer an instantly aged feel.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low, mocha colored head that steadily turns to a ring around the glass. The beer is a very dark brown, nearing black in color.

smell: Bittersweet chocolate, aromas of sassafrass and other such sweet, spicy roots, and some dark roasted aromas are first noticed. Nice, somewhat piney hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body heavy but not overbearing.

taste: Dark, roasted flavors are the centerpiece here. The big roasted barley and deep roasted coffee flavors meld with a dark, bittersweet chocolate presence. Soon, some PacNW type hop flavor reveals itself, and a considerable bitterness leads into the finish with looong lingering roasted flavors.

drinkability: Easily drinkable for such a stout.

Shipped to me from dirtylou

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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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 assurbanipaul
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a moderate khaki head. Aroma is burgundy, cocoa and milky coffee.

Taste is very rich, like a fine espresso. Lots of dark coffee flavors, some black patent malts, just a hint of lactic sweetness that presents as a cup of rich cocoa (not from the packet, but actual cocoa). Roasty flavors with some dark fruits, maybe a dark wine element, a faint touch of caramel. No real flavors of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is moderate for the style, not real heavy. Very nice, not nearly as hop-hot as some other RIS. Is "Imperial milk stout" an acceptable style descriptor? Me likey. Would pair very well with dessert, especially something like chocolate or cheesecake.

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Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 138 ratings