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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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 80
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 s_currie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jjheinrichs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to OHLRanger for this treat. Boy I love me some stouts so any I have never had are more than welcome.

A: Pours a very dark black hue with an above average tan head. The head is creamy at first with rocky peaks showing up as it builds. The retention is okay with some nice chunks of lace noted. I will note that it does appear a bit thin though.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with notes of dark bakers chocolate. Touches of dark fruit peek through along with a big blast of coffee.

T: Nice flavors off this one. Roasted malt and chocolate stand out from the start. Dark roasted coffee comes through along with a bit of dark fruit. The finish is fairly hoppy with a dash of smoke which I really enjoy.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, with snappy carbonation.

D: It's drinkable. I would love to see six packs of this one on the shelf. It would make winter so much more enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from O'Reilly's in late summer. Pours thickish looking very dark brown to black colour, with a bit of white head. Aroma, some roast and chocolate. Above average mouthfeel, though not at today's standard of IS.Good drinkability, competent for the style, with hazelnut and licorice.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  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.

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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 alcstradamus
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of invalid665
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgsacoustics
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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 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 donnie_vendetta
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wobbly
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  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.

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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 Mambajahamba
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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