railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2008
This was a good strong and not as thick IPS like most and very good with the ABV well hidden, with hints of chocolate and coffee and not as sweet as most IPS.It was in a 12 oz bottle and was in my cellar and was part of my spring cleaning.CHEERS! Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
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. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2008
(bottle thanks Skyview) Pours out black with a medium off-white head. The smell of this beer is incredibly unique, but not in a good way. When cold, this beer smelled exactly like canned salmon (kind of fitting since there’s a fish on the label). As the beer warms however, this smell lessens, and is replaced with some dark roasted coffee. The taste is pretty sweet initially with prune, raisin, and light chocolate. The finish is strong of dark roasted coffee and the beer is really thin. A decent tasting beer, but I really couldn’t get past that smell. badgerben (5121) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a medium head. Nice aroma of lactose, coffee and chocolate. Strong, sweet malt taste. Lots more of the aroma as flavor. The alcohol is ridiculously well hidden. It tasted like a regular milk stout, not a 12% beast. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. This was a nice change of pace for an imperial stout. Watery brown pour with a small light tan head. Sticky molasses aroma with a nice roasted malt nose as well. The body is very thin for this style but the flavor was there. A little bit of coffee and chocolate with molasses.
Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Thin pour of mild brown. Watery, with a scant head of grayish tan. Chocolate and molasses aroma with lots of scattered oddities; stale fish, sweet potatoes, and watered down table wine. Not especially unpleasant, just off-putting when it isn’t somewhat bland. Flavor brings chocolate candy, caramelized sugar, honeyed apples, irish moss and some honey; very basic, tepid, and somewhat messy although alcohol is very well restrained; ridden with an acrid tar and old coffee quality. Thin palate is slightly thin and oily, softly carbonated; stale presentation. Finishes with chocolate and cherry cola; biting and showing some bitterness. Not poorly done, just completely forgettable, leaving too much of a kitchen skin impression. Thanks for sharing, Bob! Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Deep brown body, thick, clumping tan head. Rich roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. Very dry, roasty body, with light prickly heat and charred, burnt notes, tannic, with a woody, bitter finish. Chocolate and a hint of molasses lend complexity, but are overwhelmed by the roasted notes. Not a compelling Imperial Stout. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz botlte. Pours a moslty black with some woody ruby redhighlights and a fizzy diminishing head and no lace. Aroma is chocolate malts some light faded nuts and toast- some lactic sour milk hints too- possible infection? Light roastiness and stale coffee, licorice and some tar- asphalt notes with more milky lactic and a harsh carbonation in the finish. A bit thin as well. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2007
Great dark brown pour, nothing too heavy in this one, some roasted malt, chocolate, but very smooth, with well hidden alcohol. some chocolate, but such an easy drinker... a great brew.. one of my favorites! Thanks to Iowaherkeye for the bottle! shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
10/24/2007: Mr. Mephisto’s Imperial Stout pours a deep coffee brown color and has a huge, dense, rocky tan-colored head. It is long lasting and leaves puffy lacing on the glass. The aroma has some sour fruitiness (that could also be described as that sour-quality that seems to come out when "roasted" becomes overly burnt), yeast, dark chocolate, and deep sweet licorice. The flavor contains roasted chocolate malt, char, a nearly burnt malt quality, and some alcohol. It is just a touch dry and yeasty and has a roasty bitter finish like espresso. Mr. Mephisto’s Imperial Stout is really good, but I should probably let it warm up some to see what else pops out... This beer has a medium-full body that is pretty smooth on the palate. This is definitely an Impy that should be sipped and enjoyed slowly to savor all of the flavors.
12 fl. oz. bottle from buckybeer. Thanks Mark! Rating #55 for this beer...