richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2007
i think this bottle came from part of the series of trades with Duane, but if i am wrong, my apologies...pour was a very dark brown...looked pretty thin while it was pouring, more like a porter than an IS. a quickly dissipating tan head came up and fizzed for about 10 seconds. nose was burnt coffee, some wood, and dark chocolates...had a bit of "wet" aroma as well that i couldnt put my finger on. flavor is very solid, a thin bodied chocolate core with a little bit of anise and coffee. lots of chocolate in the aftertaste with just a bit of grassy hops. the ABV is covered very well in the taste, but becomes totally evident as it warms its way down your throat and into your stomach. a very nice beer that was complemented by a nice piece of chocolate aafter about every third mouthful. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2007
12oz bottle via skyview (thanks!). Pours a near black with some ruby accent on the edges. Nose is chocolate, coffee, licorice. Tastes like it smells with a lot of roasty coffee character, some soy, and some floral and woody hops in the finish. Body is medium, carbonation moderate. The best Lake Louie beer i have yet had..wow, and i see it is 12%abv?? I had no idea..hidden well..i would have thought 8% max... kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Mr. Mephisto’s Imperial Stoutkramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
black with ruby edges, thin fine brown head that swirles easily and produces a bit of wet lace, sweet malt aroma with notes of vanilla and roasted, very creamy velvet body, black roasted flavor, low bitterness, no sign of alcohol, the low aroma and soft flavor combine with the smooth body to create a great session imperial stout which at 12% will kick your ass
Name: Mr. Mephisto’s Imperial Stout
more of a dry roasted aroma to match the flavor,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 15/20
12 oz bottle, via iowaherkeye. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a foamy brown head that left alot of intricate lacing. The aroma is very roasty with some dark bakers chocolate and coffee. Some licorice, chalk, light smoke, and light alcohol. Flavor is quite roasty with alot of burnt notes on the finish. Some caramel, chalky yeast, light alcohol, and tar. A somewhat hoppy astringent finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate soft carbonation. Slightly sticky and cloying on the warming finish. Overall, pretty good, but nothing that stands out from the pack. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerCellar pours brownish-black w/ a small head that quickly dissipates. A different take on the style. A sweet finish that hides the ABV well. Good, but not great.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle: Pours brown with a loose tan head. Aroma, chocolate, a little smoky, with some fruits. Flavor, chocolate, roasted malts, that smoky hint again, with some earthy/roasty bitterness, and some fruits as well. Very thin, this wasn’t much of an impy except for the alcohol I guess, which I didn’t notice. Still a tasty stout though. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle shared by sliffy. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma was lightly oxidised...some smoke elements, vinous notes, roasted malt and dry chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, and vinous elements. Medium body...spicy/roasty with a bittersweet finish. Not bad. Skyview (5942) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Picked up the last six pack that was buried deep inside Bob’s McFarland Liquors beer cooler, in McFarland, WI. (Lucky me!) Pours an opaque dark brown brew with some redish highlights and a thick, chewy tan head. Slowly dissolves when served property at 40-44 degrees. Awesome lacing. Aroma scents detected are several. Smoked chocolate, molasses, ripe bananas, a touch of mocoa, vanilla, and some pitted fruit. Taste is smooth, creamy, a little syrupy, with a hint of wild sour cherries. Finish is thick and a sweet flowery hop with a fruity aftertaste. Very nicely done, though I know this is not 12% alcohol. Maybe a 9.8% tops. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
12oz bottle from KingpinIPA. Dark as night black color. Slight aroma of chocolate and Coffee. Flavor is nice: Some smoke, coffee and roasty malts. This was good, but certainly didn’t wow me. If this is really 12%, that is impressive because I could barely tell. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature. Poured a clear garnet-dark brown color. Head was thick and light tan. Smelled of milk chocolate, molasses, and plum with a hint of roasty malt. Delicately sweet on the tongue and a bit thinner than I had hoped. Flavor is a nice combination of roasty maly and dark chocolate. 12 percent? If that’s true the alcohol is very well hidden.