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Louie's Demise - Milwaukee Ale House

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Ale House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2003)
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Photo of scruffwhor


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three fingers of huge had on this one. The mountainous foam recedes a nice island of filmy foam. A hazey copper color greets the eye, along with some suspended yeast sediment mixed in.

Caramel and bread crust hits the nostrils first. Then the sweet carmel diminishes and lets a more defined toasted white bread shine through.

The front of the sip has a gritty toasted cereal grain. This sweetens to a hint of effervescent caramel. Then takes faint tart note on the finish. Combine this with maybe a little lemon juice from ohhh sooo subtle hopping to balance this session Scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 05:02:59 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of beerwolf77


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a lightly hazed amber orange. The off white head bursts three fingers high after a careful pour. Retention is moderate with a small amount of soapy lace.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. Light malt is present but the nose is dominated oranges and apples.

The flavor is mild sweet malt. Some hints of bitter fruit along with a grassy earthiness. As far as a typical Scottish ale this one is all over the place. Taste wise it's pleasant but not really to style so i have to knock a point for that.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall a decent drinkable beer. Not really a Scottish ale in my opinion but tasty anyways.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:46:21 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a slightly murky copper color with a thin off-white head on top. Dissipates quickly leaving little lace in its wake. Smells of toffee, the woods, and big fresh sourdough bread. The body is full and hearty. Nice mellow crispness to this due to a moderate amount of carbonation. Very mellow bready flavor with a touch of honey on the finish. Bitterness is low on this one. Slight sweet quality to it. I really like the aftertaste. Like I just ate some fresh-buttered dark bread. With the low ABV, I could drink a few of these. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 18:58:13 | More by Onenote81
Photo of garretthetzel


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark and cloudy from the bottle with a nice thick head that lingered.

Not much smell, maybe a bit sweet and a bit toasty, but nothing significant.

First taste, a nice crisp toasty malted flavor, very clean finish, slightly sweet aftertaste.

Very refreshing, but I wouldn't call it a scotch ale.

I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 22:26:32 | More by garretthetzel
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber color. Nice creamy head developing in chalice.

Smell: The smell is faint, nothing bold or robust here. Hmmm, what say you beer???

Taste: Delicious light malt character intertwined with quality Milwaukee water from Lake Michigan. Toffee notes. It has a the body of a light weight boxer; small yet girthy. There's a real refreshing quality from the small amount of malt used and low abv. The compromise is spot on for what they were aiming for. Totally different than any other Scotch style though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, yet girthy from the malts.

D: Refreshing, will have no problem have a few or six of these guys. Glad it comes in sixers.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:01:31 | More by MaltyHoppyGood
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date on the bottle.

A - Poured out a clear red-amber color with a prominent two-finger ivory head. Dense and creamy, it had great retention but little lacing.

S - Semi-sweet toasty malts are the showcase of this beer but are timid in their strength. A white grape undertone and caramel linger on the nose as well. A bit of buttered bread too.

T - Strong malt flavor with a caramel and fruity flavor mimicing the aroma but a light hop finish that both dries it out and gives it a bit of bitterness to round out the flavor.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, it's slightly thin and has bubbles dancing on you're tongue.

D - A solid offering from the Milwaukee ale house. It misses the mark slightly on the Scottish ale style but doesn't need a lot to make it a really good beer. The bonus of this brew however is it's great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 02:57:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Tone


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, butter, and slight sweet toffee. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, some pale hops, pine spice, and slight butter flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 21:43:18 | More by Tone
Photo of Haybeerman


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear amber/orange color. Poured a half finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. Laced in thin rings that washed down the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malts and toffee. Light flavoring hop note then a little bitter bite at the end.

T: Big burnt caramel malt flavor. Also toffee and roasted nuts. Some warming alcohol then a nice bitter finish to cleanse the lingering malts.

M: Light side of medium. Balance carbonation. Might have felt a little thin relative to its taste.

D: Flavorful, but not complex. Balance seems the hallmark for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 21:18:49 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of kingothewoods


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber with red color and a thick creamy tan head. You could smell the caramel and something like toffee. Yep, the tastes are of toffee, caramel, and some slight hops. Well rounded beer. Very drinkable because of the smoothness of all of the Milwaukee Ale house's brews. Had another on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 17:48:40 | More by kingothewoods
Photo of botham


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

porus a rich chestnut-amber color with a minimal head that is reduced to a soapy rim after a couple seconds. mild lacings and no retention.

aroma is of caramel malts and a lightly sweet base. a mildly earthy note imparts a touch of dark fruit to the profile, along with a very light wooden character, possibly oak in the background. nice composition.

taste is malty, with caramel and a light grain-like component, molded into a base of dark fruit and earthy undertones, quite reminiscent of a bock. nicely proportioned with a pleasant finish of residual warming malts.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a smooth and light texture, along with a warming finish of mild slickness after the fact.

drinkability is good. this is the brewpub's flagship brew, and for good reason. not really a scottish brew, this one is more of a bock with warming malts and a sweet character. overall, a solid brew with good concentration and a pleasant drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:09:16 | More by botham
Photo of Pauly2X


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep ruby brown, quarter finger head.

S- Sweet caramel malts and dried fruit.

T- Smooth, sweet and slightly complex malts throughout. A light roasted note lends way to a barely preceivable dry hop finish.

M- Velvety smooth.

D- Well, its nice to see it in six packs.

A pretty solid beer that is Milwaukee Brewing Co's flagship beer for good reason.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 21:18:26 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of dirtylou


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint, on tap at the ale house a few weeks ago in between stops at the art museum and the flight of the conchords gig. Given the namesake, it seemed like someone had to order this selection

cell phone notes

appearance: big amber body, mahogany hues, small tan cream head

smell: toasted grain, caramel malts, high earthyness, light toffee

taste: sweet toffee, caramel and grain, peat, herbal hops, toasted malts. nothing special but good enough to try

mouthfeel: moderate body, a little filling

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 19:09:48 | More by dirtylou
Photo of ebit


2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small amount of head. Only started to develop once poured straight in. Head is a creamy tan. A medium dark amber color.

Roasted malt is about all you can make out. Maybe a little bit of nuts Not a very aromatic beer.

Roasted malt comes through hard. Taste kind of picks up as you swallow while fading away to a slightly bitter dry aftertaste.

Light body but definitely not watery. Smooth finish with a bit of dryness after each swig.

Nothing here makes this beer undrinkable. In fact it's pretty unremarkable because of it. It's pretty reserved in all the categories. While this might make it kind of boring, it is a step above crap. It's just not very memorable. You'd think a Scottish Ale would be a bit bolder.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 19:26:55 | More by ebit
Photo of Homerbag


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with thin head that remains a ring through out.

Smells clean and fresh. Balanced between caramel and roasted malt. Some yeasty tones as well.

Taste is fruity from the yeast. Still clean and refreshing. Nice malty finish

Feels light with some coating on the tounge to let the palate explore the taste a little more.

Overall a good ale. A complete shame what the Wisconsin governement did to this fine brewery. This will be hard to find outside Milwaukee for a while. I just glad I live close enough to get it from the source.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 21:03:38 | More by Homerbag
Photo of BeerTruth


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jj21 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich dark amber hue with a nice khaki colored one finger head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good, spotty here and there. Smell is of a nice clean caramel malt with some nutty roasted malt as well. Taste is very much the same. Very nutty flavor with toffee/caramel as well. Very enjoyable going down. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. If I lived in the greater Milwaukee area, this could easily be a session ale for me. Job well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 02:22:00 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of logansboat15


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Louie's Demise pours a refreshing mildly hazy amber with a foamy white head. Smells somewhat nutty/malty and tastes creamy with a slight hop aftertaste that tingles the tongue. Lighter mouthfeel makes this a brew that you can share with friends by the pitcher. Very drinkable flagship beer of the Milwaukeee Ale House. This and Pull Chain Pale Al are decent crowd pleasers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2007 20:20:44 | More by logansboat15
Photo of smcolw


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with slight cloudiness. While this glass had a modest head, it left excellent lace on the glass side

Earthy in aromas and in taste. Mostly malt as a Scotch Ale should be.

Of the beers I tried at the Milwaukee Ale House, this was the weakest entry, imho.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 02:05:53 | More by smcolw
Photo of BrewnZ


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this as part of my sample tray. Seven tasters for $7.

Labled in the menu as a Scotch Ale using German Perle and Tettnanger hops. The beer was very clear, deep amber, with a clean malt aroma and low esters. No hop aroma. Perhaps too many esters for the style though. Medium to full bodied with deep malt flavors, a bit rought, with a crystal malt driven finish.

This beer stood out as a more genuine example of the style than you typically find at a brewpub. I enjoyed it and later in my trip ordered a pint from a corner pub, it was nice as well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 23:17:10 | More by BrewnZ
Photo of granger10


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright bronze, deep amber color. Different. Smallish creamy tan head maintains well, good amount of lacing. Smells somewhat grainy and caramelly with a nutty sweetness. A tad astringent though. Taste is similar. Solid beer but nothing that really knocks it out the park for me. Sweeter english toffee is the best way to describe the flavor with a drying, semi hoppy finish. I'd get a sixer of this for sure, and for the Thursday half off imperial pint special this is a deal. But still, not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2006 23:46:58 | More by granger10
Photo of BitteBier


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-amber pour, topped with a finger's worth of tan head that falls away pretty quickly with minimal lacing. The nose, which improves as the beer warms, consists of cereal grains with some caramel and peat notes and just a hint of hops. The hops come through more clearly in the taste, though the malts are properly dominant, especially at the start. The caramel flavors and a bit of peaty smokiness round things out. Mouthfeel is crisper and cleaner than many Scottish ales, but by no means watery. Judging by the three I sucked down, this is a pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 22:37:09 | More by BitteBier
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber/orange in color with a slighty tan looking head two finger head that stays around a long time. Very thin lacing dances down the glass making the most delicate designs.

Smells of sweet roasted malt smell with notes caramel and toffee. Maybe a little bit of nuts and some molasses.

Light mouthfeel and BIG roasted malt flavor. Malty and delicious. Very long lingering presence in the mouth after swallowing with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

Many thanks go to jj21 for this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 17:04:20 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of murrayswine


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my Lawn mower beer.

Pours a amber/red with with a minimal head.

Smells of nuts, toffee, butter, and slight hops.

Taste is easy going malt, with a little toast, hints of hops, and no metallic aftertaste (thank god).

All in all this is pound for pound my favorite lawnmower beer, and at 6.99 a 6 er it's a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 20:48:36 | More by murrayswine
Photo of shivtim


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Ale House. It's a nice dark brown with no real head or lacing. Nose is hops, caramel malts, and cereal grains. Taste is roasted coffee with a mildy sweet flowery finish. Mouthfeel is good, with nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable, especially with the very low ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 03:35:18 | More by shivtim
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall I thought this was a pretty easy-drinking scottish ale and it didn't taste too bad.
It's a slightly watered down version of the style but with nothing offensive about it.

Slightly malty with a watery taste and mouthfeel.

A little hop bitterness but not much.

No alcohol aromas or tastes. For a scotch ale this is surprising. The flaw of this beer is whether or not it meets style guidelines. A nice drinking, nice tasting beer, but a scottish ale?(4.8?)

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 20:43:53 | More by BillyB
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Louie's Demise arrives in a 12oz bottle stating "hand brewed with noble German Perle and Tettnang hops." It pours from the bottle a deep amber with red accents and a half inch of creamy off white head. Very good clarity as I peer through my pint glass. Aromas begin with a mix of toasted grains and light caramel with a touch of fruit essence. Grassy, herbal hops are nicely placed in the background with trailing doughiness.

First sip brings a smooth toasted grainy maltiness with caramel swirls. Nondescript fruitiness segways into herbal, green hoppiness on the way down. This one finishes crisp with a biscuit dough afterthought and a slight metallic twang. Not too sweet, not too bitter...a pretty straight amber ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a touch of creaminess. Bubbly carbonation. This is one easy drinking brew, but to me it doesn't break itself out of the pack of most standard American amber ales. Drinkable, yes, however it's not one that I would seek out myself. That's just me though, so give it a try and decide for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:14:27 | More by orbitalr0x
Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Ale House
82 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.