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Louie's Demise - Milwaukee Ale House

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with two fingers of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few solitary bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Malty, showing a heavy undigested crystal presence. Some fresh herbaceous notes seem uncompleted, with vacant carbon dioxide filling in, or rather opening, gaps.

T: Begins off-dry, with a brief flash of balanced bready malt before sweetness becomes more intense with an unusual postage stamp paste-quality to it. Husky toasted grain is presented during the middle as sweetness retreats back to the original intensity. Herbaceous bitterness is mild to moderate in the finish, with occasional glimpses of aspirin-like astringency.

M: Thin viscosity, very refreshing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Despite the ordinariness of this beer's qualities, it is effortlessly drinkable. It is sweet, but not heavily so, which makes it hard not to want to lift the glass again. It is just an American amber ale, nothing to see here, but it possesses a potato chip-esque appeal nonetheless.

beagle75, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%

Louie's Demise pours a nice copper color, with a good size head. The smell has a malty backbone, but a good amount of hops come through; smells a bit wet, and soapy. There is a strong malty taste, a bit dry, a few hops make it through on the pallete. There is a strong and strange aftertaste making it harder to drink. Overall this isnt a bad scottish ale.

vette2006c5r, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

2 finger eggshell colored head of foam that lingers and then deflates like a bad soufflé, though that doesn't translate to bad in beer terms. Color is a ruddy brown with little beasties floating around.

Big fig and raisin notes with and big splashes of grape juice or a light cooking sherry.

Not as pungent as the nose; tangy fruit is very small, superseded by a clean and toasty character. Not very sweet, this one seems to have fermented out pretty well. Good bottle conditioning. No hops to speak of and a thin mineral-like taste in the finish. Very low bitterness.

Bright and crisp, which was unusual for me with a beer of this style. Much lighter in body than I would have suspected.

A little thin, but that only makes it easier to session.

tapman, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured into a snifter (why the hell not), the beer has nice clarity, very deep copper/light amber color with a quickly diminishing off-white head that leaves some lace on the glass. The aroma is moderate-low caramel malts, a hint of raisin, nice but a bit could use a bit more of something, either more of the same or hints of something else. The flavor is much like the aroma, some caramel malt that quickly fades into the crisp finish and rather clean. The body is medium-light and carbonation medium-high. Overall, the flavors are a bit weak for the style, in general it is not a bad beer, a Scottish Ale light I suppose. I'd buy it in a bar in a heartbeat over a macro light beer, but otherwise wouldn't seek it out.

uwmgdman, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Heavy carbonation in an amber colored brew with thick lacing.

Smell: Peanut butter and jelly, fruit esters, light malt scent.

Taste: Light bodied malt with fruit esters of grape, blueberries, and cherry. Almost non-existant bitterness, not as much malt as I'd anticipated. The malt that is present is crunchy and caramel like in flavor. The caramel sort of borders on being honey-like, but is stopped by the other fruit flavors. Sharp fruit end that dries the mouth along with lingering phenols.

wmtxbb, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Louie's Demise pours a cloudy and dark amber color as the scent of roasted malts erupt from the bottle. It is rather thin in texture but has a rather bold taste of malts with a nice mixture of hops. A very interesting brew!

Lemke10, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.45/5  rDev -5%

16oz can poured into imperial pint.

A- Pours a copper/amber with a slight haze to it. A small head, one finger, dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S- Big on the malt and a little bit of sweet caramel. Some faint hops round this one out.

T- Big, rich caramel and malt greet the tongue immediately. A little bit of a grainy, breadiness to it as well. The hops really aren't anywhere to be found, which isn't really a bad thing based on style.

M- Medium bodied with crisp, soda like carbonation. This brew smooths out at the back of the throat.

D- This brew has pretty good flavor and a low abv make this for a pretty good session beer. Also it comes in a can making it more activity friendly.

Wisconsinality, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Pour - dark amber, soft in appearance with a great looking stark-white head. This pours opaque, almost cloudy.

Aroma - brown sugar, yeast, bread dough, gingerbread, caramel and tea

Taste - sweet but not cloying. Plenty of dark bread notes along with ginger and yeast. Soft on the tongue with a perfect carbonation level. It's a surprisingly light beer to drink despite the appearance. I'm happy!

Overall - Very drinkable with a solid malt flavor and easy on the palate. A great candidate for a pint can, well executed MBC!

Would I buy more of it? - sure. This is a very solid amber ale with lots of great flavor and quite session-able.

indiapaleale, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%

Kegatron gave me this. He rocks.

Poured into an imperial pint glass at around 50 degrees F. Three finger widths off-white, slightly light brown head. Extremely pillow and frothy in nature. Body appears a caramel color, and it's hazy with tiny specks of stuff floating around.

Smells like toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and some hints of apple in the back. Hops are a dirty earthy smell. Quite a bit of nutty aroma too, I want to say cashews, yes, cashews. Fairly mild aroma overall.

A considerable amount of toffee up front along with a big heaping batch of butterscotch. Mild off phenolic character, minerals, and some raw earthy bitterness finish it off. I wanted more of the complexities from the aroma to come through.

A little too airy for me, too fluffy. Also seems a smidge too thin for what I was expecting. Needs to be smoother I think.

Reminds me a bit of having a caramel sundae with heaps of that not so great tasting whipped cream. You know the kind I'm talking about, the kind that almost tastes sour? I can't say I've ever been a big fan of this style but I found this to be a fairly underwhelming example of it.

Bubba83, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Duff27
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

A- Pours a really nice looking deep ruby with ample white head that seems to stick around, leaving nice lacing.

S- Smells like wet hay? Grassy.

T- One in the same with the smell. Doesn't have the "kick" as other scotch ale I've had in the past.

M- Not too much tingling carbonation.

D/O- If you like it, have at it. Unfortunately for me, I feel a headache coming on :(

Duff27, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew. My first from the brewery.

Wasatch, May 10, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

scruffwhor, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

beerwolf77, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Onenote81, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of garretthetzel
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

garretthetzel, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.03/5  rDev +11%

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.

MaltyHoppyGood, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Tone, May 28, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of kingothewoods
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

kingothewoods, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

botham, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Pauly2X, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

dirtylou, May 24, 2008
Photo of ebit
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%

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

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

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

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

Drinkability
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.

ebit, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

Homerbag, Dec 31, 2007
Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Ale House
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.