Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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Reviews by jwc215:
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours brown with a nice, fluffy well-retained head. Trailing lace sticks.
The smell is of dried fruit some roast, mild coffee. The dried fruit aspect gives a sour touch that I'm not fond of.
The taste is of coffee and chocolate with dried fruits, that, like the smell, give a sour touch. Fortunately the roast and coffee/chocolate comes through strong enough to keep the fruit aspect in the back, especially as it warms. I enjoyed the second bottle more than the first, and bumped up the score slightly.
It is pretty smooth, but there is a fizz that cuts into it initially.
I had two bottles, and the second was better. Wondering if the first was old or infected. Still the second bottle had a nice malty/mildly roasty character. I will try it again when I see it.
05-03-2014 01:01:37 | More by jwc215
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4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
Tom and Dianne Porters charming brewery in Arena offers some of our areas best microbrews. They can be found on tap at several bars in Madison including the Weary Traveler or by the growler at Star Liquors on Willy Street and Steves on the West Side.
Their Scotch Ale is very pleasurable and very highly rated by the pros but their porter is still my favorite. The Tommy Porter is deep mahogany, almost black in color. The head is stark white. It makes for a nice looking contrast but it doesnt last long.
The beer itself is heavy on the malt and light on the hops. It aromas are of mulberries, Mexican coffee, and caramels and the taste matches them. It gives the feeling of acidity to the lips but remains smooth and soothing to the throat like a cup of warm chocolate milk.
The taste isnt spectacular but its above average and its unwavering. A lot of beers taste great on the first sip but then after half a pint or so, ones palate seams to get too used to them. They get dull. Not so with the Tommy Porter. Each sip is as good as the last whether youre on your second ounce, or your 64th. This is a rare quality and makes the beer worthy of its half gallon container.
08-24-2005 20:29:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Picked up a 12oz during my pick a six spree at Steve's Liquors in Madison.
A: Dark brown, almost black. Some cherry mahogany on the edges against the light. Nice tan finger head. Some spotty lacing - nothing to write home about.
S: Nice, strong, bold roastiness. Really nice.
T: Like the smell but subtler. I wanted more from it and it just never goes above and beyond. It's a wee bit of a tease like that. I guess that would make you want to knock back a few to see if you can get it to submit to your will??
M: Medium carbonation. Medium light body. Pretty smooth.
D: Not my top porter but very drinkable. I'd be happy to have a few more.
03-23-2009 03:16:18 | More by sgoodship
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Recently snagged on a trip up to Wisco. Pours into my glass a very dark brown with a half inch of light tan bubbly head on top with spotty lacing. Fairly opaque. Aromas start with smooth roasted chocolate and black malts along with a bit of a lactic undertone as well. Semi-sweet with a kiss of coffee. Caramel swirl. Nice.
First sip brings smooth semi-sweet roasted, toasty malts upfront with dark chocolate notes. Coffee bitterness moves in along with some caramel accents. A touch of lactic cream in the middle, it finishes with a nice bitterness and great mix of flavors. Solid brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and on the medium to lighter side for body. Good carbonation and quite easy to drink. I'm a big fan of porters and this one is quite enjoyable. I will never have a problem grabbing a six pack when I am in Wisconsin.
07-30-2009 02:16:00 | More by orbitalr0x
4.53/5 rDev +18%
12 oz bottle, thanks to kmpitz2, pours a deep chestnut brown body that is opaque. Small beige head lasts several minutes and leaves some delicate sheet lacing.
Aroma is savory, with milk chocolate, dark berries, hazelnut, and a hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium with above average carbonation for a Porter.
Taste is well balanced, with a soft roasted coffee presence that folds into the other flavors instead of dominating them. A dark berry fruitiness and some nuttiness combine well with a dark chocolate malt backbone for an exquisite balance. The playful carbonation really helps the balancing act. Grassy hops add a soft bitterness and the roasty malts are present, but politely play off the other characteristics. Finishes clean, with a mild roasted malt aftertaste.
This is, perhaps, the most drinkable Porter I've ever sampled. Extremely well crafted, and yet another fine brew from this small Wisconsin microbrewery. Many thanks, again, to kmpitz2 for the opportunity.
12-13-2005 10:27:10 | More by merlin48
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
(Served in an imperial pint glass)
A-This beer pours a deep opaque brown with a thin creamy light tan head. Gentle carbonation sticks to the side of the glass but its to dense to see bubble rise.
S- light roasted malt with some faint sweetness.
T- This beer has a nice brown malt flavor with some hints of burnt malt and sweetness from toasted malt. A nice chocolate and coffee flavor as it warms gives it good depth. The gentle hop punch of bitterness that finishes this beer.
M-medium mouthfeel with some creaminess but no alcohol warmth or astringency.
D- This is a very pleasant porter. Nice complexity and good maltyness.
07-27-2005 22:49:01 | More by rhoadsrage
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
1/2 Gallon growler. Pre-filled.
Blackness built out of cherrywood. Greedy bleached-brown soft-serve ice cream head that slowly recedes to reveal deep glacial crevasses. Truly magnificent.
A silken, milken nose of chocolate accentuated by a roasty black malt tang.
Begins a bit sparse. Vaguely mocha with a tinge of underlying lacto sourness. Amplifies as it rests. A scooped-from-the-can coffee flavor materializes. Sweetness begins to form by way of the intersection of toasted liquorice, molasses and scorched raisins. Lacto notes move from sub-sour to milky sweet, coupling with a vanilla bean sensation. Turns increasingly dry in the later half. Hints of burnt rye toast, powdered cocoa and walnut skins. Hopping is understated, perceived only in the semi-bitter culmination, as it serves to bolster the lightly roasty dryness.
Arguably a hair on the thin side, yet this *is* a brown porter. Enormously quaffable in 64oz increments.
07-03-2003 22:21:13 | More by cokes
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
Thanks JPM30. Looks like a porter,black colour light head but faint odour.Taste porter-like, faintly. OK brew but weak in its style. A little roast, a bit creamy grain. A bit disappointing but quaffable. More of a nutty grainy brown then a robust porter.
10-25-2006 11:59:36 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison - had to compare it in bottle to it's old growler counterpart.
Pours an oily black with a finger or so of khaki head, no lacing to be found. Smells like a cup of stale coffee, with some barley husk floating around. Taste continues with the old coffee, semisweet chocolate, and barley musk. Mouthfeel is thin and flaccid but nicely carbonated.
My first review of this beer was one of my first in the world of BA and craft brew, so I hadn't been exposed to much, nor was my palate particularly well-versed. This tastes nothing like I remembered though. The extreme bready barley malt has been replaced by stale coffee. Normally I love coffee flavors in beer, but the bitter staleness of this one doesn't sit well with me. I don't know if the recipe has changed or if my palate is just more experienced and discriminating (more likely) but I wasn't too impressed with this as, though others seem to be.
12-30-2005 02:02:34 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz single, Riley's, $1.59
hard not to have high expectations from Lake Louie
appearance: pours a rich dark brown with evident ruby tint, looks a little thin, light creamy head
smell: not terribly strong aromas...some roasted malt, coffee, some mild chocolate
taste: good but anywhere near the level of Great Dane's Black Earth in my opinion. it has a nice toasty malt backbone, with some faint hops...chocolate and coffee flavors are rather mild. Not as rich as I tend to prefer
mouthfeel; light carbonation, creamy but a little thin
drinkability: quite drinkable
10-20-2005 00:09:50 | More by dirtylou
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
From the fridge to my glass with this one. Poured very dark with a little hint of color around the edges when held up to the light. Nice big light brown head. Nice lacing. Pleasant aroma, more malty then hoppy, but with a hint of coffee. Perfect carbonation. Taste was smooth with a little bitterness on the finish, but nothing over the top. No taste of alcohol or warming. Overall a very drinkable beer that I'll buy again.
04-18-2007 00:57:56 | More by BeerCheese
3.88/5 rDev +1%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark brown (complete with floaties) with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy light tan head. Nice thin layer of retention that leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma smells of cocoa powder, lightly roasted malts, some nutty character, and earthy hops.
The taste is a mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts that finishes with a touch of dark fruit tartness and a tingling earthy hop profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel.
Not a bad Porter. A little lacking in the look and aroma department but a nice full flavor and easy drinkibility help keep this guy respectable.
07-22-2008 16:27:55 | More by Kegatron
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
A: Pours with a one finger light tan head that disappears very quickly, barely any light comes through, just a little bit of ruby highlights.
S: A bit of chocolate malts as well as some roasted notes, hints of hops
T: Much more roasted on the tongue vs. the nose. A little bit of malt sweetness along with some graininess. A definite coffee taste along with some chocolate.
M: Crisp, a nice medium level of carbonation, maybe a little bit high for the style, but not at all inappropriate, slightly round on the tongue, close to perfect mouthfeel for a porter.
D: An easy drinker, an brown ale fan could easily appreciate this, yet this is not a simple beer. This is an excellent example of a porter, highly recommended.
03-09-2010 00:47:13 | More by wspscott
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice dark brown almost opaque black. The head is a soft brown and 2 fingers, it leave very little lace.
The smell a light roasty toffee.
The taste picks back up. Not so much right out of the bottle but it warms nicely. First taste is a sharp bitter dark chocolate but that fades and gives way to nice softer Toffee, and Coffee, with Chocolate notes. Still nice with the hopy finish.
The mouthfeel is good, nice body and carbonation.
The drinkability is quite good, thewhole is better then the parts.
Big thanks to NFLMVP for this great addition to our trade.
04-04-2007 04:07:55 | More by MuenchenerKindl
2.3/5 rDev -40.1%
Poured chilled into a standard pint glass, and allowed to warm up to about 45º then to 50º or so.
A=Dark brown color with hint of red; detected gray coloring during pour, as well as in the head, which was otherwise yellowish beige and creamy.
S=The smell was the best feature, but seemed like too great a hops presence...still, more like a "beer" smell than not.
T=First sip was disappointingly bad--not creamy, but almost skunky like a green-bottled beer. Reminded me more of a stout, with little malt flavoring. Did not improve with temperature increase...developed a bit, but still had an undesirable taste.
M=Watery, like a flat root beer with water added.
D=One of the worst in awhile. Each sip met with more disappointment and less desire to finish the beer...stopped at 2/3rd point to write the review.
Again, another bad Porter from Wisconsin...why can't our local brewmasters get this category right?
02-24-2011 00:52:00 | More by dhannes
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
A 12 oz bottle courtesy of thefatkid13.
A: The porter is a dark red-brown, like a coffee licquer (think the Chouffe licquer). Words don't do the head justice, as it overflowed from the bottle on opening and required 15 minutes of patience to empty it into the glass.
S: A touch of coffee bitterness mixes with a slightly sour lactic aroma and dark caramel/roasted malts.
T: The lactic sourness continues in the taste, a semi-sweet flavor that mixes with the roasted caramel malt flavors. Hops are sparse. Mixing with the caramel is chocolate and coffee, although the coffee pales in comparison to the chocolate.
M: The mouthfeel is full although the lactic sourness is not that enjoyable throughout the entire glass.
D: Average porter, nothing to get all worked up about though.
08-10-2008 00:46:29 | More by akorsak
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Kept refridgerated, but at least a few months old. Picked up in WI on my cross-country roadtrip in August, and I just realized I haven't reviewed it yet. Nice black color with a big light brown head, which unfortunately faded pretty quickly. Nice roasty malt, some chocolate and pumpernickel, maybe, with a little coffee. Not a huge stout flavor, but very nicely balanced with a dry finish. Highly enjoyable and very drinkable.
11-07-2006 22:39:58 | More by malthead
Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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