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Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Lake Louie Tommys PorterLake Louie Tommys Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002)
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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Dark brown color, with a tan head. Caramel aroma, with nuts, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is very sweet and malty, then becomes tangy with fruit and nuts. There's is a roasted bitterness in the background. All these flavors play off each other very well. The body is a little light, but not at the expense of flavor. Incredible drinkability.

This is the second Lake Louie beer I've had, after the Scotch Ale. These two beers have a similar aroma, and the caramel flavor is common to both. I hope all of Lake Louie's beers are this incredible.

beveragecaptain, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%

A porter is a very unique style in the aspect that just about any brewery can throw together a decent one with minimal effort. But when you come across a phenomenal one like this, it sticks out of the crowd and in your mind. I have been fortunate to have this in growler and bottle. I liked the growler a little better since it was extremely fresh. The appearance is midnight black with a ruby undertone. The beige head was rocky and made this beer look like a champion! Heavy lacing was the perfect accent. The aroma was very rich with a roasted, chocolate, nutty presence. A coffee smell comes through, but not at all too strong. The taste is very well balanced with a nice bittersweet finish that reminds you of bitter chocolate, but also reminds you of the finishing hops. A very full bodied beer, but not filling. A sharp, acidic, woody taste comes through in the mouthfeel and makes this very refreshing. Its flavors magnify as it warms up in the glass very nicely. This is a very memorable porter from an awesome up-and-coming brewery. I could drink gallons of this throughout the year! Now if only they started distributing in Milwaukee...

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

1/2 gallon growler.

This beer is as close to black as you can get without actually being black. It pours a nice creamy chocolate brown head. Good retention and great lacing is observed. Beautiful aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is very pleasing. Bittersweet chocolate tones mix with black coffee and even vanilla bean to create a wonderful taste. The bitterness level of this porter is about perfect, even though I can enjoy more bitterness in a porter. Great roasted malt taste. Bitterness stems from hops as well as blackened malts. Very slight burnt toast present also. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Like velvet. Body might be just a titch low checking in at about medium. Drinkability is high given the fact that this tastes as though it were hand-pulled. Low carbonation and great taste.

Could Lake Louie be one of the better breweries in Wisconsin and maybe the best? Quite possibly yes. I've had 3 brews and they have all checked in at 4.5 or higher. (Scotch Ale = 4.6, Pale Ale = 4.5, Porter = 4.5). The best brewery you've never heard of.

Bighuge, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.53/5  rDev +18%

Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Pint

Aroma: Big sweetness along with a significant buttery characteristic. Toffeeish and very appatzing. Some chocolate in there as well, blended into a mellow coffee like roastiness. Some very slight citrusy hop notes.

Appearance: Deep, deep brown (almost black) with only hints of cherry poking through the edges. Creamy tan head that hangs on forever. My first casual tasting of this beer was up in Northern Wisconson after it had survived a 5 hour road trip from Madison, and staying in a hotel, I was forced to pour it into a little 10 oz plastic cup. I ended up leaving the cup half full overnight, and awoke to find, astoundingly, a modest head still intact on top of the beer. Amazing.

Taste: Creamy, buttery sweetness is dominant, along with a solid roasted backing. The roasted qualities blend well with some cocoa & a slight acidity in the finish. No remnants of any hop aromas detected, only a low key bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy with modest carbonation. This suits the chracter of the beer very well.

Drinkability: Insanely good, right up there with Edmund Fitzgerald, but a very different Porter. Everything in this beer interacts with itself in a way that makes perfect sense.

SurgeonGeneral, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +18%

Super dark brown with a sliver of amber at the bottom. Black in most light. Tall, dense cap of tanned froth bubbles up with verve. Slowly fades to keep one impressive amount always present. Tons of lace in thick cob-webby curtains draping across the glass. Great looking porter!

Aroma is of mild powdery milk chocolate with an airy charred wood hint thats slimmingly earthy and just a touch of roasted coffee.

Taste is quite nice. Lengthy middle and finish. Front is fluffy and cocoa powdered. Middle gains girth with some mild, easy roasted parts, more cocoa, and a bit of tender waxyness wrapping up the chocolate tones as it finishes dry and coffeeish with a tang of broad and darkly set roastyness. Kinda creamy in a few areas around the edges, a nice little balance to keep the roast, tang, burntness, and chocolate from going places it shouldn't.

Feel is unique as it tends to start kinda big, but mellows off nicely with a wetter, creamier side to its bold richness. Great simple texture with a full washy fluffyness. Mild, yet eager finish with a lasting recall of cocoa, roast, and creamy smooth malts.

Wow, this stuff is fun to drink. The perfect porter. Rich, creamy, bold, lasting, flavorful - damn fine stuff. Drinkable, and then some.

tavernjef, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Sconnie12
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Sconnie12, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

lakelouielover, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

drdan21, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of joe1510
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

12oz. Bottle
$8.29 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Tommy's Porter pours the darkest of browns into my pint glass. Ruby and mahogany highlights when held to the light. A thick cap of frothy beige head formed on the pour and stuck around for awhile. Left thin craggy lace lines down the glass with each sip.

Wow! This is a good smelling porter. Mildly sweet malts in the form of brown sugar and a drizzle of molasses kick things off. Quickly followed by lightly roasted malts. A solid nuttiness swerves in and out along with freshly gound coffee and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. I even pick up cream as the beer warms.

The taste is a wow too! Roasted malts set the stage and are the canvas for the complimenting flavors. That solid nuttiness comes back as soon as the beer hits my tongue. Mid palate there's a nice quick piney hop punch quickly pushed aside in favor of freshly ground coffee. The coffee brings a welcomed bitterness on the finish.

Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Finishes with a combination of coffe ground and hop bitterness that lingers. Very nice.

This is definately an easy drinking porter. Smooth and enjoyable.

Another winner from Lake Louie. One of the better porters I've had in a long time. If Tommy's Porter was available in my area it would be in constant rotation.

joe1510, May 03, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Ruby-rimmed mahogany topped by a gorgeous head of toasted tan foam. There's something about the color and creamy texture of this cap that is immensely appealing to me. Now that thick, pocked lace has begun to appear, I like it even more. And I haven't even mentioned the light-rejecting opacity of the beer itself. As far as I'm concerned, a non-opaque porter isn't a porter that deserves respect. Tommy's is a great looking beer.

The nose is merely good. My Munich malt sensors are going haywire due to the (what I consider to be) earthiness of that particular variety. There's a moderate amount of roastiness with plenty of cocoa powder notes and very little coffee. It certainly doesn't lack aromaticity.

Whoa Tommy, there's the coffee! A big burst of roasted java beans explodes in my mouth with the first large sip. This is a porter to be reckoned with. It's as rich and as boldly flavored as many a stout, which is just how I like my porters to be. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal the depth of the flavor profile as I'm able to sort through the various non-coffee contributors.

Bittersweet chocolate is a close second and may even attain equal billing as the beer warms. That freshly dug earthiness is in the background on the palate. I like it in small doses, as it is here. Although I have no clue as to specific varieties, I can appreciate a pretty hefty hop load for the style, both in terms of flavor and bitterness. This porter is expansive, well-rounded, complex and--most importantly--delicious.

The massive amount of flavor tricks me into thinking that the body should be bigger than it is. Actually, it's on the upper end of the style scale and is becoming even more full and more richly lucious as it warms. I've often said that mouthfeel is the biggest indicator of brewery quality. If that's true, then Lake Louis is a phenomenal brewery. Yeah, like I couldn't have figured that out after the first upending of the glass.

Tommy's Porter is one of the best porters that I've had in a good, long while. It makes me want to drink every Lake Louie beer that I can lay my hands on. Good thing I picked up a decent selection on my recent trip up to Madison. Distribution to Iowa is the next, obvious step. 'This is livin'' says the Lake Louie bass on the label. I couldn't agree more.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of pweis909
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

This porter makes me think I got a bad bottle when I reviewed the milk stout, as the porter is quite nice.

At first glance, the beer appears black and opaque, but when held to the light, it shows that it is truly a translucent garnet. The foam is tannish, and while it receded quickly to a thin one eight inch ring, the beer is amply carbonated.

The primary aroma comes from what I presume to be a chocolate malt - sort of a Hershey's special dark smell.

The roastiness translates to taste as well. Initially, cocoa, and in the finish, coffee. The roast is never acrid or acid; there is a gentle sweetness that balances it. However, I would not call this a sweet beer.

The mouthfeel of this beers has complexity. It is simultaneously slightly slick, as one sometimes finds with certain adjunct grains like oatmeal, and slightly prickly from carbonation. The roastiness leaves a dry finish that falls short of astringent.

This is one of the best porters I've had in a while. It is nicely balanced and quite drinkable.

pweis909, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a deep deep brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. A small tan head falls to a patchy coat over top. Nose is creamy chocolate with just a touch of roasted malt. Very solid. Flavor is a nice balance between chocolate and coffee. Chocolate is immediate with a quick transition to mocha fading to roasted maltyness on the finish. I really like it because it transitions so well. Feel is thick with a light-moderate carbonation. Its right at the the upper end of thickness for a porter. Overall, this is a fantastic American Porter. The nose is solid, flavor is well above average and drinkability is great. I'm a big fan.

kmpitz2, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Glug, glug, glug, goes the growler...(yeah, I'm the original See'n'Say of beer, folks).. .and it pours a plummy brown, like rich molasses, and the creamy tan head has a sturdy presence and beckons one to come further, to make better acquaintance with this brew.
Aroma, richly roasty, yet still soft, and redolent with lightly bittersweet espresso and mocha connotations... just how I like my porters, how did they know?
Oh, very smooth on the tongue, in the palate and down the throat, sweetly slides over the sense, damnably drinkable. Body is full, finish is sweet, a touch thick, and finally drying, crisp and neat. This continues anew with each occasion that lip meets glass. Amazing flavor, and carbonation is so light, the mouthfeel so perfect that I would have no problem knocked this 64 ounce jug back in one session...this tastes "brilliant", screw those crappy cartoon micks in the Guinness commercials!
It's got me wishing I were residing more Easterly than I do, in order to easy access to a great porter like this, but as it is, I can only thank the magnificent cokes, who has once again provided me with a sample from this excellent Wisconsin micro, and I'm so happy it's such a large sample! More huge thanks to the amazing cokes!

feloniousmonk, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of malthead
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.

malthead, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a dark color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with chocolate dominating the other dark malts, but not completely hiding them. The flavor is very much like the aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee mixing together to make a tasty brew. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +12%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" light brown head over the clear but dark brown brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with average to good lacing. Aroma is creamy chocolate with a touch of coffee. Flavor also has the chocolate character, with tremendous creaminess over the tongue. Mouthfeel is so smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Only had a couple, but Lake Louie's got some nice stuff by me.

ppoitras, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Thanks to stonecrusher for the trade...
Appears black with brown edges. A 2 finger tan head slowly fades out into a small collar. Plenty of streaky lacing and film is left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy, sweet cocoa, and a dusting of coffee and mild roasted malt.
Taste is the same great aromas but it actually surprised me a little bit and is a really nice tasting porter.
Mouthfeel is super smooth despite it's roasty, rich characteristics. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt stick to the tongue. You really can't do much better.

weeare138, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of getch
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

a-a dark beer, with a nice 2 finger head, and it lingers on the glass, the label is kinda fishy, lol, was not expecting it to be so good

s-roasted light coffee, some coca, nothing to strong, it complements the beet taste, very enjoyable

t-very good, smooth, a perfect blend, nothing to robust, not a overwhelming alcohol content, or a hopps content, very good

m-smoooth, and it warms in your mouth, very enjoyable, i really like this beer,

d-it def gets better the warmer it gets, my beer store, Three Cellers in Milwaukee just go the ok to distribute the beer and it is excellent

i will buy this again

getch, Mar 09, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Brewzma, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

MJCVII, Jun 01, 2013
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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.
Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 04, 2007
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Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.