Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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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
2.85/5 rDev -25.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The fast pour left a really small head that disappeared right away. There was some carbonation, maybe too much for the style, throughout. This had some real nice lacing. The smell was my least favorite part. It was pretty much a straight alcohol smell. It was hard enough for me to smell repeatedly that it impeded the drinkability. Tastewise, there was a great smoky flavor right away that surprised me. After that initial taste though, the flavor just sort of fades away off of the tongue. There is a little bite of alcohol aftertaste, but not enough going on here to win me over. I thought between the smell and the lack of a real defining taste, that the drinkability on this was below average.
01-01-2010 01:00:10 | More by billyzoom666
2.93/5 rDev -23.7%
I picked this up with a Warped Speed and greatly prefer the complexity of that beer to this one.
A- Spot on for a porter - could actually pass for a stout except that the head is not as brown.
S- smell is delightful! Sweet butterscotch maple.
T- the beer falls down here. Drier than expected, I usually anticipate more sweetness in a porter - it's stout-ly sans the body of a stout. Then again, I'm lately drinking Belgian Strong Darks, and maybe I'm just missing the sweetness of those. It still tastes flat - no alcohol to speak of in the taste, to be expected.
MF- Flat but smooth.
D- Drinkability is okay. I'm not gonna sink any of them.
I feel like it's unfair for me to review this without reviewing the Warped (which I liked much better), but I drank them all already.
07-25-2009 18:58:40 | More by disastermouse
2.93/5 rDev -23.7%
A: Pours a thin, chocolaty brown color with not a lot of body. Head appears like ultra whipped mashed potatoes with a light beige color to them.
S: Dried cocoa, raw sunflower seeds, roasted peanuts and some minor roasted coffee.
T: Huh. Starts off really sweet almost tangy and sour. Reminds me of a chocolate/grape cola. Theres some roasted coffee notes around the center of the tongue, but its overwhelmed by the initial flavors. Has this beer been compromised? Maybe maybe not. The tangyness is balanced if you will, which leads me to believe that this beer is not comprimesed although my review doesnt jive with the others out there. Oh well, Ill keep going. Finishes with day old coffee moments and chocolate flavors in the high notes.
M: Medium body, thin across the palate.
D: Not really into the sourish stouts or porters. Just doesnt work for me. Overall, quite drinkable regardless.
11-06-2007 07:11:05 | More by Westsidethreat
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a walnut brown color. The body looks pretty thin but also smooth. Barely one finger of khaki foam forms but it yields lots of lacing.
A very solid aroma on this porter. Coffee makes the strongest statement, but it is supplemented by some nutty aromas and a bit of cola brightness.
The palate sees similar flavors to the nose but they are sorta' weak. Chocolate shows up, but in the form of like 1% chocolate milk. Which is to say: insubstantial. Some coffee too, of course, as well as some nutty, bready flavors. It's smooth but unimpressive.
The mouthfeel is very nearly too thin. A thin body is fine. Pair that with a lack of carbonation and you're running into trouble. This porter makes out fine, but it certainly isn't a strength of the beer.
Overall, this is a pretty average porter. Nothing bad to say about it, but I feel like I can get a similar porter at nearly any old-guard brewpub in the land.
03-06-2012 03:07:30 | More by Reaper16
British Columbia (Canada)
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
Purchased from Riley's fridge in Madison... so it should be in decent shape.
A: Brown-black with a tan head, very little retention or lace.
S: Roasted grains, brown sugar, chocolate, bread, light spicing & floral hops with a slight tang.
T: Unfortunately a grainy astringency dominates, which I found unpleasant at first, but eventually I got somewhat accustomed to it. Flavours of dark bread, chocolate & nuts; nice fruitiness; slightly metallic, with some coffee in the finish.
M: Moderate body is well-attenuated; low to moderate carbonation; roasted astringency.
D: Average at best.
There's a lot of good porters out there... this one just isn't for me.
06-28-2008 00:47:32 | More by Derek
3.15/5 rDev -18%
A - Medium to dark brown colored body with a good inch of medium tan head. The head fades slowly into a frothy foam at about a quarter inch.
S - A bit of coffee with more roasty chocolate. It's not a strong or overwhelming aroma but the scents that are present are recognizable.
T - Rather bland in the taste category. There's a bit of roasted caramel malt but nothing much more to speak of.
M - Watery with a mild coarse feel in the ending all the way through to the finish. The coarseness can even be felt on my lips before the pull even gets started.
~ This is one of those sessionable porters. Not much complexity throughout but it does allow for ease in the drink-ability category. Especially if you're looking for something with a dark tone. While I wouldn't seek it out myself I would be able to kick back and relax around a warm campfire on a cool fall night with a four pack and make them all disappear. I think that says allot about a brew.
08-30-2011 02:24:00 | More by cdkrenz
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
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a one finger head, pretty dark tan. Lacing is comprised of large, slick sections. The head falls quickly to a glass ring over a slightly translucent dark ruby-brown body. The nose is slightly chocolaty, and has a nice caramel-roast odor, as well. It doesn't exactly leap out of the glass, though. The taste has a definite roast character, but there's an off flavor, too. It does seem to hide after a few sips, so I can't put my finger on it. It has a nice, simple roast that is easy to drink, without complexity. The mouth is not too thick, with little carbonation. An easy drinker that I might get if it were readily available.
Thanks to malthead for this bottle!
11-16-2006 00:34:06 | More by mjc410
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
12oz bottle from demcorhip. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass.
Pours opaque with almost 2 inches of head. Good retention and lacing. Good looking porter. Nose starts out with a distinct note of olive brine then moves into a heavy duty roasted malt area with a light smokiness. There's a ton of dried fruit up in this one as well, raisins, prunes, candied cherries. Nice!
Taste is puckeringly sour right off the bat, chokecherries, unripened plums, followed by bitter cocoa, heavily roasted coffee. Some saltiness. There's nothing here in the way of sweetness really at all. Unbalanced, and I'm not sure if it's in a good way. Medium bodied, stupidly dry, medium carbonation, and an aftertaste that's a little like pencil shavings. There's much to recommend in this beer, but it's just too unbalanced for my liking. The sourness inhibits the drinkability for me in a big way.
02-07-2008 03:15:38 | More by trevorwideman
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours an opaque dark brown, very murky, thin tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass, looks okay. Smell is okay as well, a bit weird, plasticy, some roast and chocolate, caramel sweetness, brown sugar, a touch of raisin and dark fruit. Taste is similar, roast and chocolate up front, plastic, raisin, biscuit/toasty middle, a bit weak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad I suppose, but not very good and didn't really do anything for me. Thanks Russ!
07-07-2009 20:12:12 | More by Viggo
3.44/5 rDev -10.4%
poured 12oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Dark cola brown, with a 1.5 finger tan head. Leaves a collar around glass and there are blobs of lacing.
S - Some roasted malt that gives a coffee like scent, nuttiness, and a light sweet cola scent.
T - Straight forward roasted malts, with light chocolate, caramel, and cola sweetness. Not overly sweet, but there is no bitter component to the taste.
M - Light bodied for a porter and not as smooth as I would like. Decent carbonation.
O - Solid, easy drinking local porter. Nothing that stands out, but one I enjoy from time to time.
07-11-2012 03:06:46 | More by Ri0
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
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
A: Dark brown, nearly black body with a finger of fine tan head. Ok retention, good lacing. Solid.
S: Lots of sweet chocolate malt and dark fruit. Big cherry presence. Interesting.
T: Molasses, raisin, chocolate, and root beer. Sweet, spicy, and a little syrupy on the finish. All right.
M: Lightly carbonated light-to-medium body. A bit on the spritzy side for a Porter.
O: Decent but forgettable.
08-14-2013 02:24:16 | More by woosterbill
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
3.48/5 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
Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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