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Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company

Lake Louie Tommys PorterLake Louie Tommys Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002)
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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:52:00 | More by dhannes
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billyzoom666

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 01:00:10 | More by billyzoom666
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Westsidethreat

California

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. There’s 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 doesn’t jive with the others out there. Oh well, I’ll 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 doesn’t work for me. Overall, quite drinkable regardless.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 07:11:05 | More by Westsidethreat
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disastermouse

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 18:58:40 | More by disastermouse
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 00:47:32 | More by Derek
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:07:30 | More by Reaper16
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:24:00 | More by cdkrenz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 00:46:29 | More by akorsak
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mjc410

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 00:34:06 | More by mjc410
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 03:15:38 | More by trevorwideman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 20:12:12 | More by Viggo
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:06:46 | More by Ri0
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 11:59:36 | More by Sammy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:24:16 | More by woosterbill
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 02:02:34 | More by Golden2wenty1
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with a huge darker tan head. Very dark brown body.
S- Some chocolate, nuts, almost a light metallic, light roasted malts, and also one other smell I just can't pinpoint.
T- Light chocolate and nut flavors. Some roasted malts also. Pretty much just follows the smell really close. Can't get any metalic taste (which is a good thing)
M- Really high in carbonation to the point where it's hard to pick out flavors. Medium body.
D- It is good just the high carbonation totally kills it. I am trying to swirl it to kill some of it off.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 05:37:23 | More by BlindPig
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Deep opaque brown in color with a two finger foam head that lasts for about a minute, fairly decent lacing.

S. Light amounts of toasted / roasted malt, chocolate, and a faint nuttiness that only appears once temperature warms up somewhat.

T. Mostly consists of straightforward roasted malts, but smaller amounts of the diluted baking chocolate are still around. Its really odd how the relative strengths of roasted malt and chocolate switch places between the aroma and the flavor.

M. Texture is surprisingly light and highly carbonated for a porter, to the point that it seems slightly mismatched to the flavor and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 23:57:43 | More by WastingFreetime
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - really dark, almost black with a decent tan head.
S - bakers chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of tangy effect.
T - similar to the nose with a hop effect that falls in line with classic porter balance to the malts
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry finish with a bit of a tang in the after taste.
D - an interesting porter, goes down decent. definitely a candidate for fresh tastings.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 01:36:11 | More by barleywinebrewer
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque brown with a decent head. No lacing whatsoever left.

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, cocoa.

Taste: Coffee and cocoa with a weird nutty sweet and almost metallic finish.

Really smooth, creamy, and drinkable but the finish really doesn't sit right with me.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 03:46:18 | More by TheBlackMallard
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical porter, what stands out is the nice 2 finger tan head with great retention, even though its only mildly carbonated. Will also be leaving some nice lacings. Does leave great lacings that eventually break down to leave occasional sticky clumps.

Creamy caramel and a mild roasted aroma of milk chocolate. Tart dark fruit, blackberries perhaps also present. Mild hop aroma of earthy hops also make an understated appearance.

Flavour is much like the aroma, hints of coconut also appear, as well as a touch of anise.

Surprisingly effervescent medium bodied porter, finely bubbled, almost explodes off of my tongue. Nice balanced porter.

A tasty and drinkable porter. The tart fruitiness is working for me. Sessionable, and a good example of the style for those who appreciate porters or are looking to try darker styles of beer. Well worth trying.

Note that this is a cellared bottle, obtained from my homebrewing brother in law Craig last summer. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 19:06:38 | More by demcorhip
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JDV

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours basically black with an extremely short lived light beige head. Smell is graham crackers, and roasty sweet malt. Taste is a bit
thin with some very light roasty malt and dark bready graham cracker sweetness. Very smooth with low bitterness. Smooth dark malt flavor
and nice crisp cookie like breadiness and a touch of fruitiness too. Slightly thin mouthfeel, and light carbonation as well, but the flavor helps make up for it. Very easy drinking porter. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:25:20 | More by JDV
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this offering. Excited about this one.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color with a one finger caramel colored head. Decent retention and nice lacing.
S: Cocoa, molasses, and a bit of caramel notes come through. Roasted malt and coffee notes and a slight leafy hop presence also.
T/M: Roasted malt flavors with sweet caramel and chocolate. Nestle cocoa is the more dominant chocolate flavor Slight coffee bitterness followed by an excellent smoothness. Extremely soft mouthfeel with a surprisingly thin body. Easily drinkable. Leafy hop bitterness in the finish with a dryer aftertaste.
D: I like this porter, but the body is a bit thin, i think. It could have more legs as it seems to die out coming around the bend towards the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:50:51 | More by bjohnson
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A--Pours an extremely dark brown that just barely glows red when held up to the light. Fairly hard pour yields less than a finger of head in the pint glass. Recedes quickly and leaves no lacing

S--Lots of caramel and nuts, tree bark, cream. Good smell but not very "big"

T--Roasted malts dominate the palate, some hazelnuts and stale coffee in the background. A little bit of cola taste comes through after a little bit

M--Fairly thin, but not watery. Along with that cola taste is a cola-like mouthfeel, but with toned down carbonation

D--Session porter, nothing more. Not impressive but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 21:39:04 | More by alcstradamus
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a tan head that is lightly creamy and leaves some lace, but doesn't retain real well.

Lovely roasty smell with some chocolate and a whiff of coffee. A bit of milky sweetness as well.

Quite roasty with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Touch of chocolate too.

Pretty smooth. The carbonation seems to be right on, bordering between velvety and prickly. About medium bodied.

A nice example of a porter and it drinks well. It's not in the upper echelon of porters, but still a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 00:28:15 | More by jera1350
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Deep brown/light black with a bubbly 2 finger toasty brown head.

S - Creamy cocoa with a bit of bitter coffee. There is a slight astringency to the aroma that plays nicely with the chocolate and coffee.

T - Coffee that becomes slightly astringent as it warms followed by bittersweet chocolate.

M - Feels light to medium bodied but that might be due to the high level of carbonation. Slightly fizzy feeling upon it first hitting the tongue.

D - This is a tasty porter that could be drank all night. I would enjoy it even more if it were slightly less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 02:55:50 | More by brewcrew76
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Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.