Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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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.
01-25-2006 16:34:11 | More by SurgeonGeneral
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 The extreme bready barley malt has been replaced by stale coffee.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
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
4.3/5 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.
11-27-2005 21:32:28 | More by ppoitras
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.
11-22-2005 12:28:46 | More by clvand0
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.
11-16-2005 03:49:58 | More by kmpitz2
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
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
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
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
I've been dying to try anything from this brewery, so when I came up to Madison, I couldn't pass up the opportunity and picked up a growler at Riley's. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with ample white head, whiter than I would expect. Smells sweet and of vegetables--not exactly what I was hoping for. Taste is good, but not great. A little too sweet, more like a brown ale than a porter; there's a nice burnt aftertaste, but it's subtle. Does feel very good in the mouth, full and creamy. A good porter, but definitely not great.
07-16-2005 03:46:40 | More by battlekow
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a dark garent red with black swirls. Spotty lace kicked off the dark tan head.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, roasted nuttiness and some caramel and fiant hint of darker fruits.
Flavor of rich chocolate, coffee notes, some yeast and a densely bitter hoppy finish that is on the resin and furity side.
Mouthfeel is full on the palate, hyper sweet chocolate to start cut quickly by a biting bitter of both chocolate and hop notes.
Drinkability is excellent. Smooth and easy on the palate. Great balanace and transitions.
04-23-2005 19:55:14 | More by CRJMellor
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.
04-01-2005 03:40:47 | More by beveragecaptain
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!
04-02-2004 10:23:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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
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.
09-25-2002 17:25:13 | More by Bighuge
Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.