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Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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86
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 75
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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merlin48

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 10:27:10 | More by merlin48
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 21:32:28 | More by ppoitras
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 12:28:46 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 03:49:58 | More by kmpitz2
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 00:09:50 | More by dirtylou
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tom and Dianne Porter’s 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 Steve’s 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 doesn’t 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 isn’t spectacular but it’s above average and it’s unwavering. A lot of beers taste great on the first sip but then after half a pint or so, one’s 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 you’re on your second ounce, or your 64th. This is a rare quality and makes the beer worthy of its half gallon container.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2005 20:29:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2005 22:49:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2005 03:46:40 | More by battlekow
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 19:55:14 | More by CRJMellor
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2005 03:40:47 | More by beveragecaptain
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 10:23:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 22:21:13 | More by cokes
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2002 17:25:13 | More by Bighuge
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Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.