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Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company

Lake Louie Tommys PorterLake Louie Tommys Porter

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109 Ratings
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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:
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Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, milk chocolate colored head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and slight floral notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate, caramel and bitter coffee notes. Overall, a nice roasted malt taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a pretty good porter. Another solid offering from Lake Louie.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 01:44:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of JDV


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
Photo of jraycee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a nice two finger light tannish head that fades halfway and then shows some retention.
Smell brings back the memory of the beer that sat cooking sausages all day, thats probably just me though. Lots of malt tones, sweet chocolate.
Taste is well balanced for the style. Not a huge deep profile there, but has a few componenets going on. A few roasted grains appear in the malts with a real dark bread crust flavor. Also, nuts, coffee, and a little earthiness. A little hop flavor sneaks in at the end with a coffee shadow again.
Mouthfeel is great. perfect level of carbonation really carries the beer along. not to light, not too slick. solid.

Got this in a mix box from nflmvp, so I had no idea what to expect. Very pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I have a few more from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 19:07:02 | More by jraycee
Photo of akorsak


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
Photo of botham


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours an opaque black with two fingers of dense, creamy tan head that remains for a few minutes, and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is roasted with caramel and a creamy, buttery base. a subtle note of chocolate malt is the only other discernable aroma, giving this brew a solid profile in the nose.

taste is roasted, with subtle coffee and chocolate notes, along with a creamy base with a lightly buttery and roasted finish. coffee and roasted malt in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture and a finish of soft CO2 and a creamy character.

drinkability is good. this is a solid porter, with nice complexity and solid proportioning. the body comes off as a bit thin upon finishing, but the aroma and taste profile are nicely composed, without overdoing any aspect. one of Lake Louie's better offerings. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 19:45:21 | More by botham
Photo of Kegatron


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown (complete with floaties) with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy light tan head. Nice thin layer of retention that leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma smells of cocoa powder, lightly roasted malts, some nutty character, and earthy hops.

The taste is a mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts that finishes with a touch of dark fruit tartness and a tingling earthy hop profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel.

Not a bad Porter. A little lacking in the look and aroma department but a nice full flavor and easy drinkibility help keep this guy respectable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 16:27:55 | More by Kegatron
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of TheBlackMallard


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
Photo of getch


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 06:13:33 | More by getch
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of Westsidethreat


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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of Birthday Clu2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruits and roasted malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of dark chocolate, smoky malts, cherries and raisins. There's a decent hops presence for the style that provides a good balance. The fruit flavors are a little more pronounced than they usually are in this style and they lend to a tart and slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, decent kick, it’s a nice beer to drink for a little while but I would need to be in the mood for the fruity flavor in it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:20:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BeerBelcher


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

I'd call this beer a keeper. I would recomend it.

This beer pours a really brilliant opaque black with a bit of scummy tan head on top. Aroma is very coffee-ish, but also seemed creamy (and what does creamy smell like?). Flavor is additional coffeeness, both sweet and very roasty simultaneously. I also got some diacetyl buttery-ness as well. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 02:59:12 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of joe1510


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 00:31:57 | More by joe1510
Photo of BeerCheese


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fridge to my glass with this one. Poured very dark with a little hint of color around the edges when held up to the light. Nice big light brown head. Nice lacing. Pleasant aroma, more malty then hoppy, but with a hint of coffee. Perfect carbonation. Taste was smooth with a little bitterness on the finish, but nothing over the top. No taste of alcohol or warming. Overall a very drinkable beer that I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 00:57:56 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 04:07:55 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark black, no color to it at all, a thin tan head tha shrinks to a thin, patchy film, not much lacing. The aroma is quite nice, chocolates, espresse, roasted malt. The taste is more or less along the same lines, playing host to a good range of classic porter notes, but also a bit chalky. That plays into the mouth to, as the ending is dry and a little course. The body is a little thin, but good carbonation and also pretty smooth. An above average porter, another fine brew from Wisconsin. Much thanks to nflmvp for the Lake Louie variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 02:33:00 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of BlindPig


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
Photo of bjohnson


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
Photo of alexgash


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark portery coal brown with a very small, ringy, off-cream head. Roasted malts, peaty swamp, light smoke, and chocolatey sweetness. Roasted bitterness up front, followed by meaty, smoky, earthy malts. Chocolate sweetness settles in, before coffee bitterness takes over. Medium bodied with an oily feel. Very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 22:37:43 | More by alexgash
Photo of foureyedgeek


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this in a trade with malthead, so thanks go out to him for the chance to try this one.

Pours a dark brown-black, a single finger of head that falls to a thin cap of foam.

Smell is roasty, with notes of coffee accompanied by aromas of toffee or caramel.

The taste is rather sweet, with a lot of that same roastiness, as well as an interesting, herbal/floral bitterness in the finish. Not a lot of the same flavors appear that seemed prevalent in the aroma. Interesting nonetheless. As it warms, more coffee notes become apparent, along with a little vanilla.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a touch drying. This beer is an easy drinker despite the dark, rich body.

Drinkability is pretty good, I like this enough to have a couple. This is a tasty porter, but not really a standout for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 19:55:16 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of mjc410


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
Photo of malthead


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 22:39:58 | More by malthead
Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.