Lake Louie Tommys Porter - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-04-2010 00:28:15 | More by jera1350
3.88/5 rDev +1%
A: decent looking beer. Dark nut brown. light fluffy head.
S: light smokyness. Some dark choc and nuts.
T: mmm. yummy. Chocolate with a nice roasted nut character. Some nice grains on the end here. Seems slightly smokey. overall pretty tasty.
M: average porter feel I guess. It seems slightly thin.
D: good here. very smooth drinkable porter.
Thoughts: I like this beer, it has nice flavor and is a good example of the style. Maybe I am just used to "bigger" beers but this one seems a little thin. Usually I like my darker beers a little chewy, but thats just me.
07-23-2010 20:39:22 | More by GOGRANDE
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Update: Levi sent me a new bottle, fresher, so I'm gonna do another quick update review.
A: This time it pours a large 2 finger creamy rich head that fades semi quickly, same murky dark brown color.
N: Sweet dark malts this time, loaded with roast and coffee. Essentially the same nose, but I also get a little brown sugar this time.
T: Taste is much different. This time lots of malts and porter flavors. A nice roasted barley, coffee, more dark malts, brown sugar, toasty malts, chewy malts slightly. A decent roasty dark malt flavor. Some chocolate malt, not too heavy on the chocolate though. A little bitterness with that, mostly from the roasty malt flavors but hints of hops.
M: Pretty light on the body, it's a little lighter than it's supposed to be, perhaps the only real flaw of the beer. Decent carbonation with that.
F: FInishes somewhat sweet with lingering brown sugar, some roasted malts, dark malt flavors, little coffee and slight chocolate.
Received as an extra thanks to levifunk.
A: Pours a light creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, over essentially black colored beer. Light barely makes its way through at the very bottom of the glass where it thins a bit.
N: I could smell it from a mile away on the pour with tons of roast and coffee. Lots of porter like dark malts and creamy aromas, some slight chocolate - bakers chocolate, a rich slight earthy bitter roast, some creamy chocolate milk like, and touch of earthy spicy hop bitterness. Touch of fruity aromas too.
T: Lighter than I expected, and much different than I expected. Has quite a bit of a sour touch to it. Not sure if that is supposed to be there, or start of infection, but its tasty. No date on the bottle, only a brewers code. It has some more light roast and creamy porter flavors, but doesn't come on strong. Some dark malts and malty flavors, but mostly sour malty flavors, with a touch of sour fruit. It's lightly sweet with that sour contrast, and a little syrupy. Touch of coffee with the roast and some earthy bitterness mostly from roasted malts but touch of earthy hops as well.
M: Pretty light for the style, with slightly lower carbonation (also leads me to believe it was soured on purpose).
F: Still slightly sweet with a little sticky sweetness lingering. Some syrupy flavors too with a little lingering roast and coffee, touch of dark malty sweetness. The sour also stays around for a little bit, sour malts and touch of fruit. But no wild funk, barnyard or dry rustic flavors come at all, so seems like it was just a soured mash attempt. Really late on the taste it starts to get dry as well.
Not knowing what to expect I was a little surprised by this beer, but it is tasty. Perhaps there should be a new category called "American Soured Dark Ale" or something. This reminds me somewhat of New Glarus Old English Porter, not quite as good, but still tasty in its own way.
05-16-2010 00:03:13 | More by jlindros
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
A: Pours with a one finger light tan head that disappears very quickly, barely any light comes through, just a little bit of ruby highlights.
S: A bit of chocolate malts as well as some roasted notes, hints of hops
T: Much more roasted on the tongue vs. the nose. A little bit of malt sweetness along with some graininess. A definite coffee taste along with some chocolate.
M: Crisp, a nice medium level of carbonation, maybe a little bit high for the style, but not at all inappropriate, slightly round on the tongue, close to perfect mouthfeel for a porter.
D: An easy drinker, an brown ale fan could easily appreciate this, yet this is not a simple beer. This is an excellent example of a porter, highly recommended.
03-09-2010 00:47:13 | More by wspscott
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a rich, dark black body that comes out quite thick. The head is off white and about a half finger thick before fading away to a lace after a couple of minutes. No carbonation is present and no light is permitted through the jet black body. A little nicer head and this would have been a real beauty.
S - Lots of dark roasted malts up front. Chocolate, caramel and cream notes bring a nice balance and seem to subdue any sort of over the top bitterness from the roasted malts. Overall a very solid smelling brew. Faint earthy notes are also present and have me looking forward to the first sip.
T - Initial taste isn't as full or complex as I was expecting based off the smell, but the beer is still relatively cold so I am going to let it warm for a bit before going further. As the beer warms the roasted malt body along with the chocolate, caramel and cream notes start to become more pronounced.
M - Full bodied brew with the right amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth lots of dark roasted malts hit the tongue. A faint amount of carbonation cleanses the palate and gets the mouth ready for the chocolate, cream and caramel finish. Very smooth and easy drinking porter.
D - Pretty solid porter. The malt backbone that is not overbearingly bitter makes this beer one that could be drank quite frequently.
11-28-2009 23:39:00 | More by Wisconsin
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured into my pint glass the head is freakin enormus. It's a rich caramel brown and after settling down it leaves a nice bit of lace on my glass. The beer is dark chocolate brown almost black. The aroma is fantastic. It smells like a glass of iced coffee.it has a sweet aroma as well with a hint of earthy malt that literally makes me smile. The flavor is very nice. Burnt chocolate malt, coffee and a mild hop bite. It has a full body that has plenty of carbonation and richness that really shines after warming a bit. This is a great example of what a porter should be. Another great WI beer that makes me proud.
08-05-2009 00:08:43 | More by beerwolf77
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Recently snagged on a trip up to Wisco. Pours into my glass a very dark brown with a half inch of light tan bubbly head on top with spotty lacing. Fairly opaque. Aromas start with smooth roasted chocolate and black malts along with a bit of a lactic undertone as well. Semi-sweet with a kiss of coffee. Caramel swirl. Nice.
First sip brings smooth semi-sweet roasted, toasty malts upfront with dark chocolate notes. Coffee bitterness moves in along with some caramel accents. A touch of lactic cream in the middle, it finishes with a nice bitterness and great mix of flavors. Solid brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and on the medium to lighter side for body. Good carbonation and quite easy to drink. I'm a big fan of porters and this one is quite enjoyable. I will never have a problem grabbing a six pack when I am in Wisconsin.
07-30-2009 02:16:00 | More by orbitalr0x
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured from a bottle into a DFH signature glass
A: Dark brown with a coca-cola rim when held up to the light. Pours with a massive, frothy, creamy coffee colored head that dies down a little but never fades completely. There is some minimal lacing
S: Mostly roasted malts, with a hint of coffee and an earthy tree-bark quality.
T: Totally different from the smell. Fairly complex especially when it warms. I get great hints of coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel. The roasty malt forms the backbone and tends to be the flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Really a standout porter. Not to thin. Has a nice creamy quality that gives makes it go down smoothly. Carbonation is perfectly dialed in and gives a very subtle tingle on the tongue.
D: The smooth quality and lower ABV make this an extremely drinkable beer especially on a cooler night.
07-25-2009 02:25:22 | More by bakeller
3.88/5 rDev +1%
i'm pretty sure that nflmvp threw this in as an extra in our annual DLD trade. thanks steve!
12oz bottle. sampled july 4/09.
pours dark brown with a very thin dense dark tan head. the head quickly retreats to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.
aroma is nice. black coffee. bit of dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. rye bread. bit of biscuit. bit of anise. earthy.
taste is good. medium bitterness level, mostly as coffee and chocolate. dark and a bit of milk chocolate. bit of caramel. wheat bread and biscuit. light alcohol. earthy. bit of fruity character.
mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance. a decent porter.
07-18-2009 00:34:25 | More by grub
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a mere quarter inch in height, and recedes into minimal lacing within seconds. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a noticeable hop presence. It is a rather plentiful aroma that has nothing out of the ordinary about it, but is simply what one would expect of an American Porter. The taste is along the same line. The is more roasted malt, and dark chocolate than in the aroma with the hops nearly undetectable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good porter that I could happily session.
07-07-2009 21:26:18 | More by KarlHungus
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
3.8/5 rDev -1%
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a three finger thick, lightly browned, fluffy tan colored head. The beer is a nice dark chocolate brown color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice rich malt sweetness to it as well as a solid toasted dark grain character. The combination definitely reminds me of a fairly dark chocolate as well as toasted whole grain notes. There seems to be a touch of buttery diacetyl here which accentuates some of the sweetness, the combination of those two definitely provides a soft butterscotch aromatic note to the nose. The aroma is not half bad, I might prefer less diacetyl, but the amount here is fairly subtle and almost a positive thing.
Dry up front as it first hits my tongue, the beer is also somewhat lighter than the rich aroma might have suggested. Still the body of this beer is on the medium side for a quaffable porter and definitely has just enough heft to it without be too thick to be nicely drinkable. As the beer rolls across my tongue it picks up a nice, dark malt sweetness that transforms into a dusty cocoa note in the finish. Roast malt flavor contribute a drying coffee roast character as well as some whole grain, deeply toasted bread flavors. The diacetyl is less noticeable in the flavor, almost undetectable even to this diacetyl sensitive palate, it does contribute a subtle butterscotch note though. This has a very nice balance between soft malt sweetness and roast malt notes. At times it might pick up a touch of a sharp bitter burnt note, but this is kept to a minimum.
Not a bad beer, in fact it is even enjoyable. I was a bit skeptical after the Warped Speed I had from this brewery, but this is actually a pretty nice beer.
06-20-2009 15:18:24 | More by Gueuzedude
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
05-04-2009 21:39:04 | More by alcstradamus
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Picked up a 12oz during my pick a six spree at Steve's Liquors in Madison.
A: Dark brown, almost black. Some cherry mahogany on the edges against the light. Nice tan finger head. Some spotty lacing - nothing to write home about.
S: Nice, strong, bold roastiness. Really nice.
T: Like the smell but subtler. I wanted more from it and it just never goes above and beyond. It's a wee bit of a tease like that. I guess that would make you want to knock back a few to see if you can get it to submit to your will??
M: Medium carbonation. Medium light body. Pretty smooth.
D: Not my top porter but very drinkable. I'd be happy to have a few more.
03-23-2009 03:16:18 | More by sgoodship
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-10-2009 01:44:52 | More by zeff80
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-16-2008 19:25:20 | More by JDV
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
09-19-2008 19:07:02 | More by jraycee
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
07-23-2008 19:45:21 | More by botham
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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.
07-22-2008 16:27:55 | More by Kegatron
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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!
06-28-2008 19:06:38 | More by demcorhip
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
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-02-2008 03:46:18 | More by TheBlackMallard
Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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