Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch AleLake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bighuge on 07-24-2002

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Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler poured into a snifter. It pours a deep caramel brown color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. The smell is very rich and malty. Lots of sweet roasted malt with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is heavenly! Malty malty and also malty. Lots of toffee sweetness coming through, and the alcohol is kept to a minimum. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great for a beer that is probably high in alcohol. Thanks to Kevin for sharing this brew with me!

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine example of one of my favorite styles of beer.

I tried it last night for the first time in it’s new 12 oz bottle packaging and it tasted just as good as it did in the growlers but not quite as good as it does on tap.

I poured it into a weizen glass (it's all that I had clean at my gf's place) and there was no head. This was my mistake for pouring it too slowly and tilted. The second bottle created a beautiful and lasting pale, malty sweet head over a caramel/chestnut brew.

This beer smells and tastes so sweet. It is just darn pleasurable to drink. It makes me smile every time I have it and I've been drinking this beer for a couple of years now.

There is a subtle smoky or peaty back of the mouth taste to this beer that reminds me of a highland scotch. I love it.

Relish it. Seek it out. Try this beer!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Warped Speed Scotch Ale pours into my glass a deep, dark cola brown with notes of red and a puffy, craggly few inches of bubbly khaki foam that leaves patches stuck to the side of the glass. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, sweet baked bread, raisins, some cocoa and a lingering undertone of light peat. Quite a nice aroma here that's rich and inviting.

First sip brings a smooth robust melding of caramel and cocoa with big dark fruity tones. A blast of raisiny flavors and dark, slightly burnt bread comes through as well. A touch of peat follows on the way down. This is a really rich, tasty, rather sweet scotch ale. Definetly an enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, but it's not aggressive. Goes down rather smooth and each sip has me coming back for more. I wish this wasn't my last bottle as I would have no problem drinking another. Lake Louie has impressed me so far...and this just gives me a good reason to get back up to Wisconsin and grab some more sixers!!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber to to dark brown color with a genrous head.

The aroma is mostly caramel and roasted malts a slight smokiness presents itself aside from the roasted malt.

Starts with sweet caramel malts and becomes smoky with a roasted finish

The mouth-feel is smooth with the carbonation accentuating the flavors

Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle sampled through the kindness and hospitality of kmpitz2, one of Kentucky's finest citizens and a surperlative beer advocate.
Look: Pours into the glass a mostly clear, glistening mahogany body with chestnut and copper hues. Delicate and attractive beige head leaves island chain lace behind.
Aroma: Exceptional aroma for the style! Campfire wood smokiness, some earthy peaty roastiness, and a complex malt profile that features butterscotch and toffee notes. Earthy hops provide a comfortable balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
Taste: Smooth, fresh toffee and butterscotch dominate the malty profile. Earthy hops have a slightly herbal character and lend a pleasing balance. Smoky and roasty notes suggest smoldering peat.
This one keeps reminding me of sweet rolls with honey butter, warmed over a woodsy campfire of burning maple logs. Very Yummy! I'm amazed that a Wisconsin brewery can execute a Scottish Wee Heavy better than so many of the native breweries. Wish I could find this one in Kentucky, Virginia, or Ohio. Thanks again, Kevin.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color...quite cloudy with 1/2 finger of light tan head...just a thin layer sticks around and leaves behind some thin, but tight lacing.
Very nice aroma...chocolate malt, raisins, sweet butter, and not much scotch scent to speak of.
Taste contains a bit too much carbonation at first sit, but the underlying flavors are very well received. The roasted malt settles nicely on the pallet with a subtle scotch flavor...a slight buttery characteristic in the finish. Sweet malt flavor lingers and creates a craving to consume this brew fairly rapidly.
Mouthfeel is above average and the carbonation, as mentioned distracts the overall enjoyment a bit for me.
Still a very tasty brew...would love to compare on tap, but that won't be happening anytime soon.
Thanks to murrayswine for the bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark rusty brown body with a creamy off-white/light tan head.

S- The smell of rich caramel malts and a slight bit of earthiness.

T- This has an excellent maltyness with some smooth caramel and toasted flavors with a nice nuttiness. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The hops are not overpowering but they really finish the taste nicely. A slight bit of roasted malt or very faint coffee when it warms finishes with the hops giving them more character and depth.

M- medium body with not much chewiness, due to low carbonation. There isn't any alcohol warmth or heat.

D- This is an amazing beer with wonderful malt complexity and layers but it is a little low in carbonation and it would be great to have a bit more alcohol. However it is not too sweet and the finish is medium-dry so it works quite well without the alcohol. Well done.

Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for this aged bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a shoe leather color with firey amber hues. Very large head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing.

S: Very malts, lightly sweet. softly sweet caramel and toffee. A touch of vanilla. Light smoky and peaty notes.

T/M: More of the soft sweetnes from caramel and toffee spide with a shot of smooth brandy. some darker fruits are light in the back. More of the light smoke/peat. Body is medium full with a great smooth, almost creamy feel.

D: Drinks decently easy but you can tell it's a reasonably big beer.

Photo of degerbah
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour without a ton of head. Maybe a finger. Aroma is all malt. Nothing else competes with the malt taste. The taste is smooth and malty with just a hint of booziness. Not a quick drinker, but definitely one worth trying. I got it as an extra in a low-cost trade and I probably wouldn't trade for it again.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a redish color with a thin white head mainly a foam pool.

Has a butterscotch smell. Very Nice.

A butterscotchy flavor and a slightly smokey taste with a slight bitterness.

Smooth and velvety on the tongue and a great finifsh.

Very good, but I only think I could drink 1 or 2 at a time because of the sweetness.

Photo of SMark
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a room temperature pint glass as recommended by the manufacturer. It was poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 50º instead of the recommended 45º which resulted in a little over 1 finger of creamy head. Not much lacing yet in this dark reddish brown brew.

The pour gave off a malty bouquet with a sweet creaminess inhaled after the pour was finished. A slight hop aroma was also detected with the malt later on.

There was sort of a burning butterscotch taste at first which may have been due to the alcohol being a bit ‘Wee Heavy’. This was followed up by a smoother semi sweet malt taste.

This was a very acceptable beer which took a taste or two to get used to. It did not last as long as I thought it might but I did notice some of the sweetness lingered.

Overall a good beer when judging all the qualities. There was more Brussels lace as the beer continued to warm and the volume continued to drop in the glass.

Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler.

Lovely crystal clear amber-bronze. Decent sized tan head. Moderate retention without much lacing.
Nose is packed full of previews, yet stays teasingly restrained. Nevertheless, it displays an entracing malt depth, nuttiness and subtle smoke, as well and perfume from the hops.
Taste is so meticulously crafted. The chocolate malt sweetness enters first with added notes of butterscotch and caramel. Nutty and woody tones hold down the early-mid sections. This is where this beer becomes truly fascinating. Drying earthy tones abound. A restained fruitiness exists below. Raisins surface more than anything, with some prunes annd dehydrated concord grape skins to back them up. It is a metamorphic-like brew, as flavors appear as quickly as they leave. Peat smoke is enveloping and caressing. More silken caramel appears while it warms Hops enter somewhat largely on the final lap, adding sweet-ish floral, perfume colorings.

Mouthfeel must be experienced to be appreciated. Silken just does not seem to do it justice. Serve this at cellar temp and be prepared.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jpm30 for this simple bottle of great fresh scotch style. Thick dark brown foam and lace. Taste of light roast and smoke and tabacco, well hopped, nicely malted. Full mouthfeel. Whatever the alcohol, its well hidden and enabled clarity and room for another beer after.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a growler at Riley's here in Madison. Heard too many good things to pass this brewery up any longer.

Appearance: Deep Mahogany/Garnet with a big 1.5-2 inch tan head that disappates rather quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. Roasty coffee and malt with a hint of chocolate. Some fruity notes as well with a hint of hop bitterness. Smells yummy.

Taste: Roasty. Coffee and a little chocolate which transitions into fruity. Very Nice. You can tell this is a strong beer, but the alcohol isn't as overbearing as I would have imagined. Very impressed with my first Lake Louie brew.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to heavy-bodied...very balanced carbonation. Fits well with the style. Refreshing on this humid July night in Wisconsin.

Drinkability: I could see myself finishing this growler tonight, I keep going back for more. A very tasty brew. My first Scotch ale and first Lake Louie. I'll surely be back for more. Highly recommended.

Edit: 2.5 hours in, I've finished a little over 2.5 pints and I am seriously buzzed. At first you really don't notice the alcohol, but as each pint warms you can taste that alcohol bite even more. This "wee heavy" lives up to its really packs a punch. Delicious, but definitely in moderation. I've never been so effected after 2.5 pints. Yeeesh. Kudos, Lake Louie -- I have met my match.

Photo of hreb
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle pours into pint glass, red-brown in color with a thin chestnut head. Aroma is simultaneously fruity, roasty, and astringent. Initial fizz gives way to incredibly smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a mild, nutty flavor and en edge of grainy bitterness. Just a hint of sweetness -- the flavor of caramel with none of the cloying, syrupy stuff.

There's some caramel and butterscotch flavors here, but none of the diacetyl and buttery mouthfeel that I really want in a Scotch ale. Then again there's none of the unfortunately chalky malt flavor, either. Overall, it's relative mildness (read: blandness) and perfect level of carbonation makes it supremely drinkable and probably a fine session beer, but not a great beer. Pitty I only picked up one in a mixed 6-pack while traveling through Janesville, WI.

3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Bruges Tulip.
A: Beer pours a murky brown body, with a two finger off white head that sinks slowly. The carbonation levels are slow. Lacing is left in large swaths.

S: Medium intensity of aroma which shows a nice raisin and currant character.

TM: Rich and warm on the raisin and fig aspect. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, which is not to style, but does make for a nice drinkablity.

O: Good Scotch ale, but a light mouthfeel and a overall character is what I feel defines the style. Very nice blend of malts add to a classic Wee Heavy taste, but a bit light.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into Torst stemware.

Pours a rich, 3.5 finger cream colored head with great retention. Lacing is thick, webbed and layered with excellent stick. Beer is a clear mahogany. Nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet and slightly tart with layers of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Aromatic.

Opens sweet and slightly tart with hints of tea leaves, red fruit and a touch of brown sugar. A bit funky with a light bitterness. Coarse towards the end with an odd dried leaf flavor. Aftertaste of light tartness. Odd.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and bubbly in the mouth and goes down dry and coarse. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Average.

I don't know if this beer was intended to be presented this way... but its not good as is. The tea leaf bitterness doesn't work and the tartness just adds to the confusion. I'll pass in the future.

Photo of dirtylou
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bought at my neighborhood wine store, Sadhanna's in Madison

appearance: muddy brown with ruby highlights throughout, decent tan/off white head with nice lacing along the rim

smell: sweet malt, dark fruits, raisins, plum, slight milk chocolate...After tasting, the scent clearly does not tell the whole story

taste: wow, where has this been my whole life? I guess the answer to that is only in Wisco. Perfectly sweet malts, caramel hints throughout, faint chocolate, plum/raisin and other dark fruits help balance this one out perfectly

mouthfeel: exceptional again! Chewy caramel, medium bodied, nice carbonation

drinkability: This one is instantly inserted into my rotation

This is truly a wonderful scotch ale. If you come to wisconsin you must seek it out. Luckily they are available everywhere, at least here in Madison.

Photo of beertooth
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright chestnut liquid with a decent finger of white head that fades to a thin broken ring fast.

The nose is very inviting. Tons of caramel, brown spice, green banana, and a little alcohol.

This first gulp is a blast of caramel and a little warming alcohol. I'm picking up on some of the esters I caught in the nose, brown spices, banana, maybe a little tobacco and brandy soaked spice cake. It's quite tasty and a little warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation

A great beer for a cold fall evening. I would enjoy this more often if we got it in Chicago. I do with the body was more full though.

Photo of BeerCheese
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, the head on this thing was HUGE! Crystal clear deep amber color. Gorgeous beer. Could only fit half the bottle in the glass though with that huge head, and it took a while to settle down enough to pour the rest. I have a cold, so it was hard to judge the smell. I actually think all I detected through my stuffy nose was a little whif of alcohol! Taste was excellent with strong alcohol flavor and warming. More malt than hops, but still well balanced. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but only in moderation with the high ABV.

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear ruby, with a ½ finger of off-white foamy head. Retains with some bunching around the edges and some thinner fizz in the middle, leaving a quality looking cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is simultaneously sugary sweet, smoky, fruity, and roasty all at once. Wow, just a really surprising amount of depth and robustness to this.

The taste is very malty up front, quickly descending into quite the smoky feeling wall of roasty malts and a intense and pervasive fruity tang. This has a deep drying tartness to it that lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pricklier carbonation that gets pretty sharp towards the back of the swallow. Really no hint of the ABV at all here, except maybe some beef in the body.

Really strong take on a Scotch Ale here, with that deep fruity tang being the highlight but it almost gets to be just a big distracting as well. Another good effort from Lake Louie.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on December 30, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Sweet caramel malt and pear aroma. Deep brown murky color, with a creamy tan head. Heavily nutty flavor, with hazelnuts and pecans over cream and butter. Palate is wicking, almost immeadiately evaporating and dissapating, but for a Scottish Ale respectable. Unfortunately, at the end over the dry nutty smack a blast of stryofoam.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the right relationship....drinking it out of a Lake Louie pint glass I bought from Tom at the brewery last weekend. He's a great guy, so stop by when you're in the neighborhood.

Deep copper-red, quite hazy (but it may have been my pour). It has a very healthy tan head that doesn't really show any signs of falling.

Smell is malty with a great hop overtone. There's also a hint of black licorice and fresh oranges. Very nice.

Flavour is nice and smoky off the top, blendied with an earthy sweetness. The hop notes come in as it moves toward the finish.

Carbonation hits right at the front, with a body that's slightly thinner than expected.

Very drinkable. Hearty enough to demand attention, yet not overbearing at all.

Be well

Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date)

A: Dark brown, can barely see through it, thin almost non-existent head, no lace.
S: Dark caramel and a little bit of butter, no hops at all.
T: A lot of caramelization, a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the back keeps things from getting cloying.
M: A little too attenuated, not watery, but I would like a little more "richness" in the mouthfeel.
D: Goes down very easy, nice smooth drinker, there is no hint of alcohol which could be dangerous. A very nice example of the style, worth trying.

Photo of Beertracker
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warped Speed Scotch Ale pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, sustainable creamy beige colored head that barely rings the bright chestnut brown-deep russet body. The malty sweet aroma shows some nutty, roastiness along with plenty of caramel character. There's a light fruitiness along with some earthy, smokiness that emerge as the beer warms. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with some rich caramel maltiness, but soon a marginal bitterness intercepts to add some balance along with a ripe fruitiness that carries into a nutty, toasted bittersweet, warming finish. This is a fine Wee Heavy to add some color to the cheeks during a long, cold winter's night. Warp Speed Ahead!

SLAINTE! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to nflmvp for the bottles!

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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