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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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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 33
Gots: 27 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bighuge on 07-24-2002

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Photo of Crosling
1.95/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Autumn colored beer with a large, frothy head. Aroma mainly dominated by contamination, or you could say unpleasant smells not common in scotch ales. No rich malts, mainly just wild yeast and funk in the nose. Flavor is sour, clearly contaminated and not right. Remember having this several years ago and it was great, but this bottle has some serious issues.

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of grandq
2.22/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Mully for this bonus. Brewery's new to me, here we go.

Pours, unsurprisingly, a caramel color with a very thin beige head. I find the scent slightly off-putting - sticky caramel and brown sugar, rubber tires, and sour milk. I keep trying to get my mind to perceive this as peat and malt but it's not working, the free-associative damage has been done. The flavor I'm afraid doesn't improve on this first impression much. There's some nice, smoked malt character a touch of nuttiness and a hint of cocoa, but a lactic sourness blows the positives out of the water, leaving a lingering cloying sweet and sour note to hover on the tongue. FWIW, the mouthfeel's pretty decent, thin but with a bit of sticky, oily substance, like a good nut brown. Drinkability obviously suffers from the off scent and flavor profile. I keep taking repeated stabs at it to see if my tongue can be more charitable, but looks like I'm going to have to put this one down half way through.

EDIT: glancing at other reviews, looks like this sample is atypical of this beer as the cloying sweetness and overbearing tart aspects aren't often noted. This could well be a bad bottle, though my s.o. thought it smelled and tasted of sourdough dough and kinda of liked it. Not one for me.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.23/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate brown-red color with a slight head and no lacing. The nose is some light dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and a slight sour scent. The taste is definitely of an infected batch, though it hasn't set in too much yet. Slight acetic character plus some toffee. Sourness pops up in the feel with a bit of sweetness. This is a problem I've encountered with several of their beers, unfortunately.

Photo of beertunes
2.26/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear rubyish brown color, with about a quarter inch of khaki colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very subdued and bland, some malt sweetness but none of the expected smoke or peat. That description also applies to the flavors, with the addition of a funky tang on the finish.

The body was very thin for the style and washed over the tongue instead of coating it. Drinkability would have been average, but that funky, weird tang just made this less than enjoyable.

Overall, a below average take on the style. Try it if you see it, but don't seek it out.

Photo of mariposafan
2.37/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber, almost garnet, color with a half-finger of head that lasts reasonably well.

The smell is a letdown. Some smokiness and toffee but way too much fruity hoppiness.

Unfortunately the taste follows through the smell - a sharp taste and bitterness of hops with a slightly resinous aftertaste. Some malty sweetness and smokiness as well, but the other taste is overbearing.

The mouthfeel is very nice: slightly viscous, smooth and creamy with some carbonation, but not too much.

It's really a shame that there's that misplaced sharp smell/taste - otherwise this would be a very nice wee heavy. As it stands, I won't be buying it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep mahogany color ale with a medium head with some retention and average lacing characteristics. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating with some barley wine like feel. Taste is dominated by some very sweet malt with no peat like malt. I noticed a metallic aftertaste which I didn’t like very much. I thought this was totally off-style and I didn’t appreciated very much overall- can’t figure out what all the hype is about on this one.

Photo of ccrida
2.74/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle (thx milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Lake Louie's Warped Speed Scotch Ale is a dark, ruddy brown, a bit cola like, with a small ivory head, leaving scattered lace.

Smell a kind of funky, toffee, some sweet cookie dough. Questionable.

Taste is definitely a little off to me. There's some sweet caramel maltiness, butterscotch, nutty, and perhaps a slight touch of acetic acid. Not sure that it's actually infected, I think it's just a combination of diacetyl and high acidity from the dark malt. It grew on me a bit though as I worked through it, but still consider it to be poorly executed.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, a nice creaminess to the carbonation.

Drinkability isn't to hot. It was light and sweet enough to go down, but the fact is, there were some distracting off-flavors.

Photo of drtacks37
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap - Dark, carmelly brown. Thin head. Little lacing.

Ar - STRONG! Malty, sour, alcoholy. (What's the ABV on this stuff?)

T - Malty, sweet, full, hints of raisin. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. I'll let it warm a bit, then try.
(30 Min. later)
Flavors have mellowed a bit. Less of the nasty aftertaste. Heavy malt, sweet at the front, sour at the end.

Not great, but not horrible. Not my style, but someone who likes lots of malt flavor would probably enjoy it.

I'll stick by my theory that Wisconsin is incapable of producing a good beer.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to BarrytheBear for this one!

A - Brown - reddish body with an off white head resting on top

S - Sweet malts, caramel notes, toasty malted notes, brown sugar

T - Some caramel, malty sweetness that then gives way to a light sourness. Dark fruit like flavors. Really wasn't what I was expecting from a Scotch Ale at all

M - medium bodied, slightly on the thin side, fair amount of carbonation

D - Not sure if this is the intended flavor or not but it tastes kind of sour and not too much like what I would expect from a Scotch Ale. It isn't overly so which has saved it from the drain. I'd like to revisit this one sometime to tell if I got a bad bottle or not.

Photo of WhatAlesMe
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of errantnight
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An extra from.... eyncognito, I think? Thanks, and apologies to whoever it was if it wasn't eyncognito!

Pours a slightly hazy amber with barely a lick of head.

Aroma strongly of caramel and a bit of biscuit.

On the palate there's a bunch of toffee and butter backed by a light caramel sweetness. Medium body, round and a bit too thin on the finish due to the light carbonation. Although it's lacking the roast and depth of malt flavor I'd like in a scotch ale, it's got nice melanoidin formation and solid balance.

Not a bad beer, but could use some carbonation and a bit more depth of malt character.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled April 2009
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a four finger thick, fluffy, tan colored crown of froth. The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows a lightly hazed, cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of butter and toffee, along with a toasted malt note and a finish of roast grain. The diacetyl character is the dominant note and it gets in the way enough that I find it hard to enjoy the nose.

The beer is sweet and clean tasting up front. It has a herbal hop note in the middle (menthol and pine are noticed) and it picks up a solid bitterness as the beer moves to the finish. The finish also has a touch of roast grain character to it; it is just a hint but it adds a lingering roast not that subtly influences the finish. The sweetness here is a complex, caramelized maltiness rather than a simplistic sugar-like note. The diacetyl is here in the finish of the flavor, though it is a bit more muted than in the nose; still it is a bit more than I can really enjoy.

This could have been a good Wee Heavy, poor fermentation management has ruined this beer for me though.

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up during a trip to Madison. New brewery for me in a style I like.

Pours a deep mahogany &, even leaving the last bit in the glass, plenty of suspended floaties. Smell is surpsingly charred; a deep, flame-treated chunk of wood soaked in sweet malts.

Warped Speed has one of the strongest nutty components I've had to date, including "nut brown" ales & the like. Dominated by salty almonds or some such, followed once more by the roasted malts, & only then come the sweeter sippings in the shadow of the other two. Diacetyl peeks out from between the flavors & contributes a few off-color remarks, which the crowd doesn't really appreciate. The sum of the whole is a beer I can down, but am not really enjoying much. I'll not need another.

Drought dry. Strangely unsatisfying. This is a decent brew that confounded my expectations, & this time not in a good way.

Photo of mwa423
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured aggressively got a big head and it actually cascaded (a `la Guinness) Color is a very dark brown, that seems to be very clear in color.

S - Aroma is very roasty, roasted cereals, roasted nuts, smokey caramel, a bit of oak.

T - There was far less taste then I expected, what is there is malty sweetness, and some organic flavors (think fruit right off the tree, the sort of dirt taste) The aftertaste is not unlike some beers that have been aged in oak.

M/D - Mouthfeel and drinkability are average, nothing to write home about, but there isn't any reason to dock points.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -21%
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 kingmaker
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.