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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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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bighuge on 07-24-2002)
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Photo of errantnight
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

errantnight, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BeerCheese
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

BeerCheese, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Chestnut with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Mild aroma. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and tobacco. Very nice aroma that would be awesome if it wasn't so light.

T - Caramel, hints of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of smoke. There is a weird flavor tat I can't place that doesn't quite fit, almost like a lager twang.

M - On the light side of medium with a bit of a watery feel, light carbonation.

D - Easy drinking. Even though the aroma was similar to the taste the aroma seemed more complex and the strange flavor didn't fit very well.

brewcrew76, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big shout out to Estarrio for providing this as an extra in a recent trade!! Thanks!

Even with an aggressive pour it was a challenge to get a head to form atop this beer. What did form was about a 1/2 finger thick and light tan in color. It also faded quite quickly and melted back into this brown/ruby colored amber ale. The color was deep and showed some nice clarity. Like the color of a nice piece of furniture. No lacing nor visible carbonation.

Aroma was sweet and of rich caramel and slightly nutty.

Flavor was very smooth and pretty deep. It immediately reminded me a bit of Old Chub, which is a good thing. Not quite as sweet as that beer upon further reflection. Deep toasted malts, sweet caramel and toffee along with a nutty flavor. Just when you think sweetness is going to take over you get a slight hint of the alcohol and a subtle bitterness.
You get a sense of the yeast near the end as well.

Mouth feel is slick and a half click shy of sticky. Low carbonation allows the caramel notes to hang on your tongue.

I find this nicely drinkable. A good Scotch. Glad I tried it.

Reagan1984, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of grandq
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

grandq, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Beertracker, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby chestnut, wispy head.

S- Quite mild, what is there is deep rich malts.

T- Solid rich caramel sweetness abounds. Some roasted character comes in mid sip to add some interest without being overpowering. Mild earthy hop finish.

M- Relatively smooth and satisfying.

D- I just might have to buy some more.

An excellent Wee Heavy. Unless you absolutely hate malt bombs, this is a must try.

Pauly2X, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a thin film head and no lacing.

Smells of a sweet malt with a slight booziness.

Has a sweet alcohol flavor with a malty finish. Has a very mild scotch bourbon flavor.

Crisp clean and refreshing, low carbonation.

An interesting beer that has decent balance for the unique flavor that it has.

Zadok, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - chestnut brown color with a beige head that left lots of lacing.

S - sweet malt aroma, caramel and chocolate.

T - sweet and malty upfront, hints of caramel and chocolate, then there is a nice touch of bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - this is a very tasty, easy drinking brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 18, 2008
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.

Crosling, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of Birthday Club 2, 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 medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and touches of smokiness and hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and vanilla. There's a mild hops presence that brings a good balance. Some smokiness and chocolate flavor creep into the background toward the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body and certainly light for the style, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's lighter and less sweet than most in the style which makes it more sessionable than your typical Scotch Ale. Overall, it's worth drinking several of if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is clear dark brow with explosive carbonation. The head is way too tall fluffy dark tan and leave good lace.

The smell is great a lightly smoky malt, with hints of alcohol.

The taste is also quite good, a smoky malt slightly sour with a mild traditional bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is good nice medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, a fine example of the style not my favorite but close. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Winter
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. Thick, creamy light tan head. Wonderful malty aroma on the nose. It has an interesting sweetness to it. There's cocoa, caramel, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel seems a little watery for a Scotch Ale, yet it's still smooth. Warped Speed is a huge malty Scottish Ale. Flavors of smoked malt and chocolate dominate. There's an intriguing cocoa sweetness to it that arrives midway and lingers into the long finish. Nicely done.

Winter, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks stoutsnipas for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.
Dark brown, decent tan head, average retention.
Nice aroma of roasted malts, a bit more roasty than expected; some pipe tobacco; caramel.
Body is a bit disappointing; it is rather thin, adding to its drinkability but taking away from what I like in scotch ales; taste is malty and caramelized, but has little depth or complexity. An OK beer.

brdc, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of botham
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a chocolate brown-amber color with amber highlights and a thin tan head that remains for less than a minute. light lacings.

aroma is malty, with caramel malts and lightly roasted malts, along with a bready base. very light grassy hops impart an earthy character to the brew, though subtle.

taste is more of the same, with a rich malt complexity and a solid mix of flavors. caramel and roasted malts mainly, along with a distant chocolate note and the same earthy base from the aroma, though less pronounced here. very nicely proportioned, coming together to produce a complete profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture, along with an aftertaste of residual malt and caramel. slick mouthfeel after the fact.

drinkability is good. this is a solid brew with good concentration and flavor complexity. the flavors work well together and produce a good example of a scotch ale. cheers!

botham, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark root beer look, bit of a head, perfect for the style.

Not much hop nose as it should be, but a nice caramel malty sweetness, really intriguing.

Fabulous caramel taste, dominates the mouth, with a slight sweetness at the end, not much more you could get for this style.

Solid heavyness, and easy drinker, probably around 6% here, not sure but a great choice for a session beer, could have 3-4 easy, glad I got a 6 pack.

robbyc1, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as an extra in a recent trade. I have been thoroughly impressed with everything that I have tried to date from Lake Louie, so I was thrilled when I saw this one coming out of the box. Served a little bit warmer then chilled and poured into a nonic pint glass and used to finish off dinner.

Appearance - The pour was huge, with a deep ruby red brown coming forward almost instantly. Huge, and towering three inch high head, literally leaped out of the glass and took what seemed like forever just to come back down to earth. Very dark, with only the slightest bit of light coming through on the sides and bottom, very nice looking side glass lace with an ever present enormous, and rocky head.

Smell - The aroma was very nice. Hints of alcohol, boozy, with a touch of caramel and earthy malts. Nice balance with hints of butterscotch as well as a slight spicy touch to it.

Taste - Tremendously good for the style. The boozy smell was well trimmed back in the flavor. Nice and sweet with loads of caramel right up front. Some roasted malts and a touch of chocolate as it thoroughly coated the mouth. Hints of vanilla in the middle as well as a touch of what seemed like cinnamon. Very rich and flavorful, this was shaping up to be a favorite already. Finish was smooth and creamy with a lovely drawn flavor in its wake.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, and perfectly carbonated. Definitely a medium bodied ale, bordering on full, with a creamy feel across the tongue and nice smooth transfer all the way though.

Drinkability - This was definitely a sipper, not for being too heavy, but simply because of how rich it was. Very sweet and I would imagine the abv is between 7-8% as you felt it a little after it was done, but still, very nicely done indeed.

Overall I thought this one was excellent. It really crept up on me with how good it was, and I would have no issues at all with trying this one again any day. Definitely a top not beer that I would love to get a hold of again any day!

mikesgroove, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, daggum if this didn't produce one of the biggest, creamiest heads I think that I've ever seen! It looked like a Jamocha milkshake from Arby's and as it slowly fell, it left some really stick lacing in its wake. The beer itself was a slightly hazy deep amber color. The nose was very malty sweet with a hint of coconut and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel was on the thick side with a chocolaty flavor on the tongue. The finish was equally sweet, but with a lingering smoky aftertaste. It was pretty good for the style, but I am just not a fan of Scotch Ales. That said, given that it is apparently available in prefilled growlers, I'd be willing to give it another try.

woodychandler, May 06, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to EliteDigger for hooking me up with some of these at DLD!

Pours a pretty clear dark reddish/orange and brown, thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lacing behind, solid layer and ring, looks real nice. Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, very earthy, some bread, light chocolate, super malty, brown sugar, on the sweet side but nice. Taste is wow, toasted bread, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, very malty, earthy, rich, excellent flavour, alcohol is well hidden, balanced chewy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth, super smooth. Excellent stuff, thanks Scott!

Viggo, May 05, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not bad; I'd have this again. Not really peaty or earthy, but there is some caramelness here that is balanced by some isoamyl acetate, spice, and sourness.

Nice appearance; blood red color with sparkling body. Nice quantity of head, which is itself sort of non-descript. I got a little isoamyl acetate in the nose, along with some peatiness which was largely overwhelmed by caramel. Nice caramel flavor tinged with some spice and a touch of sour. Not bad, but not really Scotch Ale-ish. Mouthfeel is pretty appropriate. A nice beer.

I bought this single serve 12oz from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a pretty brown with a light red hue underneath. Not very clear and a nice tan head on top

S- pretty solid crystal malt scents with a nice creamy scents, toffee flavors and caramel predominate

T- very nice sweet and malty flavors. the buterscotch works well with the sweetness of the flavores

M- pretty solid body and medium carbonation throughout

D- pretty solid beer

Atron67, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Erdinger2003 for this beer. Scotch Ales are one of my often overlooked favorites, and this is a very good one. It pours to a very dark ruby brown, pretty much black until held to the light. Has a tan head that settles to a couple of centimeters and retains to a thick film. Lacing doesn't stick particularly well, however.

The aroma is very interesting. Aromas of butterscotch and toffee form the majority of the nose. Some sweet caramel roastiness as well. One of the more unique beers I've had the pleasure of smelling.

The beer is not as sweet as I would have expected. Just a tad bit at the tip of the tongue, followed by a lasting butterscotch, toffee, and caramel. Fairly roasty, but no coffee or burnt flavors. Just a touch of alcohol and an even slighter bit of peat moss.

The body is fairly thick and creamy, with a light carbonation. Good balance between sweet and roasty. As expected, very little hop bitterness, and heavy caramelized malts. Very easy to put back.

And now that my review is all wrapped up... time to pour myself a little Scotch Whisky to drink beside it.

neonbrown82, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of PEBKAC
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to nflmvp for breaking me into the trading ranks with this brew. It's only right that I review it. :)

The Unibroue tulip has seen a lot of action these past few nights, so let's keep the ball rolling. We don't punt on forth & long, we run it straight up the gullet!

We got a big head on this one, & it's not budging. Stiff, Baily's-colored peaks, just right for frosting. A little grit in there too. Dark & light colors swirl around & blend. A pretty dark mash of browns I would say. Someone must of forgotten to sift his ingredients. It's hard enough drinking, you don't expect me to bake for you at same time do you? :P

Not a whole lot going on the nose, so it sits for a few. I come back from the fridge with some cold pork chops & a salivating palate. ... We've got some good ole caramelized brown sugar, & some vinegar, almond, & some very muted coffee grounds. Straight up rich. Is the grill still there, buried beneath snow & leaves in the backyard? Good, go & dig it out for me. We're going to need it later. :D

I hope Scotty didn't forgot to fill up at the last dilithium station. ... That brown sugar is still there, & mixed with the fluffy carbonation, it creams things up a bit. Leather & some saturated tobacco, things I haven't tasted in beer in a long time. It finishes dry, with a tea leaf bitterness. I felt it was mild for the style.

Mouthfeel is a crash course for the field. It starts offvery foamy & soft, then dense & tacky, finally thinning out & leaving your mouth quite dry.

I am not the biggest lover of this style, but being a big sweetooth I did want to get more out of it. Still, I appreciate the quality that it brings to the table. I still have a bottle left, so we'll see how my palate evolves over time. :)

PEBKAC, Jan 06, 2008
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to a very dark brown, burnt carmel in color body. Head only reaches half an inch even with a strong pour. It fades to just a skim quickly.

Nose is very nice with griddle hot buckwheat waffles on the nose, carmalized malts and rich chocolate yeast tones, all dripped in syrup.

Slides over the tongue on first sip with nicely balanced array of malty wheat, bitter dark chocolate notes and smooth real authintic vanilla tones. The palate has a lot to offer but gels well together.

Nice richness throughout creates a thick mouthfeel with nice wheat and malt balance.

A super smooth, nicely drinkable scotch ale that could easily become a household favorite if locally available.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice ruby red brownish color. Nice head formed but faded out.

smell - Sweeet malts, roasted nuts, and spices.

taste - Sweet malts with roasted nuts here. Not too sweet, nice balance.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Very nice beer to drink, would buy this again, only thing is I received it in a trade.

auxiliary, Dec 12, 2007
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.