Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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2.25/5 rDev -44.4%
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.
01-06-2009 01:13:19 | More by grandq
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
*Trader's Note: Thanks to nflmvp for the bottles!
12-18-2008 07:02:23 | More by Beertracker
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-04-2008 14:06:37 | More by Pauly2X
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
10-26-2008 01:02:17 | More by Zadok
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
10-18-2008 21:07:33 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
1.95/5 rDev -51.9%
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.
10-18-2008 14:43:03 | More by Crosling
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-13-2008 00:45:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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
08-28-2008 04:38:54 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
08-17-2008 18:02:34 | More by Winter
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
07-28-2008 15:08:06 | More by brdc
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
07-21-2008 22:16:28 | More by botham
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
07-19-2008 18:31:02 | More by robbyc1
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
06-20-2008 01:18:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
05-06-2008 20:04:55 | More by woodychandler
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
05-05-2008 02:49:37 | More by Viggo
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
03-16-2008 02:47:51 | More by BeerBelcher
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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
02-02-2008 03:51:40 | More by Atron67
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
01-14-2008 06:33:42 | More by neonbrown82
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
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. :)
01-06-2008 08:22:30 | More by PEBKAC
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
12-17-2007 16:20:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
12-12-2007 18:27:28 | More by auxiliary
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
12-05-2007 23:12:01 | More by SMark
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
JeffKrenner hooked me up with this one as part of BC2. thanks jeff!
pours deep reddish brown with a small ring of dense off-white head. spotty lace.
aroma is great. caramel. light toasty malt. biscuits and bread. hint of roast. light alcohol. dried cherry. date.
taste is good. bit of roast. toasty biscuit and bread. bit of alcohol. cherry and date. bit of grape and raisin too. low bitterness level. fruitier than i'd expect in a scotch ale, but quite good.
mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation. medium body.
drinkability is good. well balanced. fruitier than i'd expect, but nice. thanks jeff!
12-05-2007 01:57:42 | More by grub
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
Served from a 12oz bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Sadly, no brewed on date, no best by date, no ABV on the label.
A - Dark milky ruby color with a massive, explosive head that borders on overcarbonation. Head is comprised on mainly medium to small bubbles, and settles to a dense and creamy sand-colored cloud that refuses to go away. Lacing starts to form immediately as the head homogenizes. Fantastic.
S - Big massive notes of molasses, sweet soy sauce and dark, alcohol-soaked fruits. A touch of cool floral hoppiness and perhaps some dark sour cherry is also perceived.
T - Sweet and tart up front, with some residual yeastines making its way into the picture before the swallow. Finish is medium dry which is good and bad. Good because it's not cloying, bad because it's not as malty sweet as I'm usually used to in Scotch Ales. Overall, my biggest thought is for the lack of sweet brown-sugary, caramel, or even slightly smoked malts. This tastes almost like a funky quad.
M - Nice viscosity going in which is a testament to the fact that the sugars are indeed there. Decent tingle on the tongue, and a creamy swallow. Very nice.
D - Overall, this Scotch Ale is not really my cup of tea. It seems to be an interesting take on the style that deserves recognition, but the tart yeastiness takes away from the comforting, warm malts that make Scotch Ales so alluring at this time of year.
12-03-2007 01:30:01 | More by EPseja
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a dark ruby tinged brown with a quarter inch head that fades to a thin swirling cap and ring. The resulting lace is a bit tattered, but sticks nicely to the glass.
Smell; there's almost smoky/peaty quality in the aroma right up front. Then roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and a touch of molasses all come through. This is one great smelling beer.
Taste; smooth rich and malty, with chocolate and caramel dominating with just some mild hints of molasses. The smokiness that was present in the nose is there as well, just more in the background that it was in the nose. The finish is sweet but has just a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth, giving this a very good drinkability. This was the only bottle that I had, but hopefully i will be able to get some more in the future.
11-30-2007 02:43:06 | More by RedHaze
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.