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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: 320
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Chaz
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber / ruddy chestnut in color, topped with a dark khaki/medium tan head. On closer inspection there's some yeast here, suspended neatly at the bottlom of my glass. The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a touch of lace.

Nose is rich, malty, and more than lightly phenolic. Despite the name (and reputation) I do not detect any booziness or heat, so it seems safe to dive in...

First sip leaves the palate with a fairly solid impression: good/proper carbonation, some sweet malt, some dry malt, and just a bite from the alcohol. No hop presence to speak of, save for a lingering bitterness. Lightly spicy (as per the nose), but nothing like some renditions I've enjoyed, this was is also absent the weirder, funkier malt components I've experienced from imported wee heavies over the years. Served chilled, this one warms up very nicely and makes for a very pleasant, mildly warming sipper. Notes of smoke emerge as this warms, and I'd rate this as more dry than sweet. Very nice altogether (B+)

Bottom-of-bottle code: 8320

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Special thanks to FlandersNed for the impromptu in-person trade at DLD '09.

A: Pours a clear russet/mahogany color with a tiny off-white head that left some spotty ropes of lace stuck to the lace. Very still in the carbonation department.

S: Aromas of creamy caramel, chocolate, toffee, and a touch of slightly smoky cereal grains. A bit of roasted nuts as it warms.

T: Caramel, toasted malt, roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee with a touch of smoked grains and sweet dark fruit.

M: Has the earmarks of a big sweet beer. While it did stick itself all over my palate, it took a left turn during the middle and on through the finish down a decidedly dry and peppery path.

D: Well made and enjoyable but I prefer my Scotch Ales with a bunch more smoke.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
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 ccrida
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
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 Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH glass. No date. The body was a dark brown leather color. The khaki head dissolved to a ring and film.

Smell was grainy. Metal. Sassafras. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste was less sweetness than expected. Cola-like. Tart up front with a sweet linger. Cherry-like tartness.

Mouthfeel was thinner than expected for the style. Minimal carbonation. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would.

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 wheatyweiss
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into an icy pint at Quaker Steak and Lube in Middleton, WI. I did get a warm glass, with no growling.

Stands a medium dirty murky brown, with a rich head that settles to a thick whipped cream cap. Looks like a nitro can when decanted into the warm glass. Cream colored active carbonation rises the sides of the pint.

Nose is light peat, subtle earthy mossy aromas with a lightly smokey undertone.

Taste is an explosion of sweet malt on the front, slightly bitter from the roast. Middle is boozy and earthy with coffee and black rich fruit flavors. Smallish smokey bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lush, full and chewy the malt is awesome for the mouthfeel in this beer.

Photo of storksonm
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In a Pint Glass

A: A Lovely Red, With a beautiful 1 inch head.

S: For certain all I can smell for sure is a butterscotch smell.

T: Butterscotchy flavors for sure and it is pretty much all you taste. A slight smokey taste and little bitter but mostly grain otherwise.

M: Very Smooth and no harsh aftertaste, it gives you that kind of velvet tongue feel to it.

D: I Think this is one of my favorite beer and is easily one of the most drinkale beers I have come across so far. But they don't call it warped speed for nothing! Its a great Scotch Ale.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever sent this one my way. I just got a newer bottle of this from grub, so I'm swapping that out with this older one I've had in the cellar. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a cloudy brown color akin to fresh brewed iced tea. The tan colored creamy head measures a solid two fingers.Smells and tastes of caramelized malts, bready yeast, and fruits such as cherries and plums. Really malty as a good wee heavy should be. Medium in both body and carbonation. A nice representation of the style.

Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for the extra. Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip, the beer is deep ruby with a one inch, off white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma is of caramel, bready, and roasted malt. Earthy hops, dark fruits, and smokiness make for a nice aroma. The flavor is rich and sweet. Other flavors are of caramel, toffee, molasses, and a low level of earthy hop bitterness. The finish is sweet, grainy, and drying.

Medium full bodied with good carbonation, and a creamy, dry mouthfeel that is a bit thin.

Photo of errantnight
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
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 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 brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of grandq
2.22/5  rDev -45%
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 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!

Photo of Pauly2X
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Zadok
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Crosling
1.95/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  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

Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.87/5  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.

Photo of botham
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.