Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Deep copper-amber; light tan head; very little retention, slight lace.
S: Wonderful dark fruit aroma, brown sugar, dark caramel & toffee, a little spice and hints of tropical fruity esters.
T: Earthy, dark caramalized raisins, roasted nuts, hint of roasted coffee, brown sugar, prunes, figs, brown sugar and a lightly spiced. More bitterness than you'd typically find in a traditional Scotch ale.
M: Moderate to full body, some residual sugar makes it slightly syrupy, some roasted acidity, moderate carbonation.
D: It's good, but the flavour is a little too bold to session.
08-16-2007 01:24:57 | More by Derek
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
A- The dark burgundy ale was quickly poured into a pint glass to give a 2-finger head which rapidly receded, leaving little lace around the edges.
S- Malty, caramel and honey hits the nose. Slight smell of alcohol gives away the higher ABV typical of a scotch ale.
T- Sweet, maple syrup with a tad of spice and chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter and tends to linger nicely. The alcohol is well balanced.
M- This is a lighter beer which seems to work ok with the stronger flavors, however some may find this unappealing if they are looking for a nice heavy scotch ale.
D- Drinkability is very good. This is a nice summer or fall ale for those who want a stronger flavor without too much body.
08-15-2007 16:03:34 | More by catalysis
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Steve's Liquor Madison
Warped Speed pours a glowing garnet into my snifter.An aggressive pour yields a half finger light frothy tan head that immediately recedes to a ring around the glass and nothing more. Cherry highlights shine through the botto of the glass when held to the light. The lack of head is a disappointment.
Aroma is excellent. After working my way through the 6-pack I've realized you need to let this beer sit out of the fridg before drinking. The aromas and flavors really open up as it warms. Roasted malts begin the expierence along with a few drops of cream. Mild nuttines and peat in the middle flowing through to the finish. There's even some toffee present. Excellent smelling beer.
Flavor is pretty much in cahoots with the aroma. Roasted malts again but they fall to the back rather quickly. Peat smoke is more present in the flavor than the aroma and lasts mid palate to finish. Roasted grains make their triumphant appearance again toward the finish along with a nice accompanying nuttiness. Good flavor.
Mouthfeel, for a beer with these kind of robust flavors, is on the thin side. Carbonation is minimal, which I believe is right but the body is just too thin. If the body was dialed in this would be a great brew.
Good drinkability and I think the thin body actually helps with that. The problem is I'd rather have perfect mouthfeel if the drinkability took a hit.
Good beer from Lake Louie. Every one I've had from them so far has been solid. Could use a little tweaking, if only to make a good beer great, but definately an enjoyable brew.
07-21-2007 06:12:33 | More by joe1510
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks goes out to Faro for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a grapey color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly oaky, cherries, figs, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is malty/oaky, nice presents of dark fruit, some tanginess, nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry. Light-Medium body, kinda watery, a good thing because it almost goes down like water, lol A complex brew. Very drinkable, I/you could drink a few of these before you know it, easily.
06-21-2007 00:29:21 | More by Wasatch
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
A 12 oz. bottle poured to a snifter. Acquired from DaPeculierDane in a recent in-person trade - thanks, Eric.
"This is Livin'" says the label, beneath the happy, mug-wielding Lake Louie catfish.
A: Lovely warm mahogany-brown with ruby/maroon highlights; Hold this to light to fully appreciate the color. Clear complexion with few rising bubbles. Initially a 1/4" cap of light tan cream, fading quickly to a thin, rim-hugging ring. A swirl of film in the center of the glass reminds me of the time-lapse satellite footage of a storm brewing...coincidence?
S: Big malty-sweet smell of caramel, raisins, cherries, brown sugar. Hints of peat, roasted nuts and spice.
T: A roasted nut medley at first - cashews, walnuts and almonds. Earthiness is outstanding with a little smoke. Cocoa and many subtle spices; this is not nearly as sweet as the aroma had me expecting. That combination of sweet maltiness in the nose and more bitter, dry nuttiness in the mouth is very appealing. A bit of zesty tang in the finish.
M: Rich-feeling, full mouthfeel - creamy and with an active carbonation that seems to give some zestiness and a tingle on the tip of the tongue. Long-lasting dark chocolate bitterness.
D: Wonderful balance, complex aroma and flavor, just a pleasure to drink. I'd love to have more of this excellent beer.
06-13-2007 02:19:17 | More by msubulldog25
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Dark brown/amber color with thin foam initially and only minute carbonation maintaining a frothy edge. Ripe fruit nose of cinnamon raisin, caramel, cherry and light smoke. It's also quite nutty, very complex overall.
The taste is also complex and changing. Light sweet fruity malt balances with subtle wood smoke. Slight tanginess with a hint of chocolate. Very pleasantly bitter at the finish. Medium thick, quite low on carbonation makes it seem a bit watery.
The most important components of this beer (smell and taste) were complex and wonderful. I wished the mouthfeel could have held up better, but overall it was a great beer and I would easily try it again...
05-10-2007 06:42:58 | More by bennetj17
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
Thanks to Flyingbison for this!
Wow does this pour gorgeous. It's very dark yet almost lavender on the edges. Head rose to nearly an inch and then died down. Some lace was left behind
Nose is like some strange slice of sweet wheatbread mingled with a smell I can only describe as pure sugar cane.
Damn. At first when I tasted this all I could think of was a stout flavored with granny smith apples. I'm not even kidding. Yes I did let it warm for about a half hour before I tried it. Now that it's become almost warmer than room temp the flavor is finally opening up a bit more. At first all I could taste was chocolate, some espresso and granny smith apples. Now I get the same taste as I did in the nose, sweet wheatbread. It's interesting but ultimately a letdown.
Mouth is nice with passive carbonation that is very subtle. Ultimately it's like Georges St. Pierre said to Matt Hughes, "I am not impressed with your perform-ance." Did this taste good? Yes. Does it fit the style imo? No.
03-26-2007 04:57:23 | More by TheBungyo
4.78/5 rDev +18%
Into a pint glass, pours a dark, dank, dirty brown, a thick tan foam sitting on top, lacing all over the place, very nice. The nose is heavily malted, molasses, brown sugar, rich caramel, syrup, fruits, the nuts, twigs, berries and all, a thick, heady whaft of Scotchness.
Taste is quite fine, a thick malty brew, something deserving of the style and name. A potent malting, full of flavors, caramel, raisin, molasses, figs, a bit smoky perhaps, a slightly biting alcohol, some spices, sweet, bitter, just a heap of goodness, a meal unto itself. The mouth is thick, smooth and creamy, just right carbonation, warm and tingly, sooo go. Scotch ales aren't really my thing, but I've had several lately, lots of good ones too, and this one much be tops, its a damn good brew and were I to have a sixer of this beer, I'd develop a real addiction to this style. Very well done, and huge thanks to nflmvp once again.
03-01-2007 04:50:41 | More by objectivemonkey
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Darkest cherry with bright orange peel trim when backlit. I expected something bordering on opaque, but maybe this wee heavy isn't quite that heavy. The compact cap is sandlewood in color and could be a little more thickly creamy. It has wonderful persistence, though, and is beginning to lay down a thick, jagged collar of lace.
The nose is almost everything that I expect from a Scotch ale. It's beautifully roasted malty (like a big porter or a light stout) and has plenty of dark caramel and a trickle of molasses. I even pick up a tendril or two of smoke. Unfortunately, there's no peat to make the experience complete.
Warped Speed is another delicious beer from the fine folks at Lake Louie. I can quickly get past the fact that it isn't a huge version of the style (which I prefer) because it's so damn tasty and so damn drinkable. I've held off on granting the next highest score because it lacks the dizzingly amount of depth and complexity that the very best versions possess. I might change my mind if I get the chance to drink it fresh from the tap someday, but that day isn't today.
Again, American porter comparisons fit like the proverbial glove. Chocolate malt is the linchpin and provides a modest amount of roastedness and a perfect amount of sweetness. Dark caramel and dark fruit (figs) contribute as well. Like the nose: a little smoke, no peat. With more bombast, this would be a killer wee heavy. It is, however, one of the most drinkable versions that I've ever had the pleasure to consume.
Warming has convinced me that Warped Speed is one of the truly great Scotch ales brewed in America. I now have no problem bumping the flavor score to a more deserving number. I can't recall a beer that has disappeared this quickly. That has to count for something, right? To be specific, as room temperature approaches, the nuances that I was looking for in the top half on the bottle have appeared in a big way. Sweet, bitter, tangy... what a wonderful symphony of flavor sensations.
The mouthfeel score (the fact that it isn't higher) has everything to do with my preference for big beer. It's amazingly smooth and lightly creamy. Still though, I want something a bit more chewy, more viscous. I don't often partake in sessions, but the ABV is the only thing keeping this wonderful beer from being one of the world's most sessionable wee heavies.
I had high hopes for Warped Speed Scotch Ale prior to cracking the crown. While I was (slightly) disappointed initially, my expectations were met by the final ounce or two. I have a feeling that the Scotch ale of my dreams is in my cellar at this very moment... in the form of Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale. I'm looking forward to seeing how that higher octane version stacks up against this standard version. Which, by the way, is highly recommended.
01-21-2007 16:53:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
Pours a nice little head with some coaxing and has a seemingly very nice little lacing. The color is dark brown with an amber hue. The first smell was a little weak, but there's a slight sweetness to it that doesn't seem to fit just right. The smell is very light, it has the sweet smell and almost no roasty characteristics at all. The taste is a little watery, it has a little roastiness present with some light sweet tones to it as well. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth and didn't have anything wrong with it besides a small amount of watery feel to it. Overall I might actually try this again.
01-14-2007 11:04:54 | More by Erdinger2003
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
12-06-2006 02:01:36 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brew. Head fades VERY slowly, with lots of heavy sticking lace. Aroma is rich sweet maltiness. Flavor is chocolate sweet upfront, with light bitterness, and the malts carry through from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is excellent. Liked this better from the growler, but the bottled offering is definitely nothing to sneeze at either. Would accept some of this anytime anyone had some available for me.
11-22-2006 23:32:40 | More by ppoitras
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
A brew sent courtesy of blackie in the NoBSBIF Beta appreshit !!
Man, I just luv a brew where the pour reminds me of bourbon, except with a lil blanket of tan foam on top. This blanket also sticks to the glass and slides around like a dancer on a pole.
Subtle hints of caramel malts, followed by a chocolate coffee bing along with roasted marshmallow (wait, thats a smore) roasty toast, yeah, thats it!
A smidgen thin bodied and fizzy, but thats just nit-picking. This was a solid fall/winter sipper indoors or out. I guess the WI guys sit on the ice, fishin, with this.
11-09-2006 20:58:34 | More by Vancer
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a lightly hazy brown with some red showing thru. A small tan head forms and leaves some lace behind. Normal looking Scotch Ale.
Aroma is nice sweet caramel, big on malt sweetness along with hints of chocolate, fruit and smoke.
Taste is nice sweet and fruity, dark fruits wrapped in chocolate and smoke. Nice zesty carbonation that carries a spicy, grassy, earthy hop flavor along with medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a heavy medium little zesty but overall its smooth, kind of a contradiction but that seems to be the way it is.
Drinkability is good dark, fruity and smokey with nice hops flavors a touch more then normal for the style but its good. Thanks go to dirtylou for this brew.
11-01-2006 14:14:59 | More by mntlover
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
10-17-2006 02:34:10 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz brown bottle, no date information
Clear twinkling garnet. Thick, persistent cap of tight, stonewashed khaki bubbles. A few slow moving carbonation streams are visible. As the cap settles to a thin skim coat, it leaves no lacing. Modest, but rich aromas of caramel, dark fruits, and some spicy alcohol. A bit of alcohol and some caramel tones lead the way. A gentle hop bitterness makes itself known midway through before being overtaken by a slight peat/smoke flavor that builds through the finish and gains prominence through consumption. It is a faint smokiness, as though water were added to some liquid smoke, which starts to accumulate on the back of the tongue. Medium body, and adequate carbonation, not quite as smooth and malty as some scotch ales, but still pleasing. This was not hard to consume and I was expecting a bit more malt body and perhaps some more smoke in the nose, but despite that I'd still order another round or two of this.
Thanks to Stonecrusher for adding this to an already overflowing box.
08-11-2006 01:12:43 | More by hopsaplenty
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Thanks to dirtylou for this offering from Lake Louie.
A: Pours a maroonish color almost brown with a thick two finger frothy white head that dissipates to about one finger. Nice retention with great lace.
S: Aromas of dark fruit and sweet caramel malt dominate the nose. An earthy almost woody malt presence is also noticeable. Floral notes as it warms.
T/M: Comes first with sweet caramel malt notes followed closely by a good bit of dark fruit--almost raspberry and strawberry tart. The dark fruit lingers in the mouth as the aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Coating and creamy on the palate going smoothly through the mouth. Medium bodied, though on the light side for being so creamy and sweet. I like this one a lot.
D: Definately a drinkable offering from Lake Louie. Glad I got to try this fantastic offering.
07-23-2006 04:56:00 | More by bjohnson
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
On first look the beer is a nice medium brown but when you hold it up to the light it becomes obvious that it's a deep, deep red - beautiful coloration! The one finger creamy head dies off slowly but leaves quite a bit of thin lacing on the glass.
The nose is quite intriguing with a huge malt component that's awfully close to a mild scotch whiskey. The caramel is almost overwhelming and distracts from the fruity esters and subtle earthy hops notes.
This is a very flavorful brew with a larger than life malt presence. The flavor is that of caramel and peat with just a bit of roasted grain as a finish. Add in the complexity of yeasty fruity flavors (peach, apple, melon) on top of the honey, caramel and treacle flavors and you've got a lot to keep you occupied.
Surprisingly for such a sweet, malty drink the body is quite light (just barely on the medium side of light-medium) with no cloying stickiness or lingering sugars. The finish isn't quite dry but it's certainly clean. No bitter finish but just an echo of smoke in the light coffee notes coming from the well roasted grains.
This is a very flavorful beer and highly enjoyable. With all the good qualities of both a fine porter and a strong ale this Scotch Ale does a good job both getting and keeping your attention throughout the entire brew.
06-12-2006 04:09:42 | More by RedwoodGeorge
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
05-27-2006 00:23:52 | More by warriorsoul
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
slow dark pour seems to leave no head, but perusing the cascade occurring in the glass.. i know the head is coming. it builds slowly after the mesmerizing spectacle is over, leaving thick layers of creamy tan on top... a hole or two in the khaki surface allows gas to escape this brew.
bar-b-q charred applewood and burnt peach skins define the aroma. slight brown sugar character creeps up but does not dominate like some simpler examples of the style. vibrant, fruity, and different scent on this wee heavy.
first sip is magical. good body without being impedingly thick. obvious fire-roasted nuttiness leads into a medium molasses driven sweetness.. but not too much. bitter finish, but not too much. sublimely balanced yet extremely flavorful. the peach in the nose is there too, and transforms into something almost vinous.. some port character but fresher, without sourness. something injected here that gives it a dessert/ice wine character. but then there's the maltiness again.. how freaking complex and drinkable at the same time.
stellar example of the style, wish i had more of these to drink. midwestern trading buddies, you might as well go buy me a sixer cause thats what ill be searching for during our next dealing...
05-14-2006 23:44:33 | More by goodbyeohio
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a deep deep garnet that looks brown if not held up to the light. A small yet thick head of light tan hues emerges with very little lacing.
What a nose. Black cherry, complex layers of malt, fig, cassis, freshly picked flowers fill the glass. Also esters of brown sugar, and mollasses.
Big thick roasted malt goodness. Very delicate hops with a nice oily quality. Tastes of dried figs, chamomile, other earthy endeavors, brown sugar, cherry undertones, and back to that succulent malt.
Nice 30 second finish that leaves an creamy, somewhat resiny mouthfeel. Very pleasing and drinkable. Thanks to nflmvp for this treasure.
05-14-2006 19:17:04 | More by mcallister
3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
Thanks to stonecrusher for this...
Appears a dark amber color with a small off white head. Mild scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is slightly smokey, roasted malt, caramel, with a light buttery diacytel aroma in the background.
The taste is about the same as the aromas. I may have to open up the other bottle as a comparison being that s.c. got this direct from the brewery not even a month ago. I was just expecting a bit more from this.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with hints of caramel and candy lingering.
05-04-2006 20:06:42 | More by weeare138
4.6/5 rDev +13.6%
A huge thanks to UncleFlip for this surprise brew. I owe you big time!
The 12oz bottle opens with a hiss, pouring into the tumbler initially clear. A beautiful mahongany color, the last bit dumping the yeast dregs into the glass, clouding things up considerably. A full, cream colored head tops the brew, keeping a misty coating all the way through. No lacing. A strange aroma. Very malty, with a woody, earthy hop presence, though there's very little, if any, smokiness. Fruity and yeasty, very earthyand nutty, like damp forest floor. I don't mind the absence of peat smoke. It's traditional, but this seems to be anything but a traditional scoth ale. The flavor opens with a yeasty, caramel malt taste. Lots of woody notes, almost powdery feeling with the copious yeast character. Not bad at all, i actually enjoy it with this brew. The wooden, nutty, earthy character dominates the beer. Normally, I stray away from this type of brew, but it seems to work well, and it's quite intriguing, prompting me to take another sip. A trace of peat becomes apparent as the beer warms, that unusual smoky character you only seem to get in good scotch ales. This one's quite malty, like most, but with a pronounced, unusual hop character in the finish. Nicely balanced, the woody, earthy aspects of the hops balancing the malt, and boosting the scotch ale characteristics in a most atypical manner. Caramel and walnut dominate the finish, with a lovely dryness. Really very much like walnuts, actually. Fuller bodied, but not chewy. Modest carbonation, and a smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel. Normally I wouldn't recommend pouring the yeast in with a bottle conditioned beer, but I'm inclined to believe it adds to the experience in this case. I need a growler of this. I like it a lot, especially the warmer it gets.
I haven't been into malty beers for a while, usually opting for hop-driven brews, and this is a nice change of pace. With how tasty this is, I think I may switch up my selection a bit more. I used to be really into balanced session styles, but I've become a reluctant hop-head. This is a good one to remind me that malt driven brews can be just as delicious.
04-09-2006 10:05:18 | More by UnionMade
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
01-29-2006 06:46:45 | More by UncleFlip
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
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!!
01-20-2006 03:27:13 | More by orbitalr0x
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.