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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch AleLake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

260 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%


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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A home run for Lake Louie! A great Scotch Ale, hard to find in the U.S.

A malty rich base has a complex blend of toffee, bread crust, caramels, rum, fruitcake, and graham crackers. Richly complex from kettle caramelization gives a balanced mix of sweet and bready. Fruits of raisons, plumbs, figs, apples, show a juicy burst of esters to further intensify the complexity of the malts.

Creamy and medium-full up front, the beer fades nicely into a warming and dry finish. I didn't expect that from a sweeter and maltier beverage. Thanks Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:27:28 | More by BEERchitect
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beertooth

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright chestnut liquid with a decent finger of white head that fades to a thin broken ring fast.

The nose is very inviting. Tons of caramel, brown spice, green banana, and a little alcohol.

This first gulp is a blast of caramel and a little warming alcohol. I'm picking up on some of the esters I caught in the nose, brown spices, banana, maybe a little tobacco and brandy soaked spice cake. It's quite tasty and a little warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation

A great beer for a cold fall evening. I would enjoy this more often if we got it in Chicago. I do with the body was more full though.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 05:06:24 | More by beertooth
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pwoods

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for this aged bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a shoe leather color with firey amber hues. Very large head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing.

S: Very malts, lightly sweet. softly sweet caramel and toffee. A touch of vanilla. Light smoky and peaty notes.

T/M: More of the soft sweetnes from caramel and toffee spide with a shot of smooth brandy. some darker fruits are light in the back. More of the light smoke/peat. Body is medium full with a great smooth, almost creamy feel.

D: Drinks decently easy but you can tell it's a reasonably big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:12:48 | More by pwoods
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A - Pours an opaque brown color that is very hazy in appearance. The head is extremely thin and off white with a ring of lace showing up around the glass. There is a decent amount of carbonation rising up as well. A stronger looking head and this beer gets a much higher score.

S - Great nose on this beer. Lots of caramel and toffee notes along with a grainy sweet sugar taste that compliments the beer well. There is also a faint smoky flavor that is present is this beer as well.

T - Much like the smell, very strong caramel and toffee notes with some sweet sugar (maybe maple sugar) notes also. There is a faint smoky flavor as the beer finishes. Slight amount of grains and malts that provide for good balance.

M - Medium bodied and an ample amount of carbonation. Lots of caramel and toffee enter the mouth upfront. A nice blast of carbonation freshens the palate for the sweet sugar which is followed up by the grains, malts and the smoky yet creamy finish. Pretty solid and very smooth overall.

D - Very high. This is a great ale that has all the balance and features you would want. I could have quite a few of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:46:34 | More by Wisconsin
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Tone

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with lighter tan along the bottom of the glass. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight citrus (plum), very slight hops, raisin, and toffee. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and toffee. Overall, a quite excellent beer that is only slightly hurt by its appearance.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 04:03:44 | More by Tone
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a short off white head.

Scent of caramel, bread, buttery malts, light sugars and some dark fruit. A hearty scent without being overbearing, good stuff.

Taste of buttery malts, bread, sugars, a hint of dark fruit, caramel, and some molasses. Savory without being too sweet, a solid Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation, keeping it a bit lively.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:04:13 | More by paco1029384756
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep mahogany color. Actually nice and clear, I can see right through it, which is kind of rare for the color. The head pours out very dense, and just over 1 cm. Leaves pretty decent lacing. A good looking scotch ale. The smell has the two main ingredients - a lot of burnt caramel sweetness and a nice touch of smoke. As you search, there's a deep, earthy sweetness, maybe from a bit of hops or some other addition, but a nice earthy leafy kind of smell, like pipe tobacco almost, but much sweeter. Then there gets to be this chocolatey smell, almost with a bit of coffee in it, pushed along by a bit of smoke. The taste has a bit more of the smoke than the smell does, but it doesn't get you upfront, you taste everything else first, and then the smoke fills it up, almost getting to that meaty level, but then falling back into the malty sweetness. The things you taste first are this dense burnt cake kind of taste. It's like you put a slice pound cake into a toaster until it got kind of brown. There's a nice earthy note in the middle, maybe a little leafy, like a tea made of dried up, withered, almost burnt leaves. I guess those two things don't sound too good, but when they're rounded out with a bit of sweetness, they make a brilliant scotch ale - which is what this is. Sometimes, with the right amount of smokiness, the right amount of sweetness, and the right amount of earthiness, a scotch ale can taste, at points, a bit like the harder drink of the same region. This one does that a bit. I'm a fan. The body is good, over medium, but not syrupy, but the carbonation is a little more than I expect. There's a slight sting, which isn't unpleasant, but it's uncharacteristic for the style. This is a very nice drink. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and kept finding new things to keep me interested. Of course, I couldn't sit and session this, I doubt if I could drink more than one, due to the alcohol content and to the intensity of flavor, but if I was in the mood for a scotch ale, and this was nearby, I would not hesitate to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:22:34 | More by taylorhamrick
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DeeMented

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a clear, dark, red-amber color with a creamy, just off-white head. There was a moderate amount of soapsud lacing. It was a very pretty beer.

The aroma was sweet; caramel and malts, with an earthy, very slight smoky undertone.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste was sweet and malty at the start, with a hops bitterness that kicked in toward the middle and followed through. After the hops bite faded, it left a taste that I can best describe as smoked chocolate, with just a hint of lingering nuttiness.

I couldn't find the ABV of this one anywhere, but there was a definite alcohol warmth in the back of my throat after I'd finished.

A very solid, easily drinkable, malty beer. I'll definitely be purchasing more of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:30:32 | More by DeeMented
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown upon initial inspection, however when held to the light it is more of a clear, amber color. Forms a thick, cream colored head, that grows to a good 2-finger widths in size then drops down to a thick layer of suds, leaving pillows of lace all the way down the glass.

A very rich aroma on this beer, composed of toffee, caramel and brown sugar, maple syrup and an ever so light smokiness right at the end. Just rich and sweet malty goodness!

The flavor isn't quite as rich as the aroma, although it too is comprised of toffee and toasted caramel some nuttiness, and brown sugars a hint of chocolate and perceived oakey notes. Leaves a very nice toasted malt flavor on the palate.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation which accentuates the overall texture. A great combination of flavors, truly a malty masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:44:24 | More by Soneast
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mwa423

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:32:21 | More by mwa423
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degerbah

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour without a ton of head. Maybe a finger. Aroma is all malt. Nothing else competes with the malt taste. The taste is smooth and malty with just a hint of booziness. Not a quick drinker, but definitely one worth trying. I got it as an extra in a low-cost trade and I probably wouldn't trade for it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:26:16 | More by degerbah
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is very fragrant. Burnt caramel, toffee, and strong floral notes. This is the best smelling Scotch Ale I have had to date. The taste is both bold and subtle. All the flavors stand out on there own, and mingle perfectly with each other. As with the aroma with is the best tasting Scotch Ale I have had the honor to taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with sprightly carbonation and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer that I will surely search out again. If it were available in my area it would be a regular in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 22:45:42 | More by KarlHungus
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:59:11 | More by Chaz
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GbVDave

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 00:17:22 | More by GbVDave
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:37:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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ccrida

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 03:30:48 | More by ccrida
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Cresant

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 14:15:43 | More by Cresant
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 19:54:12 | More by LordofTime25
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 22:22:49 | More by wheatyweiss
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storksonm

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 05:29:38 | More by storksonm
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 04:12:35 | More by ClockworkOrange
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 04:58:21 | More by HopHead84
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errantnight

California

3.03/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 08:57:25 | More by errantnight
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 04:29:40 | More by BeerCheese
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:18:39 | More by brewcrew76
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.