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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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Reviews: 159
Hads: 336
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 37 | 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 Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear ruby, with a ½ finger of off-white foamy head. Retains with some bunching around the edges and some thinner fizz in the middle, leaving a quality looking cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is simultaneously sugary sweet, smoky, fruity, and roasty all at once. Wow, just a really surprising amount of depth and robustness to this.

The taste is very malty up front, quickly descending into quite the smoky feeling wall of roasty malts and a intense and pervasive fruity tang. This has a deep drying tartness to it that lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pricklier carbonation that gets pretty sharp towards the back of the swallow. Really no hint of the ABV at all here, except maybe some beef in the body.

Really strong take on a Scotch Ale here, with that deep fruity tang being the highlight but it almost gets to be just a big distracting as well. Another good effort from Lake Louie. (971 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-reddish brown

S-Rich and sweet with a load of caramel and toffee and even some molasses...

T-A lot of rich caramel...softer notes of plums, maple, vanilla, and breads...

M-For as rich and full flavored as this is, it still drinks easily and actually finishes a little dry...

D-A true gem of a scotch ale. They don't make them much better than this. What an incredible beer! Everything about this is close to perfect. (422 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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! (543 characters)

Photo of beertooth
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  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. (606 characters)

Photo of Wisconsin
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (2,068 characters)

Photo of DeeMented
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of Soneast
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of mwa423
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of degerbah
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of Chaz
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (1,048 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of LordofTime25
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of storksonm
4.48/5  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. (551 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (605 characters)

Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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