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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: 161
Hads: 342
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 33
Gots: 38 | 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 merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle sampled through the kindness and hospitality of kmpitz2, one of Kentucky's finest citizens and a surperlative beer advocate.
Look: Pours into the glass a mostly clear, glistening mahogany body with chestnut and copper hues. Delicate and attractive beige head leaves island chain lace behind.
Aroma: Exceptional aroma for the style! Campfire wood smokiness, some earthy peaty roastiness, and a complex malt profile that features butterscotch and toffee notes. Earthy hops provide a comfortable balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
Taste: Smooth, fresh toffee and butterscotch dominate the malty profile. Earthy hops have a slightly herbal character and lend a pleasing balance. Smoky and roasty notes suggest smoldering peat.
This one keeps reminding me of sweet rolls with honey butter, warmed over a woodsy campfire of burning maple logs. Very Yummy! I'm amazed that a Wisconsin brewery can execute a Scottish Wee Heavy better than so many of the native breweries. Wish I could find this one in Kentucky, Virginia, or Ohio. Thanks again, Kevin.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good God, DirtyLou has done me right yet again.

Poured a dark amber in color. Variable shading going on eith it darker towards the core. Big thick and foamy head resting on top. Thick and layered lace all around the glass.

Nose is malty with bits of herbs and very much like green, freshly dug up peat.

Flavor is a combination of lightly toasted malts, biscuits, bits of caramel and some bits of fruits (raisins and grapes). Very sweet herbal hops are coming through. The hops are kind of refreshing like iced chamomile tea. Also, there are very, very faint hints of some nuts and some very light coffee.

Mouthfeel is heavy. Kind of like very cold cream. Sits on the palate and wants to take up residence.

Want more. Want more. Want more. Want more. Want more. Want more. Found this glass empty long before its time.

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Photo of battlekow
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky maple brown, pretty much completely lacking a head or lacing. Glows. Nose has caramel and chocolate malts, smoke, and some piney hops. Simply smells terrific. A fair amount of hop bittering in the taste balances the sweet caramel and chocolate well. Ridiculously smooth mouthfeel could almost be mistaken for watery, but it's deceivingly big. Warped Speed is a little piece of heaven in a bottle.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bought at my neighborhood wine store, Sadhanna's in Madison

appearance: muddy brown with ruby highlights throughout, decent tan/off white head with nice lacing along the rim

smell: sweet malt, dark fruits, raisins, plum, slight milk chocolate...After tasting, the scent clearly does not tell the whole story

taste: wow, where has this been my whole life? I guess the answer to that is only in Wisco. Perfectly sweet malts, caramel hints throughout, faint chocolate, plum/raisin and other dark fruits help balance this one out perfectly

mouthfeel: exceptional again! Chewy caramel, medium bodied, nice carbonation

drinkability: This one is instantly inserted into my rotation

This is truly a wonderful scotch ale. If you come to wisconsin you must seek it out. Luckily they are available everywhere, at least here in Madison.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine example of one of my favorite styles of beer.

I tried it last night for the first time in it’s new 12 oz bottle packaging and it tasted just as good as it did in the growlers but not quite as good as it does on tap.

I poured it into a weizen glass (it's all that I had clean at my gf's place) and there was no head. This was my mistake for pouring it too slowly and tilted. The second bottle created a beautiful and lasting pale, malty sweet head over a caramel/chestnut brew.

This beer smells and tastes so sweet. It is just darn pleasurable to drink. It makes me smile every time I have it and I've been drinking this beer for a couple of years now.

There is a subtle smoky or peaty back of the mouth taste to this beer that reminds me of a highland scotch. I love it.

Relish it. Seek it out. Try this beer!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark rusty brown body with a creamy off-white/light tan head.

S- The smell of rich caramel malts and a slight bit of earthiness.

T- This has an excellent maltyness with some smooth caramel and toasted flavors with a nice nuttiness. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The hops are not overpowering but they really finish the taste nicely. A slight bit of roasted malt or very faint coffee when it warms finishes with the hops giving them more character and depth.

M- medium body with not much chewiness, due to low carbonation. There isn't any alcohol warmth or heat.

D- This is an amazing beer with wonderful malt complexity and layers but it is a little low in carbonation and it would be great to have a bit more alcohol. However it is not too sweet and the finish is medium-dry so it works quite well without the alcohol. Well done.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a growler at Riley's here in Madison. Heard too many good things to pass this brewery up any longer.

Appearance: Deep Mahogany/Garnet with a big 1.5-2 inch tan head that disappates rather quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. Roasty coffee and malt with a hint of chocolate. Some fruity notes as well with a hint of hop bitterness. Smells yummy.

Taste: Roasty. Coffee and a little chocolate which transitions into fruity. Very Nice. You can tell this is a strong beer, but the alcohol isn't as overbearing as I would have imagined. Very impressed with my first Lake Louie brew.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to heavy-bodied...very balanced carbonation. Fits well with the style. Refreshing on this humid July night in Wisconsin.

Drinkability: I could see myself finishing this growler tonight, I keep going back for more. A very tasty brew. My first Scotch ale and first Lake Louie. I'll surely be back for more. Highly recommended.

Edit: 2.5 hours in, I've finished a little over 2.5 pints and I am seriously buzzed. At first you really don't notice the alcohol, but as each pint warms you can taste that alcohol bite even more. This "wee heavy" lives up to its name....it really packs a punch. Delicious, but definitely in moderation. I've never been so effected after 2.5 pints. Yeeesh. Kudos, Lake Louie -- I have met my match.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit skeptical about this one. Being really into this style though, I just had to try it, many thanks to stonecrusher for the oppurtunity!

Pours a dark and reddish brown with a thin light tan head that left a small crown throughout the glass. Nose is strong you should expect from a wee heavy, quite alcoholic, not in a bad overpowering way, quite good really. The nose isn't very complex though, doesn't really do the taste justice! Lots of malt, this one really goes over the top in the best of way, burnt caramel flavor. This is quite well balanced though, a good amount of bitterness, but the malts really set the tone. Hints of smokiness and spice, like a good Scotch whisky. Quite warming and well done. Some interesting herbal tones going here, also some dark fruit tones, raisins, figs etc. Mouthfeel is nice a thick, sticky fits the style quite well really.

I'm impressed, this is a very example of the style.

Slàinte mhath!

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Photo of clvand0
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that fades fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of malty goodness and has a slight smokiness. The flavor is very nice with huge malt character. Lots of dark and creamy flavors with a hint of spice and a tiny bit of smoke. Very tasty. Drinks very easily too.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strangle loosely bubbled spongey cap of dark ivory grows up pretty steardy over a dark crimsom clear body. Minimal spotty lace sticks.

Aroma of burnt raisin, pear, and plum uniquely set within an earthy sweet malt with touches of peet moss.

Taste is miraculously woven with lots of subtlities here. Malty malt malts are supreme with a soothing coat of sweet malts plucked of ripe fruits. Plum, raisin, pear, and apricot all sit in a dirty basket then set over a smoldering wet grass fire. Throw in some cinnamon apple pie filling, and here we are. One big smokey fruit pie. Mind you, all is subtle, nothing gains over itself. Its as if everything were carefully melted then stirred into the glass. There's even bits of herbal hops slowly developing as it lingers off the malts in the finish along with a bit of chocolate. The warmer it gets the more subtle complexities it tends to favor.

Medium full heft. Big creamy malt loaden body thats not overly cloying but getting pretty freakin' close. Fruitish, sweetish, smokeyish, gooeyish, tangyish, slowish. Sippingly succulent!
About what it would be like enjoying a beer infused Jolly Rancher while sitting around a campfire.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler poured into a snifter. It pours a deep caramel brown color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. The smell is very rich and malty. Lots of sweet roasted malt with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is heavenly! Malty malty and also malty. Lots of toffee sweetness coming through, and the alcohol is kept to a minimum. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great for a beer that is probably high in alcohol. Thanks to Kevin for sharing this brew with me!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a growler while in Madison. Tonight seemed like a good night to break it out. It pours a deep ruby color with a finger of head that falls to a slight coat over the beer. The nose is very nice, with a sweet caramel and slight fruity base. There is a sweet smokeyness in there as well. Its very enticing. The flavor is right on there with the nose, but with a slight pepperyness on the finish. I like that pepperyness. There is also a slight hint of hop bitterness on the finish as well. The feel is moderate to thick with a small carb. Overall, this really is a nice brew. I wish I knew the ABV, as it is so smooth and drinkable. I like it. Very good Scotch ale.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 64oz growler filled by nchrist13 and delivered in person at the Dark Lord release. Thanks!

Appearance is near perfect - clear caramel/ruby color, but the head didn't last long enough. Aroma is mostly caramel with some alcohol thrown in. The first thing that hits you on the first sip is the creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very silky and luxurious. The malt takes the form of wonderful caramel covered dark fruit, which really slides down the throat with ease. Some mild smokiness shows up in the finish, as well as a mild hop bitterness which really makes you want that next sip. I could drink a ton!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #700 - Shared with Slander and Davo in the Best Western in Madison.

Pours a caramel/amber color with golden highlights and a thin ring of lace forms from the ecru head that forms on the pour.
Aroma of peat, malt and a little bit of smoke with some noticeable dark bread tones. As it warms rich dark fruit tones like dates and plums emerge.
Flavor starts with some caramel, toffee and chocolate notes and then some gritty, peaty malt whiskey notes. As it warms some noticeable dark citrus fruit tones just peak out from the malt, smoked and peaty flavors. Ends with just a hint of bittering
Mouthfeel is full and lively, almost a chewy like bread feel at mid-tongue. Finish has just the right bit of malt whiskey-tinged smokiness. Subtle but absolutely sublime beer. Hallelujah that bottles of this nectar of the gods will be out at some point this summer. Drop whatever other beer you are searching for and find this one when the bottlling begins.
Drinkability is near perfection. Coats the palate and leaves such a pleasant balance of sweet malt and roasted notes that I can't imagine a better representation of this style. Great brew, worth all the good words written.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a quickly fading large head. Smell is sweet, earthy, nutty, chocolatey, just simply magnificant. Taste is so sweet and smooth on the mouth. The malts really stick out here, as they should in a scotch ale, but the depth of this brew is incredible. Caramel, and earthy flavors pop through, maybe some smokey wood flavors. All I can say is if you are in south central Wisconsin go and buy yourself some of this brew. This is only my second growler of this stuff and I am in complete love. If only it were available near me. Second only to its big brother the scotch reserve.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64 ounce growler. This beer has a dark reddish brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet, slightly burnt, creamy, chocolatey, buttery caramel. Huge malty flavor with chocolate and caramel, but not too sweet. Malt flavor turns to smokiness, like smoked salmon. Very complex, and a great combination of flavors. Perfect medium to full mouthfeel. I'm not sure what the abv of this beers is, but it is dangerously drinkable. I finished a growler in one evening. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially fans of Scotch style ales.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buddy of mine picked me up a growler of this (and Tommy's Porter) and what a treat it was. This was very fresh tasting scotch with a wonderful caramel, toffee taste. The color is nice and dark with a little red-orange backlight. The head wasn't large, but I didn't expect it to be. The sweet malt aroma filled the nostrils and the sweetness on the tongue was an excellent finish. The alcohol was nicely hidden, but I can tell this one is pretty-heavily leaded based on the sommersaults my mind started doing. This one could be a dangerous one to belly up at the bar with all night, but not difficult. Get a growler of this now!

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

Murky brown appearance, like Mississippi mud, enormous head on my pint glass, thick, light cocoa-brown, creamy, softly popping down to size.
Aroma, nice and malty, distinct notes of cocoa, cream, delicate spices, nuts, a tricle of maple syrup or molasses, a little woody, a very complex and substantial Scotch Ale nose, quite rewarding in all respects.
Taste: huge, and uplifting mouthfeel, the Warp speed just floods the palate, washes over the senses, coats the mouth with deliciousness. Wow! This was my reaction on first sip, and guess what? Also, and the 2nd, and 3rd,...and so on, and so forth. Big flavor in this, big taste, full bodied all the way, with a long, fruity/ nutty/malty finish. A very solid beer, a winner all the way!
If I were as lucky as, say, cokes (who I thank for this growler), and could get this brew with regularity, I'd be a member of the Warp Speed Sippin' Club, except I imagine I'd gulp it now and then, and even swig it!
I'm less than 1/3 into the jug, and I'm thrilled at the thought that I have so much more left to enjoy!
I marvel again, with every additional taste!
Thank you, cokes, thanks a hundred times!
My 3rd Lake Louie beer so far, all thanks to Mr. C., and not a one has been less than a joy! If only they'd come a little closer to my house, and not stay way off in Wisconsin, I'd be a happier 'monk than I am now!

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Photo of Skidz
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/2 Gal. growler. (waiting for 6 packs, but not sure if I'll ever pass on the growlers) Pours out in red-brown, finishing a deep amber that you can look right through. Nice tan head that goes down to the sides.

Smells malty with a good padding of hops, some rich nutty tones too. There is just so much taste to describe here. Rich buttery, chocolate maltiness bring you into a nice tangy fruit filled adventure involving prunes, grapes and pears. Your mouth drifts info the forest where you are surrounded by maple-rich flavors mixed with the trail mix in your pocket; nuts and raisins. The pleasant bitterness your left with at the end is like having deja-vu, you taste it all over again, with the fruits, nuts and sweets drifting back over your tounge as you gasp for air.

Medium-full-full (not quite full) body perfectly holds the emense amount of flavor that resides within this brew. The half gallon of beer is easily consumed and makes you happy that you bought and drank all 64 ounces of it.

Excellent craft yet again from Lake Louie. It's hard to pass on the ones you know you like to try out the rest. Porter or Cream Ale next? Stop reading this and try it for yourself. :D

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

1/2 gallon growler.

Lovely crystal clear amber-bronze. Decent sized tan head. Moderate retention without much lacing.
Nose is packed full of previews, yet stays teasingly restrained. Nevertheless, it displays an entracing malt depth, nuttiness and subtle smoke, as well and perfume from the hops.
Taste is so meticulously crafted. The chocolate malt sweetness enters first with added notes of butterscotch and caramel. Nutty and woody tones hold down the early-mid sections. This is where this beer becomes truly fascinating. Drying earthy tones abound. A restained fruitiness exists below. Raisins surface more than anything, with some prunes annd dehydrated concord grape skins to back them up. It is a metamorphic-like brew, as flavors appear as quickly as they leave. Peat smoke is enveloping and caressing. More silken caramel appears while it warms Hops enter somewhat largely on the final lap, adding sweet-ish floral, perfume colorings.

Mouthfeel must be experienced to be appreciated. Silken just does not seem to do it justice. Serve this at cellar temp and be prepared.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a clear scarlet red. Nice little beige-brown head. Lacing is nice. Aroma is heavy on the sweet malts. Caramel and Vienna it seems like. The taste is very nice. Beautiful malt sweetness. Caramel malt really comes shining through. Also a bit of smokiness coming from the peat malt? There are also some woody tones and drying characteristic provided by the hops I believe. This beer is full bodied and easy drinking considering the power packed flavor this brew carries. Very good. The only other Scotch Ale I can remember tasting better was a McRogue vintage 1998.

Many thanks to cokes for this growler.

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.