Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Louie's Reserve Scotch AleLouie's Reserve Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

191 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 05-14-2003

Released annually in August
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

See Cokess review. He hit this one right on the head. I can't improve upon it but to say that this is the best Scotch Ale that I have ever laid lips on.

Wonderful at any temperature. I took a glass out gardening today and two hours of sipping later it was still alive and kicking.

Totally drinkable. Smooth and cremey as any beer can be.

Taste is absloutely dead on Scotland.

Appearance is the most beautiful deep ruby-brown I have ever seen.

I am tempted to give this a 5 across the board but the aroma could be more and the mouthfeel is actually slightly too smooth, to warming, calm, and cremey. I actually want more bite in a scotch ale and the regular Warped takes care of that a bit better than this one.

So refined. Amaizing. How do they do it?

I picked up two sixers today and they will not last long enough. I will be out tomorrow to get more. I'm going to hoard this stuff.

let's unretire this brew and get it on the best of BA. It deserves it!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a dark chestnut brown with a backing dark red hue. A half inch of bone white foam sits atop the brew alongside some spotty lacing. Aromas bring smooth, deep rich caramel malts with a hefty dose of dark fruit and raisins. Definite chocolate notes with a touch of smokiness and hops. Simply a beautfiul aroma.

First sip brings a wonderful caramel maltiness accentuated by a river of dark fruity flavors. Underlying cocoa works in nicely. Somewhat roasty with a touch of vanilla and some peaty smokiness on the way down. Intensly flavorful with a great melding of flavors. A malty masterpiece if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It makes itself known and goes down easily with only a touch of alcohol on the finish. Another stellar scotch ale from Lake Louie that I wish I had a bigger supply of. I see myself coming home with a trunk full of Lake Louie the next time I get up to WI. Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, garnet mahogany body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap of film. Sparse patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet dark honey, buttery toffee, aged single malt Scotch, smoky peat and a note of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body, restrained carbonation, and a note of burnt charcoal. Alcohol is smooth and warming.

Taste is bigtime malty, with buttery toffee and caramel all through the mouth and nose. Warming alcohol makes no effort to hide, but adds some nice heat as opposed to a distraction. Bittering hops add an earthy and grassy note, and some peaty char adds a pleasant complexity. Very tasty.

Nice American example of a Wee Heavy. Sticky sweet malts govern, with an assertive smoky character and ideal hop bitterness for a well executed complexity. Very enjoyable! Thanks to kmpitz2 for this superb bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dark warm brown body with a light tan head that is creamy and last for a good bit of the beer. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface of the beer.

S- The smooth smell of toasted caramel malt has a note of some darker dry roasted malt in the background.

T- The taste of brown malt has a soft smoky hint to it with a light biscuit malt note to it. The taste of dark chocolate roasted malt and some other darker roasted dry malts lurk in the background. A faint bitterness of hops in the background has stronger pine flavors come through as the beer warms. The soft note of bitterness from malt and hops both linger after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz and a light alcohol heat coming through as it warms.

D- This beer has a good smooth flavor with some nice depth. The light note of smoke does a good job of enhancing the malt without tasting like band aids.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber you can't really see through with a half finger of off white head that melts to a fine off white covering on the top of the brew.
Aroma is lots of caramel and dark brown sugar.
Taste isn't as sweet as the aroma (a good thing...it smells really sweet).
Toasted to burnt amber malts with a burnt caramel backbone.
Somehow all of this sugar manages to leave your mouth dry and wanting more.
Nice alcohol warmth felt as you swallow and even more so as it settles to warm your tummy.
Like it!

Photo of SMark
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 46º. One and one half fingers of light tan head resulted on top of the mahogany coloring. No dating appeared on the bottle.

Some malt aromatics were present with the first breath. A darker and brown malt aroma seemed to be present later.

There was a bitter taste with the first sip that took away from the sweetness of the malt. The malt taste is different and I would not classify it as sweet from any of the additional sips.

This beer lasted a little while with some lingering warmth after swallowing. Hangs to the upper back part of the mouth for quite a length of time.

Quite a bit of punch here which is probably due to the alcohol. I like the lasting flavors and slight lacing which also hung around for a while. Read some information on Louie Reserve and it looks like the alcohol at 9% to 10% is what I am sensing. I did not get the caramel either but then I don’t always know what I’m doing. Looks like I was lucky to pick up a six of this.

Photo of cokes
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Update 2010.
I've been a little disappointed with this over the past several years. This year, however, the nail has once again been hit on the head. Smoky toffee and all sort of creme brulee sweetness. Black cherry. Caramel brownies and burnt plums. Heathery Scotch booziness. Loads of toasted grains and nuts. It's liquid smoky, boozy granola, mixed with creamy dessert.
It's every bit as good as the '03 reviewed below, yet different. Less raw, more refined. It's found its niche. This might be its best year yet.

(Original 2003 review)
22 oz bomber.

A fiery ruby brown. Crystal clear, with a compacted, larged- bubbled tan crown.
Aromas of Peat bogs, low tide, smoked prunes, sherry, and burnt brown sugar.
A mezmirizing concoction. Comfortably harsh. Smooth and jagged.
Dripping wet.
Intensly earthy up front and throughout. Enough peat to be considered a natural resource. Ticklingly tangy clumps of sod. Earthy, muddy, dirty, dark and dank. Yet just when it teeters on the threshold of being too much, a sweetness swells up from the depths. Alluring and pacifying. Prunes and grape juice and toasted toffee. The sweet hues never depose the earthen tang, but rather join it in a blissful co-existence. It turns increasingly vinous, and mixes with an upwelling of bitter chocolate.
Tangy still, and ever will be.
A sedate, grassy hop note attempts dryness, but fails wonderfully. The mouth retains the humidity long after the beer travels southward down the esophagus.

Silken weight. Heavy yet dynamic. Fluid. Cloaked and evident and soft and intense and intoxicating...

And gone.

Fucking incredible.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Scotch, care of Derek. Lightbrown colour with a white head, lts of lace. Smooth drinking, creamy mouthfeel.Some sourness and then a seet finish.I rank this a bit above average for a style that I often don't like.Aroma draws me in and has a bit of smoke.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at Riley's here in Madison for $10.99. The Reserve is back ladies and gentlemen.

Pours a dark garnet/mahogany with a finger and a half of khaki head that fades to a whispy coating, Nose is phenomenal: barrel-aged bourbon, warm vanilla, chocolate-covered cherries, smokey caramel. Just amazing. Taste is just as complex and warm as the nose: a hearty caramel malt backbone smothered in woody vanilla ice cream, sweet cherries, chocolate caramels, a light floral hop bite for balance and a healthy warming alcohol that spreads quickly throughout your chest. Body is velvety smooth and creamier than cream, yet insanely drinkable. This really seems like a barrel-aged scotch here, sublimely mellow yet incredibly complex. This is Warped Speed's sophisticated, elegant, well-traveled big brother. If you can find it, get it. The most refined beer I've had to date.

Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 6 pack 10.50$ at sadhanna

appearance: pours a dark mahogany with significant ruby tinting, head is small and off white, lacing is good

smell: malty, caramel, sweet chocolate, slight hoppiness. Smells a lot like the warp speed honestly, with a touch of alcohol in the nose

taste: This is basically a jacked up version of warp speed. The increase in alcohol really doesnt compromise the smooth and complex taste in this one though. sweet chocolate is prevelant, some nice cherries, dark fruit, slightly sugary, caramel. nice and malty with a decent sized hop balance

mouthfeel; once again, creamy and smooth like the warp speed..slight alcohol burn

drinkability: extremely drinkable

I really dont see that many differences between this and warp speed obviously, but that isnt a bad thing! Lake Louie is quite the gem brewery and I will drink this one while it lasts

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is full of caramel, toffee malt. Some peat and smoke sneak in as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

Flavor has some depth and charactor. It better with the ABV this beer is packing. Full of caramel and brown sugar flavors. It has earthy and grassy hints. Not as sweet as feared as some bitterness comes in at the finish. Alcohol does not play much of a role in the flavor. Just a little warming. A little smokiness would of been welcomed in the flavor but I missed it here.

Not quite full bodied. Smooth and rich bodied. Carbonation well suited to the beer.

An enjoyable, large, sipping beer. Does not live up to expectations however. I wonder what would happen if they barrel-aged this beer?

Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, sustainable creamy beige colored head that barely rings the chestnut brown-deep russet body. The clarity suffers from a bit of chill-haze, but becomes brighter as it warms. The rich, toffee-caramel aroma showcases an abundant maltiness which underlays some nuttiness e.g. roasted chestnuts compiled by some wonderful brandied fruitcake notes. There's just a hint of leafy earthiness & peat bog smokiness that emerges as the beer warms in hand along with an intermingly of whisky notes & oxidation that adds to the overall complexity. The malt dominated flavor starts off with some toastiness followed with some fruitiness (plum preserves, raisin pie, ripened fig) then becomes richer as the kettle carmelization becomes more apparent before being undercut by some hops that creates a lingering, bittersweet finish that shows some depth, complexity & warmth. This is just the tipple to bring some color to the cheeks during a long winter's night. This is Livin!

SLAINTE! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to nflmvp for the bottles!

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with nflmvp. This serves as a nice compliment to the Warped Speed that I just enjoyed.

A: The scotch ale is dark maroon brown color, revealing both dark red and chocolate hues. A small head was unremarkable, hence I will remark no further.

S: The aroma is much fuller than the Warped Speed, revealing more caramel notes than the Warped Speed.

T: This is a mouthful. I often associate Scotch Ale with smokiness. This beer has none of that, and all the better for it. That is not to say that this beer eschews malts, it remains a delicious malty treat, however the flavors have changed up. The malts are concentrated and focused, creating a huge caramel mouthfeel that is potent but delicious. This is awesome.

M: The maltiness is undeniable and the caramel malt focus is wonderful, keeping my tastebuds entranced throughout the glass.

D: The 9% is so well hidden that I'd be hardpressed to put the abv above 6%. The ale is warming and full without being to sweet. An incredible beer that is worth the accolades. Easily one of the best wee heavies that I've ever had.

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads "Louie's Reserve Strong Scotch Ale", 2006 release.

Pours a deep, ruddy brown, with murky trails of carbonation. A good amount of foam billows up, but it's what lurks within that gives it a mysterious visual appeal.

Initial fruity plum note in the first whiff, later a slight alcohol twinge mixed with smoky malt.

Taste is initially sweet, giving way to a warm rye/malt combo in between, and a bittersweet finish. Notes of smoky, peaty earthiness reside in there too.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Not too heavy or syrupy, it strikes the perfect balance. Alcohol is well hidden, two bottles disappear without a trace.

Overall this is a very worthwhile brew to seek out while in WI, or through trading. Be sure it's fresh, and stored cold though. Old bottles are nothing to write home about.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany and ruby colors with rather dense but sedate off-white head.
Aroma notes of burnt brown sugar, a hint of vanilla as well as caramel and chocolate notes. Some whiffs of peaty, smoky malts are alos detected as it warms.
Flavors noted include caramel and chocolate upfront followed by a hint of dark citrus and a twitch of apple wood smoking.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with a vicous hard alcohol base sort of cutting off too many flavors on the finish.
Drinkability is solid, the regular Warped Speed is more stylistic accurate IMO but this is a complex and enjoyable beer with just a bit too much alcholic threads.

Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking so many hoppy beers it is good to go to the malty side and this was a great departure. Filtered darker red/amber with a distinct malt and buttered caramel popcorn nose. I'm not getting any peat just a lot of the same flavors as the smell. This needs to be enjoyed slowly since warming really helps bring some excellent flavors forward in a big bodied beer. I liked the warped speed much better. Someone get me a Lake Louie t-shirt! Yet another dirtylou beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to get to try this one. There was a lot of hype around it, and I watched as it climbed the ranks of the BA top 100 over and over again. I just had to get my hands on a bottle of this one, but from where? Well I was lucky enough to be able to score a bottle of this one in a trade a while back and let it sit in my cellar for a few weeks before bringing it out to get ready to try it. After sitting in the fridge for a few weeks, it was ready to go tonight. Took it out and let it warm up to around 50 degrees before serving this nice twelve ounce bottle into a Lafayette Brewing Pint Glass.

A - Poured a very deep dark brown color, very full looking with the color of dark mud or old wood. Deep hazelnut like color with a very thick almost opaque look to it. Lots of cloudiness and haze built into it as well, really giving it that full look. A nice two finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above the glass upon the first pour. Very quick fade on this one left behind essentially nothing but a thin lace veil across the top and some light bubbles toward the side of the glass. Some light silky side glass lace became apparent when you swirled I a little in the glass. No visible carbonation was apparent. Overall not a bad appearance for a scotch ale.

S - The aroma was rather interesting I have to admit, A little different then I was expecting it to, having had a few scotch ales in the last week. Started out quite mellow with big notes of caramel and toffee coming right up front. No hiding the big malts in this one what so ever. Lots of brown sugar now coming through as well. Something very musty in here as well, bready malts perhaps, maybe butterscotch. A thick aroma, but at the same time, very mellow and light. Quite different to be honest. There was a hint of some coffee beans in here as well, perhaps the lightest touch of bourbon in the alcohol department. Overall not bad at all, I have smelled better, but the profile had sufficient depth to keep me interested.

T - The flavor to me, I have to be honest seemed a tad bit underwhelming to me. It was good and all, don't get me wrong, I had just expected that for something rated higher then any other Scotch Ale on the board that it would really be draw dropping, however for me it just was not. The first flavor to come across was a muted caramel, mixed in with a less then subtle musty bread like taste. It was just that moldy weird flavor I really just do not care for in the slightest. Up next was a deep sweet flavor, hints of vanilla, butterscotch and several types of earthy grain, were all very well represented. However there was just no good follow through for me, nothing that really capped it and said this was great, nothing to really set it apart. No hint of alcohol in this one what so ever which was nice. The finish again came off as somewhat muted and unfinished, really not earth shattering in any way. Drawn out for a short time, were hints of caramel and grass, but these quickly faded into the sugar and were never to be seen from again.

M - The feel on this one was decent enough. A nice medium bodied ale, that did not come off too thin or watery, however just really did not have the big full feel I would have looked for. This was mostly due to the lack of carbonation, which was very evident and to be honest a shame as it really distracted here, making it come off somewhat dull.

D - The 9% ABV was nowhere to be seen here at all. I honestly thought it was around 6 until I looked it up. It definitely was smooth and creamy, but the only distraction was in the flavor, which was just not up my alley what so ever. I still could have put down more then one with ease, but still not the greatest thing in the world here,

Overall I was completely under whelmed by this one. I was hoping that this was going to be some really great Scotch ale the likes of which I had not seen before, however this was just not the case. It was dull , muted, and just really just did not taste anywhere near what I would have liked it to. I don't think I would try this one again, unless I just had a bad bottle, but whatever there are much better representations of the style out there to be found, I don't really think this one is worth the hype.

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence: The pour into the snifter creates low white head that recedes to a collar around the glass. The beer is a deep chestnut in color.

smell: Sweet milk chocolate and caramel on the nose. Light, spicy hop presence. Some hints of maple.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is slight, between medium and low. The body is medium and somewhat slick and creamy on the tongue.

taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla cookies. Just the right hop bitterness to balance.

drinkability: Tasty, and very easy to drink considering the listed ABV.

1-23-07: Same batch, cellared until now. Seems that more of the malt has come out with age. Smooth but with a nice alcohol bite. Worth a shot in the cellar for sure.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't kept in the refridgerater, this is my last one. Thought I'd give it a try after visiting the brewery.

Pours a big head that doesn't fall that fast, it leaves a great lacing behind as well. The color is a dark brown with a red hue in it. The smell is a little sour and smells like a scotch ale. The taste is a little clove with a big Scotch ale taste. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and slightly fizzy. But it's crisp and a little refreshing as well. I will wait patiently for the next year's reserve ale to try it again.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottle, big thank you to andy, you sir, are the man.

A - Pours a deep red with a creamy light tan head. Lacing is great, looks are soft and extremely inviting. I feel like I could fall asleep on the head of this brew with no problem.

S - Bready, citric, tangy, slight alcohol in the there as well, dark fruity hits, fig, molasses, one of the more complex beers I've had the pleasure of smelling. Wow.

T - Caramel, roasted malt, great hop profile in there as well, fruits are well blended too, citrus, sugary.

M - Very good. Almost perfect to style.

D - Give me another, period.

Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz.

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a thick off-white head. Looks nice.

S: Aroma brings cola, charred bread, sarsaparilla, caramel, vanilla, mild peat, cooked sugar.

T: A bit grapey, molasses, lightly astringent char, vanilla, fig. Quite rich.

M: Thick-bodied and creamy, chewy.

O: Not always a huge Lake Louie fan, but they do make some fantastic scotch ales. This and Warped Speed are phenomenal beers, perfectly balanced in sweetness and awesome mouthfeel.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this…
Appears a hazy mahogany with a small white head.
Smell is of cocoa, smokey malts, and rich caramel.
Taste is of the same aromas with some mild hoppiness in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Not bad at all.

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.91/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Opaque deep amber brown color. I could only muster about a 1/4 inch of beige head, which quickly fell.

2.0 S: This smells pretty damn weird. Unfortunately, disgusting vegetal aromas hit first and they hit hard. After that there's some peat and caramel. The cooked vegetable component is so strong that it blocks out most of the other aromas.

1.5 T: Taste is off as well. Tart smokiness, caramel, sherry, veggies, and brown sugar.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not bad here.

1.5 D: I'm pretty sure I got a bad bottle. If I didn't, then I don't understand the other reviews. This tastes like a noob's homebrew.

Photo of Ri0
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark brown with an amber hue and a thin tan head. A ring holds for the session and I see some smatterings of lacing.

S - A malty caramel nugget bomb! I also pick up notes of chocolate raisin and prune. There is a slight smokey scent with hints of faint fruit.

T - So much caramel nugget and sweet malt, it is just waves of it! Good amount of chocolate, raisin and prune with a touch of toffee, syrup and sweet fruit.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy feel. Carbonation is okay for the style.

O - I find this to be one of the best Wee Heavy beers in WI and it is Lake Louie's finest beer. I enjoy a 4 pack of this every year. If you are in WI during October, do yourself a favor and get a pack or two.

Photo of levifunk
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weary Traveler in Madison has bottles of this for sale. I guess the owner is friends with the the guy at LL?

amazing. I'm a big fan of warped speed, so this knocked my socks off. pours deep with a solid head. smells great, and tastes even better. similar to warped speed, but soooo smooth. I could drink this everyday.

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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.