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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 77
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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:
Released annually in August

(Beer added by: cokes on 05-14-2003)
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Reviews by onefmatt:
Photo of onefmatt
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Transparent with a slight haze, dark copper color with a cream colored head that does not last aside from the ring around the glass

S: Rich malty nose, caramel and almost a raisin smell. Very enjoyable for the style

T: Deep raisin/prune flavor, caramelized malts, mild hop flavor, mild peat/smokiness.

M: Body is medium-low, carbonation is moderate.

O: This is a great Scotch ale, it is very pleasant and easy drinking.

onefmatt, Apr 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

DaPeculierDane, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

orbitalr0x, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

merlin48, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Swonkie
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Swonkie, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Cynic-ale, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Alex_Weinard
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Alex_Weinard, May 16, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

IntriqKen, Mar 05, 2007
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.

SMark, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

cokes, May 14, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Sammy, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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

dirtylou, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of FlyntFlossie
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FlyntFlossie, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of warpig372
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

warpig372, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

sjstraub, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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?

morimech, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Beertracker, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jdkitchi, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

wibrewer, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

akorsak, Oct 08, 2007
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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.