Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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4.97/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
10-18-2005 04:15:33 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.97/5 rDev +19.8%
Thanks to DaPeculierDane for this one, which reached me by way of Golden2wenty1's fridge. Lucky me.
Appearance: Beautiful rich dark chocolate brown, with nice ruby highlights. No real visibility. No head, nearly no suds either. Medium viscosity.
Aroma: Cream, chocolate and raisins. Great nuttiness, almost a peanut butter finish.
Taste: Creamy chocolate malts, with a raisin finish to the middle palate. Roasted espresso notes and raisins create an awesome nutty finish. Toffee and almost smoky developments. Amazingly smooth and balanced, with the booze being perfectly masked.
Mouthfeel: Heavy but devilishly smooth, with low carbonation and a nice malt finish. A little smokiness helps clean the palate.
Drinkability: This is amazingly drinkable for such a heavy beer. Balanced, smooth, with a belt that sneaks up on you. No wonder they used to call this Liqiud Reefer....
08-06-2006 03:47:02 | More by expatsteve
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
04-01-2010 02:19:49 | More by levifunk
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
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!
10-19-2005 01:03:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
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...
05-14-2003 15:51:39 | More by cokes
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
What a beer. What a freaking beer.
This scotch smells hugely of caramel, faintly of fresh baked sweet rolls, and alcohol looms in the distance. Almost un-noticed, but not quite. To not know the power of this beer could prove grand folly.
The flavor of this 'beaut follows suite with an initial wash of caramel. Chocolate, hay, and sod are moreso feelings than actual flavors which present themselves. This starts off being nearly as sweet as candy, but it is way too bad ass and lets you know it before you start to kid yourself. It is akin to the rough-around-the-edges-yet-well-intentioned kid that is the protagonist of every shitty teenage love story movie that you've ever seen. Difference being that at no point in time will Louie's Reserve suck ass. After the well wishing introduction, this thing really gets down to brass tacks. Burnt toffee and dark german chocolate walk with a grassy hop bitterness by their side. Hints of pumpernickel, tobacco, and mild beef jerky. Just when it would seem overboard, the caramel, the grass, and the ages wash it all away and say adios, compadre.
The mouthfeel of this beer fits like none other. Chewy, sticky, gritty, and dirty. It works, and works well.
Try washing your hands clean of this. This beer sticks in my head always. I long for it constantly and remember how much I enjoyed the last while drinking a lesser specimen. And yet, when I have it again, I am amazed by how good it is. It continually exceeds my expectations, which are always sky high from the get-go. This is an absolute favorite of mine. When this beer is outlawed, only outlaws will have this beer.
Seeya next fall, good buddy.
12-21-2004 04:07:33 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is strong with syrupy malt, maple flavor, some sugary sweetness.
Taste is rich and roasted malty sweetness, some obvious woody flavors, some smoke. I detect some black patent and chocolate malt, caramel, a little buttered toffee and some very mild hop bitterness. Sweetness diminishes as it warms, revealing more of the subtle bourbon flavors like the grain in a piece of wood. No trace of alcohol in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is a little heavy and syrupy but remarkably smooth and drinkable. Would make a fine winter warmer, or pair well with a cigar. I like it, no matter what it decides to be.
06-11-2006 03:47:11 | More by assurbanipaul
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
Into a pint glass, pours a deep ruby to maroon, the color of a fading sunset, cloudy and hazy in a mysterious kind of way. The head is enormous, a rounded cap flowing over the rim shrank for several minutes before settling down to a thick, bubbly foam, with lacing in columns. The aroma is pretty damn good, if a little weak, but deep, with sweet yet almost burnt caramels, a little brandy/bourbony zing of alcohol, brown sugar.
The taste is simply marvelous, intense, soothing, delicious. Deep, rich tones of earthy goodness bustle about. There is a very warm, brandly-like alcohol bordering on bourbon, caramels that take on a chocolately character, earthy hops that take on a woody effect, fruits of figs, dates, raisins, floating around. Absolute brilliance.
The finish is long, sweet and bitter, warming, full body and perfect carbonation that starts and ends at just the right time, the high alcohol perfectly handled, never harsh, always warming.
If only the nose were as complex and a little more assertive, this would be a perfect beer. I can't think of a better beer in this style, and few would rank higher in my book. Its an instant favorite for me, and I'll be making a dedicated trip/trade in the near future for more of this brilliant beer. Heaping, enormous thanks to nflmvp.
I'm amazed I actually traded one of these away. leftmindedrighty, mother fucker you better like this one!!! :)
03-06-2007 00:50:55 | More by objectivemonkey
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours out dark brown and sits a foggy dark amber brown in the glass with a small light tan head, leaving a light skim.
Smells strongly of caramel and sweet malty goodness. Light toasty feel with brown sugar running up and down. Alcohol glances of the back of the nose accompanied by an assortment of spicy hops and a doughy and crackery aroma.
Tastes sweet and malty up front with spicy and herbal hops coming up fairly soon. Alchohol is noticable, but mild. Darkened caramel mixd with roasted malts lends the majority of the flavors. A touch of coffee and toasty hues run around. Finish is dry and bitter with lingering alcoholic and hop spiciness.
Smooth, rich, creamy and oh so silky in the mouth. Soft carbonation caresses the toungue in a way you wish that attractive brunette sitting across the bar would...after you finish the beer. Full, thick and viscous body carries all the weight this beer drops in your mouth.
Surprisingly easy to drink, and delicious on top of all that. So soft and lucious, leads one to the assumption that you simply cannot stop. Back on my heels, the beer is gone....but not for long.
11-17-2004 03:09:42 | More by Skidz
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
Violet ink dark amber brown. Thick, creamy, rocky, dirty khaki head. Laces excellently. Complex aroma: caramel apple, smoke, butter rum, meat, scorched brown sugar, leather, and light peat bog. Big earthy sweet caramelly malt flavors up front. Rummy fruits and sweet bread combine with leather, spiced pudding, and peat. Mild, pleasant, peppery bitterness follows. Residual malty sweetness in the finish. Full-bodied, coating feel. Excellent beer! So malty and complex!
12-27-2006 00:13:38 | More by alexgash
4.65/5 rDev +12%
2006, Thanks to DaPeculiarDane for sending this 13 month old brew my way. I am in your debt. Split 3 ways with the brewhouse staff. They owe me for sharing this one (and better bring more midnight sun).
Looks like a brew that is content with its own perfection. Not too much going in the way of head but kicks up some bubbles when agitated.
I love the smell. If these reviews are meant to persuade people to scavenge for a product then trust me, seek this out. If there meant to describe in great detail the nuances, then, in this case, I don't know what to say.
Taste is rich and dank and bready. And sweet. Hops have mellowed into the assistant Grip role (important but hidden). Nip of alcohol at the end. Perfect.
Mouthfeel has devolved into a flat, syrup at this point as I try to stretch the four ounces I have into the better part of 30 min, but I remember it being just the right amount of soft carbonation in the beginning.
Drinkability is amazing. I only hope that my remaining bottles of '07 taste this good a year from now, as I will be saving them all with this on my mind.
2007, Thanks to my Dad for picking up a couple of sixers in Wisco for me.
Appearance is slightly darker than amber with decent head that keeps afloat until finished.
Aroma comes sweet and caramel with slight bit of alcohol.
Taste is hoppier and more alcohol than I remember, but, as a jaded hop freak, I like both of those qualities. No peat present.
Mouthfeel is bueno with not too much carbonation.
Drinkability is great, although if I had a choice, I would stick with the warp speed as my main beer for my brief, biannual visits to Madison. I guess it works out.
A-4 S-4 T-4.5 M-4.5 D-4
01-07-2008 22:48:20 | More by barrelman
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Tarnished auburn tone. Tight brown head of decent size. Retention is excellent and lacking comes in rings. The aroma is out of this world. Lake Louie produces some of the best smelling beers around. It's woody (oaky) and chocolately. I get vanilla bean and bourbon. Big caramel sweetness and smokey tones. It's really got a lot of barrel aged qualities on the nose, even though it's not. The taste follows suit with the nose to an extent. Boozy and rummy chocolate. Caramel sweetness. Peaty. Vanilla again. Roasty goodness. All in all, very nice. The mouthfeel is very agreeable. Smooth with a body around medium-full. Another outstanding Wee Heavy from the Masters...Lake Louie.
Props to cokes for the big ol growler.
01-26-2005 04:42:11 | More by Bighuge
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
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
10-23-2005 22:47:09 | More by dirtylou
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-05-2007 00:18:05 | More by IntriqKen
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. What head there is fades relatively slowly, with bubbly lacing prevalent. Aroma is vanilla and alcohol, with sweetness also weighing in. Taste is almost a light mocha sweetness, touches of peat smoke, and a vanilla alcohol close. Mouthfeel is awesome for the style and abv, and drinkabilty is only limited by how much you can find. Another great Wee Heavy from these guys.
12-04-2005 23:43:57 | More by ppoitras
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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