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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
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 76
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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cavedave

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Big thanks to seeswo for yet another great beer to enjoy. Live review.

Pours a clear, thick looking, reddish brown gem, that is topped, after a stiff pour, by a dark beige half finger of head that gives it up pretty quickly to thin island and ring. Wow, a swirl leaves some kickass lace.

A variety of sweet scents is the first and main impression, candi, caramel, toffee, nougat, not a lot of roast, perhaps just a bit of fruitiness and darker aspects.

Ah, but here are those darker aspects in front. They appear immediately with some candi and hop bitter in there. Ripe fruit and spicy herbal join in, dark caramel, and the sip ends with deep bitter and roast jousting with remnants of burnt sugar and flashy alcohol sweet. Quite delicious, a strong, wonderful taste.

Very silky and light yet viscous and full bodied, just the right amount of low carb.,it flows and leaves a clean interesting finish. A bit of medicine eventually comes in, but not enough to keep the mouth from being considered quite good.

This is the finest, by far, of the few Scotch Ales I've tried. A bold and wonderful beer you are certain to enjoy.

12-31-2011 17:56:57 | More by cavedave
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Big shout out to Purplecloud for bringing this back from deer camp.

A: great, deep copper color, very nice head
S: alcohol, great roasted malt, nice sweet true-to-type
T: great beer, roasted malt, alcohol, nice hop balance, a bit much for alcohol but very, very good
M: thick but velvety mouthfeel
D: very good for a higher scotch ale

11-28-2010 20:25:21 | More by wisrarebeer
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

10-08-2007 00:29:10 | More by akorsak
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Thick tan head on a cloudy amber body.
S- Big toffee aroma with grass and some earthy notes in it. Very light hints of fruit too. A light burnt aroma also.
T- A balance between toffee, grass hops, cherries, and a few other darker fruits, a light earthy note as well.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. I think it might be a tad to old but still tasty. I think there are better wee heavies though.

06-23-2007 16:06:07 | More by BlindPig
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

From notes:

Clear brown with an off white head of foam. Caramel hits hard in the nose, with light hops in the background. Other notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and booze make this one similar to a dark chocolate roasted caramello bar. Taste is caramel again, with nice boozy warmth, toasted/roasted malts and a wonderful lingering finish of toffeeness. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that lends to the excellent drinkability

02-09-2008 03:08:15 | More by francisweizen
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

They still have bottles of this at Malt House in Madison. I had one last night and was very excited.

Poured a deep deep brownish red with no head. The scent wasn't what I was expecting, malty, caramel sweetness and dark fruits! The taste was earthy and sweet. There was a good presence of dark fruit which added to the sweetness I'm guessing and you could pick-up the alcohol in there too. What a beer! I'm glad I tried and wish I would've bought more than a single bottle this fall.

02-12-2009 15:31:56 | More by madtowndmb1
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to Golden2wenty1 for transporting a bottle of this to Milwaukee for me.

Pours a clear mahogany color with a fine white head. Surprisingly, has very good lacing.

Taste is a great melange of damp, peaty earth, sweet caramel and chocolate, bourbony vanilla, roasted nuttiness, buttery toffee, and dark fruits. The smell is a dimmer, less complex version of the taste. Bighuge was right on when he noted the barrel-aged characteristics in this non-barrel-aged beer.

As the beer warms up, I'm feeling better about the smell. Still not as good as the taste, but more expressive. The buttery toffeeness is also increasing in concert with the rising temperature.

There's a bit of an alcohol burn in the otherwise smooth, creamy mouthfeel that detracts from the drinkability; other than this, though, Louie's Reserve is a hell of a beer. Better than Warped Speed? I'm not sure, and I'm leaning toward no--but that's hardly something of which to be ashamed.

10-25-2005 02:38:33 | More by battlekow
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onefmatt

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-14-2013 22:37:47 | More by onefmatt
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PurpleCloud

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Brown with a touch of red, translucent, very pretty.

S: Light on any nose, what I could smell was a bit malty, but otherwise the entire scent was nearly non-existent.

T: Fantastic! Powerful, full malt with slight yet perfectly blended hops.

M: A bit dry, but what's to be expected of a scotch ale.

D: It tastes so good, it'd be hard to have only one. Though dry, you could put a few of these down.

Overall: I loved this beer! I was a bit turned off by the smell, but as soon as I had a swig, I was totally impressed. The flavor has the distinct taste of malt and maybe some cocoa as well. The hops, though light, are blended perfectly. I'm not sure if this beer is sold anywhere but southwestern Wisconsin, but if you find yourself in Arena, WI, stop at any liquor store and pick some of this up. You'll be happy you did!

12-30-2010 02:47:58 | More by PurpleCloud
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

I got this bottle in a trade with orbitalrOx.
Thanks Don.

This is one of my favourite styles. :^)

It pours from 12 oz bottle a hazy rusty brown with a 1 finger head of foam. It shrinks after a few minutes but there's still a fine layer(with god lacing) near the end of the session.

The smell is of roasted and caramel malt along with some notes of chocolate and just a wee bit of alcohol.

The taste has the caramel malt up front and gives me a nice sweet flavour. Now I get a bit of chocolate, big toffee, some smoke(nicely done) and some roasted malt. There's also some hops hiding in the background that I find more prevelent in the finish. Yum. The alcohol is just noticeable after the swallow but doesn't interfere with the flavour at all.

The mouthfeel is medium bordering on heavy and feels silky smooth. Yum again. That toffee is really make this one very drinkable given the alcohol content. I'm really happy that I got to try this Wee Heavy as it's a darn good one!

02-16-2008 01:15:32 | More by Bitterbill
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-17-2012 18:01:29 | More by stereosforgeeks
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-11-2013 17:47:34 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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FlyntFlossie


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-25-2012 02:09:45 | More by FlyntFlossie
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-23-2013 14:43:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
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muskymike

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-27-2013 23:50:26 | More by muskymike
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-20-2014 00:32:50 | More by Etan
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lakelouielover

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-01-2012 21:10:47 | More by lakelouielover
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Drew26

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-13-2014 17:56:36 | More by Drew26
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s_wit

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-03-2013 02:27:22 | More by s_wit
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BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-22-2014 13:08:49 | More by BarrelAgedG
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-18-2013 11:11:23 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-09-2013 16:29:35 | More by Gotti311
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wryepicures

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours dark brown shot with red highlights, murky as a lake and little tan head with low retention. It does have some legs that I can see in my large snifter glass.

Aroma: complex malts with notes of caramel, bread crust, nuts, and chocolate. Also with a little toffee, smoky/peat, earthiness, and some alcohol.

Taste: smooth, rich malts. sweet, caramel, nuts, bread, and hints of chocolate. The smokiness adds a bitter/dark chocolate sensation, also some fruits from the yeast add to malty sweetness. Some earthy hops are present but low. A bitterness finishes it out, preventing any cloying sweetness. Alcohol also dries it out.

Mouthfeel: body is lighter than expected, but still substantial. low/medium carbonation is very appropriate to style. a warming quality to the alcohol is present but not harsh, the slight bitterness lingers in the finish but overall I feel its well balanced for style.

A good, strong brew that I like to linger over.

11-14-2009 01:50:19 | More by wryepicures
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PeterOrlando92

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2012 05:21:57 | More by PeterOrlando92
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-17-2013 18:31:54 | More by BYOFB
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.