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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
outstanding

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 76
Gots: 5 | 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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -54.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:38:19 | More by DavoleBomb
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, wispy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasty caramel malts, but I'm left wanting an integral peat character. What gives? I never pick up much in the way of peat, be it the aroma or flavor.

Taste: Toasty caramel maltiness with a middling sweetness. Sip of frothed fruit juices accompanied by a slight, slightly displeasing tartness. Some hop bitterness can't manage to shake the tartness from the taste. Picks up an odd astringency near the end. Finishes dry. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I've had a few bottles of this over the years and it's always the same story. A pretty poor offering and certainly does not come to mind when thinking on a good scotch ale. PASS.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 15:43:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Starting off by saying I think it might be a bad bottle. The beer poured out as a muddy brown color with a quick fading cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer is funky... It should be sweet and malty, smells like it was aged in oak or something. Just too funky for a Scotch Ale in my opinion. The taste is tart, very sour off the first sip. The finish is more of the malty scotch ale shining through. The mouthfeel is decent, a little thin for the style and some sharp carbonation. Overall this beer would probably be good I just think something got infected here. Would be willing to try it again in the future with hopes of a better outcome.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:13:59 | More by Knapp85
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber hue but with essentially no head even from a stiff pour.

The aroma is bready and malty - so far so good. Some hops. Mostly, though, not very strong at all.

The flavor shows some maltiness and quite a lot of alcohol and far too much bitterness. Some hop flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with fine carbonation.

A shame about the excess bitterness and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:49:21 | More by mariposafan
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Pours a deep and shiny mahogany, very nice. The head is light tan, only lasts for about a minute and leaves a very thin film behind. Light lacing. Actually pretty carbonated, just give it a swirl and watch it go...The aroma starts off with scotch mostly, a little rye, and peat creep in, semi malty. Ok, nothing special yet...Not a fan of the taste at all. Cheap scotch, burns, a little smoke on the finish. Mostly skunk and grain alcohol...The feel is really light, borderline water.

Not a huge scotch fan to begin with, but these does nothing to help change my mind, nor is it a good representation of the stye. Pass for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 00:32:39 | More by jrallen34
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KCM

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

09-26-2012 23:49:16 | More by KCM
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beagle75

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and fruit balance each other, with some savory on the side. Faint vanilla is suggested. It smells like a baked good prepared with teriyaki sauce. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasty crystal malt that turns acidic. Estery fruit is present in the middle, as is a transient whiff of weak smoke. The finish tastes of burnt/ashy roasted grain and moderate bitterness. Spirituous flavors peak in the middle, but linger with the bitterness of the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, harshly acidic on the palate and in the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This big scotch ale lacks the smoothness required of such a sipping beer. If acidity was not so out of control at times, it would impress. As it is, authentic malt-derived flavors are tossed about and sent fleeing by the scathing carbonic acid that sticks in the throat. It also struggles with style identity a bit, easily mistakable for a doppelbock or conservative quad in lieu of a wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:59:48 | More by beagle75
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle with Louie's Reserve Strong Scotch Ale labeled on the neck. Poured into my Wachusett shaker glass. The ale appears a murky crimson brown color with barely a finger of fizzy, quickly fading tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of butterscotch baking chips, believe it or not - watermelon, bittersweet caramel, alcohol, sourdough bread, raisins. Fizzy carbonation, medium bodied, and the finish is bitter as well as mildly sweet and sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:59:24 | More by ClockworkOrange
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a trade with wisrarebeer. The beer is murky red-brown with a thin but solid looking head. The beer smells rich and nearly oppressive, a strong malt bomb of a beer. Same with the taste, this is massive with strong malt and barleywine notes. Very boozy, so much so that it's difficult to rate drinkability very high. Much appreciated brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 04:20:53 | More by TurdFurgison
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-19-2011 03:38:19 | More by sjstraub
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-06-2014 01:09:37 | More by Hendrick24
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-27-2014 00:58:14 | More by Dactrius
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dtvanriper

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

09-29-2012 03:57:51 | More by dtvanriper
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znichols

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark ruby pour with a medium, almost white head. Very sticky lacing on the side of the glass. A good looking beer.

S-Strong scents of rich malt and a touch of vanilla. Little to no hop aroma. No problem.

T- Very smooth and delicious. Tastes like a buttery sweet vanilla biscuit drizzled in maple syrup. A little boozy too. A true scotch ale at heart but much bigger than what i'm used to. Is this barrel aged??

M-Sticky with little carbonation. I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one.

O- A solid beer to keep an eye out for during the fall. To be honest, i feel like it used to have even more flavor when they were making it in smaller batches (they used to release like 1/4 as many cases as they do now). I still enjoy the rich malty flavor and its a great beer to lay down until late winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:25:14 | More by znichols
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 11:28:16 | More by mikesgroove
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Nov 2007.

A: Amber-brown with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Grainy bread, smoky spice & caramel with hints of dark fruit.

T: Grainy bread, caramel, slight spice, earthy (peat?), hints of dark fruit, unfortunate grainy astringency.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated with a dry finish.

D: It hides the alcohol well, but I'm not fond of the grainy astringency.

Thanks for the trade DaPeculiarDane!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:09:32 | More by Derek
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to goblet.

Pours a cloudy apple cider-like color, sparse off-white ring of foam. Not much lacing. Smells like caramel malt and some red fruit (mix of candied cherry and strawberry), brown sugar, hop earthiness, slight alcohol. Taste is mostly caramel malt, alcohol, along with something that makes it taste like a macro lager. Like a dry lager yeast or something; reminds me of MGD. I am confused now. Medium body and low carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good scotch ale, nice and somewhat unique smell, but taste leaves a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:45:13 | More by pmarlowe
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a nice ruby/amber color. A 1/4 inch light tan head slowly reduces to a minimal lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma has that scotch caramel malt sweetness with an interesting sourness and perhaps a bit of earthy/moss tones.

The taste again has that malty sweetness combined with an odd sourness. Definitely some alcohol and just a bit of hops present. In some ways, I feel like this is a beer that is heading towards the bad side, but that I'm catching it a bit beforehand, which allows it to be somewhat palatable and interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a balancing level of carbonation. A velvet texture lingers and the quick bite quickly resides to a smoothness.

Overall, as noted, this beer seems like it might be starting to skunk. However, I have had it absolutely fresh too and it is solid. Not amazing, but solid in the fundamentals.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:46:28 | More by SykDoc
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-21-2014 00:29:38 | More by Cynic-ale
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 22:38:48 | More by Sammy
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-20-2014 03:38:20 | More by Hallertau
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Pixachii

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-08-2012 03:03:58 | More by Pixachii
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

09-14-2012 02:06:25 | More by grumpygerman
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hawks10

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Pretty sure it's a 2010 vintage - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a dark reddish brown, mahogany colored with very nice clarity. One finger of light tan head forms, leaves some lacing behind...

Sweet dark fruits and tons of caramel malt fill the nose. Bready and a bit smokey. Alcohol is noticeable...

Not as sweet as expected, still sweet, but noticeably less so than the regular "Warped Speed" scotch ale. Caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Smokey and a bit bitter in the finish wiping away most of the sweet, which is fine with me. Alcohol starts to show up after a few sips...

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth with a slight lingering bitterness and alcohol heat...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:06:51 | More by hawks10
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-14-2014 01:33:12 | More by NooseJustice
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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.