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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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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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Strix

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish, decent initial head, fading to nothing, no lacing.

Malt, spices, vanilla, and a bit of heat in the nose.

Very malty, cherry, vanilla, bread, alcohol.

Smooth but somewhat undercarbonated.

My initial sips of this were nice, but as it warmed I felt like it lost complexity and the mouthfeel thinned.

Not a bad beer, but fell a little short of my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:12:36 | More by Strix
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy, deep brownish copper color with ample creamy, off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass and fades to just a thin layer of foam that sticks around.
S-Malty, sweet aromas of caramel and the slightest hints of vanilla and chocolate and biscuit.
T-Flavors of biscuit/bread, malty with a hint of caramel, slight smoke or toasted malt favor, lots of alcohol. Slight tea flavor.
M-Strong boozy feel. Lots of malt stickiness. Very good carbonation. Fairly sweet and very full bodied.
Overall, one of my favorite scotch ales. I think this would actually be a better beer if the alcohol were lower. I think the high alcohol takes away from some of the subtle flavors or caramel and chocolate. I look forward to this seasonal every year.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:07:03 | More by adman08
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours a deep brown which is slightly ruddy when held up to light. A small, off white head tops this beer but does not stick around long. Lacing, however, is very good.
Smell is roased malts, fruits (prunes, apricots, raisins), a slight alcohol hint and a definite scotch aroma.
Taste is malty with a slight roasted character. Chocolate makes an appearance as well as some fruits. Alcohol is much stronger in the taste than the aroma. Scotch flavor lends itself to a slightly peaty and smoky aftertaste that is quite nice. There also seems to be a bit of rye in the flavor which is nice.
Mouthfeel is a bit full, but still nice.
Overall, a good scotch ale, and since I don't often get to have these, I have to give this one props, although I don't think I'd be able to have more than one in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 03:48:30 | More by LuckySevens82
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morimech

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 19:45:51 | More by morimech
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lou91

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 05:32:33 | More by lou91
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 22:15:49 | More by Erdinger2003
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fastpass17

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle
Thank You FrankenBrew

A: Dark amber in color. Medium carbonation, thin less than a finger head which clings to the glass.

S: Sweet roasted malt, dried fruit, dark brown sugar, light spice towards the end.

T: Dark malt in the start, followed by candied pecans, and sherry, not cloying, very enjoyable.

M: Slight sweetness, with a clean crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable, I would enjoy a few of these with a rich stewed game meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 01:28:55 | More by fastpass17
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ccrida

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (thx milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Lake Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale is a dark, ruddy brown, with a fluffy, quickly settling ivory head, leaving scattered lace. I just had their Warped Speed scotch, so I'm mostly going to compare. This one's a touch lighter.

Smell a lighter, fresh cereal grains and candied oranges, cleaner then the Warped Speed.

Taste is definitely better, no diacetyl. There's still that sour twinge of acidity, some sweet caramel maltiness, a fruitness that I suspect may be esters, which would not be appropriate. However, there's also nice chocolate and toffee notes, even a very slight touch of smoke...the leather type you get from an edinberg yeast, not from rauch, so I'm thinking they did used a traditional recipe, which I really appreciate, and probably just fermented a bit warm. Pretty good, not great, but it really grew on me by the end.

Mouthfeel is similar to the Warped Speed, medium-light bodied, a nice creaminess to the carbonation.

Drinkability pretty good, definitely better then the Warped Speed. It was lighter, a nice sweet maltiness, some scotch esters, decent depth as it opened up. But like the Warped Speed, I'm not loving the acidity

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 04:03:41 | More by ccrida
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wee Heavy poured into my snifter displays a deep amber/light brown color with a moderate off-white head that very quickly diminished to barely a skim. The aroma is moderately malty, earthy, slightly smoky caramel malt, hints of booze and a bit of butterscotch. The flavor is big nutty, earthy caramel malt, a bit buttery. Medium hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol dry out and balance the sweet malt nicely. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a well-made, dangerously masked Wee Heavy, nice, very niiice!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:46:17 | More by uwmgdman
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to wisconsinality for hooking me up with a bottle of this hard to find brew.

Poured from a bottle into my standard pint glass.

A: Dark brown crimson red hue. Just a tiny hint of light beige head. Tiny soapy lace ring.

S: Typical scotch ale nose. Lots of rich sweet dark fruit and caramel malt. A good dose of roast nuts. A tiny trace of booze can be picked up.

T: Swwet dark fruits, butter scotch, caramel, roast nuts. Slightly bitter finish.

M: medium body with very light carbonation.

D: Overall a decent Wee heavy. I'm not sure what sets it apart from all the others in the style category though.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:19:54 | More by beerwolf77
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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-03-2012 02:32:38 | More by Swonkie
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 03:34:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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Alex_Weinard

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-16-2014 04:02:32 | More by Alex_Weinard
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-28-2013 03:03:00 | More by jdkitchi
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wibrewer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2011 02:46:02 | More by wibrewer
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-15-2012 04:20:04 | More by tourdot
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 22:22:48 | More by weeare138
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eroc360

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-21-2011 09:25:12 | More by eroc360
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

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

Pours a translucent chocolate amber with a 1 finger head which dissipates quickly. Sweetness pours off the head of the beer, candy like, with a hint of booze. Chocolate, rich caramel, yeasty, some fig but much less estery than the warped speed. Big malt caramel, chocolate, toffee, candied sugar, pecans, nice sweetness with a balanced and mild bitterness. Finish is balanced, creamy, chewy and grainy malt, velvety finish, smooth and wonderfully rich all around, good stuff here. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:19:39 | More by manitouman84
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KHM

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 23:33:12 | More by KHM
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T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2013 04:07:46 | More by T_Hass
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pk18

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-27-2013 22:26:16 | More by pk18
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2012 04:14:02 | More by Zachtheporter
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Big thanks to grub for sharing this one! Drank with the regular Scotch ale.

Pours a hazed dark orange, light brown, thin off white head forms, thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, looks nice. Smell is nice, toffee, very earthy, light chocolate, some wood, bit of sour dark fruits, brown sugar, nice. Taste is similar, caramelized malts, chocolate, earth, light smokiness, fruit, very dry woody finish, bit of sourness, not as complex as hopes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some alcohol warmth. Think I prefer the regular Scotch ale, but this one is still good. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 00:36:03 | More by Viggo
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-28-2011 05:06:16 | More by MarcatGSB
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.