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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 76
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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

vande, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to MaltyLareau for this nice extra! Thanks dave!

poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with a deep red hue when held up to light. A short lived white head that drops to a thin ring with some spotty lacing.

Smell: smells just like a Wee Heavy should! Big malty dark fruits and smoke! Earthy peat moss notes. The beers' nose has been flawlessly executed!

Taste: Really big malty dark fruits mixing immediately with a boozey kick. Prunes, raisins, and figs, leather, light smoke, peat moss, earthy notes, and red apples. Fairely similiar to the nose.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice crisply carbonated beer.

Overall: This is a fine example of a Wee Heavy beer. Its very traditional and a solid beer all around! This is probably the best beer that I have drank from Lake Louie, its gotta be thier standout beer that they brew.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Caterwaul
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Caterwaul, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Pixachii
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Pixachii, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Swonkie
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Swonkie, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of dtvanriper
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

dtvanriper, Sep 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

KCM, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

plumcrazyfx, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FlyntFlossie, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PeterOrlando92, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tourdot, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Strix, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lakelouielover, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

beagle75, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

seeswo, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

eawolff99, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quarter-inch light tan head, deep hazy reddish brown color, decent carbonation, some lacing not a lot

S: Caramel, malts, vanilla, some chocolate at end

T: Malty sweetness, some bitterness in the middle, balanced in the finish

M: Decent carbonation, medium bodied, fairly smooth

O: Good Scotch Ale, will seek out and try again

derkfromwi, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark bloody ruby red with a sand colored foam collar, no lacing. Aroma is a heady mixture of dark fruits in a sturdy aromatic base of sweet caramel and toffee. A sip of the medium-heavy body reveals dense layers of the same sweet malts with large wallops of nutty flavors and no hint at all of the alcohol content inside. Very small hop accents of grassy and earth tones show themselves towards the end of the sip and smooth things out, but remain background level enough to keep things appropriate for a well-made scotch ale. Silky smooth in texture. The only nitpick I could find is that it could use a smidgeon of smokiness. That said, I definitely recommend trying this one!

WastingFreetime, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2012
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.