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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 01:15:32 | More by Bitterbill
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew poured into a tulip.

The aroma is more roasty than the Warped Speed, with a bigger brown sugar sweetness with some peat smoke hints. The aroma took a while to open up and there is some booze in there. Very complex nose.

The taste isn't as sweet as Warped Speed with a bit more smoke and more heavily roasted. The finish is fairly boozy with some thick rich caramel malts, molasses and dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and really malty, sugary and sticks on the palate for a while.

A good, thick malt bomb of a scotch ale that has just enough smoke and fruit to keep things from getting too syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 05:13:03 | More by gford217
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Update 2010.
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.
Dripping wet.
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...

And gone.

Fucking incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 15:51:39 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-16-2012 03:43:28 | More by whartontallboy
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blackie

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence: The pour into the snifter creates low white head that recedes to a collar around the glass. The beer is a deep chestnut in color.

smell: Sweet milk chocolate and caramel on the nose. Light, spicy hop presence. Some hints of maple.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is slight, between medium and low. The body is medium and somewhat slick and creamy on the tongue.

taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla cookies. Just the right hop bitterness to balance.

drinkability: Tasty, and very easy to drink considering the listed ABV.

1-23-07: Same batch, cellared until now. Seems that more of the malt has come out with age. Smooth but with a nice alcohol bite. Worth a shot in the cellar for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 03:02:11 | More by blackie
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 00:13:38 | More by alexgash
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 02:19:40 | More by bpfrush
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, garnet mahogany body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap of film. Sparse patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet dark honey, buttery toffee, aged single malt Scotch, smoky peat and a note of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body, restrained carbonation, and a note of burnt charcoal. Alcohol is smooth and warming.

Taste is bigtime malty, with buttery toffee and caramel all through the mouth and nose. Warming alcohol makes no effort to hide, but adds some nice heat as opposed to a distraction. Bittering hops add an earthy and grassy note, and some peaty char adds a pleasant complexity. Very tasty.

Nice American example of a Wee Heavy. Sticky sweet malts govern, with an assertive smoky character and ideal hop bitterness for a well executed complexity. Very enjoyable! Thanks to kmpitz2 for this superb bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 18:02:11 | More by merlin48
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-18-2012 01:49:12 | More by eawolff99
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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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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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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a full-on deep amber color with a light swirl of something over top. I wouldn't call it head, but its pretty cool looking. Nose is caramel and brown-sugary sweet, with notes of graham crackers and chocolate. Just hints of alcohol play in the back. Flavor is rather brown-sugar sweet, with a moderate burnt to smokey note and a bitterness that hangs on the finish, but it is not from hops. Nothing lingers too long. Feel is slightly syrupy slick, thick with a light carbonation. For 9%, this one really goes down smooth and doesn't let on to the alcohol content. The more I drink this one the more it grows on me. Glad I have some to hang onto and drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:22:42 | More by kmpitz2
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mcallister

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks too nflmvp for a couple bottles of this beauty.

Pours muddy water brown, ruby hues throughout. Seme transparent. A small white head with thin lace sticks around for the show.

Big sweet toffee malt aromas with a sharp fruit esscence. Fresh fig and dried fig, as well as hints of raisin. A hint of black raspberry as well.

Very good and extremely drinkable. A toffee flavored milk shake. Not overly complex with depth but still much going on. Hints of bitter hop on the finish just too add length it seems. Semi sweet chocolate, again a variety of dried fig, raisin, blackberry, and a slight bit of almond on the finish.

Medium leaning toward thin mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 21:43:08 | More by mcallister
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with autumnaldave. thanks dave!

12oz bottle. sampled july 1/08.

pours pale orangey brown with a thin ring of very fine off-white bubbles around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is great. big malty punch up front. caramel. bread and biscuit malt. bit of vanilla. i get a bit of a sour edge to it too. honey. bit of dark fruit.

taste is good. bit of caramel and toffee. hint of butterscotch. earthy and woody. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. low bitterness level, and even that comes across more roasty than hoppy. some nice dark fruit in here too, with a bit of raisin, date, and fig. bit of alcohol, but the 9% is fairly well hidden.

mouthfeel is good. silky smooth low carbonation. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced and very enjoyable. thanks dave for helping me to finally try this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 00:55:00 | More by grub
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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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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-12-2012 12:36:43 | More by seeswo
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:38:16 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany and ruby colors with rather dense but sedate off-white head.
Aroma notes of burnt brown sugar, a hint of vanilla as well as caramel and chocolate notes. Some whiffs of peaty, smoky malts are alos detected as it warms.
Flavors noted include caramel and chocolate upfront followed by a hint of dark citrus and a twitch of apple wood smoking.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with a vicous hard alcohol base sort of cutting off too many flavors on the finish.
Drinkability is solid, the regular Warped Speed is more stylistic accurate IMO but this is a complex and enjoyable beer with just a bit too much alcholic threads.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 21:34:36 | More by CRJMellor
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

Pours an amber color with almost no head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of sweetness and some caramel - and graham cracker, as kmpitz2 said. The nose didn't really do it for me. The flavor actually got better as it warmed - I really didn't like this beer at all when it was really cold, but it got better as it got warmer. The flavor has a lot of sweetness, caramel, and some burned malt. Finish is somewhat oily. The drinkability is pretty good for the alcohol and the mouthfeel is moderate.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 14:01:37 | More by clvand0
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-15-2013 16:27:54 | More by egrace84
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a dark chestnut brown with a backing dark red hue. A half inch of bone white foam sits atop the brew alongside some spotty lacing. Aromas bring smooth, deep rich caramel malts with a hefty dose of dark fruit and raisins. Definite chocolate notes with a touch of smokiness and hops. Simply a beautfiul aroma.

First sip brings a wonderful caramel maltiness accentuated by a river of dark fruity flavors. Underlying cocoa works in nicely. Somewhat roasty with a touch of vanilla and some peaty smokiness on the way down. Intensly flavorful with a great melding of flavors. A malty masterpiece if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It makes itself known and goes down easily with only a touch of alcohol on the finish. Another stellar scotch ale from Lake Louie that I wish I had a bigger supply of. I see myself coming home with a trunk full of Lake Louie the next time I get up to WI. Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 02:50:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.