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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
93
outstanding

181 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 78
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NooseJustice
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Beertracker
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, sustainable creamy beige colored head that barely rings the chestnut brown-deep russet body. The clarity suffers from a bit of chill-haze, but becomes brighter as it warms. The rich, toffee-caramel aroma showcases an abundant maltiness which underlays some nuttiness e.g. roasted chestnuts compiled by some wonderful brandied fruitcake notes. There's just a hint of leafy earthiness & peat bog smokiness that emerges as the beer warms in hand along with an intermingly of whisky notes & oxidation that adds to the overall complexity. The malt dominated flavor starts off with some toastiness followed with some fruitiness (plum preserves, raisin pie, ripened fig) then becomes richer as the kettle carmelization becomes more apparent before being undercut by some hops that creates a lingering, bittersweet finish that shows some depth, complexity & warmth. This is just the tipple to bring some color to the cheeks during a long winter's night. This is Livin!

SLAINTE! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to nflmvp for the bottles!

Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a deep ruby to maroon, the color of a fading sunset, cloudy and hazy in a mysterious kind of way. The head is enormous, a rounded cap flowing over the rim shrank for several minutes before settling down to a thick, bubbly foam, with lacing in columns. The aroma is pretty damn good, if a little weak, but deep, with sweet yet almost burnt caramels, a little brandy/bourbony zing of alcohol, brown sugar.

The taste is simply marvelous, intense, soothing, delicious. Deep, rich tones of earthy goodness bustle about. There is a very warm, brandly-like alcohol bordering on bourbon, caramels that take on a chocolately character, earthy hops that take on a woody effect, fruits of figs, dates, raisins, floating around. Absolute brilliance.

The finish is long, sweet and bitter, warming, full body and perfect carbonation that starts and ends at just the right time, the high alcohol perfectly handled, never harsh, always warming.

If only the nose were as complex and a little more assertive, this would be a perfect beer. I can't think of a better beer in this style, and few would rank higher in my book. Its an instant favorite for me, and I'll be making a dedicated trip/trade in the near future for more of this brilliant beer. Heaping, enormous thanks to nflmvp.

I'm amazed I actually traded one of these away. leftmindedrighty, mother fucker you better like this one!!! :)

Photo of Hallertau
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Strix
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.

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Ri0
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark brown with an amber hue and a thin tan head. A ring holds for the session and I see some smatterings of lacing.

S - A malty caramel nugget bomb! I also pick up notes of chocolate raisin and prune. There is a slight smokey scent with hints of faint fruit.

T - So much caramel nugget and sweet malt, it is just waves of it! Good amount of chocolate, raisin and prune with a touch of toffee, syrup and sweet fruit.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy feel. Carbonation is okay for the style.

O - I find this to be one of the best Wee Heavy beers in WI and it is Lake Louie's finest beer. I enjoy a 4 pack of this every year. If you are in WI during October, do yourself a favor and get a pack or two.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a very dark ruby color with an off-white head. Delicious aroma of burnt sugar, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is dark and malty. Caramel flavor up front turns smoky in the middle. Chocolate and cherries. Finish is dry, with a bitter hop flavor. Alchohol is noticable in the flavor, but this beer slides so effortlessly down the throat, I could probably drink a bottle in one. Similar to, and as good as, the regular Warped Speed Scotch Ale. This version is just beefed up a little bit. A stunningly complex and tasty beer.

1/25/06: Updating my ratings slightly. After several more bottles, I've decided this is not quite as good as the regular Warped Speed Scotch ale. The alcohol is a little overpowering. Still a great beer, though.

Photo of martyl1000
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The bottle version of this brew Isn't quite as stellar as the draft version (which I gave a 4.6). It's a beautiful pour into a snifter. Golden clean viscous motor oil. The finger of off-white head dissipates quickly, and the tiny-bubble lacing slides down the glass from the slippery alcohol.

The aroma is really nice, moist zucchini bread, cookie dough, and a workaday flour malt. It presents itself as a polite breakfast syrup sweetness, reserved in its hints of other character traits: a faint grassy/grainy earthy aura that surrounds the grainy sweetness.

In the mouth the high alcohol gives a fruity zip to the sweet malt. And the hop bitterness pulls it further ceiling-ward. A diacetyl toffee smoke puts one in mind of breakfast and pancakes and burnt, buttered toast.

There's a metallic tartness that I wish were less bright (something I don't remember from the draft version). Middle to high carbonation is somewhat of a drawback, for what otherwise would have been simple cream.

Still one of my favorite Strong Scotch ales of all time. Definitely rivals Founders Backwoods Bastard, which makes its own weather because of the barrel aging. Beats my other two commonly found go-to's, Oskar Blues Old Chub and Dark Horse Scotty Karate. Much better than Skull Splitter or Sticky McDoogle.

Photo of RobinLee
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Color is a murky reddish-brown, with a cream head that dissipates pretty quick. Nose is a caramel malt, with something like a rye spiciness behind it, maybe a hint of booze, burnt sugar. Taste follows nose- caramel, mild spice, fairly sweet with bitterness on the followthrough, a little dark fruit. Finish is bitter, boozy, and leaves that spice flavor (maybe nutmeg?). Creamy carbonation, very fine bubbles. Pretty good, step up from Warped Speed for sure.

Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sonofalime
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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.

Photo of Skidz
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brown and sits a foggy dark amber brown in the glass with a small light tan head, leaving a light skim.

Smells strongly of caramel and sweet malty goodness. Light toasty feel with brown sugar running up and down. Alcohol glances of the back of the nose accompanied by an assortment of spicy hops and a doughy and crackery aroma.

Tastes sweet and malty up front with spicy and herbal hops coming up fairly soon. Alchohol is noticable, but mild. Darkened caramel mixd with roasted malts lends the majority of the flavors. A touch of coffee and toasty hues run around. Finish is dry and bitter with lingering alcoholic and hop spiciness.

Smooth, rich, creamy and oh so silky in the mouth. Soft carbonation caresses the toungue in a way you wish that attractive brunette sitting across the bar would...after you finish the beer. Full, thick and viscous body carries all the weight this beer drops in your mouth.

Surprisingly easy to drink, and delicious on top of all that. So soft and lucious, leads one to the assumption that you simply cannot stop. Back on my heels, the beer is gone....but not for long.

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer at Riley's here in Madison for $10.99. The Reserve is back ladies and gentlemen.

Pours a dark garnet/mahogany with a finger and a half of khaki head that fades to a whispy coating, Nose is phenomenal: barrel-aged bourbon, warm vanilla, chocolate-covered cherries, smokey caramel. Just amazing. Taste is just as complex and warm as the nose: a hearty caramel malt backbone smothered in woody vanilla ice cream, sweet cherries, chocolate caramels, a light floral hop bite for balance and a healthy warming alcohol that spreads quickly throughout your chest. Body is velvety smooth and creamier than cream, yet insanely drinkable. This really seems like a barrel-aged scotch here, sublimely mellow yet incredibly complex. This is Warped Speed's sophisticated, elegant, well-traveled big brother. If you can find it, get it. The most refined beer I've had to date.

Photo of DantheMan75
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
93 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.