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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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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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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-17-2013 18:31:54 | More by BYOFB
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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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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 23:47:26 | More by beveragecaptain
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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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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 16:06:07 | More by BlindPig
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cavedave

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:56:57 | More by cavedave
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 03:09:42 | More by Skidz
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Ri0

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:00:06 | More by Ri0
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 04:15:33 | More by Golden2wenty1
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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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martyl1000

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:33:19 | More by martyl1000
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-15-2012 04:20:04 | More by tourdot
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 15:31:56 | More by madtowndmb1
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-19-2011 05:11:31 | More by johnhenryconway
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is strong with syrupy malt, maple flavor, some sugary sweetness.

Taste is rich and roasted malty sweetness, some obvious woody flavors, some smoke. I detect some black patent and chocolate malt, caramel, a little buttered toffee and some very mild hop bitterness. Sweetness diminishes as it warms, revealing more of the subtle bourbon flavors like the grain in a piece of wood. No trace of alcohol in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and syrupy but remarkably smooth and drinkable. Would make a fine winter warmer, or pair well with a cigar. I like it, no matter what it decides to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 03:47:11 | More by assurbanipaul
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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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T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2013 04:07:46 | More by T_Hass
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-21-2013 20:38:15 | More by DantheMan75
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to cmswoboda for this one. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while now.

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a very deep brown, similar to chocolate and very minimal head. No lacing left around the glass. Reminds me of coca cola. In the light it looks a dark ruby red.

S- A big malt bill right up front and a light sweetness from said malt. No real hops to speak of. Upon warming up a little the scotch really starts to come out. I pick up a little bit of dark fruits and a slight amount of black licorice.

T- Big amounts of malt and caramel dominate right away but give way to some black licorice. The scotch flavor really isn't apparent but there are subtle hints of it. More dark fruits come out. This is a complex brew and the flavors just keep coming. The alcohol is completely hidden...in the taste.

M- Medium bodied with nice bubbly carbonation. Pretty smooth going down but warms the back of the throat and in the belly much like normal scotch.

D- With the great complexity of flavors in this one and the alcohol never apparent in taste, this is a dangerously good beer. Every sip I take, it keeps getting better. Now all LL has to do is distribute more to the Milwaukee area.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 22:59:19 | More by Wisconsinality
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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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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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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Golden2wenty1 for transporting a bottle of this to Milwaukee for me.

Pours a clear mahogany color with a fine white head. Surprisingly, has very good lacing.

Taste is a great melange of damp, peaty earth, sweet caramel and chocolate, bourbony vanilla, roasted nuttiness, buttery toffee, and dark fruits. The smell is a dimmer, less complex version of the taste. Bighuge was right on when he noted the barrel-aged characteristics in this non-barrel-aged beer.

As the beer warms up, I'm feeling better about the smell. Still not as good as the taste, but more expressive. The buttery toffeeness is also increasing in concert with the rising temperature.

There's a bit of an alcohol burn in the otherwise smooth, creamy mouthfeel that detracts from the drinkability; other than this, though, Louie's Reserve is a hell of a beer. Better than Warped Speed? I'm not sure, and I'm leaning toward no--but that's hardly something of which to be ashamed.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 02:38:33 | More by battlekow
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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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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

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

I've been sitting on this beer for a while now, I believe it was from one of my first trades. Time has certainly been good to this brew.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a wine glass (I was out to eat, it was all they had), the beer is a deep brownish ruby color. There is absolutely no head, barely even a ring of bubbles around the edge of the beer. It just looks potent.

Smell: The smell is sweet and fruity, has some hints of plums. There's also a subtle musty kind of smell, which I can only attribute to the extended cellaring this beer has endured.

Taste: The taste kicks up the sweet and fruity notes I picked up in the smell. There's also a slight bit of booziness throughout, though I imagine it has since mellowed. Everything is blending together really well, this is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy texture with a medium to full body. Just about what I expected.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable Scotch Ale. It has some nice sweet, fruity flavor, and just enough heat from the 9% ABV. I would really like to try this beer fresh just to try it at full power. Still, time has done this beer well and I would recommend this to anybody that likes the style. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:02:36 | More by krisandajt
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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
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.