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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 198
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 71
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: cokes on 05-14-2003

Released annually in August
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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 198
Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Pours a deep and shiny mahogany, very nice. The head is light tan, only lasts for about a minute and leaves a very thin film behind. Light lacing. Actually pretty carbonated, just give it a swirl and watch it go...The aroma starts off with scotch mostly, a little rye, and peat creep in, semi malty. Ok, nothing special yet...Not a fan of the taste at all. Cheap scotch, burns, a little smoke on the finish. Mostly skunk and grain alcohol...The feel is really light, borderline water.

Not a huge scotch fan to begin with, but these does nothing to help change my mind, nor is it a good representation of the stye. Pass for me.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with a touch of red, translucent, very pretty.

S: Light on any nose, what I could smell was a bit malty, but otherwise the entire scent was nearly non-existent.

T: Fantastic! Powerful, full malt with slight yet perfectly blended hops.

M: A bit dry, but what's to be expected of a scotch ale.

D: It tastes so good, it'd be hard to have only one. Though dry, you could put a few of these down.

Overall: I loved this beer! I was a bit turned off by the smell, but as soon as I had a swig, I was totally impressed. The flavor has the distinct taste of malt and maybe some cocoa as well. The hops, though light, are blended perfectly. I'm not sure if this beer is sold anywhere but southwestern Wisconsin, but if you find yourself in Arena, WI, stop at any liquor store and pick some of this up. You'll be happy you did!

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a deep amber that nearly blocks all light coming through. Dark beige head billows up to nearly 3 fingers and makes for a pretty delightful brew to look at!

Aroma- Floral esters, light caramel, moderate herbal hops, juicy malt, and a hint of alcohol gives this brew a bit of a vinous character. Aroma makes my mouth water a bit...

Flavor- Big malty sweetness up front with notes of caramel and some tasty balancing herbal hop bitterness. Finishes surprisingly well balanced and with a wealth of malt complexity- caramel, soft burnt sugar, a touch of roast,

Mouthfeel- Slightly viscous, almost chewy, with some warming alcohol in the finish. Lingering malt bomb, though nice balancing hop bitterness. Full bodied, especially with the warming alcohol, though I keep coming back for another sip...

Overall- Quite nice for a Scotch Ale. Big beer but great balance and loads of complexity. Fun to drink but dangerous. Would be nice with some caramelized onion smothered, pan seared pork tenderloin. Already wish I would have bought more than one bottle...

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Photo of fastpass17
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big shout out to Purplecloud for bringing this back from deer camp.

A: great, deep copper color, very nice head
S: alcohol, great roasted malt, nice sweet true-to-type
T: great beer, roasted malt, alcohol, nice hop balance, a bit much for alcohol but very, very good
M: thick but velvety mouthfeel
D: very good for a higher scotch ale

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Photo of hawks10
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - Pretty sure it's a 2010 vintage - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a dark reddish brown, mahogany colored with very nice clarity. One finger of light tan head forms, leaves some lacing behind...

Sweet dark fruits and tons of caramel malt fill the nose. Bready and a bit smokey. Alcohol is noticeable...

Not as sweet as expected, still sweet, but noticeably less so than the regular "Warped Speed" scotch ale. Caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Smokey and a bit bitter in the finish wiping away most of the sweet, which is fine with me. Alcohol starts to show up after a few sips...

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth with a slight lingering bitterness and alcohol heat...

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this one at Steve's in Madison - for some reason I never see Lake Louie in Milwaukee. Served in a Leinenkugel's pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Transparent cherry brown color.

S - Just to be clear - this isn't barrel aged. It's just a higher-gravity version of Warped Speed. Fruity tropical vibe to the malt, along with some caramel, treacle, and cotton candy alongside some yeasty bread notes. Didn't realize this was 9% - it's very well hidden.

T - Again, heavy on caramel and bready malt, with a hefty dose of lightly roasted malts and burnt sugars. Perhaps a faint hint of smoke in there as well.

M - Active carbonation keeps it from getting heavy or cloying. Sticky medium body, and a touch of warmth that builds as time goes on.

D - This is an above-average Scotch Ale that doesn't have any major flaws, but doesn't really blow my mind either (although it's not one of my favorite styles, so I'm curious what it would take to do so). It's not very heavy in peat or smoke but otherwise it's quite true to style. Definitely recommended if you're into this type of brew.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPr
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber-brown with little head. Very little aromatics to give a sense of the beer. The mouthfeel is thicker than Warped Speed with much more intense dark flavors, leather and earth. This is a very good beer pushing to the edge of the Scotch ale spectrum, being a bit heavy to have more than one. It would have outstanding potential to be aged on oak.

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Photo of Soneast
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber to brown color. Grows a half inch thick, light brown colored head, that is quite dense and creamy. It sticks around for a while, leaving quite a bit of lace.

The aroma is intensely malty. You can tell it's gonna be a thick, chewy beer. Burnt sugar and caramel notes, some booziness and dark fruit esters. Not smokiness is evident, which I find to be great! I hate peat malt in my Scotch Ales.

The flavor is quite complex, just full of English malt richness. Definitely a lot of kettle caramelization going on here. Toffees and burnt sugar character upfront with some dark fruit esters coming in mid swallow and towards the finish. The finish is nicely balanced, somewhat boozy, but not hot and somehow it keeps from being overly sweet. Once again...no smoke. Excellent!

Heavy body, medium carbonation. Good complexity and great flavors. One of my favorites from a great brewery. Look forward to it every year.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, wispy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasty caramel malts, but I'm left wanting an integral peat character. What gives? I never pick up much in the way of peat, be it the aroma or flavor.

Taste: Toasty caramel maltiness with a middling sweetness. Sip of frothed fruit juices accompanied by a slight, slightly displeasing tartness. Some hop bitterness can't manage to shake the tartness from the taste. Picks up an odd astringency near the end. Finishes dry. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I've had a few bottles of this over the years and it's always the same story. A pretty poor offering and certainly does not come to mind when thinking on a good scotch ale. PASS.

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Photo of levifunk
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weary Traveler in Madison has bottles of this for sale. I guess the owner is friends with the the guy at LL?

amazing. I'm a big fan of warped speed, so this knocked my socks off. pours deep with a solid head. smells great, and tastes even better. similar to warped speed, but soooo smooth. I could drink this everyday.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of wryepicures
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown shot with red highlights, murky as a lake and little tan head with low retention. It does have some legs that I can see in my large snifter glass.

Aroma: complex malts with notes of caramel, bread crust, nuts, and chocolate. Also with a little toffee, smoky/peat, earthiness, and some alcohol.

Taste: smooth, rich malts. sweet, caramel, nuts, bread, and hints of chocolate. The smokiness adds a bitter/dark chocolate sensation, also some fruits from the yeast add to malty sweetness. Some earthy hops are present but low. A bitterness finishes it out, preventing any cloying sweetness. Alcohol also dries it out.

Mouthfeel: body is lighter than expected, but still substantial. low/medium carbonation is very appropriate to style. a warming quality to the alcohol is present but not harsh, the slight bitterness lingers in the finish but overall I feel its well balanced for style.

A good, strong brew that I like to linger over.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a trade with wisrarebeer. The beer is murky red-brown with a thin but solid looking head. The beer smells rich and nearly oppressive, a strong malt bomb of a beer. Same with the taste, this is massive with strong malt and barleywine notes. Very boozy, so much so that it's difficult to rate drinkability very high. Much appreciated brew.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Something about this beer is...fishy. Bad joke. Pours a darker amber color with a definite red hue through out. Mostly clear with light cloudiness. A soapy white head but after it faded and a good swirl left a dense head with good retention and limited lacing.

The nose is malt oriented with a stronger crystal malt aroma. Some minor sugary notes with a light gum drop finish to it. Weird, but not bad. There is a light yeasty note, but has an American feel to it. Some esters, figs and dates mostly, but some rose peddles as well. A slight diacetyl note but soft, ok for style.

The taste is more on par with style. A more malty melanodian taste with a good kettle caramel flavor. Still some hints of sugary sweetness and for style would like to see that back off. Some English malt notes with a slight toffee backing. Minor astringency but light. The esters come out, figs and dates, and a slight plum note. Finishes off cleanly with a a good blend in the finish.

Very clean alcohol note considering ABV. As mentioned before, a light astringency, and seems to come out more as it warms. Carbonation is light but good for style. Overall a very nice Wee-Heavy. The yeast notes are impressive, and just a minor tweek on the malt would make this world class.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Scotch, care of Derek. Lightbrown colour with a white head, lts of lace. Smooth drinking, creamy mouthfeel.Some sourness and then a seet finish.I rank this a bit above average for a style that I often don't like.Aroma draws me in and has a bit of smoke.

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Nov 2007.

A: Amber-brown with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Grainy bread, smoky spice & caramel with hints of dark fruit.

T: Grainy bread, caramel, slight spice, earthy (peat?), hints of dark fruit, unfortunate grainy astringency.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated with a dry finish.

D: It hides the alcohol well, but I'm not fond of the grainy astringency.

Thanks for the trade DaPeculiarDane!

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.