Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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4.15/5 rDev 0%
A red-brown, nearly opaque glass welcomed me on my first pour in over a week.
Slight malt, nutty, and some fleeing sweet caramel scents came through on first sniff.
On first taste, it is noticebly more full bodied than their Warped Speed offering. It was wet and mildy acidic on the way down. Definite tongue-smack quality present.
After a few more swallows, the warmth in my previously empty belly began to warm. The ABV was fairly well hidden despite the early acidity- that I attribute to not allowing the ale to warm fully.
The nuttiness becomes more present as it warms.
Although it was bit more than I wanted to spend (partly because the vendor), the ale is quite good and can see indulging again.
11-16-2007 01:02:10 | More by DragYourBone
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-11-2012 03:38:16 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
03-13-2009 20:22:35 | More by Oxymoron
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
07-02-2008 00:55:00 | More by grub
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
12-30-2005 03:02:11 | More by blackie
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Pours a rich dark brown with a thick off-white head. Looks nice.
S: Aroma brings cola, charred bread, sarsaparilla, caramel, vanilla, mild peat, cooked sugar.
T: A bit grapey, molasses, lightly astringent char, vanilla, fig. Quite rich.
M: Thick-bodied and creamy, chewy.
O: Not always a huge Lake Louie fan, but they do make some fantastic scotch ales. This and Warped Speed are phenomenal beers, perfectly balanced in sweetness and awesome mouthfeel.
02-20-2014 00:32:50 | More by Etan
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-14-2009 01:50:19 | More by wryepicures
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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