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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 76
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Caterwaul, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Pixachii, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Swonkie, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

dtvanriper, Sep 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

KCM, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

plumcrazyfx, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FlyntFlossie, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PeterOrlando92, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tourdot, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Strix, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of lakelouielover
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lakelouielover, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and fruit balance each other, with some savory on the side. Faint vanilla is suggested. It smells like a baked good prepared with teriyaki sauce. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasty crystal malt that turns acidic. Estery fruit is present in the middle, as is a transient whiff of weak smoke. The finish tastes of burnt/ashy roasted grain and moderate bitterness. Spirituous flavors peak in the middle, but linger with the bitterness of the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, harshly acidic on the palate and in the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This big scotch ale lacks the smoothness required of such a sipping beer. If acidity was not so out of control at times, it would impress. As it is, authentic malt-derived flavors are tossed about and sent fleeing by the scathing carbonic acid that sticks in the throat. It also struggles with style identity a bit, easily mistakable for a doppelbock or conservative quad in lieu of a wee heavy.

beagle75, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

seeswo, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

eawolff99, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quarter-inch light tan head, deep hazy reddish brown color, decent carbonation, some lacing not a lot

S: Caramel, malts, vanilla, some chocolate at end

T: Malty sweetness, some bitterness in the middle, balanced in the finish

M: Decent carbonation, medium bodied, fairly smooth

O: Good Scotch Ale, will seek out and try again

derkfromwi, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark bloody ruby red with a sand colored foam collar, no lacing. Aroma is a heady mixture of dark fruits in a sturdy aromatic base of sweet caramel and toffee. A sip of the medium-heavy body reveals dense layers of the same sweet malts with large wallops of nutty flavors and no hint at all of the alcohol content inside. Very small hop accents of grassy and earth tones show themselves towards the end of the sip and smooth things out, but remain background level enough to keep things appropriate for a well-made scotch ale. Silky smooth in texture. The only nitpick I could find is that it could use a smidgeon of smokiness. That said, I definitely recommend trying this one!

WastingFreetime, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Mdodge8837, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

cavedave, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

burnheartsMKE, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.