Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 90 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
08-04-2012 03:12:36 | More by Strix
3.3/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
06-20-2012 02:59:48 | More by beagle75
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
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
02-19-2012 15:36:08 | More by derkfromwi
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
02-09-2012 19:45:43 | More by WastingFreetime
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-31-2011 17:56:57 | More by cavedave
3.05/5 rDev -26.5%
Nice amber hue but with essentially no head even from a stiff pour.
The aroma is bready and malty - so far so good. Some hops. Mostly, though, not very strong at all.
The flavor shows some maltiness and quite a lot of alcohol and far too much bitterness. Some hop flavors as well.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with fine carbonation.
A shame about the excess bitterness and alcohol.
11-26-2011 23:49:21 | More by mariposafan
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.