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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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BA SCORE
91
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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 193
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 71
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: cokes on 05-14-2003

Released annually in August
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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 193
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany and ruby colors with rather dense but sedate off-white head.
Aroma notes of burnt brown sugar, a hint of vanilla as well as caramel and chocolate notes. Some whiffs of peaty, smoky malts are alos detected as it warms.
Flavors noted include caramel and chocolate upfront followed by a hint of dark citrus and a twitch of apple wood smoking.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with a vicous hard alcohol base sort of cutting off too many flavors on the finish.
Drinkability is solid, the regular Warped Speed is more stylistic accurate IMO but this is a complex and enjoyable beer with just a bit too much alcholic threads. (647 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (706 characters)

Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking so many hoppy beers it is good to go to the malty side and this was a great departure. Filtered darker red/amber with a distinct malt and buttered caramel popcorn nose. I'm not getting any peat just a lot of the same flavors as the smell. This needs to be enjoyed slowly since warming really helps bring some excellent flavors forward in a big bodied beer. I liked the warped speed much better. Someone get me a Lake Louie t-shirt! Yet another dirtylou beer. (473 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. What head there is fades relatively slowly, with bubbly lacing prevalent. Aroma is vanilla and alcohol, with sweetness also weighing in. Taste is almost a light mocha sweetness, touches of peat smoke, and a vanilla alcohol close. Mouthfeel is awesome for the style and abv, and drinkabilty is only limited by how much you can find. Another great Wee Heavy from these guys. (543 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, garnet mahogany body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap of film. Sparse patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet dark honey, buttery toffee, aged single malt Scotch, smoky peat and a note of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body, restrained carbonation, and a note of burnt charcoal. Alcohol is smooth and warming.

Taste is bigtime malty, with buttery toffee and caramel all through the mouth and nose. Warming alcohol makes no effort to hide, but adds some nice heat as opposed to a distraction. Bittering hops add an earthy and grassy note, and some peaty char adds a pleasant complexity. Very tasty.

Nice American example of a Wee Heavy. Sticky sweet malts govern, with an assertive smoky character and ideal hop bitterness for a well executed complexity. Very enjoyable! Thanks to kmpitz2 for this superb bottle. (890 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with almost no head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of sweetness and some caramel - and graham cracker, as kmpitz2 said. The nose didn't really do it for me. The flavor actually got better as it warmed - I really didn't like this beer at all when it was really cold, but it got better as it got warmer. The flavor has a lot of sweetness, caramel, and some burned malt. Finish is somewhat oily. The drinkability is pretty good for the alcohol and the mouthfeel is moderate. (524 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a full-on deep amber color with a light swirl of something over top. I wouldn't call it head, but its pretty cool looking. Nose is caramel and brown-sugary sweet, with notes of graham crackers and chocolate. Just hints of alcohol play in the back. Flavor is rather brown-sugar sweet, with a moderate burnt to smokey note and a bitterness that hangs on the finish, but it is not from hops. Nothing lingers too long. Feel is slightly syrupy slick, thick with a light carbonation. For 9%, this one really goes down smooth and doesn't let on to the alcohol content. The more I drink this one the more it grows on me. Glad I have some to hang onto and drink. (659 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 6 pack 10.50$ at sadhanna

appearance: pours a dark mahogany with significant ruby tinting, head is small and off white, lacing is good

smell: malty, caramel, sweet chocolate, slight hoppiness. Smells a lot like the warp speed honestly, with a touch of alcohol in the nose

taste: This is basically a jacked up version of warp speed. The increase in alcohol really doesnt compromise the smooth and complex taste in this one though. sweet chocolate is prevelant, some nice cherries, dark fruit, slightly sugary, caramel. nice and malty with a decent sized hop balance

mouthfeel; once again, creamy and smooth like the warp speed..slight alcohol burn

drinkability: extremely drinkable

I really dont see that many differences between this and warp speed obviously, but that isnt a bad thing! Lake Louie is quite the gem brewery and I will drink this one while it lasts (895 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

See Cokess review. He hit this one right on the head. I can't improve upon it but to say that this is the best Scotch Ale that I have ever laid lips on.

Wonderful at any temperature. I took a glass out gardening today and two hours of sipping later it was still alive and kicking.

Totally drinkable. Smooth and cremey as any beer can be.

Taste is absloutely dead on Scotland.

Appearance is the most beautiful deep ruby-brown I have ever seen.

I am tempted to give this a 5 across the board but the aroma could be more and the mouthfeel is actually slightly too smooth, to warming, calm, and cremey. I actually want more bite in a scotch ale and the regular Warped takes care of that a bit better than this one.

So refined. Amaizing. How do they do it?

I picked up two sixers today and they will not last long enough. I will be out tomorrow to get more. I'm going to hoard this stuff.

let's unretire this brew and get it on the best of BA. It deserves it! (978 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tarnished auburn tone. Tight brown head of decent size. Retention is excellent and lacking comes in rings. The aroma is out of this world. Lake Louie produces some of the best smelling beers around. It's woody (oaky) and chocolately. I get vanilla bean and bourbon. Big caramel sweetness and smokey tones. It's really got a lot of barrel aged qualities on the nose, even though it's not. The taste follows suit with the nose to an extent. Boozy and rummy chocolate. Caramel sweetness. Peaty. Vanilla again. Roasty goodness. All in all, very nice. The mouthfeel is very agreeable. Smooth with a body around medium-full. Another outstanding Wee Heavy from the Masters...Lake Louie.

Props to cokes for the big ol growler. (720 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer. What a freaking beer.
This scotch smells hugely of caramel, faintly of fresh baked sweet rolls, and alcohol looms in the distance. Almost un-noticed, but not quite. To not know the power of this beer could prove grand folly.
The flavor of this 'beaut follows suite with an initial wash of caramel. Chocolate, hay, and sod are moreso feelings than actual flavors which present themselves. This starts off being nearly as sweet as candy, but it is way too bad ass and lets you know it before you start to kid yourself. It is akin to the rough-around-the-edges-yet-well-intentioned kid that is the protagonist of every shitty teenage love story movie that you've ever seen. Difference being that at no point in time will Louie's Reserve suck ass. After the well wishing introduction, this thing really gets down to brass tacks. Burnt toffee and dark german chocolate walk with a grassy hop bitterness by their side. Hints of pumpernickel, tobacco, and mild beef jerky. Just when it would seem overboard, the caramel, the grass, and the ages wash it all away and say adios, compadre.
The mouthfeel of this beer fits like none other. Chewy, sticky, gritty, and dirty. It works, and works well.
Try washing your hands clean of this. This beer sticks in my head always. I long for it constantly and remember how much I enjoyed the last while drinking a lesser specimen. And yet, when I have it again, I am amazed by how good it is. It continually exceeds my expectations, which are always sky high from the get-go. This is an absolute favorite of mine. When this beer is outlawed, only outlaws will have this beer.
Seeya next fall, good buddy. (1,657 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color is a tawny russet brown, with transparent reddish bottom and sides, and sporting a small, though sure, creamy head atop.
Aroma is dank and smoky on first sniff...we must go in deeper...smoked salmon, definitely...burnt, even crispy, dark, moist, swampy...I may run out of clear and understandable signifiers, but this much must be clear: I like it, and could keep on sniffing it all the live-long day!
Thick mouthfeel, rich, warm, substantial, chewy, chocolatey...amazing! Has a spectacular mellowing effect, with a remarkable assemblage of flavors that swim in the senses, and stun one with the complexity, soothing and also stimulating. A wonderfrul warmth, luxuriating...this is an awesome nightcap, for the four-poster calls me...although I don't want to end my association with this awesome ale!
Further flavor finally crytallize themselves in my unsorted mind: plums, figs, a touch of tobacco, a hint of cherries. Finish is long, lasting, luscious.
Alcohol feels a bit forward, but nothing I can't handle...maybe?
This is absolutely brilliant stuff, and stands in ably for a barleywine as a last-beer-of the-night, or happy reward when you've been good...I hope I've been good? Huge thanks to Mr. Cokes for sending along this 22oz. sample! A great beer sent by a great BA! (1,289 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Update 2010.
I've been a little disappointed with this over the past several years. This year, however, the nail has once again been hit on the head. Smoky toffee and all sort of creme brulee sweetness. Black cherry. Caramel brownies and burnt plums. Heathery Scotch booziness. Loads of toasted grains and nuts. It's liquid smoky, boozy granola, mixed with creamy dessert.
It's every bit as good as the '03 reviewed below, yet different. Less raw, more refined. It's found its niche. This might be its best year yet.

(Original 2003 review)
22 oz bomber.

A fiery ruby brown. Crystal clear, with a compacted, larged- bubbled tan crown.
Aromas of Peat bogs, low tide, smoked prunes, sherry, and burnt brown sugar.
A mezmirizing concoction. Comfortably harsh. Smooth and jagged.
Dripping wet.
Intensly earthy up front and throughout. Enough peat to be considered a natural resource. Ticklingly tangy clumps of sod. Earthy, muddy, dirty, dark and dank. Yet just when it teeters on the threshold of being too much, a sweetness swells up from the depths. Alluring and pacifying. Prunes and grape juice and toasted toffee. The sweet hues never depose the earthen tang, but rather join it in a blissful co-existence. It turns increasingly vinous, and mixes with an upwelling of bitter chocolate.
Tangy still, and ever will be.
A sedate, grassy hop note attempts dryness, but fails wonderfully. The mouth retains the humidity long after the beer travels southward down the esophagus.

Silken weight. Heavy yet dynamic. Fluid. Cloaked and evident and soft and intense and intoxicating...

And gone.

Fucking incredible. (1,618 characters)

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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
91 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.