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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
92
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 77
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a dark chestnut brown with a backing dark red hue. A half inch of bone white foam sits atop the brew alongside some spotty lacing. Aromas bring smooth, deep rich caramel malts with a hefty dose of dark fruit and raisins. Definite chocolate notes with a touch of smokiness and hops. Simply a beautfiul aroma.

First sip brings a wonderful caramel maltiness accentuated by a river of dark fruity flavors. Underlying cocoa works in nicely. Somewhat roasty with a touch of vanilla and some peaty smokiness on the way down. Intensly flavorful with a great melding of flavors. A malty masterpiece if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It makes itself known and goes down easily with only a touch of alcohol on the finish. Another stellar scotch ale from Lake Louie that I wish I had a bigger supply of. I see myself coming home with a trunk full of Lake Louie the next time I get up to WI. Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

orbitalr0x, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber you can't really see through with a half finger of off white head that melts to a fine off white covering on the top of the brew.
Aroma is lots of caramel and dark brown sugar.
Taste isn't as sweet as the aroma (a good thing...it smells really sweet).
Toasted to burnt amber malts with a burnt caramel backbone.
Somehow all of this sugar manages to leave your mouth dry and wanting more.
Nice alcohol warmth felt as you swallow and even more so as it settles to warm your tummy.
Like it!

IntriqKen, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

thebigredone, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of beerwolf77
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

beerwolf77, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of pmarlowe
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to goblet.

Pours a cloudy apple cider-like color, sparse off-white ring of foam. Not much lacing. Smells like caramel malt and some red fruit (mix of candied cherry and strawberry), brown sugar, hop earthiness, slight alcohol. Taste is mostly caramel malt, alcohol, along with something that makes it taste like a macro lager. Like a dry lager yeast or something; reminds me of MGD. I am confused now. Medium body and low carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good scotch ale, nice and somewhat unique smell, but taste leaves a little to be desired.

pmarlowe, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stoutsnipas for this one, cellared for one year.
On my Corsendonk "thistle".
It pours a nice-looking, murky brown, with a thin light brown head, with average retention but very good lacing.
Rich aroma, sweetish of mostly caramel, with some hints of hops and an underlying evidence of the high alcoholic content.
Full bodied and creamy on the palate, its rich, initially sweetish and mostly "caramelized" taste is well balanced by a mild bitterness, but more evident, a warming alcoholic "bite".
Easy to drink for such a powerful ale, but one is more than satisfying.
My first Lake Louie beer, and a very pleasant surprise.
I will get a pack of this for next winter.

brdc, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

DaPeculierDane, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Oxymoron, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Dactrius, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev -3.6%

siege06nd, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of SkinniePost
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

SkinniePost, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
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
Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz.

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.

Etan, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Soneast
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Soneast, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Gotti311
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Gotti311, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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
Photo of derkfromwi
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

plumcrazyfx, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Beertracker
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Beertracker, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

vande, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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

wisrarebeer, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of NooseJustice
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

NooseJustice, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a deep ruby to maroon, the color of a fading sunset, cloudy and hazy in a mysterious kind of way. The head is enormous, a rounded cap flowing over the rim shrank for several minutes before settling down to a thick, bubbly foam, with lacing in columns. The aroma is pretty damn good, if a little weak, but deep, with sweet yet almost burnt caramels, a little brandy/bourbony zing of alcohol, brown sugar.

The taste is simply marvelous, intense, soothing, delicious. Deep, rich tones of earthy goodness bustle about. There is a very warm, brandly-like alcohol bordering on bourbon, caramels that take on a chocolately character, earthy hops that take on a woody effect, fruits of figs, dates, raisins, floating around. Absolute brilliance.

The finish is long, sweet and bitter, warming, full body and perfect carbonation that starts and ends at just the right time, the high alcohol perfectly handled, never harsh, always warming.

If only the nose were as complex and a little more assertive, this would be a perfect beer. I can't think of a better beer in this style, and few would rank higher in my book. Its an instant favorite for me, and I'll be making a dedicated trip/trade in the near future for more of this brilliant beer. Heaping, enormous thanks to nflmvp.

I'm amazed I actually traded one of these away. leftmindedrighty, mother fucker you better like this one!!! :)

objectivemonkey, Mar 06, 2007
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
92 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.