Louie's Resurrection
Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #22
Ranked #8,009
4.03 | pDev: 10.42%
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A "dial it up to 11" version of Louise's Demise Amber Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours deep red with a small off white head. Smells of caramelized grain with bourbon notes. Tastes of bourbon with caramelized grain. Beer is full bodied yet somewhat easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Mar 13, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First beer I ever had in Wisconsin was Louie's Demise. Then I guess there was an ownership change at the Ale House and then this beer came about.

Pours amber, off white/light beige head 1/4". Aroma was really light on the bourbon, I'm thinking this was aged less than 4 months if 100%, but it probably a little bit of amber ale aged for a little bit of time from the smell and appearance.

Taste seemed to confirm. I'm totally fine with barrel aging lighter style beers (i.e. non barleywine or stout) for a smaller amount of time, I think another Wisconsin brewery (Central Waters) has done great with that model. This had a mild bourbon presence that was nice, and it did hide the alcohol quite well, I was surprised when I found out this was double digit abv. Pretty smooth stuff, its a non hoppy red ale here, all the caramel smoothness meets bourbon and oak notes you would expect to find. Lower carbonation. Lower vanilla. Lower dark fruit. Good but not earth shaking.

May 12, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. The pour is a beautiful cloudy amber with nice lacing of foam all the way down the glass. Taste is biscuity with bourbon finish. Not super rich or complex, but done well. The feel is a bit creamy with light hop textures. The smell is bourbon heavy. Best beer by MKE yet!

Apr 26, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at TGI Fridays in Brookfield just outside Milwaukee. It poured a clear amber with thin off white is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of bourbon and raison. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink...masks the big abv well. Certainly a winter Warner sipping amber. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid and big beer.

Dec 16, 2017
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe not my favorite style of beer. If my review seems to be knocking this beer, it is strictly a matter of personal preference. Strong caramel malt, some raisin character, I find it a little sweet and cloying. Good amber appearance, sufficient head. Although it doesn't seem especially carbonated, I do get a bit of a bite in the finish. Maybe that is the wood? There is also a bit of spiciness. Maybe that is the wood? Full body. One thing I will say is that if this beer is really 10% as indicated on the MKE website, it hides it EXTREMELY well. Maybe drink it for dessert?

Jul 17, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very rich and muddled....gooey caramel, toffee, vanilla...bourbon impression is not impressive.

Thought I was getting something along the lines of Rocky's Revenge from Tyranena but this lacks the barrle flavors of that one and is much boozier... Just noticed this is 10.2%.

It's OK..average....not one of the better bourbon barrel aged beers you'll find.

Jul 15, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color, mostly opaque. A finger of light tan foam that dissipates and leaves just a ring around the glass. The aroma is excellent - bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, molasses. On taste, the malt come through first with toffee, caramel. The bourbon is much more subtle on taste than aroma. The body is medium with moderate-low carbonation. Alcohol warmth on the finish. There is a slight sticky sweetness that I don't love though. Overall, a good brew and a bit of a different take on barrel aged beer. Very enjoyable!

Feb 20, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. It is a dirty amber color with a nice 2.5 finger off white head. Fades into a cap and coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is a rich and quite malty with melted caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla and even bourbon and dried fruit. The flavor is also quite malty with big caramel and toffee notes. The bourbon is a nice light compliment along with the vanilla and dried fruit. Feel is medium, rich and full of sof carbonation, They really ramped up the malts to create this big sweet bomb.

Dec 27, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 49°F from a 12oz bottle (dated 05Feb15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of off-white foam that shrivels into a line after 15 seconds. Dark amber in color. There is a very subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong caramel aromas are backed by mild aromas of figs, molasses, and raisins along with subtle aromas of vanilla, toasted malts, bourbon, and hints of oak.
TASTE: Very strong caramel flavors strike the palate at first and are immediately followed by mild flavors of vanilla, molasses, figs, and raisins. Mild toast, subtle bourbon flavors, and hints of spicy and earthy hops (weren't detected in the smell) enter lastly as caramel flavors fade to mild, but vanilla, molasses, fig, and raisin flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth, yet very creamy. It nearly has a syrupy feel as it goes down. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: My first bourbon barreled Amber. This was incredible. It was extremely sweet, almost to the point of cloying. The bourbon was subtle, which I also loved. I can see how this would displease others, but for someone with a massive sweetooth such as I, it was perfect.

Dec 06, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from brewery.

This is a massive brew, creamy like a cordial yet there is some beery crispness even for its size. Big bourbon character on top of this strong ale, flavors seem to be balanced even if it is malt forward. Wood, vanilla, and brown sugar. Warming alcohol, dried plums, & toasted brew. Lots of flavor and again ... big but still easy to sip.

Sep 17, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a bottle tthat hit the streets a little over a year ago.
A: Brilliant amber to light copper, 1” tan foam collar that hugs the glass.
S: Traces of bourbon, vanilla, earth, malt.
T: Caramel, bourbon, drark dried fruit, traces of vanilla, a little sherry late in the finish. Even after a year in the bottle, no big oxidized flavors.
F: Very creamy, medium full boey and hmedium high carbonation.
O: A very nice bourbon barrel aged amber ale that those who want something other than a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout should seek out.

May 02, 2015
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark brownish red with a good slightly tan head with constant bobbles and leaves a slight film
Smell - bourbon and sweet carmel. You can smell the booze. Seems a lot like a strong scotch ale
Taste - sweet Carmel and bourbon barrel wood. Slightly toasty.
Feel - medium body with medium carbonation with a slight tingle. Pretty smooth and creamy.
Overall - fantastic bb Amber!

Feb 18, 2015
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful red/copper color is it's only redeeming quality. It is truly beautiful to look at. Alcohol comes off like cough medicine. Looks like previous versions of this were 7.5%, this one is 10.2%. While I'm a big fan of bourbon barrel beers, this one is not one I would seek out.

Dec 28, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed copper with a fluffy lasting head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of bourbon/wood and caramel.

The taste is of strong bourbon, wood, booze. A vague fruitiness and toast balance some of the sweetness, though it remains sweet.

It has soft carbonation. The body is medium. A fuller body may cover the alcohol more. There is a certain amount of creaminess to it.

An amber ale with strong bourbon. A nice sipper of an amber ale blended with bourbon.

Dec 23, 2014
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zratcliff from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

I recently had this on draft at Milwaukee Ale House. I've had it previously and while good, it wasn't something I would call out to specifically recommend. I knew something was different immediately when I tasted this year's version. Upon further inspection of the menu and talking to the bartender, it seems like MKE upped the octane this year to 10.2% ABV. You can definitely taste the barrel more than ever before. It recently won Gold at FoBAB according to the menu.

Dec 12, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Thanks to Tom for this one!

Slightly hazed reddish copper color, plenty of lacing, drippy crown of thorns pattern around the rim of the glass. Tiny micro sediment is visible suspended in the glass.

Aroma is big on caramel and vanilla, fairly sweet but pretty good.

Body is pretty light, but big on flavor. Huge malt, sticky on the lips, vanilla, and light booze as it warms up. Eh, sort of falls apart as it warms up. Worth a try but not the best.
Edit 11/16: this apparently won a medal at FoBAB... Wonder if it was a new batch or special barrel or something.

Nov 09, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a frothy, tan head. Soft, sweet malt aroma with vanilla notes. Starts with a really sweet, Doppelbock-esque flavor. Builds into a really nice sweet maltiness with a touch of bourbony vanilla. Finish is malt with a touch of vanilla.

Wow. This is pretty fantastic. It's like a Doppelbock and amber ale had a baby that was put in a bourbon barrel.

Nov 04, 2014
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NCalement from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a globe. Bottled in 2012

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger, fast, white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, leather, some oak, brown sugar and figs.

T- Smooth sweet bourbon. Little bit of oak tannin's. Vanilla, caramel and molasses.

M- Medium body, smooth finish. Leaves the sweet vanilla flavor of bourbon in your mouth. Good carbonation.

O- I got this as an extra with about 2 years on it. Not to sure what its like fresh but not bad with a little age. Solid barrel aged offering that characterizes the bourbon more than the barrel.

Feb 26, 2014
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's certainly a treat to get to try this one. I've heard great things but have never had the pleasure. Thanks, Andy (BeerFMAndy) for sending me a bottle of this!

Served in an Elysian snifter.

A: Poured a very dark, amber color, with a slight, sticky, white pepper-like head.

S: Butterscotch and coconut an then some. One would have to have a microscope to detect any sort of "American Amber/Red Ale" quality out of this.

T: Excellent flavor, even better than I expected even. Candy-like, not uber sweet, and not fake in any way.

M: Sticky and sweet, but not cloying. Low carbonation.

O: this is like an American Strong Ale redux. I dig it!

Sep 16, 2013
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Louie's Resurrection was not the worst bourbon barrel aged beer I have had, but it probably falls near the bottom of the list. I had the base beer before the barrel aged version, and I like the base beer better. Go look at my review if you do not believe me.

The beer was a darker amber color than the base beer. The aroma was dominated be alcohol and vanilla, with the whiskey seemingly trying to burn my nose hairs. This is a bad sign from the start. In the initial taste, one gets a sour malty taste. The toasty malts that I liked in the base beer are gone. The alcohol from the bourbon barrel aging stings the tongue like a shot of whiskey. Malt seems to be a little more apparent as the burn continues into the aftertaste. There is some potential here, but I am not certain Milwaukee chose the best beer to barrel age in an amber ale.

Aug 07, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by CaptainCougar at GT's going away tasting. Thanks Tom.

The beer is amber hued with a small, off white head. The aroma offers malt, vanilla, sweet fruits, alcohol. Fairly sweet with some butterscotch throughout. Bourbon character is mild. Pretty drinkable and certainly interesting. Worth a try.

May 11, 2013
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Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, nice dark copper with a thin creamy head. More than an amber. This thing has got legs. Can't wait for step two.

Bourbon up front. Vanilla, oak, brown sugar-malty excellence. I could bury my nose in this stuff all night. I am a sucker for bourbon. And how does it taste?

Nice. One of my favorite local session brews with a bourbon bonus that blows this beer into another smooth, sipable, savory realm. Louie, you are one crafty s.o.b. Way to go MBC.

Good mouthfeel.

Glad I pulled this one out from the back of the beer fridge tonight. Think I drank the other three around Thanksgiving. Hope ol' Louie comes back again. A real treat.

Mar 02, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color with a finger of white fluffy head. smells very malt forward, bready and vanilla notes.. very subtle bourbon smell.

the taste is mostly bourbon but very palateable. lots of vanilla notes mainly from the bourbon barrels, mixed in with a nice amber ale profile of malty sweetness. a slight citrus hop feel is present in the aftertaste.

medium in body, low carbonation. this is a wonderful tasting beer. it's like drinking a lightly carbonated very soft bourbon.

Feb 09, 2013
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured into a tulip glass the beer was a cloudy copper color with some bronze shining through on the edges. It poured with no head, but had a bright white bubble edge on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly burbon with hints of carmel and plums

T: The bitterness is significantly duller than the standard louies, but the citrusy/spicy hops do come through in the beginning and quickly disapate. the tingly burbon flavor is very promenant and domenates most of the malty back bone the beer typically has (thats not a bad thing if you like bourbon!). Dark fruit notes also come through in the flavor with raisens, plums and tea leaves.

M: lots of body and almost a sticky characteristic which works well with the style

O: More like... Louie's Erection! This was a great release from MKE Brewing Co. I would recomend this to anyone that has previously had a Louise Demise or likes similar styles (Amber or Bourbon Aged). If I did a blind fold taste test of this nector of the gods, I would probably have identified this as an Old Ale or Barley Wine. Good Job MKE Brewing Co, keep 'em comming. How about a burbon barrel aged Pull Chain, Yea i said it.

Dec 05, 2012
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
7.5% ABV, 30 IBUs, no date.

A - Poured in fully, the pint fills with tiny particles which haze the rusty colored beer. It's short, dense creamy head floats on the beer with staying power and leaves wispy lace all over the pint.

S - It's time in the barrels compounded with the nature of the beer creates a big vanilla aroma that smells like fresh vanilla custard. Subtle spicy bourbon hints develop around smooth malt, kettle caramelization, toffee, butterscotch, and faint earthy hop notes.

T - Smooth warming, sticky caramel malt meets Munich breadiness with subtle toffee and vanilla interaction. Dry oak and earthy hops lead into a new dimension that offer smooth bourbon alcohol notes.

M - Creamy and smooth, this malty amber features a medium body with complimentary dry, and faint bitterness that's further rounded out by soothing, warming bourbon alcohol.

O - Short aging in barrels gives Louie's Demise a special new twist of subtle warming alcohol and traces of bourbon with vanilla tannins which give the already sweet and smooth malty beer a creamy, dessert-like flavor. A nice offering from Milwaukee!

Nov 25, 2012
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 145 ratings