Louie's Resurrection
Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #18
Ranked #11,276
4 | pDev: 10.5%
Mar 13, 2021
Nov 25, 2012
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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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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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3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
4.18 by travelguy from Ohio on May 19, 2019
2.84 by feartheoldblood from Wisconsin on Apr 06, 2019
3.86 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Nov 22, 2018
4.25 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jul 15, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
3.78 by jwyrwa2421 from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2018
3.69 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Feb 19, 2018
4.43 by JeffSK from Wisconsin on Dec 30, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

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
3.64 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 13, 2017
4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Nov 09, 2017
4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 09, 2017
4.12 by RBuckley73 from Nevada on Feb 05, 2017
4.7 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin on Nov 19, 2016
4.18 by spartan3186 from Maryland on Aug 08, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by pweis909 from Wisconsin

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
4.09 by DrKarl from Illinois on Jul 17, 2016
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3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by ZAP from Minnesota

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
3.98 by Thirstygoat from Illinois on Feb 21, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by BSiegs from Illinois

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
3.92 by RichardARoss from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2016
4.17 by Ripetomata from Minnesota on Jan 15, 2016
4.28 by 5EKF from Illinois on Jan 04, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Ri0 from Wisconsin

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
3.98 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2015
3.81 by cmwilliq from Wisconsin on Dec 15, 2015
4.02 by npendres from Wisconsin on Dec 09, 2015
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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Myotus from Texas

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
4.06 by uwmgdman from Wisconsin on Dec 01, 2015
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Nov 23, 2015
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4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Jla4 from Indiana

Smooth, incredible depth , not too bourbon -y. Maybe the best I've had!

Nov 15, 2015
4 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Nov 02, 2015
3.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Oct 26, 2015
3.89 by adamranders from Wisconsin on Oct 22, 2015
4.06 by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico on Oct 07, 2015
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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Jason from Massachusetts

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
3.81 by JDW4195 from Florida on Aug 16, 2015
3.92 by enelson from Illinois on Aug 08, 2015
Louie's Resurrection from Milwaukee Brewing Company
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