Louie's Demise | Milwaukee Ale House

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Louie's DemiseLouie's Demise

Brewed by:
Milwaukee Ale House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2003

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Photo of Lemke10
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Louie's Demise pours a cloudy and dark amber color as the scent of roasted malts erupt from the bottle. It is rather thin in texture but has a rather bold taste of malts with a nice mixture of hops. A very interesting brew!

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into imperial pint.

A- Pours a copper/amber with a slight haze to it. A small head, one finger, dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S- Big on the malt and a little bit of sweet caramel. Some faint hops round this one out.

T- Big, rich caramel and malt greet the tongue immediately. A little bit of a grainy, breadiness to it as well. The hops really aren't anywhere to be found, which isn't really a bad thing based on style.

M- Medium bodied with crisp, soda like carbonation. This brew smooths out at the back of the throat.

D- This brew has pretty good flavor and a low abv make this for a pretty good session beer. Also it comes in a can making it more activity friendly.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark amber, soft in appearance with a great looking stark-white head. This pours opaque, almost cloudy.

Aroma - brown sugar, yeast, bread dough, gingerbread, caramel and tea

Taste - sweet but not cloying. Plenty of dark bread notes along with ginger and yeast. Soft on the tongue with a perfect carbonation level. It's a surprisingly light beer to drink despite the appearance. I'm happy!

Overall - Very drinkable with a solid malt flavor and easy on the palate. A great candidate for a pint can, well executed MBC!

Would I buy more of it? - sure. This is a very solid amber ale with lots of great flavor and quite session-able.

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Photo of Bubba83
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kegatron gave me this. He rocks.

Poured into an imperial pint glass at around 50 degrees F. Three finger widths off-white, slightly light brown head. Extremely pillow and frothy in nature. Body appears a caramel color, and it's hazy with tiny specks of stuff floating around.

Smells like toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and some hints of apple in the back. Hops are a dirty earthy smell. Quite a bit of nutty aroma too, I want to say cashews, yes, cashews. Fairly mild aroma overall.

A considerable amount of toffee up front along with a big heaping batch of butterscotch. Mild off phenolic character, minerals, and some raw earthy bitterness finish it off. I wanted more of the complexities from the aroma to come through.

A little too airy for me, too fluffy. Also seems a smidge too thin for what I was expecting. Needs to be smoother I think.

Reminds me a bit of having a caramel sundae with heaps of that not so great tasting whipped cream. You know the kind I'm talking about, the kind that almost tastes sour? I can't say I've ever been a big fan of this style but I found this to be a fairly underwhelming example of it.

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Photo of Duff27
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a really nice looking deep ruby with ample white head that seems to stick around, leaving nice lacing.

S- Smells like wet hay? Grassy.

T- One in the same with the smell. Doesn't have the "kick" as other scotch ale I've had in the past.

M- Not too much tingling carbonation.

D/O- If you like it, have at it. Unfortunately for me, I feel a headache coming on :(

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew. My first from the brewery.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three fingers of huge had on this one. The mountainous foam recedes a nice island of filmy foam. A hazey copper color greets the eye, along with some suspended yeast sediment mixed in.

Caramel and bread crust hits the nostrils first. Then the sweet carmel diminishes and lets a more defined toasted white bread shine through.

The front of the sip has a gritty toasted cereal grain. This sweetens to a hint of effervescent caramel. Then takes faint tart note on the finish. Combine this with maybe a little lemon juice from ohhh sooo subtle hopping to balance this session Scotch ale.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a lightly hazed amber orange. The off white head bursts three fingers high after a careful pour. Retention is moderate with a small amount of soapy lace.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. Light malt is present but the nose is dominated oranges and apples.

The flavor is mild sweet malt. Some hints of bitter fruit along with a grassy earthiness. As far as a typical Scottish ale this one is all over the place. Taste wise it's pleasant but not really to style so i have to knock a point for that.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall a decent drinkable beer. Not really a Scottish ale in my opinion but tasty anyways.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a slightly murky copper color with a thin off-white head on top. Dissipates quickly leaving little lace in its wake. Smells of toffee, the woods, and big fresh sourdough bread. The body is full and hearty. Nice mellow crispness to this due to a moderate amount of carbonation. Very mellow bready flavor with a touch of honey on the finish. Bitterness is low on this one. Slight sweet quality to it. I really like the aftertaste. Like I just ate some fresh-buttered dark bread. With the low ABV, I could drink a few of these. Good beer.

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Photo of garretthetzel
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark and cloudy from the bottle with a nice thick head that lingered.

Not much smell, maybe a bit sweet and a bit toasty, but nothing significant.

First taste, a nice crisp toasty malted flavor, very clean finish, slightly sweet aftertaste.

Very refreshing, but I wouldn't call it a scotch ale.

I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber color. Nice creamy head developing in chalice.

Smell: The smell is faint, nothing bold or robust here. Hmmm, what say you beer???

Taste: Delicious light malt character intertwined with quality Milwaukee water from Lake Michigan. Toffee notes. It has a the body of a light weight boxer; small yet girthy. There's a real refreshing quality from the small amount of malt used and low abv. The compromise is spot on for what they were aiming for. Totally different than any other Scotch style though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, yet girthy from the malts.

D: Refreshing, will have no problem have a few or six of these guys. Glad it comes in sixers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date on the bottle.

A - Poured out a clear red-amber color with a prominent two-finger ivory head. Dense and creamy, it had great retention but little lacing.

S - Semi-sweet toasty malts are the showcase of this beer but are timid in their strength. A white grape undertone and caramel linger on the nose as well. A bit of buttered bread too.

T - Strong malt flavor with a caramel and fruity flavor mimicing the aroma but a light hop finish that both dries it out and gives it a bit of bitterness to round out the flavor.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, it's slightly thin and has bubbles dancing on you're tongue.

D - A solid offering from the Milwaukee ale house. It misses the mark slightly on the Scottish ale style but doesn't need a lot to make it a really good beer. The bonus of this brew however is it's great drinkability.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, butter, and slight sweet toffee. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, some pale hops, pine spice, and slight butter flavors.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear amber/orange color. Poured a half finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. Laced in thin rings that washed down the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malts and toffee. Light flavoring hop note then a little bitter bite at the end.

T: Big burnt caramel malt flavor. Also toffee and roasted nuts. Some warming alcohol then a nice bitter finish to cleanse the lingering malts.

M: Light side of medium. Balance carbonation. Might have felt a little thin relative to its taste.

D: Flavorful, but not complex. Balance seems the hallmark for this one.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber with red color and a thick creamy tan head. You could smell the caramel and something like toffee. Yep, the tastes are of toffee, caramel, and some slight hops. Well rounded beer. Very drinkable because of the smoothness of all of the Milwaukee Ale house's brews. Had another on tap.

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Photo of botham
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

porus a rich chestnut-amber color with a minimal head that is reduced to a soapy rim after a couple seconds. mild lacings and no retention.

aroma is of caramel malts and a lightly sweet base. a mildly earthy note imparts a touch of dark fruit to the profile, along with a very light wooden character, possibly oak in the background. nice composition.

taste is malty, with caramel and a light grain-like component, molded into a base of dark fruit and earthy undertones, quite reminiscent of a bock. nicely proportioned with a pleasant finish of residual warming malts.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a smooth and light texture, along with a warming finish of mild slickness after the fact.

drinkability is good. this is the brewpub's flagship brew, and for good reason. not really a scottish brew, this one is more of a bock with warming malts and a sweet character. overall, a solid brew with good concentration and a pleasant drinkability.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep ruby brown, quarter finger head.

S- Sweet caramel malts and dried fruit.

T- Smooth, sweet and slightly complex malts throughout. A light roasted note lends way to a barely preceivable dry hop finish.

M- Velvety smooth.

D- Well, its nice to see it in six packs.

A pretty solid beer that is Milwaukee Brewing Co's flagship beer for good reason.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint, on tap at the ale house a few weeks ago in between stops at the art museum and the flight of the conchords gig. Given the namesake, it seemed like someone had to order this selection

cell phone notes

appearance: big amber body, mahogany hues, small tan cream head

smell: toasted grain, caramel malts, high earthyness, light toffee

taste: sweet toffee, caramel and grain, peat, herbal hops, toasted malts. nothing special but good enough to try

mouthfeel: moderate body, a little filling

drinkability: good

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Photo of ebit
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small amount of head. Only started to develop once poured straight in. Head is a creamy tan. A medium dark amber color.

Roasted malt is about all you can make out. Maybe a little bit of nuts Not a very aromatic beer.

Roasted malt comes through hard. Taste kind of picks up as you swallow while fading away to a slightly bitter dry aftertaste.

Light body but definitely not watery. Smooth finish with a bit of dryness after each swig.

Nothing here makes this beer undrinkable. In fact it's pretty unremarkable because of it. It's pretty reserved in all the categories. While this might make it kind of boring, it is a step above crap. It's just not very memorable. You'd think a Scottish Ale would be a bit bolder.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with thin head that remains a ring through out.

Smells clean and fresh. Balanced between caramel and roasted malt. Some yeasty tones as well.

Taste is fruity from the yeast. Still clean and refreshing. Nice malty finish

Feels light with some coating on the tounge to let the palate explore the taste a little more.

Overall a good ale. A complete shame what the Wisconsin governement did to this fine brewery. This will be hard to find outside Milwaukee for a while. I just glad I live close enough to get it from the source.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jj21 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich dark amber hue with a nice khaki colored one finger head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good, spotty here and there. Smell is of a nice clean caramel malt with some nutty roasted malt as well. Taste is very much the same. Very nutty flavor with toffee/caramel as well. Very enjoyable going down. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. If I lived in the greater Milwaukee area, this could easily be a session ale for me. Job well done.

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Photo of logansboat15
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Louie's Demise pours a refreshing mildly hazy amber with a foamy white head. Smells somewhat nutty/malty and tastes creamy with a slight hop aftertaste that tingles the tongue. Lighter mouthfeel makes this a brew that you can share with friends by the pitcher. Very drinkable flagship beer of the Milwaukeee Ale House. This and Pull Chain Pale Al are decent crowd pleasers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with slight cloudiness. While this glass had a modest head, it left excellent lace on the glass side

Earthy in aromas and in taste. Mostly malt as a Scotch Ale should be.

Of the beers I tried at the Milwaukee Ale House, this was the weakest entry, imho.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this as part of my sample tray. Seven tasters for $7.

Labled in the menu as a Scotch Ale using German Perle and Tettnanger hops. The beer was very clear, deep amber, with a clean malt aroma and low esters. No hop aroma. Perhaps too many esters for the style though. Medium to full bodied with deep malt flavors, a bit rought, with a crystal malt driven finish.

This beer stood out as a more genuine example of the style than you typically find at a brewpub. I enjoyed it and later in my trip ordered a pint from a corner pub, it was nice as well.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright bronze, deep amber color. Different. Smallish creamy tan head maintains well, good amount of lacing. Smells somewhat grainy and caramelly with a nutty sweetness. A tad astringent though. Taste is similar. Solid beer but nothing that really knocks it out the park for me. Sweeter english toffee is the best way to describe the flavor with a drying, semi hoppy finish. I'd get a sixer of this for sure, and for the Thursday half off imperial pint special this is a deal. But still, not my favorite.

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Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Ale House
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