Impulse Drive
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.29 | pDev: 13.37%
Jul 03, 2016
Aug 28, 2014
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3.65 by scaliasux from Wisconsin on Jul 03, 2016
3.58 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on Jun 07, 2016
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3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

12oz bottle, julian date of 4/21/16 (111 16). Pours transparent light amber with a large off-white head which recedes quickly. Smells of peat, hops, and faint caramel; low intensity. The taste follows closely with peat, hops, bready malt, and some faint caramel. Mildly earthy and bitter. Higher carbonation and below average body. Overall, this really needs more caramel maltiness in the smell/taste. Grab Warped Speed instead if you're looking for a good Scotch Ale.

May 15, 2016
2 by eldoctorador from Chile on May 07, 2016
3.29 by adamranders from Wisconsin on Oct 22, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded brass colour pry-off crown cap. Acquired in a trade with Duff27. I've aged it at least 6 months.

Reviewed live as a Scotch ale per the label. Expectations are above average. Served cold into a nonic half-pint and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Fills about 80% of the glass. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, and frothiness. Soft-looking. Stellar retention - about 9-10+ minutes. Leaves a nice coating of lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant tawny golden-amber. Clear. No yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking Scotch ale.

AROMA: Has a marvelous fresh malt aroma, with notes of baked bread, toastiness, toffee, spelt, and bread crust in addition to the general malty sweetness at the core of the aroma.

To style, hop profile is minimal. No yeast character, off-notes, or overt booze.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a vibrant Scotch ale with a fresh malty backbone.

TASTE: Has a nice honeyed malt backbone, though it is quite simplistic. Depth of flavour is also below average. Notes of spelt grain, baked bread, bread crust, and malty sweetness. I find no hop notes, yeast, alcohol, or off-notes.

Balanced albeit simple. It's a rather plain beer.

Flavour duration and intensity are average.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, creamy, and with adequate heft and weight on the palate. Overcarbonated, but it's manageable.

Fails to accentuate specific notes or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A drinkable but forgettable Scotch ale with some nice characteristics, but not a world-class brew in the style. Likable stuff for what it is, and definitely above average. I'm glad I got to try it. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!


Sep 22, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by pagriley from Illinois

Rather hoppy and not much to make me think scotch ale at all. Body is thin, and there are notes of scotch ale in there, but not enough.

May 07, 2015
3.77 by maz from Illinois on May 06, 2015
3.92 by Duff27 from Illinois on Mar 08, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Klimm from Wisconsin

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

At first taste it reminded me of Warped Speed, but then the hops kicked in at the end. I let it warm up for a while and that really mellowed out the hops. It's very well balanced and enjoyable but don't expect Warp Speed.

Mar 04, 2015
3 by redleg411 from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2015
2.75 by TheStoutHound from Wisconsin on Oct 30, 2014
3.5 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin on Oct 17, 2014
3.5 by s_wit from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2014
3 by jsash10 from Wisconsin on Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%
by tk342 from Wisconsin

It's like they took the amazing scotch ale taste of Warped Speed and ruined it with hoppiness.

Sep 09, 2014
3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Aug 30, 2014
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